Term 3 & 4 - Frozen Kingdoms
This project teaches children about the characteristics and features of polar regions, including the North and South Poles, and includes a detailed exploration of the environmental factors that shape and influence them.
In our English lessons this week, we have been further developing our discussion writing skills. This has included using adverbials to introduce contrasting arguments and dashes to separate clauses to help us plan and draft a balance discussion. Our discussion will weigh the benefits and disadvantages of tourism in Antarctica.
At the beginning of the week, we looked at how to apply our understanding of multiplication and division using decimals in context. We worked through a range of scenarios, highlighting the important information we would need. After finishing the decimal unit, we have now moved onto fractions, decimals and percentages. We looked at equivalence between fractions and decimals, noting that to convert the fraction you first need a denominator of 10, 100 or 1000. By then dividing the numerator by the denominator, it gives an equivalent decimal. (2/10 = 0.2 or 17/100 = 0.17)
In our wider curriculum lessons this week we have spent art lessons researching Inuit Art in-particular the Inuit artist ‘Kenojuak Ashevak’. We have been researching examples of her work to inspire our own printing project. We have also been completing some work around the Titanic, looking at why it is such a well-known disaster and the impact it had on Transatlantic travel.
In our topic lessons this week we have been exploring another historical individual ‘Robert Falcon Scott’. We have been identifying some of the factors that affected Scott’s ill-fated Terra Nova expedition and considered how his decisions affected the fate of the expedition, his life and the lives of others. We have also continued to explore ‘Inuit Art’ with the children having a go at being creative this week, experimenting with lines and colours, blending them into one another in preparation for their big piece.
We continued looking at algebra, investigating how to solve equations with missing numbers. We started at the beginning of the week with one and two step equations, using the inverse to help solve the calculations. We then looked at possible answers when we couldn't identify a specific value for the letter, building that up to working with two possible unknowns.
This week, Year 6 have been working hard practising SAT papers on reading comprehension, and spelling, grammar and punctuation. In addition to this, we have had fun creating Blackout poetry - we have using pages from our class novel Northern Lights by Philip Pullman to select powerful vocabulary to create poetic verse whilst ‘blacking out’ the rest.
In our art lessons this week we have been looking at using stencils to create some polar artwork. We have been using cartridge paper to transfer our previously drawn designs onto card before cutting them out carefully using knifes to make sure we get every bit of detail on our stencil. We have also been exploring some of the major polar discoveries, using a timeline to plot these in chronological order.
This week in English lessons, Year 6 have been busy furthering our development of key skills such as colons and using adverbials to link clauses. This has helped us to write cohesive paragraphs that engage our audience. We have pulled this learning together to write non-chronological reports on polar animals. Some of us have chosen to write about existing animals such as Polar bears and Emperor penguins; however, some of us have invented our own. Have you heard of an Arctic Nox, Polar Benguin or a Skelp?
In maths this week, Year 6 have been learning about algebra. Using shapes, symbols and letters instead of numbers to understand and create formulae and equations has been challenging and fun! Have a look at some of the problems we have been tackling:
This week in Art, we have started looking at Inuit art and the techniques used to create them. We learned of famous Inuit artists such as Kenojuak Ashevak and gained an insight into the printing techniques used.
This week in English, Year 6 have been busy learning the skills needed to write non-chronological reports. We have been adding to our punctuation and grammar knowledge by developing our use of colons, adverbials, and the passive voice. All these skills will help us to write cohesive paragraphs and make our reports about polar animals engaging and exciting for the reader when we write them next week.
This week, we have been consolidating our knowledge on ratios and proportion. We have applied these skills to geometry, recipes, sequences, and patterns. This will put us in great stead for next week's sequences on Algebra.
W/C - 15/01/24 - Week 2
In topic lessons this week, we have continued with our topic of Frozen Kingdoms. We have been learning about polar climates and have been comparing the Arctic and Antarctic regions. We have also been comparing the polar oceans to the oceans around the rest of the world.
Here are some of the brilliant Art pieces that we created at the end of last term
W/C - 08/01/24 - Week 1
This week in English year 6 have built on our dialogue and description writing skills, by using newly taught punctuation such as dashes and techniques to show what characters are feeling rather than telling. We have been using Shackletons journey as inspiration for our writing which ties in with our topic of Frozen Kingdoms.
We have also started our new book - 'Northern Lights' by Philip Pullman in Guided Reading.
This week we have started looking at ratio. We initially described relationships between numbers as additive or multiplicative (2-8 is either plus 6 or 2x4). Taking this knowledge allowed us to scale up or down a relationship whilst keeping the ratio the same (2:1 - 4:2 - 6:3 - 8:4). Finally we learnt how to show this relationship in written form (there are 2 bananas to every three apples) and numerical (2:3).
This week we have started our new topic of Frozen Kingdoms. We have been exploring the Arctic and Antarctic, comparing the two and seeing what similarities and differences that we can find. This has given us a great introduction to our topic. In Computing, we started learning about variables, noting that these can change depending on input. In Science, we started investigating components of circuits, noting how the symbols can be used to create diagrams to work from.