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Year 6 Learning

Mr Alexander

6.1 Teacher

Miss Thurston

Teacher 6.2
Later Years Phase Leader

Year 6

Positional Language in Maths

November

In Maths, Year 6 have been looking at position and direction and recapping key maths language. We went to the hall to safely have an active session using hoops, balls, beanbags and other sports equipment. We had been set a series of challenges by our teacher and needed to see if we could meet them. First we tried making 2 ½ rolls in one go and working out how many degrees this was. We couldn’t do forward rolls as we needed to always land on our heads with our heels in the air (not safe!) but we could do pencil rolls and teddy bear rolls! We also had to see how many rotations of a hoop we could do in 30 seconds, then find out if we could do it both clockwise and anticlockwise. There were lots more and we had great fun!

 

Year 6

Science Assessment – Shadows

November

For our first science assessment, we were experimenting with shadows. In our groups, we shone a torch on an opaque object from different distances (e.g. 5 cm, 10 cm and 15 cm) and observed and recorded what the difference in the size of the shadow was. We found out that the further away from the light source the object was the smaller the shadow.

Written by Max

 

Year 6

Clay Monkeys

November

Yesterday, we made clay monkeys while other students went to Bikeability. We learnt about Frida Kahlo and her passion for painting animals using bright colours in her art work. When we learnt about Frida, we found out most of her artwork was self-portraits, but that she also used animals that she saw in the wild around her. We had to go step-by-step making the monkeys that we saw in Frida’s art. First we had to roll the clay so it became softer in our hands and made it into three different sections: one small, one medium and one large. After we separated the clay, we used the largest piece for the torso of our monkeys and the medium for the head. From the smallest part we then made ears, eyes, legs and arms.

Written by Rose and Emilie

 

Year 6

Rainforest Oil Pastels

November

In art, to celebrate our new topic of South America, we used oil pastels to draw a chosen animal from the Amazon rainforest. Before we even touch the oil pastels, we used pencil to draw the animal although it was tough to see on black paper. After we had drawn the outline, we used images of the animals to fully complete our artwork. We could choose which ever colours we would like and lots were bright and brilliant. Many children had different ideas on how to present their animals – in the end I think they all look lovely!

Written by Emma

 

Year 6

Bikeability

November

As soon as we came back from half term, Year 6 have been participating in Bikeability training. We spent a day on the playground learning how to start and stop safely, and how to look after our bikes. Then we went out on the nearby roads to test our skills and learn how to be safe around others – pedestrians or vehicles.

 

Year 6

WW2 Topic – Homework Projects

October

For our English homework, which concluded our World War II topic, we all crafted, wrote and presented some astounding World War II projects! Numerous topics were displayed, such as the Blitz, aeroplanes, ships and submarines and even some evacuee information! Many people had original ideas that were explained perfectly. Congratulations to all!

Written by Mia and Emma

 

Year 6

WW2 Topic – Gas Masks

October

On the first morning we complete some World War II day tasks, Year 6 made gas masks! In order to get them to work properly, we cut three holes in the black card and covered the eyeholes with cellophane. Then we wrapped card around the mouth hole and filled it with bubble wrap. We then had to fix it to our heads with string or elastic.

Written by Mia

 

Year 6

Blitz Art

October

Year 6 have been working to create art which shows the skyline of London before, during or after the Blitz. We learned about the German bombing offensive against Britain in 1940 and 1941 then looked at images of the destruction and devastation caused by the shells. At first, we washed our white paper with watercolours in hues that we had decided would be accurate, then we decided upon a black silhouette for our skyline and either cut or ripped it to fit over our sky. It looks really effective, we think!

 

Year 6

Science – Making Periscopes

October

As part of our Science topic on light, we’ve been trying to understand how mirrors reflect light and how they (and our eyes) can help us to see objects. We had to use our knowledge to make a periscope – a device for seeing over or around something. Did you know that periscopes were first used by sailors in around 1860, who used them in submarines to see above the surface of the water? They were also used by soldiers in the First World War, to see over the top of their trenches.

Gabby from 6.2 said “For Science we have been learning about light reflection and how it bounces off mirrors. We learned that we could see through a periscope due to the light and the angle of the mirrors. We used a cereal box and cut in the correct areas.”

When you look at an object, you see it because the light (from a source such as the sun or a lamp) reflects off the object and goes into your eye. If the object is round a corner, you can’t see it anymore because the light reflecting off the object can’t get into your eye. That’s why you need a periscope. A periscope uses mirrors to reflect the light from the object around the corner and into your eye. In this fun, practical lesson, we all tried creating them in groups using a cereal box, scissors and two mirrors. Our teachers said we synergized well, but our periscopes were made with varying degrees of success!

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

Paul Nash Artwork

September

This half term in Art lessons we have been studying Paul Nash and trying to look closely at his work. We discussed artwork such as The Battle of Britain, Totes Meer, Battle of Germany and Defense of Albion. The sombre tones and colours, as well as the marred landscapes, were great points for debate. We chose our favourite one and tried to replicate a small area of it in his style before creating our own Nash-ish watercolour.

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

Mathematics

September

Year 6 have been revising negative numbers and played a bingo style game in pairs using dice. We had great fun and had lots of practise with subtracting across zero.

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

Tag Rugby

September

To start our Tag Rugby lessons, we played a number of games to learn the rules and techniques of the sport. There were some outstanding “challenge yourself” behaviours being shown and wonderful teamwork across the year group. Well done to everyone!

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

World War II

September

This half term, Year 6 are learning about World War II. In one of our first topic lessons, we looked at the countries that were involved and whether they were allies, neutral or an axis power. We used our knowledge from previous lessons, our own research, and the atlases to help us colour code our own maps of Europe.

 

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