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.
In Art we have been learning how to draw texture with pencil. We also learnt that texture is the feeling, appearance or consistency of an object or material.
It can be natural or man-made, functional or decorative. Artists try to replicate the texture of the subject to make their work look as realistic as possible.
We also explored tone by smudging and blending. We looked at the George Seurat’s work and discussed how the artist has used light and dark to create shadows. We tried to create the effect that the artist had created in our work
In English this term our topic is based on ‘Khalsa Cares’. We are looking at how climate change is causing extreme weather events which impact citizens’ homes and livelihoods.
We will be writing a persuasive speech asking each other, our school and leaders to listen to the facts and make a difference. We will not only use previously learned persuasive techniques but will also focus on our delivery of the speech. This month we have been taking part in drama lessons to focus on body language, tone of voice and pace; this will help us to gain confidence and better prepare us for our futures. We will look at famous speeches from history and also recent times – including Greta Thunberg to draw inspiration from.
In maths this month we have been solving algebraic equations. We first learned that letters are just representations of different numbers. We then looked at how we can use Numicon to solve equations before using a bar model as a pictorial representation. We then applied this knowledge to word problems – for example solving how much a babysitter would charge for different hours of pay plus travel costs.
I have been very proud of the attitude of the students this term as some music restrictions are still in place.
The Children have been learning how to hold, tune and strum a ukulele. By learning 4 chords (C Am F and G) They will be able to accompany many songs.
We have particularly focussed on moving in time to the pulse beat between chords.
Most students can now play and move fluently between chord C and Am
We will continue to move between Chord F and G which requires a little more dexterity and co-ordination.
Physical Education (PE)
This Month in PE we have been learning how to play Cricket. Children have practiced the various skills required to play Cricket such as throwing, catching, batting and bowling.
Children have also learned some of the terminology associated with the sport such as ‘LBW’ and ‘Over’.
We hope to continue practicing our skills in cricket and learn more of the rules regarding the game.
In PSHE, we have been learning about what makes a good friend. We spoke about the qualities we expect to have in a friend and therefore how we should treat others. We linked this to our Khalsa values and our British values.
We were also visited by Slough community support officers who spoke to us about the dangers of knife crime. We know that it is against the law to carry a knife and to tell an adult if we think someone is or if we feel like we are in danger.
In science this month we recapped the learning we completed during remote learning in light to ensure we really understood the topic. We understand the difference between man-made and natural light sources and reflectors; how light travels in waves; that light can travel through a vacuum and that it is made up of many colours.
We investigated how filters (in a range of colours) only allow a certain coloured light to pass through and therefore coloured objects appear darker (black) when viewed through them.
Our next topic is living things and their habitats.
In Sikh Studies we have been learning about the 7th Guru; Guru Har Rai Sahib Ji. Children have been learning stories about Guru Har Rai Sahib Ji and their teachings. The 7th Guru is known for encouraging caring for the environment and teaching Sikhs about gardening and looking after nature and animals. Children had listened to stories about Guru Har Rai Sahib Ji and written them in their own words using key vocabulary. Children went on to write about the teachings of Guru Har Rai Sahib Ji and how they can apply it in their own lives.