Year 6 – using technology to help us show off our learning
In Year 6, we are in the middle of our topic ‘A Child’s War’. Although this topic is about World War 2, we wanted to’know more’ so we have been finding out about the causes of World War 2.
We have found out that there were a lot of very complicated reasons including: hyperinflation, the Great Depression, Clause 231 and more.
When we were learning, we took pages and pages of notes. Rather than print lots of copies – we decided to use technology to help us.
Our new interactive panels are very clever – they allow you to display lots of pictures and then, using a QR code, you can access all the notes to use for your writing.
We now know so much more about the causes of World War 2 – why not ask your child and see if they can tell you more.
We continue to be amazed by the resilience and growth mindset displayed by all of the pupils on residential. We have had so many individuals step outside of their comfort zone – trying out new experiences and making us all so proud in the process.
The children have been sharing random acts of kindness to show how collaborative their experience has been. Please check back tomorrow to see more amazing pictures!
Year 6 have been busy challenging themselves whilst having great fun at Grenville House today. We had some excellent examples of pupils displaying a growth mindset – keeping on having a go at something even though it was hard.
We have been undertaking a huge range of activities today – stand-up paddleboarding, canoeing, caving, abseiling and rafting. After a lovely chicken pie for dinner, some of us went for a walk to see the sunset, some of us played ping pong, whilst others had a dance off!
Hopefully the pictures show you a flavour of what we have been doing.
In Year 6, we have been using the book ‘The Lost Words’ to inspire us to write poetry. During this unit we spent a lot of time experimenting with peotic licence, figurative language and vocabulary.
For our outcome, we created pieces of artwork to go alongside our peoms – which we spoke out loud.
I hope you enjoy these.
Ebony Class – Children’s Mental Health Week
In Ebony Class, we have been thinking about our mental health. We watched a helpful video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EXpkVw3fh0) which had a range of strategies we could use if we were struggling.
After that we chose some of the activities from the list.
X is for XBOX – it is okay to have some downtime and play
D is for distract yourself, draw something
T is for try something new – we tried using the spirograph
E is for excercise – get outside and play a game or sport
We are part way into our P.E. unit – Ultimate Frisbee. This week we played a game that has links to Danish Longball.
The game was very different. One team (defense) had one job – to stop the frisbee entering the goal zone. They could do anything possible, including hitting the frisbee out of the air – they did not need to catch it. The other team (offense), needed to be very tactical, thinking carefully about where and when to go (within the 10 second limit).
After the match, we discussed the skills needed. We found that team work was critical – for the defense making sure enough of the pitch was covered and for the offense spotting gaps and opportunities that others may have missed. Communication was also key, making sure we were working cohesively to reach our goal. As well as that, speed, stamina, accuracy and sneakiness were mentioned as important skills!
I think you can see from the pictures – what a great session it was.
Across the whole school, we have been thinking deeply about ‘why’ we do things. Pupils, just like adults, tend to perform better if they have a strong understanding of the purpose of the task.
In Year 6, we have been using the purpose to help us make out writing suit the purpose. So far this year we have: written stories for sale as an e-book, created display pieces including poetry for an exhibition and written stories to make a class book for the library.
In our new unit, a unit looking at women in science, we asked the pupils to think about what our purpose might be. We had a lively discussion and, as a class, decided our outcome. We have decided that we would like to inform the wider world about these amazing women who have changed our world.
To make this even more powerful, we have decided to release our information as a range of media: blogs, podcasts, videos, presentations and more. Once we have created these, we can release them over time to keep people interested in learning about these amazing women.
We hope you are looking forward to seeing the products of our learning.
Today in Literacy our learning objective was ‘I know how to use devices to build cohesion within a paragraph’.
Cohesion is like the glue that holds a story together and helps it to flow correctly. There are lots of things we can do within a paragraph to make sure this happens. We can use conjunctions, pronouns and adverbials of time.
We wanted to create a bank of ideas to help us when we write our story. Before we did that, we had to think about how we would present our ideas – this is the planning part of the metacognition cycle.
After about 10 minutes, we stopped and checked how our collection was looking – this was the monitoring part of the metacognition cycle. Some of us changes what we were doing to make it more effective.
Once we finished, we did a final check to see how our collection looked – checking to see if it was as we had hoped – this was the evaluation part of the metacognition cycle.
