Autumn 2

***Home Reading Super Stars***
Well done to our pupils who have moved onto the next level of their reading reward charts! Keep up the great work with home reading.
*** Our Reading Scrapbook ***
This half term we have introduced a reading scrapbook for 6R. Once pupils have finished reading their book they are given the opportunity to complete a scrap boom page for it. Take a look at our wonderful pages!  
***Star Writer ***
Congratulations to our Autumn term star writers.
Patrick - using techniques to create atmosphere in writing, including the use of darkness, descriptions of sounds and leaving detail out to keep the reader guessing. Well done Patrick.  

~ Art and Design ~
LO: Know how to mix appropriate colours to create a suitable colour palette that conveys mood and atmosphere. 
This year for our Christmas products (calendars and cards) we have focused on reproducing work in the style of an American artist/designer called Jen Aranyi. She uses techniques that create crisp lines and combine colour shades with natural elements. Year 6 were able to apply their colour blending techniques from earlier art projects to create stunning skyscapes for their products. 
~Design Technology~
LO: use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups
LO: generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams
LO: select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities 
LO: Understand and use electrical systems in products (including series circuits incorporating switches and motors)
Building on the ideas and knowledge gained during our visit to Blackpool pleasure beach, Year 6 have designed and made their own fair ground rides that use an electrical mechanism. Pupils work together in small groups to evaluate existing fair ground toys, design their own and then make it. 
~Science ~
LO: associate the brightness of a bulb with the number of voltage and cells used in a circuit. 
LO: compare and give reasons for variations in how components function, including the brightness of bulbs. 
Today pupils in 6R investigated how the number of cells or voltage in a series circuit effect the brightness of a bulb. Pupils worked together to construct their circuits and investigate the voltage then used their findings from the investigation to make conclusions. 
Year 6 pupils were invited to St Cuthbert's Church to attend a workshop with members of the Church Community. Pupils took part in a number of activities as part of the "Rewind to Christmas" workshop that allowed them to explore their knowledge of the Christian celebration of Christmas. 
It was a pleasure to be able to attend the church once again with our pupils. 
~ Science ~
LO: Make observations over time 
LO: make evaluations and suggestions based on findings 
Pupils in 6R have been investigating the rate of growth of Micro-organisms. Over a 3 week period pupils made observations of the rate growth, considering the independent, dependent and control variables that were in place for their investigation. Pupils made predications when setting up their investigation and considered these throughout their observations. 
LO: Understand characters feelings and reactions
Today pupils in 6R took part in some drama as part of their sequence of learning for their English unit on "Armistice Runner." Pupils considered how the character of dad would be feeling in chapter 10 of the book and devised questions to ask him. Pupils then took it in turns to "hot seat" as dad. Pupils tried to think of the techniques we have been developing as part of our oracy work to help them with the questioning and answering of the questions. 
~ Art & Design ~
LO: know how to combine visual & tactile qualities
For a hanging Christmas decoration 6R used some origami techniques to create 3D snowflake. Pupil's were required to measure and cut accurately un order to produce each section of the snowflake that was folded. These were all then attached and finished off with a touch of glitter! 
LO: give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics
To consolodate the learning from our previous session, 6R worked through a "bag of living things". Pupils worked together to match vocabulary with their definitions and then thought about how they could organise these. 
~ Science ~
LO: describe how living things, including animals, are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences. 
Building on the conversations from the previous task, pupils worked together to create branch and tree diagrams that used closed questions to help sort the living things by their characteristics. Pupils were able to think about Carl Linnaeus's process for characterising living things to support them in this task.
~ Mathematics ~
LO: Use visual representations to solve multistep problems
Throughout November, 6R are going to be looking at how bar models can be used to represent multstep problems. By taking a systematic approach to more difficult task, pupils will be able to look at the problem from a different angle in order to reach a solution.  
~ History ~
Why Should We Remember The Maya?
~ DT and Art ~
LO: Design a product fit for purpose 
This year the pupils have once again designed their own Christmas cards that have been sent to be professionally printed.
~ Reading ~
LO: Identify other possible words or phrases authors could have used. 
Today we have been focusing on authors choice of language and the words that authors could have used. To check pupils understanding of the meaning of the words they played a game of vocabulary dominos, where they matched the word used in the text to a synonym.  
~ English ~
The Good Thieves
~ Computing ~
LO: Use key words in a search 
LO: Check the reliability of information sources 
To enable the pupils to write a biography for their chosen Hidden Figure, pupils used key words to search information, checking the reliability of the source, and checked their information was factually correct by looking at other online sources. 
~ Art ~
LO: Know how to use shading to create shadow, direction of sunlight and reflection.
This week 6R were able to combine the skills they have been building in art to make their final piece. Pupils worked thoughfully and carefully to produce quality pieces that showed colour, tone, movement and reflection. 
~ History ~
To help 6R understand how it would have felt for black citizens in America during the times of segregation, Mrs Russell conducted an experiement that has been used since the 1960's in schools around the world. 6R were split into different groups acording to their eye colour. Mrs Russell then worked only with the pupils who had the same eye colour as her. 
Pupils of a different eye colour to brown were able to gain a small understanding of what it was like to be discriminated agaisnt due. 
~ History ~
LO: Understand the contributions made by significant figures in modern History 
As part of the whole school focus for Black History Week, year 6 viewed the film "Hidden Figures" which is based ont he true story of the black women who worked behind the scenes at NASA. Year 6 will focus on the women Dorothy Vaughan, Katherine Johnson and Mary Jackson and their contribution to the American role in the "Space Race."