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Summer 2

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This half term (Summer 2) in Maths we shall be continuing to explore arithmetic concepts as well as investigating problem-solving tasks. In Writing we shall be producing a poem, a complex fiction text and a non-chronological report. In Reading we shall be exploring a variety of poems, fiction and non-fiction texts. In learning Journey we shall be completing a local study of Swadlincote and learning about Animals, Including Humans in Science.

Our current class story is Holes by Louis Sachar.

The book centres on an unlucky teenage boy named Stanley Yelnats, who is sent to Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention centre in a desert in Texas, after being falsely accused of theft. The plot explores the history of the area and how the actions of several characters in the past have affected Stanley's life in the present.

Curriculum

In Science, we explored the function of blood and the different components that make it. We then created a visual representation of the blood in our bodies. Can you spot the red and white blood cells, platelets and plasma?

This half term (Summer 1) in Maths we shall be continuing to explore arithmetic concepts as well as exploring Properties of Shape and Measurement. In Writing we shall be producing a poem, a discussion text and a wishing tale. In Reading we shall be exploring a variety of poems, fiction and non-fiction texts. In learning Journey we shall be looking at Hannah Hoch and the British Values and Earth and Space in Science.

Our current class story is The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

It's Maisie's birthday and she can't wait to open her presents. She's hoping for the things she needs to build her own nuclear reactor. But she wakes to an empty house and outside the front door is nothing but a terrifying, all-consuming blackness. Trapped in an ever-shifting reality, Maisie knows that she will have to use the laws of the universe and the love of her family to survive. And even that might not be enough...

Curriculum

This half term, we completed our artwork based around the Rule of Law in the style of Photomontage, a method used by Hannah Hoch. Take a look at some of our final pieces.

In order to create our lettering on our final artwork, we used scalpels to carefully cut around the letters to produce a stencil. We then used the stencil and print screening to produce our lettering on our final piece.

In Science, we explored the phases of the Moon. We learnt that it takes 28 days for the Moon to orbit the Earth and that the Moon averages about 238,600 miles away from Earth. We then used Oreo cookies to replicate the eight phases of the moon.

In Art, we have begun to source words and images to produce our Photomontage linked to the Rule of Law.

During Bikeability week, we completed an investigation into the impact of plastic on our planet. We looked at the impact it has on our oceans and other environments. We produced a piece of art work to show either the impact of plastic or to promote recycling plastic.

In Science, we have been exploring the size of the nine planets in relation to each other, the sun and the moon. We used playdoh to model each planet and we then compared them. 

In Art, we have started our new unit on Hannah Hoch and photomontage. Today we looked at the intent of art created by famous artists. We then started to learn about the life of Hannah Hoch to enable us to understand the intent of her artwork.

In writing, we have been exploring the poem Macavity. We used the desciption of Macavity in the poem to create a 'wanted' poster as to what he looked like.

Today we looked at the arguments for and against the earth being spherical. We looked at different pieces of evidence over time, including the theory of constellations and Aristotle's theory about the hull of a boat going out of sight first due to the earth being spherical.

This half term (Spring 2) in Maths we shall be continuing to explore arithmetic concepts as well as exploring Properties of Shape and Position and Direction. In Writing we shall be producing a poem, a biography and a warning tale. In Reading we shall be exploring a variety of poems, fiction and non-fiction texts. In learning Journey we shall be looking at Volcanoes and Earthquakes and Evolution and Inheritance in Science.

Our current class story is The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd.
When Ted and Kat watched their cousin Salim get on board the London Eye, he turned and waved before getting on. After half an hour it landed and everyone trooped off - but no Salim. Where could he have gone? How on earth could he have disappeared into thin air?

