December: Elf Day!
We dressed up as elves and wore elf accessories to raise money for our chosen charity, The Alzheimers Society. We also made elf tree decorations which will take pride of place on our class Christmas tree - and then on our own trees at home!
November: Mouldy bread experiment results
After a few days, our bread began to bloom! We noticed lots of differences between the types of moulds developing depending on the conditions the bread was kept in. Some moulds were orange and gooey (where the bread was kept warm or very damp), some were bluey-green and furry (where the bread was in the light and drier) and some was even black (where the bread was kept in a darkened drawer. The toasted bread and the bread in the freezer didn't develop any mould at all, while the bread in the drawer developed a small amount of mould much later than the bread in the light; this confirmed our predictions that mould does not like cool / dry / dark environments. Therefore, we now know that the fridge is the best place for sandwiches!
We carried out an extra experiment where we put two slices of bread into bags: one slice was touched just by one person, while the other slice was handled by all members of the class. Just look at the results! This is good evidence that we should always wash our hands before handling food and that food should be handled as little as possible before serving.
November: Circulatory System Drama
We acted as different parts of the human body to find out how the heart and lungs work together to pump blood aound the body. Did you know that your heart beats more than 100,000 times every day?
November: Mouldy bread experiment
India Class have been studying microrganisms and testing which conditions are best for growing mould. We worked in pairs with 2 slices of bread each and chose which variables to alter; some of us are testing damp v dry, some light v dark, some cool v warm, some air-tight v open to the air. We have even toasted some bread to see if this has an effect. Which bread do you think will go mouldy first? Stay posted to find out the rancid results...
School Beat visit : Internet safety
Our local School Beat Officer visited Year 6 to remind us about keeping ourselves safe and protected when using technology both at home and at school. We listened to a presentation and were given some scenarios to discuss. It is hugely important that our generation is equipped with the tools, knowledge and confidence we need to deal with this constantly growing issue so please ask us about what we learnt!
The Theory of Evolution
We are learning about the theories of scientists and philosophers from ancient times to the present day. We investigated their ideas and compared them to see how they differ and how they fit with our understanding and knowledge of evolution today. We took on roles as the different scientists to present their ideas - see if you can spot the person behind the mask!
We are now writing a biography of the great naturalist, Charles Darwin.
Autumn Term: Alive! What makes living things unique?
This term, Y6 will be immersing ourselves in science; we will be learning about evolution and inheritance, debating whether the creation theory and evolution theory are conflicting or complementary and examining animal adaptation and the formation of fossils. We will be exploring living things and their habitats and designing and building our own woodlouse 'choice-chambers'! We will describe how living things are classified and exploring the human body in more detail. We will learn how to maintain healthy and safe lifestyles. Our writing will encompass biographies on Charles Darwin, science reports, explanations of the circulatory system and healthy living leaflets. Please ask us about what we have learnt...
September - Countries week
India class spent the first week and a half of term this year studying the country after which we are named. We learnt about the geography of India by studying maps, considering land-use, placing and naming major cities and rivers, applying symbols and keys and using 6-figure grid references to improve the accuracy of our map-work. Through maths, we studied line graphs and bar charts to investigate the climate in India and identify links between temperature and rainfall. We explored ‘a day in the life’ of an Indian schoolchild – this lead to lots of group discussion considering the similarities and differences between life for children in India and children in the UK. We also examined the symbolic importance of elephants and designed and created our own decorated elephants for a class mobille - the vibrant colours and intricate patterns look fantastic and brighten up our classroom!
We extended our learning through homework tasks and sharing items from India brought in from home. Pupils presented their work through PowerPoint presentations, posters, leaflets and even cakes decorated with the Indian flag!
We completed our learning by sharing what we had found out with our partner class, Ghana; we were able to tell them everything we know about India and, in turn, they shared their learning about Ghana. What a lot there is to know about these two fascinating countries!