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Conway Primary School

Year 6

Spring Term 

This term, we have extended our writing skills across a range of text types. Our focus text in English was a narrative clip called “The Piano.” We thoroughly enjoyed watching this as a stimulus for the amazing writing we produced. We wrote our own flashback narratives which involves shifting time throughout different parts of the narrative. Our stories were fantastic; so much so that when we read them out aloud to our peers, we had goose bumps!

When writing this narrative, we learned ow to manipulate vocabulary and punctuation to effect the reader and build suspense. We feel very confident in writing multi-clause sentences which appeal to the reader’s senses.

 

As well as writing a flashback narrative, we designed our own endangered species and wrote fantastic non-chronological reports to inform the reader all about our creatures. In order to create a sense of realism through our writing, we researched endangered animals and identified reasons behind their endangerment.

Some of our endangered animals include: “The Dragicorn”; a unique animal which is half dragon and half unicorn; “The Drept” which a chimera consisting of both dragon and reptilian features and “Noir Anaconda” a deadly snake!

 

Maths

In Maths, we have developed our skills and confidence in approaching reasoning questions. We have learned how to unpick key vocabulary and link this to our prior knowledge. It has been really interesting linking all our maths learning to solve multi-step problems.

As well as reasoning questions, we have identified how to use our basic number facts to solve more complex calculations mentally; this skill is imperative to us for our SATS which are approaching!

Furthermore, we were given the opportunity to apply our algebraic learning and create our own class reasoning problem.

Have a look- do you think you can solve this?


Science

Science in Year 6 this term has been all about Biology! We have been learning about the circulatory system and evolution. We can identify different parts of the heart such as the four chambers, the aorta and the function of the ventricles! Learning about the function of the heart was really interesting and we learned so many phenomenal facts. Did you know it takes 20 seconds for blood to circulate the entire body? At the beginning of the term, neither did we! Additionally, did you know that human blood is colourless? It is the hemoglobin that makes it red!

We also learned many evolutionary theories and can explain how animals- including humans- can adapt to an environment through natural selection!

 

More recently, we have been looking at microorganisms; distinguishing between those which are harmless or harmful to us. We recently carried out an investigation to see which conditions can make bread mould.

Take a look at our results!

RE

During religious education for Spring 1 Year 6 has carried on looking at ‘Judaism,’ thinking about key questions such as; how do Jews show that God is present in the synagogue? How does the Torah help Jewish people to understand what being Jewish means? This helped us to identify the three main roles and key objects in a synagogue.

We looked at the history of Shabbat (holy day) and its importance and rituals. We also discussed why is it important to keep traditions/ customs alive?  How festival events help to teach young Jews about their past and what these festivals show about the Jews’ relationship with God.

In Spring 2 we looked at ‘Weddings’ in different religions, we discussed and made a list of celebrations pupils have taken part in. It helped us realise that celebrations help people share lifes experiences. We talked about about the journey of life and introduced the idea that a wedding is a special time of celebration. The class discussed whether they had been to any weddings, and what their experience was like. We thought about key questions such as; what is a wedding? And what happens during a wedding?

 We talked about the fact that sometimes people get married in a civil service and sometimes in a place of worship. We looked at the different rituals and ceremonies and compared weddings in the Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Hindu and Sikh religions.

 

Topic

 

Over the Spring term, year 6 looked at Rivers and The Mayan Civilization. As part of our rivers topic, we looked at the features, where rivers are found, how they begin, and key rivers around the world. We linked our English unit of persuasion to write a discursive text about whether dams around the world (including the Aswan Dam, the Hoover Dam and the Three Gorges Dam) should have been built. We looked at the benefits and disadvantages these dams had and used this information to create our own opinion.

 

As part of our Mayan topic, we looked at the different religious beliefs of the Mayan era, located the Mayan civilization on blank maps of America and looked at the ruins left behind that give us clues into their history. We learned that they played a ball game similar to football to decide who would be sacrificed to the Gods. We also learned that anyone could be a priest if they said that the Gods had spoken to them. As well as this, we looked at the complex Mayan number system and how the Mayans used the stars to create their own complex calendar.  

