A brand new year 6 have started and completed their first week and a half. We have hit the ground running with a new exciting curriculum focusing on Earth Matters. The children have presented their summer homework projects on a natural disaster or natural structure and we were very impressed with some of the models. The children have applied for and been awarded their responsibility roles for the year including Head Boy and Head Girl. Our science learning has been based around the heart and it's functionality. This has also fitted in well with the whole school's 'Health Week'. During this week we enjoyed taking part in a world wide HiiT session with Joe Wicks. In mathematics we have focused our learning on place value and rounding and we have started to read Macbeth in our english lessons.
Year 6 have focused on their sporting activities this week. First they have helped support the younger children prepare and participate in the KS1 sports day before taking part in the KS2 sports day themselves. The children have written a short narrative this week based on 'The Piano' and have continued to learn lines and actions for the year six production. Oak class also had a dance lesson this week in which they learnt dances for the play.
As part of DT week at Poverest Primary School, Oak class designed, built and described a fairground ride. The children used K'Nex to build their movable models and most were very impressive. The children have also worked hard on their Y6 production and celebrated Eid on Friday.
We welcomed Year 6 back to their final half term this week. During our English lessons we have described a workhouse which links to our Victorian's topic. Our Art learning has focused around the character of Fagin. The children created line drawings focusing on line and shadow and then wrote a character description. They have been so good we are going to display them outside of the classroom. In mathematics we have looked at various large scale problems including a rather complicated house problem and the great chessboard problem involving doubling which was not as easy as some expected! We also started our swimming lessons this week.
A busy week in year 6 this week with the children completing their Standard Attainment Tests. The children all worked so hard during the week and tried their best. Away from SATs the children began to plan activities for the Science Week happening across the whole school and have also started to look at the script for our end of year performance.
This week the children enjoyed retelling the story of Odysseus on his journey home. The children performed their drama pieces to the rest of the class. We also had a mock SATs week so all the children get used to what will happen next week.
This week Oak class enjoyed a fantastic hands on experience in science. As part of our learning on the heart the children had the opportunity to dissect a sheep's heart. The children learnt to label the heart and learn about it's function including its role in the circulatory system.
A very exciting week at Poverest as we started to move into our new building. The children and staff have been very impressed with our new dining hall and loved using the new computer suite as we took part in the 100 word challenge once again.
We welcomed back the year six pupils to their final term at primary school. The children have begun revising key aspects of the curriculum this week in preparation for their SATs later in the term.
In maths we have been learning about ration and proportion which has been our final mathematical area to study before we recap everything before the SATs in May. During our English lessons we have created a biography of Thomas Edison which linked with the research we discovered about him during our Light science topic. We also created our Ancient Greek inspired clay pots which look fantastic and we can't wait to paint them to complete the authentic look!
This week we have written our own poems in english and have focused on area, perimeter and volume in mathematics. We created line graphs of our experiments in science and used them to read intermediate points.
This was our spring assessment week where we have seen how much progress we have made against our targets. We enjoyed a Lego workshop afternoon which was provided for by Neilcott who are the company building the extension to our school.
We ended up having a very short week this week due to the snow in our area. We did manage to complete a science investigation into shadow length and learn about multiplying and dividing fractions.
We started a new science unit on light this week starting with an investigation on how light travels. The highlight of our week was our trip to the British Museum to explore the Greek artifacts and learn what we could about the different periods of greek life focusing on the vases. We continue to enter the 100 word challenge, we are getting lots of positive comments and 7 children in the class have now had their learning showcased on the website. Well done for great writing year 6.
This week Oak Class focused on units of measurement this week, using the four rules to help solve problems around measurement. We completed our science unit on electricity investigating the different factors that affect the brightness of a bulb. We continued to solve our coding projects using scratch in computing.
Oak class created Greek character descriptions this week, including one based on their own mythical creature. Our mathematics learning saw us focus on co-ordinates and transformations of shapes across all four quadrants. These included translations, reflections and rotations. We enjoyed a HIIT training session in PE and a theoretical PE lesson as well focusing on the benefits of exercise and team sports. Unfortunately we were pipped by Y5 in the timestables battle on TT Rockstars. We will be practising before the the re-match!
