Fox Class 2016 -17

Mrs Everest  – Year 6

Fox Autumn Topic Web

Termly Overview Fox Spring 2017

Week beginning March 6th 2017 

In addition to practicing our Maths Reasoning and SPaG skills, we have also enjoyed:

Geography

  • This week we focussed on a specific British River–The River Thames – in our class Geography discussions. We used our existing knowledge to go on a cyber hunt for more information about its physical geography and history – both modern and ancient.

 

Science

  • We have continued to explore our new topic of Forces. We began by considering what Gravity is and what it does. We demonstrated how gravity acts on different objects and discussed what we noticed. A short film clip exploring the origins of Newton’s theory of gravity and subsequent explorations was also watched. With this foundation, the children collaborated ion pairs to read and answer some questions about Sir Isaac Newton and his theories.

P.S.H.C.E

  • Having spent several weeks exploring the ideas of prejudice and discrimination in our society, we discussed how these factors impact on bullying. We thought about specific types of discrimination including: Racism, Sexism, Ageism, Disability and Social Status. The children collaborated to generate examples of these types of discrimination in the world around us and then thought about what we could do to combat it. We considered the roll of the bystander in these situations and asked ourselves, ‘If you see someone being bullied/ discriminated against and simply stand by doing nothing, are you as guilty as the bully themselves?’

English – DLG

  • How should bullying be dealt with in schools? This was the discussion topic given to Fox class students on Monday this week. After a few days to research and prepare their thoughts, a class discussion was held. We took an initial class opinion poll which showed that the majority of the class favoured helping the bully to understand their mistakes and to make positive changes, with the remaining votes being spread fairly equally between punishing the bully and those who felt unable to decide on either response. Several children shared their understanding of what bullying is, others shared their personal experiences and several more suggested solutions. Interestingly, the results from the second vote showed that the majority of the class now felt that a more balanced approach (including help and reasonable punishment) to dealing with bullies would be more effective.

Week beginning February 27th 2017 

In addition to practicing our Reading Comprehension and SPaG skills, we have also enjoyed:

Geography

This week we discussed the course of a river from source to sea. We watched a film clip about British rivers and their features and used this as a starting point for a discussion about the various sources of rivers. Having identified the main features of various rivers and divided them into the three phases – Upper, Middle and Lower – we used this information to create posters collaboratively. Some students drew a simplified river course and labelled it, whilst others split their page in to the three main course sections and gave more detailed information about the features specific to each stage.

Science

  • We began our new topic of Forces this week. We began by playing Force Bingo which helped us to identify the forces we were already aware of in the world around us. Next, we used this information to assign the correct terminology to each force. Some forces were acted out and explained by members of the class. Finally, we created labelled diagrams to show our individual understanding of Forces in action on various objects.

Maths

  • Formulae have been a vital part of our Maths lessons this week. At the start of the week, we explored how to calculate the volume of a cube or cuboid using the standard formula V= lbh. We then learnt how to combine the use of this formula with basic addition to calculate the volume of compound shapes. Equipped with this knowledge, we tackled a Maths investigation in small groups where we explored what happens to a shape when we maintain the volume but manipulate the dimensions. To conclude the week, we started looking at number patterns, finding the missing element in an equation, and simple algebraic equations where we needed to solve to find ‘x’.

Week beginning February 20th 2017 

In addition to reviewing our practice SATs assessments, we have also enjoyed:

P.E

In small groups, we shared our knowledge of appropriate warm-up techniques to prepare our bodies for our gymnastics lesson. We then collaborated in groups of 2 to 3 students to perfect our gymnastic sequences. We each contributed ideas for symmetrical and asymmetrical poses, as well as for methods of travelling including leaps and rolls. We then tailored our sequences to fit a piece of music, one classical one more contemporary.

R.E

  • In R.E. we discussed Buddhist festivals. We focused on the most important festival for Buddhists – Wesak. We watched a short film about how one young Sri-Lankan girl living in the U.K. celebrates this festival within her local community. Fox class then wrote short summaries of the features of this festival which they annotated with colourful images to symbolise each feature. We then followed a set of instructions to make Wesak lanterns – an important part of the festival preparations.

