What is my child learning this half term?
Welcome to Year 6
PGL Day 3 - Wednesday 16th February
Despite it being a very wet and windy day, the children have been amazing at getting stuck into their activities and challenges! Children have been covered in mud in the sensory trail and buggy building and have climbed heights in the vertical challenge and rock climbing to name just a few of the activities that have taken place today. The teachers and staff have been so impressed with the perseverance, collaboration and team work going on - they really are working together to achieve which is so brilliant to see. We can't wait for our last full day of activities tomorrow and look forward to updating you tomorrow with more photos!
PGL Day 2 - Tuesday 15th February
We have had the best first day - albeit a little wet and cold! We spent the day in our day groups, completing various challenges, including: vertical challenge, the trapeze, survivor, orienteering, crate stacking, problem solving, archery and Jacob's Ladder. The number of children who pushed themselves out of their comfort zone today has made us all really proud! We're all looking forward to going to bed tonight and enjoying a little lie in tomorrow morning, ready for more fun activities and hopefully less rain. More updates tomorrow :)
PGL Day 1 - Monday 14th February.
Good evening everyone! We arrived safe and sound this morning, just before lunch time. We got some time to unpack and settle into our new bedrooms for the week - some have already been asking to test out the showers and get into their pyjamas! The afternoon was spent on the field (or in the barn) playing games and by dinner time everyone was hungry! Tonight's meal ended with a DELICIOUS chocolate fudge cake and ice cream (this went down really well!). We're all looking forward to waking up early tomorrow for breakfast to start our first full day of activities. Fingers crossed everyone sleeps well. More updates tomorrow!
In geography this half term we are looking at The Poles. In order to help us explore the physical and human features of Antarctica, we used a range of maps, such as atlas, Google Earth and the VR Headsets to create our own giant map. The children found it interesting that although there is a population of 0 in Antarctica they still found an airport. We then used a coloured key to identify the ice shelves and pack ice across the continent. We had great fun working in groups to create our maps.
To complete our English learning journey this week, year 6 wrote letters to Christian Jacobsen in the view point of Ernest Shackleton. Christian Jacobsen built the ship, Endurance, this enabled Shackleton and his crew to sail from South Georgia to Antarctica. In year 6 we wrote a letter to Jacobsen, to bring to his attention the loss of the ship. The children loved being able to publish their letters on to parchment paper.
World War 2 Poems
World War 2 Poems
World War 2 Poems
World War 2 Poems
World War 2 Poems
In order to investigate the question 'Did the government lie in the WWI propaganda posters?', Year 6 were lucky enough to be the first to use the VR headsets! We explored propaganda posters from WWI which encouraged men to enlist alongside the poem Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen. We then explored the trenches in virtual reality. The children were amazed to discover the conditions and there were lots of squeals about the rats! It was fascinating to move through the trenches and into bunkers interacting with soldiers as we went. Our teachers had fun too as we looked a little bizarre walking around the classroom and waving at things which were not there!
Here are a few snippets from our Open Box visit. We explored how the government used propaganda to encourage people to evacuate their children to the countryside during WWII. The children used role play to consider how the experiences of individual evacuees would be very different.
We have begun an exciting new reading learning journey on Macbeth. In order to understand the historical context of the play, we found out about people’s beliefs about witches in Shakespeare’s England. The children identified that Shakespeare set the play in Scotland and included some terrifying witches because James I, who was Scottish and obsessed with witches, had just become king. After we had explored the language and inferred the meaning of the witches’ chant from Act VI, we rewrote some of the lines which do not fit with our values today. Using the trochaic tetrameter pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables, ensured that the new lines rhymed with its corresponding couplet. We were particularly pleased with the new line ‘Human bones from sunken ships’. Once we were happy with our chant, we dressed up and performed around the fire pit using a drum to keep the rhythm.
We used the book 'The Viewer' by Shaun Tan to explore our understanding of the mental state verb 'exist' in preparation for our learning journey on the concept of incarnation. Click the audio files to hear some of the points made during our discussion.
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Free Reading Friday
The Year 6 children and the Year 2 children loved reading together this week!
Next week, we will begin writing our diary entries for our text ‘The Princess’ Blankets’. We used colour to plan the emotions we will depict in each entry.
This week, in Science, we used resources around the classroom to create a model of a human heart. We used classroom trays for the different chambers of the heart and twisted tissue paper to represent the vessels going in and out of the heart.
The Princess' Blankets
We have begin an exciting new writing learning journey using the book The Princess' Blankets for inspiration. To pique our interest we created creepy blankets using words and images.
We demonstrated incredible understanding and knowledge when we explored different methods for making mental calculations involving the multiplication of larger numbers today!
A Pinch of Magic
Today, we turned a key moment in the story into a playscript! We worked hard to interpret the text and decide what each of the characters was doing throughout the scene. Using the dialogue tags, we wrote stage directions and decided how to use intonation and expression to convey the characters' feelings. Finally, we performed our plays to the rest of the class.
