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WB 14.6.21 

WELCOME TO YR 6 BLOG By Ellen, Abi, Maja and Jaimee-Lee

The Ridge
On Monday we started our new unit, The Ridge. We did several different activities including: descriptive writing, emotions and perspective. The ridge is based on a man called Danny rowing to Lock Scaivaig with the intention to ride along its narrow ridges and dangerous cliffs. Our hope is to create a piece of narrative writing using show not tell, and creating atmosphere.

Music
This week we have been learning a song called Lean on Me but we then changed it to Happy by Pharrel Williams to perform at our leavers’ party on the 21st July. We have been learning all about beat, rhythm and timing. We are looking forward to performing at the leavers’ party!

Maths
In Maths, we are doing Algebra this week. We are doing 1 step and 2 step function machines. We have learnt how to form expressions using letters and numbers, also we have learnt how to work out the value.

Leavers’ hoodies
Today, we received our leavers’ hoodies. They are very comfy and are perfect; we are allowed to wear them for the month of July.

6B
6B are very excited to have a new teacher (Miss Swift) working with them on Mondays and Tuesdays until Mrs Birch returns.

 


 

Delaware Activity Centre

At Delaware we all had lots of fun whilst doing different activities and learning different skills. The activities we did included: rock climbing, archery and fire lighting.

Rock Climbing

Before we started climbing we had to put our gear on which included harnesses and helmets. The instructors showed us how to put on our climbing gear and then we set off in 3 groups with the instructors.
The climbing walls were different in terms of our skill base but most people challenged themselves and made it to the top. At one point everyone had a go at climbing the bolder which tested our upper body strength and agility. Some people made it all the way to the top whereas some people only made it halfway.

Archery

When we did archery we used bows and arrows to shoot targets and score points. We learnt how to put the arrow correctly onto the bow, how to stand holding a bow and how to shoot the arrow. Once we finished the scoring rounds, we played a game called“ the cake game” where as a team we had to try and get all the colours on the board to make a cake and try to get the most cakes to win.

Fire lightning

We were learning how to light a fire using natural materials such as: cotton pads, hay, string and sticks. We learnt how to make black powder using different types of wood and get two pieces of wood, rub it together really vigorously to make heat. The black powder was flammable so could be used to make a fire. We pulled pieces of string into fine pieces which would be easy to light with the steel and aluminium (fire lighter). Using the string, we made fire nests to create longer lasting flames and then we turned it around so it would burn more. Overall we all had a great day at Delaware thanks to all of the staff! By Izzy, Annabell and Georgina.

 


 

 


 

Week Beginning 17.5.21 by Josh

English

This week in English, we learnt about newspapers. We labelled the structural features of a newspaper then we made headlines about the plan crash in The Explorer using alliteration, pun, a single word or straight to the point. We then learnt about the 5w’s (who, what, where ,when and why) and wrote a newspaper orientation. Yesterday, we acted in role and carried out interviews. Then we used the responses to write direct and reported speech.

Maths

In maths this week, we did finding percentages of an amount using bar models to help us. We did ‘Would you rather’ questions for example: Would you rather be given 60% of 2 pizzas or 26% of 5 pizzas? I chose 26% of five pizzas because that would be 1.3 but 60% of 2 is 1.2.

Science

In science this week, we learnt about the evolution of the Blue Whale. First we watched a video of how the Blue Whale evolved from Pakicetus. Then we made the different stages of whale evolution with plasticine and made a chart of evolution. We drew different pictures of each stage of what we thought each stage of evolution looked like and wrote the features that changed.

Learning adventure

This week in learning adventure, we learnt about hue (base colour) , tints (adding white) and shades (adding black). We painted on a strip of paper the hue in the middle and the tint and shades on the different sides. Finally, we mixed different colours and chose colours for the Amazon animals on our tiles. 

