It's been so lovely to have the children back after, what I hope was, an exciting and restful Christmas break.
Since returning to Daymer Bay Class, we have been learning about biographies linked with our topic: How do circuits work?
We have been looking at their features by using selected examples about some famous scientists, such as Thomas Edison.
We have looked at what you need to create an electrical circuit; what a complete and incomplete circuit looks like and the symbols used to draw them scientifically. We also discovered what conductors and insulators are and tested some materials that are examples of both. Along the way, we have reminded ourselves about some of the important safety aspects of using electricity.
What a term it's been!
This week has seen us reach the end of our poetry unit, so below you can find some of our favourite poems we have discovered in the last three weeks. You can also read our class poem about the Flood book we have based our Literacy learning on this term.
As part of our Christmas celebrations we have also enjoyed a Reindeer Drive and making some Christmas cards.
Enjoy your Christmas break everyone!
This week, Daymer Bay class have been learning to add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers (finding a common denominator where necessary). We have continued our learning about poetry in Literacy. We have been identifying some of the features and discussing imagery used in them. We read one poem - Into the Woods - by Rudyard Kipling, and we created the image it created in our heads on paper. You can see some of the amazing images below!
We have started a Science topic this week - Light. We have discussed sources of light and how it only travels in straight lines. We learnt/recapped some vocabulary about light; transparent, translucent and opaque and used this understanding to explain why shadows are formed.
This week in Daymer Bay class, we have had a go at using the recent grammar we have been learning (compound adjectives, subordinating clauses and passive voice) in our writing about Flood. Fractions are the new topic in Maths and we have mainly been recapping equivalent and simplifying fractions, as well as converting improper fractions and mixed numbers - which the class were amazing at!
We have been learning about renewable energy and lowering our carbon footprints in topic. Arthur ran his first lunchtime reading club - which was a success. We also had our final music session with Mr Jane - which was very sad, but we are hoping he will be back to maybe deliver some individual lessons next term!
This week, Daymer Bay class have explored the characters in Flood further with hot seating, empathising, describing feelings and diary recounts. Take a look below at some of the fantastic diary recounts written from the perspective of the house in the story! In Maths, we completed our unit on the four operations - ready to begin tackling fractions next week.
We discussed the COP26 conference in Glasgow and the ways world leaders are trying to limit the damage caused by greenhouse gases and global warming. And we began to look at some of the renewable energy sources that stop so many fossil fuels being burnt.
This week, Year 6 have been learning about different types of numbers in Maths. These have included factors, multiples, prime, square and cubed numbers! In Literacy, we have completed our unit on newspaper recounts by writing a final piece on one of the natural disasters we learnt about at the end of last term. We have also begun to look at our new fiction text called 'Flood'. We had a really interesting lesson where we had to describe one of the illustrations to our partner using really clear instructions - and no hand gestures!
Our sustainable Earth topic has continued with us thinking about what the problems facing our Earth are and learning about the Greenhouse Effect, this week. Below, you can also see our completed sustainability sculpture designs from last week.
Please look below to see what this term has in store for Daymer Bay class.
Year 6 have demonstrated some amazing resilience in Maths this week as we have been learning to divide by a two-digit number using some different methods. These have included chunking and long division - some children even describing it as fun! We have persevered through errors, understanding that these are an important part of learning, leaving incorrect methods in our books to show that these are valued and essential!
We have started looking at sustainability in our topic learning. We have began by looking at artists who create sculptures out of other people's thrown-away things. We have thought about what materials we throw away and are difficult to recycle which we could use to create our own sustainability sculpture and what shape or form would present our message best.
What a fantastic start to Year 6 Daymer Bay class have made!
This we have had a go at writing our first newspaper recount after learning about the features for a week. We imagined we were reporting on the Journey to the Centre of the Earth story. We tried to include relative clauses and modal verbs, as well as the structural features like writing in columns and using a headline.
In Maths we have carried on with dividing and started trying to understand what the remainders on the end of our answers mean.
Below you can see some of our RE learning over the term, we were trying to understand why some people believe in God and some people don't. There are some great drawings of seismographs AND an amazing Halloween banner decoration made by Ross, which we have had displayed in the classroom all week.
Another week completed in Year 6!
We have started learning about newspaper recounts in Literacy this week and have been beginning to identify some of the features. In Maths, we have been learning to use the long multiplication method and it has taken perseverance for a lot of the class but everyone has made some fantastic progress this week!
In topic, we looked at some tectonic plate disasters (including volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis) and looked at their locations on a world map; using an atlas to help us locate each country. We also looked at the dates in which these events happened and placed them onto a timeline (making use of both our history and maths understanding). In PE, we have continued to work on our coordination when throwing and catching and put these skills into game scenarios.
Also, HUGE congratulations to Zack this week who earned second place in the Honey Fair art competition this week!
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