Mrs Roberts' Class 2017-18
Spring Term 1
This half-term we are having a Geography focus. We are finding out all about the Earth's extremes, from raging tropical storms to violent erupting volcanoes to terrifying towering tsunamis. We will consider how these extremes affect people, communities and landscapes. We will also explore how the water cycle works, thinking about why some areas of the world get more rainfall than others.
In Science, we are learning about the adaptations of animals and plants that live in extreme environments, such as deserts or Polar Regions. We are going to explore condensation and evaporation to link to what we are learning about the water cycle.
In SMSC we will look at global response to natural disasters, exploring the aftermath of natural disasters and what needs to be done to rebuild communities. We will investigate the work of aid agencies, considering whether or not we should help and how we could do this.
We will have lots of fun in art. We have already created 'Twister Pictures', exploring tornadoes and their effects and learning how to use line, shape and shading to create colourful tornado pictures. We will also cut out our own discs of coloured paper to create a 3D tornado mobile.
We will be making clay sculptures of animals that live in extreme conditions on earth, e.g. polar bears, penguins and camels.
Also, we will be studying Hokusai’s ‘Great Wave’ - Exploring ‘The Great Wave’ and how it was created using block prints. We will be exploring how woodblock prints are created today, recreating ‘The Great Wave’ in a variety of ways and using a variety of media.
Autumn Term 2 - I believe I can fly.
Year 6 loved taking part in the Roald Dahl exhibition. It provided us with many writing opportunities and we even worked out the profit Mr Wormwood made in our maths lessons. We has an amazing time carrying out magical science experiments. We had lots of fun learning this half-term.
We enjoyed magical science experiments!
We loved doing big scale art.
Whole class text – Wonder by R.J.Palacio
I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse. This half-term, year 6 are reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio. This is a story about August (Auggie) Pullman who was born with a facial deformity. This deformity has prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He starts school at Beecher Prep, and finds settling in quite difficult. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances? We will be researching Treacher-Collins syndrome, which is the condition suffered by the main narrator of Wonder. We will explore the main characters and begin to understand August's point of view. There will be many writing opportunities linked to the book throughout the term.
Science – Animals including Humans
By the end of the unit pupils should be able to:
Identify the main parts of the circulatory system.
D.T – Designing and making a Christmas decoration.
We will be practising our sewing skills this half-term. We will design a decoration and add decoration.
Autumn Term 1
As part of our whole school half-term focus on Roald Dahl, year 6 will be studying ‘Matilda.’
At the beginning of the story there are school reports for a number of different children. We will write our own school reports for one of our friends or our favourite book characters. Matilda reads a lot in the story and has several favourite books. Year 6 will be discussing and recommending their favourite books to each other. In the book, Miss Honey visits the Wormwood’s house to discuss Matilda but they will not speak to her. The children will be writing letters to the Wormwoods from Miss Honey explaining what she wanted to discuss. There will be many opportunities to describe and compare characters as well as writing from a different point of view (e.g. the parrot). We will also be composing magical stories where characters have super powers and can perform tricks on others.
Drama will be a focus for the half-term where freeze frames will be encouraged to enable characters to reflect on their inner thoughts. Mr Wormwood will be put on trial and a court case will be held with a jury and witnesses. Other drama activities will include role-play between characters and holding a TV chat show.
Year 6 will calculate Mr Wormwood’s profit and create and answer a set of Wormwood style arithmetic questions. They will also develop their ability to work out fractions and percentages.
We will focus on Number and place value, Addition and subtraction, Multiplication and division this half-term leading onto fractions next half-term.
In Science we will also be studying animals and their habitats. We will look closely at how animals are grouped using a classification system.
We will be making references to ‘Matilda’ throughout other areas in the curriculum. Please come to our exhibition later in the half-term.