6CR 2016/17

Welcome to 6CR!

Autumn Term 1

First week: In the first week of term we have been looking at flowers as a theme for producing art. We had a go at sketching different types of flowers, looking at the shape, size and angle of the petals to create realistic still life images. We then used folk art as an inspiration for a more funky flower design, using coloured paper and ink pen. Finally we used the basic flower shape to inspire some painted artwork. We chose our favourite style to produce a final piece, which we are looking forward to showcasing in the hall at Parents’ Evening later on in the term.

We looked at the story of the BFG and the fantastic writing of Roald Dahl.

We also discussed how we can achieve our potential by making sure our basic needs are met: sleeping, eating healthily, drinking water and other needs too, like:  positive friendships, believing in yourself and upholding a growth mindset.

Maths: This term we will be looking at the place value of 7 digit numbers and decimals to 3 digits, all four operations using formal written methods, and fractions.

English: We will be linking English to our topic as much as possible this term, while revising specific grammar structures to make our writing high-level. Spelling, grammar and handwriting will also be focused on.

Topic: We will be studying the Ancient Greek civilisation and how it has impacted on our life today.  Topic homework and homework books have been handed out – I look forward to seeing the work at the end of term!

Science: Our topic will be Light. We will plan our own investigations to explain how light behaves.

Science 29.09.16: We created an experiment to prove that light travels in straight lines.

Science 05.10.16:  We investigated whether shadows have the same shape as the object that casts them.

Clean Air Week 10.10.16-14.10.16: We created an experiment to investigate the air pollution in our local area. We wiped lamp posts to see if any of the black pollution marks showed up, and created tally charts of different locations to work out where we would expect to be most polluted.

 

Big Draw 14.10.16: We were invited to the Dulwich Picture Gallery to take part in their Big Draw event. Big Draw is an international celebration of drawing. We participated in the Worlds Longest Landscape drawing, alongside real illustrators for children’s books!

Autumn Term 2

Maths: This term we will be looking at percentages, ratio, angles, pie charts, perimeter and area.

English: We will be linking English to our topic as much as possible this term, while revising specific grammar structures to make our writing high-level. Spelling, grammar and handwriting will also be focused on.

Topic: We will be studying the Ancient Mayan civilisation and how it has impacted on our life today.  Topic homework and homework books have been handed out – I look forward to seeing the work at the end of term!

Science: Our topic will be Evolution and Inheritance. We will look at historical context as well as the present day, and design an experiment to investigate different adaptations caused by evolution.

Music 09.11.16: We recently performed at the Royal Festival Hall. Take a look at the video below to see our performance.

RFH performance

Music 08.12.16: We have been performing at the Festival Hall again!

DT 19.12.16: We have made our own Mayan weave patterns.

Have a fantastic break!

Spring Term 1

Maths: This term we will be revisiting the place value of 7 digit numbers and decimals to 3 digits, all four operations using formal written methods, and percentages.

English: We will be linking English to our topic as much as possible this term, while revising specific grammar structures to make our writing high-level. Spelling, grammar and handwriting will also be focused on.

Topic: We will be studying Japan as a country and as a culture.  Topic homework will be set at the start of next term. I look forward to seeing the work at the end of term!

Science: Our topic will be Electricity. We will design and carry out experiments to investigate electrical circuits.  We will also consider the safety considerations that relate to this topic.

Spring Term 2

Maths: This term we will go back over elements of the curriculum that the class are still finding difficult, in preparation for their SATs tests in May.

English: We will be studying the Wedding Ghost (an adaptation of the traditional Sleeping Beauty story) by Leon Garfield.  We will also revise specific grammar structures to make our writing high-level.

Topic: We will study Rivers and Coasts, looking at them as geographical features and making them a theme of our artwork too.

Science: Our topic will be the Classification of Living Things. We will look at what different creatures have in common  to create our own methods of classification, and how scientists really classify them using taxonomy.

Science Week 21.03.17: For Science Week we had a workshop about dry ice, which included learning about different states of matter. We also made ice cream without using the freezer!

DT 23.03.17: We explored how bridges are built and used what we found out to try to make our own.

Science 31.03.17: We went to the nature garden to classify leaves!

Summer Term 1

Maths: This term we will go back over elements of the curriculum that the class are still finding difficult, in preparation for their SATs tests in May. Following the SATs, we will focus on the practical application of Maths and try to fill any gaps in knowledge before the children go to secondary school.

English: We will be studying Philip Pullman’s anthology of Grimms Fairy Tales (the original versions of the traditional stories).  We will also revise specific grammar structures to make our writing high-level.  We will complete practise papers for spelling, punctuation and grammar and for reading so that the children feel as prepared as possible for those SATs. Writing levels are submitted later and so we will keep working hard on achieving the success criteria on the curriculum.

Topic: Our topic this term is all about Moving On. We will reflect on ourselves, our interests, our time at Bessemer, and produce work that we will collect together into a leaving book.

Science: Our topic will be the Animals including Humans, specifically to do with the circulatory system. We will look at how the heart functions within the body, and plan investigations to explore the topic further.

Bike Week 04.05.17: The professional cyclist Abi van Twisk visited the class to talk about what her job is like and how she got into cycling. The children had some interesting questions for her and learnt a lot ahead of their visit to the velodrome which will be later in May.