Year 6 Class Teacher & Deputy Headteacher
Invention, Innovation, Imagination – The 3 ‘I’s
Thank you for all your support at Year 6’s Stone Age afternoon –they had a fantastic time putting the event together and learnt lots in the process.
Year 6 will once again be very busy this term with a topic all about Inventions and the Victorians. They will be predominantly writing non-fiction texts such as instructions for making a machine, explanations of how things work and a newspaper report about an important invention in Victorian times.
It will also be a very science-based term of learning linked to famous inventions; they will learn about light, shadows and how the eye works when we find out about the first photographs and make the Victorian invention of periscopes to test the theory that light travels in straight lines; they will investigate how we hear sound when learning about the first telephone call; forces will be covered when learning about different bridges and making them using spaghetti and forces will also be touched on when they learn about the 6 simple machines when designing their own simple machines to pop a balloon. Their Computing key skill of making a movie will be covered when making a stop-frame animation of Isambard Kingdom Brunel building a bridge (Lego people will be very useful for this!) Art and DT will include silhouette portraits in the Victorian style, drawings of the Royal Albert Bridge (over the Tamar) using perspective, designing and building a machine that pops a balloon, designing William Morris-inspired patterns of nature that they will turn into Christmas wrapping paper and cards by using printing.
Maths will be about fractions, decimals and percentages and some real-life learning about Florence Nightingale’s contribution to statistics with the invention of pie charts and other info-graphics.
Trips and events to look forward to:
Welcome back to a new school year and a new term!
Year 6 will be very busy this term learning about the Stone Age and comparing it with the Iron Age. All of our English and much of our other learning will be based around Michelle Paver’s brilliant novel, ‘Wolf Brother’ which is set during the Stone Age. Our whole topic will be working towards creating a Horrible Histories event for family and friends to enjoy near the end of term. As the children will be deciding on the format and planning the event themselves, there is little to be said about it at this point. Watch this space!
In maths learning linked to ‘Wolf Brother’ and/or the Stone Age, we will be learning about co-ordinates in the 4 quadrants when mapping the main character’s journey, radius, diameter and circumference of a circle when learning about Stonehenge and other stone circles, volume and use of the formula to find the volume of cuboid stones, ratio and proportion in Iron Age recipes and when planning their Pea Pod product. Other maths will include a focus on the key skills of long multiplication and long division and problem-solving using these skills. English will include writing their own story inspired by ‘Wolf Brother’, guides for ‘How to Survive the Stone Age’ and persuasive letters about their Horrible Histories event. In science we will be learning about fossils, the circulatory system and healthy diet and cooking. Computing will mainly be about coding this term as the children learn how to make a game linked to ‘Wolf Brother’ which will hopefully be available for you to play at the ‘event’! Art and DT will include drawings of characters from the story, paintings of Stonehenge and making models of Stone Age and Iron Age dwellings. Finally, we will be composing music to accompany an extract from ‘Wolf Brother’, learning about standard music notation and creating our own.
Trips and events to look forward to: