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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October 2019

Art

In art, we have used a variety of materials and techniques to explore collage.   

Some children chose to work with newspapers and magasines and others chose to paint paper and then use this to layer.  We looked at the how to cut and tear paper to create a desired shape and edge finish.  We also looked at composition – how best to compose our pieces on the page.   

We practised different techniques and then created a final piece which is insipid by the travels of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.  

Computing

Pupils created and named two new folders to save their work. They then revisited some of their previous work and moved the files into the appropriate folders. 

This half term, pupils were given the opportunity to create an e-book using PowerPoint about an endangered animal of their own choice. 

Pupils were shown how to add page numbers to each slide and how to link certain slides using a hyperlink and using an action button. Pupils also learned how to add transitions and animations to their presentations.   

Pupils will have an opportunity to share their presentations with their classmates and pupils in other classes. 

English

In English we have been writing to entertain the reader.  We have focused on using imagery – such as similes, metaphors and personification – to help create a picture in the reader’s mind.  We also learnt how to join closely related clauses with a semi-colon and to add details to a description using a colon.  

We studied and analysed the story Haridwar which tells of Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s meeting with a group of hindus and teaching them his three golden beliefs.   

We have retold our own version of the story, embellishing it with descriptive language about the setting, atmosphere and characters. 

Geography

In geography this month we have been fortunate to have our geography expert – Mr Vig – teach us.  We have looked at rivers and learnt the technical language to describe the different parts and the different stages that they go through – from the youthful stage, to mature and old-age.  This all linked into the story we have been studying to celrbate Guru Nanak Dev Ji as it features the River Ganges – Haridwar 

Next, we looked at maps and learnt about grid references.  We studied a local map and identified different locations.  

Maths

In maths this month we have continued our work with place value and developed our understanding of rounding numbers up to a million.  We know which digit to look at to work out if the number rounds up or down including with decimal numbers.  We know that this is especially useful when you go shopping and you want to estimate the cost!   

We then worked on the four operations and have been practising using the formal methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division (including the long and short method).   

We have been learning to use the most efficient method to calculate and discussing our reasoning.  We have used our knowledge to play maths games and problem-solve.  Next we will be moving onto fractions.  

Music

In music, the children have learnt to sing the song ‘Something inside so strong’ which focuses on being proud of who they are, having good self –esteem, learning to care for others and having the perseverance to reach their full potential. This also reinforces the message of ‘Guru Nanak Dev Ji.’ 

In addition, they have learnt about different forms of music including Ternary, Binary and Rondo form. Using Ternary form, The children have begun to compose and perform melodies changing dynamics as they play. 

Panjabi

In year 6 the main focus of this term has and will be on Guru Nanak Dev Ji since we are celebrating the 550th Prakash Dehara of Dhan Dhan Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. First we learnt about Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s family and their family members such as Bhai Mardana Ji and Bhai Bala Ji. We then learnt about Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s childhood and Three Teachings; Naam Japna, Wand Shakna and Kirt Karna. As well as learning the three teachings, we learnt about their meanings and how to incorporate them into our lives.  We then looked at a story called At hardwar . We were then given a picture which corresponded a part of the story, we used the picture to discuss that part of the story with our partner and we then shared that with the whole class which helped us gain confidence to speak loudly and clearly infront of the whole class. We then recorded the key vocabulary in Panjabi, and their meanings from the story into our books. We have also been learning Shabads from our assembly’s to.  

PE

For PE this term, children have been playing Handball.  As Handball is a team sport we have focused on teamwork and communication.  Children have been practising to communicate verbally and non-verbally with their team by means such as eye contact and calling out the name of who they pass the ball to. 

We have also used focuses such as “we can encourage and coach each other when mistakes are made”.  This was embedded into our lessons to help promote the idea of helping each other and not to blame teammates when the team is losing or not playing well.   

Children learnt the difference between encouraging and coaching and as lessons have progressed we have started to offer coaching tips to our teammates rather than simply offering words of encouragement. 

Also, our Y6 girls football team won their first match against Marish and Willow 4-0! 

PSHE

In PSHE our topic is ‘being me in my world’.  We looked at influential people such as Tom Daley the Olympic diver.  We learned about his vision to become a diver and the goals that he set himself.  On spiralled paper, children wrote their worried about being in Year Six and how to express them. On a flag, children wrote about their hopes and goals for Year Six.   

We compared children’s wants and needs from different communities including children in Ghana working on a cocoa plantation; we discussed whether their rights were being met for example, a right to an education. 

Finally, we looked at how our needs can be met in order for learning to happen and how to deal with difficult emotions.  

RE

Our question this month is ‘what is commitment?’  the children thought about their commitments at home, at school and in extra-curricular activities.  

We then discussed what is the best way for a Muslim to show commitment to God and discussed how they do so: praying and donating to charities.  We learnt about the third pillar of Islam (Zakah) and how this involves giving money to charity or helping in any way possible.  We discussed how this is similar to Seva in Sikhism.   

Science

In science we are leaning about animals including humans.  We looked at the structure of skeletons and how they support us.   

We spent time learning about where our organs are located and the function of each one; we had fun using models, ‘organ aprons’ and research to understand their roles.   

We then created a functioning ‘lung’ using a bottle and a couple of balloons.  We can now explain how the respiratory system works and why animals have different organs to humans.  

Next we will be looking at the circulatory system and the digestive system.  

Sikh Studies

This month pupils have been learning about the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji from watching a short animation on Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s life. They firstly derived as many teachings as they could from the short clips shown from the animation. From there they chose one of the teachings and then applied it to a real life situation that they could relate to. This was discussed in groups. Afterwards they wrote down how they can use each of the teachings from Guru Nanak Dev Ji in their day-to-day life.