Today, the children have worked incredibly hard to complete their mechanimal 3D pictures. They look AMAZING!!! We have clockwork foxes, hares and crows - the detail on them is phenomenal! What do you think?
Year 6 are reading a novel called Cogheart. In this story, there are mechanical characters - some of which are animals. The children have been tasked with making a 3D mechanimal painting that features cogs and mechanisms made from cardboard, buttons, string and wooden sticks. Here the children are, painting their background board on which they will mount their completed mechanimal. More photos to follow.
The Year 6 children have worked in group to design and create their own game. They were given a vague outline to follow. I asked them to ensure that their game required them to demonstrate the following skills: team work, creativity and communication. I am absolutely stunned at how their games have turned out. I had no idea that I had such an inventive and creative class.
For the past two weeks, Year 6 have been carefully designing an ocean themed clay tile. They have thought about every aspect of their design and have practised moulding clay using plasticine. All this planning and practice has paid off as they have made their tile from clay today - they look amazing so far. The next steps will be to paint and varnish their clay tile once it is dry
This week, in maths, the children have practiced adding and subtracting decimal numbers and finding percentages of amounts in more fun way than usual. I gave the children a menu for a popular restaurant and asked them to price up their favourite meal. To develop on this, I then gave the children a discount to see if they could calculate their new bill with discount applied. Following this, they then did a brand new order for themselves and a friend or family member. The children really enjoyed doing this and all were successful in achieving the maths learning objective.
Year 6 have retuned to school, after Easter, ready to be the best that they can be! They have jumped straight into revising for their SATs tests and have really enjoyed working with partners to help them to learn and remember. A huge focus for us in class has been spelling . The children have spent ten minutes, every day this week, learning their spellings with a friend. We can already see the positive impact this has had within their spelling test this week where most children improved their spelling score by more than 3 marks.
In maths, Year 6 are learning about area and perimeter. To begin this topic, we have recapped on previous learning from years 4 and 5 and have investigated several questions within this topic using coloured tiles as manipulatives. The children had to create shapes, using tiles, to match a given area. They then had to find the perimeter of the shape and vice versa. Developing on this, the children were set a series of challenges such as: Can you create a a shape that has a larger area than perimeter? Can you make a shape that has the same area as its perimeter? etc
The Year 6 children have started a new topic in computing this week: physical computing.
Physical computing involves programming digital devices to sense and interact with the world. It has provided the children so far with the opportunity to use programming skills using Crumble Controller.
The Crumble Controller is a programmable device which the children have used and programmed to connect LEDs (Sparkles) to set and control lights.
Year 6 had an absolutely amazing World Book Day! All the children made such an effort with their costumes and certainly made the most of the opportunity to come dressed as a book character. We based our learning for the day around our most recent class novel - Holes.