In Ebony class today, we have been learning about what it means to be a saviour.
We thought about times we had been saved by friends, families and even strangers!
We came up with a range of qualities that we thought a saviour might have.
After that, we spoke about how Christians believed that Jesus was sent to be their saviour.
We also looked at some scriptures to see what the Jewish people thought the saviour would be like – some of it was quite surprising!
We have had a great time learning about the Polar regions in the first half of this term. It was all started with James coming in and talking to us about why the Polar regions are so important.
To finish of the learning journey, we had an exhibition in the school hall!
Part of the exhibition was a piece of writing we created. The unit had a focus on different phenomena that occur in the Polar regions. Each pupil had to pick a phenomenon to research and then present their information in a piece of writing. Alongside this, the pupils also created Haiku poems and fabulous pieces of artwork.
I think you’ll agree it looked amazing!
The pupils knew right from the first lesson, that we would be showing their work at this exhibition – this gave them a really strong ‘why’.
As well as this, we also presented our eBook – ‘Stories inspired by the Ice Bear’, which will be on sale soon (with all proceeds going to charity).
It was lovely to be able to share all of the amazing work the children have been doing.
Year 6 have been putting a lot of effort into getting their work ready for the exhibition on Tuesday. They are excited to share their wonderful poetry and information texts about Polar phenomena. We have been studying a book called ‘Earth Verse’ that inspired us to create our own pieces of art, combined with poetry. Alongside this we have created information texts about a range of Polar phenomena including blizzards and avalanches.
The places are filling fast – if you have not booked yours already please visit: https://calendly.com/hazeldownprimaryschool/
In our learning journey ‘Frozen Kingdom’, we have been learning about animals that live in the Polar regions and how they are adapted to their environment.
As a part of this, we have planned and carried out an experiment to see how some animals – such as Polar bears – insulate themselves against the cold. We learnt that Polar bears, and other animals, have a layer of blubber (which is also known as fat) which helps to minimise the impact of the cold.
In our experiment, we had to put our hand in a bucket of ice and water. We did this with just our hand, a single glove, two gloves and finally, two gloves and a layer of air trapped between the two gloves.
We found that, the more layers of insulation (including air) we had between our hand and the ice-cold water, the longer it was before we felt the cold.
In Year 6, we are putting maximum effort into our new P.E. unit – Netball.
We have been looking at specific skills such as: bounce pass, ‘W’ hands to catch and more.
We have also been discussing important strategies for the game such as: speed, to make get into a space without being marked; accuracy, so that our team mate can easily control the ball; and sneakiness, so that we can fool the opposite team into marking the wrong person!
In literacy today, Year 6 have been learning about figurative language. There are many different types of figurative language including: alliteration, assonance, onomatopoeia, simile, metaphor and personification.
Figurative language helps the author to paint a picture in the reader’s mind, so they feel like they are inside the story.
In our lesson, we collected some examples of figurative language.
Some of the ones that stood out included:
The wind howled at the boy’s ears. (personification)
The iceberg calved from the glacier and shivered at the touch of the cold water. (personificiation)
The ice crackled like fire. (simile)
The snow ate the warmth. (personification)
The brave bear bellowed. (alliteration)
The polar bear reared up as large as a mountain. (simile)
Which do you think paint the best picture?
For the next six weeks, Year 6 are learning about the Arctic and Antarctic. To inspire us and tell us a bit more about the polar regions, James Moore came to talk to us about his experiences.
James helps to make sure that expeditions to extreme places are safe from a medical point of view. He spoke to us about a specific expedition he had planned and attended as the medic. He showed us where he went, how far he had to travel and some of the equipment he had to take with him.
Both classes found it an inspiring start to our learning journey. We could not believe that the expedition toilet blew away in a storm!
Some of us got to try on his equipment – it was very bulky!
James also made us think about some of the big questions related to the polar regions. These included: Is all polar tourism bad? Who owns the polar regions? What can I do to have an impact on global warming?
We hope you enjoy looking at some of the pictures.
Miss Redwood has managed to get Ebony Class (and Holly Class) involved in a project run by James Dyson.
