Welcome to Year 6
Staff: Mr Morland, Mrs Hayes, Mrs Davies,
Mrs Lynch and Miss Foulger
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 – 2017/18
Summer is over and the new academic year has began. We would like to first of all wish our previous Year 6 the best of luck on their journey to secondary school. As the new school year begins, we would like to welcome our new Year 6 classes as they an exciting, fun-filled year ahead.
To start off the year, Year 6 carried out a series of lessons exploring a poem called ‘Spinner’. During this time, children were able to analyse the poem by answering a range of questions, create their own mathematical spider’s webs as well as sketching the setting in which the poem is set.
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.
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.
From January, we will be delving in to the frozen wilderness of the Arctic and the mysteries it holds. We will be planning non-chronological reports on some of the fascinating animals that have adapted to survive in the bitter cold.
As well as non-chronological reports, we will be writing short pieces of descriptive writing, extending our vocabulary and finding appropriate antonyms in the grammar aspect of the work. Finally, we will writing stories based on Arctic adventures, including looking at the fateful maiden voyage of the Titanic.
With regards to Geography, we will be mapping and landscaping the Arctic, looking at how the polar ice-cap grows and shrinks during the year and the effect of global warming and the damage to the o-zone layer has on the melting ice.
To start, here are a few short videos of Arctic animals that we will be studying over the coming weeks. David Attenborough at his finest. With the first video, listen to how clever the polar bear is in disguising himself from the seal. A very intelligent carnivore.
In this video, listen to how long the polar bears hibernate during the winter, and what the temperature is in spring!
Use the link below to watch more short video clips about the Frozen Wilderness. Narrated by David Attenborough
Let’s Get to Work!!
The children were asked to become zoologists for the day and our first non-chronological report is based around the largest land-based carnivore in the World – the Polar Bear. The children had a time restraint of 90minutes to collect and learn as much information as possible, as well as plan their information into the format of a report, including appropriate diagrams, captions and pictures. A tough task. Have a look at some of the sections the children have written. Very impressive work for amateur zoologists!
Top Secret – Operation Overlord, 6th June, 1944.
As part of our new topic, we have been studying, researching and analysing the impact of Operation Overlord on the Second World War. It was a pivotal moment because it was the Allies response and invasion of mainland Europe in order to force Axis troops back towards Germany. The children were given 10 questions about the operation and had to delve into a variety of historical sources in order to find and gather the relevant information for each question. The children’s responses were then presented in their books as they saw fit. They worked with enthusiasm and diligence dissecting the available sources including the safe use of internet search engines for specific questions. Below is a small snapshot of some of the work produced.
Remembrance Assembly 11.11.16
This week we have been working hard to make sure we gave a fitting tribute to remember all who lost their lives during all World Wars. The children were fantastic. They made poppies for the wall out of several sources of media and they took pride in all their work this week. Here are a few pictures from the assembly
NEW TOPIC ALERT!!! A Child’s War
Our next topic is based around the World Wars.
Important date for your diary: Friday 11th November – 9:30 – Year 6 Remembrance Assembly. Please come along and watch
Blood Heart Round up – not for the faint hearted!
We have been extremely busy with the first topic of the year. We have learnt about: the circulatory system; how it feels to be a blood cell; making our own blood; and dissecting a pig heart to identify the main parts of a heart. Below, we have selected a small number of pictures to showcase the half-term.
As you can see, rather stomach-churning, but we all had a great time. Special thank you to Lord Derby Academy for helping us plan the lesson.
Along with this, we have produced some great homework to go with the topic of Blood Heart:
Some extra photographs of experiments and diaries that we have based around the topic
Our Amazing Cakes
Above, we have some examples of the amazing cakes the Y6 children made and brought in to school to sell for the charity event. The children produced some outstanding cakes and recipes. A fantastic event and work!
2016 / 2017 -Welcome to a new academic year!
The summer has been and gone and we wish Malvern’s old Year Six the best of luck as they begin their new adventures in secondary school. As with any new academic year, we welcome our new classes to Year Six and look forward to an exciting year with six, new fantastic topics. We welcome Mr Gardiner to our team this year and are excited to have him with us.
