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Class Story: - Our class story this half term is called 'Kensuke's Kingdom' written by Michael Morpurgo.

Spring Term 1 - Week 3:

This week, we have been spending more time studying Charles Darwin and his exploration of the Galapagos Islands.  In English, the children began researching information about the islands and are beginning to write their own non-chronological reports about them.

 

In Art, the children have been following Darwin's scientific approach to natural selection of 'observation and documentation'.  The children used images of different species of Galapagos finches to draw their individual features within their sketchbooks, focusing on the use of line and tone.  The children really enjoyed these lessons and are really proud of their work.

Spring term 1 - Week 2:

 

This week began with a fantastic gymnastics lesson by Rosie from the South Derbyshire Sports Partnership.  We looked at using counterbalances in our routines and used the music of ‘Nights in White Satin’ as our stimulus and will be creating a sequence over the next few weeks which we will share on our website once it is completed.

 

On Tuesday, we were very lucky to have the opportunity to meet PC Alex Boniface from the Channel 5 programme ‘Traffic Cops’. He came into school with Officer Bob to talk about how he became a police officer and the role that he did as part of the traffic cops team. Alex discussed how being aspirational was important to get him to where he was in his role, and some of the different car chases he had been involved in over the years. At the end of the session, Officer Bob and Pc Boniface stated that a ‘new law’ about telling bad jokes in classrooms had been created and so ‘arrested’ Mr Rodgers to the delight of the children. After much pleading, Mr Rodgers was released ‘without charge’ but only after a couple of minutes when PC Boniface found that the key would not work to release him!

The children have also been learning about natural selection and Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.  They took part in an experiment which involved the children having different 'beaks' to collect 'food' on an island to see which 'animal' became extinct the quickest and which became the most dominent on the island.  The children really enjoyed this, and could see how the competition with their peers was similar to that of the copmetition shown between animals in the natural world.

Spring Term - Week 1:

 

In our first week back to school after the Christmas holiday, the children began their Science topic on ‘Evolution’.  We discussed the term inherited characteristics and how these are passed down through generations through our DNA.  Using Mr Men and Little Miss characters, the children imagined what characteristics their children may have.  The class really enjoyed this lesson and came up with some fantastic ideas.

The children also started their other topic about ‘Trade’.  The children discussed the term ‘trade’ and talked about what imports and exports were.  Then, they played a game where each table group acted as a country and had to make as much money as possible using Bly the resources that they had.  They could trade between different countries and sell resources between each other to make profit.  The children really enjoyed the game and learnt that not all countries have the same resources and that trading is important to economies around the world.

The children also discussed how sharing information online can have both positive and negative issues.  They learnt how it is important to 'Think before you share' and that sharing images of either themselves or others on social media can have effects on themselves and their reputation in later life.

Spring Half Term 1:

 

In Year 6 during the first half of the spring term, our topic will be Evolution.  We will carry out research about Charles Darwin and his exploration of the Galapagos Islands and his subsequent theory of evolution.  We will carry out some experiments about evolution and adaptation too.  Our topic in Geography will be Fair Trade.  We will discuss what fair trade is and find out about the costs involved in buying and producing different produce from around the world.  In Design Technology, we will make soup and bread using in-season ingredients.  We will continue to develop a deep understanding of mathematics, building up our knowledge of fractions, decimals and percentages, as well as solving problems.  In grammar, we will be focusing on punctuation and verb tenses.  For a full overview of our curriculum for this half term, please see the curriculum overview for the first half of the spring term on the previous page.

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