Over the past 3 weeks, we have been carrying out an experiment to find out the conditions in which mould grows fastest. We used both brown and white bread in our experiment and tested: light, moisture and temperature as variables in our experiment. We have proven, beyond all reasonable doubt, that the best condition for growing mould is moisture and the condition that stops the growth of mould is cold. We have concluded, therefore, that the place to store your bread to keep it fresher for longer, is in the fridge!! We are Scientists!
As part of Fair Trade fortnight, and linked to our topic of Globalisation, Year 6 have linked DT (cookery) to their topic and have costed, made and tasted Fair Trade smoothies with ingredients paid for by Morrisons, Outland Road, and Crumbly Banana Squares - all of which were much enjoyed!
Welcome to the Spring Term in Year 6!
All of our writing this term is based around our class book ‘The Explorer’, by Katherine Rundell, and our Science: Evolution and Inheritance. We will be writing non-chronological reports, balanced arguments, debates, journey stories, biographies and recounts. Across all aspects of our writing, we will be working on a range of grammatical features including the use of passive voice, the subjunctive form, parenthesis, relative clauses, expanded noun phrases and the power of three as well as the use of colons, semi-colons and hyphens.
This first half of term, we will be focusing on decimals, multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 ad 100 and converting them to fractions. We will move on the converting fractions to percentages and calculating percentages of amounts. We will then move on to learning about algebra, substituting numbers for letters and solving simple one step ad two step problems. After half term, we will focus on measures (kilograms, litres, metres, time and money) before moving on to calculating perimeter, area and volume. Calculating ratios will take us up to the Easter holidays.
This term's geography will focus on the various aspects of Globalisation. We will look at trade, pollution, ethical purchasing, climate change, deforestation, Fair Trade, and global communication. Our DT will be linked to topic as we will be using Fair Trade products to cook during the first half of term.
We start by studying Evolution and Inheritance and looking at how plants and animals have evolved and adapted over time depending on the environmental factors that they have encountered. After half term, our focus will shift to 'living things and their habitats,' where we will study Carl Linnaeus and his system of classifying plants and animals. We will end our topic with a visit to Dartmoor Zoo – planned for the final week of term.
During the first half of term we will focus on invasion games and gymnastics. Whereas, during the second half of term, we will be lucky enough to have a Secondary PE teacher from Lipson Vale coming in on Wednesday to teach invasion tactics and we will continue to focus on gymnastics on a Friday.
The first half of term will consider what Atheist and Agnostics think and believe whilst the second half of term will focus on the Christian understanding of the Easter Story.
We will be studying Kandinsky and creating our own Kandinsky pictures.
We will focus on France, its neighbours, major cities as well as architectural landmarks of Paris.
We will be learning to beat box and write our own rap lyrics linked to global warming.
PPA is on Wednesday and Mrs Palmer will be teaching French and Art for the first half of term.
Home learning: This will be set at the following times:
Maths – Monday to be handed in on Friday.
English – Wednesday to be handed in on the following Tuesday.
Reading – 10 minutes reading daily. We ask that an adult signs the reading diary and it is handed in at least once per week.
Games and PE:
Children will need their PE kit in school all week however, gymnastics is now on a Tuesday afternoon and games on a Friday. We will be focusing on invasion games and gymnastic balances this term.
Kit: Trainers, white shirt, blue shorts, football socks.
In colder weather, a plain tracksuit should be worn outdoors for games.
Please ensure that all items of clothing are named. A small named bag containing your PE kit is all that is necessary, as cloakroom space is limited.
Please come in to see me if you want to discuss anything regarding your child's education, health or welfare.