Year 6 Blog
Within our science lessons this term, we have been exploring reversible and irreversible changes. We have learnt the theory behind this concept, thinking about the structure of the three states of matter: solids, liquids and gases. This week, we enjoyed a practical science lesson where we observed and completed a variety of investigations. One of the investigations that we particularly enjoyed was the mixing of diet coke (a carbonated drink) with mentos mints. The result was rather explosive!
We have continued working very hard in preparation for our SATs and have been completing revision to secure and revisit our understanding of a variety of concepts. It has been wonderful to see children who arrive in school before 8:45 completing extra maths revision in the mornings. It has also been great to see so many children embracing additional maths work at home through the use of our Rising Stars programme. We are setting the children ‘missions’ to complete as well as targeting specific tasks for their individual needs. We are very proud of their hard work and dedication towards reaching their targets. Please can we remind you of some useful resources and techniques which will enable you to support your child further with their revision at home:
- Using the maths and grammar help sheet to test key knowledge (max 10 minutes per day)
- Use the Rising Star maths programme
- Practise and test children on the Year 5/6 key spellings
- Completing all homework
- Reading at least 3 times a week
Year 6 Performance
Prior to the Easter holidays, the children auditioned for a part in our end of year show: Pirates of the Curry Bean. We were extremely impressed with the children’s courage to audition in front of the rest of the Year group. We are now in the process of assigning speaking roles to the children and will soon be handing out scripts for them to learn. It is a very exciting time for the children to express their creativity and performance skills and we look forward to beginning our rehearsals once we have completed our SATs.
Key Dates for this term:
|Wk Com 14th May
|Friday 15th May
||SATs Reward Trip
|Wednesday 23rd May
||Camp information meeting (6:30pm)
|Wk Com 11th June
||Year 6 Camp
|Tuesday 17th July
||Year 6 Performance (6:30pm)
|Wednesday 18th July
||Year 6 Performance (2:00pm)
|Wednesday 18th July
||Year 6 Leavers Disco
|Friday 20th July
||Year 6 Leavers Assembly (9:30am)
This term our topic is ‘Traditional Tales’ and this week our storybook is ‘The Gingerbread Man’. We have been doing lots of fantastic writing in English lessons around the story including instruction writing, story writing and character descriptions. The story had enthused the children’s writing so much and it has been a delight to see.
In the afternoons we have had lots of fun doing different craft activities. The children have built multiple bridges using lego and sticklebricks to help get the gingerbread man cross the river. They have drawn gingerbread men, decorated gingerbread men and made gingerbread men buntings using all their craft skills. They have also explored measuring, mixing and making following instructions on how to make gingerbread men.
We have been discussing all the different ways that we could help save the gingerbread man from the fox at the end of the story and how we could help him cross the river instead. We decided it would be a good idea for the gingerbread man to be made out of a stronger biscuit. We had four different types of biscuits including rich tea, ginger nut, cookie and a chocolate digestive. The children made predictions on which biscuit they thought would be the strongest and why. We decided to test out their predictions and find out for certain which biscuit the gingerbread man should be made from. The children were very excited to find out the results. We found that the chocolate biscuit was the strongest because the chocolate held the biscuit together for the longest in water. The children were very surprised with the results and now know how to help the gingerbread man!
Year 5 ended term 4 with a special visit from Andy Kuh (who works for the Space Agency). The children had a chance to ask some excellent questions and learn more about what happens behind the scenes at space missions. We even had chance to explore “soil from Mars” to find out if there was any signs of life. Even though some children were convinced, we told them it was only sand from the sandpit mixed with yeast!
We started our new topic ‘Medieval Britain’ by randomly picking children to be higher in the hierarchy of the year group (Lord/Lady, Nobles, Knights and Pages). Children who were unlucky, were treated as peasants during our Medieval feast: sitting on the floor, serving trencher (a medieval snack) to their superiors and even cleaning up whilst the nobles stood and watched.
They all created their own shields and flags with a medieval design before playing invasion games, quoits, orange bobbing and finally being put in the stocks!
The topic has certainly got off to a bang and we have some exciting learning planned – a visit from a local historian, working with Matt Jeanes on a visual timeline in the style of the Bayeux Tapestry and making a model of a trebuchet (war catapult).
What a busy final week we’ve had here in Year 4! We’ve spent the last few days building up to our topic applause by being active for Sports Relief, building bee boxes and finally visiting Wild Place.
Our Survival topic over the past two terms has enabled us to learn all about animals and how they adapt to their wild habitats, so what better way than show off our knowledge than visiting a Wild Place haven?! We took part in a workshop all about giraffes and how they have adapted to suit their Savanna habitat. Did you know a giraffe’s tongue is black so that it doesn’t get sunburnt? We do. As well as learning all about the giraffes, we were able to get up close and personal with some Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches (yes, this means we held them… yuck!) Finally, we were able to explore all the other amazing animals that Wild Place helps such as wolves, lemurs, okapi and baboons.
It’s not only outside of school that we have been showing off our amazing knowledge, but inside the school too. Protecting the globe plays a huge part in the topic of Survival and so do BEES. Yes, bumble bees are important. They help pollinate the flowers that give us oxygen. However, bees are slowly becoming more rare. Don’t panic because Year 4 are on the case! We have been building our own bee boxes (with the help of Mr Marshall) and they are looking ‘bee-utiful.’ We’ve measured, sawn and even hammered the nails in to construct a house fit for the Queen Bee herself. Take a look.