What a term!
This week, we got back to our regular timetable after a mock SATs week (booo!!!!!). On Tuesday, we were very fortunate to have The Northampton Saints Foundation in class delivering a whole-day about Edgar Mobbs. We looked at Mobbs’ childhood, his rugby career and his incredible efforts during World War One – truly a Northampton legend on and off the field. Below you can see some action shots from the day. What can the children remember about Edgar Mobbs’ life?
Also this week, we continued our French lessons by watching a french animated film and discussing the plot and character from what you knew. Bon Vacances!
Sunshine and Showers
This week we were lucky enough to have a visitor come in to lead a PE tastor session for the children. The sport was Ultimate Frisbee and the children had a lot of fun running around. They got the chance to practice their technique first before playing a few friendly games.
We have also been learning about using different sketching techniques to create tone in art. They did this by sketching an image of a forest (linked to our topic of biomes) and then using a grid reference to draw the sections one by one, focusing on light and dark areas, shadow, and shading.
In maths, the children have been practising their skills of drawing shapes accurately and identifying the features of the nets of 3D shapes. The children were tasked with creating the packaging for an object in the shape of a cuboid. They had to draw the net, cut it out and fold it together to see how well it fit the shape.
In our French lesson, we looked at the days of the week and the months of the year.
This week in maths we have been learning about angles – calculating missing angles on a straight line and around a point in particular. They have also investigated vertically opposite angles and angles in a triangle. In addition to this, the children took part in an entertaining game of ‘find the bean bag’ outside on the playground using mathematical vocabulary they learnt during the lesson.
We also continued with our new theme topic of biomes. Our focus this week was on the tropical rainforest biome, looking at the structure of a rainforest, and the different layers within, as well as the human impact. After watching a few short videos that provided them with extra information about the biome itself and how the humans are affecting the rainforests, the children completed a share writing task. The children also completed some map work using an atlas to identify and label the 5 countries where the largest rainforests are located.
The children also worked on their bowling skills in cricket on Friday by trying to knock the stumps over. They played a game of cricket at the end of the lesson to practice their fielding and batting skills too.
Letters from America…
The children have been hard at work on our North America topic. We have been focusing on the climates of the continent and that impacted on the way of life of Native Indians. For example, after looking at a topographic map, we looked at the Great Plains Indians and how they were a nomadic people who gave us Teepees (ask the children why Plains Indians used Teepees). We compared these people to Inuits and and the tribes of the more forested North West.
Also, we looked at the impact of white settlers on the Native Indians. What can the children remember about the Oklahoma Land Rush?
Fractions, fractions and more fractions in Maths. The children have been working so hard on so many fraction skills. We have been: multiplying fractions by integers and by fractions, dividing fractions by integers and then applying all of that knowledge to questions requiring BIDMAS knowledge.
The hard work continues
We have moved onto North America as our topic. Below you can see the start where the children watched a video that flew across North America showing the differing climates and geographical features. Then the children were tasked with naming the flags of North America and trying to see what colours made up the flags.
Also, for our final hockey lesson before half term, we played competitive games of Halloween Hockey.
Some children have paper copies of these already.
Locate important historic cities in the Islamic world (in class we would add these to our map in our books). Explore where these places are in relation to Baghdad: Mecca, Medina, Jerusalem, Damascus, Karbala and Istanbul. Why were they important? Were they different to Baghdad in any way?
The week that was….
This week, we played preposition Pictionary. The children were given a preposition and they had to draw a representation of it for their group to guess. A win for girls this week.
Also, we explored square, cube and prime numbers using multi-link cubes to show our understanding. We looked at arrays to find out factors and identify which numbers have just 2 factors and thus are prime numbers.
Rounding in the Rain (and other Maths)
In Maths this week, we have taken our learning outdoors. We were given answers to the rounding, clues and questions. Then we had to match the question, clues and answers together as a group. Also, we practised our short division outdoors. We got into pairs, set our partner a question, raced over to our partner’s board and raced them to answer the question.
The children have been working hard in all areas since returning. Below you can see a few snaps of the children exploring and trying out their own repeating patterns which we looked at for Art in Topic for Early Islamic Civilisations. Also, we investigated different sources of evidence and discussed what makes them reliable or unreliable. Maths has been busy, busy, busy looking at place value and addition problems.
Please note, the children have been given a homework exercise book for any homework they do. We will be setting a peice (possibly two) per week which need to go into the book. As preparation for secondary school, the children are expected to take and return the book as well as complete the homework by Friday each week.
All letters, spellings, ‘Meet the Teacher’, homework grids and termly curriculum outlines can be found on the Year 6 correspondence area of the this website. This idea, from several parents, was so that the letters/communication was easier to find.
Welcome back to all of the children and parents in Year 6. We have been busy getting ready for the new year ahead. Below you can see some children exploring circuits and then drawing those circuits as accurately as they could in Science. We have also had two PE lessons on Athletics and Hockey. In Maths, we have started our carousel of activities which include TimesTable Rockstars, Arithmetic and problem solving games. Needless to say the new play equipment on the playground has also had a lot of use at break and lunchtimes. Great start by all!