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2021/22

Term 5

Year 6 New Zealand Kiwis have worked incredibly hard over this term to prepare for and complete their SATs exams.  We are so proud of their efforts and application leading up to and during the exams. A huge well done to them, they have really done themselves proud.

 

English

In English we have been writing newspaper reports about the recent discovery of the Endurance, Shackleton’s long, lost ship.  The class worked hard on using the passive voice and a range of cohesive devices to link ideas within and across paragraphs.  We included lots of examples of direct and reported speech in the reports and followed the correct conventions for punctuating speech accurately. We have also worked on writing a flashback narrative based on The Piano by Aidan Gibbons. The class has produced some fantastic pieces of writing, that showcase their creative abilities and control of formality and grammatical structures.

 

Maths

We have been investigating area and perimeter and using a range of formulas to calculate different areas and perimeters. We also worked on reasoning and problem solving questions in the lead up to the SATs exams, where we worked on applying logical thinking to a situation to derive the correct problem solving strategy for a given question, and using this method to develop and describe a solution.

 

Science

In our Science lessons, we have started learning about our new topic ‘The Circulatory System’.  We have been learning about the functions of the heart and after researching how it works using a range of media, we have created a double-page explanation text with labelled diagrams.

Topic

Our topic is ‘Maafa’ which is about Africa past and present and the development of the slave trade. After exploring the vocabulary associated with the topic, we are now learning about the growth and development of the transatlantic slave trade. Linked to our topic, we have also been reading ‘Freedom’ by Catherine Johnson which is an action-packed and pacey story about a boy's experience of slavery in Britain. Here is an example of some of the artwork we produced inspired by our topic:

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In our PE lessons this term, we have focused on learning and playing cricket - developing throwing and catching skills, hand-eye co-ordination and team work. Everyone has enjoyed taking part and having fun doing this (especially learning to bowl over-arm!) and we are looking forward to an inter-year competition next term.

 

The class had lots of fun performing a country dance (a traditional Morris dance) at the whole school Jubilee picnic on the last day of term.

 

We are all now looking forward to the final term and preparing for our leavers’ celebrations.

Term 4

Another term of fantastic learning has flown by! New Zealand Kiwis have continued with their topic, ‘Frozen Kingdom’ and have now become experts on the polar regions! We have enjoyed exploring our topic through cross-curricular work in English and Science. As part of topic we planned an expedition across Antarctica, mapping out a route across the continent and planning what equipment and resources we would need as well as making contingency plans in case of an emergency!

English

This term in English we have been writing diary entries based around Shackleton’s Antarctic expedition. We have worked on using adjectives and adverbs to create a descriptive, detailed and engaging text. We also have used advanced punctuation including commas to separate clauses in sentences, semi colons, colons and ellipsis. As part of the diary entry we wrote in the 1st person, retaining an informal style throughout and ensured to discuss our thoughts / feelings in detail. We are now beginning to write a newspaper report about the recent discovery of the Endurance, where we will focus on using the passive voice and a range of cohesive devices, including adverbials, within and across sentences and paragraphs.

  

Maths

In Maths, we learnt about how to convert between metric units, between imperial units and from one to the other. We have also been learning about area and perimeter, where we have been using formulas to work out the areas of rectangles, triangles and parallelograms.  As well as this we have been investigating how perimeter changes when the area changes and vice versa. Additionally, we have been focusing on reasoning and problem solving questions where we have been breaking down problems into steps and applying analytical thinking skills and our mathematical knowledge to solve them.

 

Science

We have been continuing to explore adaption and evolution. As part of cross-curricular work the class has focused on how polar animals have adapted to their environment, whilst also looking issues such as global warming and the exploitation of natural resources that will affect the future of the polar regions.  We have researched the life of Charles Darwin; investigating his theories of evolution and have written biographies about his life and achievements.

 

Other news

The class took part in the Easter service at St Michael’s church. As part of the service, through mime and narration they re-enacted the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. They put on a fantastic display and it was clear to see the effort that they had put in to making their performance a big success.  They did themselves and the school proud.

