Year 6 have begun to explore the climate zones in the world. They knew that the equator would fall in the hottest climate zone and Antarctica and The Arctic would be the coldest. They were challenged to explain why this was the case using a “sun”, “earth” and “equator”. Their explanations and questioning were excellent. Using the globe, we ended up investigating why The Arctic ends up with so many hours of daylight in the summer and darkness in the winter.
Year 6 have continued with their writing this week. They have immersed themselves completely in the writing and been so eager to ensure it is the best it can be. I have been blown away by the quality of their language, the focus on their punctuation and structure and the emotional development of the characters.
Today, in order to explore problems that require working backwards, Year 6 played a game called Nim. They had to work strategically and try to plan ahead in order to work out what moves to make to win the game and force their partner to lose. The class were excellent at suggesting strategies and testing whether or not these worked. They rose to the challenge each time we made the game more difficult. Next week, we’ll apply these skills to some written word problems.
Year 6 explored their character’s emotions with one final drama activity before starting their writing. They were challenged to represent their character’s emotional journey using just their face and body. They couldn’t move from their spot or speak. They then began writing about the Christmas Truce in World War 1. They have chosen their language and structures so carefully. Can you work out how the character is feeling from the words that have been chosen? We will work more on these next week but I had to share the opening sections as I was so impressed!
We have been learning to create atmosphere in our writing in a variety of ways. This week, we have been focussing on how the emotional development of a character can help. Before we begin writing, we have been using drama to explore an emotional journey. We drew emotion graphs for our story but kept them secret from everyone else. We then performed for each other with the watching pair drawing an emotion graph based on what they saw. Comparing the two graphs allowed us to see how accurately we had managed to portray and recognise the emotions.
Year 6 have been looking at multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000 including decimal numbers. They were set the challenge of answering the questions pinned up around the room. The questions were titled with countries involved in World War 1 and had to be answered in alphabetical order. The class used the place value sliders to support their understanding of the process. They were then given a challenge to find their way through a maze of multiplication and division using different sets of criteria.
Year 6 have been looking at the patterns and rules for choosing the correct grapheme for the ‘l’ sound at the end of the word. They set up a challenge for their learning partner by hiding an image. They uncovered it bit by bit trying to guess what word with an ‘l’ sound it could be. They then used their words to further organise the rules for choosing the correct spellings.
Today, Year 6 were given some unfamiliar language, which would appear in the section of Private Peaceful that we are reading this week. We discussed the meaning of the language and used this to draw images to represent the words. From the images and words, Year 6 had a go at predicting the events of the section we are going to read. They were amazingly accurate and were even able to predict which characters might say which things.