Autumn Term 1
We’ve had a fantastic start to Year 6 in Rowling. 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. 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 indoor athletics.
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! To finish off the half-term, we will be writing explanations for the components of the blood.
In maths, we have been practising rounding and calculating with negative numbers along with covering other aspects of number and place value. We have also practise applying our knowledge to reasoning problems.
Autumn Term 2
It’s been another great half term. During these few weeks, we have learned all about World War II. A particular highlight was our trip to Beaumanor Hall where we were in role as evacuees. Whilst on the trip, we also experienced: rationing and shopping during this era; how to break codes; an air raid which was incredibly realistic.
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 Rags to Riches stories. This type of tale involves a character who experiences difficulties of some kind which they manage to overcome in order to achieve happiness or wealth. We practised using emotive language and vivid vocabulary to help the reader to empathise with the main character and envisage the scene.
In maths, we have been practising using written calculation methods more accurately and efficiently and have been working with fractions.
Spring Term 1
Our topic last half-term was Frozen Kingdom which was fascinating. During this, we looked at: the geography of the Polar regions (and some of the differences between the Arctic and Antarctica); researched the tragic sinking of the Titanic; found out about famous Polar explorers; and produced some beautiful watercolour art, in the style of the Inuit artist, Kenojuak Askovak.
Inspired by our topic work, we have written some brilliant newspaper reports based on the sinking of the Titanic. We have also looked at the features of diary entries and will be producing one of our own on our return to school in role as Robert Falcon Scott himself.
In maths, we have spent some time revising measures (particularly metric ones) and how to convert between them. Alongside this, we have been recapping various mental arithmetic problems at different points in the school day to keep these fresh in our minds. We are doing incredibly well with these and are becoming increasingly accurate at solving them.
Finally, we enjoyed a visit from Young Shakespeare Company this half-term who performed A Midsummer Night’s Dream for us. We all took part, either playing roles ourselves or creating special sound effects. There were some extremely funny parts!
For this half-term, the children in Year 6 will be set homework from the following workbooks on a weekly basis.