Hello and welcome to Topaz Class! I am Miss Mawson the class teacher; I work alongside Mrs Schofield, Mr Schofield and Mr Jaehrig, who are all part of the year 6 team.
We have had a very productive start to the year! In English, we have created our own fruit poems linked to harvest. Later on in the term, we came to school to discover large white feathers scattered all around! After inspecting them closely and discussing ideas with our peers, we came to the conclusion that they may have been linked to the characters from our class text ‘Skellig’ by David Almond. As part of this unit, we created our own mystery suspense stories and worked hard to create a spooky, foreboding atmosphere in a setting and character description.
In maths we have been working incredibly hard. We started the term by focusing on our understanding of place value and number! All of year 6 have shown great determination and resilience when dealing with long multiplication and long division and have challenged themselves to apply their learning to different contexts. In our current learning, we are focusing on fractions. Most recently, we have been learning how to simplify fractions using fraction walls and our knowledge of the highest common factors.
Topaz class have enjoyed their first Science topic of 'Evolution'. By comparing fossils of ancient animals and plants with living animals and plants today, the children have been able to make observations of how living things have changed and evolved over time. We have looked at genes and inheritance and enjoyed sharing our own family photographs to talk about what we believe we have inherited from our parents. As part of this unit, year 6 have learnt about the prestigious scientist Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution and have written biographies about his life and work. We are currently learning about how living things adapt to survive and are going to create our very own animal, describing how it is adapted to survive in its current habitat.
History and Geography
Our topic this term is ‘Under the Canopy’ which is focused on learning about the rainforest. In geography, we have located some of the largest rainforest in the world and have made links to our maths learning through interpreting data about rainfall. We have spent time exploring the different layers of the rainforest and the wildlife that live there. As a home learning project, Year 6 created some fantastic models of the rainforest, please take a look at some of the pictures below!
As part of our arts week, Year 6 had a brilliant workshop on creating sculptures using wire. We then had a go at creating our very own sculptures which were showcased as part of the school gallery. Using wire was very tricky but we soon got the hang of it! Please take a look at some of our creations below.
A fantastic way to end the half term was a residential trip to Kingswood Activity Centre. The children were superbly behaved throughout the trip and worked incredibly hard to challenge themselves to complete adventurous tasks and learn new skills. There was a great sense of team work on the trip. All the children worked together to support and encourage each other. An unforgettable time was had by all!