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!
During our computing lessons, year 6 have been learning about E-Safety. We have watched various videos and written our own advice as to how we can stay safe online.
We have been sorting 2d shapes using Venn and Carroll Diagrams. We have considered the different properties of the shapes, including parallel lines, perpendicular lines, congruency and number of sides.
We have also been calculating missing angles and drawing angles.
During Anti-Bullying Day we have worked on the meaning of the word Democracy, especially related to respecting the views and opinions of everyone around us.
Look at our fantastic home learning for our topic, the Fitness Club, we have created some lovely posters on the heart and water.
This term in dance, Year 6 have been learning the Haka, a dance completed by rugby teams before a match.
- Term 4 -
- Term 4’s Targets -
Maths: Complete arithmetic questions using the four operations.
Reading: Use inference skills to answers questions based on clues from the text.
Writing: To learn and use my weekly spellings in my writing.
In Maths, we have been focusing on Fractions this term. We have placed fractions on numbers lines and solved problems using the four operations. We also found equivalent decimals and percentages to given fractions. We began to order them in ascending order.
During Tag Rugby, we have been practising our throwing and catching skills. We have also been developing our tactical skills, trying to dodge an opposing player.
Take a look at our wonderful World Book day costumes!
The Year 6 dance troupe took park in the annual ‘Astor Dance Festival’ where they performed a dance that they have been learning and perfecting this term. Well done to all of the girls who performed brilliantly!
- Baked Beans
They looked disgusting and we are now going to write our own instructions for our recipes.
Making Putrid Pies
In year 6 we have designed and made our own putrid pies.
We chose between the following ingredients:
- Term 5 -
- Term 5’s Targets -
Reading: Use evidence from the text to make inferences.
Writing: Edit the spelling, punctuation and grammar in our writing.
Maths: Use a range of mathematical skills to answer calculations.
Year 6 visited the Secret Wartime tunnels at Dover Castle. They learnt about Operation Dynamo and how over 300,000 soldier’s lives were saved. We had a great time in the sunshine and it was a fantastic start to our topic work this term.
- Term 3 -
- Term 3’s Targets -
Maths: To recall the multiplication and the division facts for the 7 and 9 times tables.
Reading: To use evidence from a text to support my answers.
Writing: To learn and use my weekly spellings in my writing.
For our topic ‘The Fitness Club’, we have learnt how to make cereal bars. First we investigated the products on the market to see which flavours are available, from this we chose our own flavours to make cereal bars with. We picked a wide variety of health combinations such as: strawberries, blueberries, coconut and mangoes. Some on us even had a little sprinkling of chocolate. They were very tasty!!
This term in Topic Maths, we are studying geometry, particularly the position and direction of shape. We were reading coordinates from four quadrants, each coordinate represented a letter, and we had to unscramble the letters to reveal the European capital cities. Along with revising our knowledge of coordinates we also learnt that Sofia is a city in Bulgaria! We have moved onto plotting 2D shapes on four quadrants.
Week beginning 8th January was History week at Priory Fields. Our chosen monarch was Henry VIII. We have researched all about his life (including his children and many marriages); discussed how his decisions as a ruler has affected how the United Kingdom is ruled today.
We have used both primary and secondary sources to understand how successful Henry VIII was as King of Britain. The research we gained from our secondary sources allowed us to write some very detailed biographies and create fact files on the six wives of Henry VIII. We analysed a range of primary sources (letters from Henry VIII, portraits, letters from government officials) to understand what Henry VIII was like as a King. We were able to select information from source, discuss what it meant and whether we could believe the information given in it or not.
We also researched typical Tudor foods and created a Tudor menu to be served at a banquet hosted by Henry VIII
To develop our chronological understanding, we also create a timeline for our class to understand how long ago Henry VIII’s reign was and what key events have occurred in our History from this point to now. We then used this knowledge to create a timeline of key events in Henry VIII’s reign.
We have also created portraits of Henry VIII in the style of Hans Holbein.
In computing this term we have been learning about coding, we have been practising with some ‘unplugged’ activities so that we can understand algorithms and prepare us to create our own computer codes.
Year 6 have had the opportunity to take part in trampoline taster sessions with Mrs Parnell. They learnt a seated bounce and cat bounce. Plus, they were able to jump from seated to standing bounce.
In Computing this term we are learning how to use code to make things work. In our lesson today we made the Lego Mindstorms that we will be using next week to program.
We have created posters so that we can remember our Growth Mindset. We are using positive words to help us remember that learning is a journey.
During English lessons we have been reading the story Clockwork by Phillip Pullman. We created character profiles about Dr Kalmenius and made predictions about his importance in the story.
We have been completing lots of reasoning questions during Maths lessons. During number maths, we have explained our answers related to fractions – making sure that we are including mathematical vocabulary. During topic maths, we have completed reasoning questions on volume, area, perimeter and graphs.
Look at our fantastic display on antonyms and synonyms. We can use the display to use more exciting words in our writing.
PE has been slightly different this week, our school council (working with the NSPCC) created a range of activities to support our physical and mental health. The activities were: bunny hops, dribbling (football and basketball), speed ladders, times table tests, spelling quizzes and word searches. We also had a listening station to listen to mediation music and a rest station to have a drink! We though the activities were brilliant!
This term our topic is World War Two, our trip to Dover Castle has really helped us understand the importance of Dover during the Blitz and the Battle of Britain.
Our star author is Michael Morpurgo. Currently, we are reading Friend or Foe. It is about two evacuees, David and Tucky, who are settling into their new life in Devon.
Lots of our writing this term has been inspired by our topic: we have written diary entries based on our text, imagining we are David, saying goodbye to our mum before being evacuated; we have written biographies about an evacuee (Betty Campbell) living in Cardiff at the time of World War Two, and we have researched and written reports on the Blitz.
In maths, we have been focusing on revision for our upcoming SATS results. However we have had lots of fun solving algebraic equations! We have focused on finding missing numbers in an equation. We are looking forward to continuing our learning on this!
Although we are working hard to prepare for the SATs this term, our showcase gallery is up and running. This is where the best learning for the week is displayed!
Some of year 6 have created these fabulous Anderson Shelters as part of their home learning. Well done boys!
For our DT this term, we have been designing and making Anderson Shelters. We also included ‘Dig for Victory’ gardens and of course a washing line!
As part of our World War 2 topic, year 6 have produced Blitz artwork. We used watercolour paint or pastels to create our backgrounds and then used black sugar paper to create silhouettes on top. We think they are great!
- Term 6 -
- Term 6’s Targets -
Reading: To make comparisons within and across different texts.
Writing: To edit and improve my spelling, punctuation and grammar in my writing.
Maths: To explain my reasoning using appropriate mathematical vocabulary.
Year 6 have been visited by Young Animators’ Club. They have been working in groups to design their own characters and will be creating films and music to accompany their films.
Year 6 visited the Science Jamboree at Discovery Park near Sandwich. We took part in three different activities, including – extracting DNA from a strawberry, mixing acids and alkalis, building crystal towers and completing some hair-raising science! We had a fantastic time which ended in the main theatre with a science show.