 


6K Evolution and Inheritance  

By Mathieu and Elliot
























Tuesday 11th May 2021


We have been learning ‘Evolution and Inheritance’ this term and have been learning about Charles Darwin and Russel Wallace. Charles Darwin went across the sea in search of the Galapagos islands on the HMS Beagle. While he was there, he studied finches in their natural habitat and realised that they had many different species and each species had a different beak type. In the surprise of this, he went and gathered specimens to prove his theory. We have learnt that there is a combination of characteristics from mother and father inherited by the offspring. The genes of ancient animals slowly changed over time for example: dogs were wolves in the ancient form and now there are a variety of different species such as a Labrador, a Bulldog and a German Shepherd.

We are learning to carry out an investigation into the evolution of bird’s beaks

Success Criteria
I can understand how animals and plants adapt to their environment
I can understand that species evolve passing on successful characteristics
I can identify a question to investigate this hypothesis I can carry out a fair test
I can write up my investigation using the scientific method

Hypothesis
Which beak will be the most effective at picking up different food types?

Method
We tested these different beaks:
-bulldog clips -wooden skewers [taped together]
-straws [taped together]
-scissors -spoons [held together]
On these different food types:
-chickpeas [small seeds]
-beans [larger seeds]
-chocolates [nuts]
-marshmallows [squishy bugs]
-strawberry laces [worms]
-biscuits [small mammals]

Predictions
“I think that the spoons will be the most effective beak because they could grab the food like a hand. Therefore, they will be able to eat a greater variety food thus increasing their chances of survival,” says Mathieu.

“I think the least successful will be the bulldog clips as due to their size, it will limit which types of food they will be able to grab. Therefore, the finches would not be able to eat enough food to survive in the environment,” says Elliot.

Conclusion
As we predicted, the spoons were the most effective because of their hand-like grasp. Despite thinking that the bulldog clips and scissors would be unsuccessful, they were better than we thought as the straws were worse due to the fact that they were slippery and the fact that they couldn’t grab on to anything thicker than the marshmallows (squishing bugs). In conclusion, the finch with the spoon beak would survive for longer due to the variety of food it is able to gather.

 


Week beginning 10.5.21 

Year 6 End of Year Activities
A letter has gone home this week with all the dates and timing for the end of year activities. Please add these dates to your diary, return the slip and make the payments on Parent Pay by 21st May.

Delaware
Date: Monday 7th June
Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Cost: £42.00
Activities: Indoor climbing, fire lighting and archery

Adrenaline Quarry
Date: Monday 5th July
Time: 10:30 am to 2:30 pm Cost: £40.50
Activities: The Giant Swing, 1 go karting sessions and Aquapark

Picnic/Awards Ceremony
Date: 21st July Time: 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Activities: Picnic (food to be arranged by parents), performance, awards, music, games
Due to the current guidelines, we will only be able to allow 1 adult to supervise each family for this event.

Siblyback Cycle
Date: 23rd July
Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Activities: Cycle round the lake and ice cream
Equipment: Bike, helmet, water and snacks (children can eat lunch when they return home)

Extra Activities
Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd July: Sean Hewitt will visit St Cleer to create a mural with the Year 6 children. Friday 16th July: Children will enjoy pizza and movies in the school hall.
Thursday 22nd July: Children to come to school in white t-shirts for shirt signing

Spellings
Use the link to practise this week's spelling words
https://spellingframe.co.uk/guest/word-list/107203

Have a fabulous weekend- let's hope for some sunshine :) 

 


 

Week beginning 3.5.21
We have had another fantastic week in Year 6!

Maths: This week we completed our block on decimals. We have been really impressed with the children's understanding and next week, we will start to look at percentages.

English: We have spent the week writing leaflets about Brazil including all the persuasive language and structural features we have discussed in class. We are very much looking forward to seeing the final drafts.

Science: This week we used our research skills to find out about Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution and then created some spectacular double-page spreads to present the information.

Learning Adventure: Using Atlases, we marked countries in South America and looked at the Amazon River.

