In Year 6, we have hit the ground running! It has been a busy two months and the children have really taken all the new learning and transitions in their stride. They continue to show resilience and independence and we are so proud of all the progress they have already made. Take a look at all of the exciting things we have been getting up to…

Reading and Writing

In reading this term we have been using various reading skills and techniques to enjoy and further our  understanding of fiction and non-fiction texts.

We studied Skellig by David Almond which is a story about children discovering a mysterious, fantastical being in a garage and how he begins to affect their thoughts and choices in life. Work completed included: character descriptions, inference, prediction and justification of opinions.

An example of a Role on the Wall we completed as part of our character study

Our non-fiction text was all about the Olympic Games- which linked nicely with our History topic on Ancient Greece. We learnt about differences between fiction and non-fiction texts, how to summarise parts of a text and the features used in terms of layout and design on the page e.g. sub-heading, caption, highlighting text.

Our English (writing) lessons have covered poetry, explanation text, diary writing and suspense stories.

In poetry we revised poetic techniques (alliteration, simile, imagery ) and asked the children to write a poem using a given structure.

Our explanation text was linked to our Ancient Greek topic and the children had to choose a mythical Ancient Greek beast and write a piece telling the reader what they are like in terms of appearance and character, what their strengths and weaknesses are and how they became what they are. Some of the beasts chosen were: Medusa, The Hydra and The Minotaur.

Also linked to the Ancient Greek topic, was our diary recount writing. The children were asked to create their own hybrid mythical beast and write a diary account as Greek hero Heracles, after battling their beast in his “13th Labor”.. The children learnt about the impersonal style of writing used in a diary recount and the text features which make a diary interesting to read.

We are currently coming towards the end of our unit on narrative writing. We have been revisiting suspense writing (that we did in year 5) and have been building on our grammatical and literary skills by learning to write with suspense; following a chasing/hiding plot. We have been learning how to use new punctuation, including: colons, semi-colons and dashes as well as learning how to create complex sentences involving adverbial and prepositional phrases.

Maths

This term we have been learning all about number addition and subtraction by integers, prime numbers, rules of divisibility, short and long division,  multiplication of 4 digit numbers by 2 digit numbers and problem solving.

We have also started to look at fractions: Equivalents and simplifying, comparing and ordering fractions, adding and subtracting simple fractions, add and subtract mixed number fractions.

Science

Our science topic has been Light and the children have enjoyed finding out: Where it comes from, What colour it is,  How  shadows are formed, How we see objects and what  the main components of the eye are. The children enjoyed making periscopes, investigating the formation of shadows and using a prism to look at the colours of the spectrum.

Art and History

Our topic this half term has been all about The Ancient Greeks. We kick started this unit with an exciting Ancient Greek day. We have been learning all about Ancient Greek life, their governments, their influence and their impact on the modern day. In line with this, we have been studying Greek art. We have investigated the three different periods covered in this time: The Archaic period; The Classical period and the Hellenistic period. We talked in detail about the differences between the eras, our likes and dislikes and what influenced the changes during this time.

The Archaic Period
The Classical Period
The Hellenistic Period

We did an art appreciation lesson about Phidias, the Greek sculptor, and evaluated his work. We have improved our drawing skills and focused on figurative drawing using sketches to plan and improve  our final drawings, working on using correct proportions by sectioning the body and adding detail to finish the drawings off.

We have investigated Greek pottery and designed our own Greek pots inspired by our life story, the labours of Heracles or the Olympic games.

What’s coming up?

English: Writing

Our next unit of writing will be to write to advise. Children will interrogate an “Agony Aunt” style model text and identify the key grammatical skills required to successfully write to advise, including:

  • Revision modal verbs
  • Revise adverbs of possibility
  • Introduce the subjunctive form
  • Introduce colons to introduce a list
  • Revise paragraphing

 

This will then be followed by a unit of poetry based on a poem called “War Game” by Michael Foreman. The children will be revising key grammatical skills and poetic devices including:

  • Figurative language including simile and metaphor
  • Revising punctuation for clarity
  • Precise vocabulary and using shades of meaning (synonyms and antonyms)

 

Geography: Mapping the world

The unit begins by exploring what maps can tell us about the world. Pupils will learn about the different types of maps, such as physical, political, topographic, and thematic maps. They will also learn about the different purposes of maps. As pupils explore the maps, they will discover that they provide lots of information about the world around us.

Science: Classification

The unit includes a variety of investigations that enable pupils to learn how and why living things are classified into broad groups based on similarities and differences, and according to common observable characteristics. Pupils will learn how to use a key to classify species. They will research a broad range of animals and plants and come to understand why they are placed in one group and not another. As the unit progresses, pupils will learn about microorganisms and how they can be both helpful and harmful. This will give pupils the opportunity to realise that microscopic organisms can also be classified.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read our first blog, we hope you enjoyed it and are looking forward to the new term! We hope you have a wonderful holiday and happy new year with your loved ones!

Mrs Parkar, Mr Omer and Miss Bloomfield