We have been beavering away in year 6 to prepare for our SATs tests. We have worked very hard throughout the year so we are feeling confident!
Good luck to all the pupils in Year 6 next week, your teachers (Miss Pickin, Mrs Ali, Miss Qasim and Mrs Miah) are very proud of you!
We celebrated World Book Day throughout school this week by exploring why it’s good to be different. We looked at different books exploring this theme and completed lots of fun activities. This day helped us to feel very proud of all the features that make us unique and special.
To celebrate World Maths Day we put our brains to the test and tried to solve some tricky problems. In Miss Pickin’s classroom, we took on the role of the codebreaker to piece together a series of clues. These clues helped us to solve the mystery of the missing football kit. In Miss Ali’s classroom, we took part in a carrousel of numeracy challenges using different resources to help us. This really stretched our reasoning muscles and allowed us to work collaboratively!
Our current literacy unit has been all about the Five Pillars of Islam. Some of us were already very knowledgeable about this, so it gave us a chance to further our understanding. For the Muslim children in Year 6, It was also an opportunity to teach others about their faith, including Miss Pickin! We used all of this information to help us to write a detailed, non-chronological report.
Whilst learning about the Five Pillars of Islam, we enjoyed designing our very own Islamic prayer mats. We took our inspiration from the geometrical properties we could see in other prayer mats, and created our own symmetrical, tessellating patterns. We were very impressed with how beautiful these turned out!Whilst learning about the Five Pillars of Islam, we enjoyed designing our very own Islamic prayer mats. We took our inspiration from the geometrical properties we could see in other prayer mats, and created our own symmetrical, tessellating patterns. We were very impressed with how beautiful these turned out!
Because of our amazing attendance in Autumn term 2, many of us were able to join in with the exciting attendance treat day. We had lots of fun getting crafty, bouncing on the inflatables and watching a movie.
As part of our curriculum topic, living things and evolution, we were lucky enough to spend a day with Mr Green learning all about bird feeders. We began by thinking about natural selection and then used this knowledge to help us to design our very own products. After constructing these, we walked to The Den to place them in an environment that we thought the birds would be able to use them.
For our new writing unit, we will be focusing on winter poetry. This week we have been looking at two different poems - Winter Morning by Ogden Nash and Winter In A Wheelchair by Emma Barnes. We have been practicing reading these poems in groups using intonation. Check out our amazing performance skills below:
As part of our new curriculum topic (adaptation and inheritance) and our current writing unit, we have been learning all about the exciting adventures of Charles Darwin on the HMS Beagle. We have looked at his theories of evolution and how he came to realise his ideas of adaptation. Here is one of the songs we have been learning in class to support our learning.As part of our new curriculum topic (adaptation and inheritance) and our current writing unit, we have been learning all about the exciting adventures of Charles Darwin on the HMS Beagle. We have looked at his theories of evolution and how he came to realise his ideas of adaptation. Here is one of the songs we have been learning in class to support our learning.
Is Yeast Alive?
As part of our new curriculum topic, living things and evolution, we have learnt about which characteristics a living thing needs – MRS NERG. We made links with this knowledge to investigate whether yeast is a living thing. We planned our own experiment, made predictions and observed the results. Although many of us predicted it wouldn’t be because we couldn’t see it grow or excrete, we soon realised after adding sugar and warm water, that the yeast grew and produced a gas which inflated the balloon, showing us yeast is in fact a living thing!
We explored and compared the rites and ceremonies of some main religions including, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam. Whilst these religions involved many different types of ceremonies, we realised that the reasons for having them are very similar. We identified that initiation rites and ceremonies took place during key events throughout human life such as birth, death and marriage, as a way to celebrate these moments.
What does it mean to be part of a community?
In R.E. we have looked at all the different communities that we belong to, personally, locally, nationally and internationally. For example, we identified that larger communities that we are a part of such as Miriam Lord, also include many smaller communities such as our friendships, classes, houses and year groups. We ultimately realised that there are more things that unite us than divide us.
In Year six we have recently been designing our very own Viking pottery. Through a series of sketches, we were able to develop our ideas to come up with our very own authentic designs. Using a coiling technique, we constructed our own pots and added a touch of our own artistic flare through the decorative patterns. After we allowed these to dry, we were able to explore colour mixing (primary, secondary and tertiary colours) and paint our creations. We are very happy with the outcome! Have a look and see what you think!
After baking our own Viking recipes, we all sat down to enjoy our very own Viking feast. The foods we baked included bread, raisin bread, butter, salad and biscuits. Whilst some of the foods were unfamiliar to us, we enjoyed sampling some of the traditional Viking cuisine. The sweet honey mead was a keen favourite!
As part of their most recent curriculum unit, pupils in Year Six have been baking Viking bread in preparation for a feast. From listening to their discussions when baking, it would seem the main difference between Viking bread and the bread we eat today is the lack of yeast. Mr Harrison is looking forward to sampling some at the feast...once they have made the butter!
As part of our recent literacy unit, Year 6 have been writing a persuasive letter to Beowulf (a Viking warrior). The purpose of our letter was to convince Beowulf to let us join him in a difficult battle against a beast named the Grendel. Here are a few samples of the amazing work we produced - have a listen!
Year 6 have recently been to the old Viking city of Jorvik to investigate what daily life was like during this exciting historical period. As we travelled around the Viking-age city of Jorvik, aboard the time capsule ride, we encountered the old-Norse speaking citizens, peeked inside their houses and back yards, experienced a blast of smoke from blacksmith's furnace and enjoyed the smell of home-cooked stew inside the home of an amber worker. We also had a go at some Viking battle skills whilst visiting The Dig Viking Centre.
We have been getting a bit crafty in Year 6 whilst exploring our first curriculum unit - The Vikings. In order to design our very own Viking helmet, we worked collaboratively in groups to gather and organise our ideas. We created a number of designs which we refined over time by identifying their strengths and weaknesses. This helped us to develop the most suitable design that fit the design criteria. To put our designs to the test, we build paper prototypes. This gave us a good opportunity to see if our structure would be successful. We were then able to begin building our final design with card and paper maché (we got a bit messy). We then added our own personal flare through decorations to make these look authentic and traditional!