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Week Beginning 23rd November

 

We had a great adventure in Forest School this week building temporary settlements in role as Romans and Celts, creating natural art to build on our zentangles work and cooking a warm snack to enjoy around the camp fire.

This week, we explored Newton's own findings about the colour spectrum. We shone light through prisms to create rainbows and made colour wheels to mimick the blending of colours to create white light.

We managed to squeeze in some Christmas themed craft making this week. We can't wait to hang our finished products up at school.

This week, we have also found out quite a lot about Roman gods and goddesses and played a mathematical version of Four-in-a-row to help make adding and subtracting fractions easier and more fun. We even began to explore the world of non-chronological texts by using pandas as a focus topic.

Week Beginning 16th November 2020

This week, the use of oracy skills has featured heavily in many of our lessons including English, History and Guided Reading.

In Science, we explored the weird and wonderful world of Refraction. Trying to explain what was happening and why was quite a challenge.

This week in PSHE, we were thinking about Kindness as it was Anti-Bullying Week. Owl class discussed what bullying was and what to do if you saw it happening. We created messages of kindness to share around the school and even brought kindness into our own classroom by designing welcoming, COVID-safe 'handshakes'. We ended the week with a story called Manu: The Kiwi of Kindness. After discussion, the take home message was that we always have choices and we should always choose to be kind.

We explored animals patterns as our Zentangle theme this week.

We have been enjoying discussing our routines in conversational French.

Week Beginning 9th November

Owl class have been enthusiastically learning about a great variety of subjects this week, including:

- fractions in Maths,

- our new unit of Light in Science,

- discussions about the different denominations within the religion of Christianity in RE,

- learning what it means to be a good communicator in PSHE,

- how fitness circuits can help us to increase our stamina in PE,

- and developing our understanding of pattern and texture through Zentangles.

We even had an enrichment session for our History unit on the Romans in Britain, where we welcomed a visitor via Zoom. We used the information we gained from this visitor to help us write in role as a Roman soldier.

Investigating light and shadow

Exploring pattern and texture in Art

Taking part in trust games to enable a discussion about being a good communicator

Utilising our discussion skills in English and RE

Fitness circuits to build stamina

Week Beginning 2nd November

Welcome back after what I hope was a restful half term!

As always, in Year 6, we have been busy with our learning. This week, we have:

- practised our Reading Comprehension skills, as well as how to use Semi-Colons and Colons in English,

- developed a better understanding of Factors, Multiples and Prime Numbers in Maths,

- completed our unit on Animals including Humans in Science by finding out more about the impact of legal and illegal drugs on our bodies.

- used Teams to help us work on a History project about Roman towns, villas and entertainment in Britain,

- begun our new PSHE unit called Working Together,

- used an interval led strategy to improve our stamina for running,

- explored pattern and texture in an introduction to Zentangles in Art.

Please ask us about our learning and perhaps we can even show you how to 'Zentangle' this weekend.

Exploring pattern and texture through zentangles.

We were taught a fabulous song by a member of the class to help us all remember our Prime numbers in Maths this week.

We have created posters in groups to show the impact of legal and illegal drugs on Humans.

Learning how to identify our owns strengths in a positive way and finding ways to work with others.

Week Beginning 19th October

…And with that we have completed our first half term…and what a busy half term it has been! We have learnt and done so much. This week, we enjoyed:

Maths – Learning the skills for Long Division including using factors and multiples;

English – Creating a collaborative Autumn/ Harvest themed and completing our extended narrative based on the Pixar short called Blue Umbrella. Please ask your child to share some of the outstanding vocabulary they have been using with you;

Science – Carrying out an investigation into the impact of exercise on heart rate;

Forest School – Reenacting Roman Raids on Celtic settlements, Senses Scavenger Hunt and just getting absolutely wet and muddy;

PSHE – Learning about diversity in families;

History – Studying Roman artefacts and drawing conclusions from our observations,

Geography – Completing our comparative study of British and Italian cities,

Art – Completing the final embellishments for our Venetian masks, as well as creating Autumn themed art to accompany the poem we wrote for the Harvest Assembly.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and restful half term!

We loved our art projects!

Learning strategies to find factors for aiding Long Division

Week Beginning 12th October

As always, us Owls have been busy with our learning this week. In Maths, we have been looking at our new unit of division. We have reviewed out 'bus stop' method and have begun to look at recording our remainders as decimals. In English, we have continued to plan, write and develop our extended narrative based on The Blue Umbrella. Earlier this week, we painted the basecoat on out Venetian masks in preparation for the final embellishment stage. We couldn't believe how many coats of paint some of our masks required! In History, we independently researched and recorded information about Roman Forts and Fortifications. We learnt that soldiers in the Roman army were not just physically fit and skilled warriors but also engineers and craftsmen as well. In Science, we have discussed, planned and begun to carryout an investigation into links between heart rate and exercise. We have also enjoyed sessions in PE, PSHE, Computing, French and Music. Half term holidays are on their way but we are still working really hard at school.

Carrying out our impact of exercise on heart rate investigation

Carefully painting the base layers of colour on our Venetian masks. For some of us, this was coat number 4!

Owl class enjoying a range of other lessons this week including Excel in Computing, our whole school Zoom Assembly and the 'Find someone who...' game in PSHE.