Our first topic is Blood Heart which is based on the human body and the circulatory system. There is a gruesome activity just around the corner, but we will keep that a secret for now. Here is a video of how a heart works to wet your appetite.
Here are a few mind-boggling facts and stats about the human body. Look at the size of some of these numbers.
A few important pieces of information for the start of the new year:
Monday 12th September – Y6 Meet the Teacher Meeting 3:30pm in Mr. Morland’s room.
Monday 19th September – Mrs. Davies’s class swimming sessions – Monday to Thursday morning.
Monday 26th September – Mr. Morland’s class swimming sessions – Monday to Thursday morning.
Friday 7th October – Charity Day and Cake Sale
More dates to follow in due course.
Memories from last year
We have been reading our topic book for this half-term, Holes by Louis Sachar, and have been planning work based around the book. We have written some setting descriptions for the holes the young offenders dig as a punishment. We have also started to write dialogue and narrative based around the book and plotting an escape from Camp Green Lake. Stay tuned for pictures.
In Maths, we have looked at the geometry aspect of the curriculum, including using co-ordinates, translating shapes and rotating 2D shapes around a point – clockwise and anti-clockwise. Pictures to be added once the topic is complete.
Our Science topic this half-term has been light. we have looked at reflection, refraction and dispersion of light and linked some of the work to Maths and angles. We have also conducted experiments to show how we can separate white light into the 7 colours of the spectrum as well as using water to bend (refract) light.
In our Computing curriculum, we have been using book creator to produce booklets on light as well as design internet safety posters in line with E-Safety day (9th February).
As part of our Religious Education studies, we have been studying the religion of Judaism and looked at the clothing and the key elements of the faith. The children have produced some fantastic work based around this.
In line with ‘Our Place in the World’, the children have been looking at the history of Liverpool, going right back to the Celts. Again, the children produced some fantastic time line work and have really worked hard on the present of their work. This work has also tied into our place in the UK, and the children had to produce maps and keys of major cities in the UK as well as talk about the key facts of the country. Below is an assortment of pictures from this half-term and as you tell, we’ve been very busy!
Our new topic is ‘Our Place in the World’ and we have started the topic by studying our local area using Ordinate Survey maps. The children learnt how to use grid references in order to find places and landmarks as well as write 4 and 6 figure grid references once they had found the place.
We also discussed urbanisation, growth and development and why Liverpool is such a prosperous city. Answers included great transport links (including the ports, airport, and train lines heading north, east and south); being the closest port to the Americas where a lot of trade is brought in to the country and then passed on to other parts of the country and even landlocked parts of Europe.
Along with our work on Liverpool, we have also been studying other parts of the world and finding information for our dream holiday. Here are some of the examples that the children did and as you can see, they took a lot of time and presented the work beautifully.
We have hit the ground running and delved straight into writing autobiographies and biographies. We have studied Evelyn Glennie and read her autobiography. If you don’t know who she is, she is a world famous percussionist who turned deaf at a young age. She is able to play her instruments by wearing no shoes and feeling the vibrations through her feet.
Because of this, Year Six are studying drumming and are playing different types of African drums on a Wednesday morning including dums dums. Alongside this, we are composing a short body percussion beat using everyday objects in class and parts of the body. We took our inspiration from watching Stomp, in particular ‘Hands (part 3)’. We have attached the video below to show you what we used.
We have based a lot of our writing this half-term on autobiographies and biographies. We have looked at George Melies (one of the main entrepreneurs of cinema in the late 1800’s, early 1900’s) His most famous short movie was ‘Voyage to the Moon’ which was one of the first movies to have special effects.