The project is helping us to understand what it means to be an engineer. We started our first session by sketching what an engineer might look like. We then found out what a engineer is actually like – quite a difference. We started to realise that engineers share nearly all of our learning values – making us perfect candidates for being engineers ourselves.
After we had learnt more about James Dyson and other engineers, we used a meta-cognition approach to plan how we would demonstrate our new learning. As always with pupils from Hazeldown – there were a wide range of creative approaches.
If you had to evaluate our outcomes – what would you say?
Holly Class have enjoyed their final day at Grenville House. They have had an amazing 2 and a half days and we are very proud of them! They will soon be heading back to school on the coach.
What a busy week in Ebony Class!
This week we have been #geographers. As a part of our topic – ‘Hola Mexico’, we researched the similarities and differences between their physical and human geography and ours in the UK. We then presented this information in fact files.
We have also been #scientists. As a part of our topic, we looked at the way the Mayans built the Temple of Kukulcan. They observed the sun and built the temple so that it looked like a snake was climbing down the temple. We then reminded ourselves how shadows were made and experimented with how shadows change when we change the angle and distance of the light source. We observed and measured the changes.
Finally, we have been continuing to develop as atheletes. We have been working on key skills including: shot putt, discus, hop, skip and jump. This week we were developing our hurdling skills – in very heavy wind!
I hope you enjoyed reading about our week.
In Ebony class we are at the end of our literacy unit. This unit has been inspired by the book Holes by Louis Sachar.
In the story, our main character is sent to a camp as a punishment for a crime he says he did not commit.
The final outcome of this unit is to write a letter to a judge to try and get him to do something about the despicable conditions at the camp.
We would love to be able to send the letters to the actual judge, but as this is a fiction book that is not possible. Instead, we are going to send the letters to Louis Sachar to show him what his book has inspired.
For those of you not familiar with S.O.L.E. (Self Organised Learning Environment), it is an approach to learning.
In Year 6, our topic is currently called ‘Hola Mexico!’ and in it we are learning about the impact of the civilisations of South America on us and the rest of the world.
This week, one of our objectives was to look at a location in Devon and Mexico and compare and contrast them.
Because we were following a SOLE approach – we were able to make our own decisions about our learning.
To start with, some of us decided to use google maps to learn about locations, some of us thought that google earth was more helpful whilst some of used search engines to find useful websites.
Once we had collected the information, we then had another choice – how to present our learning.
Some of us created slideshows, some of us created websites, some of us made posters and some even made a documentary!
This is self organised learning in action and it creates a wonderful range of quality outcomes.
This week in Ebony class, we were learning about some new vocabulary for our ‘Holes’ topic. We introduce these words using CIP (Communicate in Print) which is an approach that matches symbols to words to help us remember them better.
Usually, when it comes time for showing our understanding, we write sentences.
This time, we decided to think about, and plan, our learning.
The class were given time to plan what they would do. Once they had done the work, the class were given time to look back at their approach and evaluate it. When using the metacognition cycle, it is important to give the time to evaluate so that we know if an approach works for us or not.
To start our topic ‘Hola Mexico’, Ebony class made fruit cocktails.
To start with, we had to remind ourselves how to safely use a knife. We learnt about using ‘the claw’ to hold items safely, making sure the knife was sharp and how to be safe generally when cutting and holding a knife.
After that, we has some time to plan what was going to go into our drink. We had a range of juices to choose from as well as a range of fruits. Some of us took a risk and chose fruits or juices we were not sure we liked.
Once we had chosen, it was time to peel and chop our fruits ready for the drinks. Then we added the juices and finally a bit of lemonade to sweeten it all up.
When we tried our mocktails, some of us did not like them, so we spent time evaluating our plan and thinking about what we might do differently next time.
When we came back from our daily mile, we were shocked to find that the devices had gone on strike!
As a class, we had to decide how we were going to get them to come back to work. We thought of some reasons including: promising to look after them more, using them less and making sure they get charged.
We thought that we may need to use emotional language and present a strong a argument.
We then had a go at writing letters to persuade the devices that we do deserve them!
This was our elicitation task, we will be using this to indentify the skills we need to write a high-quality presuasive letter.
Why not ask your child if they managed to get the devices back off strike.
In Ebony class, we have been celebrating the end of the war – V.E. day!
Today, we have been preparing for our street party to celebrate the end of World War 2.
