Miss Gill is our teacher, supported by Mr Welbourne our HLTA.
We are the oldest in the school so take on lots of responsibilities:
Lily-Rose and Andrew, Lexie and Toby, and Seth and Holly are our Blue, Red and Yellow team captains.
James, Lottie, Finn, Holly and Molly are our Reading Ambassadors, who have been listening to lots of younger children read. We love reading and want to share our passion and enthusiasm with others in the school.
Matthew and Grace are our Maths ambassadors, new to the school this year. They have been supporting younger children with their number facts and run a Times Tables Rock Stars club at lunch times in the ICT Suite.
George, Seth, Kai, Ebonie and Lily-Rose are our new sports ambassadors who also run lunch time clubs for younger year groups. They are enthusiastic and share their passion for sports and activities with the rest of the school. They set up and ran the circuit training events for our NSPCC fundraiser.
Libby and Archie were voted as our School Council representatives for the year; they work with the rest of the council and Miss Garner to discuss ways in which we can help the school and others in our community.
This term, our topic is Prisoners and Punishments! We started the term with a murder mystery game where we all had to take on characters of a haunted house where a terrible crime had been committed! We also played Cluedo, guessing who dunnit!
To start our topic we have been focusing on the historical facts of how crime and punishment has changed in Britain since the Roman times, through the Anglo-Saxon era, the Tudor reign and Victorian era.
Our Autumn term topic was Tomb Raiders, focusing on Ancient Egypt.
We started with a sensational starter virtual reality experience, exploring tombs and climbing the ancient pyramids! Throughout the term, we learnt about the daily life of Egyptians including their jobs, the food they ate and their clothing. We enjoyed learning about the many gods and goddesses they worshipped. Learning about the gruesome way in which rich Egyptians were mummified was one of the highlights of the topic: we even mummified an orange to learn about the lengthy process! We linked our Science unit about the circulatory system with mummification, comparing the Egyptian's beliefs about the body and its organs and the modern scientific understanding. We were lucky enough to have Mr Tarsitano from Thomas Clarkson come to perform a heart dissection!
Our first English unit was based on a narrative by Pie Corbett called 'The Time-Slip Scarab'. We read and analysed the original story, 'magpie-ing' some of the effective vocabulary to use in our own writing. We wrote our own stories using ancient Egyptian settings characters and artefacts.
After half term, we started a non-fiction unit on letters of complaint. We read a letter from Albert Narracot complaining about the use of his horse - Joey - in World War I. At the time, we became aware of a Green Peace campaign against the harvesting of dirty palm oil. We were shocked at how many companies use palm oil in their products so wrote to major companies asking about their palm oil sources and urging them to source it responsibly.
This term in English, we started with a narrative unit on flashbacks. We used various extracts from the Harry Potter series to look at how flashbacks can be used to give the reader an insight into a character's history without having to tell their entire life story. We did lots of reading to identify ways to transition in and out of a flashback to make it clear to the reader there was a change in time whilst still keeping the style of writing consistent.
We then looked at writing balanced arguments. This was a time for lots of discussions for and against different topics like: "Should we have to wear school uniform?" and "Should zoos be banned?".
In Maths, we completed our statistics work by interpreting and drawing pie charts. We revisited algebra to investigate finding more than one possible answer for missing values in a formula. We ended the term with various problem solving activities to apply our reasoning skills that we have learned and developed throughout the year.
Our fifth and final Science topic this year was the classification of living things. We learned how taxonomists categorise living things into kingdoms, then each kingdom is divided into further sections and subsections.
On Thursday 19th July, Class 6 performed their last ever class assembly to their parents and the rest of the school, sharing their special memories from their time at LPA.
Afterwards, we went onto the field to share our wishes and dreams for the future, and each released a balloon in the hopes our dreams will come true.
Class 6 are back with a bang! We have hit the ground running, working hard in breakfast study club every morning before school. We are all eager to get to school for our drinks and snacks, ready to practise Maths, SPag and Reading questions.
After we finished writing our excellent explanation texts, we were incredibly excited for our new English unit: spooky stories! We started the unit using the film Alma from the Literacy Shed.
We spent a long time looking at how we can build atmosphere by describing the setting of a story, including the weather and senses. Similes, metaphors and imagery were an important part of this writing process.
This writing lead us to our own descriptive narratives of Alma before we planned and wrote our own spooky stories.
We can't wait to share them with you soon!
In Maths, we have continued to grow in confidence as we calculate with fractions, decimals and percentages.
After completing all of our number work, we are now moving on to measures. We started this work by converting between units of metric and imperial measures; we have recently been calculating the areas and perimeters of shapes. Calculating volume of cubes and cuboids is a new concept to most of us but we are enjoying the challenge!
Our first Science topic of the term was about the human circulatory system.
We learnt about the four chambers of the heart and how it pumps blood around the body.
We looked at the make up and purpose of blood: red blood cells account for 44% of our blood and they carry oxygen and nutrients to parts of the body; 55% of the blood is made of platelets which clot together to stops cuts from bleeding continuously; the final 1% of blood is made of white blood cells which fight off infections.
