Screen Stars

 Autumn Term 1

 We’ve had a fantastic start to Year 6 in the Screen Stars. We kicked off our Blood Heart topic by dissecting sheep hearts. Although a little gruesome, it was incredibly interesting and helped us to learn about the structure of the heart in a ‘hands on’ way. We learned about the route of the blood, what components blood is made up of and how to keep the heart healthy. To finish the topic, we made a tasty pizza and juicy fruit kebab making sure that all of the food groups were included in the correct proportions. In PE we have tried to improve our fitness levels by doing circuit training. We practised taking our heart rates and need to take them again to see whether they have changed as a result of our hard work.

Our topic has inspired much of our writing this half term. The school focus was writing to inform, so we began by recounting our dissection experience. Some pieces were so effective at informing the reader that audience members felt squeamish when they read them! After that, we wrote explanations for the circulatory system. A particular strength of these was how well we used technical vocabulary in our writing. Finally, we wrote instructions explaining how to create the healthy meal that we designed and made ourselves.

In maths, we have been practising rounding and calculating with negative numbers along with covering other aspects of number and place value. Just before half term, we started to practise using more formal written methods so that we can be quicker at working out calculations. We will continue with this at the start of next half term too.

Autumn Term 2

 It’s been another great half term. We got stuck in straight away to our new topic ‘A Child’s War’ by getting evacuated! By doing this, we got a better idea of how it would’ve felt to be a child in that situation.

Another highlight was our trip to Beaumanor Hall. Again we were in role as evacuees but we also experienced rationing, codebreaking and an air raid. We reached the safety of the cellar just in time and kept our spirits up by singing some war-time classics like ‘Run Rabbit’.

During this topic, we have learned about many other aspects of the Second World War: significant figures like Churchill and Hitler; the Blitz on London; the types of shelters used to provide protection. We also created some stunning watercolour paintings of poppies.

Again, our writing has been influenced by our topic and, in particular, our class story this half term ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’. We have written some touching informal letters in role as evacuees and characters from the story.

In maths, we have been practising using written calculation methods more accurately and efficiently and have been working with fractions and percentages.

Spring Term 1

 To begin the spring term, we visited Warning Zone where we learned how to keep ourselves safe in a variety of potentially dangerous situations.  Our topic for the whole of the spring term is Frozen Kingdom and, so far, we have started to look at the geography of the polar regions, researched some famous historical figures and events and have begun to study and make sketches inspired by Inuit Art.  During the next half-term, we will be covering aspects of science within our topic, such as animal habitats and feeding relationships.  In ICT, we have been using an application called XRayGoggles to ‘remix’ existing websites highlighting the issue of ‘fake news’.  Some people even had a practise at home! Many of us chose to adapt the school website (particularly Mr Lewin’s photo!) and some of the results were presented to the rest of the school during our Internet Safety Assembly.  Although very entertaining, it helped the other children in the school to understand this serious issue too.  We also enjoyed a visit from The Young Shakespeare Company this half-term, who performed A Midsummer Night’s Dream for us.  We all took part in playing roles or creating special effects. There were some extremely funny parts!  Finally, we had a mock SATs week during the last few days of the term.  The children worked very hard to show what they could do and coped extremely well.

Spring Term 2

The Screen Stars have been very busy this half-term!  To start with, they have written some brilliant newspaper reports to inform the public of the tragic events of 1912:  the death of Robert Falcon Scott and his team after their part in the ‘Race to the South Pole’ and the sinking of the Titanic and the loss of hundreds of lives.  Both pieces of writing required careful research, which the children did very well.  More recently, they have enjoyed writing a short story based on the futuristic animation ‘Hoverbike’.  The Inuit Bird Art sketches that were started last half term have been transformed into beautiful watercolour paintings; the style of the artist, Kenojuak Ashevak, has been captured so effectively!  In science, we have looked at how and why living things are classified into groups depending on their similarities and differences.  Additionally, we have watched sections of the BBC series ‘Frozen Planet’ and considered how Polar animals have adapted over time to live in their harsh environment.  Finally, some amazing homework has been produced and we enjoyed a fascinating afternoon looking at it all.  Everyone is working hard in their maths groups and problem solving and reasoning skills have been a real focus in all classes.

Summer Term 1

Last half-term, our topic was Hola Mexico and we began with a Mexican Fiesta. We enjoyed preparing and tasting a selection of Mexican foods: home-made chilli wraps; home-made spicy salsa and tortilla chips; creamy guacamole; all washed down with refreshing fruit punch. Afterwards, we listened to traditional Mexican music (some of us had a little dance too) and we began to learn counting and saying the alphabet in Spanish. Finally, we played a traditional party game: Hit the Piñata. Even Mr Carte had a go!

During the weeks that followed, we began to learn the Mexican Hat Dance (which requires a lot of coordination and speed). We also delved into Mexican history by researching the ancient Mayan culture and learned to use their number system. In English, we wrote stories based on an animation Dia de los Muertos (which in English means Day of the Dead). This is a Mexican celebration during which people remember loved ones who have passed away. \it was a very touching clip and the stories produced were equally brilliant. Particularly effective was the use of specific vocabulary to describe the different settings in the stories.

The children worked incredibly hard during the lead up to SATs. A few people attended lunchtime revision club; others were busy going over previous learning at home. The tests themselves seemed to go smoothly and the children coped extremely well.

The week after, most of us went on the long-awaited residential trip to Claythorpe. We had a brilliant time and the weather was great. The children participated in a range of thrilling activities, but a particular favourite seemed to be the Giant Swing!

One last half-term to go! It's going so quickly! 

 

Homework

Homework due in by Monday 9th July

Year 6 homework this term is to ensure the children know their lines for the performance and to complete at least one of the options below.

Year 6 Summer term 2 homework choices

Create a true or false quiz about Charles Darwin and his scientific expedition on HMS Beagle.

Find out more about other famous scientists who had an interest in evolution and inheritance, such as Alfred Wallace or Mary Anning

 

Imagine you are the young scientist, Charles Darwin, out on his scientific expedition on HMS Beagle. Write an extract from his journal that describes part of the journey. It could be the start of the voyage, arriving at one of the islands, or discovering different animal species.

 

What can you discover about Lonesome George, the last giant Pinta Island tortoise? Research conservation charities, such as the World Wildlife Fund, to learn about current endangered species. Present your findings in an interesting way.