March Update

During March, Year Six have had a variety of different learning opportunities.

In Literacy, the children read the story ‘Henry’s Freedom Box’ by Ellen Levine.  They discussed the story of Henry Brown’s life using Key Questions involving inference, deduction and fact retrieval. Furthermore, the children discussed the social, ethnic, cultural or religious diversity of the past and characteristic features of the past inc: beliefs, attitudes and experiences of men, women and children.  After reading the book, the children have written a biography of Henry’s life and a comparative report about Henry Brown and Ruby Bridges – a young girl who fought for equality within education.

A Year 6 science unit of learning has been ‘Inheritance and Evolution’. The children have explored variation and inheritance. They have also investigated adaption and how this may lead to evolution. The children did this through a beak investigation – helping them understand that living things have to adapt to survive in their environment and only the offspring that successfully adapts survives.

 

 

February Post

During February, the children took part in workshop sessions from PCSO Karl Jolly. The children learnt about drugs and alcohol, online safety and knife crime. The children looked at the side effects of drugs and alcohol and saw examples of how personal data can be shared online.

The children explored their topic unit of ‘Fight for Freedom’ in literacy, history and geography. The children looked at the journey of the Titanic and the passengers – who they were and why they were travelling. They compared this to the Pilgrims’ journey to America and their reasons for travel. They also compared a region in the UK to a region in the USA, specifically looking at physical and human geography features.

Year 6 completed newspaper reports about the sinking of the Titanic in literacy. The children learnt about features of a newspaper report, colons, semi-colons and dashes and formal and informal language. The children have also explored the story, ‘Kaspar, Prince of Cats’ by Michael Morpurgo, which has influence their own narratives about Kaspar – a prequel and sequel.

We have had a busy November.

During November, we have supported Children in Need by dressing up in spots. Later in the afternoon, parents were invited to come to class to play some games, which had the theme of spots.  In Year 6, we played a game where you keep the balloon up in the air by hitting it but you could not move off your spot.  Furthermore, we played how many raisins can you pick up one at a time ( with tweezers ) and transfer from one bowl to another. We had some incredible achievements in both games with Parents and Children winning the games. Well done to the parents who participated – such good sports!!!!!

November was the end of our History theme of Epic Egyptians. We explored the events leading up to the end of the Egyptian Empire. We identified the causes that led to the invasion of the Ancient Egyptian Empire and the consequences of the invasion and its decline. Furthermore, we identified why Rome would want Ancient Egypt as part of its Empire. We have also studied Ancient Egyptian Gods and written a non-chronological report for Ra – the God of the Sun.

During November,  we have been swimming at the leisure centre. The children were fantastic – improving their swimming or learning to swim, gaining water confidence and learning all about Water Safety in a practical way.  The children received a variety of certificates. Well Done Year 6!

Year 6 – May

What a Month!!!

May has been another busy month in Year 6.  Staff were extremely proud of the children with their attitude towards the SAT examinations. They tried their hardest – and that is all anyone can ask!

After SATs, we introduced the children to our Year Six musical production, which is called Rock Bottom! The play synopsis is: The Cobblestones, just an ordinary Stone Age family of cave folk living on Stoney Street, Rock Bottom! But when cave boy inventor Bobby Cobblestone hatches his very first good idea, he’s whisked off to work for none other than the beautiful celebrity Lady Lava! Unfortunately, BC is soon up to his Neanderthal neck in trouble when he discovers his new boss hides a dark secret that will rock Rock Bottom to its foundations. With mysterious monsters terrorising the town and a volatile volcano ready to blow its top, can BC become a little boulder and hatch a plan to save his family, his friends and his very own precious Rock Bottom? Only time will tell…

The children were incredibly brave and auditioned for many roles. Everyone is involved and we are enjoying starting to rehearse and learn the songs. In fact, lots of children are giving up their time after school to come to drama club rehearsals.

To celebrate the Coronation, the children took part in an art project for Madeley Parish Council, where they sketched portraits of King Charles in different periods of his life.

Lots of Learning in Year 6!

Although there are not many days in February and a half term, we have still been very busy with our learning.

In Science, we have been continuing our work on Light – investigating the reflected and incident ray, along with their angles. As our science unit is part of a crime investigation, we used our knowledge and made a periscope to investigate different reflective materials. We found out that retro reflective material does not enable you to see through the periscope because, the rougher the surface, the less reflective (the light shot back in different directions). Then, the duller the surface, the less reflective as more light was absorbed. After our investigation, we could eliminate a suspect.

During February, it was Safer Internet Day. We looked at the terms and conditions of WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and You Tube. We retrieved information about:

What personal information can they collect?

What can they do with this information?

We discussed the term of online consent and what we understand from, why social media want our personal information and why this is valuable to them. We discussed the term targeted advertising and linked this to our previous knowledge of web crawlers. We also thought about what responsibilities we have got for the well-being of others in our online social group, how impulsive and rash communications online can possibly cause problems, how we can support others (including those who are having difficulties) online and how to report problems online for both me and my friends.

