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6AH

Welcome to our class web page where you can find out about our amazing learning journey. You will find

information about our activities, examples of our work and comments from us! Please visit often to see our learning journey develop.

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We have our own 6AH email! If you would like to contact us, please do so with the secure form below- we will be checking it regularly. We welcome your comments and suggestions.

Key Information:

6AH have indoor PE on a Thursday and outdoor PE on a Tuesday.

6AH's entrance and exit point is the main gate. Please wait on the path from the main gate to the office.

Words of the Week:  perpetually, unkempt, sauntered  (18.12.20)

Times Table of the Week:  9 times table

 

Term 3 

Enquiry Overview: How are decisions overturned? Sustainable Development Goal 16 - Peace, justice and strong institutions

 

This term, Year 6 will be using their skills as historians to find out about how the Vikings made decisions and settled disputes among their communities. We're going to find out who makes rules in the modern day and what our rights mean, focusing on 'change-makers' who have stood up for their rights. Linking this to our school community, we're going to consider the issues that we would like to change and create a campaign to raise awareness of what we feel passionate about. Alongside this, our writing will be based on the book 'Viking Boy' by Tony Bradman which tells the story of a boy who faces injustice and how he seeks revenge. Please check our page for updates on our fantastic learning! 

Drama Afternoon 

Article 31 - Right to Rest, Work, Arts and Play

During this afternoon, 6AH did an incredible job rehearsing the Three Sisters section from our new class book, Viking Boy. We talked about voice projection and embodying characters through our attempts at voice acting. Everyone did a fantastic job and did an excellent job on the first day back.

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Term 2 

How can Science help the homeless?

Enquiry Overview: How can Science help the homeless? Sustainable Development Goal 1- No Poverty

Term 2

This term we are going to continue with our enquiry 'How can Science help the homeless?' We learned a lot so far but, over the new few weeks, we'll start to use our skills to complete our challenge of making a homeless kit for someone who needs shelter, warmth and clean water.
Christmas Jumper Day!
This term's shining star is......

Term 2 Shining Star

Van Gough inspired art!

Article 31: Every child has the right to rest, relax, play and to take part in cultural and creative activities.

Today in Year 6, we spent a day as artists and looked at various pieces by Vincent Van Gough. We then went on to experiment with paint to create his characteristic swirls and texture. We then went onto to use these new skills to create the front cover of our class book, The Garbage King, We practised lots to experiment with tone and texture and are pleased with our final pieces. 

Jigsaw

Article 23: Children with disabilities

In week six, we have been celebrating differences. We were amazed at the bravery, commitment and perseverance shown by Paralympic athletes. We role played scenarios where people were discriminated against because of their differences such as age, gender, religion and sexuality - can you work out which is which?

Formal vs Informal language.

Article 28: You have the right to education.

Formal vs informal:

 

'At some point this morning we kids all looked at some types of language and different words. The words were used in all sorts of different ways because we were finding about formal language. This is when you speak or write properly and don't use loads and loads of slang words... So what on Earth does it look like?'

 

This morning, we carefully looked through differences in the way that language is used and in the way words are selected to fulfil different purposes. This varied vocabulary enabled us to further our learning using formal language. Formal language (which is also referred to as Standard English) is used to convey serious messages and does not contain any words which could be considered to be slang.

 

Having read out different texts, these were then transformed into either more formal or less formal versions. Vocabulary was selected as clear examples of formal language and these will be used to ensure that the gravity of our messages is conveyed to the audience in our writing this term.

 

'Gottit?'

Formal report

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Informal report

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No Pens Monday! 

Article 13 - the right to share our thoughts freely

We started the week with No Pens Monday! In each lesson, we were able to practise and improve our oracy skills by listening, discussing, presenting and asking questions. We are fantastic at answering in full sentences and standing to explain our thinking. Have a look at some photos below - no pen in sight! 

Being a scientist

 Article 27: Food, clothing and a safe home.

We finished the week off being scientists. Over the past few weeks we have been learning how to separate water from other materials; we have investigated which materials have the highest saturation points and we have been learning about electricity and where it comes from. In addition to all this learning, we have looked at reversible and irreversible change. All of these investigations are helping us to think about our challenge which is to make a kit for homeless people (in the UK or Ethiopia) which includes drinking water, warm clothes and shelter.

