WELCOME TO HAWK CLASS
The Teacher in this class is Miss Wall supported by Mrs Wilmot.
Please keep an eye on our class page to see all the exciting work that is going on in year six this year.
Autumn Term 1
Our English Text is currently The Adventures of Odysseus
Our Science topic is Light
Our Topic is Ancient Greece
Our RE is Christianity
In Miss Wall's maths class, we were set a problem solving activity involving adding, simplifying and finding equivalent fractions. We had lots of clue cards filled with lots of helpful information to solve different tasks set on the sheet.
We were asked to find the common denominators of fractions, we also needed to add and subtract them to make the shape of a diamond. Everyone had to work in pairs and use their teamwork skills to create the fraction diamond.
In our English lesson, with Mrs Douglas, we had read the chapter 'Torment and Trial', this is about the whirlpool (Charybdis) and the fierce dragon (Scylla). We had lined up in a conscience corridor and discussed the dilemma Odysseus had.
The majority of students in years 6 travelled to Windmill Hill for a week of adventurous activities. 26 children enjoyed their non-class based lessons, conquering many fears and reaching personal achievements!
The 27 children that stayed behind with Mrs Barnes and Fungus the Bogeyman had a fun and wonderful time too. Mrs Barnes read about Bogeymen in Bogeydom, we had also watched a DVD which is full of many disgusting features, this includes the green shrek-like creatures.
All pupils in these lessons enjoyed their work as we had made sloppy slime, our very own comic strips, animation and trailers!
Our book in English this term is The Princess' Blankets. We have only read part of it so far, but have already learnt a lot about the characters and the plot of the story. We have written letters, drawn blanket designs, compared the artist Gustav Klimt's 'The Kiss' painting to part of the story. We have written newspaper reports about the Princess' Dilemma.
The story so far (in a summary) a Princess in a kingdom somewhere, is always cold. The King and Queen have tried everything to warm her, the King even promising half of his Kingdom to anyone who can warm her. A Stranger arrived claiming magical powers and made the Princess a blanket from the Ocean, Forest, Earth and Mountain. However, the Princess does not like the Stranger and claims to still be cold...
We are excited to find out what happens next!
We completed the rest of the story. The Princess was finally warmed through true love. We really enjoyed this story, although writing love letters was a little embarrassing!!
All last week we took part in a week of DT and a week of Science. In science we were learning about electricity. We learnt how to create circuit diagrams using electrical symbols. The difference between a series and a parallel circuit. What materials are conductors and insulators. We had to use lots of scientific enquiry, as well as vocabulary to create our investigations and conclude out findings.
Miss Wall also showed us video clips of how electricity is made in a Power Station and also how Tesla Coils can be used to recreate high voltages of electricity and how that can be used also as sound waves to create music. Fascinating.
We have started our new class book called Goodnight Mister Tom written by Michelle Magorian, this is a war based story about an evacuated boy living in host house and having new experiences.
These are some of the lessons we have had to do: write in role as an evacuee and described our emotions, a group poem a freeze frame of evacuees and write chapter 5.
Our topic for this term is the period of time during WWI and WWII. Our main focus is on WWII but we have also been looking at WWI.
23.1.17 and 24.1.17
WWI and WWII days
On Monday and Tuesday, the whole of Year Six participated in WWI and WWII days. We all came in costumes from 1939 to 1945.
Ms Barnes and Miss Wall explained that we were going to be rotating around to different activities that were all war based. We did fillers when we were not allocated to another task. We had many activities, such as: cooking with Mrs Armstong (Ms Barnes' Mother), silhouettes, artefacts with Miss Wall, suitcase tasks, newspaper writing, postcard home, recipe instructions, ICT ( Ipad work), gas mask boxes, Anderson shelters and evacuee name tags.
The purpose of this all was to experience the wartime lifestyle and to know more historical facts about the wars as it was not a long time ago (around 70 years). The government introduced wartime rationing during WWII, every child was recommended to have full time ration. We needed to know about rationing and what people ate, like carrot cookies, they also had a sufficient supply of sugar.
The teachers enjoyed the action as much as we did!
On day 2, Ms Barnes had a pretend marriage with Captain America (who was not around in WWII). There was a method in her madness, she was wearing her Grandma's wedding dress which was made and worn in WWII, this was just one of many primary sources that we looked at during the days.
Goodnight Mister Tom
Today, we continued our book Goodnight Mister Tom, we read chapters 8 (School) and 9 (Birthday Boy). We had to be in role of William Beech who had just started learning to read and write, however we had to write in normal English. The informal letter had to explain to Mister Tom how Willie had had the BEST BIRTHDAY EVER! It had been 6 days that he has been in Little Weirwold, but it felt like he was there forever. Willie's 9th birthday was celebrated with the village community, he had felt awkward walking into a room full of people singing Happy Birthday to him. Some of his gifts were: a green balaclava, navy blue shorts, sketchpad with paints and paintbrushes, also, he had got a pencil with William Beech carved in it. etc.
On the 6th of February we had Science Day! Year 6 and Year 3 got together to complete many activities and tasks that were set for us. Mr Gillies had set a challenge, in teams, to try and make a rocket that used the most aerodynamic to travel the furthest. This activity had a theme...Star Wars! Ms Barnes also had a challenge set for us, it was about the heart rate and how it goes up when you do something athletic.
Today Miss Wall read chapter 15 of the text 'Goodnight Mister Tom', this is a very emotional chapter as William Beech left Mister Tom and returned to his mother. However, Willie thought his mother would change during his stay with Mister Tom (around 6 months) there was a surprise which awaited him, this gift was from Jesus!!!
The task was to create an emotive art piece showing our feelings throughout the chapter, this could be anything : faces shedding tears, storms with lightning bolts etc.
We have also been sketching eyes, scenery and characters inspired by the illustrator Charles Keeping.
English: Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick
Topic/Science: Human Body
Maths: SATS revision (oh joy!)
PE: Mindfulness and breathing control
Outside PE: Team Games
Music: Keyboard/ Notation
We have been learning about the human body and we tested our lung capacity to see how many litres of air they hold. During science, everybody learnt about the heart, the lungs and how they work, we also created our own life-size posters to show our understanding of the human body. Here are some of the main facts: de-oxygenated and oxygenated blood flows throughout our veins and arteries; we breathe in oxygen (o2) and carbon dioxide (co2); we breathe out carbon dioxide. The heart is an involuntary muscle which allows it to pump blood around the body without knowing. The lungs are also an involuntary muscle.
Monday: Reading test
Tuesday: Spelling and Grammar test
Wednesday: Arithmetic (paper 1) and Reasoning (paper 2)
Thursday: Reasoning (paper 3)
Sats are over, Hooray!!!
Year 5 were not prepared moving up to year 6, so our teacher, Miss Wall, helped by volunteering to teach them ( she left us)! The year 5 teacher, Mr Smith, is taking Miss Wall's role until the last week of school. He will be doing the lessons that Miss Wall would have done if she was staying in our class. We did a Maths Murder Mystery investigation where we had to find the person who committed the crime.
In science, we have been studying the circulatory system. As part of the topic, this term, we have been learning about the functions of the heart. To extend our learning, we have designed and made models of a cross-section of the human heart.
In Maths, we have started a new investigation called the Lunar Theme Park. We get to design our own park, where we can choose any theme we want. After we have designed our own individual park, we have to spend less than our budget, which was £500,000. We will see if we can make a successful theme park and make a profit.
Today is the last day of term. Hooray! However, it is the last day Mrs Wilmot will be our teacher assistant (if you do not include the last week of school). We will miss her lots for the next few of weeks.