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6RP

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:

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

6RP'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: unbearable, entwined, savagely (wb 07.12.20)

Times Table of the week: all times tables so far!

 

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! 

Being readers (Article 13 - the right to find things out)

In week 2, we focused on non-fiction texts. These are texts that convey information about a topic and this week, we found out about earthquakes. After reading the text carefully, we answered some quick quiz questions before completing some more in-depth questions so that we could truly understand what we had read. We will be using all of our skills so far to answer more questions throughout the week. Take a look below at what we have done so far. 

Being historians (Article 13 - the right to find things out)

After just one day in school, many of us had to return to remote learning however this has not stopped us from doing fantastic work! In week 1, we learnt about sources, including the difference between a primary and secondary source. This helped us to understand how we actually know about the Vikings. Objects such as runes and coins are convincing evidence that tell us about how they lived. Their sagas and chronicles also provide us with knowledge. We researched some of these sources using a variety of websites and had lots of fun presenting our findings in creative ways. Take a look at our work below!

Term 2

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

In term 1 and 2, 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 2 Shining Star

Being Artists (Article 31 - The right to access the arts)

Today, in Week 7, we used paint to recreate the book cover of our class text - The Garbage King. Firstly, we focused on the background and created strokes in the style of Van Gogh, who we have been studying this term, Once the background was dry, we chose thinner paintbrushes to add the fine detail of the 'skyline' of the scene. The trickiest bit was the title! We had to really take our time and persevere to achieve our fantastic results below! 

Jigsaw (Article 23 - the rights of disabled children)

In Week 6, we celebrated differences by exploring Paralympic athletes and the Equality Act which states that nobody should be discriminated against based on a number of characteristics - including disability. We found out about Ellie Simmonds, a Paralympic swimmer, who has won 9 gold medals and many others! We were impressed that her disability hasn't held her back at all. Some of our thoughts are below. We also freeze-framed scenarios where differences cause conflict such as older people getting frustrated with younger people for often being on their phones. We role-played how these scenarios could be resolved, such as having a conversation or making a compromise. 

Being authors ( Article 12 - the right to having your view respected)

In writing, we have been learning about formal language. When we are writing about a serious point or to somebody who we do not know, we have to write formally so that we are listened to. We thought about some text types that would need formal language like letters of complaint and newspaper articles which we are looking forward to writing! At the end of the lesson, we enjoyed a game where we had to match Standard English and slang terms - we all managed to find our partners! 

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 mathematicians (Article 29 - the right to education)

In Week 3 we started to explore fractions. After discussing our stem sentences and vocabulary associated with fractions, we played fraction bingo where we had to get 5 fractions in a row to win. If we rolled a 5 then a 1, we had to miss a go until we rolled a fraction that we could shade. To challenge ourselves, we played an alternative game where we had to fill in the whole fraction. We enjoyed the competitiveness. 

Being scientists (Article 27 - The right to a safe home)

As scientists, we explored different circuits and tested a range of conductors and insulators. We thought about where electricity comes from and made a very long list of the things we use electricity for. This led us to discuss the struggles that homeless people face without access to electricity. For example, they wouldn't be able to charge their phone to keep in contact with their friends and families. We are looking forward to building on our knowledge of electricity so that we can find a way to help the homeless. 

Being athletes (Article 24 - The right to 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. To finish the lesson, we played a game where we had to get the ball across the line and we really enjoyed the competition. 

Term 1

Term 1 Shining Star 6RP

Games (Article 31 - Right to play)

We used our indoor PE time to learn some games that we could play at break and lunch. We thought that they were great because they were fun and didn't involve any equipment. Here are some photos of us playing 'The Exaggeration Game', 'North South East West', 'Splat' and 'Do as I say'. We're looking forward to playing these games outside on the playground. 

RE Islamic Patterns (Article 30 - The right to religion)

In RE, we have been learning about what it means to be a Muslim in Britain today. We explored the five pillars of Islam, Ramadan and Eid as well as what the mosques look like. We found out that mosques are very decorated with beautiful patterns so we had a go at creating some geometric patterns ourselves. It was really challenging at first so we started with the easiest design and built up our skills to create some fantastic results! 

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. 

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 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 1.MOV

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Decision Alley 2.MOV

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Decision Alley 3.MOV

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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. 

Times Table Winner (Article 29 - The right to the aims of education)

In week 1 6RP were victorious in the 2,5 and 10 times table competition! Congratulations to Chloe who won against the other Year 6 competitors and congratulations to Zach who also represented our class! 

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