Fraction Fun!

Article 28:  You have the right to education

Today we started a new learning area in maths which was fractions. We looked at and compared a quarter of one thing to a half of another and discussed which was larger. It depended on the size of the two objects.

Later on in the session we played a game of fraction bingo. This involved rolling dice and deciding on where to place the fraction on the bingo sheet. The tricky part was deciding how to add to the fractions to make a whole!

Netball

Article 24: Good health 

This term, for our outdoor P.E, we are being taught by a Netball coach. For our first lesson, we practised our chest passes and pivoting. In small groups, we travelled across the court using our new skills. Visit back later in the term to see how our skills have progressed.

This term, Year 6 are going to be investigating Sustainable Development Goal 1- No Poverty with a focus on how science can be used to give shelter, warmth, light and water. Alongside this, our writing will be based on the book 'The Garbage King' which tells the story of two boys from diverse economical backgrounds and their adventures in the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. Please check our page for updates on our fantastic learning!

Term 1 Shining Star 6AH

Being Scientists

Article 24 - The right to clean water

This week, as scientists, we observed and recorded the properties of different materials. We learned the difference between mixtures and solutions and we know that soluble means that a material will dissolve, and insoluble means that it won't. We had lots of fun stirring different materials into water and making predictions about what would happen. This led to our next science lesson where we used filters and sieves to clean some dirty water. We thought about our homeless friends and if they would be pleased with how clean we made the water. 

Fitness in the sun!

Article 31: The right to play and relax.

Today we made the best of the last rays of sunshine to develop our fitness. We started off with a vigorous warm up sequence involving star jumps, jogging and speed jumps. This was followed by a relay run around the field in groups of four. The session concluded with some gentle yoga to cool down to.

WOW

Article 27:  Every child has the right to a standard of living that is good enough to meet their physical, social and mental needs.

Today, we thought about what a homeless person might need for a shelter. We built shelters from what we had available to us. We aimed to stay dry, comfy and protected. Some of us worked on scaled down versions. 

Being Global Citizens in Jigsaw

Article 32 - The right to protection from harmful work.

In Jigsaw, we explored how chocolate was made. We found out that it is made from cocoa and in Ghana, many children work on plantations to harvest the cocoa. Often, the children work instead of go to school and even if they do attend school, they are usually expected to harvest cocoa too. We discussed how unfair this was and the potential dangers that the children were exposed to such as poisonous snakes and using machetes. It made us think twice about the chocolate that we buy! We compared our favourite subjects, ambitions and feelings towards school to those of a child in Ghana. 

Decision Alley

Article 14 - The right to freedom of thought

We have been reading 'The Garbage King' and thought about reasons why Mamo should or should not trust his 'uncle' Merga. After making a list of reasons that were for or against going with him, we put ourselves in Mamo's shoes and made a decision. Watch these videos to see how we justified our choices.

Decision 1

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Decision 2

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WOW

Article 13 - the right to share our thoughts freely

For our WOW, we watched some videos that introduced us to homelessness. We shared our thoughts and questions about homelessness and it was clear that we agreed homelessness is a problem that we would like to learn to change. Through watching a TED talk by a young inventor, who used batteries and electricity to protect his father's livestock from lions in Kenya, we were inspired to use science to help the homeless. To begin our learning journey, we thought about the problems that could be solved by being a scientist. Many of us already have already thought  of inventions: food buses, back packs that turn into homes, a layered bag of life, mini gardens etc.  We can't wait to learn more so we can really make a difference to our homeless friends.

Times Table Class Champs!

Article 29: You have the right to education which tries to develop your personality and abilities as much as possible. 

 

Well done to our timestable champions for week 2! Sadly we couldn't quite beat 6RP but we gave it our best shot.

Maybe next week we'll be victorious!

Next week will be 3 times table.

Purple Learning

Article 12 You have the right to an opinion and for it to be listened to and taken seriously

Today, as part of our recapping on what it is to be a Purple Learner, we thought about diplomacy. In order to fully understand diplomacy, we explored the importance of disagreeing but with respect and disagreeing without displaying respect.

Can you identify which of the scenarios shows mutual respect?

Example 1

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Example 2

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Example 3

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