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Week beginning 11.03.19

Science Week!

Our experiment of the day (for Science Week) was to describe the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans.

Before undertaking our first experiment, we learnt many interesting facts about our digestive system.

Our body needs food to provide it with energy, vitamins, and minerals.

However, in order use food, we must first break it down into substances that the various organs and cells in our body can use. This is the job of our digestive system.

The digestive system acts in stages to digest our food. Each stage is important and prepares the food for the next stage.

The entire length of our digestive system is around 20 to 30 feet!

We needed to understand the stages of digestion before we undertook our experiment. This was to make sure we understood the main principles behind the practical activity.

Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed participating in this experiment, having lots of fun and learning at the same time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 04.03.19

This week, Year 6 have been studying the life of Oscar Wilde. This is our Year 6 topic this half term. Our practical activity this week, was based on a carousel lesson, in which our class was divided into three stations. Using Chrome books, station one researched many interesting facts on Oscar Wilde. Station two, concentrated their learning on creating a structured time line of key events in the Victorian era (based on the law and legal system during that time) and station three were given Oscar Wilde’s most famous quotes. They were given the task of deciphering the true meaning of the quotes.

This lesson led itself to discussing the life of Oscar Wilde, with respect to Victorian laws on homosexuality, comparing these with 21st century laws.

Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed learning the differences in the judicial systems throughout the years.

On Thursday, it was World Book Day at Kents Hill! The children had various tasks to complete throughout the day, including planning and producing their favourite reading book, front cover, on a t shirt, using crayons. The prints were then placed on a board, covered with parchment paper and the staff ironed the t shirts to seal the crayon onto the t shirt.

Year 6 have had a very productive week!

 

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 25.02.19

This week, year 6 have been studying our new topic of Oscar Wilde.

As an introduction to this topic area, the children have read the Oscar Wilde story of The Happy Prince. The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde is the story of a statue, the Happy Prince, covered with gold and many fine jewels. It sits overlooking the city. One day, a swallow passing through seeks shelter under the statue and discovers the prince is not happy, but sad. The Prince persuades the Swallow to stay with him and assist with helping the citizens of the city. The writing is packed with valuable themes such as judging based on outward appearances, the disparity between poverty and wealth, sacrifice, and love and compassion.

The writing lessons were aimed at increasing students’ general understanding of creating a piece of writing appropriately using the key features of persuasion. The children were tasked with including subordinating conjunctions, emotive language, flattery, rhetorical questions and stating their points of view with examples, within their written letter.

 

Week beginning 04.02.19

This week, year 6 have been working really hard on their assessments.

In between assessments, the children were able to use a variety of techniques to add interesting effects and depict shadows to create a profile of Charles Darwin.

The lessons were aimed at increasing students’ general understanding of creating a piece of artwork based around the formal element of cross-hatching.

Children were first issued with a picture of a hand (based on Leonardo Di-Vinci) – they then used the techniques discussed - variety of line, layers and cross-hatching to add light, medium and dark areas to the outline of the hand.

Next, using their knowledge and understanding of the techniques used when cross-hatching, the children were to create a drawing of Charles Darwin.

Success Criteria for the lesson:

The children could depict shadow within their drawing.

The children could use various shading techniques to depict shadow within their drawing.

The children chose well-chosen techniques to depict shadow within their drawing.

 

Week beginning 28.01.19

This week year 6 have been focusing on producing a balanced argument on reasons for and against zoos.

The children were able to participate in various discussions, discussing personal viewpoints and referring to examples when explaining their views/opinions.

The children produced an informative piece of written work, using a variety of organisational devices within their work. The features of point, evidence and explain were used throughout the week to show understanding of the subject area.

Towards the end of the week, the children were able to participate in a cross-curricular lesson of geography and maths. The children looked at climate change, in particular, increasing global temperatures, then were able to calculate the mean average of the temperature throughout the decades. This produced lots of discussion on climate change and the effects on our planet.

EXAMPLES OF WRITTEN WORK – Fors and against.

 

 

Week beginning 21.01.2019

In year 6 our topic is all about David Attenborough who we know has achieved many great things in his life, including the discovery of new species which have actually been named after him!

For our holiday homework, we created our own new species which we have been writing about this week. We have been working on using figurative language and high level vocabulary to create vivid images.

To go with our writing, we also created our own animal habitats using different resources. These habitats have been designed around our species and their specific needs. We thought carefully about adaptation and how animals have changed over time to suit their environment. Below are some examples of our habitats.

 

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 14.01.19

This week, year 6 have been studying biographies and their weekly outcome was to produce a biography on Sir David Attenborough.

At start of the week, the children were able to use the new Chromebooks (purchased for each year group at Kents hill) to produce some amazing factual research on Sir David Attenborough.

Watching several inspiring videos, the children then planned their biography, using their information they had researched, along with books and texts.

It was a challenging task for the children, as they had to continuously edit their work in order to achieve an outstanding factual piece of work.

The children were able to meet the following criteria;

Produce an informative introduction

Write in cohesive paragraphs – to produce clarity for the reader

Ensure all sentences were relevant to the work

Use a range of sentence openers

 

Week beginning 07.01.19

This week, year 6 have been fortunate enough to have their ‘Hook Day’. This day focused on an introduction to our new term topic of ‘David Attenborough and Charles Darwin’. We were able to focus on David Attenborough and his continuous battle against climate change.