Reading: Children should be reading at home every day and recording their reading in their reading records. (Please ensure comments include title, page number and a brief synopsis of what they have read or new words they have learned/found challenging etc.) I am checking these each Friday and rewarding Team Points to regular readers.

Spellings: Attached below are our spellings for this term. We are currently on week 3. The children should also to continue to practise any spellings they still need to from previous weeks; these are marked on their spelling sheets. (Miss Kite's and Mrs Goldsmith's groups have different spelling words to learn.) The link below will take you through to a website that you can practise on.

Homework: The homework for this week has been sent home with the children.

 Maths-Test 3 (answers are in the back of the books for you to self-assess your own work.)

Reading comprehensions-Pages 8-9 'Hostages to handheld devices.'

Reading groups- There will be an additional task set on Deepening Understanding for Mrs Birch and Mrs Goldsmith's Guided Reading groups. The children all have their log in details to access this.

Hoodies: We have had an amazing response to the hoodies. Thank you very much to the parents who are organising this for the children.

Upcoming events: We are in the final stages of confirming dates and prices for Adrenaline Quarry and Delaware. Information will be sent out as soon as this is finalised.

Fundraising: On 28th May, we will be holding some fundraising events to raise money for the year 6 leavers. Please think about any activities we could do in school to raise funds. Some current ideas we have are car washing, busking and a sponsored event.

Have a great weekend! Miss Kite, Mrs Birch, Mr Bailey, Mr Vinton and Mrs Goldsmith

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Friday 30th April 

.......and just like that, we are on the final day of April!! 

Well done Year 6 for another fantastic week of learning. 

We have also been very busy this week organising and finalising the plans for your leavers celebrations. Some of this includes: hoodies, Adrenaline Quarry, Delaware, award ceremony, picnic with parents, Sibly cycling, an art project, Dominos pizza and shirt signing!! I think you'll agree, we are going to have some great fun!! We will be in touch with dates and costings very soon and we are beginning to think about some fundraising ideas towards the costs too.

Below you will find the homework attachments. You will need to watch the video in order to answer the SPaG questions. As mentioned in the parents consultations, some of you will also have work set for reading comprehension on Deepening Understanding. 

Have a really brilliant weekend. Remember it is bank holiday on Monday so, see you on Tuesday - May the 4th be with you!!

Mrs Birch, Miss Kite, Mrs Goldsmith and Mr Vinton

 


WB 19.04.21 

Welcome Back

What a first week back! The children have all settled in really well and have impressed us with their contributions in class this week and their enthusiasm for our new topic-The Explorer.

English: In English this week, we have started looking at Information Leaflets. Over the next few weeks, the children will be carrying out research about Brazil and The Amazon and then creating their own leaflets.

Maths: In Maths we have continued our block of learning on fractions. We looked at multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1,000 with the use of the place value chart to support our understanding. We then moved on to use written and mental strategies to multiples decimals to 3 decimal places by integers. 

Science: Continuing with our topic of Evolution and Inheritance, we read the story 'Moth' and thought about how moths adapted over time and inherited certain characteristics.

Learning Adventure: The children are very enthusiastic about our new topic- The Explorer. This week we have begun to read the story and share our predictions about what will happen. We spent some time thinking about what we would like to find out and learnt some interesting facts about Brazil and The Amazon.

PE: PE is now on a Thursday afternoon. The children will be working with Mrs Tyrel and Mrs Goldsmith on the field so please ensure they wear appropriate kit for outdoors.

Fit Friday: We will continue with our Fit Friday sessions each Friday so please come to school in full PE kits. We will be completing either a Joe Wicks work out, running or yoga each week.

Reading: Children should be reading at home every day and recording their reading in their reading records. (Please ensure comments include title, page number and a brief synopsis of what they have read or new words they have learned/found challenging etc.) I am checking these each Friday and rewarding Team Points to regular readers. 

Spellings: Attached below are our spellings for this term. We are currently on week 1. The children should also to continue to practise any spellings they still need to from previous weeks; these are marked on their spelling sheets.
(Mrs Birch and Mrs Goldsmith's groups have different spelling words to learn.)

