We’ve had a fantastic start to Year 6 in the Hobbits. 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, 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 produce line graphs to show how our pulse changes during different activities as the demand for oxygen changes.
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.
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’.
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.
Homework to be in by 1st April