Since the police are having no luck finding him, Ted and Kat become sleuthing partners. Despite their prickly relationship, they overcome their differences to follow a trail of clues across London in a desperate bid to find their cousin. And ultimately it comes down to Ted, whose brain works in its own very unique way, to find the key to the mystery.
Curriculum
We have also looked at plant adaptations this half term. We started off by thinking about how a cactus survives in the harsh deserts. We then created our own plants that were adapted to survive in certain environments.
As part of our writing in Geography, we have been writing a personification poem about a volcano. We generated a bank of ideas of how to describe a volcano as a monster or beast with human characteristics.
In RE, we have been examining the influence that Christianity has on the world today. We started by exploring the concept of influence by thinking about who influence us, this could be family, friends and famous people both past and present. We then started to examine the influence Christianity has on us by completing a task looking at whether Christianity influences us still today.
In THRIVE, as part of our well-being curriculum, we have been thinking about our own well-being and the well-being of others. We have started by thinking about our safe zones and how certain things we are interested in may not interest others but that is acceptable because we are all unique and individual.
We have been exploring animal adaptations in Science. We looked specifically at four different environments and the threats they may pose to animals. We then thought about the animals that do live in those environments and how they had adapted to survive.
As part of our Earthquakes and Volcanoes unit, we have been exploring the different parts of a volcano. We took part in a VR experience to help us understand what it would be like during a volcanic eruption.
In Science, we are studying Evolution and Inheritance. We have been looking at Charles Darwin and his discovery of evolution to help us understand how finches have evolved and adapted to survive in different areas. We specifically looked at how their beaks have adapted to help them survive.

This half term (Spring 1) in Maths we shall be continuing to explore arithmetic concepts as well as exploring algebra, measurement and statistics. In Writing we shall be producing a poem, a newspaper report and a losing and finding tale. In Reading we shall be exploring a variety of poems, fiction and non-fiction texts. In learning Journey we shall be looking at Ancient History in our 'What is the Gift of the Nile?' topic and Light in Science.

Our current class story is Secrets of a Sun King by Emma Carroll.
It's November, 1922. In a valley in Egypt the tomb of a long dead pharaoh is about to be discovered. The world watches and waits for news with bated breath. Thirteen-year-old Lilian Kaye, who lives in a flat above a shop in London, is eagerly following the story. One morning the news takes a sinister turn: a man- a famous Egyptologist- disappears. All that remains of him are his feet. Then Lil's grandfather is taken suddenly ill, and when a mysterious package turns up for him from the Egyptologist, Lil starts to believe there is truth to the rumours of a pharaoh's curse.
Curriculum - See Amazing Remote Learning Work tab on the Year 6 Homepage for Remote work completed during Spring 1.

This half term (Autumn 2) in Maths we shall be exploring fractions, decimals and percentages. In Writing we shall be producing a poem, a letter and a defeating a monster tale. In Reading we shall be exploring a variety of poems, fiction and non-fiction texts. In learning Journey we shall be looking at Geography skills in our 'We Are Geographers' topic and Living things and their Habitats.

 

Our current class story is Skellig by David Almond.

When a move to a new house coincides with his baby sister's illness, Michael's world seems suddenly lonely and uncertain. Then, one Sunday afternoon, he stumbles into the old, ramshackle garage of his new home, and finds something magical. A strange creature - part owl, part angel, a being who needs Michael's help if he is to survive. With his new friend Mina, Michael nourishes Skellig back to health, while his baby sister languishes in the hospital. But Skellig is far more than he at first appears, and as he helps Michael breathe life into his tiny sister, Michael's world changes for ever...

Curriculum
Merry Christmas from 6W!
In Science, we are conducting an investigation in to how mould grows best. In our groups, we decided on different variables. Some of us are investigating whether mould grows best in light or dark environments and some groups are looking at whether mould grows best in salt or sugar.
In Science, we have been investigating micro-organisms. A micro-organism is a tiny living thing that can only be seen using a microscope. We conducted an investigation and discovered that yeast is a micro-organism. The yeast and the sugar created a reaction that released carbon dioxide and this blew up the balloon.
In English, we are starting our defeating a monster tale. We are basing our narrative writing on War of the Worlds. Take a look at some of the monsters we will be defeating.
In Geography, we have created a journey book based on our local area. We looked at the physical and human features, completed a sketch map and created a leaf catalogue.  
In Reading, we have been exploring a play script. We then applied our comprehension skills. We performed the two scene from the play. We also used musical instruments to aid our performances. 

