As a bit of an exciting change this week, we were lucky enough to welcome the Life Bus to Year 6! Our sessions were based on our mental and physical wellbeing, looking at the different things that can influence us, and the choices that we make. We learnt lots of really interesting and important information, and we practised making the right decisions in role plays.
This week we have had a fantastic time writing our own animal poetry. Last week, we were inspired by Ted Hughes poems about nature and we brought our own to life this week- some of us were writing about a specific animal and others wrote about lots of animals in a particular habitat. We focused on our different stanzas and even used some figurative language to describe them. In maths, we have continued to use our knowledge of multiplication and division to find common multiples, square numbers, cube numbers and how to solve problems using BIDMAS. We have used all of our knowledge of the four operations this week and applied it really well, producing some challenging work.
Continuing our knowledge of longitude and latitude in geography, we have summarised our learning this term ready to move on next term and complete our projects for the Muddy Trails Holiday Company. We think most of our travellers will enjoy their time in each location across America. In history, we have looked at the life of children during World War Two from countries all over the world, from both the Allies and the Axis. We discovered that it is important to look at different experiences and resources so that we can fully understand what happened. Finishing off science this term, we were lucky enough to make our own fossils and were able to explain the scientific process of fossilisation once again. Our art has really developed this term; we were inspired by Matisse and have even begun sewing some art that looks similar to his artistic style. Our computing had a quick break from Scratch and we looked at how to use Microsoft TEAMs becoming confident in showing each other how to move between screens and post new items.
We hope you all have a fantastic and restful half term and we look forward to welcoming you back in November!
Dear Parents and Carers,
We hope you have all had a lovely week. First, we would like to say an enormous ‘well done’ to all of the Year 6 pupils who sat the Kent tests yesterday; the children were focused, really engaged and persevered during what was a long day. We are all really proud of their efforts!
That aside, it has been a good week for discussion as we finish our work on World War II, looking at the endings to Rose Blanche and The Journey. We have also been looking at the poetry of Ted Hughes and thinking about the strategies he uses to write his animal poetry. We have also been revising our long division strategies and looking at top tips for solving division word problems. In Science we thought about Darwin’s finches and the fact that their beaks have adapted to different environments. In Geography, we have looked at different climates and have discussed the impact that this has on the planet. Next week, we will be making fossils and writing animal poetry.
Have a good weekend and we hope that Year 6 have a much needed rest after their busy week!
This week in Year 6, we have finished both The Journey and Rose Blanche in English and reading, so we began to compare them. Children offered many insightful ideas on how they are similar and different. We noted the themes, plots, characters and structure, by comparing them using Venn diagrams to help us write a comparative paragraph.
In maths, we have been using our times tables knowledge to solve division problems and even using factors to help us with a method we could use mentally. This week has focused on short division and children have really shown their knowledge from last year. Next week, we will be moving onto long division.
We followed on our geography learning from last week, by looking at longitude and discussing where places are. Each class was able to find where we were and the places they are suggesting their traveller group go to. Labelling a map, children noted where the Prime Meridian was and the International Data Line, while also discussing how times change as we move east or west around the world for the Prime Meridian.
In history, children looked at the life of an evacuee by comparing it to some well-known children’s books and some primary sources based on someone’s life. The children were able to note some interesting ideas about how the fictional stories have some interesting takes on life for an evacuee.
Science saw us using a classification grid to compare sweets. We looked at this in preparation to create a more scientific grid, as this one made us all very hungry! In computing we are continuing our Angry Bird style games on Scratch, which have found some bugs that we will try and fix next week.
Have a great weekend!
It’s been another busy week for us, with lots of exciting learning going on inside the classroom!
This week in history, we have been comparing the experiences of various people during WW2, including looking in depth at some of the soldiers whose names are on the war memorial in town- it was fascinating to find out that some of them lived on the same roads as some of us! Looking again at our trip to the Americas in Geography, we investigated the meaning of latitude and worked out roughly what the latitude of Tunbridge Wells is. In Science we found out about Darwin’s theory of natural selection, and came up with our own imaginary island, detailing the climate, food sources, landscape, and predators.
Our English lessons were focused on our descriptive writing skills this week, as we delved further into our text for this term, “The Journey”. We imagined what speech we might have heard during different scenes, and used figurative language to describe a setting, character or mood.
Moving forwards in maths, we looked at multiplication, and tried out different methods to successfully multiply two-digit numbers by other 2-, 3- and even 4-digit numbers! What a busy week it has been.
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend,
Miss Simpson, Miss Kish and Dr Wilson
I’m Miss Kish, and I can’t wait to get to know you all next year! This will be my second year at Southborough, and I’m looking forward to being able to (hopefully) teach for a full year with no interruptions, unlike this past year which has been so bizarre for everyone. I love being a teacher, because I love sharing knowledge and also continuing to learn myself, as well as encouraging you all to love learning too! My favourite subjects are history, geography and languages; I studied French and Italian at university, as well as a bit of German and I’m teaching myself Spanish at the moment too. One thing you’ll notice about me is that I will often go off on a linguistic tangent and teach about the history of words! Some other interesting things about me: I love horses and used to play an equestrian sport called polocrosse; I’m a bit Harry Potter mad and I love old, cheesy music.
I’m so looking forward to getting to know you all and find out your hobbies and interests too,
Miss Kish, your new teacher