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Welcome to 6W!

Come and have a look at all the exciting things we have been doing in class!

This half term (Summer 1) we will be continuing to study Electricty in Science and we will practise Athletics in PE. Maths, Reading and English/GPS will continue to focus on filling any final gaps in knowledge before the children sit their SATs. Remember SATs start on Monday 13th May. 

We went over to the William Allitt Secondary School to part-take in a dance and drama workshop. We learnt a Take That song and created a dance to accompany the music. We had so much fun.
During Art, we decided to venture in to forest school to create a self-portrait. Our first task was to find natural materials to create our facial features.
In Science, we have been exploring how we see things around us. We used reflection to help us understand this concept and created some interesting periscopes using the information we had learnt.

We had a special visit from Olympic gymnast Kristian Thomas. We completed several sporting activities to help raise money for more sports equipment. Kristian then demonstrated his gymnastic skills to the whole school in assembly. 

In Maths, we have been exploring the concept of ratio. We understood that ratio simply meant comparing an amount to other amounts. We used sweets to help us show this by comparing the number of coloured sweets we had. We then applied this knowledge to SATs style questions.
We conducted an investigation in Science to look at how the distance an object is from a torch affected the size of the shadow. We discovered that the closer the object to the torch then the larger the shadow was as the object blocked a larger area of light.

This half term (Spring 2) in Maths we shall be exploring geometry and statistics. In English, we shall be writing a narrative about the journey of a robot. Also, in Science we will be learning about light and how light travels.

As part of Science Week, we experienced a session in the Science Dome. We explored how gravity and force plays a huge part in our lives. It was great to see all the diagrams and illustrations floating around us. It was a brilliant experience for all!
To celebrate World Maths Day, we completed a variety of activities focusing on Maths being everywhere. We researched famous mathematicians, looked at how Maths links to Art, solved a mixture of problems and completed an orienteering activity.
In Science, we have been exploring sources of light. We discovered objects that emit light and objects that reflect light. We then looked at how light travels. We created human diagrams to show that light travels in straight lines.

This half term (Spring 1) in Maths we shall be exploring shape and measure. In English, we shall be writing about Charles Darwin. We shall be producing a biography about his life. Also, in Science we will be learning about Electricty and how electrical circuits work.

In Computing, we are using Scratch to program an interactive game. We have been developing different backgrounds and movements in characters.
Year Six were given a fantastic opportunity to watch a theatre production titled Bill and Lil. The performance told the story of two Burton on Trent war heroes and the events of their life during World War One.
A huge thank you to all the parents who attended our Sharing Our Learning event. It was a great opportunity for the pupils to showcase all the hard work they have been doing so far in Year Six. Thank you!
In Art, we created sketches of the Galápagos Islands or animals discovered by Charles Darwin on the Galápagos Islands. We then learnt about the technique pointillism; this is where you paint the image using small dots.
In Maths, we have been exploring converting units of measure. We completed a time challenge outside. We had to calculate the difference between given times and had to convert between units of time. Well done to Hayden who completed the task first!
In Science, we explored the different components that can make up an electrical circuit. We started to think about an investigation we could plan into the brightness of a bulb or volume of a buzzer.
In English, we completed an immersion day for our new topic. We took part in a mantle where we interviewed Charles Darwin about his life. We then went back to class to complete a timeline of his life and create sketchings of some of the species he discovered on the Galápagos Islands.
We have linked our writing to topic. We created the HMS Beagle which Charles Darwin completed his voyage on. We used a wide variety of resources, such as cardboard, plastic and wood, to create our boats. We then created a mast that used a pulley to lift the sail.

This half term (Autumn 2) in Maths we shall be exploring fractions, decimals and percentages and in English we shall be writing a debate and a persuasive letter. Also, in Science we will be learning about Electricity and Animals, Including Humans.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

6W wish you a Merry Christmas!

The whole school took part in a World War 1 day to commemorate the 100 year anniversary. We explored many artefacts and practiced marching like the soldiers would have been expected to do.
In Maths, we have been exploring the properties of 3D shapes. We explored the number of faces, edges and vertices each shape has. We also started to look at the nets of 3D shapes using concrete apparatus.
In PE, we are learning how to play basketball. We have learnt the rules of the game and how to score a goal. We had great fun in our warm up game of Rock, Paper, Scissors.
Anti-Bullying Week. 12th - 16th November. This week we have been exploring anti-bullying. We looked at the different forms of bullying and what to do if you think you are being bullied. We then linked this to our English topic, we created a piece of graffiti that promotes anti-bullying.
In English, we held a debate to determine whether graffiti is a form of art or vandalism. The decision was very much split so the debate goes on.
Wow! Look at all the Club 99 certificates that have been achieved so far. Great resilience is being shown in Mathematics.
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In English, we our debating whether we think graffiti is a form of art or vandalism. We had the opportunity to interview key players, such as a gallery owner and graffiti tagger. We used the information to support us in planning and writing our debate.
In Science, we have started our new topic which is Animals, Including Humans. We have been exploring the human body and the circulatory system. We used the model of the human body to explore the different organs.

This half term (Autumn 1) in Maths we shall be exploring place-value and in English we shall be writing a set of instructions, a non-chronological report and a recount. Also, in Science we will be learning about Evolution and Inheritance.

As part of our Modern Foreign Languages Day, we have been learning colours and body parts in French. We then used this to describe our self portraits which were in the style of Henri Matisse. We wrote sentences in French to describe our pastel drawings. 
As part of Black History week, we have been exploring the life of Barack Obama. President Obama was the 44th president of the United States and the first black President. We researched his life and his accomplishments before creating a role-play interview.

President Obama Interview

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Year Six recently took part in a road safety workshop. We explored the importance of in car safety. We found it very informative.
In Science, we have been exploring fossils and the process in which living things become fossils. We had so much fun identifying the plant and animal fossils.

In English, we are starting to write a setting description about the trenches. We have been focusing on figurative language, sentence structure and our use of semi-colons.

In Science, we have been researching the life of Charles Darwin. We then created a Presentation. You can see some of our presentations below.

Charles Darwin Presentation

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Charles Darwin Presentation

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Charles Darwin Presentation

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A huge thank you to all the parents and carers who attended our Arithmetic INSPIRE workshop.
To immerse ourselves in our World War 2 writing genre, we had a special visitor in school who taught us all about life in the war. The children learnt all about the blitz, first aid on the battlefront and were able to investigate many artefacts. A great day was had by all!
In Maths, we have been ordering and comparing numbers to 10 million, including decimal numbers.
In English, we have started to write a piece of narrative writing. Our stimulus for this writing is The Piano by Aidan Gibbons.

The Piano

As part of our narrative writing, we have been thinking about the figurative language we could use to create an atmosphere. We also came up with a bank of adjectives and synonyms to describe the different parts of the story.
In Science, we have been exploring the life of Charles Darwin. We completed research into his personal life and his voyage on the HMS Beagle where he visited the Galapagos Islands. Next lesson, we shall present our findings.
In English, we had fun making a Paddington Bear sandwich. We then used this experience to write a set of instructions.

Paddington 2 - Making Marmalade.

In Maths, we have been exploring place-value. We used our place-value grids and counters to support us with reading and writing numbers to 10 million.