A good reason to argue…

In English this week, we have been discussing the extremely controversial topic of xenotransplantation – transfer of an organ from one species to another.  Linked to Pig Heart Boy, we have discussed whether pig hears should be a viable solution to the shortage of human hearts.  After conducting some thorough research, the children identified both the pros and cons, supported by relevant evidence and clear explanations.  We have discussed how to develop a point fully and have started to write our balanced arguments which will be concluded next week.

In maths, we explored rounding using a number line.  This involved starting and ending numbers and identifying the mid-point.  Children then positioned the number on the line to clearly demonstrate which way to round.  We then went on to multiplication and division of 10, 100 and 1000 using the pyramid method – where the digits move along an imaginary place value table.  To top it all off, we also did some maths in our topic lesson this week; exploring the Mayan number system which uses base 20.

 

In art, we are excitedly coming up with ideas and designing ideas hand sculptures in preparation for our Anthony Gormley inspired works of art which we will be starting in the coming week.  The children have been coming up with some unique ideas which we look forward to seeing materialise in the coming weeks.

In science lessons this week, an in depth study of the properties of blood vessels, resulted in some impressive scientific diagrams.  Following discussions, we are feeling prepped and ready to get hands on with an actual organ in next week’s heart dissection.

Just a reminder that homework is set on a Friday and due the following Wednesday (unless specified with some tasks  which will run over a 2 week period).

 

Wishing you all a great weekend.

From the Year 6 team