This week, in Geography, we investigated the fieldwork question 'To what extent can the human geography of a place be adapted to reduce the risks posed by the physical geography?'.
We built structures out of spaghetti and playdoh considering how we might make them as earthquake resistant as possible. It was interesting that the structures with triangular elevations were able to withstand earthquakes of higher magnitudes. We concluded that a building can be made earthquake resistant but not necessarily earthquake proof.
A Pinch of Magic
In our whole class reading, we are currently exploring 'A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison. Today, the children worked collaboratively to explore the map at the front of the book in order to create a presentation answering the question, 'Which three places do you think will be the most significant in the story and why?'. We had already examined the prologue in depth and the children built on their knowledge of the places that they have encountered in order to make predictions.
Free Reading Friday
Each week, on Friday mornings the whole federation celebrates our love of reading reading through Free Reading Friday. This week, Year 6 welcomed the new Year 3 to the junior school by partnering up with them and hearing them read. The children had a great time and we were so proud of how the Year 6 children supported their younger peers. So many wonderful interactions were overheard, including the older children showing the younger children how to find words in bold in the glossary and encouraging them to imagine what the events in stories would be like to experience in real life.
We have had such a great week. The children have been fantastic and we are so proud of how they have settled in to their new year group. In Geography, we are learning about earthquakes and volcanoes. We discovered a message in a bottle which turned out to be coordinates for a place where a natural disaster had occurred. Using Google Earth and atlases, we explored the location and then read news reports to find out more about what happened.
In Science, we are learning about the heart and circulation this half term. To begin this learning journey, we created life-sized drawings to show where we thought the internal organs are located. The children's knowledge was excellent and they were very creative - some even added three-dimensional, lift-up ribs! We then spent time developing our knowledge further about the internal organs and different systems in the body.
In Maths, we explored the place value of numbers up to 10,000,000 by building them with Dienes and place value counters. In order to visualise the relative size of numbers as the places increase, we represented different numbers as periods of time. We were fascinated to discover that 100,000 seconds is nearly 28 hours and 1,000,000 seconds is 11 days 1,000,000,000 seconds is 31 years!
Reflecting on the Football
PGL Day Four
We have just had the best day! We have had lots of compliments on our teamwork and behaviour which was really lovely for our teachers to hear. Although we are having a fabulous time, we are looking forward to seeing our families and handing over our stinky washing!
PGL Residential Day 3.
Another sunny day here at Liddington. We have continued our exploration of all that PGL has to offer. We are now pros at using harnesses and belaying each other. Our teachers were even brave enough (or a little bit crazy with exhaustion - they've never done so much exercise!) to allow us to belay them.
Today we have encountered Vertical Challenge, Buggy Building and Challenge Course for the first time. Some of us have been on Jacob's Ladder (a favourite of Year 6) and taken part in the Crate Challenge. We have pushed ourselves outside of our comfort zones and are showing exceptional perseverance and team work skills.
Our teachers are so proud of us! We know that you all will be too!
Today has been rounded off with a bonfire and toasted marshmallows.
PGL Residential Day 2!
We have had a very busy day, starting early with a 6:15am wake up call! Our teachers enjoyed waking us up after quite a late night for some! We have had a go at activities such as: orienteering, survival (learning all about surviving in the wild), trapeze, abseiling and zip wire. All the children have had a great time and luckily were able to spend some time in the shade while we were in the woods! There has been a lot of walking (almost 20,000 steps according to the teachers) and several fears of heights have been conquered!
The children have settled in really well and made a great start to the week!
Scott of the Antarctic
Art Inspired by Shackleton’s Journey
In English, we wrote descriptions of South Georgia Island and then painted wood slices based on our descriptions.
Stop Motion Animation
We had great fun measuring and calculating angles in maths.
Interpretations of Heaven
In RE, we have been evaluating the concept of Heaven by considering its value to Christians. We read a selection of different Bible verses and collected vocabulary that informed our ideas of what Christians believe Heaven to be like. We then used our creativity to explore this concept further by creating some fantastic artwork!
⚡️ ‘Sparky’ Science ⚡️
We have been creating circuits in science. Through practical work, we are answering enquiry questions and planning our experiments in groups. We are learning so much from forming predictions, planning resources, recording results and drawing conclusions from what we have discovered.
The children enjoyed making bird feeders this week at Outdoor Club. We braved the rain to find sticks then hid inside The Hive to learn how to secure them together using a square lashing knot. We have been learning to be safe with tools and used this knowledge to core the apples, then thread them onto our sticks. Seeds were pushed in after to give the birds a treat! We were surprised to find that lots of the seeds had gone by the next day!
Examining Historical Sources
The children looked at a range of sources and created opinion continuums to demonstrate how reliable they felt each source was. They considered the provenance of each source and made justifications for their choices. Later, we explored Robert Scott's hut (which is still standing in Antarctica). Here is the link so you can look too:
Scaled Diagrams of Shackleton's Journey
We have just started a new, exciting English learning journey using 'Shackleton's Journey' by William Grill to inspire our writing. Today, we scaled down the distance of his journey across Antarctica (1800 miles) so that we could imagine how far his expedition went in treacherous conditions. We compared the distance to the width of England at its widest point (300 miles) and the length of Great Britain (600 miles).