Week Beginning 5th October

It's been a lovely, if somewhat soggy week (weather wise) in Owl class. At the beginning of the week, the whole school virtual assembly, run by Mr. Robertson, was a delightful surprise. It was such a treat for all of the classes to be together (virtually) for the first time this academic year. We loved giving each other a wave! In class, we have also enjoyed developing our long multiplication skills, drafting out the opening of an extended narrative we will be writing called The Blue Umbrella, assembling the base of our Venetian masks and covering them in papier mâché, exploring the impact of diet and exercise on our health, discussing the importance of relationships in PSHE, completing some comparative geography studies and learning how to pace our runs in PE. These are to name just a few of the lessons we have been enjoying. 

We discussed our initial understanding of a healthy diet and lifestyle before carrying out further research and presenting it in our own style.

We enjoyed the virtual assembly and really understood the power of a simple smile or a laugh.

Using Mrs. Wordsmith dictionaries has helped us to use a broader and more interesting range of vocabulary in our story planning.

It was great to start to make our masks designs a reality in our first step of constructing them.

Week Beginning 28th September

We started Week 4 of the term with an Art lesson which focused on the final designs for our Venetian masks. Owls combined our earlier research of mask styles and patterns with our practice embellishments to complete an annotated mask design page in our sketch books. From the designs created, I believe our final products will look dazzling! In English this week, we have been developing our word level and sentence structures. We have been inspired by a still image from a comic about a robot and have used our word banks to generate some fantastic story starts. These story starts have included writing features such as onomatopoeia, speech, powerful verbs for action, setting and character descriptions. We have also made use of our writing skills in History. After learning about the composition of the Roman army, their way of life and their tactics. We wrote the diary of a Roman soldier and used it as a way to share our knowledge of the time and the circumstances in which Roman soldiers trained, fought, worked and lived. Owl class were really able to give an accurate voice to our pretend soldiers! In Maths, we have been looking at our next unit - Four Operations - with a focus on Addition and Subtraction. We have been working with numbers of varying size, reviewing our formal written method and applying it to word problems and other reasoning questions involving addition/ subtraction. It really helped when some students modelled their problem solving thinking and calculation skills on the board. In Science, we made the link between the circulatory system and our digestive system. In small teams, we tried to recall earlier knowledge of the parts of the digestive system and then applied new knowledge to explain their functions in the body and role in the process of digestion. The associations we made during class discussion to help us draw on previous knowledge were invaluable and using the meter stick to show the length of the small intestine was quite the eye-opener for us all!

Finalising our Venetian mask designs

Watching Cressida Cowell's opening presentation for the Reading is Magic Festival which started this week.

Trying out some Roman Army Battlefield formations/ tactics including the Cavalry Repel and the Tortoise. Writing from a Roman soldier's point of view.

Talking through our thinking and calculation skills in Maths.

Collaborating to identify the name and function of each part of the digestive system.

Week Beginning 21st September

In Owl class this week, we have been discovering further reasons for the Roman invasion of Britain (Britannia) in History and finding a better understanding of topological and climate maps of Italy in Geography. Through the study of Oliver Jeffers' book 'Here We Are' (in English), we generated extended noun phrases, creative sentences and oxymoronic phrases to use in our setting themed paragraphs or poems. In English, we also read an article entitled, 'Is punctuation important?'. After initial discussions, we used our homework and class notes to create our first written, balanced argument piece of the year. In Maths, we have been working with numbers up to ten million and have learnt how to compare, order and round them. We have also begun to look at negative numbers too. In Art, we have been testing methods for embellishing our designs for our Venetian masks. It has been such a full week that the time has flown by for us all!

Practising embellishments for our Venetian masks

Colour coding helped us to make sense of topological and climate maps.

Paired discussions have helped to build our confidence when comparing, ordering and discussing numbers of various sizes.

We collaborated to turn our notes on the Roman invasion of Britain into a knowledge organiser.

Forming creative poses for showing the world who we are/ how we want to be seen helped us to develop more accurate descriptions.

Week Beginning 14th September

Another busy week of learning has dashed by in Owl class. We have been enjoying all sorts of activities as part of our learning and have made particular use of our logical, creative, inquiring and scientific minds. We have read poetry and found the poetry within song lyrics and the natural world around us. We have also drawn on the works of Phillip Gross. We have deconstructed and reconstructed numbers up to 10 million to help us understand their value. We have explored vignettes of design on Venetian masquerade masks. In Science, we have reviewed the systems within the human body and their functions, with a specific focus on the circulatory system. Whilst in History and Geography, we have been considering Italy, in particular Rome, as the origin point of the Roman Empire and as a geographical place of interest. 

Seeking positive imagery in poetry/ lyrics and finding descriptive inspiration from the natural world.

Year 6 explored the early origins of the Roman empire in History this week and were able to apply this knowledge to finding out more about the modern country of Italy in Geography.

Year 6 created vignettes of design by focusing on the detail contained in Venetian style maquerade masks.

In Maths, we have looked at ways to create and partition numbers up to 10 million to help us understand their value. We have been able to apply this knowledge to help us problem solve.

Please find below the Topic Web for Owl class (Year 6) for the Autumn term 2020.

Week Beginning 7th September 2020

Welcome back to school Owl class! It has been wonderful to welcome you all back to school as the new Year 6 class. We have had a busy week enjoying lots of different activities including maths investigations, team building skills, reflecting on the text 'Here We Are' by Oliver Jeffers, thinking about fitness and stamina in P.E. , learning about the role of an orchestra conductor in Music and all about cryptography in Computing. Have a wonderful and restful weekend.

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