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

This half term (Spring 2) in Maths we shall be exploring Statistics and recapping all our knowledge in preparation for our SATs. In English we shall be writing a poem, a horror story and a biography linked to our Geography and Science topic. Our Geography topic this half term is a local study of Swadlincote. In Science we will be learning about Evolution and Inheritance.

We took part in a fieldwork study to look at the human features of Swadlincote for our Georgraphy topic looking at the human and physical features of our local area. We were investigating the building use in the town centre. We then visited Sharpe's Pottery to look at the history of the building and many artefacts before walking to Eureka Park to study the human features that appeared amongst the physical features. 

This half term (Spring 1) in Maths we shall be exploring measurement and geometry. In English we shall be writing a poem, a story and a newspaper report linked to Ancient Egypt. Our topic this half term is Ancient Egypt. In Science we will be learning about Light.

As part of our Science topic, we visited the William Allitt School to investigate how we see. We dissected an eye to identify the different parts. We could identify the optic nerve, pupil, lens, cornea and iris. We learnt about why the size of our pupil changes depending on the time of day and how an image travels to our brain.
We have been exploring the mummification process used by the Egyptians. We learnt all about the process, the afterlife and the Egyptian God Anubis who was the God of death and mummification. We then had a go at mummifying our own body (a tomato). We removed the guts and organs, steralised the body and then covered it in natron (salt and bicarbonate of soda). We will hopefully see how the process allows for the preservation of the body.
In History, we have been exploring the achievements and inventions of the Egyptians. We studied their use of hieroglyphics and the inventions they created to aid with irrigation. We learnt all about the Shaduf and its uses. We were then given a variety of materials and were tasked with designing and creating our own Shaduf. 
This half term, in Science, we are exploring Light. We completed an immersion afternoon to active our prior knowledge of the topic from Year 3 and to explore new Year 6 concepts. We looked at sources and reflectors of light, how light travels, how we see and a concept cartoon linked to why we don't see stars during the day. 
In Maths, we have been exploring ratio. We discovered that ratio is where you compare two or more objects/items together. We used concrete resources to aid us in our understanding. 
In English, we have been writing an Egyptian rhyming poem. We divided our poems in to couplets and performed them to the class. We used the knowledge we learnt on the immersion day to help us write our poems.
To immerse ourselves in our Ancient Egyptian topic, we completed a variety of activities to gather information. We took part in an archaeological dig, learnt about the Geography of Egypt, gained an understanding of Egyptian Gods and Goddesses and learnt about Cleopatra.  

This half term (Autumn 2) in Maths we shall be exploring fractions, decimals and percentages. In English we shall be writing a poem, a letter and a debate linked to Geography. Our topic this half term is We Are Geographers. In Science we will be learning about Living Things and their Habitats.

A huge thank you to all the parents and carers who attended the Year Six Geography Quiz. It was fantastic to see the children recall all the information they had learnt over the half term to enable them to succeed in the quiz. The children have learnt a vast amount of knowledge this half term.
In Science, we conducted an experiment in to the conditions that mould, a living thing, grows best. Our independent variable was the material used to store the bread in. We chose salt, soil and a control group of just bread. We discovered that mould grows best in soil due to the moisture it provides.

As part of our topic, we completed a field study trip to Ilam to apply the Geography skills we had learnt over the half term. We took part in an orienteering activity, a river study and completed sketches of the local area. 

In English, we have written a variety of different genres linked to Geography. We were able to include a wide variety of Year Six ARE in our poems, letters and debates. Take a look below at some of our fabulous examples.
During topic, we have been comparing and contrasting the geography of the UK and another country of our choice. We researched the human and physical features of our country so that we could create a non-chronological report.
During Science, we have been exploring micro-organisms which are small living things. We conducted an experiment to prove that yeast is a micro-organism and that it is a livng thing.
We recently had a visit from Captain Alice to run a session on map making. We had the opportunity to explore a variety of artefacts to work out what skills are needed to create a map.

This half term (Autumn 1) in Maths we shall be exploring place-value and the four operations. In English we shall be writing a poem, diary entry and setting description linked to WW2. Our topic this half term is World War Two. In Science we will be learning about Electricity.

As part of our Science topic, we have been exploring electrical circuits. We made predictions as to which circuits would work and why they would or wouldn't work. We used our prior knowledge of key vocabulary, such as voltage and cell, to explain our reasoning.

In Reading, our focus is on vocabulary and word meaning. We have been working collaboratively, using our skim and scan techniques, to identify the meaning of words in context of the text. We have looked at root words and reading around the word. We are really enjoying reading about different aspects of WW2.
A huge thank you to all the parents and carers who attended the Spelling Inspire Workshop.
To immerse ourselves in our World War 2 topic, 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. We have also been looking at the four operations, particularly two-digit division. We used collaborative learning to support our peers.
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