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6CW

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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Key Information (Term 3):

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

6CW'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: catastrophe, requirement (WC 14.12.20)

THIS WEEK'S TIMES TABLE: 3s and 6s

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, 6CW did an incredible turn around on 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.

Group 1 - Sisters Drama - 6CW

Group 2 - Sisters Drama - 6CW

Term 2

Term 2 Shining Star!

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

For the first two terms of 2020, Year 6 are going to be investigating Global Goal Number 1- No Poverty. The focus of our learning will be about 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!

I really enjoyed the Garbage King - especially the part when Merga was defeated. It was funny and he deserved it. - Colby

 

It was so sad when the young boy died but at least they found the dog at the end. - Noah

 

I was gutted when the book ended and hope there is a sequel. - Yunusu

 

Designing our final products was the best part and knowing we could help the homeless. - Alisha

Our Challenge: We designed products for homeless people using our knowledge of being Scientists. We had to use our Science skills and think carefully about which materials would be the most suitable. We hope you enjoy looking at our final innovations.

Maths Morning.  Article 28 The right to education

This morning we became maths experts, solving lots of Christmas puzzles.  We even had a live maths session with over 40 schools! 

Article 31: The right to art.

 

This afternoon we continued being artists and created the front cover to our class book in the style of Van Gough.  We practised lots first to experiment with tone and texture.  We are very impressed with our versions of The Garbage King front cover and can't wait to see our work on display!

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?

Building Shelters

Article 27: The right to shelter

The day finally came for us to build our shelters!  We followed our designs carefully (adapting sometimes after evaluations and discussions with others) to build a shelter to keep our Lego figure dry. We are now excited to test which structure is the best. 

NO PENS DAY. 

Article 12 children have the right to a view, to be heard and to be listened to.

Today was unlike any other typical school day as we were not allowed pens or pencils so couldn't write a thing.  It took some getting used to but we soon really embraced our discussions and enjoyed listening to and building upon the thoughts and views of others.  Our morning started with a word association game , we then had fun predicting the news article by just looking at the headline and had lots of fun in maths agreeing and disagreeing with opinions or choosing and explaining the odd one out!  The odd game or two featured throughout the day to keep us talking!

Being Scientists

Article 27: The right to a good standard of living

This Rights Respecting article links closely to our science-based enquiry because we are asking ourselves 'How can science help the homeless?' In week 3, we planned and conducted an experiment to find out which materials kept a beaker of water warmest for longest. Now that we have our results, we will use this this information to plan our final Challenge: Making a homeless kit.

DT

Article 27: The right to shelter.

Before we can make our model shelters to keep a Lego person dry and protected, we needed to test a range of joining techniques, structures and materials to see which would be the best. We had lots of fun in this investigating stage.  

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.

Term 1

Term 1 Shining Star 6CW

A huge well done to Ruby.

Article 31: The right to Art. 

 

We were excited to become Artists this afternoon.  This unit we are studying Van Gogh and using the medium paint.  Today we explored tone and texture and practised these skills painting sky, land and sea.  

Being Scientists!

Article 27: Food, clothing and a safe home.

6CW have loved 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. 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.

Jigsaw

Article 42: Everyone must know children's rights.

During our lesson in Week 5, Year 6 thought back to our Rights Respecting class charter. We discussed whether it was only adults that needed to follow the Rights Respecting charter. Our conclusion was that everyone was responsible for ensuring that all children are looked after. We looked back at the charter and thought about ways we could be more responsible such as Article 12: Respecting Eachother's Views. We are going to make an extra special effort to focus on this next week.

 

Being Geographers

6CW enjoyed being Geographers for the day.  We looked at both the human and physical features of Ethiopia and compared them to the UK. Afterwards, we created word banks and fact files about life in Addis Ababa to help us truly understand what life is like for Dani and Mano. Additionally, we loved looking at atlases and finding mountain ranges, rivers and cities.  We are now ready and prepared to use all of this knowledge to help us even more with our writing.  

Article 17: Access to information. 

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.

We were made homeless for the afternoon so built shelters from what we had available to us. We aimed to stay dry, comfy and protected. 

SSJ's allotment produce!

Article 24: The right to nutritious food.

6CW were so lucky to taste the first food harvested on our school allotment. The amazing Mr. Evans had grown some delicious corn on the cob, and Marie in the kitchen cooked them up for us. It was amazing to taste something grown in our own school grounds!

Dance

Article 24: The right to keep healthy and well.

We can’t wait to put all of our moves together to make a performance to share with you! Diversity watch out - 6CW are coming to get you! 

Decision Alley (Article 14 - The right to freedom of thought)

We have been reading 'The Garbage King' and thought about reasons why Mamo should and 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 using our oracy skills and speaking in full sentences

Decision Alley

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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 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. 

Jigsaw

Article 13: You have the right to find out things and share your ideas.

For our first week in Jigsaw, we connected further with each other by learning more about our likes and dislikes. Pizza is definitely a favourite meal in 6CW!

6CW's Timestable Champions

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

Well done to our times table 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 tables!

Purple Learning

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

We’re back! The new 6CW have completed their first week in Year 6 and have made an awesome start!

In week one, we reminded ourselves what it meant to be a Purple Learner. We began by thinking about all the things that help us to learn; the ‘movers’ and the ‘blockers’. We discussed how talk is really useful to our learning and how sharing ideas with our partners can help us understand new ideas.

Then we discussed how important is was to be diplomatic and how we can challenge each other in a polite way. Have a look at our examples of what to do and what not to do!

 

Diplomacy - Is it possible to disagree politely?

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Diplomacy - Does arguing get us anywhere?

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