Class 14

Hello and welcome to Class 14’s webpage. We are a class of Year 6 pupils who are taught by Mrs Hickling. Luckily for her, and us, the majority of us were taught by her last year so we are ready and raring to go with all that lies ahead in Year 6.  Should you wish to witness how hard we work and how well we support one another as a team, then you’ll find us down the Year 6 corridor next to the school library. The pupils of Class 14 are also taught by Ms Vaughan on a Wednesday as she covers Mrs Hickling.

English

This term in English we have been revisiting grammar terminology. In addition to this, we have been learning and experimenting with further grammatical terms such as: active and passive voice and past progressive and present progressive tense. It’s important for us to keep revisiting these in preparation for the up-coming SATs.

Our writing remains linked to our topic of World War Two. This term we have been reading ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ and learning about the discrimination towards Jewish people during this period of time. To enhance our understanding of this subject, we are taking a trip to The Holocaust Memorial Centre at the end of the term and plan to write a biographical piece detailing the key significant events of Anne’s life. We continue to develop our comprehension skills and reading strategies in order to understand both fiction and non-fiction texts, extract key information and confidently answer a range of questions.

Maths

In Maths, Class 14 have learnt about ratio and proportion and the difference between these. We have related this area of maths to fractions, decimals and percentages and the use of the Singapore bar method to support our understanding. Next we moved onto area and perimeter of compound shapes, parallelograms and triangles. We found this area of maths rather tricky but with our determination and enthusiasm we were able to solve increasingly complex questions as the weeks progressed.

More recently we have learnt about units of measurement and how to convert from one to another. We’ve applied these skills and strategies to multi-step problems and reasoning questions, working in both pairs and as a class to solve a range of questions. Before the end of term, we will revisit angles through a turn and those within triangles prior to moving onto statistics and geometry after Easter.

Topic

This half-term we have continued with our World War Two topic. To understand the treatment and prejudice towards Jews we first of all learnt about the religion Judaism and the beliefs associated with this faith. We then reflected on what we had learnt last term based on WW2 and then focused on the life and story of Anne Frank. As a class, we read an adaptation of ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ and briefly touched upon The Holocaust and why Hitler targeted the Jewish population. Our trip to The Holocaust Memorial Centre was carefully planned to support our understanding of this sensitive topic. After Easter we will start a new topic on Natural Disasters.

Science

This half-term we have investigated the life cycles of animals and plants. We started our investigation looking at the differences and similarities between the life cycles of: birds, amphibians, mammals and insects and then moved onto the life cycles of plants. We closely observed flowering trees and plants to identify the parts of a plant, including the reproductive organs. We also individually created our own flower pots to germinate peas and marigolds so watch this space for our plant progress.

Creating our own plant pots for our germination experiment.

Our final masterpieces. Watch this space for our experiment results!

Snow Day

School can often present surprises or the ‘unknown’ and this has certainly been the case this term. We have been presented with snow a couple of times already in 2018 and here are some images which capture the fun we had exploring on a particularly snowy day.

Is that a snowman or a giant snowball?

On a mission to create the largest snowball.

P.E.

In the two P.E. lessons which Class 14 have per week, they have focused on cardio strength and fitness through HIIT training (High Intensity Interval Training) such as: sit-ups, burpees, press-ups, shuttle sprints and squats and continued to develop their table tennis skills. They will continue to have these two sessions after half-term.

It is reminded that P.E. kits need to be in school at all times. Please refer to the school website regarding appropriate school uniform and P.E. kit.

Many thanks,

Mrs Hickling