Wow – what a busy first half term that was! The children have been so enthusiastic about learning and have gained so much knowledge about the rivers and the Amazon rainforest. Thank you to all the children for their hard work and parents for being so supportive. We are already looking forward to another exciting project after half term.
River Project Homework
We are hoping that most children have started their river project homework which went home a couple of weeks ago. It’s important to remember that children should be using books and the internet to research their river and then putting this information into their own words rather than the information being copied and pasted from the internet. Final projects can be handwritten or generated on a computer; some children may want to use a mixture of both. If you are using a computer, please print your project. We look forward to sharing these river projects with our classes after half term.
This half term, our science unit has been about classifying living things. We began by learning about what a living thing constitutes as by learning the pneumonic ‘MRS GREN’ with each letter representing one of the seven life processes. The children learned about how both plants and animals do these life processes in different ways. Following on from this, the children then looked at the classification of animals in more detail by finding out the main groups of vertebrate and invertebrate. They identified differences such as appearance, how they produce offspring and their skin. For example, they learned that one type of vertebrate (an animal with a backbone) is an amphibian – these animals have moist skin, lay jelly eggs and are cold-blooded.
For our final lesson of the unit, we studied the classification of leaves and had great fun exploring the school grounds looking for a variety of different leaves. We brought them back to the classroom and studied them in more detail looking at their: edges, vein structure, shape, size, colour and texture. The children worked in groups to identify the differences and sorted 8 of their chosen leaves by creating a sorting tree with relevant questions.
Supporting our Parents
This term, a few parents have mentioned that they would benefit from some support in either their own subject knowledge or ways in which they can support their child at home. The year 6 team are looking to run some workshops specifically aimed at year 6 parents to meet these needs. We would like your help as we need to know what you would benefit from; for example – understanding how long division works or helping your child with their SPaG homework. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas – be as specific as you can and once we have enough feedback, we will decide on the most beneficial workshops to run and start to plan these.
Have a great half term and see you next week.
Year 6 team.