Some hard-working girls in 6JB producing the calligraphy which was positioned above their classroom door for last week #Concentration
6SK and 6JB played some hide and seek on Friday during the parade for Book Week. Can you spot your favourite characters?
Our display in the Year 6 corridor showing the highlights from our residential in January is up and nearly complete. Head to our space to take a look and, in the coming weeks, you will soon have access to even more photos and memories (apologies, we’re saving some for the Year 6 Graduation Assembly).
Another week has flown by in Year 6 and it feels like we’ve been non-stop. It was great to see so many of you attend the meetings on Tuesday led by Mr Lousley, Mr Atherton and Mrs King. I am sure you will feel fully-informed following their presentations and if you have any further questions, please take a look at the Year 6 Firefly page or catch one of the team before or after school.
As residential looms there are some key messages being reinforced by the whole team to our students. The most prominent of these is regarding manners and respect (our character strength from Term 1a). Residential trips like this can’t happen without the dedication and commitment from a wide-range of staff across school, led by Mr Lousley and Mr Atherton and I’ve asked the students to be mindful of this in their interactions with staff over the coming days and weeks in particular. I am confident that we have, yet again, another extremely successful residential ahead of us and I can’t wait to spend time learning and laughing with the Year 6 students as they are challenged and cared for in Kanchanaburi.
Within our learning we’ve had some exciting moments. Our maths groups have been ‘mixed-up’ for both teachers and students to ensure we can tailor the learning and support to the needs of all students. So far this has proven to be a positive change and I am impressed by the resilience of the students (and staff) as explore decimals and percentages. As always, this is a positive experience for the students and something to further link us with the Senior School in terms of transition.
In Literacy we have started to read our new text, Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo (no spoilers please). So far, we’ve explored the features of novels, how we can make predictions using these, considered the thoughts and feelings of characters and have challenged ourselves by assessing reading.
As ever, thank you for your continued support,
Mr. J. Bilinkewycz and the Year 6 Team.
A warm welcome back to school! I hope you all had a restful break and wish you and your families a very Happy New Year.
Our focus this term is on the Second World War, particularly looking at events through the eyes of children. We will use Kensuke’s Kingdom to inspire our writing, before taking a journalistic approach to our English learning. We will look at original newspapers and film footage before writing our own news articles.
At the heart of this topic is our residential trip to Kanchanaburi. The trip gives the children an opportunity to develop greater independence, build friendships and foster team spirit. At the same time, it offers the children a tremendous insight into what life was like for prisoners of war working on the Thai-Burma “Death Railway”.
In Literacy, students will continue to use Michael Morpurgo’s amazing story of Kensuke’s Kingdom to inspire their writing. They will learn to include the features of suspenseful writing as well as role-playing interviews with characters, culminating in a crucial debate as to what the main character should do next. We will take our time reading this text, spending time discussing the thoughts and feelings of Michael, considering choices we would make.
In our new Maths classes, we will begin by revising and deepening our understanding of place value and decimal numbers. We will apply these skills to reasoning and problem solving challenges to prove our understanding. We will also learn about percentages and geometry before moving onto ratio and algebra.
In Humanities, students will learn about the causes of World War 2, key dates and events and the impact the war had on children around the world. Students will also learn about the experience of prisoners of war building the Thai-Burma railway through the residential trip and lessons in class. We have a number of ‘exciting experiences’ prepared for the children this term and will aim to transport our students back in time to develop their empathy skills. They will also learn how to draw evidence from primary and secondary sources, discussing which artifacts or sources are most reliable.
Our Art learning is linked to our Kanchanaburi trip and WW2 topic, developing sketching skills to depict scenes and prisoners of war. We will focus on expression, proportion and position of the human body, using a range of 2D media producing a final piece in the style of Jack Chalker.
Many thanks for your continued support.
Mr Bilinkewycz, Year 6 Team Leader
Recently, our class have been learning about fossils. As part of this we made a dinosaur fossil out of plaster of paris. To make a fossil we firstly chose a dinosaur we wanted to make as a fossil. Secondly, we were given 3 colours of clay to mix up. Thirdly, we made the clay into a thick circle and pushed a plastic dinosaurs into the clay making a exact copy of the dinosaur. After that, we waited for a few minutes for the clay to harden. Then, we pour the plaster into the clay and wait until it dried up. Finally, we took out the dried plaster, which is the dinosaur fossil, and coloured it using any colours of our choice. At the very last point we ended up with a colored fossils.
Here you can see a photo of our fossils, plus a video of how we made them. Additionally we made pic collages of different types of fossils.
This week 6SK tried a new app called pages. We typed up one of our pieces of writing, added photos and printed them out. Here you can see some of our results.
In Topic lessons, we learned about ‘who discovered America first’.
Most people have a exactly answer for it – Columbus. But some archaeologists think Erikson was there first. Then over the last few years, as a consequence of analysis of DNA another more amazing theory -maybe the Polynesians got there first.
No one could answer this question. So, what’s is the evidence? Here you can see some of our conclusions.
This week a special Thai author visited the school. His name is Oliver Phommavanh! He talked to us about his books and early life!
Here you can see some photos of Oliver’s visit.
This week in our Topic lessons we learned about America being explored – we looked at different theories as to who discovered America.
Here is a video which shows our thoughts.
A Thai tradition— Loy Krathong. All of years 6 dressed up in their Thai clothes and put their Krathongs into the river, presenting a beautiful view. The Loy Krathong tradition is to thank the God of River(พระแม่คงคา).
This is how you make a krathong:
- Firstly you need to cut the banana leaves.
- Secondly you pin it on your base of the krathong.
- Thirdly fold the banana leaves and pin them on(if you want it to be more beautiful, you should fold it three times in different size).
- Fourthly put them around the base.
- Fifthly put your lovely flowers in and don’t forget to put the incense stick and candles in properly.
- That’s it!
Here are some pictures of krathongs we made.