Welcome to 6H
Teacher: Ms Haidar
Teaching Assistant: Joana Posada Sanchez
We have started the year studying about our class name PIMLICO which is situated on the Victoria Line. The station is located in South West London and around famous Landmarks like Houses of Parliament and The Tate Britain. A famous bridge: The Vauxhall Bridge separates Vauxhall and Pimlico.
The class have produced poems in the style of a poem called Jicketty Can which is all about a train. Using this poem they have produced their own. They also have found information about Pimlico.
This week we have been linking Destination Reader with Black History Month. We have learnt a lot about how powerful women, who rebelled against the world, made the biggest change in the world that we live in today. Here are some slides that reflect our learning.
Our reading corner links to our Topic the Stone Age and we have re-created a scene of the Stone Age era.
Do you think life in the Stone Age was exciting and why?
Do you know how they hunted for food?
Why do you think the mammoth was adapted to its environment?
In Art we have been looking at Cave Paintings. During the Stone Age period they did not know how to read and write and so did not write down anything. Instead they drew images of their daily life, events that occurred and these told a story. The children have created some wonderful pictures of cave paintings based on their knowledge and research. They used sandpaper to create a stone/gritty effect with a rough texture as well as, using charcoal and chalk for colour. At the same time they were thinking of size, overlapping shapes and light and dark shades.
The class have worked well and fit nicely into our reading corner.
In Science we have been discussing Evolution. We have been looking hard at the term inheritance and variation.
Here are some pieces of work that reflect that learning.
We have also been doing work around how animals are adapted to their environment. The class have worked well in their research.
This week we have been studying more about Evolution and the Theory of Charles Darwin. We have linked our Science topic into Destination Reader using DK Find Out! as well as, studying deeply about Natural Selection and how birds have different beaks for different feeding.
Here are some examples of the work they have learnt about evolution in their Destination Reader books.
The children also imagined themselves to be Charles Darwin and wrote diary extracts about their amazing discovery in the Galapagos Islands about finches and how Natural Selection takes place. Below are two examples of the Diary extracts.
We have finished our Science Topic on We're Evolving by doing an experiment 'The Battle of the Beaks'. This experiment was a reflection on what we have learnt about Darwin's Theory and Adaption.
Here are some slides from our PowerPoint that reflects what we learnt and the experiment we carried out.
We all had roles in this experiment like: Team Leader, Communicator, Observer, Leader Reader, Recorder, Team Manager
Here is an example of a Recorder and the Observers Role.
Here is a picture showing them carrying out the experiment where they were suing their role card and observing how macaroni could be picked up using a range of apparatus.
Here is also their write up of their experiment:
The class were given a Science Project to produce a 3D Dinosaur. A member of the class produced a beautiful and fantastic model out of Aluminium Foil. The student thought very carefully about the teeth, how to make the body sturdy and the shape.
We have named him Silver-saurus. Well Done!
In Science we are learning about Dinosaurs and this week we had to design our own. We thought carefully about their features, skin colour, texture. We learnt that Sir Richard Owen (see below) was an English Biologist, Comparative Anatomist and Paleontologist. He had a remarkable gift in interpreting fossils.
We learnt the word dinosaur means 'terrible lizard' and comes from the Greek word dino.
Here are some pieces of work that reflect the learning this week!
Which Dinosaur do you like best and why?
Read our poems about Dinosaurs! They are amazing and show the understanding of how these dinosaurs were adapted to their environments.
What did a Dinosaur eat?
Were they herbivores or carnivores?
Why were they certain colours only?
In RE we have been learning about HINDUISM and here are some of the images of the Gods that the children have drawn. Their drawings are fantastic and detailed. Also is the re-telling of the Diwali Story.
What do you know about Hinduism?
We were given £17 pounds to spend of buying items in the shop for a food and drink fair.
We made fruit kebabs with some marshmallows.
The class had to decide how much fruit and marshmallows were to be bought.
Here is the working out and their discussion and decisions based on the price ...
We did not want to spend all £17 and still have some money left over ...
We did quite well and made a profit of £27.42
Well done 6H!
We also got recognised for having a Healthy Stall.
This week we have been designing and making our Christmas Hoop with the help of our Teaching Assistant.
Welcome to 2019
We have started English by studying: Kensuke's Kingdom
The class have started by writing. recount as if they were on a deserted island.
What emotions would you include?
An example of a recount of being stranded on an island.
We also had a debate: Was Michael's dad right to make the decision to go on an adventure on behalf of the family?
Here is an example of an answer to the above question.
Classifying Critters is our topic. We have been looking at animals and in talk partners playing a guessing game how we can classify these animals as well as, what questions you need to ask to guess the animal.
Does it have fur?
Does it have 4 legs?
Does it have patterns on its fur?
Does it have a tail?
Does it eat meat?
Here the children were bringing in the prior knowledge and use their scientific vocabulary.
We also worked on the similarities and differences of mammals.
This week we have been looking closely at classifying animals who are vertebrates and Invertebrates in the animal and zoo kingdom. The children also had a go at creating branching/classifying keys.
Following on in our topic on Classifying Critters we have been learning about the Characteristics of Animals. The children imagined they had discovered a new animal / mammal and had to describe their characteristics as well as, the scientific features of:
Where was their habitat and country of Origin?
What food they ate?
Could they reproduce?
Were they warm or cold blooded?
What was their appearance?
Here are some of their examples
The class have worked very hard in creating their STEM display using their knowledge of classifying critters and linking that into creating pictures of butterflies (invertebrates) and fish (vertebrates) in the style of Andy Warhol. They also classified animals using branching keys and pie charts on the computer.
Andy Warhol is the American Artist we are studying and his Pop Art work.
He was famous for exploring popular culture in his work, using brands like Coca Cola and Campbell's Soup
(which was one of his favourite things to eat).
Warhol liked to use bright colours and silk screening techniques to mass-produce artworks based on photographs of celebrities, cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse.
We have been re-creating his work and here is an example of one of the pictures by the class member.
Our end product after studying Andy Warhol's work was recreating the Mickey Mouse picture he used in repeated patterns as well as only using 4 colours. The children chose 4 colours, which could not touch each other and recreated their own pictures.
We are looking at Micro-organisms this week and this is what we have learnt.
Our key vocabulary was: fungus, virus and bacteria.
We also learnt that micro-organisms can be helpful as well as, harmful.
We also carried out an experiment on bread and what percentage of mould would grow on each slice during the course of two weeks in different conditions.
In a cupboard in the dark. Behind the radiator
In the light on the window sill. On a shelf
Which one do you think will grow more mould? Why?
MENTAL HEALTH WEEK
We have been doing a lot of work around Mental Health Week and linked it into our English Lessons.
We understand that: is important and we all do activities or things to relax our mind.
From these questions and statements that we discussed in detail we decided that kindness is an important emotion in life.
The class wrote some beautiful poems about what kindness is to them using their senses. Here are a few examples:
This is our topic for the next 4 weeks. The children were using their previous knowledge to create a circuit and learning the symbols for electricity. They had a lot of discussion and worked in groups.
Reminders: To revise at home using My Maths, SATs Companion and Revision Books. Read everyday 30 minutes.