Welcome back to Term 1! We hope you've all had a relaxing summer break and have managed to recharge, ready for the year ahead. This week, Year 6 have had a busy week of learning and also the Kent Test, which took place on Thursday. The children have settled in fantastically and have worked extremely hard. RE, this week, focused on an inspirational Jew: Anne Frank. The children loved learning about her and I'm sure they will tell you all about her. This term's Science unit focuses on the circulatory system; the children began by identify the parts of the circulatory system and their functions. Our English focus for this term will be based upon A Midsummer Night's Dream and the children will be writing a 'meeting tale'. This term's Geography has a focus on map skills; this week the children have learnt a song on longitude and latitude. Art, this term, is all about the artist Duncanson. For our first lesson the children were mixing colours and explaining how the colours influenced their mood. As a reminder, swimming will commence as of next week: Tuesday 12th September. Have a fantastic weekend, the Year 6 Team.
Week 2 and Year 6 have had a fantastic week full of fun packed learning. In French, the children learnt the days of the week and how to put it into a sentence. In Science, the lesson focused on the heart; the children loved making clay sculptures of the heart. This week's RE lesson was all about the Kingdom of God. The children looked at the values of the kingdom and put them in order of the highest importance to the lowest. They also created artwork on how they can grow in the God's kingdom. Our Art lesson focused on experimenting with different mediums to create a painting of a tree before creating their 'perfect' tree from combining the mediums. Finally, we finished this week's Maths lessons on 'rounding integers'.
Week three and Year 6 have had another busy week full of fun learning. The children have had plenty of opportunities, this week, to develop their painting skills in their Art lesson and also their RE lesson. During RE, we learnt about harvest and created some fabulous paintings using a view finder. Following on from this, we used this week's Music lesson as practice the hymns for the upcoming harvest festival: All Things Bright and Beautiful and Harvest Samba. During our weekly Science lesson, Year 6 learnt all about blood: its function and the four components that make up blood. Afterwards, we made blood smoothies and we even tasted them. In Geography, we looked at the Prime Meridian and how the world is split into different meridians, which is how we get all the different time zones. Our computing lesson began our work on coding; we partnered up, blindfolded one person and then gave them careful instructions to guide them across the playground. This demonstrated how coding is a detailed set of instructions.
This week, Year 6 have had a very busy week with their first practice run of past SATs papers. Every child has worked extremely hard and I am very proud of them all. As well as the practice papers, Year 6 were fortunate to participate in a Science workshop where they learnt how to make a rocket: they even got to launch them on the playground! To finish the week off, our RE lesson was focused on our understanding of the Kingdom of God by reflecting on our own beliefs whilst making links to the values of the Kingdom.
This week, Year 6 have been working hard completing work for Black History Month; they have learnt all about St. Martin de Porres and Katherine Johnson. Please ask your child what they have learnt, I'm sure they are keen to tell you all about them. Year 6 have had their final swimming lesson for the year. Many of the children were successful in swimming 25 metres or more, well done to the whole class on their efforts. We hope you have a restful half term break and we look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 31st October. Happy half term, from the Year 6 team.