Welcome to Year Six
Staff: Mrs Hayes and Miss O’Brien
Have a look at what we get up to in Year 6. Below you will find a ‘Snap Shot’ of what we have done during the year as well as what to expect throughout the year, including information about our topics and extra curricular activities.
Please look at our Research Topic Plans to see what we get up to:
A Child’s War
Welcome to the new academic year – 2018/ 2019
Hello and welcome to the new and exciting Year 6 cohort. We have an exceptional group of children that are raring to go and we have some amazing learning adventures lying in wait.
Upcoming dates for your diary
Wednesday 7th February – SATS meeting
Introduction to SATs – PowerPoint used in SATS meeting
For the next half term, Year 6 will be exploring a range of art work and the artists behind them. We will take an in depth look at the visual and tactile elemtns needed to create art work, enabling the children to replicate these skills in a variety of ways.
After a restful Christmas, Year 6 returned back to school, ready to start their new topic ‘Frozen Kingdom’. Through the topic, we immersed ourselves into the depths of the Arctic and Antarctic, exploring the animals, geographical features along with the sounds of the Northern Lights.
Northern Lights Music Composition
Working with Mrs Hadwin, Year 6 composed their own music which they thought would best suit the movements and colours of the Northern Lights. In small groups, they explored using a range of instruments, enabling them to change the pitch, tempo and tone of the music. Each child played a vital role in collaborating the music and performing it to the rest of the class. Have a listen below to some of the fantastic tunes they composed!
Arctic vs. Antarctic – Geographical Features
Year 6 took a trip to the two coldest places on our earth, exploring their position and landscapes. Children discovered what similarities and differences the two places had in relation to population, climate, environment, seasons and what the landscape was like. We produced this work to show these comparisons in a simple yet effective way.
After learning all about the Titanic and its exploration. Year 6 took time to look at the statistics related to the Titanic such as sailing time, various passengers and temperatures. Using their Math skills, the children solved a variety of problems which summarised the key events and facts related to the Titanic’s venture.
Year 6 have learnt a lot about the various animals which have adapted to both the Arctic and Antarctic and were shocked to discover there are no penguins in the north pole! They used their knowledge of animals to create Arctic and Antarctic food chains; this enabled children to explore the various parts of the food chain and identify problems if particular numbers decreased or increased.
Year 6 had the opportunity to work with the CLC to write their own algorithms to programme a Sphero. They had to ensure it could follow a set of instructions to complete a given task. They then used Tynker to progress through levels on a game or Scratch to code their own came named ‘Heroes and Villains’.
Inventions of The Future
Year 6 took a giant step into the future and travelled to the past as they began to explore inventions that changed the way we live to do and began to think about inventions that could change the future. Children discovered how each invention was created due to a problem being discovered; these discoveries then helped change the lives of modern day families. Inventions ranged from the telephone to the microwave and X-Ray machines. All children then worked together to create their own modern day inventions which they think would change the future?
Creating our own PowerPoint presentations
We spent a lot of time investigating the software Microsoft PowerPoint and how it can be used to create presentations. For their homework, Year 6 created their own PowerPoint presentations about a topic of their choice which they found interesting. The children then shared these presentations with each other taking the opportunity to explore each others interests.
The Tree Octopus – Is it real?
Throughout the topic, children have been looking at how the internet is used to search and find information which can be used as research. We began by looking at a website all about how we could save The Tree Octopus from extinction.
Most children were led to believe this was a real animal. After much discussion and research, the children discovered that it of course, was not! We then discussed how we can not trust anything posted on the internet, exploring the reasons why and how it is made to look believable.
Secondary School Taster Day
We spent the day at Lord Derby Academy sampling what a day in a secondary day was like. Here we have some material reactions to heat and we discussed why they would burn different colours.
A Child’s War
Learning Log Examples – All of them Amazing!
Over the half-term the children can choose what learning they want to do based around the topic. The aim is that the children do a maximum of 3 pieces in the 7 weeks and as you can see by the examples below, they are truly outstanding!
Operation Overlord Descriptions
Year 6 have spent time exploring and researching all about Operation Overlord (D-Day). They thought about whether it was a tactical masterpiece or was sheer luck to those involved during World War Two. After developing a thorough understanding, the children then wrote their own descriptions of a scene taken from D-Day where they described the battle scene using their 5 senses.
Prisoner Escapes Zakyna Camp!