We have also looked at writing a biography about a short animation movie call the ‘Piano Man’ which is below:
Here are a few examples of the work completed. These are the 2nd draft copies…
To assist us with learning about the different concepts of fractions, including multiplying and dividing, and problems such as 3/5 ÷ 2/3, we have used a ‘rap’ video from Flocabulary to help. It is below:
Over the half-term, we have based our work around fairgrounds. We worked on writing setting descriptions, using adjectives, similes, metaphors, personification and adverbs. Here is the video we used as the stimulus for understanding the difference between similes and metaphors…
Below is a selection of work we produced around setting descriptions… We used different settings and it culminated into an independent piece of writing based on an abandoned theme park…
With this, we also studied the history of fairs, fairgrounds and theme parks and wrote a non-chronological based on the topic. The pupils had a research lesson to gather as much information as possible before writing their report the next day.
Alongside this work, we designed costed a full theme park with a budget of 2 million pounds. The children were given a set area for each type of ride and the cost each type of ride would cost, as well as other amenities found in a theme park. The children also had to work out a reasonable ticket price and calculate the profit their park would make once maintenance costs had been deducted. The mathematical project took 2 mornings to complete and incorporated and applying the four rules of mathematics, which we had been learning about in Maths lessons.
Once the Maths and English had been completed, the pupil started on the art work for fairgrounds, based on the horse carousel… We also studied the single-line artist – Pam Sable – who uses horses as one of her primary focuses.
All this work came together to produce a fantastic display in the Year 6 corridor… Some children created and painted the art work that can be found on the display.
Have a look… what do you think?
To finish the half-term, we looked at the festive, short-film The Snowman and learnt how to use inverted commas correctly in order to create dialogue between the characters from the film. Here a few examples from class.
Science topic – Animals Take Over!!
From the Blue Whale to Hog-nosed (bumblebee) bat to the annelids and arachnids – animals took over Year 6! We had creepy crawly visitors in class:
We produced fantastic work on animal classification including: designing fact file pages using BBC Nature and National Geo Wild; constructing branching and sorting keys and producing fact boxes. The children also produced fantastic work based on an amphibian and reptile of their choice.
We also linked mammals to the folk tale of Baleen, and the poems: ‘Spinner’ and ‘The Spider and the Fly’ to invertebrates. Here are our Spinner poems presented in the books.
Here are some other snap shots of the work produced during Science Week…
During our Science work, we watched short clips on numerous weird and wonderful creatures and plants including the Bird of Paradise in Guinea. Have a look and try not to be amazed…
We also watched clips on two unusual spiders: the venomous Red Back and the Bolas spider who have adapted their webbing technique to catch their prey with better efficiency…
Finally, we looked at a rather unusual, carnivorous plant – The Venus Flytrap…
Remembrance Assembly 11.11.15
The Year 6 children held the Family Service based on Remembrance on Wednesday 11th November. Parents were invited along and all the children from Key Stage Two came to watch as well. Year Six gave a brief introduction to both World Wars and the reasons why the poppy is so symbolic in remembering the men and women who sacrificed their lives during both conflicts. There was a short scene based on evacuation and all the children in Year Six spoke clearly and were a complete credit to the school.
The children of Year 6 also did some work based on the propaganda posters of WW2; studied Goodnight Mr. Tom; used chalks and pastels to create art work based on the Blitz of 1940; cracked codes using a Pigpen Cipher and created the poppies for the backdrop of the assembly. Below is a collection of pictures taken from the work we completed during our mini-project.
What a busy first half-term – Natural Disasters
We started the term with our work on Natural Disasters and almost straight away, a huge 8.3 earthquake hit off the coast of Chile effecting the town of Coquimvo. We immediately linked the disaster to our work around the curriculum.
We studied the different types of tectonic plates and how they move and what is created by their movement.
- Convergent – plates smash into each other creating new mountain ranges, or… making current mountain ranges higher.
- Divergent – plates move away from each other and lava spews out from between the crack creating new land formations.
- Transform plates – plates slide by each other. Like the San Andreas Fault line on the west coast of America.
We used an ancient Chinese Maths puzzle (a tangram) to show how the plates fit together as the Earth’s lithosphere (crust). A tangram has 7 set pieces that need to be put together correctly, in order to make a complete square. From this, we then made different shapes. Have a look at the pictures below:
As you can see, it was quite tricky!