In Reading, we have been inferring a text. We used the description to draw the images created in our heads. Take a look at our interpretations of the inside and outside of the garage and the mysterious creature. 
In Science, we have been classifying living things based on the similarities and differences that they present. We then looked at whether they were vertebrates or invertebrates.

This half term (Autumn 1) in Maths we shall be exploring place-value and the four operations. In Writing we shall be producing a poem, a recount and a diary extract. In Reading we shall be exploring a variety of poems, fiction and non-fiction texts linked to World War Two. In learning Journey we shall be learning about World War Two and Electricity.

 

Our current class story is Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.
February, 1941. After months of bombing raids in London, twelve-year-old Olive Bradshaw and her little brother Cliff are evacuated to the Devon coast. The only person with two spare beds is Mr Ephraim, the local lighthouse keeper. But he's not used to company and he certainly doesn't want any evacuees. Desperate to be helpful, Olive becomes his post-girl, carrying secret messages (as she likes to think of the letters) to the villagers. But Olive has a secret of her own. Her older sister Sukie went missing in an air raid, and she's desperate to discover what happened to her. And then she finds a strange coded note which seems to link Sukie to Devon, and to something dark and impossibly dangerous.
Curriculum
As part of Black History Month, we explored the lives of black people, throughout history, to look at the impact they had in gaining equal rights for all races. We looked at the lives of Rosa Parks, Barack Obama, Katherine Johnson, Walter Tull and Marcus Rashford. We then used this information to write a poem about the lives of Walter Tull and Marcus Rashford.
The links below provide more information on Marcus Rashford and Walter Tull.
In Design and Technology, we completed our Anderson shelters with a working circuit. We then evaluated our designs against our initial plans. We had great fun developing our skills with the use of hot glue guns, saws and a range of other materials. Take a look at our final completions.

Anderson Shelter with Air Raid Siren - Group 1

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Anderson Shelter with Air Raid Siren - Group 2

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Anderson Shelter with Air Raid Siren - Group 3

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Anderson Shelter with Air Raid Siren - Group 4

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In Design and Technology, the children have been creating their own Anderson shelters. They were tasked with planning, creating and evaluating a 3D design that could be used during World War Two. They then added a scientific element, to link to our current Electricity topic, which was either a pressure pad light or an air raid siren buzzer.
In Reading, we used our inference skills to infer what our text could be about from the clues. We discovered that our text was about Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who was an explorer. We discovered that he chopped his own fingers off after suffering frost bite during his Antarctica expedition.
In History, we have been looking at rationing in Britain. Rationing was introduced to help the war effort by protecting the food supplies in Britain. Germany planned to starve Britain during the war by attacking their food supplies being imported by ships and planes. We looked at what an adult's weekly ration would look like. We converted the imperial measurement into metric to help us.
We have been continuing to look at different aspects of WW2. We have looked at the meaning behind propaganda posters used in World War Two, both in Britain and Germany. We then created our own propaganda posters that could be used by Britain in WW2.
Year Six had a fantastic day experiencing the life of an evacuee. We came dressed for the occasion and were evacuated on to the train once we had packed our suitcases.
In History, we have been exploring the Blitz during World War Two. We learnt all about the attacks on London during an air raid and then completed a piece of art work to represent this. We used silhouettes to show the buildings and used a variety of colours to suggest that the sky was alight with fire and devastation.  
In English, we have been exploring tier three vocabulary linked to World War Two that can be used in our writing. We tried to match the words with the definitions and pictures.
We are currently learning about Islam in Religious Studies. We have been looking at two of the five pillars. We are looking at how muslims show commitment to Allah (God).
In Science, we took on the role of an electrician. We were tasked with predicting whether certain circuits would work and then created the circuits, using equipment, to check our predictions.
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