In Science, Year 6 have been learning about living things and for the past two weeks we have focused on microorganisms. This week we looked at the classification of microorganisms using the Linnaean System. We explored the differences between Eukaryotic microorganisms and Prokaryotic microorganisms. We used play-dough to make one of these microorganisms, thinking carefully about their properties.
Our Geography lesson had a twist this week as we became police investigators.
We were presented with a police case – a 44 year old man named Chico Mendez had been murdered (shot in cold blood) and we needed to assess the evidence to decide who his murderer was.
We had a list of possible suspects, some human uses of rainforests facts and an information report about Chico himself. We each took on a different role and worked together to solve this case. We then presented our findings to the rest of the class.
By doing this, we were not only enjoyed a practical lesson but we also learnt about the different human uses of the rainforest.
The question is: Who killed Chico Mendez?
We have had a fantastic week! Year 6 have been learning about shape in maths and were very excited to have a practical maths lesson. We started by exploring nets of shapes before facing some problems to solve – we had to test different nets (given in an image) to see if they would work then use our reasoning skills to explain why they would not work before making the correct net.
Today we were very lucky to have an author visit us – Liz Million. She talked us through how she draws her illustrations for her stories before letting us have a go! The theme was horror and linked into our Francis horror story – so we drew some scary characters you might see in a scary narrative!
This week we started a new genre of writing: HORROR! We were introduced to the short film ‘Francis’ on Monday and we have spent the week exploring the techniques used within the film and the narrative to build up tension. We then wrote our own setting description of Quetico Provincial Park, based on the night Francis was there.
Below are some examples of our work… don’t read them alone!
Year 6 won the crisp packet recycling challenge last term and we were rewarded with an afternoon in our fantastic forest school. The session was led by Miss Owens and the focus was trust. It was pouring with rain but we didn’t let that dampen our spirits!
We had to blind fold a partner as they led us through an obstacle course marked out with string. We had to trust that our partners would ensure we would not get into danger, although I think some of us may have walked into a tree or two!
We thoroughly enjoyed our session and can’t wait for the next one.
We have had a busy first week back and here are some of our highlights..
Our DT focus this term is ‘programming adventures.’ Over the next 6 weeks we will be learning how to program floor robots before creating adventure maps full of obstacles. We will learn how to explain and evaluate the different programming methods we use to overcome obstacles.
For our first lesson we explored our floor robots and challenged each other to program the robots to make different letters of the alphabet.
We were very excited to be starting football with NUFC and netball with Mrs Binney. In netball this week we learnt about footwork in netball and practised how to pivot.
Our theme for MAD week was endangered animals; we chose to focus on Gorillas. We started the week off by looking at art work based on a gorilla theme before creating our own paintings and sketches.
We then looked at Henri Rousseau. We analysed his art work, did sketches based on living things found in the school gardens, explored techniques used within his paintings then created our own watercolour paintings in his style.
Finally, we created our own dioramas using our knowledge of a gorilla’s habitat.
I am so proud at how hard you have all worked this week – you have all produced AMAZING art and DT work. What has been your favourite part of the week?
On Thursday afternoon we went to Sacred to watch an opera performance of ‘Laika the Space Dog’ led by English Touring Opera. We were very apprehensive because most of the class hadn’t seen an opera performance. We had an amazing time and thoroughly enjoyed the show (although the ending was quite sad!). We even had the opportunity to join in with the songs we had learnt last week during the music workshop; Jack and Anna even ended up on stage! Not only did we experience opera for the first time, many of us learnt about the first animal in space. What was your favourite part?
On Thursday we were lucky enough to visit Eden Camp. Although our journey was much longer than expected, this didn’t dampen our spirits. Eden Camp is a WW2 museum set in the buildings and grounds of an original Prisoner of War Camp that held Italians and Germans. We loved exploring each hut which took us on a journey through WW2, including the Blitz (which some of us may have found quite frightening!) and women at war. This visit fitted into our current history unit and really brought our learning to life. What did you enjoy most about Eden Camp? Can you share some of your learning from our WW2 unit?