Yr 6 – The First Half-term
What a busy 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 – more will be added shortly – 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 and more will be added shortly. 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