The link below will take you through to a website that you can practise on.

Homework: The homework for this week has been sent home with the children.
Maths- Decimals sheet. Please use the file below to watch the useful videos and check any answers.
Reading-Charles Darwin comprehension. Please use the file below to check the answers.
(Please ensure homework diaries are in school everyday so children can record any messages in here.) 
Reading groups- There will be an additional task set on Deepening Understanding for Mrs Birch and Mrs Goldsmith's Guided Reading groups. The children all have their log in details to access this.

Parent meetings: Thank you to everyone who managed to arrange a meeting with me. It was great to have such positive discussions about the children's progress so far this year :)

Have a great weekend!

Miss Kite, Mrs Birch, Mr Bailey, Mr Vinton and Mrs Goldsmith

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WB 29.03.21 

We have had a fabulous week in Year 6 this week with lots of hands on learning experiences. We have also welcomed Mr Vinton (a student teacher) to the year 6 team; he will be with us for the next 8 weeks. 

English: In English this week, we have been planning and writing our own versions of AIW. We have been blown away with the enthusiasm for this writing with several children wanting to take their work home to continue their stories- keep up the amazing work!

Maths: This week, we began our block on decimals. The children set themselves targets for the upcoming block of work and we revised some of the year 5 objectives to refresh our memories on hundredths and thousandths. Lots of manipulatives were used to support the children in their understanding.

Science: We have continued our work on evolution and inheritance. This week, we looked at adaptation and how different animals have adapted to suit their habitats.

Learning Adventure: We are coming to the end of our China topic and this week, we found out about the Shang Dynasty. We also learned about the Terracotta Army and made our own Terracotta Warriors. There are some amazing examples of sculpting and moulding to create unique and individual warriors; these are drying over the weekend ready for a coat of paint next week.

Violins: Over the last 2 weeks, we have been incredibly impressed with how much the children have retained after their extended break from violins. This week we will have violins on Monday and Thursday: this will complete our violin sessions. Thursday's lesson will be a recorded performance that we will be sharing with you all. 

PE: On Tuesday afternoon, you will have PE with Mr Bailey and Mrs Goldsmith so please remember to come in your full kit (including clothing suitable for outside). The April Active calendar is attached below with daily exercise activities.

Fit Friday: We will continue with our Fit Friday sessions each Friday so please come to school in full PE kits. We will be completing either a Joe Wicks work out, running or yoga each week.

Reading: Children should be reading at home every day and recording their reading in their reading records. I am checking these each Friday and rewarding Team Points to regular readers. The children are also given the opportunity to read in school every morning when they come in both independently and to an adult. 

Spellings: Attached below are our spellings for this term. We are currently on week5. The children should also to continue to practise any spellings they still need to from previous weeks; these are marked on their spelling sheets. 
Please copy and paste the link to practise this week's spellings. https://spellingframe.co.uk/guest/word-list/96991

Some of you may be given different spellings to learn if you are working in Mr Bailey's or Mrs Goldsmith's spelling groups.

Maths homework: As we have chosen not to set any written homework until after the Easter holidays, we are asking children to log on to TTRS and Prodigy at home. I have also attached an 'April Maths Calendar' with daily tasks that we would like the children to work on.
(Please ensure homework diaries are in school everyday so children can record any messages in here.)

Early morning sessions: This will be the last week of Mr Bailey's early morning sessions for those children who attend. Miss Kite and Mrs Birch will be organising some sessions for after the Easter break and we will contact anyone who we would like to take part in these sessions.

Parent meetings: We will be having parent meetings on the first week back after half term. We will send out an email when we have organised dates and times so please book your meeting via Arbor. Due to social distancing, we will only be able to ask 1 parent/carer to attend each meeting. 

4 more days before a well-deserved break! Miss Kite, Mrs Birch, Mr Bailey, Mr Vinton and Mrs Goldsmith

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