Year 6 Spring 2019

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.” 
― Leo Tolstoy; 
Anna Karenina

 

How right Tolstoy was! We have much to plan and many projects in the pipeline for the Spring terms. Our new topic is "Natural Disasters" and we will be studying not just huge, global phenomena such as Tsunamis, Earthquakes and Volcanoes that help shape our planet but also events that occur much closer to home. Do you remember the floods of Summer 2007? For several weeks Gloucestershire was as much a disaster zone as more far-flung areas of the world.

We will learn that EARTHQUAKES are a sudden violent shaking of the ground, typically causing great destruction, as a result of movements within the earth's crust or volcanic action.

TSUNAMI is a series of ocean waves that sends surges of water, sometimes reaching heights of over 100 feet (30.5 metres), onto land. These walls of water can cause widespread destruction when they crash ashore.

Image result for tornadoes clipartClick here to go to National Geographic Kids site for lots of fun facts about tornadoes and other weather phenomena

 

Science

Do you know the scientific difference between a solid, liquid and gas? You soon will! We will study materials and their properties and also look at reversible and irreversible changes. Experiment: put the kettle on to boil and before you make your cup of tea think about what is happening to make "steam" come out of the spout. Also consider why we have to de-mist the car on cold, frosty mornings.

Image result for you need to work on de-fogging carClick to find some of the answers

RE

Image result for jesus on the cross paintingOur first Unit of Work looks at "Why Hindus want to be Good." hopefully the children will come to see that in this respect Hindus have much in common with Christians and peoples of other faiths and indeed none. Our second topic covers the question "What do Christians believe Jesus did to "save" people" - which links well with our Easter celebrations and contemplations.

 

Art & DT

Looking ahead to Spring 2 we will be planning, designing and building a variety of structures that will hopefully be able to withstand a "mini tsunami" on the playground! Before that, over the next six weeks, we will try to recreate some of the wonderful art of the Japanese painter Hokusai, many of whose beautiful pictures included volcanoes.

    

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Value 

Courage is the value for Spring 1.   Relevant Bible stories include Daniel in the Lions' Den and David and Goliath.

 

The children will need courage , determination and resilience to help them through the next three terms as we get ever closer to SATs! We will soon be starting targeted interventions in both English and maths for children who will benefit from working in smaller groups to hone their skills. It is very important, however, that SATs do not become the be-all and end-all. There is a lot of fun to be had in the coming weeks, both in and out of the classroom. We particularly look forward to the pantomime "Peter Pan" on 23rd January and to an improvement in the weather that should see us able to do increasing amounts of PE outdoors.

Best wishes and a Very Happy New Year to you all,

The Year 6 team:

Mrs Boughton, Mrs Hathaway, Mrs Walpole, Mrs Lewis, Mrs Howells and

Mrs Lund