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Asteroids – Year 6

Mrs Kemp and Mrs Parrott (Class Teachers)

Mrs Tant, Mrs Castellani and Mrs Patel (Support Staff)

Autumn 2018

This half term has been busy for Asteroids. The students have been busy developing their writing skills. In Topic they have enjoyed writing a biography based on the Victorian Scientist Mary Anning. They also created their own scary Halloween story.

There have been cross curricular links between English, Art, DT and Computing where students have created their own Flanimal. This was inspired by the Ricky Gervais book. Students worked hard to design their own Flanimal in Art, then transferred this onto the computer in a Scratch programme. In English they produced a piece of extended, creative and informal writing about their made-up creatures with their own language, strange features, personalities, strengths, weaknesses and habitats.

Students enjoyed an afternoon with their parents who joined them in class. We were able to multi-task and created stunning WWII study sheets, with a silhouette and piece of writing based on just one aspect of the War. The students are looking forward to developing their knowledge of this after Christmas.

In Maths the work has been more complex, however all students have been making progress completing work based on fractions, shape and algebra.

Science has been a combination of theory and practical, most recently students conducted an experiment with yeast, sugar, water and a balloon!

In PE they have enjoyed Basketball (learning skills such as dribbling) and gymnastics.

Being the oldest in the school Asteroids have been relishing the responsibilities that come with this, they are fantastic role models. They all take on the role of play leaders and have been helping students in Reception and Year 2 with their reading. They have also been working with Mrs Wicks, touring new parents at the open days and delivering speeches.

“Year 6 is amazing” Poppy

A highlight from the last day before October half term was the House Learning Day. I was particularly proud to see Asteroids working with the younger students so positively.

“Every day in this school is great and if you are looking for a really positive and encouraging school to come to, you have found the right place. Although I have tourettes syndrome, this school has made me feel like I’m at home”. Zachary

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.

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.

Asteroids have worked hard on creating an incredible range of topic projects. Biomes of the world have been successfully explored using detailed Power Points, and represented in drawing, collage and modelling. There are some very talented artists in the class whose work is beautiful, bold and vibrant – we hope to have some on display to be appreciated by all very soon.

Indoor PE has been based on Bollywood and links to the students RE topic. After seeing the quality of their dance performances, I’m sure they were able to take the disco by storm in Caythorpe!

The students from Asteroids and Aquilla have enjoyed an excellent team building opportunity when they visited Caythorpe Court PGL site. The children took part in outdoor and adventurous activities that included abseiling, quad biking, fencing, raft building and a variety of climbing activities.

Many of the PGL staff commented on the politeness of the children.

The students remained enthusiastic all week and many really pushed themselves to overcome and exceed their own personal targets.

Summer 2018

In Taurus Class we are reflecting on a successful year and looking forward to the next few weeks of learning.

Just before half term, we went on our residential trip to Shortenills where we enjoyed a range of activities and were extremely lucky with the weather! We had a lot of fun around the campfire on the first night after exploring the site through orienteering earlier in the day. The children worked fantastically well in their teams. On our full day we did a long walk and used our map reading skills and in the afternoon found a very interesting range of invertebrates in the Shortenills ponds. We took some of them back to the classroom to identify and used the microscopes to examine them in more detail. We finished our visit with team-building activities. The children all coped brilliantly with being away from home and worked really co-operatively with each other during all the outdoor learning. Well done to everyone!

Since being back to school, we have started preparing for our end of year performance and also thinking about up-coming sports events including our school sports day. We have been continuing to work hard in the classroom and the children have written some excellent newspaper reports based on their trip to Shortenills. These are on display in the classroom and demonstrate how well our extended writing has come on.

Taurus Class are looking forward to an exciting summer term.  Just before half term we go to Shortenills for three days of outdoor learning and team building.  The learning will support our studies on life cycles in science and map-reading in Geography.  We will be basing some of our writing around the trip after we get back!  Later in the term we will have the Year 5 and 6 performance to look forward to as well as a range of sports activities.

We have started our English learning this term with a focus on the legend of Robin Hood and this will help us to develop our narrative writing skills.  In maths we have been working on translation, reflection and perimeter and are moving on to problem-solving in a range of contexts.

Spring 2018

Taurus class has a fun-packed term ahead! In particular, we are looking forward to our Bikeability training later on in January which will teach us all about road sense and safety.  In maths we are moving on to division and fractions and in English we are starting the term with suspense and mystery writing.  Our topic will be Ancient Greece and we will be looking at what it was like to live through these times and how this ancient society shaped generations to come. The children will also make clay vases inspired by Greek designs.

Year 5 have really enjoyed their learning about the Ancient Greeks. There were many different opinions on whether it would have been better to be an Athenian or a Spartan. They were keen to hear all about the Battle of Marathon, especially how the small army of Athenians were able to defeat the Persians with their clever tactics.

Our DT topic was linked to our work on the Ancient Greeks. Children made clay vases inspired by Greek pottery. They started by making their own designs after looking the design of vases throughout history. Children then thought of how they could be decorated and chose their own patterns based on Grecian ideas. Lastly the finished vases were painted in suitable colours, the end results were very successful.

Autumn 2017

Taurus class have had a very busy start to the Autumn term. We have enjoyed finding out about Victorian Harpenden and reading Black Beauty, as well as producing some Victorian-style silhouette portraits! In science, we have been investigating forces and measuring gravity using Newton meters.

We have done lots of work on keeping safe online and parents were welcome to spend an afternoon with us learning about e-safety. Excite-ed informed us how to use apps to make sure that we are secure and safe at all times.

Here are some photos of our sequences in gymnastics. We are working with partners to explore balancing and movements incorporating the different parts of the body.

Taurus Class have been writing some super cinquains! They chose the form they wanted to use and picked a subject that inspired them.  Their fantastic poems are now up in the library.