Race to the Balksbury Pole!
We had lots of fun in teams overcoming obstacles and navigating to waypoints in a race to the pole. At each point, we had to take a card with an 'event' on it randomly from a bag and then follow those instructions. Some were helpful events which sped the group up such as good weather or a nice downhill slope. At other times we were trapped in our tents because of an unexpected blizzard or we suffered frostbite which slowed us down. As usual, the team spirit was amazing and the children took their ill fortune in good spirit. We are looking forward to finding out more about Robert Falcon Scott and the Terra Nova expedition to the South Pole.
We have been practising different Zentangle patterns and exploring how we can create the effect of light on a shiny surface. Our science topic this half term is all about light and how we see things so we combined these two skills to produce beautiful artwork.
Cloud Tea Monkeys
In English this half term, we have been reading the book, Cloud Tea Monkeys. We then linked what we had been learning in Science about adaptations to help us write non-chronological reports about our own type of monkey. Year 6 worked really hard, thinking about the purpose, audience and organisation of their work. Well done!
Year 6 Are Back!
We have had a great day in year 6; it has been so lovely to all be together again. Our geography topic this half term is 'Global Trade' with a focus on tea. The children had lots of fun creating different iced-tea recipes with fruit tea, different flavoured cordials and fresh fruit. We found out about where in the world the different ingredients are grown and explored the patterns in global climate which enable particular plants to grow in certain places.
Mayan Mask Designs
We have been learning about the Ancient Mayans this half term in History. This week we designed our own masks and they are fantastic! Here is a selection...
Forces in action
In Science this half term, we are learning about forces. We recently developed our understanding of water resistance as a drag force, using two experiments. First, we observed how a ball of playdough fell through different liquids: water, oil and syrup. We discussed why the ball fell so slowly through the syrup.
After that, the children had great fun making boats and loading them up with paper clips. We discussed the effect of having a boat with a large surface area.
Anti-bullying week: United Against Bullying
As part of our work on Macbeth this half term, we read some of Shakespeare’s play around the fire pit, pretending to be the weird sisters. After, we wrote poems themed around spells and witches. They are brilliant and we loved reading them aloud to each other.
Exploring Emotion through Colour and Shape
Call My Bluff!
We had lots of fun looking at a selection of fascinating Ancient Greek artifacts. In groups, we were given an artifact and an explanation of its most likely function and we had the opportunity to study the artifact closely. We then had to use our own historical knowledge and research to make up two more, untrue explanations with which to try to fool the rest of the class. It was very funny!
In our spelling lessons this week, we have been investigating the different ways we can spell the suffix /shus/.
We practised this in lots of different ways, including painting with water outside. This has helped improved our muscle memory for these words- and was good fun too!
Investigating BIG numbers!
We had a wonderful time using dienes and place value counters to build big numbers and practise saying them aloud. It was interesting to visualise how big 10 million would be using dienes. Some of us chose to use natural objects we found in the nature area to represent numbers. We challenged the children to see if they could make zero and that produced some highly interesting discussion about what happens when the places in the number get smaller than the 'ones' place.
Exploring Emotions through Shape and Colour
It has been wonderful to welcome the children back and hear the playground filled with laughter and chatter.
We have been exploring the emotions that we have been experiencing. The children have been incredibly supportive of each other and we have been impressed with how they have respected each other's feelings. We explored how colours can be associated with emotions and also how our emotions have a scale which we can use to describe how deeply we are feeling them. We realised that lots of emotions have a physical effect on us and that there are many techniques w can use to help us feel better. We are developing vocabulary to help us to articulate our emotions more accurately.
Transition from Year 6 to Year 7. Information from the School Nursing Service
Friday 26th June 11am - Spruce Bubble
Monday 29th June 10am - Poplar Bubble
Tuesday 30th June 10am - Elm Bubble
Friday 3rd July 11am - Oak Bubble
Monday 6th July 10am - Lime Bubble
Harrow Way and Winton
Tuesday 30th June - Virtual Transition
Please find the Home Learning resources above. Please click any of the week tabs to open up more resources. The most recent update is Week 11 although it does not matter if you still wish to complete tasks from other handouts. There are weekly competitions to take part in and the most recent one is an Art competition listed on the Week 10 tab. If your child is not working from the newest hand out, make sure you still check the newest update each week so they do not miss out on the competitions.
Please also encourage your child/children to listen to audio clips of their teachers reading by clicking on the dolphin or bird above. Your child will need to listen to 'The Unforgotten Coat' audio clips so that if they do return to school, they can join in with guided reading sessions effectively (as this is the book we are reading in class).
Please also use the ELSA resources (by clicking on the rainbow above) as needed. If you require any further ideas on encouraging your child to read at home, click the book tab above.
Thank you for your support. Take care.
The Year 6 Team