 

 

PE:

Our focus in PE this term has been on balancing; specifically, counter balancing. The learning focus for these lessons have been on keeping our joints and limbs relaxed; using our mass to keep our partners balanced and experimenting on using different objects such as the wall to create a counter balancing position.

We have spent a lot of time learning to tighten our muscles and extend our body parts as much as possible in a safe environment.

One of our favourite tasks was the Agility Ball Chasing activity. It required us to apply our balancing skills; it was more difficult that we initially thought! 

 

Art

During Art this term Year 6 have been learning about Central and South American Art.  As part of this topic we looked into artists from central and south America and the movements they were part of.  Not only were the children able to remember facts about some of the artists they were able to use their wok to inspire their own. We looked at an artist called Diego Rivera who created large murals of inspirational people in public places.  We used his ideas of drawing influential people to create our own class mural.  For this project we have to refine our pencil techniques and use a range of pencil sketching elements to creates lines, shapes, tone, shadows and blends.  The children created some fantastic work of figures they thought were inspiring, have a look at the detail and realism they included. 

For design technology we linked this project to the topic of the 21st century.  We designed, created and evaluated our own phone cases.  This project saw the whole design process down to creating a design brief, taking into consideration the demographic we were aiming at, the materials we were going to use and how we were going to attach it…yes, this meant sewing! The children really challenged themselves with the designs they created and the details they were going to add.  With some support (more with threading a needle) the children were able to use a running stitch to attach details and join the fabric together to create the case. Just have a look at some of the outcomes. 

 

Computing:

Children researched the popularity of educational apps and designed their own app aimed at a young audience. Many children chose to design maths games, some children made a guide to the solar system while others designed an app that would tell you how much of an ingredient you would need if cooking for a different number of people – using their ratio skills!

Some of the children’s ideas were ambitious, so when thinking through the algorithms that would turn their ideas into reality, they had to simplify the way the app would work. Children then applied the coding skills they have learned such as using variables, selection and repetition to make their apps on a drag-and-drop coding platform, J2Code. Some examples are shown below,

  

  

Autumn Term 

English

This term the year 6’s focus for Autumn 1 was autobiographies and biographies where the children read a range of different types. They then wrote a short autobiography and concentrated on a specific famous person and wrote a biography. We then focused on an excellent short animation called ‘Alma.’ This mysterious film allowed the children to develop their writing skills in numerous areas. After being familiarised with the series of events in the animation and identifying the features of a mystery narrative, they were able to use this and write their own version of ‘Alma.’ By doing so, they were able to identify and apply key skills such as character profiles and using figurative language correctly.

In Autumn 2 we then moved on to an excellent text called ‘The Viewer’ where our writing focus was newspaper reports this included exploring the features and understanding the content of the text in order to write a newspaper report on the missing boy.

After this we will focus on writing a persuasive letter to the next victim, to try to get them to put on ‘The Viewer’ found in the mysterious box. Through this the children will learn the structure and persuasive techniques needed to make their writing more engaging.

 

Maths

The focus in Maths this term was to consolidate the children’s learning on place value and build their confidence in identifying the value of digits up to numbers in their billions. They have also learned how to unpick key information from word problems and identify which methods to use to find the correct answers. The children have had opportunities to use their reasoning skills and link different areas of maths together to solve a range of test-style questions.

Additionally, in Autumn 2, the children have learned how to interpret data from pie charts, draw conclusions based on their interpretations and construct their own pie charts using protractors! They found this very enjoyable yet challenging at times but were very determined to complete their pie charts! We will continue to look at a range of maths topics from fractions, decimals and percentages through to measures, area and perimeter.

Art

During Art this term Year 6 have create their own Egyptian death masks.  This has linked to their learning in Topic ‘Ancient Egyptians’.  The children research death masks and then had a go at sketching their own faces. We used this to then design our own death masks inspired by the ones we have seen.  We then used papier mache and moulded different parts of the faces and joined these on to our masks.  We have found some parts really tricky and learned a new skill each week.  We then painted the whole thing inspired by our research.  Have a look at some of these examples.

