Year 6

Hello and welcome to the page for both Class 14 and 15. The teachers in Year 6 are called Mrs Cassidy (Class 14) and Miss Richardson (Class 15). Miss Clarke will be supporting both classes.

Topic

Our topic has been about volcanoes. We have looked at what causes a volcanoes, how they are distributed around the world and why they are found in certain places. We have looked in detail at the Icelandic island of Heimaey and the volcanic eruption that took place in 1973. We explored how it impacted the people who lived on Heimaey and how the eruption changed the landscape on Heimaey. We discussed why people would choose to live near a volcano and how there are some benefits to this, particularly if you work in a farming or fishing industry. There were two volcanic eruptions which happened whilst we were studying this topic: Mount Etna and Fagradalsfjall. We watched videos and news reports on these eruptions and this allowed us to see eruptions as they were happening and compare their impact now and how this is different to eruptions of the past.

Computing

For our Computing topic we have focused on developing our skills and knowledge ready for our curriculum relaunch next year. We recapped our work on Microsoft programmes and used these to research and present our work on volcanoes. We looked again at e-safety: how to search safely and ensure the information we find online is reliable.

English

In English, we read ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo. We used this text to inspire our own recount of being stranded on an island. We explored the emotions that would be felt by Michael and how his relationship with Kensuke developed. We used the perfect form of verbs to mark relationships of time and cause. We developed our use of expanded noun phrases to convey complicated information concisely and used ellipses to link ideas between sentences/paragraphs. We also continued to use our VIPERS work to increase our knowledge about volcanoes and non-fiction texts.

Reading continues to be a vital part of the Milford curriculum. The children have been completing ERIC every afternoon and have used this time to read and engage with their class books.

Maths

In Maths, we looked at area and perimeter and how we calculate this for compound shapes, triangles and parallelograms. We also explored what volume is and how we calculate the volume of a 3D shape. We then learnt about statistics. We recapped how we use charts to organise data and interpreted and analysed line graphs and pie charts. We created our own line graphs and pie charts and applied our knowledge to reasoning and problem solving questions.

Science

In Science, we learnt about ‘Living Things and their Habitats’. We learnt about how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including micro-organisms, plants and animals. We looked at Linnaeus’ system and how binominal names are used to identify living things. We created our own animal and described this scientifically using a common name based on its characteristics.

We also used our gardening slots with Anna to explore the variety of plants in our school gardens and made bird feeders to hang in the trees using fruit.

R.E

In R.E, we learnt about ‘Sikhism’. We learnt all about how this religion came about and how Sikhs celebrate their religion. We explored what Sikh people value and how this religions compares to other religions.

Art and Design

In Art, we looked at The Great Wave a woodblock print by the Japanese artist, Hokusai. We used this piece of art to inspire our own wave paintings. We also looked at different volcano artwork from artists such as, Jules Tavernier, and used these and our knowledge of volcanoes from our topic work to inspire our own volcano artwork.

Coming up…

Topics

Our topic next half-term is ‘What is a River?’ We will explore how rivers form, their uses and where they can be found. Our class book will be ‘Journey to the River Sea’ by Eva Ibbotson and tells the story of a young girl who goes to live along the Amazon river. The R.E topic for next half term with be looking at Buddhism and the festival, Parinirvana. In Science, the topic will continue to be ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’.

P.E

P.E will be taught throughout the year and will be taught on a Tuesday for Class 15 and a Friday for Class 14. We need to make sure we bring our full P.E kits into school on Monday and leave them in school throughout the week. There may be unscheduled P.E activities that take place at different times during the week and we need our P.E kits ready so we do not miss out.

We are looking forward to another fun year! Watch this space for lots of interesting and exciting updates about our work in Year 6!