Miss Noonan (Class Teacher)
Mrs Brookes (Trainee Teacher)
Mrs Upton (Support Staff)
Year 6 have been having a great time in our final half term together. In art we have started our World War 2 inspired paintings by researching artists and sketching the London skyline. We will complete these by adding colour ideas before creating the London skyline in silhouette against the backdrop of the Blitz.
In history we are finishing our WW2 topic. The children have all approached the topic with sensitivity and empathy. Their understanding of the issues and how propaganda was used has been really impressive and the insights they show during class discussions has shown their maturity.
In English, we have been using a wordless book, Journey, as a stimulus. After gathering interesting vocabulary, the class have written some very impressive setting descriptions. Their use of figurative language has made their pieces a delight to read. We will continue with this work over the next few weeks.
It would be remiss to leave out the hard work that the children have been putting into the play. They have been very busy: learning lines, getting song lyric and actions right, following complex stage directions and offering suggestions for improvements. All of this is impressive enough, but what has been a joy to watch is their enjoyment and theatrical flair.
The children did really well in their unit on shape in maths. We covered the features of 2D and 3D shapes and their use of precise maths vocabulary was very impressive. They also covered a recap of the 4 operations and carried out benchmark assessments. Their focus and maturity was a real credit to them.
In English, we have planned and written a formal information piece about humanism, which gave the children an opportunity to use the information they learned during lockdown R.E. lessons. Their depth of understanding was superb and they all worked hard to create a formal tone for their writing. We went on to focus on two narrative pieces. The first was a story based on a Shang Dynasty tomb discovery. They did a great job of creating a distinctive voice for their main character and building up tension as they entered the tomb. Finally, they worked on a descriptive piece based on the film version of Great Expectations. They used “show not tell” to build a picture of the main characters after giving beautifully atmospheric descriptions of the setting. Their use of dialogue to show the contrast between two characters was very well crafted and they should all be very proud of what they achieved. As part of our English, we have been using “The Boy in the Tower” as a guided reading text. I have been impressed day after day by their ability to thoughtfully discuss the themes in the book and ask relevant questions to increase their understanding.
I hope that you have enjoyed seeing the Terracotta Army figures that the children brought home. After researching the original pieces, the class all threw themselves into creating detailed drawings and then modelling their own version of a terracotta warrior. They made an impressive display when all lined up together.
I hope that you have all had a relaxing and enjoyable Easter break and I am looking forward to all the learning and Year 6 activities we have planned for the summer term.
Year 6 have had a great Spring term so far, even though we have not all been together in person. I have been hugely impressed with the dedication and maturity they have shown towards their learning. They have really taken ownership of challenging themselves and I am confident that this will be a real asset to them when they move to secondary school.
In maths, we have multiplied and divided fractions, including answering problems based on real life situations. After securing our understanding of percentages, the children have moved on to tackle algebra. Their ability to form equations and understand 2-step equations has demonstrated how adept they have become at breaking questions down and using the inverse operation to check their answers.
Moving on to science, I am so pleased that many children have carried out the investigations when learning about the circulatory system and our new topic on light. I am sure they will enjoy the experiments as we return to school.
In English, we have written atmospheric pieces set in Victorian London, using Sherlock Holmes stories as a stimulus. The whole class have worked hard on using different sentence structures and on developing ways to engage the reader.
Our history topic has seen us immersing ourselves in ancient Chinese Shang Dynasty. After learning about the societal structure, we looked at religious beliefs and the life of Fu Hao. Our art flowed from this as the class researched Chinese artists, practised brush strokes and created their own original artworks.
Thank you to all of you for providing such wonderful support whilst the children have been learning at home. I am very proud of everything they have achieved.
It has wonderful to have the class back in school full time! They have arrived full of enthusiasm and curiosity and have already applied both of these to our learning. We may have only been back for a few days but they have already impressed everyone with their willingness to get stuck in to new learning, their recall of what we learned in Year 5 and also their mature attitude. What an excellent start to the new school year.
In maths we have started our work on place value, answering questions and extending our learning by thinking of extra questions to challenge our partners. In English, we have started our focus text, Skellig, and will be working on descriptive pieces. We will work up to longer pieces of independent writing based on the same authorial style. The children have been using their skills to critique pieces of art and soon we will be creating our own, inspired by our geography topic, using a variety of different mediums. Science begins on Wednesday and we are looking forward to learning about how to classify plants and animals. You will find out more about our learning this term on the curriculum planner and please get in touch if you have any questions.