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This past week we have continued to develop our understanding of Day of the Dead. In Literacy we have been planning our own stories using ideas from Disney’s Coco for inspiration. Next week will see our story writing finally begin after lots of exploration of the work of an author.
In Art we have experimented with Pointillism, creating papel picado using this intricate technique. The colours we have selected have built on our knowledge of harmonious and complementary colours and look absolutely fantastic.
Our knowledge of shape has improved over the past week. We have been learning a range of new words which we have then used to describe 2-D shapes such as parallel lines, perpendicular lines, opposite and adjacent. We have also sorted shapes using a variety of different sorting diagrams.
Finally, in Topic we have continued to look at how the Amazon was explored by a range of individuals, including gold miners, causing unrest to the Yanomami tribe. The children have had the opportunity to write a postcard building on their knowledge of informal language to describe the impact.
This week we have continued our South American topic exploring Day of the Dead in more detail.
In Literacy we have been learning how to correctly use inverted commas complete with all the very tricky punctuation that is also needed. Over the week, we have written conversations, used formal and informal language and tried to integrate both story and speech together.
We have also been completing our design sheets in Art, using the same styles as Day of the Dead. Our additional criteria was to try and incorporate harmonious colours – these are colours next to each other on the colour wheel.
Area has been our focus in Maths. We have learnt the formulas required to calculate the area of a rectangle, triangle and parallelogram (it’s easier than it sounds)! We have had the opportunity to complete some investigation work and then solve real life problems requiring area.
Finally in R.E. we have been learning about objects used by Christians and Buddhists. We completed some detailed drawings and then wrote a couple of sentences explaining each one.
Just a quick reminder:
- Maths SATs Buster is due in on Wednesday
- SPAG SATs Buster is due in on Friday
It’s really important that the books are brought in on these days as we mark the books as a whole class and discuss how each question is solved. This will help to address any misconceptions which the children have.
Last week we started reading our new class book, The Dead Family Diaz. This tells the story of a young boy who befriends a living skeleton without realising. Our aim will be to write our own Day of the Dead themed stories by the end of the half-term.
In Maths we have been calculating percentages of a number using the bubble method. By the end of the week we were solving real-life problems with great accuracy.
In Art we have been working on painting and learning new terms such as tint, shade, harmonious colours and complementary colours. We will be using this learning to create our Day of the Dead themed artwork later in the half-term. As well as that, we have discussed the responsible use of mobile phones and complete a series of Science experiments all about our reflexes. It’s fair to say that the children had a bit of a shock with test 1!
Quick reminder about our SATs style busters:
- Maths – Due back on a Wednesday
- SPAG – Due back on a Friday
These books are marked within the session so it is really important the children remember to bring them back.
This week both classes have had a visitor who introduced a project around two playscripts – ‘The Crossing Place’ and ‘A Grim Day Out’, which will be revisited throughout the year, culminating in a final performance to be held in the St Albans Cathedral. We even had a go at writing our own plays.
In Maths our focus has been on fraction, decimal and percentage equivalence.
Using Google Chrome Books, we researched and compared different countries in South America.
Next week will take more of a sinister turn as we investigate ‘The day of the dead’…
Brilliant ‘Bikeability’ – during the week, some Year 6 have had the opportunity to participate in this course where they put into practice all the skills needed to be road safe on their bikes. The 4 instructors were very pleased with each group; their listening skills and teamwork.
Across literacy we have been editing and consolidating our understanding of the various structures and features of non-chronological report writing. The children learnt all about the hard work which the NHS carry out each week, including how it has developed over the last 70 years. They were able to successfully use semi-colons, colons, modal verbs and use of the passive voice.
In Maths, we have been developing our knowledge of multiplication and division using some extremely large numbers. It’s fair to say it’s been pretty tricky, but we’re getting there.
It was great to meet with so many of you this week during parent/carer consultations to discuss your children’s progress so far.
A quick reminder that designs/models of Mayan masks are due back that first week back.
We hope you all have a wonderful half term break and look forward to seeing you back on Tuesday 6th November!
The Year 6 Team
This week has been another action packed week for Year 6.
On Thursday, we enjoyed our Mayan day. Here we became expert chocolate connoisseurs as we learnt how to eat chocolate “the real way”. We indulged our taste buds in chocolate all the way from Venezuela before having the opportunity to make some chocolate candies to take home. We hope you managed to try a few at home! We also made Mayan hot chocolate with one not-so-secret ingredient – chilli! We promise it wasn’t too spicy.
In Maths we have been continuing to develop our knowledge of fractions and have been working hard to identify common multiples and denominators. We will be building on this knowledge after half-term.
In Literacy we have brought together our writing skills and Science knowledge to write a fact page about the very talented William Harvey. In case you didn’t already know, he was the first person to identify the circulatory system and how the heart pumped blood around the body.
Hopefully the children have been singing our Mayan song we have been learning in Music as it has some really useful information about their history. This week we have moved onto identifying the chords of the song and how they are used repeatedly to form the basis of the tune.
Finally, in P.E. we have applied our knowledge of basketball to create some rather interesting games which we taught to the other children in the class.
Greetings from Year 6!
We really enjoyed learning T.S Eliot’s Macavity poem and exploring the different poetic devices he utilised. We were then challenged to create a Wanted poster as well as a Haiku, Cinquain and Acrostic poem of our own.
In maths we have been developing our mathematical vocabulary to describe numbers in a range of different ways.
We had great fun drawing an image from the Mayan creation story, inspired by Dan Fenelon – his use of colours really make his artwork pop!
We have made some great improvements in our Science knowledge over the last few weeks. We now know how the blood travels around the body and all of the useful components inside of our blood.
What a super start to the new term!
We have been reading ‘Pig Heart Boy’ as part of our literacy, creating informative writing and discussing the moral dilemmas around xenotransplantation. We had great fun putting our debating skills to the test.
In Maths, we have been developing our knowledge of mental strategies and place value. This is really important to help us with our other areas of Maths.
During Topic, we have begun to learn about the Mayan civilisation. We were able to retell the story of The Hero Twins through a comic strip and even use their number system.
We are in the early stages of Science, however we have been able to learn about the circulatory system and the role the heart plays in keeping us alive. We have combined our Science knowledge with our artistic talents to complete a scientific drawing which was painted using water colours.
That’s all for now but we’ll keep you posted.
How many can you complete over the summer holidays?
Please bring in a photo of you completing one of these activities on the first day back. This will be placed on display in the classroom. Be prepared to talk about your photo and the activities you completed.
- Build a sandcastle.
- Read a book in a unique and interesting place.
- Have a picnic.
- Have a water fight.
- Make lunch for someone else.
- Make your own ice lolly.
- Visit a museum.
- Complete the Summer Reading Challenge.
- Build something as tall as you.
- Make your own ice-cream sundae.
We would like to thank all the staff who helped set up and run the events so smoothly. The children were amazing with their participation and achievements. Thank you to all the parents and families who came to support the children also.
This year, Phase Three were earning points for their colour team through participation and achievement in each event.
Year 4 earned:
Blue 386 points; Red 425 points and Yellow 451 points.
Year 5 earned:
Blue 427 points; Red 458 points and Yellow 371 points.
Phase Three champions are the RED TEAM.
(1st Red 883 points; 2nd Yellow 822 points; 3rd Blue 813 points)