Y6 Goldfinch Class
Welcome to Goldfinch Class!
Friday 15th March - Red Nose Day
Tuesday 19th March - Parent Consultation Evening
Wednesday 20th March - Parent Consultation Evening
Monday 13th May - SATS Week
Spring Term - I Wonder If...
Our Spring Term topic is I wonder If...
We will be looking at the natural and modern wonders of the world.
History and Geography: We will be researching when and who the modern monument were built by and why. We will also be locating the natural and modern wonders of the world, comparing the climate in the different countries and looking at the effect climate change is having on these areas.
The Arts: We will be looking at the different architecture involved in building the famous structures and try to create our own.
Science: Our Science topics this term are Animals Including Humans and Evolution. We will be looking at the main parts of the human circulatory system and how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment.
Computing: This term we will be creating games by using Technobabble and Scratch and will create out own films using a green screen.
Music: During this term, we will be learning how to play a range of instruments as part of a class band. We will have a focus on song writing and tribal drumming.
French: During the year we will continue to have weekly French sessions with Madame Walsh, our main focus will be learning and practising vocabulary for equipment and items
in the classroom.
P.E: We will continue to have our weekly PE sessions with Mr Scott, where we will develop our Lacrosse and Tennis skills. We will also be taking part in weekly Karate session with Sensei Dave.
R.E: For our R.E lessons, we will be learning about the Christian faith with a specific focuss on the Easter Story.
Venture Experts: This term, we will continue with our Venture Experts sessions on a Tuesday afternoon. We will continue to take part in a range of activities with different teachers, including: athletics, survival skills, radio and broadcasting, STEM, musical theatre and digital media.
We have been working hard in Karate this week, working hard to perfect our stances and moves.
This week in Music we continued working with the Djembe drum, we are working hard to produce a piece of music involving different beat patterns. It sounds really great.
A group of children were invited to attend the Reading Party on Friday as a reward for their effort with reading. Each child has been working hard to earn their stickers by reading regularly at home. Keep up the great work.
In swimming we have continued working on our different strokes trying to improve our technique. We have also taken clothes to wear on top of our swimming things to understand how different it feels to swim in them, this is valuable as a way to think about how it would feel if we ever fell into water fully clothed.
This week as part of Science Week we took part in an investigation to see if the amount of salt used in our experiment would alter the time it takes to turn milkshake into ice- cream. Salt lowers the temperature of ice which in turn changes the milkshake from a liquid to a solid. We discovered that by using more salt we could alter the state of the milkshake more quickly.
World Book Day
We had a great time on Thursday taking part in World Book Day, we dressed up as characters from our favourite books. We did look a little unusual when we walked to the Leisure Centre for our Swimming lesson later in the day.
In Karate we continued working on our various Kata routines. We are busy working towards our next belts.
In Music this week we have been learning to play the Djembe Drum. We enjoyed tapping out rhythms and worked on keeping time with the metronome.
We enjoyed our first swimming lesson this week, it was good to get back in the water again. We are looking forward our future lessons.
In Topic this week we learned all about the Collosseum in Rome, we learned about its uses as a Roman Amphitheatre. We learned about the Gladiators that fought there, often to the death! We worked on our own news reports which we shared with the class.
The Great Wall of China
We learned all about the Great Wall of China, we created our own brochures that included lots of information about this amazing structure.
In Science this week we have been learning about adaptation and how animals have altered over time to enable them to survive in different environments. We imagined a domestic cat had been put into two extreme environments and wrote about what changes could take place. We shared our ideas with the class.
In P.E we have been working on our La Crosse skills.
In Science we have been learning about inheritance, variation and characteristics. We found out that some of our characteristics are inherited from our parents and that any things that are different are known as a variation. We found out that this also happens with animals and we thought about dogs and what characteristics their offspring may inherit.
In topic we have been learning all about the Egyptians and the pyramids that they built. We created our own pyramids and wrote some of the facts we had learned. It was really interesting.
Welcome back, we hope that you have all had a brilliant Christmas Break. We are looking forward to a very busy half term ahead and of course our long awaited residential trip to Kingswood.
We have been practising our Karate moves with Sensei Dave to work towards our next Kata.
We learned all about the relevance and meaning of Christingle. We each prepared our own candle which we were able to see lit and then listened to some songs associated with the celebration.
We visited Eden Camp on our school trip, we travelled around the various huts learning lots more about World War Two. We visited the puppet show and showed off our singing skills joining in with a selection of songs. We enjoyed a visit to the shop where we were able to buy things to remind us of our trip.
