Today Year 6 had a visit from Mrs Cowling who brought with her a treasure chest of brand new and exciting books. The books were sorted into Wild about Animals, Stories from the Past, Thrills and Chills, Fascinating Facts, Imaginary Worlds and Lucky Dip. We each chose two books from each section. We are looking forward to reading them over the term so please ask us for our recommendations!
We have been using the book 'The Day the Crayons Quit' by Drew Daywalt as the inspiration for some journalistic writing. In the book, the crayons go on strike because they don't like the way they are being looked after by their owner. In year 6, we imagined that all the stationery in our classrooms decided to go on strike too- just before our SATs- and we wrote newspaper articles about this dramatic event. We came up with some excellent headlines. 'Pencil Pot Panic' and 'Stationery Shutdown' are two of our favourites. We also tried to meet our literacy targets using adventurous vocabulary and embedded clauses in our writing. Come and have a look at what we have been up to!
On Wednesady, Year 6 spent the day on Dartmoor. It was a beautiful day- but very cold so we wrapped up warm. Our guides were Tom, Chris and Christine who took us on a trail to see some of the moorland features at Hay Tor. We explored the quarry and the granite railway (The Templar Way) and then had a picnic lunch near to the remains of the Bronze Age village at Smallacombe Rocks. After lunch, we walked to the top of the hill to see Hay Tor and admire the amazing views. We had a great day- interesting, informative and great fun!
In Year 6 we have been exploring formal and impersonal texts as part of our literacy sequence. We have been using an amazing book called 'Animalium'. We were challenged by Miss Vass and Mrs Sydenham to try and learn a piece of text about the Arctic Tundra using drawings and actions to map it out. We found that moving around and adding very specific actions really helped us to remember all of the specialist vocabulary and complex sentence structures. We hope that this will help us when we come to write our own texts this week!
A huge well done to our fantastic spelling hero. Spellings don't always come easily to everyone but with determination, a positive attitude and a helping hand at home, Sam has proven how this can be overcome. A huge well done on your 'can do' attitude and hard work. Mrs Browing commented to me that Sam's achievements and hard work gave her 'a warm fuzzy feeling'.
Things are really busy in Year 6 as we gear up for this year's KS2 Christmas Production.
'Let's Step Into Christmas' will tell the story of some children and their grandparents as they find out about Christmas traditions old and new. The acting and singing auditions have been held, scripts have been given out and we are all busy working on our parts to bring the show together. The children in years 4,5 and 6 have made a start on their contributions to the production and we are really looking forward to showing you the results on the 16th and 17th December!
On Monday 17th November, Year 6 took part in a World War 1 Experience Day. Everyone came dressed in costume from the early 1900s and the classrooms were set up in a different way. During the morning we made Steamed Chocolate Duff with rationed foods and did a drama activity about a boy who saw a German Zeppelin crash outside his house in 1916. In the afternoon we made toys and cleaning products, and measured ourselves to see if we were tall enough to join the Army's 'Bantam Battalions'. We also tested our hearing to see if we were skilled enough to become a Sapper in the forces. We all had a fantastic Day!
We are very proud of the poetry that we have been writing as part of our World War 1 topic. We have studied some of the poets who wrote about the Great War like Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. We have used the poems to inspire us to create our own poetry, trying to use some of the poetic features that we have been learning about like simile and metaphor, rhyme scheme and onomatopoeia. Each class now has an anthology of poetry which everyone has contributed to. Come and have a look at our super work!
To celebrate National Poetry Day on Thursday 2nd October, we brought in some of our favourite poems to share with each other. From that selection, we chose one poem per group to create a performance piece for. We thought about how to use our voices and how to split the poem so it was most effective for our audience.
During the afternoon, 6BS shared their performances with 3KN whilst 6V went to 4HJ to perform. We both had lovely audiences who thought our performances were great, and sometimes funny! One of our performances was shared in Together time today because it was so funny.
In Year 6, we like to take every opportunity we can to have a party. On Friday 25th September, it was European Day of Languages. We had a tea party where we all contributed foods from different countries around Europe (plus some tortilla chips from Mexico because some people got a bit confused!). We had lots of food and got to try all sorts of different things; some we liked (brioche and croissants) and some we were not so keen on (olives). While we were enjoying our food, we watched a film in Dutch but thankfully, we had English subtitles on it too so we could understand. A very enjoyable afternoon was had by all and we learnt a lot about the food from around Europe.
On Wednesday this week, twenty four children from Years 5 and 6 were able to go to a Science and Technology fair at Plymouth University. When we arrived, we got blue caps to show which group we were in. We did lots of exciting things like going on a Segway. Our favourite things were: the oculus rift; making identity cards; playing beta video games; the dino walk; and standing inside a bubble. There were also lots of fascinating things to see including a man engine submarine and some optical illusions. We all had a great time and we wish we could do it again. Thank you Mrs Williams and Mrs Corkery for taking us! Click 'read more' for more photos.