As you can see from the pictures, we have enjoyed getting into the festive mood after all the bombing and rationing.
Check back tomorrow to see how our street party went.
What a busy start to the half term we have had!
We made a big bang (literally) at the start of the week! We pretended that we were children in World War II. We move the classroom around to make an improvised bomb shelter and experienced what it was like to be involved in an air raid.
Some of us felt excited, scared or even claustrophobic. Later on, we watched a video about what it was like for people in the actual war. The video made us realise how serious it was – we heard from an old man who’s house had been bombed – in the raid his mother had died.
We have also been learning about the Windrush generation in our literacy – trying to learn what it might have felt like to move away from your friends and family at such short notice.
In mathematics, we have been learning about measures and converting. We had a really interesting conversation about why road signs still have miles on them!
Here are some bits of our SOLE work – we hope you enjoy them.
We have been working hard in Year 6 this week. Not only have we introduced some new skills (in PE and Computing), we have also been embedding some already known skills.
In P.E., we have been using netball as our focus game. This week we were trying to attract the attention of our team mates – without alerting the opposite time. This can be quite tricky! We were also reinforcing our passing skills – using the chest pass and bounce pass.
In Computing, we have been using data from the voyage of the Beagle to create line graphs. These line graphs showed the distance of the Beagle from its home port.
We have also been applying our literacy skill in our SOLE sessions. We had a may to create a poem about the Galapagos. Here are two examples:
Finally, in Science, we have been studying evolution and adaptation. One part of this involved looking at how a specific animal had adapted over time. One of our favourite activities was our beak investigation. Inspired by Charles Darwin’s research on Chaffinches, we experimented with different tools and seeds to see which worked best.
I hope you enjoyed looking at some of what we have done this week.
This week in Ebony Class, we have been working very hard – especially in our S.O.L.E. .
One of our MUSTS involved observational sketching – inspired by Charles Darwin and his sketch book. We remembered to apply the ‘Austin’s Butterfly’ approach and have several goes – using constructive feedback from other people in the class.
One of our MUSTS was more flexible – we had to learn about the Galapagos Islands and then present what we had learnt. We were able to choose how we displayed our learning.
Some people created short films in iMovie, some people created websites using Google Sites whilst others chose to write the information out by hand.
As a part of our research about the Galapagos, some of us created custom made maps using Google Draw. We used these to plan an expedition around the islands. Someone became such an expert in this that she was able to help others create their own maps.
I hope you enjoyed finding out what we have been up to this week.
Welcome to our new class – Hobeny (A cominbation of Holly and Ebony).
We have had a very busy week this week. We have started following the new lockdown approach and been working very hard.
In our SPaG session we found a new method for trying to rememeber tricky words. This is called the ‘naughty letters’ method. In this method, you write the word out but make the letters that catch you out look different. In my example, some people find spelling the word ‘necessary’ tricky as it can be hard to recall which letters are doubled.
We also looked at simple mnemonics that can help us. For the same word, we learnt the mnemonic ‘one collar and two sleeves’.
Some of the children have been demonstrating their technology skills in SOLE. One of our MUSTS was to present some information about Charles Darwin. some children chose to create a website, whilst others created short video presentations.
We hope you enjoy our work.
In our unit, we have been learning about some of the different types of email. We have read and discussed: spam, complaints, chatty emails and sales emails.
We discussed how the different types of email needed to be written in differing levels of formality.
Here are some examples:
Hopefully, next time we write an email, we will be able to think about the audience and make sure we write in an approriate way!
The second website was very interesting – it turns out that Dihydrogen Monoxide has been involved in 100% of deaths!
The task Ebony had to do was check that both websites were factually correct. We did this by taking information from the sites and seeing if any other sources agreed (or disagreed).
It was a very useful lesson in being wary of information from the internet and making sure we check our sources.
(In case you have not realised – both websites were spoofs – Dihydrogen Monoxide is actually water!
This week in Ebony, we have been talking about metacognition.
Part of this has been during our spelling sessions. At the start of the term, we were tested on the first half of our Year 6 spelling list. Then, over the course of the term, we used a ranged a strategies to learn those spellings we did not get correct. This week, we were tested on the same words again. We then compared our results to the results from the start of term.
Most of us had improved, but some had not (or only improved a small amount).