We then started diary work using the stimulus of ‘Tomorrow is a Great Word.’ This book tell the story of a girl who is trapped in her house during an earthquake. We looked at the features of a diary and then had a go at writing our own…
After the diary work, we moved on to calculating the cost of rebuilding a small town which linked our work with rounding and estimating. We drew up a list of simple materials and researched the cheapest price for each. We then estimated an approximate cost for a single house then calculated the cost of 10 and 100 houses… We continued to link Maths to the disaster in Coquimvo and used our place value and ordering work to order Richter scale measurements for the aftershocks of the 8.3 earthquake.
After delving into earthquakes, we moved on to volcanoes and used the eruption of Pompeii in 79AD to act as our focal point. We moved on from diaries and on to newspaper reports – we did study the diary of Pliny the Younger to give us a first-hand insight in to the disaster. We also watched clips from a BBC documentary about Pompeii to improve our understanding of what weapons a volcano has…
Moving away from our Natural Disasters work, we started the year with Mathematical drawings – looking at symmetry and rotational symmetry. Here our a few of the children’s examples and as you can see, they are outstanding. Brilliant creativity and visualisation of the final piece.
Sticking with the accuracy of attention to detail, the children of Year Six where asked by an Architectural company to design panels for the new sausage bridge that goes over the M62, that was built in October. Again, we have some great examples below. We also plotted the cost of the new bridge, linking the activity to our long multiplication work in Mathematics. Have a look at all pictures below:
This is just a selection of work from Year Six this half-term. We have worked hard on word classes and punctuation in English and a whole host of concepts in Mathematics – including negative numbers. The children have worked so well and settled into the new demands that Year Six brings. Look out for more updates in the new half-term. As well as the Year Six Remembrance Assembly on Wednesday 11th November.
Mr. Morland and Mrs. Davies
What will we be learning?
ENGLISH – Throughout the year you will be working towards all the targets that are identified in the front of your English Book. You will have the opportunity to show off what you can do in your extended pieces of writing during your English Lessons and your Topic Lessons. In your topic writing, you will have the opportunity to write in a range of different styles including: a diary entry, character descriptions, mystery writing, newspaper reports and many more.
MATHEMATICS – Again, you will be working on all the targets that are identified in the front of your Maths Book. You will be given time to work on your targets in class during Maths Lessons as well as having homework set – completing your homework gives you more time to practice your targets so that you find them easy to do! We promise!! This year a key focus of ours will on using all your Maths knowledge to help solve real life problems…some of these problems will link to your work on our ‘Our Place in the World’ and ‘A Mayan Encounter’ topics etc…
SCIENCE – This year, science will be taught in weekly blocks. Topics this year include:
- Evolution and inheritance
- Light and shadow
- Animals (including humans)
- Living things and their habitats
Research Projects –For all other subjects you will be learning through your research project work linked to the themes we cover this year.
Physical Education – This year in P.E you will be taking part in a range of activities, including dodgeball, goalball and kickball. You will be able to play and make up small-sided and modified net, striking/fielding and invasion games. You will use the skills and tactics you learn in all the games. A physical assessment will be completed prior to the first term’s P.E sessions. Results of these will be sent home, we encourage you to help your child improve on any areas of weakness.
Year 6 – General Information
All children in Year 6 will have P.E on a Monday afternoon. Children must wear a full Malvern Primary School P.E uniform. This includes:
White T-shirt (plain white or white with Malvern badge)
- Green shorts
- Black / grey pumps (indoors)
- Trainers (outdoors)
From October to April, children may bring an outdoor P.E kit into school along with their normal P.E kit. This includes:
- White T-shirt (plain white or white with Malvern badge)
- Tracksuit bottoms
- Jumper or jacket
Children should have their P.E kit in school everyday.
Reading and Homework
Children are expected to read at least 4 times per week at home, for a minimum of 15 minutes each time. Children should write a comment in their reading record book explaining what they read. Reading record books should be handed in on a Monday.
Spellings will be handed out weekly. They will be given out on a Monday and tested the following Monday. Other homework will be given out at regular intervals throughout the year.
Children are encouraged to use Mathletics at home on a regular basis. Mathletics can be accessed by clicking here.