Welcome to Dolphins Class News
We are a Year 6 Class.
Our Teacher is Mr Gurr and our Teaching Assistants is Mrs Crouch.
Term 3 2018-19 January - February
Our planning this term will focus on the topic of: The Frozen Planet. Particularly, we shall focus on Shackleton’s Expedition, using the text Ice Trap! By Hooper Meredith. During this term, we would also like to use videos from David Attenborough to explore Antarctica and the animals that exist there, as well as create an island out of newspaper and Modrock that the children can then use as a stimulus for their writing. We will endeavor to update this page with some of our work to show off exceptional learning this term.
In Mathematics, our children have already worked incredibly hard over the past two terms to solve problems using the four operations (+, -, x and ÷); categorize and identify properties of 2D shapes; identify angles within shapes and solve problems with missing angles; as well as find the area and perimeter of regular and composite shapes and finally solve problems with increasingly difficult fractions that involved finding common denominators, addition and subtraction.
For the upcoming term, we shall be teaching the children how to solve problems with fractions, with a focus on addition and subtraction (to revise their understanding) and then multiplication and division. As there are many ways to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions, we ask that you please ask your children to show you how they have been taught to do it at school when helping them with their homework, as this prevent confusion and will encourage them to believe the maths they are practicing has purpose.
Your children may have already spoken to you about a new way of learning writing techniques that has brilliant results last term. We are excited for the children to continue to produce amazing writing this term, based on Shackleton’s expedition.
Our literacy learning will first be based on writing a third person stranded story (to tie in with our text of Shackleton’s adventure) which will also include within the story a diary of events and a letter back home from a member of the expedition. In addition, we will also be writing non-chronological reports based on animals in Antarctica and finally a newspaper report which will then report on the expedition from a variety of perspectives. We are confident that the children will enjoy these genres and research Antarctica wherever they can to develop their understanding and engage them in their writing.
In regard to Reading lessons, the children will be reading a range of genres from narrative to newspapers to help immerse them in the genres we are writing. Through these genres, the children will answer a range of comprehension, inference and reasoning questions which will help prepare them to answer increasingly difficult questions.
This term the recently established Buster’s Book Challenge is continuing, with the rewards ranging from certificates and badges to tickets to Drusillas zoo for the children to visit free or at a discounted rate. We hope that this term one of our classes will once again win the amazing prize of the Buster’s Book Trophy and win the tickets to Drusillas – let’s do this!
In regard to the children’s topic learning, most of the information can be found on our newsletter, however if this was unavailable in any way we are basing our learning this term on the topic of: The Frozen Planet. In particular, we will learn about the harsh environments of Antarctica and the Arctic, as well as explore the animals that live in these extreme conditions.
The children’s homework project this term is also based on The Frozen Planet, where we would like the children to make an island that reflects the harsh environment of Antarctica and the Arctic. This can be in the form of a model, painting or piece of art work. The children can use whatever materials they wish and be as imaginative as possible.
If you have access to computers and the internet, there is an excellent free resource called: Kodu, which is a coding program where users can create a world of their own (a little like Minecraft). We have attached a link below which enables you to download the resource; please use this with your child to help them create their own island as this will help shape their understanding when we create our own islands out of modrock.
https://www.kodugamelab.com - When on this page, click the Green box on the top left that reads ‘Get Kodu’. This will take you to another page, where you can safely download Kodu onto your Microsoft computer.
Please ensure you have some sort of security software on your device, such as Norton, so that in the unlikely event of issues to your computer your personal information is safe.
We look forward to seeing their creative projects and showing you them the next time you visit the school.
Term 2 2018 – 2109, November - December
Our planning this term will focus on World War One, with links to the importance of poppies and the reasons why so many countries entered the war that took place over 100 years ago. We will be working using a text called ‘Private Peaceful’, that is heavily based on the war, to engage the children with this topic. We will endeavor to update this page with some of our work to show off exceptional learning this term.
In Mathematics, our children have already been working on developing their skills of division and for the next few weeks will be focusing on perimeter and area of rectilinear shapes (rectangular shapes) as well as compound shapes (shapes that are made up of more than one shape). We will then develop the children’s knowledge with perimeter and area of other shapes, such as triangles and parallelograms, and then work on how to identify and solve problems involving the volume of shapes.
Your children may have already spoken to you about a new way of learning writing techniques and we are excited for the children to produce amazing writing as they did last term. Our literacy learning will be based on writing scary stories, explanation texts and persuasive writing that the children will hopefully enjoy, all based around the topic of World War One.
In regard to Reading lessons, the children will be reading a range of genres from narrative to persuasive texts to help immerse them in the genres we are writing. Through these genres, the children will answer a range of comprehension, inference and reasoning questions which will help prepare them to answer increasingly difficult questions.
This term the recently established Buster’s Book Challenge is continuing, with the rewards ranging from certificates and badges to tickets to Drusillas zoo for the children to visit free or at a discounted rate. We hope that this term one of our classes will once again win the amazing prize of the Buster’s Book Trophy and win the tickets to Drusillas as Dolphins did last term.
In regard to the children’s topic learning, most of the information can be found on our newsletter, however if this was unavailable in any way we are basing our learning this term on the topic of World War One. In particular, we will learn the importance of poppies to symbolize the deaths of animals and people who gave their lives to protect and serve our country.
The children’s homework project this term is also based on World War One, where we would like the children to make a trench from the war and include a range of equipment that the soldiers would have had at this time. We look forward to their creative projects and showing you them the next time you visit the school.
Term 1 2018 – 2109
September - October 2018
We are very proud of how well our children have settled in this term and Ms Martin has commented in whole school assemblies on the impeccable example our Year 6’s are all demonstrating for the rest of the school, so well done everyone!
Our planning this term has focused on Shipwrecks, with links to the Mary Stanford and the disaster that took place over 90 years ago. We used a text by Micheal Morpurgo ‘The Wreck of Zanzibar’ to engage the children with this topic and some of our work will be uploaded soon to show off how excellent the children really have been this term.
In Mathematics, our children have been focusing on a wide range of mathematical concepts. These include: place value, sequencing, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, factors, prime numbers and decimals. The children have worked extremely hard and challenged and pushed themselves every lesson and they should be very proud of their outlook towards their learning.
Our literacy learning this term was based on adventure stories, newspaper reports and diary entries that the children absolutely smashed! The level of writing they created for us was absolutely exceptional and we could not be prouder of their achievements in their writing this term. Again, keep it up!
In regard to Reading lessons, the children have been exploring a range of texts that involved stories, newspapers and diaries, to help immerse them in the genres we were writing. Their comprehension, inference and understanding of a range of texts has increased rapidly in the short time they have been with us in Year 6 and we believe this is in no small part due to the excellent engagement we have had from the children and their parents with the Greedy Readers at the beginning of the year; as well as the outstanding efforts we have seen with the new Buster’s Book Challenges.
On behalf of all the Teachers and TAs in Year 6, we are extremely proud that both classes have won the whole school award in the first two weeks for Buster’s Books and once again this proves that we are setting a high standard for the rest of the school to follow academically as well as morally. Well done everyone!