31/01/2018 at 12:42
Following on from our philosophers’ theories of evolution two weeks ago, today we concentrated on the man himself, Charles Darwin. We watched some short videos about his adventures on the HMS Beagle to the Galapagos Islands, what he did and found there and the conclusions he came to.
His theory of Natural Selection as the process behind evolution is testable and observable FACT.
Darwin found about fifteen different species of finches on the Galapagos Islands. He noticed they were all similar but their beaks were all different shapes. He realised that the different beaks matched the different food available on each island. The finches which ate insects had skinny pointed beaks so they could pick them up better. Those that ate hard fruits had beaks that were sharp so they could get through the skin.
Darwin realised there was only one way this could have happened – their beaks must have adapted to their environment over time. This led him to another idea – the survival of the fittest. Darwin suggested that those plants and animals best suited to their environment are more likely to survive and pass on their characteristics to their offspring.
31/01/2018 at 12:35
This week we have completed the 2016 SATs papers as a practice and a gauge to see how we are doing at this point in the year. These will all be marked by next week and I will be able to give the children their scores. I will send them home so parents can see them and help with some corrections.
This week we have also continued to work on finding percentages and solving problems involving percentages. Homework is about this.
31/01/2018 at 09:38
On Friday 23rd February, Year 6 will be holding a poetry slam event in the hall where they will be performing well known poems for one another.
Part of the Year Six English curriculum is to learn by heart a variety of poems. Over the next few weeks, we would like all children in Year Six to choose and memorise a poem from this list of poems. In each class, only two children will be permitted to choose each poem so we have a lot of variety.
You need to think about your volume, speed, expression and actions to help you perform your poem. Make us smile, make us laugh – be entertaining!
23/01/2018 at 16:35
23/01/2018 at 10:52
What a fantastic afternoon we had on Monday afternoon! We had Animals In-Tuition in school to assist us with our science topic of Evolution and Inheritance. Mags brought several animals for us to wonder at and handle and talked to us about their adaptations. The children listened well and I was really pleased with some of the answers they gave to her questions. We saw:
Monty the ball python (sometimes called a royal python) – he was a very handsome and friendly chap!
Marvellous Marvin the crested gecko – he was small and felt like suede.
Tiddleypom the African pygmy hedgehog – she stole everyone’s hearts with her cuteness!
Woody the Scorpion – who glowed in the dark.
Rose the tarantula – who fascinated and hushed everyone.
More photos to follow.
19/01/2018 at 18:09
6H has been fascinated by the Industrial Revolution and the interesting people we have been studying. This week it has been Isambard Kingdom Brunel – an amazing engineer who left a lasting impression on the landscape of Britain. We have worked together to write a biography about his life.
- Reading Comprehension – Due Thursday 1st February. Please go through the answers with your child and help him or her to correct any errors before bringing it back to school.
- 500 Word Story First Draft – Due Thursday 1st February. The children have planned two possible stories. They should choose the one they like the best and write their first draft. Ideally, these should be typed on a computer and emailed to Mrs Heap (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will improve these at school before submitting them to the competition.
- Spelling – Please keep practising the Year 5/6 word list (and the Year 3/4 word list if it applies to your child). We will be having our next assessment on these words w/b 5th February. Our class target words from the last assessment are: necessary, embarrass, twelfth, privilege & immediately. Please pay particular attention to these words. Our big Year 6 Spelling Bee will take place in early March so the Year 5/6 words definitely need to be learned by then.
SATs & Residential:
There will be a Year 6 parents’ meeting regarding SATs and residential on Wednesday 7th February 6:00-7:00 pm. We will be going through what will happen in the run-up to and during the test week and giving further details about the residential in June.