This whole process involved metacognition (or thinking about learning).
To start with we identified areas we needed to improve, then we planned our approach by choosing a strategy that we thought would work and finally we evaluated our approach by seeing how much we had improved.
When we work on the second half of the Year 6 spellings, we will need to look back at our approach and consider if we need to change it or keep it the same.
In Ebony this week, we started looking at algebra. To start with we were looking at simple equations such:
If x=10 what does 2x =?
Later on we looked at more complicated equations such as:
If x=3, b=5, d=10 then what does (x + b) – d =
Someone asked why we learn algebra; the class know I cannot resist a ‘Why?’ question!
In our discussion, we started talking about some of the jobs that use algebra – mainly focusing around advanced jobs in mathematics, science and engineering.
We also spoke about the impact of learning algebra on our brain. It can help with critical thinking skills including pattern recognition, problem solving and reasoning.
We are part way through our writing unit – which is based on writing a biography about a famous internet personality.
One of our sessions focused on using ISPACE openers. ISPACE openers are a way to start a sentence to make it more interesting.
If you would like to learn more about ISPACE openers – follow this link:
We started with a simple sentence, then added an ISPACE opener, then added some higher level punctuation and finally improved by adding some more complex vocabulary.
James Charles Dickinson has 14.2 million subscribers.
Currently, James Charles Dickinson has 14.2 million subscribers.
Currently, James Charles Dickinson has 14.2 million subscribers: his makeup is so popular.
Currently, James Charles Dickinson has approximately 14.2 million subscribers: his makeup is so popular.
Why do we use ISPACE and improve our sentences?
We do this to engage the reader to make them interested in what we are writing. This makes them want to continue reading.
As a part of our topic ‘Tomorrow’s World’ we experimented with circuits today.
We reminded ourselves what a simple circuit was (including series and parallel circuits) and then had a go at building our own.
The challenge was, to create a circuit where we could alter the output. Someone suggested that if we added in a second bulb, this would make the light given off dimmer – altering the output. Someone else suggested adding a second battery to make a motor go faster – altering the output.
Today, in our literacy lesson, we did an activity called ‘mapping the text’.
‘Mapping the text’ involves replacing individual words with symbols or small drawings that represent the word. For example we might replace the word ‘she’ with a drawing of a stick person with long hair.
Here are some examples:
In class, we discussed why we do this activity. This activity helps us to embed high quality writing in our head – but in a different way! When we read high quality texts, we make new connections in our brain to help us remember. When we map high quality texts, we make different connections that also help us remember.
When it is time to write our own texts, we are able to draw on all of the high quality texts to help us create our own high quality writing.
This week (and last), in Ebony class we are covering learning that was missed as a result of lockdown.
One of the things we have been looking at is algorithms. These are basically sets of instructions that can be given to a computer or robot. We used the beebot app, giving the beebot sets of instructions to move about an increasingly complex map without making any errors. Sometimes we made errors and had to re-write our algorithms.
We have also been studying Galileo Galilei and the impact he had on the whole world. We learnt about the discoveries he made, as well as how this information was received by the wider world.
Lastly we looked at some apsects of our solar system including: why we have day and night, how the earth rotates, how the earth orbits the sun and how we are moving through space.
Here are some examples of our work:
In Ebony class, we have been learning about an aspect of british history and how it has changed in the last 200 years.
We chose to study transport.
We used a very detailed timeline to help us identify modes of transport that interested us.
We then created a slideshow (using google slides), or an iMovie (using iMovie) to show what we had learnt.
In Ebony we have been looking at fractions in our catch up maths.
So far this week we have multiplied fractions by other fractions, multiplying fractions by an integer and dividing fractions by an integer.
Sometimes we need to create images to help with our understanding.
Can your child explain what is going on here?
This week, the whole of Hazeldown School have been reflecting on what it was like during lockdown.
In Ebony class, we have been discussing some of the learning we did during lockdown, as well as other activites we might have done.
The class have brought in a wonderful range of work they completed during this time. We have been taking this and making a section in our SOLE books.
I hope you enjoy this small sample:
This term we have been working through a gymnastics sequence.
This week we were lucky enough to have someone from TCS come and work with us on our skills.
By the end of the session we had devised a new sequence that included 3 ‘holds’ and 3 ‘travels’.