English – DLG

  • Is technology taking over? This was the discussion topic given to Fox class students on Monday this week. After a few days to research and prepare their thoughts, a class discussion was held. We took an initial class opinion which showed that most people felt that technology was taking over. Several children spoke to the class in more detail about their findings on the topic and Mrs. Everest shared a short film from Newsround based on an experiment about how teenagers use technology. These contributions encouraged an animated discussion where we questioned: What is technology? Is all technology electronic? Does all technology have to be bad? In what ways has technology helped us? How might it help us in the future? Fox class are now taking the information shared through the DLG and turning it into a discussion text, where they hope to present balanced arguments for both sides of the debate, before finally expressing a personal opinion.

 

Week beginning February 6th 2017

In addition to our practice SATs assessments, we have also looked at:

R.E

  • This week, we demonstrated our cumulative understanding of the Buddhist faith by creating knowledge posters. We have included: a history of Buddhism, the key figure within Buddhism, Buddhist symbols, the main teachings, places and style of worship; as well as any other features that each team found particularly interesting.

English/ Geography

  • After our inspiring visit from Mollie Hughes last week, Fox class have keenly collated the information gathered during their Q and A session and used it to write a Biography for Mollie. We began by discussing the Biography genre and its features. The children then collaborated to generate ‘Wow!’ topic sentences for each of their four paragraphs, before working independently to develop each paragraph detailing Mollie’s past achievements and her future hopes.

Science

  • We used our knowledge of the Human Circulatory system to investigate how various activities affect our pulse rate. The children of Fox Class first learnt how to locate their pulse points, before taking a series of measurements for their resting pulse rate in Beats Per Minute (bpm). We then completed two physical tasks and measured our pulse rates again. Finally, we documented our results, in tabular form, and discussed our findings in small groups. We have begun to draw conclusions from our findings and will then consider whether the outcome of our investigation matched our hypothesis.

Art

  • We continued our artistic investigations into how the world around us, in particular the natural world, is represented in different ways through art. This week’s theme was POP art with a focus on artists such as Warhol and Lichtenstein. Take a look at our modern mountain images!

French

  • Recently in French, we have been discussing holidays. In pairs, we have been using sentence starts like: ‘Je vais…..’, and Je vais faire…’ to talk about where we are going on holiday and what we are going to be doing there. We have also learnt to comment about how much we like or dislike what we are doing by saying: ‘J’aime ça’, ‘J’adore ça’ or ‘Je deteste ça’. Why not ask us to demonstrate at home!

Week beginning January 30th 2017

R.E

  • Over The past few weeks we have been discussing Buddhism, with specific focus on their form of worship and special places for Buddhists. This week, we even attempted a Buddhist style prayer pose

English/ Geography

  • This week, we have continued our non-chronological report writing about Mountains. Using the initial research from our Geography lessons to create informative posters about the formation of different types of mountain, including fold, plateau and dome.

Science

  • To enhance Fox class’ understanding of the circulatory system between heart and lungs, we used a working model to see the flow of blood from arteries, through organs and veins. We focussed our investigation into the transfer of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the alveoli within the lungs. The children were able to create labelled diagrams of alveoli and capillaries, using them to explain the intricate process of oxygenation/ deoxygenation to a peer.

Maths

  • In the early part of the week, Fox class demonstrated their various methods and reasoning for problems involving Fractions, Decimals and Percentages. We then moved on to discussing the conversion of various standard units of measure. The week culminated with an investigation using non-standard units of measure. Again the children demonstrated their ability to work collaboratively, sharing their methods and reasoning for more challenging strings of calculation.

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Week beginning January 23rd 2017

P.E.

  • This week Fox class used our initial exploration into symmetrical and asymmetrical poses to create a short sequence in a small group. These sequences had several set elements including changing level, speed and mode of travel, as well as incorporating a piece of apparatus for those who felt able to do so. We also introduced a backing track to our sequences and tried to give consideration as to how we could adapt our sequences to work in effective partnership with the music. The piece of music was ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’, part of the Peer Gynt suite, by Edvard Grieg.

 

English/ Geography

  • This week, we have continued our non-chronological report writing about Mountains. Using the initial research from our Geography lessons to create informative posters about the formation of different types of mountain, including fold, plateau and dome.

Science

  • To enhance Fox class’ understanding of the circulatory system between heart and lungs, we used a working model to see the flow of blood from arteries, through organs and veins. We focussed our investigation into the transfer of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the alveoli within the lungs. The children were able to create labelled diagrams of alveoli and capillaries, using them to explain the intricate process of oxygenation/ deoxygenation to a peer.

