Our topic this term is ‘Bright Sparks’, we will be learning about light and electricity. This week we have discussed how shadows are formed.
We have painted pictures using watercolours based on the famous ‘Northern Lights’ and created a fantastic display outside Valour classroom to show off all of our artistic talents!
In PE this term we are developing our skills in athletics. Throughout this term we are learning how to compete in a different athletic sport. By then end of term we will compete in ten events and achieved our decathlon award.
In Topic this week, we planned a fair test to prove how light travels in straight lines.
Our star author this term is Louis Sachar and we are reading, There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom, one of his most popular books. We have been writing diary entries as if we were Bradley, the main character.
Year Six made periscopes using a card template and mirrors. We talked about how the army and navy use periscopes to see above the water and over trenches. We remembered that light travels in straight lines and reflected off the mirrors to see above our desks and behind us.
We have researched facts about Thomas Edison and discussed the impact he has made on our live today. In order to improve our ICT skills, whilst using the internet to research, we discussed what would be considered a ‘good’ information source, so that our facts would be correct!
To prepare for our Harvest Festival, we have used oil pastels to create images of fruits, vegetables and flowers often found at this time of year.
We have been practising drawing scientific diagrams to explain how we built our periscopes, and how we can use them to see around corners.
We have learnt that light travels in straight lines, it bounces off objects; the best objects are smooth, shiny surfaces. We are able to see objects because light enters through our pupils, and it sends a message through the optic nerve and to our brain! Look at these diagrams to explain how light can travel and how we can see objects!
We have completed work on area and perimeter in maths and created pictures based on our book There’s a boy in the girls’ bathroom. In RE, we have been learning about the bible as well as the story of Moses. We have created pictures based on the Northern Lights and Jelly Fish based on our topic.
We have notice that when an object is in water, like a straw in a glass, it often looks distorted. We have discovered this process is called refractions and it is when the light rays travel through the air into a different material such as water or glass. We performed an experiment to see what would happen when we put an image under the water! We noticed they all became a lot larger! We have also been learning that light is made up of lots of different colours, the colours of the rainbow- look at our colour wheel which shows this!
We have been learning about volume in year 6. Creating multilink cubes and cuboids and then using a formula to find the volume.
We have learning about how prisms can affect a ray of light. When the light enters the prism it bends, this is known as refraction. As the light bends at different angles the colours of light are shown, as the colours of the rainbow.
Year 6 have been working on making electrical circuits. We were asked to make a scarecrow more exciting by adding bulbs, buzzers and motors to the pictures. We had to use our scientific knowledge of making complete circuits to help us.
Anne from the Kent Wildlife Trust came to visit year 6 today, we found out about the different animals and plants which grow in our local nature reserves and she told us about lots of exciting events which happen over the weekends.
In maths, we have been learning about rounding. We can round to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10 000, 100 000 and 1 000 000. Once we had perfected our rounding, we began to answer mastery questions.
Year 6 were visited by Mark and Chris from Kent Fire and Rescue Service. They taught us all about how to deliver first aid and particularly CPR. We learnt about how to put someone into the recovery position and how to deliver CPR. We learnt lots and are really grateful to Mark and Chris for coming to see us. We also created some posters and PPT slides showing what we have learnt.
For Science week, Year 6 have completed a range of experiments, focusing on our predictions and understanding what is a fair test.
Using our knowledge from our topic Bright Sparks, we investigated what would affect the brightness of the bulb in a simple circuit. Some of use investigated what would happen to a bulb if we added more batteries, whilst others investigated what would happen if we had one battery and we kept on adding in more bulbs. We recorded our results using voltmeters.
We completed a biscuit dunking investigation. We used a variety of biscuits including: rich tea, custard creams, digestives, ginger nuts and malted milks. Our aim was to see which biscuit would crumble first in a cup of tea. Many of us predicted the ginger nut biscuit would take longest to crumble but were surprised to find it was the rich tea!!
Democracy won the Attendance award for term 1 for having the best attendance. We enjoyed pizza from Dominios. We ordered the flavours that we wanted, we choose: cheese and tomato, pepperoni and ham and pineapple.
Six children from year 6 had the opportunity to work with visiting film-makers. They learnt about how cameras and microphones work and then designed their own short films. In the afternoon they filmed these films and our visitors have taken these away to edit. We cannot wait to see the finished result!
Year 6 and Year R had the chance to work together on Friday 20th October, whilst the Early Years moved their classrooms. They worked together to complete art activities, a music workshop, PE sessions and created their own race tracks. All children had a great day.
We have been reading the story Way Home during our English lessons. This story is about a homeless boy called Shane. To help us get an idea of how it feels to be homeless, we built our own shelters outside using cardboard and newspaper.
To begin our new topic ‘The Fitness Club’ we created models of a chamber of the heart. We used glass jars, a balloon and straws to show how the heart pumps blood around the body.
We have been using tissue paper to create poppies for Remembrance day.
To link with our topic ‘The Fitness Club’, we have created Picasso hearts using a range of oil and chalk pastels.
We have been finding out about how our heart rate changes during exercise. We completed different exercises and counted our pulse each time. We found out that the harder the exercise, and higher our heart rate.
In number maths this term, our focus has been addition and subtraction. We have been using mental methods of addition and subtraction to find complements to 1000 and 10,000 in number pyramids. We have also solve word problems and written our own!
This week in PE, Endeavour class had the opportunity to test their skills in ‘Speed Stacking’. Forming pyramids with plastic cups became an exciting competition for the whole class!