Mrs Everest – Year 6
Spring Term 2019
Year 6 Owl Class
For any of our class members who need to self-isolate due to the current circumstances, please find below some tasks to help you maintain your learning opportunities from home.
A variety of activities (including Maths, English and Reading) can be found at:
For a variety of learning opportunities (particularly for consolidation purposes) across the curriculum, take a look at:
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Week Beginning 9th March
Using manipulatives in Maths this week has helped us to review and refine our understanding of how to calculate the perimeter, area and volume of various shapes or objects.
Having looked at a range of fossils and how they are formed under different conditions, Owl class carried out further research into their own areas of interest linked to fossils and their role in evolution.
With a focus on symmetry and asymmetry of pose, Year 6 completed group poses in gymnastics this week. We drew on previous work on individual balance and paired counter-balances.
Our reading groups have enjoyed sharing their texts as 1 to 1 readers, in small goups and as a theatrical performance to the class. It is so lovely to see texts brought alive in various ways in Owl class.
In RE, we looked at how people from various world religions use art to celebrate their faith. By comparing images, we considered how they were similar and in which ways some were very different.
Week Beginning 2nd March
Year 6 very much enjoyed World Book Day 2020, especially decorating our door to represent one of our recent reads and 'snuggling up' to read together in the specially created 'Snuggle Zone'. Thank you for your support.
On Tuesday. Year 6 were invited to a careers event at Witchford Village College. It was fascinating to find out about a variety of jobs, the positives and negatives of those jobs and consider what we might all want to be when we grow up.
We have been reviewing our knowledgeof Area and Perimeter in Maths. First, we looked at areas/ perimeters of standard shapes. We then applied this knowledge to calculating compound areas and perimeters. We have also learnt the formula for calculating the area of a triangle - base x height divided by 2.
Week Beginning 24th February
Welcome back after your half term holiday! We've had a wonderful week of learning opportunities in Owl class.
This week, we have enjoyed working with our mentor text - The Viewer - by Gary Crew and Shaun Tan. We have used it to hunt out interesting vocabulary, sentence structures and punctuation choices. We then used them to create our own versions of the story opening and ending which built and maintained tension through the narrative.
Our Battle of the Beaks investigation reached its conclusion. We designed a data collection table, thought about the variables and planned how to keep our testing fair. Finally, we carried out our testing and recorded the results.
On Tuesday, we were visited by the Raptor Foundation. It was fascinating to meet the four feathered visitors. Elliot, their handler, was able to share some amazing facts about each bird and their special characteristics.
In PE, we have begun to explotre the symmetry possible in poses and movements.
Week Beginning 10th February
We had such a busy but enjoyable week in Owl Class. Our morning in Forest School was chilly but made a welcome change. We enjoyed cooking on the fire and sawing our wooden cookies to make French Knitting looms. We also rehearsed our knot tying skills and built dens. A big thank you to Mrs. Wilson who assisted as a parent volunteer. This week in D.T. we taste tested 3 different types of scone and evaluated them. We used this knowledge as a starting point to design/ adapt our own scone recipes. We will create these after half term and enjoy them as part of a tea party. In P.E. we showed the final choreographed form of our whole class dance. It showed a real development in skill and was a fantastic chance to let our personalities sing out. In English, we typed up our final versions of our 500 Word stories for the BBC competition and will be submitting them soon. Fingers crossed! We would also like to thank all the parents who were able to attend our class assembly on Friday. We enjoyed sharing our learning with you.
We had fun in Forest School!
Our Afternoon Tea D.T. project - with some lovely home learing tasks too!
PE - our final dance performance.
Week Beginning 3rd February
We have been building up our dribbling, passing and blocking skills in Quicksticks lessons. This week, after a quick skills reminder session, we were able to put our skills to the test in mini 3 on 3 games. We rotated players on and off the pitch which meant that everyone had a chance to play and a chance to referee.
In Science, we explored how easy or challenging different implements were to use when picking up a variety of objects. We made links between the various implements and beak shapes/ styles that occur naturally in the wild. We inderstand that birds beaks are designed perfectly to assist their feeding on specific food sources. This was the first, explorative step towards our 'Battle of the Beaks' Investigation based on Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution.
Week Beginning 27th January
In Science, we went on an 'adaptive traits' scavenger hunt. In small groups, we collected examples of living things, environments and adaptive traits which are special to those living things. Through careful discussion, we grouped the information as accurately as possible. We learnt some fascinating and lesser known facts about some every day creatures. Who knew that Hedgehogs have the capcity to climb trees!
