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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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Welcome Back! 

WB 8.3.21
Welcome back!

We absolutely cannot wait to have you all back in school on Monday. It has been a very different place here at St Cleer without you all.
For this week, we will be settling back in to our usual routines and catching up with all our friends who we may not have seen for several weeks now.

AIW dress up day: On Monday 8th March, we will be welcoming you all back with an Alice in Wonderland themed day and we would love to see you all in your costumes again (there may even be some more visitors from Wonderland who have popped up through the rabbit hole to come and visit). 

Mad Hatter's Tea party: On Friday 12th March, we will be having a Mad Hatter's Tea party to mark the end of book fortnight. We will be making some goodies for this in class on Thursday afternoon, but we would love it if you could all bring a very small something to share with the year group. Boys- savoury treats/ Girls-sweet treats.

Violins: From Monday 15th March, you will be continuing with your violin sessions with Mrs Bartholomew; you have 5 more sessions to go- let's see if we can remember all the skills we learned before Christmas! 

Music sessions: For those of you who have guitar and drum lessons, these will be up and running again when we return to school. You should have heard from the music hub about these sessions. 

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).

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.

Reminders: Remember to dress up warms as we will continue to have the windows and doors open during our lessons. Please make sure your clothing is labelled. We will run over the hand washing and social distancing expectations when you get back on Monday. Some of you have asked us about mask wearing; we are not asking you to wear masks in class, but if you would like to, then of course you can do so.

Reading books/records: Please remember to bring all your reading books back to school with you (several of you have got copies of my nooks from the class library) and also to being your reading record to school each day.

Spellings: Attached below are our spellings for this term. We will be starting on week 2. Some of you may be given different spellings to learn if you are working in Mr Bailey's or Mrs Goldsmith's spelling groups. 

We are very much looking forward to having you all back :)
Miss Kite, Mrs Birch, Mr Bailey and Mrs Goldsmith

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Wednesday 6th January - Home Learning 

Dear All,

You should have all received an email this morning, outlining our timetable for the following 6 weeks!
This is not how we hoped to be returning but will adapt to it the best we can for each and every one of you.
We will be tuning into Teams at 10am on Wednesday; we will try and show you around as much as we can in order to begin some online learning throughout the coming weeks. Please do get in touch if we can do anything to support you at this difficult time.

Attached below you will find some learning tasks to complete on Wednesday - please work through as much as is possible for you and your family.
Remember TTRS and Prodigy are also a really useful tool; if you need your login details, don't hesitate in getting in touch. You will find a writing task, some reading comprehension, spellings, arithmetic and a sheet to design your own front cover for our new topic - China. Don't forget to tune into Joe Wicks for a live workout session too!

You will also find a step by step guide to working Teams - please take some time to get your head around it before tomorrow if you can - we will be giving more guidance in the session in the morning though so please don't panic; do check you can access Teams ready to start tomorrow though.

Thank you so much for your support in giving your children the best we can in this continued unusual and uncertain time.

Best wishes
Mrs Birch and Miss Kite

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Happy New Year! 

Welcome Back and Happy New Year!

Year 6 welcome back! We hope you had a relaxing break, enjoyable Christmas and a fantastic New Year; we cannot wait to welcome you back tomorrow (Tuesday 5th January).

We have got lots of exciting things to look forward to this term including:

Learning Adventure - will be a geography focus with the learning centring around China.
English- over the coming weeks we will focus on report writing.
Maths- Finishing off our unit on the Four Operations before moving on to Fractions.
Science- Living Things and Their Habitats.
P.E- Tag Rugby.
This has now moved to a Tuesday so please ensure full PE kit including suitable clothing for the current outside conditions is worn.
Fit Fridays- We will be doing an additional 30 minute fitness activity each Friday. Please come to school in full PE kit. Some of these activities will involve leaving the building in a small group to go for a run around the village.

To ensure the classrooms are well ventilated, we will continue to be opening windows and doors throughout the day. Children can bring additional layers to wear in class.

This half term, we are very happy that Mr Bailey will be supporting us in Year 6. He will be working with small groups as well as taking the whole class for some lessons.

See you soon, Miss Kite, Mrs Birch, Mrs Goldsmith and Mr Bailey :)

 


 

Well done to each and every one of you this week! You have all worked incredibly hard on the practice SATs papers and we are very proud of your efforts.

The end of the week has seen us getting very festive in Year 6. We gave thoroughly enjoyed practising our Christmas songs for the blog and recording the performances. Keep an eye on the tree at the front of the school next week as it will be decorated by us all using the wonderful, creative decorations you have all made this week.

Homework:
Maths- Addition and Subtraction

SPaG- Expanded noun phrases. Follow the link to watch the video and complete the activity 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p006tn3n

Comprehension- The night before Christmas (Chapter 1 only)

Have a fabulous week- only 2 more weeks to go!

Miss Kite, Mrs Birch, Mrs Goldsmith and Mrs Tamblyn :)




 

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