Year Six Kingfisher
Next Week – W/C 19.11.18//php the_excerpt(); ?>
English – In our English lessons we will be rehearsing and performing our Victorian poems about the changes during industrialisation. Following on from this we will then be using iMovie to record and evaluate our performances.
Maths – During our maths lessons we will be revising subtracting fractions and mixed numbers.
Art/Topic – We will be looking at the interiors of upper-class Victorian houses. Our lesson will focus on learning about William Morris and studying his work. As well as this, we will have a go at trying to recreate some of his famous patterns.
Universal Children’s Day (20.11.18) – On Tuesday the children will be participating in various activities as part of Universal Children’s Day. They will discussing how to keep themselves, community and world safe.
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Today we were transported back to the Victorian Era. Our classroom was set out into rows and we followed Victorian rules, such as: standing up to answer a question, reciting poetry, handwriting and standing up when an adult entered the room. We also used our very own blackboards to complete our arithmetic and used chalk instead of pencil, which some of us found really tricky!
After this, we learnt about the life and reign of Queen Victoria and created a timeline of the main events in her life. We found this really interesting and couldn’t believe that she was Queen for 64 years!
Following on from our lesson about the great monarch, we looked at silhouette art and made a silhouette profile of Queen Victoria – which we think look really effective.
Then we spent the afternoon researching some of the inventions from the Victorian era. We researched who invented it, when it was invented and discussed how these inventions changed Victorian lives and even ours today. Some of the inventions we researched were the telephone, light bulb, sewing machine, photographic paper, typewriter and dynamite!
We had a great day and can’t wait to learn more about our topic this term 🙂
Next Week – W/C 12.11.18//php the_excerpt(); ?>
English – In English we will be completing the writing of our performance poems inspired by industrialisation.
Maths – We will be revising how to add, subtract and multiply fractions.
Science – Following on from our lesson on inheritance last week, we will be learning about how living things adapt in order to survive and develop.
Topic – On Tuesday we will be experiencing a Victorian School Day and participating in different Victorian activities. We will also be learning about Queen Victoria and comparing Victorian life to present day.
RE – We will discussing the different beliefs people have surrounding God. We will also be investigating what God means to different people and considering the reasons for this.
Magical Settings!//php the_excerpt(); ?>
In our English lessons this week, we have been creating and writing magical setting descriptions inspired by Harry Potter. We had to select either Diagon Alley or Hogwarts and the Great Hall. Miss Carter read us extracts from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and we also were able to watch clips from the film. We hope you enjoy reading them 🙂
“Nervously, I stepped off the small tawny-brown boats and saw an amazing colossal castle towering over me, Almost unbelievably, I had arrived at my destination. Hogwarts a school of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As I gazed above, I saw a pearl-white moon shining in the coal-black sky illuminating the turrets, tall like witches hats, were a magnificent sight. Below them, a welcoming glow seeped from the arched windows. As we made our way through the school, the smell of roast chicken danced through the gaps in the gigantic doors. All of a sudden, the enormous doors opened – in front of my eyes was the most scrumptious sight. At the mention of a few words, the four long tables were filled with a feast. Roasted chicken, colourful cakes and mugs of the most sticky, sweet butterbeer.” – Briee
“Pumped with adrenaline, I frantically jumped out of the steaming Hogwarts Express. Right before my eyes, I was amazed by a huge giant, his name was Hagrid. To my surprise, we had to bravely step in to miniature oak wood boats. A lemon-yellow light came from a lantern on the nose of each boat. I could hear the twinkling indigo-blue water gently tickling the boat. I could hear werewolves howl at the luminous coconut-white foggy full moon. The silhouette of the colossal coal coloured castle known as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Finally, we entered the Great Hall – in Hogwarts – it was like an ancient palace. I sat down on the perfectly polished wooden benches. At the front was a plump man with a long, silver beard. He told the feast to begin and in front of me appeared varieties of scrumptious foods. My nose was overwhelmed by the fumes of seducing food. Above my head flew graphite-grey gargoyles carrying pots filled with crimson fire. It was fabulous. Every time a plate of food finished, it would refill itself! All of a sudden, the Bloody Baron flew over my good. In the distance, I saw Nearly Headless Nick showing off his head hanging on ice thin hinges. I was certain that Hogwarts would be the place of my triumphs!” – Arif
