Year 6's Learning Blog
Our topic for the half term was ‘The Americas’. This allowed us to delve into the complex geography of the many varied countries that make up North and South America. We looked at physical and human features of different American countries and compared these with Birmingham.
In Literacy, we looked at a short film entitled, ‘Little Freak’. This clip allowed us to consider how identity matters. We explored figurative and emotive language when writing about the feelings of the characters.
In Maths, we started the year with a focus on place value and deepened our understanding of this. We moved onto revising written methods for addition and subtraction.
Our MFL unit this half term is called “Chez Moi” which means “My home”. In this unit, we will be learning how to describe different types of homes and different locations such as towns, villages and by the seaside. We’ll also learn how to name different rooms in a home.
Children have gone into full performance mode and are working hard to prepare their end of year performance - Prexit. We're sure many children are coming home and excitedly talking about all of the wonderful things they've been doing. We can't wait for you all to see the performances where all of their hard work is sure to pay off.
Year 6 worked hard to prepare for their SATs. We were constantly impressed with their attitude and resilience. It made us realise how lucky we are to teach such a hard-working group of students - what a credit they were. Somehow, we still managed to find the time to become class parents of newly hatched chicks and ducks! Having the opportunity to watch these incredible creatures hatch was a unique and wonderful experience. We ended the half term with our much-anticipated trip to Drayton Manor - it was a very welcome reward.
In Literacy we have been studying two novels: Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne. Both novels look at the harsh realities of war through the eyes of a child and have inspired thoughtful and engaging writing opportunities including: setting descriptions, newspaper articles, diary entries and emotion-driven narratives. In maths, we have continued to revise the curriculum with a particular focus on worded problems. Our World War Two Topic has allowed us to focus on History and consider how and why the War began and ended as it did.
Our topic this half term is Mexico.
In English, we have been using the film Coco as a writing stimulus. This has allowed us to produce setting descriptions and a discussion text.
In Maths, our focus has been on decimals, fractions and percentages. We’re applying our knowledge to reasoning problems too.
Geography lessons have seen us studying Mexico in all of its glory and looking the physical and human features it possesses.
Children have also had the chance to enjoy learning around the classification of living things in Science.
English - Our main writing focus this half term will be based on the book and film ‘Hidden Figures’. This inspirational story will teach children about adversity and determination. They will have the chance to write a persuasive letter and a newspaper article opinion piece.
Maths - We will be working with fractions this half term. They will learn how to add, subtract, divide and multiply them. In addition, we will work with percentages.
Science - Our topic this half term is evolution and inheritance. Children will learn about how animals adapt to their environment and their offspring.
Topic - Our topic is celebrating Black History.
We talked about what respect looks like and how we could spot it in our own behaviour as well as others. Here are our ideas.
We read a story called "Two sides" about how friends can be very different to each other. We used this as a basis for creating our own stories. We told our own stories using a story mountain!
English: We will be focusing on identity and on autobiographies.
Maths: We are looking at place value and calculation focusing on the four operations.
Topic: Our focus is "All About Me" and we will be looking at childhoods and how they vary from country to country. There will be a heavy focus on Birmingham as local area.
Science: We were looking at changes of state and focused on non-Newtonian fluids while creating cornflour slime.
In Year 6H during PSHE we thought about what wellbeing looked like. We discussed the different areas of wellbeing and the things we can do to improve our wellbeing. We wrote about how each area affected our mental wellbeing. Here is some of our wonderful descriptions