Welcome to the Year 6 Willow webpage.
Class Teacher: Mrs. Whittingham and Mrs. Camps
Support Staff: Mrs. Mennell
Current Learning Journey: How and why has our appearance changed over time?
PE Days: Wednesday afternoon and daily Active Acres
English text: Fox (Margret Wild)
Reading text: Clockwork (Philip Pullman)
Current Learning Champion and Jigsaw Genius (30/1/2020)
Learning Champion: Alica for being so willing to work with others to extend her learning!
Jigsaw Genius: Devon for knowing how to take steps to success in order to achieve a goal. He is working hard to practise times tables that he is working on and is getting better every day!
Acres Attributes Champion: Milan for using his imagination to work creatively in art. His use of collage techniques will look striking in his final piece!
In Y6 this Friday we have been learning all about Sports Relief and why we raise money. The children have had an open discussion about the issues people face around the world and how the money raised can help improve their lives.
The children then watched a video about a young boy and discussed how the money raised by sports relief could help provide opportunities to help. This was followed by activities that were based around sports to help raise the profile of sports in and out of school.
This year on world book day parents and carers were welcomed into school to look at what the children had been doing in DT. Then the adults and children were then put to the test when asked to attempt to build a bridge out of some materials provided. It was so nice to see lots of grown ups come and join in with the fun and see what they managed to build.
Thank you to all parents that came and joined in on the day.
As part of science this half term we have been learning how animals are classified and what makes them different and what makes them similar.
We used sweets and blocks in our experiments to help us create flow charts to narrow down characteristics of the items so that we could put them into different categories. We then went onto to discuss how animals are categorised and what makes them different and the same.
As part of our learning this half term we have some Sheffield United coaches joining us on a Wednesday afternoon. They are teaching the children about healthy living, how to look after their bodies and the importance of exercise, diet and working together as a team.
As part of our learning in spring 1 we learnt about an artist called Annegret Soltau. She was a German visual artist, born in Lüneburg, Germany. Her work marks a fundamental reference point in the art world in the 1970s and 1980s. She created photomontages of her own body and face sewn over or collaged with black thread. These were her most well-known pieces of art so we let our Year 6 pupils have a go at making their own collages and I must say the outcomes were amazing!
Our learning journey in Spring 1: How and why has our appearance changed over time?
Our learning journey in Autumn 2: How has human activity impacted on the Amazon Rainforest?
Our Learning Journey in Autumn 1: How was World War II a significant turning point both in Sheffield and for the world?
How can we use ellipsis...?
We have been looking at techniques that authors use, including how to use ellipsis. We have tried to include this in our own writing to contribute to the suspense, show pauses in dialogue or to indicate where words have been omitted.
Should he cut down the tree?
To help us write our own stories from the different perspectives of characters in The Great Kapok Tree, we explored the viewpoints of all of the characters and came up with some compelling arguments! This has linked well with our geography learning about deforestation.
Year six trip to Crucial Crew
We had a brilliant day at Crucial Crew. Sessions were lead by professionals such as police officers and firefighters. We went to a range of sets which explored different scenarios, from road safety to a courtroom. Some of us took on roles within court and we even got to see what a prison cell would look like. Thanks to the fire service we now know the important steps we should take if there is a fire in our house and when the best time to charge electronic devices is. St John's Ambulance taught us how to put someone in the recovery position and we practised this on each other. During some of the sessions we became detectives, looking for clues of exploitation on one set and deciding whether a range of bladed artefacts should be carried in public. In preparation for going to high school we had sessions about bus and road safety which were really interesting. A particular highlight of the bus scenario was the gentleman who delivered it!
Revising expanded noun phrases
We have been building expanded noun phrases using precisely chosen word choices and additional phrases. I look forward to seeing some rich language used as we begin to write our own stories!
Performance reading and drama techniques!
We have started our new story writing unit and have begun reading 'The Great Kapok Tree' as a stimulus for our own stories. We have been using performance, prediction and drama techniques to think about the story from different perspectives and in different ways.
We have been learning how to use a colon to introduce a list following a complete clause. We built our own sentence and thought carefully about where the correct punctuation needed to go!
After making our Brazilian treats, we thought about how best to sequence each step. Here we are planning our instructions in chronological order to ensure that the reader will be able to easily follow them!
Cooking Brazilian Brigadeiro!
In geography, a lot of our learning is about what is happening in the Amazon Rainforest. We know that a vast area of the Amazon (about 60%) is in Brazil. Here we are cooking our very own traditional Brazilian treats - Brigadeiro! Completing this learning helped us to consider our use of language and will help us write a recipe for a parent or carer to follow!