“Excitedly, as the wall jumped back into place there was only colour. All that could be heard were witches and wizards talking about potions and creatures. My ears were about to explode. It was better than living with the dull, boring, cruel and colourless Dursleys. Lots of other children were staring at a broom called the Nimbus 2000. It was a love at first sight. Struggling to resist, I could smell some butterbeer ice cream from a shop called Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour. I was dribbling all over my clothes. I heard a screech and saw an owl behind me on a pumpkin. It flew over me and ate a falling mouse outside. Awkwardly, pointing hats poked the sky. Velvet cloaks were everywhere. I was truly at home.” – Dylan
“As quick as a flash, I leapt off of my caramel-brown broomstick and landed on the lump ash-grey path. I could see fragile fairies flying above the crocodile-green and amethyst-purple hats. Just then, I heard wizards and witches gossiping about the new Nimbus 2000, the fastest broomstick around! After that, the smell of Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour’s glitter unicorn ice-cream sundae made my mouth water. The pearl-white patterened pillars of Gringott’s Wizard Bank mesmerised me; it was stunning! I could taste the cinnamon potions bubbling from within The Apothecary. Out of curiosity, I looked in the shop and I noticed oil-black and amethyst potions bubbling behind the frozen glass window. I ventured inside to see an onyx-black cauldon filling the room with basil-green smoke. Just then I saw purple and black ooze pouring from potion bottles. I had never been so amazed! Velvet cloaks swayed behind the wizards and witches making what looked like a wave. Juniper-green apples and tiger-orange pumpkins floated in the air. Colourful buildings lent to one side as if they were going to fall. Diagon Alley was a sensational place to be.” – Ebony
Next Week – W/C 05.11.18//php the_excerpt(); ?>
English – As Harry Potter week will be over, we will be returning to our usual English lessons. Next week we will be looking at performance poetry and creating our own performance poems inspired by the Victorian Era.
Maths – Broomstick races and potions will be no more from next week! Instead we will be studying BODMAS and maybe even getting onto fractions by the end of the week.
Topic – Next week will be our first lesson on the Victorians and we will be learning about the Royal Family at the time and putting the era into context.
Science – Our Science lesson next week will focus on the theories of Charles Darwin and how fossils can tell us many things.
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As part of our Herbology lessons at Hogwarts this week, we learnt about magical mandrakes. We discovered that the mandrake’s cry is fatal to anybody that hears it although, the cry of a baby mandrake will only knock you unconscious. We used model clay and sculpting tools to create our mandrakes and twisted the call to create a root-like effect. After this, we added leaves to bring them to life and used brown tissue paper to be the soil in our pots!
Broomstick Races//php the_excerpt(); ?>
Today in Maths we got into our houses and had broomstick races as part of our very own flying lesson. We recorded each other’s times and then recorded our results in a table. After this, we then compared our results looking at who the slowest and the fastest. Our overall winner was… HUFFLEPUFF!
Hogwarts Week – Golden Snitches//php the_excerpt(); ?>
Today in Art we made enchanted golden snitches. Firstly, we made our wings by cutting out feather shapes from paper, gluing them together and snipping small cuts into the paper. Then we inserted two toothpicks, one for each feather, ready to position in our snitch. To make the ball part of the snitch we covered polystyrene balls in glue and then rolled them in gold glitter. Once these were dry we pierced through the polystyrene with the toothpicks to put the wings in place.
Hogwarts Week – Potions Class//php the_excerpt(); ?>
Today in Maths we were learning about capacity as part of Hogwarts Week. We were split into our house teams and given potion instructions. We had to then measure out the different ingredients correctly to make our potion. As well as this, Professor Dumbledore left us a riddle to solve to enable us to become potion masters! We had a great time and our potions tasted magical!
Homework Grid – Term 2//php the_excerpt(); ?>
Welcome Back – Term 2!//php the_excerpt(); ?>
Dear Mums, Dads and Carers,
Welcome back! I hope that you all had a lovely half term break 🙂
This term our topic is ‘We are Not Amused’ which will focus on the Victorian Era. We will be learning about the royal family, inventions, schools and what life was like back then.
In Science our unit of study is ‘’Evolution and Inheritance’. During the term we will be learning about fossils, the discoveries made by Charles Darwin and how we have evolved.
