The children in year 6 have been learning about inheritance and evolution. As part of their learning, they have been researching about Charles Darwin and his discoveries of finches. To bring their learning to life, children used different pieces of equipment to act as the beaks of the finches and investigated which item of food was easier to pick up. From this, children then could describe and look at finches beaks and understand how and why the evolved.
On Friday 25th June, Year 6 had the opportunity to meet and greet some interesting animals. Some very brave Year 6s got to hold snakes and stick insects while others preferred to sit and stroke the very friendly dog.
Fun with Fractions. Thank you Miss Shaw for this activity- everyone really enjoyed it and it looks great!
All About America: This is our Geography theme and we have even been working on some intricate art projects inspired by Native American art.
More artwork inspired by Beatriz Milhaze. This time we made collages using geometric shapes in paper.
The children have made a fantastic start to the summer term and have come back to school with lots of energy and showing that they are ready to learn. It is lovely to have them all back and showing their maturity as they enter their last term of primary school.
Since being back, we have taken advantage of this lovely weather and taking some of our learning outside.
In Geography children have been learning about North and South America. They have created fact files about the different areas and have researched the different climates in America. Children have also been exploring Native American art, which is linked to the DT project where they will make dream catchers.
In maths, the children have been learning about scaling. Therefore, children took their maths outside and looked at scaling problems from real life contexts. Children used their measuring skills to scale up their star constellations that they looked at in Science last term.
During English, children have been basing their writing on the short film 'Alma'. This short film really hooked the children and they were intrigued by the story. We were mainly focusing on creating suspense for the reader and setting descriptions.
At the end of the week, all children re-told the story from either Alma, one of the dolls or the shop keepers perspective. They focused on how they could incorporate a flash back within their writing.
Below are a few examples of children's openings to their stories.
During History week, the children have been learning about WW2 and more specifically 'The Holocaust'. Children learnt about the leaders in WW2 and how certain leaders were dictators and how certain groups were targeted and discriminated against. Children used the 'Boy in the striped Pyjamas' and Anne Frank's Dairy to learn about the Holocaust and what life was like in Nazi Germany.
Children then looked at 'The Butterfly Project' which remembers children who were affected by the events in WW2. Children used poems from ' I will never see a butterfly again' to write their own poems remembering those children who were in the Holocaust.
As part of Black History Month children had the opertunity to learn about the Carribean cutlure. Wayde, who is orignally from Trinidad, visited our school to talk to the children about his life there. The children then learnt about steel bands and how this was an integral part to his life and culture. They then had the oppertunity to learn how to play traditional songs on the steel bands. There was an amazing buzz from the children, who said what a brillaint day they had!
We have had a fantastic start back to school. The children have settled in really well and have adapted well to new school life! The children, who applied for house captain, wrote fantastic speeches and spoke really well for the virtual election. Please keep referring back to the website for any updates and to see what the children have been doing in school.
Since returning, children have been looking at the book 'Coming to England' by Floella Benjamin and gained an insight into life in Trinidad in the 1960s, the Windrush generation and what life was like for Floella when she arrived in the Uk. To excite the children they tried a range of fruits that Floella mentions in her book to gain an insight into her culture and food she ate in Trinidad. The children really enjoyed trying different fruits - however Papaya was not that popular!
As well as reading an exciting book in English, the year 6 children also have had a visit from the author Matt Beighton. The children were really engaged all day and contributed some excellent ideas. They worked in pairs to create their own adventure stories, which I will upload on here, when they have been finished and edited. Children got a real insight into writing and saw that there were many avenues they could travel down with writing in the future. They began mind mapping their story ideas in chalk then planned on post it notes they order, which enabled them to move their ideas around.
Matt Beighton day!
In science, children have been learning about electricity. They have been making their own circuits and coming up with their own investigations to test different components in a circuit.