Welcome to year 6’s class page. We are very excited and ready to head into our final year at Hutton. We have lots of exciting activities and topics planned throughout the year, so please keep checking this page for photos and comments from class members. Our teacher is Mrs Scherer and we are supported each day by Mr Rourke.
Year 6 have made me so proud this term with our combined science and DT lessons. Two Dragons entered our den and set a challenge to design and make a Christmas decoration that included a working motor, bulb and buzzer. Well, Year 6 stepped up to this challenge and came up with some wonderful designs. The learning that took place over several lessons was amazing to watch as children investigated which components worked together and answered their own enquiry questions such as “What happens to the volume of the buzzer if I extend the length of the electrical wire?” This culminated in the making of their prototypes and the team work involved was astounding. We had snow globes that blew snow, reindeers with light-up noses, Christmas trees with lighted stars and buzzers, a gingerbread house – we had the lot! Here are some of the finished designs.
Maths has mainly involved fractions – we have simplified, found equivalents, added, subtracted the three types of fractions. This will continue to be consolidated in Term 3.
We have travelled from New York to Rio de Janeiro, we have compared physical and human geography with climate zones and biomes. We have questioned and understood why humans have settled where they have and how the climate contributes to the physical geography of North and South America.
The girls of year 5 and 6 were very lucky to have a day at Somerset County Cricket Club in Taunton and came back to school full of stories of their inspiring day. Whilst they were out, the boys joined together in class 6 and created a new product that would improve cricket. Ideas ranged from a car to bring the new ball onto the ground, face and head protectors, new bats and spectator glasses. A fun day was had by all.
In English, the children have written some stories based on our book The Explorer. They learnt how to use personification to make objects reflect human characteristics as well using adjectives, adverbs and powerful words to make the stories come alive.
The Gospels was our focus in RE this term with the big question, “What would Jesus do?” Together we looked at the story of the Centurion’s Servant and discussed why Jesus chose to help someone who was on the side of the Romans who wanted to hurt him. The children explored how the stories in the Gospels inform many Christians today on the ways in which to lead the best life they can for themselves and those around them.
Term 1 – North and South America Knowledge Organiser
I am so proud of how Year 6 have settled back into school and the effort they have put into their work. We have certainly covered a lot this term and I feel we are making great progress in all areas of our learning.
This term has seen us exploring North and South America. Using layers and layers of tracing paper, we are building a picture of the similarities and differences between these continents in terms of physical and human geography, climate zones, biomes and have used latitude and longitude coordinates to plot major cities. This work will continue into Term two.
Our exploration has continued with our English work which is based upon The Explorer by Katherine Rundell. We have been writing persuasive information leaflets encouraging people to visit the delights of Brazil. I have had several requests for a school trip to Brazil!! We have now moved onto writing a diary entry from one of the character’s point of view; the children have all chosen which event they want to record in their diaries and are making good progress.
In maths, we have covered place value, addition, subtraction and multiplication. We have now mastered long division – hurrah! The children were initially daunted as there are so many steps to its successful completion but I take my hat off to their tenacity and resilience in their approach to conquering this complicated process.
In RE, we considered the question “How can following God bring justice and freedom?” The children have explored their own thoughts on this through the story of Moses and have compared his actions to modern day people and charities that have followed the same themes.
We have loved PE this term and were really lucky to have some basketball lessons as well as our sessions with Mr Millard.