Welcome to The Year 6 Page!
We have been working really hard in all of our maths sessions. So far we have furthered our skills and understanding of place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, including long multiplication and division. We have also investigated prime, squared and cubed numbers, as well as multiples and factors, applying these to problem solving activities. Finally, we have been working with fractions. Each week we engage in fluency activities (speed and skills) then we apply this to reasoning and problem solving activities.
In English we have immersed ourselves in the book STORMBREAKER by Anthony Horowitz: a story about how a teenage boy – Alex Rider - becomes a spy. We designed our own “spy gadget” then wrote to MI6 to persuade them to purchase and use our gadget. We have also written newspaper reports about Alex’s exploits. As we write, we have the opportunity to peer and self-assess our writing, making improvements before producing our final published versions. We have also continued to develop our grammar skills, such as our use of the passive voice and the progressive tense.
We were given a special homework project to produce a diorama illustrating a scene from the book.
Linked to this topic we have developed our team work skills in a number of ways including shelter building, team games and designing and making a marble run to transport marbles from each class to meet in the shared area!
Science sessions have seen us plan and carry out a number of investigations. We have studied animals including humans and light so far. We also enjoyed a number of activities based around biscuits during our STEM week. When planning an investigation, we consider what variables to change, how we can ensure our test is fair and we make predictions based on what we know. We use scientific vocabulary in our work and record our findings in a number of ways.
We also had the opportunity to watch the Nottingham Panthers train before we went ice skating with them. It was great fun!!
In September, we started the year by reading Anthony Horowitz’s “Stormbreaker”. Working in teams, we recreated living life as a spy on the run, building a shelter from scratch using a limited number of tools. Many of our Year 6 pupils tasted success, working against the elements to construct their own hand-made accommodation.
In October, we travelled to SI5 in the city centre. Working in teams, we solved a variety of problems, working as spies in training. We even had the chance to complete a mission, saving the future of humanity itself!
In December, we worked together to save Christmas, helping Santa to deliver his stash of marbles by building a run across both 6A and 6H! We all had to work together, in order to allow him to move his marbles with ease. After a lot of trial and error, we succeeded: Christmas was saved!
Written by Abigail Riley, Jason Shelukindo and Ethan Deller:
The Farmers’ Market, which was held on 15th November, was a wonderful opportunity for Year 6 gardeners and chicken carers to showcase the delicious, healthy vegetables and produce that we have grown throughout the year. We also used the eggs from our beloved chickens which provided the main ingredient for the mouth-watering quiches – one of our most popular dishes at the event.
We also enjoyed preparing and cooking the spicy vegetable curry. We had great fun developing our cross-curricular culinary skills (like chopping, peeling and baking.)
We are now looking forward to using the money raised to buy new seeds and other gardening resources to develop and improve our next harvest.