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.