27th May 2021
Year 6 have been doing some brilliant learning the last two weeks. In science, we have been looking at how animals and plants have adapted. The children took part in ‘The Battle of the Beaks’ which involved the children using different ‘beaks’ (scissors, tweezers, pegs and toothpicks) to pick up different food types. The aim of the experiment was to explore why birds have adapted to have different beak shapes.
In Design & Technology, the children have started making their World War Two purses. The children have enjoyed considering how to embellish their purses with some using embroidery and others buttons.
In RE, we have been learning about Hinduism and the children have been reflecting on the Hindu beliefs about dharma, karma, samsara and moksha.
In English, we finished our class book ‘Friend or Foe’ and wrote some fabulous narratives with character and setting descriptions. Year 6 have also been writing diary entries from the perspective of an evacuee. We used Now>Press>Play to inspire our writing, which was great fun!
In topic, we have been learning about rationing during WW2. The children explored ration books and then calculated the amount of rations they would be entitled to each week.
In maths, the children have finished their unit on ratio. We are now consolidating our learning in preparation for doing some more SATS papers after half term. As previously mentioned, although ‘official’ SATS will not be happening this year, we will be using these to inform our teacher judgements. If you would like to support your child with their learning, we would encourage you to get them to log on to Times Table Rock Stars or Mathletics. You could also practise some arithmetic questions, involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
13th May 2021
We have had a great week, continuing to learn about World War Two. Each class’ trip was successful and the children learned a wealth of information about the Baedecker raids. We would like to say well done to the children (and parents) for your amazing costumes! They got lots of praise from members of the public. We are going to use the information that we have learnt to write diary entries and stories.
Elsewhere in the curriculum, we have begun designing WW2 purses. We will be sewing these purses, with their user (a soldier) in mind, using a variety of stitches.
Last week, we undertook some mock SATs papers to assess where the children are and guide our teaching for the rest of the year. Although ‘official’ SATs will not be happening this year, we will be doing some more past SATs papers after half term in order to inform our teacher judgements, which will be passed onto secondary schools.
If you would like to support your child with their learning, we would encourage you to get them to log on to Times Table Rock Stars and Mathletics. You could also practise some arithmetic questions, involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
29th April 2021
Since we returned after the Easter holidays, we have started our new topic ‘Victory in Europe’. It has been extremely popular with all children! They have enjoyed learning about the timeline of key events in World War 2 from Flossie Albright’s Secret War Diaries. Over the next few weeks, we will be going on a walking tour of Exeter to discover the damage done to the city by bombs.
In writing, we have been writing a St Leonard’s Primary School prospectus. The children have written a formal text, detailing what St Leonard’s has to offer.
In maths, we have been diving into the learning pit with our topic of algebra. We have solved simple equations and found pairs of numbers that satisfy equations.
Thank you to everybody who has sent in a purse! We started our Design and Technology unit by researching a variety of purses and plan to design, make and evaluate our own WW2 themed purse later in the half term.
23rd March 2021
We have loved having all children back in school and classes returning more to ‘normal’! It has been great to see all of their faces, catch up with them and to see them back with their friends.
We have had lots of fun with our learning over the past two weeks. The children have enjoyed making circuits in our science topic: electricity. We have experimented with components and learnt how to draw circuits with scientific symbols.
In topic, we have been learning about the structure of the earth and how earthquakes happen. Next week, we will be choosing and researching particular earthquakes and the effects that they have had on humans and the landscape.
Our English has been focussed around Jackie Morris’ The Snow Leopard. We have investigated how she uses description to create character and her ambitious sentence structures. Next week, we will be writing our own fiction piece of writing, in the style of Jackie Morris. We will also be using watercolours to illustrate our writing.
We have been learning about area, perimeter and volume in maths. We wonder how many different shapes you can find at home: can you remember what a trapezium is? How about a parallelogram? Next week, we will be moving on to algebra, beginning by using some shapes to represent numbers.
Year 6 would like to say Merry Christmas! To celebrate this festive period, we have made a very special performance for you to enjoy. Press on the link below to watch the video. We are so proud of the children and all they have achieved since returning to school. We look forward to welcoming them back in 2021. The Year 6 team would also like to thank you for all your support and encouragement and wish you a safe and happy Christmas!
26th November 2020
This week, we have been writing our overcoming the monster stories in the style of Beowulf. The children have invented their own monster and a hero who will defeat the monster. We are focusing on using speech punctuation and paragraphs in our writing.
In maths, we have been using visual representations for fractions. We have learnt that the denominator tells us how many parts the whole is split into and the numerator tells us how many of those parts we have. As well as this, we have been simplifying fractions.
We have started our new topic of 'North America: Pacific to Atlantic'. We have used atlases to find the countries in North America, the Rocky Mountains and the Great Lakes.
Our shadufs are taking shape. We are in the process of constructing them, using saws and glue guns.
We heard Iolo and Louis play the guitar in our celebration worship on Friday and encourage any other children who have a talent to share it with us during this time. Well done, boys - it was great to hear you play!
12th November 2020
Year 6 have enjoyed reading Beowulf to start this term. We have examined lots of the vocabulary used in the text and considered what impressions we get of the characters. We will be writing our own overcoming the monster stories soon.
In maths, we have continued to work on written methods for the four operations - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We have looked at square and cube numbers as well as prime numbers. Next, we will be moving onto fractions.
We have started designing shadufs (Egyptian water carrying devices) to make in Design and Technology. We will be measuring and sawing wood to assemble them next week.
Don't forget to log on to Times Table Rock Stars to contribute to St Leonard's score in the England Rock Slam!
Thursday 22nd October
This term, year 6 have been learning all about the Ancient Egyptians. We have enjoyed many activities! We staged a mummification, where a willing volunteer from each class got ‘mummified’. There was lots of fun with toilet paper and ‘brain hooks’. We continued to learn about the mummification process by mummifying tomatoes. We will leave these and open some of them in December to see what has happened. We have looked at the timeline of the Ancient Egyptian era, located Egypt on the world map and discussed the ethics of excavating artefacts and human remains.
In science, we have been learning all about the human body, including the heart and the lungs. We made blood smoothies and learned how oxygen travels around the body. We then investigated the process of osmosis by leaving a jelly snake in water for 24 hours. They looked very different the next day!
In maths, we have been focusing on place value and the four operations. We have done a combination of Year 5 and Year 6 content to ensure that the children are secure with their understanding of these areas.
In English, we have focused on The Tear Thief by Carol Ann Duffy as well as diary entries. We are going to be writing a diary from the point of view of Howard Carter after he had discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb. Can you tell that we have been focusing on our tenses this week?
Here are some of our tense jokes….
The past, present and future had a fight – it was tense!
I was in an English exam and they asked “Write the past tense of ‘Think’”
I thought and thought about this for ages.
Eventually, I went for ‘Thunk’.