Our Maths lessons this term will focus on: BODMAS and fractions (adding, subtracting, dividing, multiplying and fractions of amounts). Alongside this we will also be continuing to regularly practice our times tables.
Our English lessons will be linked to our topic, and we will be reading extracts from ‘Oliver Twist’. This term the children’s purpose for writing will be to entertain. This means that they will be writing poetry, a short story and a play-script. Throughout Hogwarts Week they will also be writing magical setting descriptions and a spooky poem!
PE will be on Wednesday (PE team) and Thursday (myself) this term, please have full kit in school at all times and remove earrings on the day if children cannot do this themselves. The children have now finished their swimming lessons and therefore will not need their swimming kits on Thursdays.
If you have any questions or queries please see me after school, or make an appointment with the office.
Many thanks for your constant support,
Miss Carter 🙂
Next Week – W/C 15.10.18//php the_excerpt(); ?>
English – This week we will be completing our newspaper articles about Rosa Parks, which we will be self-assessing against our success criteria.
Maths – In Maths we will be learning about square and cube numbers, as well as looking at the order of operations (BODMAS).
Science – We will be putting together our WW2 scarecrow pitch reading for Dragon’s Den. We will need to create a circuit, explain the function of each component, draw a design of our proposed model and write an engaging speech to persuade the Dragon.
DT/Topic – In Topic/DT we will be finishing our Anderson shelters by painting them to bring them to life.
Computing/Topic – Using the iPads we will be completing our informative adverts on iMovie, inspired by WW2 propaganda.
Next Week – W/C 08.10.18//php the_excerpt(); ?>
English – As it is Black History Month, in English we will be researching and then writing a newspaper report about Rosa Parks and how she refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger.
Maths – In Maths we will be finishing long division and moving onto factors, multiples and prime numbers.
Science – We will be beginning to make our scarecrows in Science using our circuits to protect our WW2 crops. As well as this, we will be starting to think about our Dragon’s Den pitch!
DT/Topic – In Topic/DT we will be starting to make our Anderson Shelters out of recycled materials.
iMovie!//php the_excerpt(); ?>
In English we have been writing instructions informing the reader how to survive the Blitz. From this we have then begun to create an instructional advert using iMovie. This also helped us to see if our instructions were clear enough and how to improve our writing. We’ve only just started making our movies but we are having so much fun and can’t wait to see how they turn out! 🙂
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Some of Kingfisher class won the opportunity to attend an Art Workshop by local artist Richard. The students were selected as their “bubble” designs were chosen to be part of Rose Street’s mural. Richard is the artist that will be painting the mural at Rose Street and taught the children how to use watercolours 🙂 They had a fantastic time and produced some brilliant pieces of art!
Next Week – W/C 01.10.18//php the_excerpt(); ?>
English – In English we will be writing instructions, informing our reader how to blackout their home successfully in WW2.
Maths – In Maths will be continuing to revise the four operations and the appropriate methods to answer the calculations.
Science – We will be beginning to create our scarecrows and thinking about our Dragon’s Den pitch.
DT/Topic – In Design & Technology we will be making do and mending clothes, and learning about why they did this during WW2.
Blitz Art//php the_excerpt(); ?>
In topic we have been learning about the Blitz and have created Blitz silhouette landscapes. We think they look amazing and really capture what it would have been like to witness the bombs exploding across London.
Next Week – W/C 24.09.18//php the_excerpt(); ?>
English – In English we will be continuing with our diary entries as either an evacuee or a parent having to evacuate their child/children.
Maths – In Maths will be revising the four operations and the appropriate methods to answer the calculations.
Science – Our Science lesson will be continuing to look at how the brightness of a bulb can be effected by different components within a circuit.
Art – We will be completing our Blitz art pictures by adding the silhouettes of London.
SPaG Focus: Continue revising brackets, dashes and commas for parenthesis.
Important events: Class school council election will also be taking place on Monday afternoon 🙂
Perspectives//php the_excerpt(); ?>
Today in English we created freeze frames to represent different character’s perspectives towards evacuation. We then had to guess the character of each person in the freeze frame, and explain why we had made that assumption. After this, we organised some great vocabulary for each character that we could then use in our writing.
Science Museum//php the_excerpt(); ?>
Today Year 6 were lucky enough to go to the Science Museum in London. We had a brilliant day exploring and learning about lots of amazing discoveries and facts 🙂