 

This term we also had lots of fun celebrating World Book Day. The costumes on display were fantastic and the class produced some amazing written work (a balanced argument) and artwork (water-colour paintings) based around the book ‘The Secret of Black Rock’.

 

We finished off the term by having an inter-class handball tournament. They took part and had fun; won some games with humility and lost some games graciously, showcasing their excellent sportsmanship whilst also displaying their athletic prowess.

Term 3

This term has been a lot of fun in New Zealand Kiwis. We’ve been exploring the Polar regions as part of our topic… we’ve joined Shackleton’s crew and are on an Antarctic adventure into one of Earth’s most beautiful but dangerous places. We’ve also been having lots of fun learning the Ukulele – mastering our first few chords! Here’s a rundown of some of the great learning that has taken place this term.

 

Guided Reading:

In Guided Reading, we have been reading a wide range of different texts such as poems, non-fiction and fiction.  Each week we have focused on a particular reading skill such as retrieval, inference and summarising.  We looked at some contemporary poems written by Benjamin Zephaniah; the class thoroughly enjoyed unpicking the rich themes and language used in his poems.  Linked to our topic - Frozen Kingdom - we have been reading ‘Brightstorm’ by Vashti Hardy.  The class have enjoyed reading and analysing this text in small reading groups as well as reading it together as a class.

 

English:

This term, we have been using the book ‘Shackleton’s Journey’ by William Grill as a basis for our writing.  We have written letters of application to join Shackleton’s crew where we outlined our strengths and skills that would make Shackleton want to take us on his epic journey to Antarctica. We used a wide range of writing techniques such as starting sentences with sub-ordinate clauses and adjectives to make our applications stand out from the crowd. We are now in the process of writing diary entries from the point of view of one of Shackleton’s dogs on the expedition. This is giving the class chance to write in an informal style and is good practise in using the correct level of formality in writing.

 

Maths:

In Maths, we have been learning about fractions, decimals and percentages.  We have learnt about how to convert fractions to decimals and how to convert fractions to percentages. We have learnt different methods for finding a percentage of an amount and have applied these strategies to reasoning and problem solving questions.

 

Science:

Our Science topic this term is Evolution and Inheritance.  We have been identifying inherited characteristics in living things to know that variation occurs within offspring as well as across a species.  Linked to our topic, we researched variation and adaptation across polar animals. We also carried out an investigation to test Darwin’s theories of evolution, where we used different beaks (tweezers / pegs / chopsticks) to test how they are suited to pick up certain foods.

Topic:

We’ve been learning all about the Polar regions in our topic ‘The Frozen Kingdom’. We’ve learnt about the divisions of the Earth; using latitude and longitude coordinates to locate different places. The class have researched the similarities and differences between the Polar Regions and produced line graphs to compare the average temperatures between the Arctic and Antarctic.  We also have learnt about how the polar oceans have several key differences when compared to the other oceans.

PE:

In PE this term, New Zealand Kiwis had an inter-year hockey tournament where we had lots fun competing in teams against the other Year 6 class.  We’re now learning the key skills involved in playing rugby such as running with the ball, weaving and feinting so we can get past an opponent and score a try. 

Term 2

We’ve had a great term in Year 6! The children have worked incredibly hard and are acting as great role models to the rest of the school.  We elected our class leaders this term – Jordan Acquah and Julia Matysek – a big congratulations to them both and the rest of the class is really looking forward to working on the initiatives they come up with.

 

In our English lessons this term, we have been writing balanced arguments to answer the question ‘Should children have been evacuated during World War 2?’ The class researched information about the reasons for and against this and then went about presenting them in a written piece with an introduction and a conclusion.  The main focus of the writing was to include cohesive devices (to link their sentences and paragraphs together).  The class was able to incorporate a wide range of these and I have been impressed with the level of formality in their writing.