We had a fantastic day.
Over the past ten weeks we have been taking part in the DARE programme. We have learned about the harmful effects different substances can have on our bodies and ways to say no to things we don't want to do. On Friday we performed our DARE Assembly to Officer Clarke and our families. We performed sketches, songs, dances and spoke about the things we have been learning.
We were excited to receive a t-shirt and certificate.
Christmas Dinner and Jumper Day
We had fun dressing up in our fabulous festive jumpers on Wednesday and enjoyed tucking in to a delicious Christmas Dinner.
Paper Chain Challenge
We took part in a class paper chain challenge to help decorate our classroom for Christmas. We worked in teams to see who could make the longest paper chain. When the paper chains were completed they were added to our Christmas things to help decorate our room.
In Maths we have been working hard on fractions. We have been learning how to convert improper fractions into mixed numbers, converting mixed numbers into improper fractions, we can find a common multiple to make sure the fractions have a common denominator and we can add and subtract and compare fractions!
This week we have been learning all about Anne Frank, we have spent time creating fact files all about her life. We have found out lots of information, although it is interesting it is also really sad.
We have been thinking about bullying, we thought about the different kinds of bullying and the effect it can have on people. We created our own posters.
Creative Hero Day!
During Creative Hero Day we took part in lots of fun and exciting activities. We created our own superheroes, designed masks, created a superhero logo and we wrote our own comic strip involving our hero.
In English we have been looking at including difference clause structures in our writing.
Meet the School Councillors for Goldfinch Class😊
This week we have been learning all about the meal that is eaten by the Jewish people during the Passover, we learned about the significance of the foods...
There are at least five foods that go on the seder plate: shank bone (zeroa), egg (beitzah), bitter herbs (maror), vegetable (karpas) and a sweet paste called haroset. Many seder plates also have room for a sixth, hazeret (another form of the bitter herbs).
We wrote about the foods and the reasons for them being included, we then created our own Seder plates using collage materials.
The children in Year 6 enjoyed their first fabulous Blogathon which ran all day Thursday through into Friday Morning. They took part in many amazing activities including: Slime Making, Murder Mystery, Escape Room, Campfire, Hide and Seek and the Midnight Mile. Although they were very sleepy on Friday, a great time was had by all. They will have made lots of brilliant memories.
This week in R.E the children learned all about the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, they made their own Dreidel - a spinning toy used to play games.
This week in Karate the children have been working on their 'Tobikomizuki' - the 'flying' punch. They had to use control, power and speed.
In P.E this week we have been working on our running skills. We are trying to challenge ourselves to increase our skill, stamina and the effort we put into our sports.
We enjoyed performing our Harvest Samba for our Assembly. Each Class in school took part in one of the Harvest Assemblies which were spread across three sessions. It was brilliant to have so many of our families join us.
On Wednesday we enjoyed a fabulous visit from Partake, we spent the day taking part in activities linked to our topic - World War II. In the morning we learned two different dances... The Lambeth Walk and The Jitterbug. We looked at some artefacts and talked about their uses, we listened to a radio broadcast, imagining that we were in the war and had fun creating our own bunting. A brilliant day was had by all.
Black Out Poems
This week have been introduced to the concept of Blackout Poetry. The words for a Blackout Poem are already written on the page but the poet chooses words from the text to create their poem and black out the text that is not needed. We tried out this technique to create our own poetry.
This week we enjoyed our first D.A.R.E lesson. We met our D.A.R.E Officer and prepared ourselves for the lessons ahead. We are really looking forward to working through the program and will show off the things we have learned in a special assembly in the future.
World War II Inspired Art
This week as part of our World War II topic we have created different types of art using a variety of materials. The first inspiration for our art work was the poppy, we sketched, painted and made 3d poppies. For our next piece we used our shading skills to complete a portrait.
Autumn Term - World War 2!
Our Autumn Term topic is World War 2. We will be looking at the main events of the war, life during the war and the effect it has had on the world today.
History: During History we will be looking at how the war began, Wartime Britain and the impact of war on everyday life.
The Arts: We will be looking at how colour can be used to create emotive effect and understand the history behind Wartime crafts.
Science: Our Science topics this term are Light and Electricity. We will be looking at how we see, electrical circuits and Morse Code.
Computing: This term we will be creating games by using Technobabble and Scratch.
Music: During this term, we will be learning how to play a range of instruments as part of a class band.
French: During the year we will continue to have weekly French sessions with Madame Walsh.