Mr Yeldham (Class Teacher)
Mrs Johnston, Mrs Way, Ms Branston and Miss Blackwell (Support Staff)
After what was hopefully a relaxing Christmas holiday the children have returned, full of enthusiasm, ready for our topic – WWII. We will be finding many opportunities for cross-curricular learning, including stories, diaries and debates linked to key events or our class book ‘Friend or Foe’ by Michael Morpurgo. We will be looking at WWII photos and paintings and using these as a stimulus for key drawing skills, including shading and cross hatching. Music will focus on works composed during the wartime era. The children will revisit coding including HTML and CSS languages and will work towards creating web pages reflecting WWII content. The children are particularly looking forward to ‘History off the Page’ visiting in a few weeks time to spend a day living life as a 1940’s era school child.
As we draw close to the end of term, Aquila class continue to work hard in a variety of subject areas. In Maths we are beginning to order operations in longer calculations and children are being introduced to formal algebra for the first time (ready for the many years of algebra that lie ahead at Secondary School!)
The children are using our class book, and some previous Year 6 examples, to help them compose a seasonal story, focusing in particular on high quality description and a use of speech to help with characterisation. All the children are looking forward to the Panto and Christingle service, which will be the last of their Manland years.
As part of our work on classification and micro organisms, the Year 6 children worked on an experiment to see which water temperature was best suited to the respiration of yeast. The children enjoyed seeing balloons inflate to varying degrees as the yeast produced different quantities of Carbon Dioxide in the bottles.
In the week before half term Year 6 spent the morning being trained as effective Play Leaders for the KS1 children. They discussed what made an effective leader and the types of activities that would work well for younger children. They then designed games and got to put their theories to the test with the Year 1 and Reception children.
In anticipation of the upcoming Harvest Assembly, Aquila class made the most of the produce growing within the school grounds to produce some fantastic apple and blackcurrant crumbles. Thanks go to the gardening club for maintaining and picking the blackcurrant bushes.
We have had an incredibly positive and focused start to year 6. In lessons we are already meeting the challenges and demands that year 6 requires.
In English we have been studying the characters in the book Skellig and using personification to create a poem based on the derelict garage.
In Maths we have been working extremely hard and already covered topics such as place value, up to 13 digits (hopefully not unlucky), reading and writing numbers, multiplying and dividing by 10,100 and 1000 and ordering numbers up do 3 decimal places.
Aquila have returned this week from a fantastic visit to Caythorpe. Children were challenged in a variety of unfamiliar ways and encouraged to set their own targets in a range of activities that included climbing, archery, fencing, quad biking and abseiling. All the staff were delighted with the way the children responded and the children are looking forward to sharing their adventures in the forthcoming Year Class Assemblies.