Science: Investigating Circuits
Today we were given several circuit diagrams and predicted whether they would work or not. Then we made the circuits out of wires, cells, buzzers and bulbs to see if our predictions were correct!
Anne Frank website link
Computing: Retro Video Games
This half term we are using Scratch to code our own versions of the retro video game 'Pong'. We wrote code for three sprites to act as paddles and a ball, and also included a score counter. Have a look at the games we created.
Design Technology: Can you design and build a bridge that can withstand an air attack?
As part of our World War II topic, we studied and learnt about why bridges were key to battle strategy. In particular, we learnt about the bridge at Remagen in Germany which was so strong it withstood attempts to destroy it. We are going to learn design and woodwork skills to build our own bridges.
PTA Cup Raffle
Well done and thank you to everybody who took part in the design-a-cup competition! There were some amazing entries this year - really creative!
Computing: Networks, HTML & Fake News
Today we learnt about our LAN (year 6 pupils know what this stands for!) and how it works in school. We also learnt the difference between the internet and the worldwide web - which we hadn’t thought of before!
As part of our learning about the worldwide web, we looked at html and began to use html tags to create web pages. Finally, we used x-ray goggles to remix html tags on web pages to create fake news. This brought us on to a conversation about fake news and how we need to use critical thinking when finding news from internet sources.
Science TASC: Can you design an evidence-based exercise programme to achieve a physical goal?
As part of our Science we have been learning about the circulatory system. We are applying our new knowledge into a real life scenario - to design a fitness plan! We have practised a wide range of exercises to see which ones get our pulses racing! Our extensive knowledge of PE with Joe Wicks really helped us out!
Having finished writing the first draft of our ghost story, we needed to edit our work to identify any errors and make improvements. We created eight different editing stations with a different writing focus on each One. Moving around the stations, we have edited our work - ready for publishing tomorrow!
To document our reading and show our understanding of the books we are reading, we have created Reading Journals. After we finish reading a chapter of our book, we choose two or three activities from the activity sheet and build up a double-page presentation. Here are some amazing examples of works in progress! Well done everybody in Year 6 for embracing this new way of showing our reading!
Science: The Heart
Today we put what we learnt about the heart into practice. Using dissection, we identified the main parts of the heart: aorta, pulmonary artery, atria and ventricles. It was daunting for some of us but we persevered and explored our previous thoughts and learning about the heart in a practical way.
Science: The Blood
This week, we have been learning about the blood. We looked in detail at the components that make up the blood: red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma and platelets. After learning about their relative shapes, sizes, colours and proportions, we found out more about the important role they each play in keeping us alive and healthy. Here are some posters that we made to explain the feature of each part of the blood.
King John & The Magna Carta
We have started to look in detail at significant British monarchs, beginning with King John. We learnt about why he is considered to be one of the worst kings ever. Then we explored the reasons that led to the creation of The Magna Carta.
Science - The Lungs
Today we learnt about the lungs, using balloons to investigate our lung capacity. We also made our own lift-the-flap models to show the different parts of the lungs we had learnt about.
Which British monarch has had the biggest impact on our lives today?
We have started our new history topic by gathering our initial thoughts about the big question. Then we used clues to create a timeline of influential monarchs. In doing this, we learnt some key and interesting facts about famous British monarchs. Next, we used what we learnt to create Top Trumps cards for the monarchs - creating categories and giving scores for each one.
To get us back into the writing zone, we have been using DADWAVERS to remind us how to vary our sentence structure. Using interesting pictures as a stimulus, we worked in pairs to write descriptive and creative paragraphs with outstanding results!