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

June 2019

What we have been learning so far:

Arts

Our project was to design biscuits for our chosen target audience. First we compared some popular biscuits in the market based on taste, smell, texture and appearance.

We also had to ensure that we gave thoughtful consideration to its packaging as well. They were then placed on a star chart based on their attributes.

Our next step was to complete market research to inform us about the type of biscuit we would like to design. All years from 3 to 5 at Khalsa were involved to help us decide.

We had to carefully write down all the words that were used to describe the biscuit to make our decision.

Computing

This term, pupils have had an opportunity to practise and develop their touch-typing skills using an online program entitled ‘Dancing Mat’.

Pupils have been introduced to the coding unit. They understand that when a computer does something, it is following a set of instructions called code. They have learnt how to give clear instructions to make objects on the screen move.

During this unit, pupils will be encouraged to complete ‘Debugging exercises.’ This will allow them to locate and correct mistakes in a given code.

In addition, pupils have used the internet to research information for their individual project work.

English

This term we were learning to participate in and gain knowledge, skills and understanding associated with the artistic practice of drama. We were able to adopt, create and sustain a range of roles, responding appropriately to others in role.

We had the opportunity to improvise, devise and script drama for one another and practised for a range of audiences, as well as rehearsed, refined, shared and responded thoughtfully to drama and theatre performances linked to our end of the year production.

We were able to read aloud and perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone and volume so that the meaning is clear to an audience.

History

We took up the role of detectives trying to prove that the legend of Theseus and the Minotaur may actually have been a fact.  First we had to think carefully about what sort of evidence MIGHT have survived.  We looked at images of key objects that were part of the story. We talked about what we might find if we were archaeologists setting out to dig for evidence.

We then decided if the artefacts support the evidence of the myth being true.

Maths

We tried to answer one of the trickiest unanswered questions in mathematics: The Gold Bach Conjecture-Can every even whole number greater than 2 be written as the sum of two primes?

We had to use our knowledge of prime numbers and problem solving to tackle this.

It seems that every even number greater than 2 can indeed be written as the sum of two primes. This is also the conclusion that the Prussian amateur mathematician and historian Christian Gold Bach.

Music

We learnt how to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. We developed an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.

We have used our understanding of simple and triple time to compose and perform a piece using staff notation.

We have also begun to learn our songs for our leaver performance, concentrating on diction, phrasing, pitch and dynamics.

We also played and performed in solo and ensemble contexts, using our voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression.

Panjabi

Pupils have been learning new vocabulary in Punjabi and then putting it into practise in a role play. They have been learning new words related to the ‘home’ and then writing the meanings of the words. Next they have prepared a role play in Punjabi in small groups where they have got to use the newly learnt words and apply them to a home setting. They have also practised translating Punjabi words into English and vice versa. In the role play pupils have pretended to be parents, siblings and grandparents. We hope they get to use these new Punjabi words at home too.

Personal, Social, Health and Economics (PSHE)

Our core theme this term was ‘Health and Wellbeing’. We learnt how our body will and emotions may, change as we approach and move through puberty.

We learnt how to deal with feelings and raise awareness of our own and others’ feelings and to develop strategies for dealing with difficult feelings. The ability to identify and express feelings appropriately is important for a sense of well-being. The development of strategies for dealing with difficult situations will help us build confidence.

We also discussed the importance of protecting personal information, including passwords, addresses and the distribution of images of ourselves and others.

Physical Education (P.E.)

This month was our school Sports Day.  Children took part in many different races where they were required to put all their previous learning into action.  They had to use techniques learnt in PE lessons to compete against each other in a variety of challenges and races.  Some of our races involved problem solving where children had to work as part of a team to complete challenges faster than the other teams.  This put many skills learnt in PE lessons into practice and the children were excellent in displaying their teamwork and tenacity to finish any challenge they were confronted with.

Religious Education (R.E.)

We discussed the key questions on Christianity: Does participating in worship help people to feel closer to God or their faith community?  Why do Christians believe it is important to worship and worship together? How are churches used for worship? Why and how do Christians celebrate their festivals?

We also discussed what value do some Christians find in private prayer and worship? How and why do Christians mark milestones in their life journey? Can the arts help communicate religious beliefs?  How have Christians expressed some of their most difficult ideas, beliefs and personal experiences through the arts.

Science

We investigated the question: Does the mass of steel wool change after burning? We predicted that steel wool will gain mass when it burns.

We then burnt the steel wool using a 9Volt battery. We were surprised when the mass of steel after burning increased. The difference was very small. The mass of the steel wool sample increased when the iron combined with oxygen in the air.

We had to take many precautions whilst doing this experiment. This included wearing safety goggles at all times, using a heat proof mat for burning steel wool and to remove all  paper and other flammables.