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Summer 2

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This half term (Summer 1) in Maths we shall be exploring shape, before moving on to an after SATs project. In Writing we shall be producing a poem and a fighting 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 Art in the style of Hannah Hoch and we will be discovering all about Evolution and Inheritance in Science.

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

Maisie is no ordinary 10-year-old: she passed her maths GCSE at age six and is now studying for a degree. For her tenth birthday, she's hoping for some essential ingredients to help her build a nuclear reactor. Yet a horrified Maisie finds that her family have disappeared - and outside her house, a dense blackness has appeared which she has no explanation for. How will she find her parents and her sister and bring them back home - and what does all this have to do with her experiment?

Curriculum

This half term (Spring 2) in Maths we shall be exploring ratio, circles, angles and shape. In Writing we shall be producing a poem, a biography 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 the Geography of Swadlincote in our Local Study unit and we will be discovering all about Evolution and Inheritance in Science.

Curriculum

To celebrate National Science Week, we created our own slime and then had a competition to see which group could make the slime cover the greatest length without breaking. One group nearly managed to get it to cover the full length of the classroom.

In Science, we recapped our prior knowledge on the fossilisation process. We then moved on to looking at what scientists, such as Darwin, can learn from fossils. We then compared fossils to modern day animals, for example, a woolly mammoth compared to a modern elephant. We look at similarities, differences and how fossils can be used to work out the age, size and weight of an animal.

This half term (Spring 1) in Maths we shall be exploring Converting Units, Ratio, Area, Perimeter and Volume. In Writing we shall be producing a poem, a newspaper report and a losing/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 Ancient Egyptian topic and Light in Science.

Our current class story is Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake by Rob Lloyd Jones.

Jake Atlas - tomb robber, treasure hunter, troublemaker! When Jake's parents vanish, Jake and his sister team up with shady tomb robbers to find them in the Egyptian desert in this riveting page-turning adventure by award-winning author Rob Lloyd Jones. The Atlas family is in trouble: Jake hides an addiction to stealing; his twin sister, Pan, has to conceal her genius, for fear of bullies. The siblings can't stop fighting - with each other and with their parents, stuffy professors of Ancient History. But Jake's and Pan's lives take a dramatic turn the day they discover the truth about their boring mum and dad. When the family go to Cairo on holiday, and Jake and Pan's parents mysteriously vanish, it's up to the twins to find them. They team up with shady tomb robbers, master high-tech gadgets and locate a lost tomb in this story of a family that finds itself in the deserts of Egypt.

Curriculum

In History, we used our art skills to design and create an Egyptian canopic jar. We had to think about the shape, size and colour. Take a look at the steps we took to create our work.

In Science, we have been exploring how we see. We looked at how periscopes were used to help during the war and then had a go at creating our own.

In History, we learnt all about why and how Egyptians used to mummify the dead. We learnt that the rich and pharaohs would be mummified for their journey to the afterlife. We learnt each of the steps taken to mummify a body and had a go at mummifying our own corpses (tomatoes). We then wrote an explanation text to explain the process.

In Writing, we explored the features of a newspaper report. We looked at a newspaper report about the Mayans before writing our own newspaper reports about the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb by Howard Carter.

In Maths, we have been exploring area and perimeter. We looked at the area of a parallelogram by cutting out the parallelogram and using our prior knowledge of the area of rectangles to work out the area of our parallelograms. 

In Science, we have been looking at how light travels. We learnt that light travels in a straight line from a light source. We then looked at how the light rays allow us to see objects. We created models to show this using a torch, wool, a table and our eyes. Take a look at our scientific diagrams that show and explain how we see.

In History, we have focused this week on two key questions: 

Where is Egypt? 

When did the Ancient Egyptians rule?

We used atlases to explore the location of Egypt in relation to the UK and Rome. We also looked at the key human and physical features of Ancient Egypt, including the River Nile, Valley of the Kings, the Western Desert and the Red Sea. Take a look at our maps that identify these features. 

We also looked at the key events of Ancient Egypt, including the first settlers in the Nile Valley in 7500 BC, the Valley of the Kings tomb built in 1500 BC and the death of Cleopatra in 30 BC. We then plotted, using a timeline, where Ancient Egypt fits within the key events in history.

In History, we have been showing Carter and Coral Collaboration, when exploring the Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt. We looked at what they were the God or Goddess of, their appearance and how they were worshipped. 

In Maths, we having been exploring Measurement. We have looked at reading, writing and converting units of measure, including length, volume, mass and time. We have also learnt how to convert between miles and kilometres. 

As part of our sensational starter, we completed a variety of immersive activities to look at key aspects of Ancient Egypt. The children learnt all about Gods and Goddesses, Cleopatra, the key events of Ancient Egypt and had a go at being archaeologists.

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 The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a perfectly normal boy. Well, he would be perfectly normal if he didn't live in a graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the world of the dead.