Over the course of the half term, the children have been reading the book ‘The Silver Sword’ which was about 3 young children whose father had escaped from Zakyna prison camp and they had all planned to meet in Switzerland – a neutral country during the war. Year 6 took on the role of news reporters and wrote a news article which reported this event, ensuring to not be biased about the situation.
War Time D.T Project
Over the course of the topic, Year 6 had been learning about the various types of Air Raid shelters. They explored why they were made, how they were made and also who used them. After conducting a vast amount of research, the children then designed and made their very own shelters using a range of materials and skills learnt in Design and Technology. They produced some fantastic shelters which would definitely be protective!
Art and Culture Week
Year Six had the task of studying ‘I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings’ by Maya Angelou. After a week of analysing and discussing, the children had the opportunity to write and design their own poems. Check them out below:
East Lancashire Railway – Evacuee Experience
We have nothing better to say than …. What a day!
We stared off this year by looking at what happened to children during World War Two. We also be looked at major events during the war and how the government took drastic measures to keep Britain fighting for the years of WW2.
On Friday 21st September, the children visited the East Lancashire Railway and became evacuees for the day.
You can see a sneak preview of what the day will look like using the websites below:
2017 / 2018
After a busy period of preparing for SATs, Year Six started their new topic Darwin’s Delights were they were able to delve into the theory of evolution and following the journey of Charles Darwin’s voyage on HMS Beagle.
As part of this topic, the children researched the various species of animals that Darwin discovered on his world voyage and how they had adapted in order to survive in the environment. To help them with their research, Year Six had a visit from Zoolab who brought in a variety of animals for children to touch and hold.
World Book Day 2018
On Thursday 1st March 2018, the whole school participated in the celebration of World Book Day. Children and staff across the school dressed up as their favourite book characters with some fantastic costumes!
To celebrate World Book Day, Year 6 children were invited to Reception to read a book to the younger children. The children chose a book that they thought would be appropriate for the children and even had a practise of their best reading voice with superb expression.
Reading to reception was a success as all children involved loved the experience. So much so, the Year 6 children went to Year 2 the next day to read to those children!
Frozen Kingdom – Brrrr, it’s Cold!!!
After a restful Christmas holidays, the children returned to school ready to start their new topic ‘Frozen Kingdom’. During the course of this topic, children will explore the depths of the Arctic and Antarctic. Researching various animals, children will be able to understand how animals adapt to survive in the harsh environments as well understanding their food webs.
Year 6 will also explore the climate and how this is changing rapidly. They will have the opportunity to research why the climate and environment is ever changing due to global warming.
Testing Thermal Insulators
After investigating how animals survive using insulation, Year 6 were set a challenge to see who could insulate the best. The children were to make a container which could be used to carry a bottle of hot water on an Arctic expedition. They then had to devise the best insulation which could be used inside the container to keep the water hot.
During the lesson children used a variety of mathematical skills such as measuring lengths as well as calculating area, perimeter and volume of given shapes. They also put their woodwork skills to the test as they had to cut wood to correct measurements and find a way to keep their container together.
What Makes a Better Thermal Insulator?
This week (19.02.18), in our topic and Science work, we looked at how animals adapt to polar climates so they able to survive such harsh temperatures and conditions. We conducted an experiment to see which type of insulation polar animals have is best. For this we needed plastic gloves, air and lard. The children then had to time which insulator prevented the iced water from effecting their hand temperature.
The lard was really messy and everything scientific!
Arctic Food Webs
As we started our topic, the children looked into the food chains and food webs of the Arctic. We identified each feature of food webs including producers, various consumers and the ‘energy’ arrows and what they represent.
The children were then able to organise a group of animals into a specific food web which identified who was the primary, secondary and tertiary consumers.
A Child’s War – Plan for Evacuation
Returning back to school after half term, Year 6 began their new topic of ‘A Child’s War’. Through this topic, the children will be able to develop an insight as to how the war affected Britain through key events such as evacuation, the Blitz and rationing. They will take a journey back in time to experience what it was like being a child during World War 2.
Operation Overlord – Masterpiece or luck?
The children have been researching the historical significance of the D-Day Landings on 6th June 1944. They were each given a Top Secret Folder and asked to research ideas, suggestions and questions in order to make a conclusion about whether D-Day was a tactical masterpiece of War or an operation that benefitted from a significant amount of luck.
Make your own mind up about the D-Day Landings – use http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zgtttfr#z9crr82
to help you with your findings.