In French, we enjoyed using the interactive learning resource to help us create accurate sentences about travelling using different modes of transportation.
By combining our History and English lessons, we were able to really get to grips with the story of The Princes in the Tower. Both our class text ( 'The Executioner's Daughter') and our Crime and Punishment unit in History have led us to investigate the mysterious disappearance and possible murder of the two young princes during the reign of Plantagenent king, Richard 3rd. Some drama activities helped us to set the scene. Some careful reading and investigation of historical sources helped us to piece together the real events and find gaping holes in the stories of some nobles. We discussed our findings and wrote a precis of the main events.
We have enjoyed our group work this week. It has been really supportive and has helped us to develop our discussion, reading and writing skills.
Week Beginning 20th January
As part of our learning in Topic, we have developed our map skills. We realised how important it was to be able to use the contents and index pages in an atlas to locate specific countries, counties and cities.
We have made use of our research skills and historical knowledge in English by writing a report about the Tower of London. We grouped our chosen information and included both an introduction and a conclusion to the general topic as well. Individuals made choices about layout and the most visually pleasing way to present their knowledge.
As part of our learning in Topic, we briefly reviewed our knowledge of law in Britain prior to 1066 before researching more about the differences in Britain during Medieval and Tudor times.
Week beginning 13th January
In Maths, we have been looking at the place value of decimal numbers. By consolidating this knowledge, we have been able to quickly understand how multiplying or dividing a decimal by 10, 100 or 1000 will change it.
To help us set our history learning in context, we have started our unit with some geography skills. Using maps,we have identified Britain, the United Kingdom and the British Isles. We have also focussed on the physical geography of our land too.
Our trip to The Tower of London was a wonderful opportunity to investigate changes in crime and punishment from 1066 onwards. Despite the drizzle. we had a fantastic time.
Owl class felt realy inspired as authors after taking part in the BBC Live Lesson on Thursday. It was wonderful to receive advice from well-known authors such as Francesca Simon, Charlie Higson and Frank Cottrell-Boyce.
Week Beginning 6th January 2020
Happy New Year and welcome back to school! We have been busy already this term and have enjoyed the start to our new topic of 'Brilliant Britain'.
We have begun our Brilliant Britain unit by discussing our existing knowledge of 'Crime and Punishment' in this country over the ages.
This week, we set ourselves a new year's fitness challenge in circuit training. We are aiming to to beat our personal bests od last term.
Using the traverse oracy method is a great way to debate a given point. Our observers noticed that positive body language and an enthusiastic approach can help you to be convincing.
In Science, we investigated the role of torches and mirrors in creating reflections.
Autumn Term 2019
Week Beginning 9th December
Although the term is drawing to a close, we have still been busy with our learning in Owl Class this week. Despite our busy schedule, we enjoyed the break from our learning to watch the KS1 nativity performance of 'Prickly Hay' on Tuesday afternoon. Thank you for the invitation EYFS and KS1 - we thought you were all FABULOUS!
In Maths, we have been looking at a Geometry unit on Position. Owls have been reviewing their coordinates skills over one and four quadrant grids. They are also developing their understanding of translations of shape.
We enjoyed carrying out some role play to better understand the role of the hoplite (foot soldier), Pheidippides, in the Battle of Marathon. We also looked at the geography of his run from the Bay of Marathon to Sparta and back, as well as his final run to Athens. It was quite a distance, especially as he fought in the battle too!
In this week's Science lesson, we reviewed our knowledge of light, particularly linked to the terms opaque, translucent and transparent. We noticed the impact that ambient light made on the shadows we could create just sitting at our tables in the classroom. The class then agreed a question that they wanted to answer about 'Light' and 'Shadows'. They designed and carried out their own investigations to test their hypotheses.
Week Beginning 2nd December
In Mrs. Wordsmith sessions and English lessons, we have been focussing on interesting vocabulary. We have created Mrs. Wordsmith style posters and cards for words of our choice. We have also been editing our writing with a focus on effective vocabulary choices and engaging sentence structures.
In History, we have been researching the subject of the Olympic games. Through our research, we discovered that the ancient and modern games had many similarities but also some interesting differences. We used this knowledge and our English Writing skills to design and create avisually engaging information text.
Our group gymnastic sequences are coming along nicely. This week's focus was improving our transitions between poses and balances.
Week Beginning 25th November
We had a brilliant time on Friday morning working on Christmas decorations. Please follow the link below!
We have enjoyed our reading in a variety of settings this week. We have looked at a story start/ stimulus about a character called 'Owliver Twist' and a book by Carol Ann Duffy called The Lost Happy Endings. It has been lovely to see so many children making use of what they have read in their writing, especially their new vocabulary and advanced punctuation.
