Mrs Vitellaro

6 Falcon

Welcome to Life at KPS for Year 6

Mrs Nanda and Mrs Vitellaro warmly welcome you to Year 6.

The aim of this page is to highlight some of the fantastic learning that has been happening in Year 6, this page will be updated monthly, with photographs and information about the learning we have completed during the month.

We hope you enjoy looking through these updates and do discuss your child’s learning with them to celebrate their success. We look forward to any suggestions you may have to make your child’s learning a pleasant experience.

Mrs Nanda

6 Hawk

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December 2019

Computing

Pupils have been introduced to a new format of block coding this month. They created a simple program in which objects perform actions in a sequence.

In ‘Stepping through space’, pupils had to use the correct number of step commands to make a rocket reach the moon. They also added a time element within the program. In addition, they had to write a code to reach planet Earth from the moon by negotiating a series of obstacles, such as meteors and other planets.

Finally, pupils had an opportunity to create their own space scene. They were able to select their own images and backgrounds. Some of the programs created were truly challenging!

DT

In DT this month we were lucky to be visited by First Edition – a STEM group.  We were challenged to design a rollercoaster for a marble that would allow the marble to travel for at least 12 seconds.

When designing, we had to consider aerodynamics, speed and gravity.

The winning group collaborated well to test out their designs and readjust them.  They gave each other specific roles and used trial and error until they were successful.

We all received prizes including a power bank!

English

This month we have been writing to persuade.  We have looked at the ingredients of a successful persuasive piece of writing including using exaggeration, bias, rhetorical questions and claiming opinions as facts.

We will be writing a holiday brochure persuading potential customers to visit our chosen country during the winter break so we have read lots of real-life promotions to understand the language and tone that they use to attract visitors.

We have collected a vast amount of vocabulary ranging from more formal to emotive language which we have displayed in our classroom.

Geography

For our topic work we have researched the geographical features for the country we have chosen to persuade readers to visit.

We looked at their position in the world, including the hemisphere, continent and bordering countries.

We researched the human and physical features (including important landmarks) as they can be used as reasons to visit.

Looking at the traditions of the country (including any Christmas traditions) helped us to gain a better understanding of life there and how it compares to life in the UK.

Maths

In maths this month we have continued our work with fractions.  We can use apply our knowledge of the order of operations and the four operations with fractions.

We spent time on a problem-solving project from NRich; if three tables each had one, two or three bars of chocolate, where would each child (in a group of 30) want to sit in order to get the largest share if entering the room one at a time?  We tried out different methods and presented our work in different ways.

Music

Year 6 students have continued to learn how to play the ukulele.

Learning an instrument has huge benefits for the students. They have been taught the parts of the ukulele and the reasons for them.

They now understand the importance of holding the instrument correctly and how to place the fingers on the frets to change the pitch of the notes.

PE

Bikeability is the only UK government-recognised cycle training scheme, funded by the Department for Transport and is designed to teach pupils the skills and confidence to cycle safely.

The Bikeability Level 2 course is designed for children in year 6, comprising 2-hours Level 1 training in a traffic-free environment, followed by Level 2 sessions delivered over consecutive days.  The course is designed to give your child the skills and confidence needed to ride on local roads, of the type that are often found around schools.  In groups, supervised by two qualified National Standard Instructors, the children were taught how to safely deal with traffic on short journeys, such as the trip to school or the local park.

PSHE

In PSHE we have been identifying changes that may be outside of our control; for example, climate change.  We explained that humans don’t always have control over nature.

We identified changes that have happened in the children’s lives already that they have not had control over and discussed how they felt when this happened. We looked at a variety of scenarios, for example, moving house, starting secondary school in September and we talked about any feelings and worries they may experience and how to deal with them.

RE

In RE this term we have been looking at Christianity and how it came to be followed across the world.

We looked at the areas that are most and least densely populated with Christians across the world and discussed reasons why.

We learned about Emperor Constantine and his role in converting the Roman Empire to Christianity.

We learned about the missionaries who were sent to foreign lands to spread the word of God and how communal prayer and meals allowed people to meet and discuss their views about God.

As it is an important month for Christians, we read the story of the birth of Jesus and discussed reasons why Mary was chosen as his mother.

Science

In science we continued our work on animals including humans.  We revised the function of the circulatory system and looked more in-depth at the heart and lungs, including using a model of one with red food colouring to represent blood.

We linked our knowledge to an experiment we did on heart rate after exercise and discussed why pulse-rate increases.

We drew diagrams and labelled each part of the heart.  Next we will be looking at the flow of blood in the body – via the heart and lungs.

Sikh Studies

To mark the month of Shaheedi (Martyrdom) we have been looking at the story of the Chaar Sahibzaade (4 sons of Guru Gobind Singh Ji). Children were told detailed stories during the Gurdwara Assembly and in class about the Chaar Sahibzaade. Then the children were asked to write a letter to a non-Sikh named John who saw a picture of the Chaar Sahibzaade and has asked the class to write to him and explain who the 4 boys in the picture are. Children wrote as much information they could in the letter to explain who the Chaar Sahibzaade are to a non-Sikh person.