Evaluating procedural writing
To get us started on our next piece of writing, instructions, we began with trying to order some instructions to see what language choices helped us. We then evaluated a good example and labelled up the different features that made the writing successful!
We enjoyed having our fire safety talk during our last week of half term and we can't wait to follow on from this at Crucial Crew next half term!
To help us use a range of verb forms in our newspaper reports about the Sheffield Blitz, we have been revising different verb forms in English. We are getting good at spotting the progressive and perfect forms of the verbs now!
To help us review our learning so far, we placed the events of the Sheffield Blitz in order, using key language as well as our knowledge of the disaster to help us.
Using sheet materials to build Anderson Shelters in DT
In DT we have been using sheet materials to create our own Anderson shelters. We are going to test these out to see what types of impact they can withstand!
Creating our own Henry Moore inspired drawings
During this half term, we have been developing our sketching skills; we have used the WWII work of Henry Moore as the context for our own drawings. Here we are using our skills! I can't wait to display the finished masterpieces around the classroom!
This morning we have been applying our place value knowledge to solve different addition and subtraction problems.
Here we are asking each other questions and responding in French! We are really enjoying developing our language skills!
Solving multi-step problems!
We have been looking carefully at multi-step problems, identifying the key vocabulary and then deciding which operations we need to use to help us solve the problems!
Greetings and instructions in French
We had lots of fun learning new greetings and giving out instructions to each other in French this week!
We have been learning about prime numbers and prime factors this week. We had lots of fun sorting the numbers and drawing factor trees.
We have been learning how to separate clauses using colons and semi-colons or how to use a colon after a main clause to introduce a list. We split cut the main clauses up to help us identify them before deciding if some statements about them were true or false!
Meandering around the river bend!
We had a special visitor this week who taught us all about how rivers are formed. We enjoyed using modelling clay to help build our own models to demonstrate our learning!
Is it a phrase, a clause or a dependent clause?
In order to help with out biography writing, we have been developing our understanding of phrases, dependent clauses and main clauses. We sorted out different examples before becoming teachers and spotting and solving some mistakes.
We have been revising punctuating dialogue in some of our grammar starters this week. This will help us when we include quotes in our biographies.
What would you find in a good biography?
To help us with our new unit on biographies, we have been exploring the features we would expect to find in one. I'm sure we will all now be including these features in our own writing when we wrote our own next week!
Please click the links above to find out more about what we will be learning during our first half term as well as the home learning menu of challenges you can try at home!
A copy of this half term's knowledge organiser has been sent home with your child. Spare copies are available outside each classroom.
Recreating Henry Moore's art work!
As part of our drawing work in art, we have been studying the work created by Henry Moore during World War II. This week, we have recreated some of the images so that we can use these to create our own drawings in his style. Can you tell what famous work we have used as our inspiration for these photographs?
This week, Mrs Kay let us write on the tables to show our working out when multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000! Luckily, it all came off and we had great fun representing our learning in a different way!
In English, we have been learning to use and convert between the passive and active voices. Here we are sorting some examples from our text, Goodnight Mister Tom!
We showed off our learning in French this week by practising number recall through bingo and making up some of our own addition and subtraction problems in French!
In P4C this week we have been discussing whether vandalism can ever be art. Some great thoughts shared and we respected everyone's views in a very mature way!
What's the function of the sentence?
This week, we have been revising the functions of a sentence so that we can integrate a range into our campaign speeches. What fantastic learning we have done! (See what I did there, Y6?!)
In art, we are studying the work of Henry Moore, who created some well-known work during World War 2. So far, we have found out about him, his life and his works, as well as developing our knowledge of art pencils and the different effects that can be created with them.
We had lots of fun during Arithmetic Friday this week where we explored and developed our understanding of equivalent fractions! Here we are trying to find our equivalent fraction partner - only we made it really tricky by making the game a silent one! Y6 did very well and everyone found their fraction friend!
Y6 were amazing on their first visit of the year - our day at Eden Camp! We immersed ourselves in what life was like from different perspectives during World War II and will now be able to use our learning from the day to inspire lots of our upcoming writing and learning in other areas of the curriculum!
Place Value and Arithmetic Friday
We have made a great start with our learning in maths where we have been focusing on place value!
To help develop our understanding of expanded noun phrases, we worked in teams to create some noun towers! Building each layer up, we ended up with phrases that included determiners, prepositions and additional clauses. Our writing will really create a clear image for our readers!
Our first piece of writing in Y6 is a setting description of a devastated scene during the Blitz. To begin, we listened to some sounds and watched a clip featuring the aftermath of an air raid. We used these to generate lots of language for our writing!