Imperial War Museum Trip
As part of our topic, the children visited the Imperial War Museum in Manchester, in order for them to develop their knowledge by viewing a range of artefacts and other historical materials. Whilst at the museum, children watched 3 performances which gave them an insight into how the war affected not only Britain, but other countries around the world.
Operation Egg Drop
As part of our World War 2 topic ‘A Child’s War’, we looked at how supplies were delivered to soldiers fighting on the front line. The children discovered that these items were air dropped. However, they discovered that upon impact with the ground, many of the cargo containers simply split. Year Six had to investigate the best way to protect the supplies to stop this from happening.
During the war, it was vital that messages were sent in secret so that the allies could not understand the messages. Through the course of the topic, we looked at various forms of coding including Morse Code and Pigpen Cypher Code.
When looking at Pigpen Cypher Code, children used the coding skills to decipher secret messages in order to support the troops fighting on the front line. In order to send and receive Morse Code messages, Year 6 devised their own simple circuits. This consisted of either a bulb or buzzer which children could turn on or off to send electrical impulses.
Preparing for Christmas, the children watched the short film ‘The Snowman’. We then used this clip to write short pieces of narrative which included what they Snowman and boy may have said to each other.
Out first topic of the year is ‘Bloodheart’. This is a topic for those not with a weak stomach! We will delve into the heart, explore the circulatory system and identify the components and purpose of our blood.
Warning! Have you ever wondered what the inside of a heart looks like? Well, you are about to find out!
The children were invited by Lord Derby Academy to dissect and discuss the anatomy of a heart. Pupils were put into pairs and allowed to use scientific equipment to see the inner-most workings of a heart. Those of a nervous disposition need not look at the slideshow below. However, the children loved it!
Human Anatomy – Science
During Science, the children have had the opportunity to explore the components of the heart, identify various organs and their functions as well as gain an understanding of the 4 components of blood. Children discovered how the circulatory system works and the function of the organs and muscles. Both classes had the opportunity to make their own blood sample, which demonstrated what blood would look like after passing through a centrifuge.
We also were able to look at the affects of smoking on the body, and how it can damage various organs. Children were shocked when they discovered how many chemicals were in a cigarette, as well as the cost a person spends per year. To develop their understanding, children had the opportunity to pull apart cigarettes so they could see what it looked like inside.
Design and Technology
As children gained an understanding as to how they can maintain a healthy lifestyle, they began to look at various products and their health benefits. The children were able to identify how products are designed so that they entice the consumer. They also develop their understanding of nutritional information in products and compared it to an adults daily allowance. All children were shocked by how much fat were in products that they may consider eating!
Using their understanding, the children designed their own cereal boxes to meet a design specification. Each child had to design a cereal box for the cereal ‘Veggie-Os’, ensuring that they used information which would entice consumers to buy it.
2016 / 17 Notes
To begin the Summer term, the children had researched the famous explorer Charles Darwin. The children were able to identify how he suggested the theory of evolution through discoveries that he made on the Galapagos Islands. We were than able to apply our understanding of the theory of evolution, to discover how humans of developed over millions of years, and adaptations that humans have made to survive; allowing us to research selection of the fittest.
Using the information we had researched regarding Charles Darwin, we were able to produce a fact file to summarise his life and research.
As part of Art, we imagined we were explorers who had discovered a species of bird that was unfamiliar to us. We then use our imagination and creativity, to design and draw the type of bird that we may have found. Our birds were all very different; some were very unusual with a multitude of colours, whilst others were very simple with pale colours.
Using our art work, then children then wrote a letter to Charles Darwin asking him if he would help them identify their birds. The children had to include a detailed description which identified the different features of the bird.
During the spring term, the children were transported back to the 1800s as we delved in to the Victorian era. Throughout this topic, we were able to research various famous inventors that have influenced our life today. This included Thomas Edison and George Stephenson. We used this research to write an autobiography based on the two inventors.
With the research that we found, we were able to design an advert for George Stephensons Rocket. We had to think carefully about the costs during the Victorian era, comparing how life was different to today and ensuring that we caught the attention of the reader.
As part of our English, we used our knowledge of autobiographical writing to produce a biography based upon the piano man. This flashed through the memories of his life, describing his life from childhood, through to present day.
Linking to history, we researched into the crime and punishment during the 1800s, enabling us to gain an understanding of Scotland Yard and how it was founded. Children then participated in a crime scene investigation day which enabled children to gather evidence to identify the perpetrator of a school accident. With the evidence and information gathered, children then wrote a newspaper report to catch the perpetrator.