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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.