Busy, Busy, Busy!

During November, we have been working on a variety of different skills. During Literacy, we have continued our work on Henry Box Brown and written a formal biography about his life and his friend’s life (James Smith).

In Numeracy, we have learnt how to do long division and have solved a variety of problems using this operation and method. Then, we have moved onto Fractions and have been exploring converting mixed number fractions to improper fractions and visa versa, simplifying fractions, expressing fractions in the same denomination, and comparing them. We are really becoming experts in fractions! 

A computer curriculum day was within Anti -Bullying week so we were able to combine the two areas. We have looked at online safety by discussing the book Troll Stinks. We looked at a variety of different ways to stay safe but specifically looked at password safety – how to create a unique and safe password and what to do if your password is stolen (hacked). For the rest of Anti-bullying week, we looked at united against bullying (this year’s theme), how small changes make a difference and understanding what respect is and that everyone deserves to be treated with respect. We looked specifically at these themes through the book (and popular film) Wonder – particularly how characters were treated and their feelings.

In the latter part of November, we had an Art Curriculum day – where we focussed on drawing. Within the lesson, we explored the Year 6 skills of texture, tone and the effect of light upon an object. Using a variety of different pencil grades, the children experimented with different techniques of creating texture and tone (cross-hatching, stippling, blending, the importance of an eraser! etc).  Using all this knowledge, we then created our own still life compositions and then sketched a final piece – specifically showing texture and tone.

Yr6 Learning in October

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

During Black History Day, we focussed on the book ‘Hidden Figures’ – which is an incredibly inspiring true story of four black women who helped NASA launch men into space. 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. Following from this, we created an information booklet about their lives.

In Literacy, we have also been looking at Black History in America by studying the life of Henry Box Brown and the story of his life – which we found incredible. We used this book as an inspiration to write a setting description.

In Numeracy, we have been improving our knowledge of calculation skills alongside solving a variety of problems. Exploring BODMAS and the rules of divisibility was really interesting and we loved following the rules to help us solve a variety of questions.

As well as this, we have been improving our rugby skills with attacking and defending in PE and becoming taxonomists in Science – with categorising new creatures.

We are looking forward to our learning in November.

Can You Guess The Book?

Today, the children brought in props to represent a book. The ideas the children had were fantastic and we had really good fun guessing the books. Can you guess the books from the props?

Some of the props were:

An owl

A chocolate bar

Pebbles and a piece of string

A football

An umbrella

Diamond Bracelets

 

Our runners up were:

A sword and a HRH sash ( The Beast of Buckingham Palace), a red bow ( Matilda) and a camera ( Where’s Wally) – but the WINNER was…  a skull ( Hamlet / William Shakespeare)!

Year Six ‘Stay and Learn’.

Anti-Bullying Week

During Anti-Bullying Week, we have thought about how small changes can make a difference and what small change we are going to make. We also looked at respect and what respect means, what it looks like and reflected upon a variety of disrespectful actions and scenarios. Through discussion, we have embraced differences and what the world would be like if we were all the same. Throughout Anti-Bullying Week, we have looked at discrimination, diversity, equal opportunities, being inclusive and equality. Finally, we have discussed how a lack of respect and not changing can lead to bullying and reflected about dealing with this type of bullying. The inspiration for our work was the book ‘Wonder’ by RJ Palacio and how small changes could make a difference to how a character was feeling.

 

Welcome to our Year 6 page!

Although Year 6 is going to be hard work, we’re very excited about the learning we’re going to be participating in this year!

We have all made a really good start to our last year at Woodlands. This term our topic is ‘Land of the Free’ where we are discovering all things American. As part of this topic, we will be learning about America, including: landmarks, states, Native Americans, extreme weather, significant events in American history and lots more. We have planned our learning together and have created key questions to explore.

In our Science topic, we will be learning about living things and their habitats during Autumn 1.

The homework expectations for year 6 are as follows:

  • Reading with an adult at home at least 2 times a week (Parents need to comment and sign the reading record). On the other days, children to read independently and comment in their reading diary.
  • Rapid recall/practise of times tables and other mathematical facts (This could involve: practising times tables, calculations, number facts, problem solving when shopping – e.g working out the total cost and change etc).
  • Further to this there will be at least one piece of homework a week. This will be given out on a Friday and must be returned on the following Monday.
  • Occasionally a homework project will be given and this will need to be completed over a specific number of weeks. When a project is given, there is an expectation that this will represent a few weeks of effort.
  • Spellings from each unit of the spelling scheme will be posted on the website. These will be posted when the new unit starts.

Inside PE is on Monday (but for the first 10 weeks will be swimming) and outside PE is on Tuesday.

We look forward to keeping you updated with photos and our news!

parents meet and greet pdf for website

Arts Week

We had a great time during Arts Week and had the opportunity to explore a variety of arts and craft techniques.

Throughout the week, Year 6 worked on a number of projects – both 2d and 3d.

We focused on paper craft, decoupage, working with felt fabric and painting.

  • We used paper craft to make 3d flowers through the art of folding scraps of wallpaper
  • We used decoupage to create 3d woodland animal heads – using scraps of paper
  • We used Felt fabric to create 3d flowers – using our 8 x table- to create a Woodlands hanging display
  • We explored colour mixing and different paint techniques to create a tree during the four seasons

Lots of children experienced arts and craft techniques that they had never used before and have expressed an interest in doing some of these techniques in the future.

Take a look at our photos.

 

Easter Homework

Please help remind your children that they have to complete their Easter Homework ( 2 booklets) over the holidays and both must be returned by Thursday 2nd May. Furthermore, we are expecting 4 reading comments and signatures ( 2 per week as normal) by Friday 3rd May.

Thanks for your co-operation.

Rich and Poor in Ancient Egypt.

This half term, we have been exploring Rich and Poor with Ancient Egypt. We have learnt about the daily life of a nobleman and compared that to a farmer – what a difference!!!! We know who we would have rather been!!

Reading Shirley Climo’s Ancient Cinderella has given us a further comparison – with a twist on the original fairy tale. Using this idea, we have written our own version of Fairy Tales within an Egyptian setting. Some of our stories are fantastic and a really interesting read and the children should be very proud of themselves.

We are looking forward to the Easter Holiday – completing our Homework and having a good rest ready for our SATs, which start on Monday 13th May.

Monday 13th = SPAG

Tuesday 14th = Reading

Wednesday 15th = Maths paper 1 (arithmetic) and paper 2 ( reasoning)

Thursday 16th = Maths paper 3 ( reasoning)