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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January 2020

Art

In art we have been introduced to our new topic – portraiture.

We looked at Royal portraits and discussed: What do portraits represent? How do they do this? What type of portraits are there?

We stuck the images and explained how each subject wanted to be represented; we also discussed

  • What type of character are they trying to show themselves as?
  • How do they hold themselves?
  • Do the objects in the image give any clues about them as a person?
  • Does their clothing hint at their character/status?
  • Is there any reference to events of that time?
  • Do you think it is a true reflection of the person?

We also analyzed symbolism in portraits.

Computing

Pupils were challenged to use their research skills to locate specific information about India.

They were reminded of the meaning of the terms copyright and plagiarism. They were made aware of the importance of considering this when researching and using information from the internet.

It was stressed that they must always present the information in their own words and to reference the images used. They were introduced to how they could add hyperlinks into a Word document.

Pupils added and formatted relevant images from the internet. They understand how images can be cropped, resized and moved using text wrap.

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 have created a holiday brochure persuading potential customers to visit our chosen country to enjoy the amazing landscapes and the rich culture the country has to offer. We have read lots of real-life promotions to understand the language and tone that they use to attract visitors.

We have used a lot of persuasive and emotive language ranging from more formal to informal to entice the reader to visit the country as once in a life time experience certainly not to be missed!

Geography

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

We will be creating a fact file for the country of our choice, in order for us to do this we will do the following:

  • look at the position in the world, including the hemisphere, continent and bordering countries.
  • research the human and physical features (including important landmarks)
  • Look at the traditions of the country to help us to gain a better understanding of life there and how it compares to life in the UK.

We will be presenting our work to Year 3 and 4 and share information with them about our fact file.

Maths

This month we were learning to understand Coordinates in 4 quadrants which are ordered pairs of numbers; the first number indicates the point on the x axis and the second the point on the y axis.

We learnt to draw, locate and complete shapes that meet given properties.

We also learnt to reflectrotate or translate a shape on a coordinates grid and then gave the coordinates of the new shape we had drawn.

We also were given a shape that has some coordinates marked on, but where the coordinates grid was not marked we needed to work out the coordinates of the unmarked vertex of the shape.

Music

In music the children are learning 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 and F on the ukulele.

They are improving their moves between chords in order to sing and play the song ‘ Three Little Birds’ by Bob Marley.

Panjabi

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.

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.

Children prepared a presentation and presented it to the whole class, which builds their confidence speaking in Panjabi.

PE

This term we have started training for our Junior Leader programme.

This program trains our Y6 children to be sports and games organisers for our KS1 children.  The trainees are taught a range of playground games as well as the skills needed to coach and lead our younger students.  We focus on communication skills, organisational skills and planning skills.

When the training finishes the Junior Leaders will go out into the KS1 playground during lunchtimes and arrange fun activities for the younger children to take part in.

PSHE

Topic: Changing Me

We identified what we are looking forward to and what worries we may have about transition from Primary to Secondary school.

We discussed about looking forward to study different languages, carrying out science experiments in labs and experiencing other teachers teaching us different subjects.

We shared our anxieties such as making new friends, homework, detentions and having a large variety of different teachers. Also, about not knowing our way around the school.

We shared our hopes for example gaining good grades in our exams. We also felt excited about starting the next stage in our education.

We worked in groups and presented our work to the whole class either through a poster or mind map.

As a class we discussed solutions to our worries.

Science

We learnt that static electricity was discovered before current electricity and that it is a non-contact force caused by charged objects.

We choose our own independent and dependent variable for our investigation. From the variables, we constructed a question to investigate.

Does the number of rubs affect the number of pieces of confetti picked up?

We found out that by rubbing the balloon, we made it more negatively charged. The positively charged confetti was attracted to the balloon. With every piece of confetti that touched the balloon, the negative charge become more neutralised. Eventually, no more confetti were attracted to the balloon because the balloon was electrically neutral.

Sikh Studies

To mark Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s Gurpurab that was in early January, this month children have been looking at the family of Guru Gobind Singh Ji and creating a family tree to show Guru Ji’s family. They were shown pictures and short video clips from the Chaar Sahibzaade movie showing Guru Ji’s family. Then children had to create their own family tree of Guru Ji’s family.

Some children who were Greater Depth and who had more knowledge were able to extend their family tree further to include the extended family of Guru Gobind Singh Ji. This helped the children to understand the relationship between the 10th Guru and previous Gurus.