Mrs Vitellaro

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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

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February 2020

Art

In art this month we have continued our work on photography and portraits.

We chose items from home which symbolise us and our personalities.  This included soft toys to show we are caring, mobile phones to show we are good communicators and sports equipment to show athleticism.

We studied the work of Shadhi Ghadirian and how her subjects represented themselves.  Once we had decided on the position and lighting we took a range of photographs which we will be editing to crop the size and change the tonal range so that they better reflect royal portraits.

Computing

Pupils continued to locate specific information from the internet about India. They added and formatted relevant images from the internet. They understand how images can be layered, cropped, resized and moved using text wrap.

Pupils understand the meaning of the terms copyright and plagiarism. They were encouraged to acknowledge the images that they had used by referencing the website they came from. They were introduced to how they could use text in a Word document to hyperlink the web pages.

Pupils then went on to research the various symbols of India. For example: the national bird of India and the national flower of India.

English

In English we have been writing to entertain and make the reader nervous.  We are planning to write a descriptive piece set on a battle field using our knowledge from history.

We have looked at the ingredients of a successful battle scene: using negative vocabulary, imagery (metaphors and personification), short sentences to build suspense, describing senses and having the weather reflect the mood.

Some of us have chosen to write from the perspective of the moon or a horse, observing the destruction from afar.

We have written short bursts of creative writing to practice after watching videos of re-enacted battle scenes.

History

We have started our new topic on medieval monarchs. We have chosen to look at two famous battles: The Battle of Hastings and The Battle of Bosworth and look at the similarities and differences between them.

We looked at a variety of factors leading up to the Battle of Bosworth and tried to understand why Henry Tudor triumphed over Richard III.  This included:

  • Richard’s reputation as an usurper
  • Desertion and treachery on the battlefield
  • Richard’s military errors
  • Henry Tudor’s Welsh and French support.

We thought like historians and evaluated the importance of each of these factors to decide why we thought Henry won the battle.

Maths

In maths, we have been using our knowledge of place value and decimals to solve problems.

We know how to multiply and divide any number by a multiple of 10 so we have used our reasoning skills to answer increasingly difficult problems.

We have also started to look at the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages and how to convert one to the other using multiplication and division.

We have also been practising our fluency by doing five quick practice questions a day using all four operations; we are working on choosing the most efficient method.

Music

In music the children have perfected songs about belief and self- esteem including ‘Make your Own Kind of Music’ and ‘High Ropes’

In addition, we are continuing to learn to read the chords C G F and Am on the ukulele.

They are improving their strumming techniques and are moving between chords more fluently, in order to sing and play the song ‘ Three Little Birds’ by Bob Marley

Panjabi

In Year 6 this term we are learning all 7 sets of Panjabi letters and revising our previous learning by reading and writing words and simple sentences with different symbol. This month children are reading and writing sentences with different symbols and some children are reading simple text in Panjabi. For speaking and listening our topic for this term is traditional sports of Panjab. First they shared their experiences with the whole class if they have seen or been to any of these sports to watch. After that we looked at the pictures and learnt the names of different sports in Panjabi.

PE

We took our children to Norfolk for a 3 day Outdoor Adventure this month!

Children took part in a variety of activities including kayaking, canoeing, raft building, fencing and bouldering.

Children experienced problem solving in groups such as when they were tasked to build a raft using only barrels and rope.  They had to plan out their idea and execute it together by solving problems as they came up.  They then had to test their raft on the water by getting onto it and paddling along a lake!

Sikh Studies

This month in Sikh Studies pupils have been learning different stories about the life of Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Stories (Sakhis) from the birth of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, to their childhood and to the different contributions the 10th Guru gave to the Sikhs. The children had learnt these stories through images from story books and then the children used those images to write their own short stories to go with each of the images they chose to write about. This has helped children to understand more about the greatness of Guru Gobind Singh Ji while practising their story writing skills.