Maths

  • In the early part of the week, Fox class demonstrated their various methods and reasoning for problems involving Fractions, Decimals and Percentages. We then moved on to discussing the conversion of various standard units of measure. The week culminated with an investigation using non-standard units of measure. Again the children demonstrated their ability to work collaboratively, sharing their methods and reasoning for more challenging strings of calculation.

Week beginning January 16th 2017

English/ Geography

  • This week, Fox class has combined our English report writing skills and our Geographical research skills to write non-chronological reports about mountains. We have made use of various non-fiction resources, including atlases, encyclopaedias, non-fiction library books and search engines online, to research information on mountains in general. We have also completed more specific research in to mountain formations, climate, mountain inhabitants, and also into specific mountains such as the well-known Mount Everest and K2, to the lesser discussed Dom and Manua Kea.
  • SPaG/ GPS – We have been developing our spelling, punctuation and grammar skills this week by collaborating over various SPaG exercises, as well as completing our paired daily spelling activity.

R.E

  • The Spring topic for R.E. is Buddhism. We have learned about the origins of Buddhism and the story behind the Nepalese prince called Siddhartha Gautama who later became known as ‘Buddha’. Fox class have enjoyed discussing the beliefs which provide the foundation for the Buddhist faith. We were inspired to try to explain ‘The Three Jewels’, ‘The Three Signs of Being’, ‘The Four Noble Truths’ and ‘The Noble Eight Fold Path’ in a variety of ways using drawings, acting out, examples from our own lives, charts and recounts of acquired knowledge. We have begun to consider the Buddhist ideas regarding ‘Enlightenment’, ‘Karma’ and ‘Nirvana’ and will question of whether similar ideas appear in other world faiths and if we believe in a version of them in our own lives.

Science

  • Fox class already have a solid understanding of the role of the heart as the centre of the human circulatory system but have enjoyed learning more this week about the function of the lungs. To enhance their understanding of the system between heart and lungs, we acted out the flow of blood from the right atrium, through the various ventricles and valves and out through the pulmonary artery to the lungs, before tracing its journey back into the heart via the pulmonary veins. We then investigated the movement of air in to the lungs via the trachea, bronchus, bronchioles and into the alveoli where it can oxygenate the blood. The children were able to create labelled diagrams of the lungs and use them to explain the process of oxygenation to a peer.

Week beginning January 9th 2017

English

  • This week we started our new class text, ‘King of the Cloud Forest’ by Michael Morpurgo. The story is set with the Himalaya mountains as a backdrop, making it pertinent to our Topic work. The children read the text before summarising, analysing and discussing the first chapter. Our D.L.G session on Wednesday gave all Fox students a chance to share their opinions about the first section and raised questions about the background of our main character, as well as the historical setting for the piece.

 

 

P.E.

  • We have been exploring ways of forming symmetric and asymmetric shapes with our bodies, both independently and with a partner. Having found some shapes that worked as still poses, we then considered how to combine them with travelling movements to create a short gymnastic phrase.
  • With the Premier Sport team they have been improving their passing, moving and dodging skills through invasion games.

Geography

  • The Spring theme ‘What a Wonderful World!’ inspired us to investigate the mountain ranges across the seven continents using atlases. We were able to locate the mountain range, the continent it features on (as well as the multiple countries it traverses) and its highest peak for which we recorded a measurement in metres.

Extras

Week beginning December 5th 2016

English & PSHE ~ The ingredients for a good friend ~ developing our initial ideas

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Guided Reading ~ Recommending books using persuasive language

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Christmas Crafts Morning

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Week beginning November 28th 2016

Science ~ Evolution

On Monday, Mr Oxford came and spent the day with Fox Class to help us learn more about evolution. He showed us some really interesting bones as well as teaching us about the work of famous scientists, including Darwin, Wallace and Anning.

 

English ~ Punctuation

On Thursday, Fox Class spent some time developing our use of punctuation. We looked at how related clauses could be joined using both semi-colons and colons before discussing which was more appropriate. We then tried hard to use them in our independent writing on Friday.

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Reading ~ A.P.E

We have been practising answering more challenging reading questions using A.P.E (Answer it, Prove it, Explain it). For more information, you might like to have a look at this website: http://www.mrspteach.com/2016/10/going-ape-replacing-pee.html

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Week beginning November 21st 2016

Mathematics ~ Investigations

We worked together to find a solution to the ‘Fractions in a Box’ investigation from NRich. Well done to everyone for showing excellent perseverance when working on this challenging problem. Particular well done to Solomon for finding the solution and being able to explain his strategy.

