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

March 2019

What we have been learning so far this year:

Arts

Our whole school focus has been watercolours for the month of March so we used images from our traditional tales to practise our skills.   

We learnt about hue, tint, tone and shade and how to use water to vary the intensity of the paint.   

We chose traditional prints to work from and traced the image as a starting point.  After we had practised using the watercolours, we used our knowledge of intensity of colour to give our painting depth.   

The paintings that we produced are an excellent complement to our stories.  

Computing

This spring half term, the children have been learning how use the shape tool in Word. They have learnt how to fill the shapes by incorporating different textures, gradients and patterns and how to layer the different objects. They have designed their own wrapping paper by forming a shape tile and then by using copying and pasting to create a repetitive pattern. 

The children have used the process of layering and grouping objects to create a picture of a house with clipart, and to design a poster for their history topic on the Greeks. 

English

In English this month we studied traditional tales.  We looked at how our perceptions of characters can change due to the language choices made by the authors – from the classic Grimm brothers’ tales to more modern versions of the same stories.  

We looked at how storytelling language has evolved from a more formal tone to a friendlier voice and decided to focus on the traditional vocabulary for our own versions of the stories.     

Our stories contain powerful imagery to create a picture in the readers’ mind and carefully chosen vocabulary to persuade the reader to feel empathy towards a particular character – not always who would expect!  

History

We have started our Ancient Greece topic and we are trying to answer the question “How do we know so much about Ancient Greece?” We found out that archaeologists have dug up Ancient Greek artefacts and buildings and marine archaeologists have found wrecks of Ancient Greek ships and their cargoes which give us a lot of information about how life must have been. We also learnt about the chronology of events and chose another civilisation to draw congruent timelines. 

Maths

In maths this month we have been looking at problems involving ratio.  We looked at the relationship between fractions and ratio in terms of parts and whole and used our prior knowledge of bar models to represent our thinking.   

We have also spent lots of time practising our arithmetic skills including multiplying and dividing with fractions; we have worked really hard on working out the most efficient method.   

Music

In music we have been looking at different songs to identify the dynamics and how the pitch changes. We have also been studying a music band called stomp and how they play in a synchronised tune to keep the pulse beat going. Also how a silence can create a big effect in the song or rhythm.  

We have looked at different types of songs   e.g. a million dreams, believe and count on me and how some pitches are higher than others. In this we identified the timings of when we need to drop the high pitch. For example, “Count on me” is a song with both high and low pitches so while singing the song we need to be careful of the changes.  

Panjabi

Children in Year 6 were practising speaking in Punjabi and understanding what they were saying by playing two games:  

  1. Translation game whereby one person has to translate in English what their partner says in Punjabi and vice versa.  
  2. Q&A game whereby one person asks a question in Punjabi or English and their partner has to answer in the opposite language.  

There were two levels to play. Level 1 is single words and Level 2 is phrases and sentences.  

Physical Education (P.E.)

The children have been working on teamwork. Learning how to recognise their strengths and weaknesses and using this information to help improve their performance in football. 

They have also been practising using the inside of the foot when passing and using key words such as ‘intercept’. 

Personal, Social, Health and Economics (PSHE)

We have been learning a few HIIT exercises to keep ourselves fit. Marcella from Nuffield taught us simple short burst moves.” It was fun as we got to practice with balloons and work with our partners,” said Harleen Kaur. We also made our list of exercises with our partners and we were taught how to stay fit and healthy.  

We also looked at how having a disability could affect someone’s life and we are aware of our attitude towards people with disabilities.  

We also discussed how we can make choices about our own behaviour because we understand how rewards and consequences feel and  how these relate to our rights and responsibilities. 

Religious Education (R.E.)

Our learning question was to evaluate different beliefs about eternity and eternal life. We also understood the Christian perspective on eternity. We watched a Christian wedding and focused on vows and promises that are made, the rings that are exchanged. We explored what is meant by ‘unconditional’ love. 

We explored the Christian belief that because of Jesus’ resurrection, Christians will also be able to have life after death (eternal life) John 3:16. 

We discussed our ideas about heaven and hell and compared it to Christian beliefs. We looked at various sources including the parable of the sheep and the goats (Matthew 25:31-46) and drew inferences about Christian beliefs about eternal love. Make a class collage of what the world would look like if everyone ‘loved their neighbour. 

Science

Our topic is Materials and we have been learning about reversible changes. Boiling, evaporating and condensing are all examples of reversible changes. For example, if you could capture all the steam that is made when a kettle boils, you could turn it back to water by cooling it. We also learnt to identify independent and dependent variables in our experiments. We found out that evaporation is an effective method to get the salt from  a saturated solution. 

Sikh Studies

In Sikh studies we are doing a 3 D- project based on Vaisakhi. We are creating a real life scene of what happened in the creation of Khalsa Panth in 1699 AD.We have worked in groups to give out a message as why Sikh people celebrate Vaisakhi and give an in-depth information about the subject.