Mrs Subramanium

6 Falcon

Welcome to Life at KPS for Year 6

Mrs Nanda and Mrs Subramaniam 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

April 2019

What we have been learning so far this year:

Arts

In art our skills were to focus on using light/dark and position to portray emotions. We developed a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, form and space. We studied the Images of Shadhi Ghadirian’s ‘Like Every day’ Series and focused on the objects within each photograph.  We looked at what impression do they give us of the woman.  Our discussions generated a debate on the role of women in the modern society. We then used everyday objects to replicate ‘The Like Series’ commenting on the appropriateness of the object and how it represented us. We also discussed stereotypes in society.

Computing

During this half term, the children were set the task of designing a t-shirt that conveyed the importance of saving our planet. This was to celebrate ‘Earth Day’ in March. This event is recognised and celebrated globally.

The children were encouraged to incorporate four main elements in their t-shirt design. These included: clipart, text boxes, shapes and WordArt.

On completion of the task, the children were encouraged to research and present additional facts about the effects of climate change, pollution and deforestation on our planet. They were also asked to consider how their own actions could help support our quest to save the planet.

English

Our history was linked to the History topic. We researched about different forms of government and had a heated debate about which one was the best. We enjoyed this so much that we did this over two days, carefully choosing our counter arguments. After this, we wrote down our persuasive pieces trying to convince others why we think one form was better than the other. Our success criteria was built carefully to suit the purpose and the audience.

History

We have continued our work on Ancient Greece this month and have started to look at how the past has influenced our modern day lives.

We gained insight into concepts of power, influence, rights and responsibilities, with reference to both Ancient Greece and the present, as part of citizenship education.

Some of us were surprised by the influence governors have on our school. We researched the different forms of government. Through  debate and argument in our lessons, we tried to answer the question- which form of government is the best?

Maths

We have been practicing our fluency skills in finding area and perimeter of rectilinear and compound shapes. We then used our reasoning skills to prove or disapprove statements about area and perimeter of shapes. Some were compound shapes with some lines not marked while others had a mixture of mm and cm, forcing us to make conversions before working out the missing measurements.

Music

In line with our topic, we have been listening to Ancient Greek music and discussing the criteria for composing music in the same style.

The children have been studying simple and triple time which is one of the characteristics of Ancient Greek music.

They have started to compose their simple and triple time piece by using staff notation to create their own rhythms and write then as a music score.

Physical Education (P.E.)

Children have been learning to play Cricket.  We have been practicing our batting and bowling techniques. Children are in charge of counting runs for their team and taking a note of how many overs they are batting for.

Giving children a level of independence in lessons encourages them to try new ideas without fear of making mistakes and we have been taking advantage of this in PE by leaving children to their own devices for a large portion of the lesson.  Through doing this with cricket, children have naturally started to focus more on the discipline that they enjoy the most i.e. bowling, batting, wicket keeper or fielding.

Personal, Social, Health and Economics (PSHE)

We looked at what makes a good friend and discussed the differences between good and bad friends. Through our discussions we concluded that: good friends have a huge impact on our success and happiness; they give us confidence, make us feel valued and offer support and love when we need it. Friends are special because each one is unique, but there are common factors that make a good friend. They make you feel good and support you.

Religious Education (R.E.)

Christianity-We are learning to examine the influences Christianity still has in the world and to evaluate whether it is still a strong religion. Our Key question for this enquiry was -Is Christianity still a strong religion 2000 years after Jesus was on earth? We researched Christian charities doing good work to alleviate poverty, etc. (CAFOD/Christian Aid/Salvation Army) and discussed whether this shows that this religion is strong. We also discussed if this relates to Christians doing this work in response to Jesus’ teaching to ‘Love your neighbour’?(Mark 12:28-31) We looked at different stories listed in Bible about Jesus’s teachings and Christian beliefs; we created a poster about our understanding.

Science

We answered the question – what is the best method of separation of water and salt?

We recalled our prior knowledge about Evaporation; evaporation is the process by which water (and other liquids) changes from a liquid state to a vapour or gas state.

First, we had to predict if evaporation was the best method and why. Using the given method, we carried out the lab and found out that evaporation was the best method although our readings showed an increase in weight of solute. We then concluded that it could be because there was a fair amount of moisture still left in the beaker.

Sikh Studies

In Sikh studies we have been doing a project based on Vaisakhi. The pupils were working independently to create a realistic way to show what happened on Vaisakhi in 1699. The pupils worked in pairs or small groups to retell the story of Vaisakhi in a unique way. Many pupils went a step further and wrote on an imitated old scroll paper (made with the use of tea bags) to give the effect of a traditional story presented in a historical way to reflect the time period it came from. This was their own independent work with minimal input from the teacher.