Jaguars & Pumas (Year 6)
Teachers: Mrs Bone, Mrs Richardson, Miss Lee & Mrs Durkin
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Bryant, Mrs Fox, Mrs Slack
As well as preparing for our SATs, poetry has been the stimulus for our learning at the start of this term, specifically ‘The Highwayman’ by Alfred Noyes. The children have created their own artwork based on the atmosphere created in the first lines of the poem and have also created computer animations using Stopmotion. In our independent learning, we researched why highwaymen were able to flourish by looking at road structures and methods of transport during the Georgian period. In English, we wrote diary entries from different characters’ points of view and revised writing newspaper reports.
We’ve begun the second half of this term with a geographical focus on rivers, using a variety of maps, including ordinance survey maps to trace the journey of a river from its source to the sea. We have also explored the effects of erosion and deposition in rivers and how river flooding has affected certain locations in Devon.
Year 6 Production
This is top secret! You’ll have to wait until 16th July to find out exactly what we’re up to.
The children have been learning all about the ancient Greeks and their influence today. To launch the topic, we have had a Greek day, where the children had the opportunities to sample the flavours of Greece (which they helped to make) and all took part in producing and performing a Greek play based on one of these legends:
- Theseus and the Minotaur
- The siege of Troy
- Perseus and the Gorgon, Medusa.
We continued this theme into our creative writing, inspired by the tales of Odysseus. Our music topic has also been linked to the siege of Troy and some of the children asked to put on the accompanying play, which was subsequently performed to the school and the children’s parents. Our historical focus has been on the Olympic Games- then and now, and the differing roles of women in specific city states.
Our PSHE ( Jigsaw) has formed the basis for our second topic: Healthy Me! The children have investigated the effects of exercise, drugs and alcohol on the body, and we’ve been investigating possible reasons why obesity has been rising throughout the world. We’ve developed our geographical skills by locating the latitude and longitude of the world’s top ten obese countries. Writing opportunities within this topic have included explanations of the circulatory system and persuasive writing, convincing someone to lead a healthier lifestyle.
Welcome to an exciting year of learning in Year Six. We are all looking forward to a fantastic year.
This half term, we will be focusing on a Science based enquiry question: Why do some animals no longer exist? We'll be looking at how animals may have evolved over time and how species might vary. We'll find out about 'survival of the fittest' and look at animals from the past, which have become extinct, and creatures which have only recently become extinct. We'll also be using the green screen to make a presentation about an extinct creature. There's more curriculum information on our curriculum overview.
In October, we will finish the topic by visiting Lyme Bay to hunt for fossils and learn more about our beautiful Jurassic Coast. Dates and cost to follow.
We'd like to invite any parents, who would like more information about the SATs in May, to join us for a chat. We can offer two dates: 25th September at 5.00pm ( in Jaguars' classroom) and 27th September 2.45pm, during Praise Assembly ( in Pumas' classroom).
On Thursday 29th November, we took part in the Sustrans Street Design project on South Lawn Terrace creating a dragon design. Sustrans have said that the children were a real credit to the school. The link below will take you to the BBC news coverage of the event - you will need to skip to 18.45 on the Spotlight Evening News on 29/11/18 to see our bit!