Mrs Everest – Year 6
Autumn Term 2019
Week Beginning 11th November
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 stattions 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.