We made intricate diagrams to illustrate the structure of the lungs. Did you know that the air sacks (or alvioli) in a human's lungs could spread out to cover a tennis court? Not that we'd want to prove it...
In Class 6, our latest Science topic is Evolution and Inheritance.
We have started this unit by looking at which characteristics are inherited from parents by their offspring through their genes.
We demonstrated our understanding by looking at Mr Men and Little Miss characters, and what their children might look like!
Our new History topic is about how popular culture has changed throughout the 20th Century to become what we know today. We are going to learn about cinema, football, television, music and technology.
We also have a new Geography topic: we are beginning with recycling and the impact human consumption has on the environment.
Our first English topic was a non-fiction unit on information leaflets. We read and learnt the text "Loompaland" using Talk for Writing strategies. Can you guess which famous creature originates in Loompaland?...
We 'built' our own Writer's Toolkit for leaflets and guides by carefully analysing different examples.
We created our own fictional creatures to write about in a non-fiction style, detailing their habitats, diets and special properties.
We then applied all of the skills we had learnt to a non-fiction guide to the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio tour which we all enjoyed last year.
Our next English unit linked to our History topic about the Ancient Egyptians.
Before reading the time-travel story, we used different insects and Egyptian models to make observational drawings.
These provided us with great ideas for objects we could use in our own stories to transport characters back to the Egyptian era.
Throughout these units, we have been able to embed our understanding of complex grammar and punctuation.
We have also been enjoying using Vocabulary Ninja's Word of the Day to learn 'oodles' of challenging and varied new vocabulary.
Although lots of people think that Year 6 Maths is scary, we loved the challenges of long multiplication and division this term! We have used our growth mindset and although we may have found things tricky in the beginning, we persevered and conquered formal written methods for multiplication and division! (Some of us now try to use long division whenever we can - we love it so much!)
We're now moving on to using the four operations with fractions and mixed numbers.
And that's just a fraction of our work!
In Science, we started the year with a Light topic ... no - not an easy topic - it was about light, and how it travels!
We became junior opticians when we learnt how we use light and our eyes to see:
(We've not gone bonkers! We used string to demonstrate how light travels from a source, in a straight line, reflects off an object in a different direction, into our eyes. What you can't see here is the complex ways in which the inside of our eyes and our brains flip images so we see them the right way up!)
We also used cheese to calculate the speed of light.
(No - we've still not gone bonkers! Microwaves are half the length of light waves, so by measuring the distance between melted spots of the cheese; doubling it; multiplying it by the frequency of the microwave and then a couple of other calculations.... voila! We calculated the speed of light!)
Our new Science topic is Electricity and Circuits.
We started by getting to know the components of circuits and how these are represented as symbols.
(And by "getting to know" we mean drawing them on post-it notes, sticking them on our heads and asking questions to guess which component we are!)
(We wonder why Mr Welbourne calls it "Mad Science" in Class 6...)
Our Geography topic is mountains. We know how mountains are formed, which mountains are most famous and reasons for their fame.
As you can hopefully tell, we have been working incredibly hard in Class 6.
Since half term, we have also started attending a SATs study club from 8.15am two mornings a week. We get a chance to practise the Maths, Reading and SPaG skills we have learnt not just this year, but throughout the whole of Key Stage 2.
Don't forget to check back soon to see what else we've been getting up to!
Wednesday 4th October 2017
After our wonderful Harvest singing assembly in church, Class 6 and the school council carried the generous donations of produce to Leverington Sports and Social club for the senior citizens of the community.
Friday 13th October 2017
We had a fantastic time on Maths day, using different skills to complete challenges and learn new things!
We drew parabolic curves, built the tallest possible spaghetti tower and baked pizzas!
Tuesday 31st October
We enjoyed a more grown-up take on our creative writing day. We took traditional tales that we have been telling since we were five years old and gave them a gruesome or humourous twist. Goldilocks sat on the comfiest sofa to watch Netflix; Red Riding Hood got herself a new wolf-skin coat and Jack cut down the beanstalk with a chainsaw!
Thursday 2nd November
Congratulations to our brilliant English challenge team for participating in this year's English challenge, organised by Cambridgeshire County Council's learning team.
We received a special commendation for our excellent knowledge in the book round! (Funnily enough, they are four of our reading ambassadors!)
Thank you very much to Peckover school for hosting the Wisbech heats.
Thursday 1st March 2018 - World Book Day
For World Book Day, each class chose an author to theme their day around. Class 6 chose David Walliams, as lots of us enjoy his silly stories and funny characters.
We linked our first activity to our latest English unit: Biographies and Autobiographies. We learnt some fun facts about David Walliams (like his name was actually David Williams but he worked with someone with the same name so changed it!). We then wrote a biography about one of our favourite characters: some of us chose the character we were dressed as whilst others chose characters from our favourite book.
Later on, we read about some of The World's Worst Children (no - nobody from Class 6!). Some of us made our own short stories about terrifying teens and killer kids! Others decided to plan an argument for or against giving children homework based on the horrible Harry Who Never Did His Homework!
Throughout the day we kept track of every minute we spent reading to contribute towards our 100 000 000 minutes challenge!