There are dangers and adventures for Bod in the graveyard: the strange and terrible menace of the Sleer; a gravestone entrance to a desert that leads to the city of ghouls; friendship with a witch, and so much more.

But it is in the land of the living that real danger lurks, for it is there that the man Jack lives and he has already killed Bod's family.

A deliciously dark masterwork by bestselling author Neil Gaiman, with illustrations by award-winning Dave McKean.

Curriculum

In Reading, we are exploring the text 'Wild Boy'. We have analysed the authors use of language and started to think about the impression the author gives of the characters to the reader based on the description he uses.

In Writing, we have written a Bildungsroman (coming of age tale) about Bod, who is a character from our class book. Take a look at what we came up with.

In RE, we are exploring how Christmas traditions help Christians understand who Jesus was and why he was born. We created a survey linked to the meaning behind Christmas traditions. We will ask our parents and carers for their responses and use this to help us understand whether Christmas traditions are still relevant to the birth of Jesus.

In Writing, we immersed ourselves in our new text - The Graveyard Book. We looked at epitaphs (gravestone inscriptions) to work out what famous event in History had led to the deaths of the deceased. We then analysed the illustrations from the text to think about the impression we get of the characters and how the illustrator creates tension and a gothic theme in his illustrations.

In Reading, we have been using the description in our text (Skellig) to draw what we think the setting and characters looked like. We then used our prediction skills to work out what might happen next.

In Science, we have been exploring classification. We looked at the different ways living things can be classified based on their characteristics. We then used this information to create a classification key. We also looked at key vocabulary linked to classifying living things.

In Writing, we are going to be writing a persuasive letter to Scrooge to convince him to have Christmas Spirit. For our non-fiction unit of writing, we are going to be using some special symbols (called shapes) to help us understand the different parts that make up a persuasive letter. 

In Reading, we immersed ourselves in our new text entitled Sir Ranulph Fiennes - A cut above the rest. 

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Sir Ranulph Fiennes - Living Dangerously

This half term (Autumn 1) in Maths we shall be exploring place-value and the four operations. In Writing we shall be producing a recount and a narrative. 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

For Black History Month, Year 6 learnt about the the life and the achievements of Walter Tull. Walter was the first black professional outfield footballer and the first black British officer during World War One. We learnt about his experiences with racism and the incredible courage and resilience he showed during his life. We discussed the impact of people like Walter and how he has inspired future generations of black British athletes. The children read the book 'Respect: The Walter Tull Story' by Michaela Morgan, before creating a collage based on Walter's life and his legacy. We linked the artwork with Remembrance Day, reflecting on the British heroes who have served their country during wars. 

BBC Sport - The story of Walter Tull.

We combined our WW2 unit with our electricity unit to create model Anderson Shelters. The children used their knowledge of WW2, circuits and their design and technology skills to make these models. The first stage involved planning out their design and thinking about the materials and equipment they would need. The children then took a visit to forest school to collect any natural materials, such as moss, leaves and twigs, for their design. Next came the building stage. Once their structure was completed, the children painted their models to make them more realistic. To finish, the children used their knowledge of electrical circuits to add a simple circuit to create light in htheir shelter. The children really enjoyed this activity and it helped cap an excellent half term of learning!

In Science, we have been planning an investigation into the impact of battery voltage on the brightness of a bulb. We wrote our predictions and planned out our variables.

In History, we researched the use of propaganda posters in WW2. We compared how Britain and Germany used them. We then created our own propaganda posters to persuade people to help in the war effort.

In Writing, we are writing a WW2 recount linked to our class novel 'Letters form the Lighthouse'. Take a look at what we have written so far.

In History, we have been exploring the London Blitz, where the German Air Force would drop bombs on London. We then created a piece of artwork to show the destruction in London. We started by painting our 'burning' backdrop and then added the silhouette of the London skyline.

The children who did not attend the Lea Green residential remained in school and completed a variety of fun WW2 activities, including baking, art, computing and creative writing.

To start off our World War Two History unit, we worked with Historic Workshop to share a wealth of knowledge all about WW2. The visitor played the role of the Chief Air Raid Warden of the Nottingham Division, and it was his job to transport the children back to the times of the Second World War! He was able to take the children back to 1939 and immersed them in interactive activities that made them feel as though they were living in war-time Britain (on the home front). The day was full of enriching and highly engaging work and the children learnt a great deal about life in World War Two. The rare artefacts, including a Morse code machine and an authentic WW2 gas mask, went down particularly well with the children, whilst the sound of the air-raid siren is one that is not easily forgotten.

In History, we researched the key events of WW2 and then placed them in chronological order to create our own WW2 timelines.

In Maths, we have been working on our multiplication facts and recapping Year Five knowledge before moving on to Year Six content.

In Science, we have begun our Electricity unit by looking at the scientific symbols used in circuits. We had a go at creating circuits using the scientific symbols and had to draw circuits using the symbols.

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