This week Year 6 were lucky enough to visit the Eden Project this week to consolidate our learning about Charles Darwin, adaptations and evolution. We learnt about the adaptations that plants have made to survive the wet and windy environment of the rainforest and survive the lack of sunlight. Take a look at some of our exploring below!
Yet another busy week in Year 6!
We have been continuing with our Science theme this week about living things and the classification system. We have been looking at classification keys, and how these are useful in identifying different species. We used one example to help us identify different species of big cats. Over the next few days, we had a go at creating our own using very specific yes or no (closed) questions. We classified sweets to begin with, while we were getting used to creating our own. Then, we used our scientific understanding to create keys to identify animals using vocabulary like: vertebrate, invertebrate, amphibian, reptile and mammal.
In Literacy, we have been looking at imagery in poetry. We looked at poems already written about animals and the images they created in our minds. Then we drew an image of an animal that we liked, and tried to create this image in our readers minds through the form of poetry.
We made it through!
Year 6 have been outstanding this week, demonstrating a level-headed and mature attitude to the pressure of SATs, and I couldn't be prouder!
In between times we found time for lots of game-playing and cooked up some rationing recipes...
It has been a fantastic week of learning in Year 6! All the pupils have come back with an amazing attitude and have retained all of their learning over the Easter break. Many completed the home learning that was set and they are continuing to demonstrate a brilliant, mature attitude to all their learning.
We have been continuing to learn about explanation texts in Literacy this week. We found out about a Swedish scientist called Linnaeus who developed the first theory to classify different types of animals. We have used this information to write a class piece called: How are Vertebrates Classified? We wrote introductions to the subject, then further paragraphs explaining how and why different species are classified as mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds or fish. You can see the class piece below!
In Maths, we have completed our learning about area and volume. The class mastered finding the area of triangles, parallelograms and the volume of cuboids superbly. As you can also see below.
Such a fabulous final week of learning for the Spring Term!
All of Year 6 have made progress in their grammar this term, everyone's assessment scores have improved between January and April and I am so proud of all their hard work! We have also seen some amazing progress in arithmetic this term too!
We have begun a new Science topic, which we will carry on with after the Easter holidays which is about living things. We have looked at the seven life processes that are true of all living things (movement, respiration, sensitivity, growth, reproduction, excretion, nutrition). And we have started to also look at what makes living things different from each other by looking at classification. This is a subject which is proving very interesting to Year 6. George even came in the next day asking if we could find out more about isopods (having mentioned cephalopods the previous day)!
Hope everyone enjoys a relaxing Easter break.
Where has this term disappeared?
Only one more week to go until the very hard-working Year 6 in Daymer Bay Class get a deserved Easter break!
This week, we have been learning coordinates in all four quadrants and how to translate coordinates in Maths. This means moving points up, down, left or right across the quadrants.
In Literacy, we have started learning about explanation texts. We have used our VIPERS reading skills to help us understand them and we have begun to identify and understand some of the main features. Throughout the term, we have been working on our presentation in our books. Below you can see the very hard work of Jenson - making great progress with his handwriting!
Next week will be our last week of tag rugby, which we have thoroughly enjoyed learning with Miss Brown. And the drier weather has even meant we have been able to make use of the field to get in some real practise!
Another busy week in Daymer Bay class!
This week, we began with a wellbeing day led by ARENA sports. We completed activities that tested our co-operation and communication skills, as well as pilates exercises to help us relax. We also spent the week organising some fundraising activities for Comic Relief. We set up, and ran, four games for both classes to play over lunchtime and a lot of fun was had by all! Most of all, we raised over £50 for those less fortunate than ourselves.
We began this week with a St Piran's themed topic afternoon in which we learned to draw interlocking Celtic knots. It was a challenge, but we did it one step at a time and persevered! We also completed our persuasive letter writing with a final letter to Boris Johnson, outlining our concerns for the planet and our belief in the need for another climate-change conference. In Maths, we have begun to tackle an algebra unit which the pupils are giving their everything to so far! Miss Brown and I have been very impressed.
In our other topic learning this week, we have been looking at some amazing primary sources which have been sent in by some families to look at. Over the coming week or two, we will be looking at them more closely to see how much we can learn about WWII from them.
It has been such a busy first week back in Daymer Bay Class - I think we were all ready for the weekend!
We shared some of our favourite books for World Book Day, listened to Mrs Cox read some of The Witches by Roald Dahl and had some brilliant fancy dress! In Maths, we have just about come to the end of our percentages learning and the pupils have demonstrated some amazing understanding. We have been writing to persuade in Literacy, explaining the various reasons why WWII is the worst conflict in history!
This week, in between the stormy days, Daymer Bay Class made it to Bodmin Keep to learn a bit more about World War Two. We had a tour of the Keep and were shown some photos of what it looked like at the time, as well as some photos of the soldiers that trained there. We even saw inside a prison cell where soldiers were left for disobeying orders or drinking too much!
We had some sessions learning more about rationing and life during the war for children and the soldiers. We were able to look at lots of primary and secondary sources about the war. We were able to try on replica uniforms, play some wartime games and act out an evacuation scene. Our final session was a team building exercise which was run by some ex-soldiers who taught us how to line up, stand, shout and work together like soldiers (and we learnt how to tie a Highwayman's Hitch).
We had an amazing day and send a huge thank you to the staff at Bodmin Keep for a fun and informative day!
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