Good afternoon everyone, we hope this weekly blog finds you well. Here is a round up of our week in Sycamore class.
This week we completed our unit focusing on ratio and concluded with lessons about proportion and recipes. We then completed our end of unit assessment to look at how much progress we have made within this area. the children have made great progress! We are now moving onto a unit all about decimals, which in turn will lead onto learning about percentages. The children are working hard in their mathematics and getting to grips with lots of new information. Well done Year 6!
This week we completed our science unit about heat with an investigation. the children had to find out which material would prevent an ice-cube from melting the longest. So that this was a 'fair test', the children had to consider variables: Independent variable (the thing they changed) dependent variable(the thing they measured) and control variables(the things they had to keep the same. After completing their investigation and writing it up, some of them considered what application in real life this investigation would be relevant for. They suggested clothes manufacturers, lunch box materials and even fridges!
The children have produced some superb writing this half term. They have worked really hard to plan and write a chronological report about a mountain environment using some very powerful vocabulary, as well making sure their writing has cohesion (flow). They spent a lot of time proof-reading, editing and improving and redrafting their work before writing their final draft.
We had our final lesson on creating our websites. This week we learnt how to create a navigation path by creating links between pages on our website. This is something that children can complete at home if they have access to a device which has Google Chrome.
This week we learn about the Island of Martinique in the Caribbean. As a French speaking country, we looked at some of their traditions involving carnivals. The children learnt about Fat Sunday, Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday and how this festival is celebrated very differently to how might expect.
This week we concluded our learning about 'Civil Rights in America during the 1950s and 1960s' by learning about the Black Lives Matter Movement and what it is. The Civil Rights movement in America is usually understood to have ended in 1968, when another Civil Rights Act law was passed, guaranteeing equal opportunity to housing. However, attitudes did not change overnight in the US, and African-Americans regularly faced discrimination. This discrimination continues today, and has led to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Dress To Express/Children's Mental Health Week/Art
Each of these three things combined today (Friday) and resulted in a collaborative piece of artwork on the theme of 'well being'. The children worked on creating a 'top 10 tips for wellbeing poster' - each child picked and wrote one wellbeing 'tip' and drew a matching illustration - e.g, eat fresh fruit everyday, take a walk. The best ones were compiled onto an A3 poster.
Please see our gallery of photos for some exciting P.E. photos and some examples of the children's writing.
We wish you a restful half term and will see you all on Monday 20th February for the second half of the Spring term, where I hope we will start to see some signs of Spring coming! Thank you again, for your continued support.
Mrs Ware and Miss Ruby
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