In Ebony class, we have started a new literacy unit – writing short stories based in the Arctic or Antarctic.
We have used colourful semantics to identify the parts of the sentence. Then we have added details by using expanded noun phrases – these give more information about the noun. You can see an example that someone came up with in the picture.
We have also been looking at using parenthesis to add extra information to a sentence – a lot of us wrote relative clauses about one or both of the nouns in a sentence. This extra information can be put inside brackets, commas or dashes.
The seal dived out of the water. (quite boring sentence)
The seal – which was escaping from an orca – dived out of the water.
Some of us went even further and experimented with having a comma inside the parenthis:
The sun shone down on us. (quite boring sentence)
The sun (that was brilliant gold, like it is most days) shone down on us.
In Ebony class this week, we spent a day refreshing our subtraction skills. As a part of this, we thought of some of the ways we could represent a single calculation (4648 – 2347).
Here are some of the visual representations we came up with:
Can your child tell you the name of some of these?
Can your child explain to you how they represent the subtraction?
This morning has been the first chance for Ebony class to show off their amazing writing.
We have been studying non-chronological reports in our Literacy unit. As part of this we have looked at a range of high quality texts and learnt new skills to help us make our writing as interesting as possible for the reader.
This morning we got to put it all into action in a big write session.
As you can see from the pictures, we are using a range of approaches to ensure that our writing is of the highest quality. This includes: spell checkers, chromebooks and purple pens.
So far this term the topic ‘Frozen Kingdom’ has really grabbed Ebony class.
We have been studying many aspects of the Arctic and Antarctic including adaption, evolution, climate change and icebergs. We are now looking forward to studying the Titanic and what went wrong.
Some amazing homework has already started to come in as can be seen from the pictures.
What a busy start to the term! It is obvious that the children are glad to be back – they have shown such a great attitude to learning – even in these tricky times.
Here are some of the things we have done over the past two weeks:
We have been revisiting the Compass for Life – looking at our North Star and how we are going to get there.
We have been learning more about the Zones of Regulation and how we can get back into the Green Zone so that we can perform as efficiently as possible.
We have been writing letters to our future selves – explaining what lockdown has been like and how we are feeling about the next year.
We have started our new topic ‘Frozen Kingdom’. We have already started studying icebergs – including a real life example – to see how they act in the water.
I hope you enjoy these pictures.
This week in Holly Class Bubble, we have been very busy – as every week!
As well as making sure that all of our key skills work (Maths, Reading, Spelling and Grammar) is finished, we have been continuing with our S.O.L.E. .
Some of us have been looking at surrealism. We have looked at famous pieces of work, tried to copy some famous paintings and even had a go at automatic drawing. Some of us have been continuing our focus on animals and predators. We have created top trumps cards of our favourite predators – which one do you like the best? The final group have been continuing to look at time travel – planning a time travel book.
I hope you enjoy this fabulous work.
Another great week. We have all been working very hard on our key skills in the mornings. In the afternoons we have been undertaking a range of activities including: designing and writing about our own predator, exploring the science of colour, writing short stories, experimenting with sketching and shading and much more.
I hope you enjoy this range of work.
Our bubble based in Holly class have been working really hard this week. We have had to change our timetable to make sure that we are all able to get the 4 key sessions (Maths, Reading, Grammar and Spelling) done each day.
Even with all of that hard work, we have still had time to develop our SOLE work – which has been very art focused this week. We finished the week having a sketching session out on the playground.
I hope you enjoy looking at our work.
What a busy week!
I am not sure who was more ready for the weekend – the children or me…
We have done such an exciting range of work in school, focusing on high expectations – especially with our presentation. Hopefully you can see that from the high quality of the work from our Year 3, Year 5 and Year 6 children.
We have made leaflets about animals, written and presented Haiku poems, written newspaper articles, planned street parties and much more.
I hope you enjoy looking at all of this work as much as I did.
What a week!
This week some of us returned to school, I was teaching in Holly class with a range of children. We have all been working very hard on a wide range of maths, literacy and SOLE.
Some of us have been learning about different scales used to measure mass. We have been writing about animals, world war 2 and more!
Our SOLE has been cvery creative with some amazing results.
Here is some of the work from this week:
Have a lovely (hopefully not too wet) weekend.