In maths this week we are focusing on Problem Solving. Today we looked at creating piles of 8 sticks. We started with 3 piles, one of 11, one of 7 and one of 6. We had to move sticks around using the rule, 'Move only as many sticks to another pile as it already contains, no more and no less.' It was tricky at first but using our knowledge of factors, addition and subtraction- we did it!! We then created other starting points and noticed a pattern, 2 piles had a odd amount of sticks and the 3rd had a even amount of sticks.
In Year 6 we have Learning Journey guides who are in charge of presenting the Maths and English boards. In charge of the Maths Learning Journey is Grace, Mia, Felix and Rhys. The people responsible for the English Wall are Jess, Olivia and Cameron. Following each lesson, the guides will choose a few examples of work and put them on the board along side the LQ (learning question) if it will help the other children in their work.
On Tuesday 24 January several children from Year 6 travelled to Dawlish Community College to take part in a technology challenge. The children that went had a fantastic time making a structure. Mia, Felix, Jacob and Gina worked very well as a team and enjoyed sharing ideas and competing against other schools. Their structure held 7.2kg coming second by 0.5 points, the winning team (Kent School) added antennas to their design therefore achieveing maximum points.
In Year 6, we were answering questions like: What 'rules' or 'laws' do we have to keep us safe at school? Why should we have laws? What would happen if there were no rules or laws? There were lots of different answers and please visit us to have a look. Jess thought that we should have laws because they keep people safe and otherwise people could to whatever they want.
GOAL time is a very important part of our learning in Year 6. We are learning the skills that we need in order to work successfully and independently. To help us with this we have created a GOAL academy board in our classrooms. We've all identified a strength that we have in our learning approach and something that other people might find useful (ask me if...) These strengths are now on display in our classrooms so that if we need a helping hand in GOAL we can have a look at the Expert board and find a good person to get some advice from!
In Year 6 today, we have learnt about how the Digestive System works. We now know that parts link to one another. Mrs Jones helped us understand by using some strange objects to say the least. We used Weetabix, bananas, plastic bags and tights. This is how the stomach works.
First, your teeth chew up the food, this creates a bolus (lump of food). You then swallow it down your oesophagus leading to your stomach. In the stomach, acid and digestive fluids begin to break down food. Then, your sphinctus opens, allowing smaller pieces of food to flow through to the small intestine. As this happens, your small intestine allows the nutrients into the blood stream to help make you healthy. The waste transitions into your large intestine to take the water from the food and use it. Finally, the waste gets pushed into the anus, and flushed out of the body.
The following photos are of us doing our experiment:
Today Year 6 had a visit from PC Croft and PCSO Thomas. They answered lots of our questions and we learnt lots about the history of the law and how this changed over time. We found out that the police have different powers when dealing with crimes and restorative justice is one method. There is a rule book for serious crimes and we discussed the different responsibilities for a PC and a PCSO. We then looked at the equipment carried by police officers and listened to the police radio. We learnt a lot and thank you to PC Croft and PCSO Thomas for their time.
6HJ and 6JS have been making their own landmarks in GOAL Learning.
Take a look at these photos!
How good are they?
Year 6 have really enjoyed GOAL and are looking forward to presenting it to their parents on the 15th.
Merry Christmas and a happy new year! From Year 6
Written by Grace Br, Dylan and Sam
As part of our GOAL learning we have been designing a new landmark for Exminster. We have looked at architect's drawings and models and we have used these to help us with the design process. Have a look at some of our scale drawings- the model making begins tomorrow and you will be able to see the finished items in our exhibition on 15th December.
We had a very interesting afternoon working with two visiting artists Nicci and Tat. They have been sharing stories and information about Exminster Hospital with us. We listened to the story of 'Laura' and 'Sophie May'. Both were patients at the hospital, one in the 1940s and the other in the 1960s. Nicci and Tat showed us a role play of 'Laura' and her doctor. It was interesting to discuss Laura's illness and how she was feeling. We then wrote letters in role as if we were 'Sophie'. She was a patient suffering from ' extreme melancholia' who had been told off for picking flowers from the hospital grounds. Eva said ' This made me feel really sad because her brother has to hope that she is OK and rely on the hospital to take good care of her.' Hayden said, ' Sophie's story made me feel very sad for her. I wanted to know what happened to her.' We are all looking forward to our next workshop. Thank you Nicci and Tat.
In Year 6 today we found out what it would be like if we were living in 1942. We learnt about the Morse Code and played traditional card games. We also looked at the impact that the war had on Exminster by visiting the Victory Hall. In the afternoon we designed and made our own poppies. Cameron said " My favourite game was stick or twist, it was very competitive!"
Year 6 had a fabulous time yesterday at South Dartmoor College playing tag rugby. Their enthusiasm and engagement were a delight to see. Many mini matches took place and everyone put their all in to it. Gina won best girl player within her group. We were all very proud of the children, as they displayed great sportsmanship and represented the school beautifully.
Year 6 completed their science topic on Electricity today, by designing and building circuits that made a clown's nose light up and his bowtie spin. They also investigated how to make the nose shine brighter as well as increasing the rotational spin of his tie. Lots of great explanations were shared and recorded.
This week in Year 6 we have been using 'Digimap' and 'Google Maps' to create our own history of Exminster. We had the opportunity to choose what we were interested in. Some of Year 6 compared old maps to current ones, others thought about why Exminster has developed the way it has. A few of the maps that we researched can be found below. We look forward to learning more about our village in future GOAL lessons.
We spent a lovely sunny afternoon exploring the village collecting sketches and photographs for our Evolution Exminster topic. We are looking at how the geography of the village has changed and developed over time. Next week we will be creating a display board of our work which will be on show in the main school building so look out for it!
In Maths today we had to solve problems based upon the solar system. We had to calculate a sensible scale. For example we chose 1 piece of toilet tissue to represent 100,000,000 kms from the sun. Neptune is an amazing 4500,000,000 kms from the sun! We had to be accurate and used our knowledge of place value and fractions.
Year 6 very much enjoyed another French day today. They visited the French cafe with Mrs Gibson and ordered croissants, crepes au chocolat and fromage. They also took charge of their learning and researched an aspect of French life. Erica learnt about the origins of French bulldogs. "I enjoyed the crepes, they were delicieux!!" said Jack.
Late last night, after lots of chirping from the egg, intervention took place in order to give the chick the best chance of survival. Picking away carefully at the shell the Indian runner chick slowly appeared, looking a bit damp but very chirpy. All is well and our new arrival to Year 6 will be joining us tomorrow.
Today the sun was shining again and Year 6 have had a brilliant time pushing ourselves to the limit. We were suited and booted in wetsuits and helmets. Initially, we went around the Ultimate Assault course to familiarise ourselves with the different challenges. These included cargo nets, monkey bars, a waterslide, bouncing balls and many walls to climb over. The children loved it! "The best bits were the big red balls - just like Total Wipeout- and the ninga steps," reported Josh.