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.
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.
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.