In Art, we applied the sketching techniques we have been developing to create a double page spread in our sketch books linked to our learning about Ancient Greece. We have researched patterns in Ancient Greek pottery, architecture and everyday life. We explored these patterns using different pencils, charcoal, chalk and pastels.
We completed our science unit on plants and animals by comparing lifecycles of various living things. Our discussions focussed on the significant similarities and differences.
In PE this week, we began to compose our gymnastic sequences, using yoga poses to link our balances.
Week Beginning 18th November
In PE, we have begun to utilise the balances and poses we have learnt through our yoga sessions into gymnastic sequences.
We researched how shading with different weight pencils can help us achieve tone. During our Art lessons, we used these skills when exploring Greek patterns.
Our DLG, linked to our Class Reader text 'Who Let the Gods Out', became quite animated this week.
To help us understand the processes involved in the life cycle of various animals, we collaborated to order the stages of a range of livings things including amphibians and insects.
Week Beginning 11th November
As part of Kindness Week, we enjoyed sharing books with our buddies from Ladybird class. They also enjoyed sharing the biscuits they had baked with us.
As part of Kindness Week, we have updated our understanding of the terms 'Not Nice, 'Mean' and 'Bullying'. We read, unpicked and later performed the poem 'Smiling is Infectious' to to show that a simple act of kindness could brighten someone's day.
The editing stations we used in English this week have helped us to improve the 'basics' of our recording as well as the vocabulary and structure in our biography paragraphs.
In History, we have collaborated to summarise our knowledge of the Trojan War. With the key information gathered, we then decided how we would each demonstrate our knowledge of the key events in chronological order and their impact.
We have continued to revisit and explore a range of yoga poses as part of our gymnastic skill development. These poses have helped us to develop form and better balance.
Week beginning 4th November
Owl class chose their own ways to demonstrate the knowledge that they have been gaining about the process of reproduction in plants. It was fantastic to see a range of approaches.
To help develop our balance when working on gymnastic poses, we have begun to incorporate a bit of yoga into our PE lessons.
The Trojan War was our focus this week in Topic. We heard various versions of the tale and looked at photographs of 'real' artefacts found at the believed location of Troy in Turkey. Fierce debate ensued as we all tried to persuade our group what we thought the artefacts could tell us about life at the time.
In Maths, we have been exploring how to find factors of numbers using our multiplication skills. Our factor knowledge enabled us to simplify and find equivalent fractions. All of these skills have helped us to compare and order fractions too. It was helpful to use a range of rersources to explore our understanding.
To begin our unit on biography writing, we started by interviewing our learning partners and creating a mini-biography of their lives so far. It was fun to see which Mrs. Wordsmith words we could incorporate into our notes on someone else's life.
Week beginning 28th October
Welcome back everyone! After a restful Half Term holiday, Owl class were ready to embark on a wide variety of learning opportunities. We've had a great week!
In Computing, we have been programming light sequences using Crumble. We enjoyed seeing our Halloween themed light sequences working independently from the computer.
After reviewing the key game play rules for High Five Netball, we enjoyed our three way game rotations to end our Netball unit.
We have enjoyed developing our persuasive arguments in English this week. A topic was chosen. We discussed it, researched it, read more about it and debated it again. We have used the knowledge developed over the course of the week to create a formally written persuasive letter. Fingers crossed we have been persuasive enough to achieve our goal!
In Science, we have been exploring the structure of flowering plants and why plants need these components. Dissecting lilies and alstromeria flowers gave us first hand experience of how to find a flower's key components.
Week Beginning 14th October
Another fun filled and busy week in Owl Class with lots of learning across a range of subjects. However, some of our highlights of the week have included: Greek themed cookery during our food technology afternoon; the sharing of our poem (Ode to Autumn) in the Harvest Assembly; a trip to the Explorers' Area and creating our own bacterium designs in Science to conclude our microorganisms unit. What a wonderful half term we have had!
A Greek themed Food Technology afternoon with help from Mrs. Cowan, Mrs. Burling and visiting teachers Miss Hook and Miss Salkeld.
In Maths, we have been learning a new method for long division.
In PE, we have been combining our passing and footwork skills to play mini games of Netball.
In Science, we concluded our microorganism unit by analysing the results of our mould growing investigation and modelling our own bateria designs out of plasticine.
We had so much fun in the Explorers' Area today. Everyone had the opportunity to learn how to light fires safely, to learn how to tie knots, to cook over the fire and to build dens with our friends.