Sir David Attenborough quotes: "Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale. Our greatest threat in thousands of years. Climate change. "If we don't take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon."

The children looked at climate change over hundreds of years and how climate change is affecting us. Climate change (or global warming), is the process of our planet heating up.

Linked directly to climate change, the children produced instructional texts to enable the reader to create a barometer (a device which measures air pressure).

First, the children made in-depth notes in their learning journals, which were then edited and a final copy was made, producing amazing step-by-step instructions to construct a Barometer.

 

 

 

Week beginning 10.12.18

This week, year 6 have been focusing on writing a disaster story to entertain. The children have become authors and created stories that include characters, settings and a plot, on the theme of a dream holiday that turns into a disaster when a volcanic eruption occurs!

The children began the process by planning the opening of the story –studying images and video clips to inspire. We discussed words and phrases to plan for developing the setting and build our characters. For our build-up and dilemma, we discussed the possible signs of a volcanic eruption and how we could implement this within our writing, encouraging the children to think about the description related to the five senses.

Our main focus was the editing process of the story, to enable the children to produce a quality piece of written work. This took place after each section of the story was completed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 03.12.12

This week Year 6 have been focusing on Volcanoes! We have created our own volcanoes made from clay, using appropriate materials and tools to carefully build and sculpt the volcano.

Once the clay had dried, we were able to paint them, using realistic volcano colours to make them look really effective. We were able to mix colours to create texture and shading.

The following day, we were able to produce a volcanic eruption, with the aid of baking soda and vinegar. The eruptions proved to be the pinnacle of the week! Some eruptions were so fierce, they mirrored Mount Vesuvius!

Towards the end of the week, the children created a diary entry of a Volcanologist, who has experienced, first hand, a live eruption!

I am pleased to say, Year 6 are now experienced Volcanologists!

Week Beginning 26.11.18

Science week

This week year 6 have been focusing on classifying and grouping animals as part of our science unit of work.

The children have “wowed” their teachers with interesting facts and knowledge of different animals. They have enjoyed working together and building on their team work skills to create keys and sorting diagrams to classify animals.

Some key words we have learnt this week include:

  • vertebrates/invertebrates
  • molluscs
  • crustaceans
  • characteristics
  • adaptation
  • camouflage
  • microorganisms

Towards the end of the week, each class began creating their own animal classification game based on the very popular game “Guess Who?!” For this, the children have been working in pairs, selecting appropriate resources, planning their game and applying various design technology skills. We look forward to seeing the finished products so the children can challenge a friend to play!

Week beginning 19.11.18

This week Year 6 have been taking part in assessment week. The children have all been a credit to Kents Hill, displaying impeccable behaviour throughout the week. 

During the afternoons, we have been making a ‘round book’ co training Volcano facts. 

This involves lots of Art based skills, as well as English language features to produce their written work to feature alongside their ‘round book’. 

 We hope the children have enjoyed producing their ‘round book’.

 

 

 Week beginning 12.11.18

This week, Year 6 have been studying Tsunamis, Earthquakes and Tornadoes, in particular, looking into the human and geographical effects of earthquakes in Japan. This learning was linked to our last topic, Japan.  

 Our outcome was to produce a campaign letter for help for a disaster area. 

 The children wrote a formal letter to the Japanese government urging them to provide more funding to scientists, to provide Japan with earthquake-resistance materials to build. 

 The children produced their own persuasive letter and it can be found within their learning journals, inside an envelope addressed to the Japanese government. 

 

 

 Week beginning 05.11.18

On Wednesday this week, the whole school took part in a very special day in aid of Remembrance Day.

After an important assembly, Year 6 began creating poppies to contribute to a whole school masterpiece which will be displayed at the front of the school gates.

 

 

 

 

After lunch, Year 6 used charcoal to create powerful images with red poppies at the fore front of the art work. The children learnt how to use different pressures and smudging techniques to create different effects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hope you enjoy our art work and will come and see our fantastic masterpiece to mark 100 years since the end of WWI.

Week beginning 29.10.18

Year 6 Storm Chasing Workshop

On Monday, Year 6 began their journey learning about Extreme Earth. We started the week learning how to chase storms from professional storm chasers. We learnt how to identify the key features using radar images. 

The key parts of a storm cloud and how they form. 

 

 

 

It was then time to chase the storm. 

We learnt how to identify the highest possible chance of impact by working out the magical distance between dew point and temperature of 10. Once we had this information, we then looked at how close this was to states and towns.

 

e then had to make the final choice as to whether to chase Oklahoma or Kansas?

 

 

Autumn 1

Many of the Year 6 pupils thoroughly enjoyed sharing their holiday projects with their classes. 

Pupils started their topic about Japan working on a variety of activities to immerse them in Japanese culture. 

The pupil’s became thoroughly engrossed in our novel, Kensuke’s Kingdom.  The children made a 3D image of the island from Kensuke’s Kingdom using the descriptions from the book to help them imagine what is was like.  Each group in the class worked together to make a different section.

The children learnt about tone and shading as well as different painting techniques in order to create a traditional Japanese symbol. 

The children produced some excellent balanced arguments about whether Kensuke should leave or stay on the island. These demonstrated both the extremely in depth understanding the pupil’s had of the book as well as compassion for the characters.