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

May 2019

What we have been learning so far:

Arts

In art our key skills were to create sculptures from found objects using images of Shadhi Ghadirian’s ‘Like Every day’ Series.

We used photography and sculpture with a range of materials and took digital pictures of our creation.

We learnt how to drape fabric to create forms and used found objects to dress clothes on or to ‘stuff’ clothes to make a structure.

We also framed the sculpture as if it was a close up portrait (similar to Ghadirian’s ‘Like Every day’ images).

We worked in groups to help each other to sculpt, position and photograph the sculptures.

Computing

During the last half term, pupils continued designing their t-shirt, which conveyed a conservation message on the importance of saving our planet.

Pupils had to incorporate four main elements in their t-shirt design. These included: clipart, text boxes, shapes and WordArt.

Pupils were encouraged to use the internet to research and present additional facts about the effects of climate change, pollution and deforestation on our planet. They had the choice to incorporate and present this information either in the form of a poster or as a PowerPoint.

Pupils had an opportunity to present their work to their class, and evaluated their presentations through discussions.

English

We have been revising grammatical terms to help us in our writing. We chose a picture and showcased our knowledge of the grammatical terms through the use of picture.

It served as useful list of glossary of need to know terms in Year 6.We also had fun listening to songs from various artists and identifying the number of grammatical terms in the song!

We are also practising how to answer inferential questions including the type:”What impression do you get…?” We used sentence starters in different colours to ensure we were using at least two pieces of evidence from the text.

History

We compared the two main city states in Ancient Greece-Athens and Sparta. We used secondary sources to research our information to create a leaflet. Our information included rights of citizens, lives of children and comparison of life style of girls and boys.

Did you know that in Athens, girls and boys were brought up differently? While boys went off to school at age 7, young girls continued to stay at home until they were married. Girls were not formally educated, but some mothers did teach their daughters to read and write.

We discussed our opinions about which would have been a better place to live and why; we justified our choices.

Maths

In maths this term we focused on data and statistics.  We looked at how different graphs are suited to different data and then learnt how to interpret them including line graphs, pie charts and bar graphs.  We then constructed different graphs and charts to represent data we had been given.  Finally, we discussed the usefulness of averages – including when it is appropriate to look at the mean, mode or median. We collected our own data by completing standing jumps, measuring them in metres and centimetres and worked out the mean average of our results.

Music

The children have used their understanding of simple and triple time to compose and perform a piece using staff notation. They have used djembes to follow and play their notation, showing sensitivity in dynamics in order to produce a balanced piece.

The children have also begun to learn their songs for their leaver’s performance, concentrating on diction, phrasing, pitch and dynamics. In addition, the children are learning to change their voices depending on the style of accompaniment and lyrics.

Panjabi

In commemorating the Martyrdom Day of the 5th Guru, Guru Arjan Dev Ji, some children from Y6 have been practising to read, write and speak lines in Punjabi to prepare for the Assembly in explaining the story of Guru Arjan Dev Ji and what led to the Martyrdom. Children have been learning to sing the Shabads that are related to the story of Guru Arjan Dev Ji and also understand the meanings of the Shabads in greater detail. The children speaking in the assembly have been also learning to recite other lines from Gurbani to explain the story of the Martyrdom.

Personal, Social, Health and Economics (PSHE)

In PSHE we discussed that everyone is unique and special and discussed how to express our feelings when change happens. We can explain how girls’ and boys’ bodies change during puberty and understand the importance of looking after ourselves physically and emotionally.

We learnt how to respect the changes that we see in ourselves and also respect the changes that we see in other people. We know who to ask for help if we are worried about change and identify what we are looking forward to; what worries us about the transition to secondary school.

Physical Education (P.E.)

This month children are preparing for Sports Day.  We have been practicing for events such as 50m sprint, javelin, egg and spoon race and football dribble.

We have been practicing the sprint start technique and learning about the difference this technique can make to our sprint times when performed properly.

We have also been discussing the amount of practice and dedication that professional athletes need to perform at the top level.

Religious Education (R.E.)

Our Theme was beliefs and moral values and our areas of focus was believing and behaving. Our Key question for this enquiry was: Does belief in Akhirah (life after death) help Muslims lead good lives?  We Identified ways in which Muslims try to lead good lives and how their belief in Akhirah influences this.

We also had a debate about the following question:

Should people lead a good life because they want whatever reward is on offer?

We looked at the teachings of the prophet Muhammad (messenger of God) and compared it to the teachings of our Sikh gurus.

Science

We were given a challenge to answer the question: how can we clean dirty water? With the given equipment we had to predict which grade of filter paper would be better at cleaning the dirty water. We recognised the control variable first because we needed to see if we were successful at obtaining cleaner water.

We used methods of sieving and filtering to carry out the experiment. Since the dirty water also had salt dissolved in it, we had to use the method of evaporation first and then condensation to collect the water that would be fit for animals to drink.

Sikh Studies

In commemorating the Martyrdom Day of the 5th Guru, Guru Arjan Dev Ji, some children from Y6 have been practising to read, write and speak lines in English to prepare for the Assembly in explaining the story of Guru Arjan Dev Ji and what led to the Martyrdom. Children have been learning to sing the Shabads that are related to the story of Guru Arjan Dev Ji and also understand the meanings of the Shabads in greater detail. The children speaking in the assembly have been also explaining the teachings from the story of Guru Arjan Dev Ji’s Martyrdom.