Welcome to Year 6
Hawk Class is taught by Miss Tingle and supported by Mrs Lovekin alongside Mr Grace and Miss Wood.
Eagle Class is taught by Miss Orchin and supported by Mrs Roberts alongside Mr Wan, Mrs Shin and Mrs Dorman.
Additional information for parents will be added to the bottom of this page.
Is Antarctica Worth Protecting?
The Principle of Interdependence
'Sustainability is about finding beautiful solutions to ugly problems.'
Is Antarctica worth protecting? It is a HUGE question, one which requires intensive discussion, research and a lot of hard-working Year 6s.
Year 6 have started to explore the beauty and wonder of Antarctica and have truly fallen in love with this magical world.
In our English learning, we have been producing narrations about the breeding cycle of the Emperor Penguin based on models from the infamous Sir David Attenborough. We got into groups to create our own documentaries on the Emperor Penguin using Adobe Spark and we will be presenting these during our Great Works on the final week of half term so... watch this space!
Science investigations... it all links!
In Science this half term, we are looking at the functions of the body and as a link with our Learning Enquiry, we wanted to know which material would keep us the warmest for longest if we were to ever go trekking through the treacherous conditions of the Antarctic continent. We have been exploring materials that make the best thermal insulators. What are thermal insulators I hear you ask? Thermal insulators are materials which prevent - or decrease - heat transfer and therefore, stop the temperature from increasing and decreasing. If we want to stay warm in Antarctica, we want to be covered in excellent thermal insulators in order to stop heat escaping from our bodies and keep us warm.
We conducted an investigation to discover which was the best thermal insulator out of foil, bubble wrap, polystyrene, newspaper and fabric.
There's a geometry in all we see...
This week, Year 6 have been looking at the geometry that can be seen within snowflakes. We noticed that the snowflake is a hexagon and there are many hexagonal patterns within snowflake design. We constructed our own hexagons by forming interlocking circles with a compass and within these hexagons, we designed our very own snowflake. No two snowflakes are the same, after all!
Autumn Term 2:
How can we learn to live in peace?
The Principle of Oneness
"We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender." - Winston Churchill
World War II still rages on. As loved ones are left at home to mourn for those who have lost their lives, soldiers are still fighting across Europe.
This half term, Year 6 will be learning about the end of World War II and will ultimately be exploring whether the world has learned to live in global peace in its aftermath. We will be discussing how we can create a peaceful and harmonious world for our future and how we can learn from history, to ensure it does not repeat itself.
This week, we began with the 'beginning of the end' and created non-chronological reports on the infamous D-Day.
Our Great Works
This week, we saw the end to our learning on 'How can we learn to live in peace?' with a show-stopping Poetry Recital for our Great Works, attended by parents, Mr Dunne and Mrs Stevens. The children of Hawk and Eagle Class have worked tirelessly to produce truly astounding poems, which have been inspired by infamous WW1 poets such as Wilfred Owen and Laurence Binyon (to name a few). The children performed the poems beautifully to produce a very moving and professional recital.
This Great Works really showed how hard they have worked this term and we are immensely proud of them.
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Autumn Term 1
What can we learn from life on the Home Front?
The Principle of Diversity
The year was 1940. The British population had been warned that air attacks on cities were likely and defence preparations had been started. Those with gardens built simple corrugated steel Anderson shelters, covered over by earth. Larger civic shelters built of brick and concrete were erected in British towns and a blackout was rigorously enforced, by ARP Wardens after darkness. Around this time, the Home Guard (originally known as the Local Defence Volunteers) was also established. Their job was to defend the five thousand miles of Britain coastline in the event of an invasion by Germany. Who were these Home Front heroes who would protect the civilians from warfare? They were Eagle and Hawk class of course!
On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, Eagle and Hawk class travelled to Henley Fort and were immersed in Home Front life. They became the newest Air Raid Precaution and Home Guard recruits and underwent vigorous training. Have a look at what they got up to below:
This week, Year 6 have had the opportunity to channel their inner Jamie Oliver and get their hands dirty washing, peeling and chopping vegetables to be made into a delicious soup. This is our "practise go" for Harvest festival next week when we will prepare and serve soup to the grandparents of Ashley school. If the soup tastes as good next week as it did this week, our grandparents are in for a treat!
Black History Month October 2018
Our Harmony Principle this half term is Diversity and we are lucky enough to have had that coincide with Black History Month, which takes place in October every year!
Strictly speaking, we did not focus too heavily on its links to WW2 as there is SO much background information we needed to learn first. We spent an afternoon this week exploring and learning about the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s and the history of slavery in America. We focused particularly on Martin Luther King Jr. and his infamous 'I Have A Dream' speech, which he made during the 'March on Washington' in 1963. As 'attendees' of this protest, we then made posters to display around the school which promoted racial equality and discouraged segregation.
We learnt a lot! We especially learnt that it is up to US to ensure discrimination is eradicated in modern day society.
We have a dream!