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Hello and welcome to Platinum class. We have had a great start to the year and the children are settling in well to be at the head of the school in Year 6. Year 6 is always a busy year, but although we work extremely hard, we aim to have fun along the way too. Check back regularly to view some of the activities we will be taking part in.
We always welcome your support in helping your child achieve, so please do encourage them to complete their homework, learn their spellings and practice their times tables. Striving to achieve, together we’ll succeed!
We have a very strong focus on Reading, so please support us by hearing your child read regularly. Our Accelerated Reading program encourages them to become avid readers with the children being able to take quizzes on their books to demonstrate their understanding of the text.
Our reading focus for this half term is Jason and the Argonauts. This links in with our Greek topic theme also. We have read the text and used that to inspire our creative writing in preparation for our forthcoming SATs. The children’s writing is improving steadily and we are so proud of the standard of writing they are achieving.
Science and Engineering Week
We invited out parents and carers in for a fun activity during Science & Engineering week -we created our very own wave machine, using kebab sticks, jelly babies and sticky tape! Through thoughtful and scientific discussion, we were able to predict what would happen to the wave when we pulsed one end of the machine to create a disturbance. We changed the amplitude of the wave by lifting the jelly baby high at one end and letting go. We discovered how to shorten the wave length by jiggling the jelly babies at one end quicker. If our wave machine tilted to one side, we discussed and discovered that if we moved some of the jelly babies along the sticks, we could straighten our machine. We had so much much fun and hope our visitors did too.
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We have been so lucky to be able to learn how to use the djembe drums. The djembe is a very popular hand drum from West Africa. We have learnt about how to change the beat and rhythm with ‘tones’ and ‘slaps’. We created our rhythms and performed them to each other – great fun!
Our reading text for this term is Shakespeare’s Midsummer Nights Dream, which the children are really enjoying. The children have learnt the text and are using it to write their own mischief story. An extract from Pheobe’s work below demonstrates the quality of our writing in Year 6:
Adopt and Author
This half term we have been fortunate enough to have Stewart Ross, our adopted author, come in and spend some time with the children in the school. He has been visiting many of the classes in the school and retelling some wonderful stories. Some of the year 6 children have also worked closely with Stewart to produce their very own book, which will soon be published! How lucky are they!
In Science we have been learning how Aristotle classified living and non-living things. With this in mind, the children have used branching diagrams to classify some living things.
Let’s get reading!
Remember to remind the children to read their Accelerated Reading books. They need to be able to answer questions about the text when they are finished! 5 Dojo’s are up for grabs if they achieve 100% too! We love to read your comments about your child’s reading, so please do write in their Reading Journals.
Our new text for the Autumn 2 half term is called Pavana’s Journey – a young refugee girl in search of her mother among the minefields of Afghanistan. We are exploring the characters within the story and looking at their thoughts, feelings and behaviour towards others. Ask the children about it, they will be more than happy to share what they have discovered.
One of our texts for this term is called ‘Weslandia’- it’s all about a boy called Wesley, who triumphs over loneliness and creates his own Civilisation – gaining many new friends along the way. We will be using this text to look at a range of genres, from discussion texts to story writing. Please ask us all about it.
Our topic for the Autumn 1 half term is the Mayan Civilisation. We will be making Mayan masks and learning all about the Mayan culture, food, clothing and traditions. We have already made delicious flatbreads and have tasted them with some wonderful dips – yum!
Now the fun begins! We carefully smeared our faces in Vaseline to stop the Modroc from sticking and then worked together to build our masks on our faces. We think you’ll agree, we had LOTS of fun!