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Life at KPS – Year 6 July 2019 2019-07-18T09:42:27+01:00

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

July 2019

What we have been learning so far:

Arts

We made some Greek dishes at home in our topic Ancient Greece.

Our challenge was to design a Greek menu including breakfast, lunch and supper. We had to keep to the brief and also give it a modern twist which was a challenge.

Our target audience was Year 6 and we had to design products that were innovative and would appeal to 10-11 year olds.

In our DT teams we had to be very creative as not all of us loved olives and nearly all dishes used olives.

Did you know that men and women ate their meals separately, either in different rooms or at different times? Men would often have their male friends over for dinner. The women were not allowed to join.

Computing

This has proved to be a very eventful month for Year 6 as they have been on their residential trip, visiting their new secondary schools and also practising for their Year 6 school production.

However, we have managed to continue with our coding lessons. Pupils have gained an understanding that computers use algorithms to complete tasks. They have incorporated conditional ‘if’ statements in their codes to create their own maze games. They have thoroughly enjoyed testing and evaluating these games with their peers.

Pupils have also used the internet to research information about their topic on Ancient Greeks.

English

We are extremely excited to present our class production next week. We have worked hard to create special invites for governors, parents, and other classes to enjoy and applaud our performance. We were put into teams to design the invites and write the programme.

Our brief was to design the best invite that would bring in maximum number of people to the performance.

We looked at the criteria of writing to inform and created the invite using 5 W’s, formal language and kept our targeted audience in mind.

We used our own style of presentation and used the text features to inform our readers clearly.

History

We learnt about food in Ancient Greece.

The Ancient Greek diet was very healthy and consisted largely of grains, wheat, barley, fruit, vegetables and cake.

Meat was rarely eaten as the Greeks felt killing and eating a domesticated animal was wrong without sacrificing it to the Gods.

Greeks had wine for every meal of the day.

We then researched about what Ancient Greeks would have for breakfast, lunch and supper.

The big meal of the day was dinner, which was eaten around sundown. Dinner would sometimes be a long social event with a variety of foods including vegetables, bread, eggs, fish, and cheese.

Maths

We revised how to measure angles using a protractor. Terminology we had to practice were: degrees, protractor, scale, base line, centre of angle, obtuse, acute, right angle, reflex, clockwise, anticlockwise, vertex We first learnt to identify acute, obtuse, reflex and right angles.
We then learnt to identify the right scale on the protractor. Learning to position the protractor at the vertex of the angle, we lined up the base correctly. Finally, we had recognise if the measurement matched the type of angle measured.

It was  interesting  to note if our estimates were accurate or not.

Music

The children have continued to develop their singing skills by learning songs for their production. They have concentrated on diction, variation in tone and dynamics and phrasing.

They have learnt to sing a variety of styles, including part singing, ballads and rock and roll and have understood the importance of differences and change of voice.

Some children have built the confidence to sing solos or small group singing.

They have also been learning to sing songs in 3 different parts

Personal, Social, Health and Economics (PSHE)

We learnt to explain how girls’ and boys’ bodies change during puberty and understood the importance of looking after ourselves physically and emotionally.

We also learnt to express how we feel about the changes that have happened to us during puberty.

We learnt to distinguish the facts about puberty from the myths and half-truths.

We also discussed questions about how our body, our feelings and our lifestyle are going to change as we grow up.

We also learnt  how puberty and its changes will affect our peers of the opposite sex as well as our own.

Physical Education (P.E.)

This month we have been asking children how active they are in and out of school.  At the start of the year a company called Active Movement came in and asked children how much exercise they got during a normal school day and on the weekends.  They did this via a questionnaire which all children filled out. Now this month we had to answer the questionnaire again and send results to Active movement so they can analyse and send us a report.  The report will come with findings and also recommendations that we can consider to increase our levels of physical exercise.

Religious Education (R.E.)

We are taking part in the Choices’ programme which uses technology to help us develop and practice strategies that will help us protect ourselves from the vulnerabilities we all experience from time-to-time.

In this way, rather than trying to solve each individual ‘symptom’, the programme equipped us to better manage any problem we might come across in our daily lives.

It taught us how to become a better person, and make the right choices.

It also helped us to deepen our relationship with our peers and teachers. This helped us to trust each other.

Science

In our topic Evolution we answered the question: How are characteristics passed from parents to offspring?  We learnt the keywords associated with the explanation of the question.  We found out that there is variation between the species although they share some common characteristics.

Did you know that each baby is unique with its own hair colour, eye colour and build?  We also learnt about the etymology of some of the keywords. For example, offspring from Old English means:” Children or young”  off means off or away.  Spring means to spring or jump.

Parents pass their genes to their offspring which help determine the characteristics of the offspring.

Mrs. S demonstrated how to extract DNA from a banana.  We then enjoyed doing a quiz on the lesson.

Sikh Studies

As it is the final lessons of Sikh Studies for the pupils at KPS, the pupils have been allowed the chance to ask any questions they want to ask anonymously about Sikhi. They were given the opportunity to write their questions on post-it notes or raise them in class discussions. Pupils asked a range of questions and the answers were discussed in class and the given answers were derived from the teachings of the Gurus and/or from the teachings in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

Pupils raised even more questions from the answers and were happy with the final answers given. This ran over two lessons.