This week Oak class have concentrated on decimal numbers in mathematics. We have learnt how to order, round and apply the four calculations with decimals in problem solving. We created our Greek Columns based on the Greek Gods and include lots of strange and wonderful facts we researched. In computing we completed our first Scratch unit creating our own musical bands using code.
So far this term we have continued our writing on Shaun Tan's 'The Arrival' and have revisted both written and mental methods for the 4 operations in mathematics. This term we have started a new Creative Curriculum Topic of the Ancient Greeks. We are now using the Spelling Shed App to help us learn our weekly spellings. We ended the week by entering the 100 Word Challenge again and look forward to receiving comments on our writing from around the World.
Our last full week before the Christmas holidays saw Oak class begin to master fractions, including solving problems of adding, subtracting, multiplying and simplifying fractions. The life bus visited this week and year 6 had a session all about decisions and how to make the right choice.
During this week we focused on 3D shapes in mathematics. We ended up drawing our own 3D shape nets using rulers and protractors with the adults very impressed with the new skills the class have learnt. At the end of the week we had a fantastic trip down to Petts Wood Library. We were greated with a talk about some of the latest non-fiction texts published connected with our creative curriculum topics before the children were set with the challenge of finding interesting facts that the teachers did not know before.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to The Natural History Museum this week. The children enjoyed finding out about the natural disasters that have affected our World and about Human Evolution. Both areas of the museum supported the children in their topic and science learning this term. We also wrote diary entries based on the events in 'The Arrival' and have focused on rounding numbers in mathematics.
We have started an exciting new literacy unit this week based on Shaun Tan's 'The Arrival'. The children had great fun writing the words and filming their version of the first chapter. In mathematics the children have started using TT Rock Stars to improve their fluency of their times tables. We also look into measurement and converting units of measurement.
Oak have continued to work on divison and subtraction this week. In art we looked at the work of Andy Goldsworthy and using examples of what we liked we created our own pieces inspired by his ideas.
This week Oak class have focused on division in mathematics and have also spent time rehearsing their timestables to improve their fluency. We have continued to look at evolution in Science and enjoyed writing a rather spooky account for our 100 Word challenge this week. In Music we continue to improve using the Fife and in PE we have started a gymnastics unit.
Oak class have been learning to confidently use written methods for multiplication this week. We have been making sure we know our tables and learning different mental strategies to use as well. In English we have created our story maps for 'Macbeth' to help with our retelling of the story. In science we have started our learning on Evolution.
We have started to learn about fractions in mathematics and completed our learning on classification in science. We spent our english lessons planning and preparing an information leaflet about Sayers Croft, aimed at persuading the year 5 children to go next year.
This week we spent a fantastic week away at Sayers Croft residential centre. We took part in lots of events including pond dipping, shelter building, climbing wall, high ropes, compass work, ballista building, orienteering, camp fire, team challenges and team games.
This week we have had our assessment week to check how well we are doing towards our targets. We have used our observation skills in science to look very closely at different leaves from our school grounds and discussing how they are similar and different. We've enjoyed using the Spelling Shed app to help us with our spellings.
This week we had a special Lego workshop morning with year 5. Sam from the Medway Education Business Partnership came in and taught us how to be architects and project managers. We had to design and build a Lego house which met a set criteria and came in under budget. It was very challenging but gave us a great insight into the world of work. In English we have focused on poetry and enjoyed reading our poems to the school on World Poetry Day.
We had a wonderful trip to the Royal Opera House this week to see 'The Magic Flute'. It was a fantastic experience for the children and staff! In English this week we have continued with our descriptive language and started to include a variety of conjunctions to join our ideas. In mathematics we have concentrated on subtraction and have continued to look at classification and branching databases in science. We have been delighted to read so many wonderful comments to our 100 Word Challenge entries this week, especially those from half way around the world!
This week year 6 have written biographies after learning about Roald Dahl. During mathematics the children have strengtherned their understanding of decimals and applied this throught decimal addition. In science we began our learning on classification and we explored Wassily Kandinsky in art.
Welcome back! Year 6 have settled back into life at Poverest and their teachers are already very proud of the effort they are all making with their learning. We have been consolodating our place value understanding in mathematics, have written application letters for the monitor posts the children would like to have this year and have started learning about the different types of mountains. The staff loved the presentations by the children on their summer holiday projects.