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Week beginning November 14th 2016

Mathematics ~ Fractions of a quantity

On Thursday, we practised finding fraction of a quantity by splitting our whole class in various ways. We then applied this knowledge in order to solve mathematical problems.

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Science ~ Reflecting Light

This week in Science, we have been looking at how light travels. We learned about how mirrors can be used to reflect light and set up a little experiment to prove our learning.

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Science ~ Periscopes

We worked in small groups to apply our knowledge of reflection in order to create a working periscope.

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English ~ Hyphens

Year 6 have been looking at how compound adjectives can be created using a hyphen. We had to learn the meaning of some compound adjectives as they are not ones which Year 6 commonly use. Using this knowledge, we were able to write sentences.

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Week beginning November 7th 2016

Mathematics ~ Square Numbers

On Wednesday, we worked on our investigative skills using the Cycling Squares problem from NRich (https://nrich.maths.org/1151). We found it difficult to reach a solution so have decided to continue with the problem for homework.

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Mathematics ~ Proof

This week we began to explore the idea of ‘proof’ by investigating whether various mathematical statements were always, sometimes or never true. We explained our decisions using a range of examples and images. At the end of the lesson, we looked at each other’s work and discussed who had managed to convince us.

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English ~ DLG ~ Wonder

In English we have just started exploring a new text: Wonder by R J Palacio. We discussed this text during this week’s DLG.

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Week beginning October 31st 2016

Mathematics

In Mathematics, we have started a new topic on fractions. We started by revising equivalence and then moved on to simplifying fractions, using Smarties to help us.

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PE

We have started a new dance unit on the theme of bullying. So far we have learned the whole class opening as well as working in groups of four to create choreography for the first verse.

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Week beginning October 17th 2016

Science

Building on our work on evolution, we have explored what happens when an animal becomes extinct. After doing some research for homework and sharing this knowledge in class, we then worked in groups to find out about an animal that is currently endangered.

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Mathematics

We have been revising multiples and factors this week. Some of us used multi-link to find the different factors for each given number.

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Celebrate and Share

We were really excited to welcome so many family members into Fox Class on Tuesday evening. It was wonderful to be able to share our learning as we are so proud of everything we have done this term. We also enjoyed testing brothers, sisters, parents and grandparents on the 30 second maths challenge – they were surprised by how hard it was!

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Week beginning October 10th 2016

English

This week we each performed a poem from memory. To prepare us, we looked at the nonsense poem ‘Omba Balomba’ and used our voice, facial expression and voice to give meaning to meaningless words! It was good fun and made us really think about our performances.

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Science

On Thursday, Mr Oxford spent the day teaching us science. We learned a lot about evolution, including inheritance and adaptation.

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Week beginning October 3rd 2016

English – Drama

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Art – Harvest Batik Pictures

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Week beginning September 26th 2016

Maths – Negative numbers

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Music – Recorders – I bet you wish we had audio for this!

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PE – Tag Rugby in the autumn sun

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Year 6 visit to Witchford Village College

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Week beginning September 19th 2016

Mathematics

We have been revising place value and on Monday we played a game that involving ordering eight-digit numbers. Having to put 28 of them in order was more challenging than we thought!

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Ely Choral Day

On Tuesday, the whole of Fox Class travelled to Ely to take part in Ely Choral Day. We began by rehearsing at The King’s School with Dominic Peckham. He really was inspirational and the children loved working with him. In the afternoon, the rehearsals moved to Ely Cathedral where we then performed a concert to parents, sharing what we had learned during the day.

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Week beginning September 12th 2016

History

We were visited by a Roman who taught us a lot about military life.

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Science

In Science we learned about light and reflection. We used yellow wool to show how light travels in straight lines from a light source and into our eyes.

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Week beginning September 5th 2016

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Art/Growth Mindset

We explored working in our comfort, challenge and panic zones by drawing butterflies and advising each other on how to improve them. We reflected on our experiences after watching a video called ‘Austin’s Butterfly’.

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History 1

We worked in groups to plan and perform a piece of drama telling the story of Romulus and Remus.

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History 2

We explored the spread of the Roman Empire and created our own timelines.

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English

In English we developed our peer marking skills by working with our learning partners to correct and improve pieces of writing.

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