What Have We Been Up To
This term we are exploring the text 'Planetarium' and working towards creating a non-chronological report which will include a variety of skills, such as:
The use of colons to introduce a list
Accurate and consistently punctuated bullet points
Sentences with lists to give a number of pieces of information succinctly (e.g., component parts, features of locations…)
Rhetorical questions to engage the reader.
Parenthesis to add extra information
'Ing' verbs as openers
Subordinating conjunctions as openers
This term in science we have been exploring how different plants reproduce. We have been looking at the reproductive parts of plants including the names of the male and female parts and have considered the impact on the planet if plants do not reproduce.
Our precious plant poems
In our design and technology lessons this half term, we have worked in groups to plan and create adventure maps for a floor robot to navigate its way around.
We thought of a theme for our 3D adventure map and constructed obstacles to challenge the Bee-Bots on its journey.
This term in P.E, year 5/6 are learning all about dance. We will be practising a range of techniques including: cannon, tutting and dynamics.
Last term in P.E we focused on gymnastics which included the use of a range of: travel styles, balances and rolls. We performed to our peers and listened to feedback to help improve our sequences.
In history this term, we are looking at significant turning points in the history of Britain and are going to consider how significant the English defeat of the Spanish Armada was as a turning point in British history. We are going to conduct our own research and examine a range of primary and secondary sources whilst also considering bias.
This term in JIGSAW, year 5/6 are going to be looking at dreams and goals. This will involve: looking at a range of different careers, appreciating the opportunities that learning
and education can give us and understanding how this can help us to build our own futures.
Last term, year 5/6 looked at diversity and celebrating differences. We also looked at our rights as children, the protected characteristics and explored our school's code of conduct and values.
In Year 5/6, children have been exploring different sketching techniques, including, hatching, cross-hatching, contour hatching, stippling and blending. They looked at and had a go at drawing different textures such as wood, bricks, marble and rock. They used different sketching pencils to explore tone and shading in their sketch-books. They looked at images of The Heydar Aliyev Centre which is a building complex in Baku, Azerbaijan designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid and noted for its distinctive architecture flowing, curved style that eschews sharp angles before following a step-by-step plan to re-create a sketch of the building. Children were then inspired by Stephen Wiltshire, a famous cityscape drawer, and drew their own two-point perspective cityscapes.
Visit From an Architect
As part of our art and design unit we were fortunate enough to have a visit from Mr Drewello (parent/architect) who spoke to all of our year 5/6 students about the art and science of designing a range of buildings from start to finish.
Last term in Music, year 5/6 focused on the song: Happy by Pharrell Williams - a Pop song with a Soul influence about being happy. We learnt how to listen to and appraise the song Happy and a variety of other songs in different styles about being happy. We took part in a range of musical activities to help us learn and/or build on our knowledge and understanding about the interrelated dimensions of music through:
- Warm-up games
- Learning to sing the song
- Playing instruments with the song
- Improvising with the Song
- Composing with the Song
Finally, we performed the song and shared our learning.
Last term in Geography, year 5/6 explored how earthquakes and volcanoes have changed the landscape of Iceland. As part of this unit we looked at how earthquakes and volcanoes are formed, located Iceland on a world map and learnt that the capital city is called Reykjavik. We also examined the events of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption (2010) and how it changed the landscape.
In the Autumn term, Year 6 took part in some Bikeability sessions. Bikeability is the government's national cycle training programme. It helps children to learn practical skills and understand how to cycle on today's roads.