Owl Class Summer Term 2021 Topic Web
Week Beginning Monday 3rd May
Although this has been a short week with only 4 days in school, Owl class have packed in a lot of learning. This has included:
- Using knowledge of Ratio to understand Scale Factors,
- Reading and analysing an inspiration text - The Magical Tree - in preparation for next week's writing challenge,
- Researching the adaptive traits within various species in Science,
- Finding out about the artist Gustav Klimt and his style before testing these techniques in preparation for our illustration challenge next week,
- and developing our ball control and passing skills in Hockey.
It was even our turn to share our learning during our school Zoom assembly. We've had such a fun packed and busy week!
Week Beginning Monday 26th April
This week, Owl class have been very scientifically minded. We have taken a logical approach to learning about ratio and applying these skills to calculating and problem solving with ratios. In English, we have been putting our Charles Darwin research and reading to good use to complete our biographies of his life. Many of us have become quite expert in the details of his family life, career and greatest contributions to the world of science. We have linked our learning in English to that of our specific science lessons. This week's focus was the role of Mutation and Adaption in species development. We enjoyed discovering more about Darwin's Galapagos Finch theory and the peppered moth example from the time of the industrial revolution. We were able to apply this understanding to our peer Environment Adaptation/ Variation activity and it generated some animated discussions. In addition to all this scientific thinking, we have also enjoyed developing our hockey skills and studying the artwork (Lithograph images) of Fredrick Catherwood from his expedition through the territory of the Ancient Maya.
Week Beginning 19th April
What a busy week of learning we have had in Owl Class!
We have been unpicking the wonderful and 'Math-magical' skills behind finding the Area of Parallelograms and the Volumes of various shapes. In English, we have researched the colourful life of Charles Darwin to help us write a biography of his life. We have discovered that his Theory of Evolution directly links to our studies in Science. This week, we looked at how inherited traits can be passed from different breeds of dogs to their offspring. In History, we became experts in one area of Maya Daily Life then presented/ shared our findings with the class. We have also enjoyed get out in the sunshine for our daily runs, skipping challenge and our second session of Hockey skills.
Summer Term Week Beginning 12th April
Welcome back! It has been wonderful to be back together again after our Easter holiday break.
This week in Owl class, we have been getting straight back to it in Maths by learning about the relationship between the area and perimeter of various shapes and how to manipulate shapes that have a 'tricky' area to make the calculation easier. In Art, we used paint mixing skills (reviewing what we already know about tints, tones and shades) and an oil pastel overlay to create either a 'sun tree' or 'moon tree' as an illustration for our writing focus this week. In English, we were able to use a visual stimulus to inspire some descriptive writing about an unusual landmark - sun tree or moon tree - in a strange land. We have also learnt more about the countries of Central America which played host to the ancient civilisation that we will be learning about this term - The Maya. In Science, we have begun our unit about Evolution and Inheritance by looking at our own characteristics and deciding which are environmental and which are inherited. The week ended with our first Hockey session for Friday PE. Today, we familiarised ourselves with the correct grip, stance and basic control moves. We cannot wait to explore more of all these topics in following weeks.
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Week Beginning 14th December 2020
With the Christmas holidays fast approaching, the festive spirit has crept into almost all areas of learning in Owl class this week. Take a look at what we have been up to.
We would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and healthy Christmas.
Week Beginning 30th November
What a way to start the week - featuring on Star Radio in their annual festive Sleeps til Santa sing along!
Week Beginning 23rd November
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.