11/12/2017 at 15:43
This term in RE Year 6 have been working on a unit called ‘What does it mean to be a Sikh?’
The children learned about the Mool Mantar and its importance, Guru Nanak and the other Gurus, The Guru Granth Sahib and the main symbols of Sikhism. The main idea was, not just to know about things, but to gain an understanding of Sikh beliefs and ways of life. This is at the heart of this rather than just remembering facts. E.g. knowing Sikh symbols is good but understanding their symbolism and how they make the person feel is most important. We could then relate this idea to different faiths and, indeed, to any feelings of belonging for you personally. Our visit to the Gurdwara was a fantastic experience which enabled the children to gain some of this deeper understanding.
We used writing, role play, pictures and art work to express our thoughts and ideas.
08/12/2017 at 12:24
This week, we have been learning the story, The Gift of the Magi, written by American author O. Henry in 1905. It is a difficult story to read but the children have shown real determination and commitment to learning new vocabulary and deciphering the complex language. We had a wonderful “light bulb moment” when the twist at the end of the story was revealed. Everyone enjoyed the moral of the story about how the best gifts are given with love and sacrifice. Please ask your child to tell you the story.
Later in the week, we talked about adaptations of well-known stories and how important it is to be familiar with classics stories and recognise them when they pop up in other forms. We thoroughly enjoyed watching and discussing two modern adaptations of the story, Mickey Mouse and Sesame Street, and how they teach younger children about giving.
08/12/2017 at 12:16
This morning, we enjoyed a performance by two Year 6 guitarists. They played Silent Night beautifully for us.
06/12/2017 at 12:27
In year 4 the children did a comprehensive unit on electricity. In the next two weeks we are refreshing that knowledge.
Today we investigated making a simple circuit, making the light brighter and making it dimmer. During our investigations, we found some things didn’t work quite as expected!
When a circuit didn’t work we had to change different variables one at a time (wire, bulb, battery) to see what wasn’t working properly.
Someone found that using a bigger battery made the bulb dimmer! We concluded that this shouldn’t be right as a bigger battery must surely mean more power. We decided it must be because the bigger battery was much older and was running out of power. (The small batteries were brand new).
When making the bulb dimmer, we found that increasing the length of the wire or adding another bulb into the circuit worked as the power was being shared.
06/12/2017 at 12:25
In maths this week we have investigated continuing number sequences involving fractions and have learned how to add and subtract fractions with the same denominators and those with different denominators.
We have touched on multiplying and dividing fractions but will work further on this next week.
The children have completed the Autumn term maths Hub tests.
Homework is word problems involving fractions.
01/12/2017 at 15:43
We’ve come to the end of another great week in 6H. The children have worked hard and really made progress in their learning. I have been particularly impressed by the improvements in their writing. We have been focusing on using a balance of dialogue, narrative and action to move a story forward. Using extracts from the books and clips from the film, we have been inspired by War Horse to write very powerful pieces.
1. Year 5/6 Spelling words – We will be having a test on these words beginning Wednesday 6th December
2. Reading Comprehension – Due Tuesday 14th December
3. Yorkshire Evening Post Writing Competition – 250 word short story entitled “All Emily Wanted for Christmas” The entry form must be attached to the piece of writing. Due Friday 8th December.