Term 1 Update
In English we have been reading the book Holes by Louis Sacher. We enjoyed acting out different scenes from the book including meeting the horrible Mr Sir for the first time! We re-capped sentence-level work including using coordinating and subordinating conjunctions to write multi-clausal sentences. We recapped the correct use of punctuation including dashes and brackets and began to introduce children to some of the higher-level punctuation including colons and semi-colons. We looked at different examples of letters of complaint and picked apart the reasons why these letters are written and what language and structural features we would need to use as a result of this. This culminated in us writing our own letters to the judge who sent Stanley to Camp Green Lake demanding that either he make changes to the camp or remove Stanley immediately. We are beginning writing boosters with children who need that extra push to get to meeting before the end of the year.
In Maths we had an assessment week within the first few weeks so that we could do a baseline assessment to see where children were at. We used this assessment as a basis to stream children into sets. We set six ways with the lower sets having a smaller number of children that so that more in-depth support can be provided. Lessons have focused on ensuring that children have a sound understanding of number and place value. Where required, we have begun using Times Tables Rock Stars to ensure that all children are confident with their times tables. We have covered all four operations. We have also looked at the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages. Children can convert between fractions, decimals and percentages and we are now exploring more complicated reasoning problems.
In Science we have been learning about the Circulatory System. We began the unit by looking at a variety of objects and pictures related to the circulatory system that enabled us to begin to ask questions for which we wanted to find the answer. Some examples of questions that were asked were, “Why do our veins look blue if our blood is red?” and “How does our heart keep beating automatically?”
At the start of the unit we looked at the different organs involved in the circulatory system and their function within the system. We researched the role of the different components of blood. We very much enjoyed getting messy making a model of blood! Towards the end of our unit, we planned and carried out our own investigations, answering questions such as “What is the impact of different types of exercises on our heart rate?” Some of us found it very difficult to find our own pulse!
In History, we had two days in which we immersed children in a World War Two experience. This began with learning about the series of events that led to the beginning of World War Two. We also had a Blitz experience in which we had to hide in air-raid shelters when we heard the air-raid siren. Upon coming out of the shelters, we were shocked by the pictures that showed the impact of the bombing on the streets and buildings around London. We are now using this experience to write a newspaper article which reports on a night of intense bombing. We also had sessions looking at evacuation, rationing and the use of propaganda. As a homework project we are going to be making a model version of an air-raid shelter.
In Art we have been looking at Roy Lichtenstein’s dotty technique and Andy Warhol’s use of repeated images and bright, unnatural colours. We discussed what made these techniques effective and looked at a range of their work. We then used this techniques ourselves and produced our own pieces of art linked to our Black History topic. In order to commemorate the 100 years since the armistice, we also painted poppies whilst looking at how artists are able to portray flowers as if they are facing in different directions.
We learn different spellings each week based on different spelling rules. We practise these throughout the week and then have a spelling test every Friday. At the end of the term we had a spelling competition in which the top two spellers in each class were selected to compete against the top two spellers in the other year six classes. The standard of spelling seen was very high. The winner was Rithkrithi. This has helped motivate us to practise our spellings!
In Computing we have been learning about online safety and cyber-bullying. We discussed how we would respond in different scenarios including the importance of not being a passive bystander if we are witnesses to cyber-bullying. We created our own cyber-superheros taking into account the
We have six different sets for reading. Each set is reading a book that is challenging for children of that ability. Books we are currently reading include ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ and ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe’. Teachers plan a range of activities for children including the use of drama to develop understanding of characters, events and predictions. Alongside these activities, we also teach children how to answer comprehension questions from different domains of reading including examining the meaning of words and authorial word choice, summarising and inference.
Children have had weekly ECaM sessions, learning to play their violins, guitars and trumpets.