Year 6 had a wonderful afternoon, taking part in our annual Shakespeare workshop. The brilliant actors from The Blue Sky Theatre introduced the Shakespearean tragedy of Macbeth and facilitated the retelling of the story whilst the children acted alongside. We all had a thoroughly entertaining time as the children improvised with their own twists!
Following on from our photography, we worked hard on mixing colours to create appropriate tones before designing and painting our own frescoes inspired by nature. Here are a selection of our fabulous frescoes!
Today, we went outside to explore our school environment. Using ideas from our work on Greek frescoes, we took photos of aspects of nature that interested us. We considered the colour and composition of our photos. Have a look at some of our work.
Year 6 had a brilliant few days at PGL Caythorpe Court. From zip wire to abseiling; sensory trail to orienteering, we took part in some brilliant activities. We certainly demonstrated the Agora value of 'Adventurous and Brave!'
Take a look at us in action...
In maths, we have been learning about different strategies to solve calculations. Here we are sorting calculations by the method we would use to find the answers. There was some great conversation in the classroom about which method would be most efficient! Well done, everyone!
A day of royal remembrance...
As part of the Agora Learning Partnership's celebration of Queen Elizabeth II, year 6 researched the decade of the 1960s and recorded significant events in history and for the royal family. They presented their work in their own stamp design showing the recognisable silhouette of her majesty. The stamps were then collated into a class stamp displaying all the children's work.
We looked at a painting by Mimi Kvinge and studied how she created light and dark and different textures in her work. We then created our own mountain landscapes. Have a look at some of our finished paintings!
As a finale to well-being week, the children expressed their personalities through hats for happiness.
They were able to showcase their accessories in assembly by modelling on our very own 'hatwalk!'
Year 6 'Scene of Crime Officers'
As part of our series of Mini Police sessions, year 6 got the opportunity to take on the role of Scene of Crime Officers. They learned about how to safely gather evidence and use evidence bags. They even got the investigate what is kept in the boot of a police car!
In maths this week we have been learning how to calculate surface area of 3D shapes. Here are some pictures of us completing our work.
Today we learned some new vocabulary as we learned about the parts of a circle. In pairs, Year 6 measured the diameter, radius and circumference of circles in class.
World War Two Day - January 2022
To start our new topic on World War Two, Year 6 spent the day learning about the impact of rationing on people's lives. We learned about which foods were rationed and how this affected people's diets. We then worked together to make pear crumbles, learning how to safely use knives and peelers and considering the importance of good hygiene.
We also learned about why people needed to 'make do and mend' as clothes were rationed too! Everybody then completed some sewing, learning how to use a blanket stitch and a back stitch.
We had a great day and made a great start to our new topic for the Spring Term.
As part of our Autumn term art topic, Year 6 have produced their own frescoes (a type of wall painting) inspired by Letchworth Garden City and the local wildlife. The children took inspiration from Ancient Greek artists' composition, colours and tones.
They also studied the work of Michelangelo - one of the most famous fresco painters of all time!
We hope you enjoy looking through our finished masterpieces!
As part of our Autumn unit of learning in French, Year 6 have written their own versions of the children's story: La chenille qui fait des trous (The Hungry Caterpillar).
The children chose their own subject for their stories, used French dictionaries to help with the vocabulary and created their own versions into a storyboard!
Take a look at a couple of the finished articles!
We have linked our work in art to our history topic of Ancient Greek by studying frescoes. In preparation for designing and painting our own frescoes, Year 6 have been using photography to take a close look at nature in our school environment. We have looked carefully at the colour and varying shades that we found in the plants and trees as well as how we could arrange the subjects of the picture to achieve the best composition.
Knowing our multiplication facts are very important as we use them all of the time in maths. We started our Year 6 lessons by recalling our multiplication tables and finding different ways that we could practise them. Here we are playing a game to rehearse these skills.
Our topic during the Autumn term is The Battle of Britain. Our teachers asked us to complete a homework project all about The Blitz.
Take a look at some of the work we produced: from models to booklets, posters to poems; we are really proud of what we have completed!
As part of our Battle of Britain topic work, Sycamore class created pieces of artwork using a range of media. We looked at the aircraft flown in the battle and recreated scenes showing shape, movement and shadow.
In Year 6, we have been working really hard on our handwriting. Through our writing in English, we re-wrote suspense stories using guidelines to practise fluent, joined and consistently sized handwriting.
Our writing centred around the character: Alma, who visits an eerie shop with disastrous consequences.
Take a look at the link if you would like to see the video which inspired our writing...
Please continue reading to see all of our learning so far this year. From the Greeks to gruesome tales in English; problem solving to persuasive speeches.
During the second half of the Spring term, Year 6 learned all about volcanoes. We used maps and atlases to locate the world's most famous volcanoes, before thinking about their structure and how they affect people who live near them.
We linked our English to our topic and read a book called: "Escape to Pompeii". We wrote newspaper articles, setting descriptions and narrative to explore the infamous Mount Vesuvius.
Have you ever left food out for too long? We have been enjoying the sights (and smells) of what happens when you leave some bread in water, on a bookshelf, or on a radiator!
Here are some photos and a write up of the experiment. YUCK!
This term we have been focusing on narrative writing. We used a visual stimulus called 'Alma' to write a narrative story focusing on capturing mystery, tension and suspense.
Some examples of our stories are below; you might even feel some goose-bumps after you have read them!
In maths we have focused on reasoning, problem solving and fluency; we have been working really hard on justifying our thinking and explaining 'how' or 'why' we know things to be true. Take a look at some examples of our work on sequences and algebra:
During the Spring term, we will be learning about mountains and volcanoes. We have begun our learning studying the geography of mountains, including creating our own contour drawings. We used this skill to create similar artistic designs:
In RE this term we have been learning about Buddhism. We studied the eight-fold path, the teachings of Buddha and enlightenment.
Please take a look at some of our drawings of Buddha:
During the Autumn term, Year 6 have learned about Ancient Greece.
Art week, which took place in the Autumn term, took on the theme of trees. Year 6 pupils worked with a number of teachers across the school to create original pieces of work; the children were inspired by nature to create compositions in paint, pencil, chalk and even leaves and wood!