 

In our Maths lessons we have been learning how to simplify, order and compare fractions. We then have been working on adding and subtracting fractions including mixed numbers, multiplying any fraction by a whole number or another fraction and dividing a fraction by a whole number.  We have also looked at the order of operations and applied this to solve fraction problems. The children used their knowledge of the order of operations to carry out calculations involving the four operations.

 

In Science lessons, we have been learning all about electricity. The class has really enjoyed the practical element of this Science topic and have become expert circuit designers!  We worked on using symbols to draw circuit diagrams and carried out investigations into how the number of cells in a circuit determines the brightness of a bulb or the loudness of a buzzer.  We also made our own burglar alarms!

In our Topic lessons we have continued learning about World War 2. We learnt about rationing during the War and the effect that this had on people’s lives. We also looked at the Kindertransport system and how this saved millions of Jewish children.  Finally, we researched and compared the different types of shelters used during the War in England to protect people during the Blitz.  We looked at the pros and cons of each type of shelter and decided on which shelter we thought was the most effective. We also produced some mind-maps to end the topic and showcase some of the knowledge we have gained from studying about World War 2.

We had a World War 2 immersive day on the 7th December!  Everyone had lots of fun making and flying model spitfire planes, cracking Morse code and designing bunting and medals to celebrate VE Day.  In the afternoon, we watched the BBC adaptation of the book we have read as part of our topic ‘Goodnight Mr Tom.’  It was a great experience for the class to see the book brought to life on the screen.

 

We finished off the term by having an inter-year PE tournament organised by Miss Liddicoat.  The two Year 6 classes played each other in a handball tournament.  It was a close call but I can happily report New Zealand Kiwis were the overall winners! Well done!

Term 1

New Zealand Kiwis have made a great start to the new school year. The class is thriving in their role as the senior year group in the school and they are setting the standard in terms of behaviour and learning for the younger year groups to follow. They have coped well with the transition from Year 5 and have adapted seamlessly to the increased responsibility, accountability and workload required in Year 6.

 

Guided Reading:

This term we have been focusing on the reading skill of inference.  The class have read a wide range of different text types and have been working on ‘reading between the lines’ to make inferences by using clues provided in the text.  We have looked at different SATs style questions and worked on increasing our vocabulary by reading new words in context; discussing their meaning and using dictionaries to find definitions.

 

English:

Our English work has been linked to our topic around World War II.  We have written diary entries where we have taken on the role of an evacuee.  We worked on using emotive language, writing in the first person and using advanced punctuation such as semi colons and ellipses. We also adapted some of the characters and settings from our class text ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ to use in our diary entries. We are also in the process of writing a recount of our recent trip to the museum of Kent Life. We are focusing on writing an entertaining and interesting recount that will grab the reader’s attention, making sure we use paragraphs that contain different pieces of information and events.

 

Maths:

This term we have worked on place value and the four operations, focusing mostly on multiplication and division. We have learnt to read, write, order and

compare numbers up to 10,000,000 and determine the value of each digit. We are now able to divide numbers up to 4 digits by a two-digit number using the formal written method of short division and long division where appropriate, interpreting remainders according to the context.  We have also been solving addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why.  The class has been completing daily arithmetic questions to improve mathematical fluency and prepare them for the arithmetic SATs maths paper.

 

Science:

This term we have been learning about light. We have carried out investigations and experiments into how light travels and some of the ways it changes through refraction.  We made periscopes to explore how light can be reflected at different angles and created our own rainbows by using water to split white light into its spectrum of colours. The class produced some beautiful detailed scientific diagrams to show the inner workings of the eye.

Topic:

Our topic this term has been about World War II. We researched and developed our understanding about the fundamentals that were behind the war and which countries were involved as well as the alliances that were formed. We explored the roles of men and women during the war, comparing these to the roles of men and women today to get a perspective on how society has changed.

 

We thoroughly enjoyed our recent trip to the museum of Kent Life. We had a wonderful time dressing up as evacuees and taking part in activities based around life during the war.  Everyone enjoyed being put through their paces as part of the home guard, learning about radar during RAF training and then seeing an Anderson Shelter to get a perception of how life was during the Blitz.

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