Autumn Term 2nd Half
The children have been working very hard this half term, continuing our work around the Titanic and preparing for the festive season.
Unfortunately, both Y6 bubbles have had to work from home at different points this half term but that did not stop our children from showing what true Redscope learners they are, logging onto Jitsi everyday for remote lessons and completing tasks at home. During the time at home, many of the children followed the online lessons to learn how to create their own websites, completed artwork related to science and nature, and they also found time to develop other skills, such as baking and basketball. This wasn't an easy time for any of us but our children showed real determination and resilience. It is fair to say though, that we were all glad to be back together in the end!
This half term, we have continued learning about the Titanic disaster. We have been practising using our figurative language skills to write descriptions of the Titanic wreckage as though we were exploring the site for ourselves on a journey of a lifetime. We also thought about how exciting the prospect of working on the world's largest ocean liner would have been back in 1912 and wrote persuasive letters inviting workers to join the crew, and posters advertising the voyage to passengers.
Towards Christmas, we began looking at some of the wonderful (and sometimes quite emotional) adverts on television. We used our inference skills to unpick the stories, explore the characters' feelings and understand the messages of these adverts.
In maths, the children have been learning about multiplication and division, and using a written method to solve more challenging questions with bigger numbers. They are now beginning to solve real-life problems and reasoning tasks using their knowledge. We also enjoyed rocking out this half term on the launch day of TT Rockstars, where we set ourselves times table challenges.
In art, we have been developing our tone and shading skills and are now able to make objects look 3-dimensional. We used the work of Wassily Kandinsky to show off these skills.
We have also been practising our watercolour skills to produce these beautiful pictures of poinsettias for our Christmas cards.
In computing, we are still learning about how to use spreadsheets. We looked at some real data about Titanic survivors and used spreadsheets to sort this data and make some fascinating discoveries.
In our Spanish lessons with Mr Jordan, we have been learning how to say and understand classroom instructions and the names for equipment, as well as singing Spanish Christmas songs.
Our ukulele lessons have continued this term and we have now developed the confidence to perform as a group. We have also had a go at writing verses to our own Christmas songs!
Autumn Term 1st Half
We’ve had a fantastic start to the year. The children have come back to school eager to learn and have produced some excellent learning in the eight weeks that we have been in Year Six.
Broken- Rock, Paper, Scissors
As a reintroduction back to school, the children watched a short animated video clip that was used as a stimulus for discussion about character relationships and emotions. The children used this as a basis for writing a story and producing their own artwork. The writing and artwork that has been displayed around school has had many positive comments and some children earned their pen licences whilst completing their final drafts!
Jim Dine Artwork
In the first two weeks of term, Year 6 studied the work of Jim Dine- an artist famous for conveying emotions. This linked perfectly to our Broken work and the children enjoyed creating pieces of art using various media in the style of Jim Dine. We also created our birds for “The Flock” using Jim Dine as inspiration.
For the last six weeks, we have been studying The Titanic and linking our history, English and science learning around this topic. We have been studying the book “Kasper Prince of Cats” by Michael Morpurgo and are using other books by the same author as inspiration for our corridor this term. Thank you to all children and families that are reading at least three times per week. Our Reading Reward chart is filling up fast and children who have their name on the chart at least five times will look forward to receiving a class reward of their choice! Reading regularly does made a massive difference and helps so much in all aspects of learning.
The children have thoroughly enjoyed finding out about the facts of the sinking of the ship to produce a newspaper report and have written letters and diaries imagining that they were passengers on board the ship. In science, we have been recapping our understanding of forces and will be focussing our learning next half term on buoyancy.
We have been very impressed with the learning that children have produced in class and we have been as equally impressed with some of the home learning that has been produced. It is so lovely to see that families have worked together on Titanic based projects!
Spreadsheets in Computing
Over the half term, the children are becoming more confident in spreadsheet use and how useful they can be! They have been working hard with Mr Jordan to understand the vocabulary linked to this learning and have even been tackling applying formulas to cells. Next half term, they will be applying this understanding to look at passenger information from the Titanic.
Over the last few weeks, the children have building on the knowledge that they acquired in Year 5 and have been enjoying music sessions with Mrs Daws. They have been learning about the parts of the ukulele and have listened well to instructions given to be able to play a range of notes, applying the understanding to various songs and musical performances! We are hoping that the children will be able to share their skills with you at some point in the future.