Later during the day, we looked at when using social media, you are creating a digital footprint and that a digital footprint is data that is left behind when users have been online. Therefore, this helps create your online reputation (eg overall quality or character as judged by people in general). This could be seen as being positive or negative. We discussed that It is only bad if the things that you share or that are shared about you, reflect badly upon you and project an image of yourself that you don’t want people to see – or if putting the information together could affect your personal privacy and security. We explored online reputations (where people form an opinion in greater detail). We looked at the applicants to a college, which will be funded by the local premier league football team Halliwell FC. The football team will be giving one student money to fund their further study in football business management. We imagined that we work for the college and conducted online searches to fill in the information that we can find to help the football club assess who should be offered a place. Based on the digital footprint information, who decided who should be offered a place on the course and who should not be offered a place on the course – giving reasons. Finally, we discussed how to try to control a digital footprint to help an online reputation and the online reputation of others.

Towards the end of the day, we gave a presentation to parents – sharing all the information we had learned.

 

A Busy Start to the New Year.

The children have worked extremely hard in Numeracy converting, ordering and comparing  decimals, fractions and percentages – with some very tricky problems!

 

The children have been exploring Martin Luther King’s Dream Speech for persuasive devices and context. This inspired them to write their own version as if they were Ruby Bridges – fighting for equality and education.

Some children visited Arthog last week spending time rock climbing, gorge walking, canoeing, orienteering and night walking!! They all represented Woodlands fabulously, demonstrating a number of our ‘Secrets of Success’. The staff, who accompanied them, were very proud!

The children, who did not go to Arthog, also used a number of  our ‘Secrets of Success’ – especially exploring the mystery book ‘The Watertower’ and when painting in the style of Jackson Pollock. Each child recreated a photograph of New York using ‘drip painting’.

 

Year 6 December Update

During December, we created cushions in Design and Technology. First, we designed our applique design for the front of the cushion and created a pattern to scale. Then, we explored different stitches (backstitch, running stitch, whip stitch and blanket stitch) and had a practise at these. We decided which stitches we would use for the seams of the cushion and for the applique. After using our pattern to cut out the fabric, we started to sew on each section of our design (applique). After sewing 3 seams, we then inserted the wadding before sewing the final seam. We are really proud of our cushions. Watch out Dunelm!!!

In Music, we have been developing our knowledge of playing the recorder. We looked at musical notation – particularly how many beats each note is worth.  Once, we had practiced playing the notes A, B, G and E (low) accurately, we then played a variety of pieces of music practising our B, A , G and E notes in time to a backing track. We particularly concentrated on the amount of beats each note was worth.

We look forward to our learning in January!

 

October in Year 6

In Year 6, we have had a very busy October!

During Black History week, we watched a variety of video clips and discussed the term – segregation and racial segregation. We discussed what happened to Rosa Parks and looked at a variety of images showing segregation in public places such as shops. Then, we looked at, and discussed, a variety of different clips from the film and extracts from the book Hidden figures – even discussing what the title Hidden Figures suggests.  After watching the clips, we discussed a variety of questions about how the characters felt, secrets of success etc and why certain points in the book and film were significant moments. The book ‘Hidden Figures’ – which is a true story of four black women who helped NASA launch men into space – was extremely thought provoking and incredibly inspiring. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes, like providing the calculations for America’s first journeys into space.  They did so during a time when being black and a woman limited what they could do. However, they worked hard. They persisted. And they used their genius minds to change the world (Achievement and Legacy). Finally, we researched one of the inspiring women and the exemplary work they did – and presented our findings (in our own way) to others.

During Literacy, History and Geography, we have been exploring all about the Titanic.  Firstly, we researched the Titanic using a variety of resources and decided which source of information was the best and why and which wasn’t very useful and why. Furthermore, we thought about why some of the facts in different sources varied. After researching, we wrote a non- chronological report about the Titanic. There are many theories on why the Titanic sank. We investigated a variety of different theories and sources of information. After reading all the information, the children imagined they were part of the official enquiry and decided which theory was the reason they believed ultimately caused the sinking of the Titanic. To finalise our learning, we compared the similarities and differences of the experiences of the Pilgrims and Passengers on the Titanic regarding:  the travelling to America, reasons for travelling and the reasons for immigration.

For World Mental Health Day, we first considered what mental health is and how a poor mental health can be portrayed. We then considered who we can talk to if we are worried about our mental health and discussed things we can do to improve it. We considered the importance of having Mental Health Day and how it can raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing. A focus of the day was mindfulness – looking at three examples of mindfulness strategies: progressive muscle relaxation, breathing techniques and visualisation. We tried each technique, then evaluated them and discussed how each technique might work for different emotions. Finally, we considered how we can set time aside each week (or day) to prioritise our mental health.

During Mid October, Y6 have been involved in the STAR project. A Youth Engagement Officer from West Mercia Police delivered the project. The learning focused upon: Drugs awareness, Identifying our personal strengths to help build self esteem, Definitions of what a drug is and awareness of legal and illegal drugs, Negative impact of drinking too much alcohol, How tobacco affects a young person’s body and Being assertive and learning how to say NO in difficult situations

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