Year 6 Staff
Our Year 6 teachers are Mr Dave Edwards (Monday, Tuesday and Friday) and Mrs Ceri Twynam (Wednesday and Thursday).
Our Year 6 Teaching Assistants are Mrs Natalie Satterthwaite, Mrs Amy Beardsworth and Mr Brian Hanley.
Year 6 were presented with murder most foul! A murder had taken place in Ancient Greece and they were tasked with solving this puzzle.
Using a range of video and written clues, the teams battled with red herrings galore to locate the crucial information that lead to the murderer of the great warrior following his victory in the Olympic games.
Year 6 manged to located lots of clues and everyone came up with plausible and evidence based accusations. Well done everyone!
Year 6 have carried out a number of investigations as part of the whole school problem solving week. We looked at various relationships between area and perimeter, using apparatus, diagrams and numerical solutions. For example, can area and perimeter be equal, can you create a shape where the area is double the perimeter, can you create a shape where the perimeter increases but area decreases, etc.
The children showed great resilience in checking multiple different possibilities, despite the task proving to be far harder than they initially thought! Well done Year 6.
Inspired by pictures of various abandoned places (defined as buildings or areas once inhabited by people), the pupils of Year 6 applied their skills in sketching, shading, perspective and proportion to create their impressions of these haunting places. They did a great job - so much so that we've made them into calendars! Well done Year 6!
On December 14th, Year 6 went to St Johns church to hang up their decorations. Their ornaments are self styled, dedicated to a person of their choosing; they used fingerprints and gold decoration to create a 'heart' effect at the centre of their ornament. The children did a fine job on these decorations and behaved in an exemplary manner whilst hanging up their decorations on the tree. If you get the chance, please come along and see the tree in person!
In our Maths we've been solving a mystery!
Following a murder at the Overlook hotel, where 32 suspects had been staying, the Year 6 Maths detectives were called in to unravel a deadly web! Using code breaking, problem solving and algebra skills the children slowly managed to whittle down the suspect list, leading them to the murderer.
Everyone enjoyed challenging themselves with the various problems and, fortunately, they managed to correctly identify the criminal!
Good job Year 6!
In our computing lessons, we have been learning to create our own games using a programming application called 'Scratch'. This allows us to create blocks of code which we can then run to trigger certain behaviours. For example, making a sprite move, jumping, bouncing off a barrier, restarting a level or progressing depending on levels of success.
The complexity of the code has got quite high. Year 6 were given a lesson to 'debug' their code where they looked to eliminate glitches that may negatively impact the function of the game or impinge on the players enjoyment.
Year 5 have very kindly 'beta tested' our finished game and provided really useful and positive feedback.
We are very proud of what we have achieved!
In Science and Technology week we have been exploring space (both on Earth and beyond!) as well as movement.
We explored some of the famous orbital pictures from various satellites (such as Mariner IV and the Viking Orbiter) that have been round Mars and photographed areas of land that include asteroid impact craters. Use our knowledge of measuring, scale and conversion we were able to calculate the diameters of these craters. We also discussed the importance of data to scientists and rigour that is needed to analyse it!
On Wednesday, we explored evolution through our trip to the Tring Natural History museum – we looked at how animals are adapted to their environment and how they have evolved over millennia.
For our technology, we have designed and built dioramas that had to have moving parts planned in. The concept was that animals in the rainforest will move in such spaces as are afforded them by the forest itself. As well as designing and fully planning our project, we had to think about suitable materials to ensure they are robust enough for repeated movements. We based our diorama designs on the work on Henri Rousseau’s ‘Surprised!’ picture.
Overall, Year 6 have had a great week being scientists and engineers!
Every book you read over the summer will earn you points. Have a look at the challenges below – how will you do? Although the challenge is optional, why not give it a go?
2 Point Challenges
3 Point Challenges
5 Point Challenges
10 Point Challenge
Bronze = 8
Silver = 15
Gold = 25