Week Beginning 7th October
Yet another wonderful week of learning in Owl class.
In Guided Reading, we have been developing our key reading comprehension skills, with a specific focus on retrtieval and sequencing. Whilst in English, we have been working on the final version of our Ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses information text. We also read an article from The Week Junior entitled 'Should people spend less time at work?'. Initially, we took a class vote. To better understand the big debate, we split into trios and used our small group oracy skills to discuss, probe and summarise the key points. We then transferred this knowledge to our whole class discussion before taking an exit vote on the topic. What an illuminating discussion!
In DT, we have created the base for our ancient Greek perfume bottles which will eventually be made out of papier-mâché and later painted with traditional patterns and symbols.
On Tuesday, Year 6 also enjoyed a day of enrichment at Soham Village College for the STEM Challenge Day. Our day began with a series of group maths problems with an international theme. After that, the children all had opportunities to take part in various hand-on Science investigations/ experiments. Our final activity was an engineering challenge which required design technology skills, a knowledge of physics and even use of our GPS skills. The day concluded with a prize giving ceremony where the Stretham team won prizes for the Best Maths Problem Solving Skills and the Best Crash landing for our aviation vehicle. It was a busy, enjoyable day and a wonderful look at what school life may include in Year 7 and beyond.
Week Beginning 30th September
Owl class have had such a wonderfully busy week.
We particularly enjoyed the History Off the Page day on Tuesday which was linked to our Ancient Greeks topic. The day began with us visiting different artisan craft stalls in the 'market place'. Everyone had an opportunity to try different ancient Greek crafts such as fresco painting, mosaic making, pottery creating and wax tablet forming. We were even able to visit an apothecary (doctor/ pharmacist). In the afternoon, we divided into smaller groups to develop performances of comedies, tragedies or dances. Year 6 really enjoyed delivering their comedy play called Cyclops. The day ended with our final performances and a traditional feast of bread, feta, olives, fruit and honey soaked cakes. What a wonderful experience!
In Science, we have been researching more information about microorganisms. With this knowledge in mind, we set up two investigations. The first was to show the effects of bacteria transferance from our hands on to food. The second was an investigation to show what factors affect the the growth of mould on bread. These investigations are ongoing and we will be recording data daily.
Week Beginning 23rd September
In Art this week, we have enjoyed working with pastels or paint to complete our Christmas card themed artwork. In addition, we have begun to look at selecting the correct sketching pencil for the specific style of sketching we are doing.
In Maths, we have been using our knowledge of inverse calculations to check our addition and subtraction calculations. With our Learning Partners, we have been using calculations to assist us with providing reasoned responses to Mathematical questions.
As part of our Netball unit in PE, we have been developing our passing skills. We focused on using strong arms to pass the ball and strong, ready hands to receive the ball.
Week beginning 16th September 2019
In English, we had a mini (and slightly belated) Roald Dahl Day celebration. We found out more about him as a person as well as an author. Using some of his strategies, we created character profiles for a hero and villain of our own making. We made vocabulary banks of language that we could use to persuade our readers that these characters deserved their role as hero or villain.
On Tuesday, we also very much enjoyed the Choral Day hosted by Kings Ely school. Along with several other local schools and some others who had come from further afield, we were given vocal training by Lucy Morris. Later, we used the songs that we had practiced in a concert in Ely Cathedral. What a wonderful experience!
In Maths, we have been revising our rounding skills by utilising our Place Value knowledge. We really enjoyed playing Place Value Pandemonium as a warm up.
We have been studying where Ancient Greek civilization appears on an historical timeline. We then created our own timelines with accurately measured increments so that we could place key events on them.
Week beginning 9th September 2019
It’s been a busy first full week back at school and we have enjoyed a range of activities.
In Maths, we have been revising our Place Value knowledge. We have used different representation models and worked with numbers up to 7 digits.
In English, we have been sharing Ancient Greek myths and legends. This week, we have focused on the story of Icarus – the boy who flew too high.
We have begun our Invasion Games unit in PE by looking at the passing skills required in a game of Netball.
Our Topic unit, Flights of Fantasy, began this week with a geographical focus. We identified the countries located in the continent of Europe and related that learning to the expansion of the Ancient Greek empire.
Week beginning 4th September 2019
Welcome back everyone!
Our new Year 6s have had a lovely first few days getting used to their new position as oldest in the school and taking on their Guardian Angel duties. We have enjoyed playing some teambuilding games in PSHE, sharing our new class reading texts and refreshing our memories of prior learning. After a gentle few days to settle in, Owl class are ready to begin the academic year.