For design technology we have looked at ‘Super Seasonal Food.  We have looked at what vegetables are grown in the U.K and when these can be bought.  We have learned how to prepare them and created some interesting dishes with them as the main ingredient.

We have some incredible talent in Year 6 and we have been blown away by the work they have produced. 

 

RE

This term we have looked at ‘Peace’ in Autumn 1 and ‘Judaism’ in Autumn 2.

For the ‘Peace’ topic we started by discussing what peace meant to us and to the world, we then chose our own acts of peace and wrote a checklist. We discussed what different peace symbols represented and created our own. We researched the main religions peace symbols and compared them to each other. We then reflected on our own inner peace techniques by asking and answering questions about our experiences. As a group we created a pyramid of actions to show the priority of each act and its outcome.

During this half term (Autumn 2) we have explained how Abraham founded Judaism and located where it was founded. We will be looking at the Ten Commandments and discussing their relevance. We will also be focussing on their holy place the Synagogue discussing what they have to wear, what rules they have to follow, and researching what they look like inside and out. We will then focus on their holy book the Torah, how it is written in Hebrew and discuss its importance.

Science

In Autumn 1 the topic in Science was a physics based; we learned all about light. We carried out many experiments such as: investigating the effects of refraction; creating shadows in different environments and creating a spectrum of colours using a prism. We have learned so much about light and learned many interesting facts such as white light is made as a result of an amalgamation of the seven spectrum colours! We also learned many scientific theories such as The Law of Reflection and The Colour Theory. We wrote fantastic explanation texts all about light and were very proud of our writing!

This term, our focus is “Animals including Humans”. We have learned all about the circulatory system; and can identify the parts of our bodies which are included in this system. We can identify different parts of the heart such as the four chambers, the aorta and the function of our ventricles! We are very excited to continue learning all about the human body and how it works in order to allow us to survive!

          

Topic

During Topic lessons in the first half of the Autumn Term, year six have been studying the Ancient Egyptians. We explored who the Ancient Egyptians were and  how they needed the River Nile to survive, who they worshipped, and how they prepared the dead for the after life; we even mummified some apples using the same process as they used to mummify their loved ones. As well a this, we studied Tutankhamun and why he is considered one of the most famous Pharoahs of Ancient Egyptian times.

For the remainder of the Autumn term, we will be studying rivers. Within this, the children will be learning about the Water Cycle, how rivers are formed, the names of rivers around the world and in the UK, and how erosion and deposition can change the shape of the river. 

 

 

PE

This term we are working on Static balance, which involves maintaining a desired shape in a stationary position. For this to happen, the centre of gravity needs to be over the base of support. The wider the base of support and the closer the centre of gravity is to the base of support, the easier it is to balance. When body parts extend to one side beyond the base of support, the body needs to make a corresponding extension in the opposite direction to achieve counterbalance.

Computer

This Autumn term, Year 6 children have been learning about problems solving using computational thinking, using licensed themes, such as Star Wars and Minecraft on Code.org. Building upon their understanding of loops, children learned that repetition can be activated according to a condition, rather than setting the number of times a loop would run.

Children have broken down puzzles into manageable parts and debugged code by interpreting the code into algorithms in English.

Next term (Spring)

Next term in English we will be learning the features of a discussion text, and a narrative ‘retelling a story with flashbacks.’

We will continue to further develop our knowledge of place value, gain a greater understanding of measures including mass and capacity and consolidate our understanding of using mental and written strategies in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. 

During the Spring term Year 6 will be learning about the ‘Mayan Civilisation’ and ‘Ancient Greece’ in Topic. Which leads on to our topic for Art ‘South and Central American art.’  Then we will move onto learning how to make ‘Super Seasonal Food’ in Design Technology. In RE we will be focussing on ‘Judaism’ and ‘Weddings.’ In Science our focus will be looking at ‘Evolution and Inheritance.’

 

If you would like to have a look at the national curriculum website please click here.