We have now moved onto our new topic of shape. We have started the topic off by exploring different angles and turns. Our maths this week has been very practical based, having lots of opportunities to draw and measure different angles.
Our English lessons this week followed on nicely from last week continuing exploring the narrators voice and different types of storytellers. The children planned their own narrative this week, with the aim being they are telling a story within a story, using lots of description to engage the reader.
Our topic lessons this week continued our investigation around blood. We analysed the samples we had made, exploring the different components that make up blood. The children then performed some research around blood groups and completed a double page spread in their topic books to showcase their new found knowledge.
We've finished off our statistics topic this week, after looking at line graphs, pie charts, and how to find the mean. We had a practical lesson, using counters in columns, where the children had to equally divide the counters between the columns to find the mean. They've done exceptionally well. This week also was the return of the Friday arithmetic test, ahead of our unofficial SATs week just before the May half term.
The students have been putting a twist on their favourite fairy tale by thinking about the narrator's voice and different types of storyteller. We've looked in depth at 1001 Arabian Nights (we looked at this in Y5) and a new book called Clockwork; wherein a young storyteller named Fritz tells the story of a clockwork prince to a group of townsfolk in a local pub in front of a roaring fire. Ask your child what story they chose to retell.
What a week it's been for topic! Year 6 did a fantastic job when dissecting hearts on Monday. It was a bit smelly, and more than a little gross, but they were very impressive in showcasing their knowledge and identifying all the areas of the heart. We also made blood on Friday! Synthetic blood, that is; from oil, syrup and food colouring.
This week we've dug deep into statistics, namely creating and reading line graphs. Though this has been challenging, it's been exactly the right build up for our foray into pie charts next week.
After taking feedback from Year 6, we spent the week recapping grammar (semi-colons and colons; reported speech vs direct speech). Next week we shall start looking at Clockwork by Philip Pullman and revisiting 1001 Arabian Nights to look at character and building tension.
We've experimented with testing our heartrate both resting, and after aerobic and anaerobic exercise. Ask your children about how and why their blood moves around their body at speed when taking part in PE! We've also learned about the four chambers of the heart; how the heart and lungs work together as a team; and discussed heart transplants alongside our new class novel Pig Heart Boy.
We celebrated Earth Day this week by having our very first “DPA Eco Day”! We became experts in one area of how to be an Eco Warrior, and made short films about this. Ask your child what their topic was!