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AUTUMN TERM 2017

The Victorians

Welcome back to the Autumn term; I hope you enjoyed the Summer break.  We are looking forward to lots of interesting learning and hard work in Year 6 this term.  Our topic  is 'The Victorians'.  Please click on the curriculum letter below to find out more about our learning this term:

Autumn Term Curriculum Newsletter 

November 2017

Topic - Southwell Workhouse Trip

 

As part of our Victorian topic, Y5 and Y6 visited Southwell Workhouse to discover how the poor were treated in the 1840s and what life was like in The Workhouse. On arrival to the workhouse, we were greeted by our guides for the day and they swiftly helped us dress in appropriate Victorian costume.  It was at this point the boys and girls were segregated to investigate real life in the workhouse and in the school house.

 

In the afternoon, we built on our morning tour, where we considered the lives of Victorian pauper children and what games children might have played.  We then have a fun session trying out a variety of toys including cups and balls, spinning tops and skipping ropes.  Secondly we thoroughly enjoyed the Mystery Object session.  We were detectives, trying to identify a variety of Victorian domestic objects, considering what it was, how it worked and who may have used it. 

(Photos will be uploaded soon)

October 2017

Art

Continuing on our learning of the Victorian artist William Morris, we have been creating our own prints; replicating a repeating pattern with a symmetrical design.  We firstly designed our print, then created the printing block using polystyrene tiles.  We are all very proud of all of our designs. 

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art art art

 

Science

Our Science topic this term is Circuits and we have been learning the different components that make up a circuit; drawing circuit diagrams using the correct symbols and comparing and giving reasons why components work and do not work in a circuit.  Finally, in groups, we carried out our own investigations.  We were asked to investigate of the the following questions: "Does the number of bulbs in a circuit affect the brightness of the bulb?"  or  "Does the number of batteries within a circuit affect the brightness of the bulb?" The children had to work collaboratively (as a team) in groups to plan and carry out their investigation to answer their chosen question. 

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circuits circuits circuits

 

 

September 2017

MacMillan Coffee Morning

Year 6 enjoying a cup of squash and a cake, helping to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support. 

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Art

This term in art, we are invstigating the works of the artist William Morris.  Firstly, we looked at a variety of his prints and the influences in his life.  We wrote about the different features of his prints and the various patterns he used.  Then we chose one of his designs and continued the pattern. 

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art art

 

Science

As part of our Science this term, we have been learning about electricity and circuits.  We started by consolidating our existing knowledge of materials which are electical conductors, how to affect the brightness of a bulb and finally how to make our own switch.  Next, we will be learning the difficerent symbols to match each of the components within a circuit.

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circuits circuits circuits
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circuit circuit circuit

 

Growth Mindset

As part of our PSHE this term, we have been working together focusing on the conditions which promote or inhibit learning and motivation whilst continuing to develop our growth mindset.   As part of this, we looked at the book "The Dot" by Peter Reynolds.  We could relate the story to our previous understanding of a GROWTH or FIXED MINDSET.  Using the book as inpsiration, we then drew our own pictures which were created from a single DOT or LINE. 

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PSHE

In PSHE we read a short story called, "The School of Nightmares".  Through drama we created our own tableau depicting the "School of Nightmares".  We were given some time to decide what each group would present within the overall tableau. We had to use our facial expressions and poses to show why the school was called "The School of Nightmares". We were encouraged to think about what we could hear and what we could see.  By creating our own tableau (below) we were then able to reflect on what would be in a school of dreams. 

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