Mrs Katarina Pennington - Year 6 Teacher Mrs Jean Goff - Teaching Assistant
Welcome to Year 6!
Thank you for visiting our class page. My name is Mrs Pennington and I am the Year 6 class teacher and Mrs Goff is our teaching assistant.
In Year 6, we love to learn and we do this a variety of different ways. We enjoy working collaboratively, supporting each other to achieve our best, as well as working along side our adults who are always there with words of encouragement and kindness to allow us to be the best we can be, both as learners and as citizens on the world.
We have high expectations of ourselves and put in maximum effort to ensure we make the most our of learning time. We are passionate about learning and remembering more and use schemas to help us to retrieve information we have learnt. Retrieving information helps us to ensure it is transferred into our long term memories, so we will remember it for longer - you never know, as Mrs Pennington says, it may be your £1,000,000 question on Who wants to be a Millionaire.
Please keep a close eye on our class page to see what Year 6 have been doing whilst at school. Our Class Dojo pages are updated weekly whilst these pages are updated each half-term.
During the autumn term, Year 6 were focusing on creating a 3D piece of art from a 2D drawing. This half-term, our art work took inspiration from Lubaina Himid a black British artist. Lubaina was the first black woman to win the Turner Prize (an annual prize presented to British artists).
As October is Black History Month, as a class, particularly thorough our guided reading lessons, we have explored black people and what happened to them in the past.
This year’s Black History Month theme is ‘Saluting our Sisters’. Through our exploration of our artist, Lubaina Himid, we feel we are saluting our sister, Lubaina, as we have discussed, shared and taken inspiration from her work.
At the beginning of their art journey, Year 6 explored a piece of work by the artist they were taking inspiration from. Together, they discussed and explored Lubaina Himid’s work called ‘Carrot Piece’.
As a class, they explored the themes which they thought were trying to be converted by the artist.
Next, the children explored using a grid to support them in copying drawings. This technique enabled them to focus on small areas of the whole drawing and will be crucial next week when they take these smaller drawings and scale them up A1 card.
Following on from this, using the same technique as last time - using squares to help us scale - the children scaled their A4 drawings to A2. The children then used copied ink line sketches to fill in their scaled up drawings. They were challenged to think about how they can use the black and white to create tone (light and shadow).
The final step was to use a Stanley knife, Year 6 cut their drawings out. In order to make them 3D sculptures, as done by the artist, they added a stand to our drawings. The drawings were then able to stand them up and they could see how our 2D drawing had become a 3D sculpture.
For Design & Technology this half-term, Year 6 have been challenged to create a shop window display using the mechanical system of cams and followers.
Their first task was to cut the parts for their frames. They had to measure the wood and then cut it safety using saws. Using hot glue guns, the children assembled their frames before designing their followers, cutting their cams and creating the front and back of their shop windows.
Year 6 explored a piece of jazz music: Bacharach Anorak. Using the glockenspiels, the children followed the notes on the stave and played in time with the tempo.
In their science learning, during the autumn term, Year 6 explored light and electricity.
Whilst explore light, the children made periscopes in order to explore and explain how light reflects in mirror. It was so exciting and they never knew that guessing how many fingers could be seen by the person below would be so exciting! Year 6 also explore white light and discovered that white light is actually made from a spectrum of colours (like those seen in the rainbow). If you look closely at the prism picture, you can see a rainbow.
We discussed how the rainbow (spectrum of colours) can be seen by light being refracted - changing direction when travelling through a transparent object.
Whilst learning about electricity, after recalling and discussion learning from Year 4, they learnt the scientific symbols for components in an electrical circuit and also discussed the difference between a cell and battery. After this, the children observed what happens when more volts and components are added to a circuit. During one of the lesson, Year 6 became a whole circuit themselves, lighting up a bulb.
ICE Narnia Experience
Wow, what an an exciting Friday afternoon! After a long journey to the church, Year 6 then went on another journey to Narnia. It was exciting to travel through the wardrobe and into Narnia. The children found out about C. S. Lewis and how he came to write The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.
Exeter Blitz Tour
Year 6 enjoyed their tour of Exeter learning about how it was affected by the Blitz.
They all learnt so much information and it was great to be able to link the city where they live to the history they ave been doing in class.
Year 6 represented the school so well - their behaviour and enthusiasm being noted by the tour guides.
This half-term, with Mr Christian, Year 6 have been working on their core strength and flexibility as they have worked together to create different partner balances.
The children then practised of jumping off apparatus in PE with Mr Christian. They have been trying to do tuck, pencil, star jumps. They have also practised vaulting over the apparatus.
Year 6 have also been developing their skills at playing badminton. For a lot of us, this was a new skill and so required perseverance and patience.
This half-term, our focus for art is activism, with the aim of using different techniques to create our own poster about something we are passionate about.
During our first lesson, we explored the artist Luba Lukova. We looked at lots of her pieces and discussed what we thought the meaning behind them was.
The children showed great insight and we thought some of Luba’s ideas were very creative.
As artists, the next stage of our project was to prepare the backgrounds four our posters. We took inspiration from Shepard Fairey by using a mixture of collage and paint for our background.
Our next step was to use a range of stencilling ideas to create and convey our messages on our posters. We used making tape and paper to create stencils before placing paint on top and peeling away our designs.
When we finished our posters, we each reflected on our chosen message: why we chose it and how we conveyed it.
This half-term, as you will have seen from previous posts, we have taken inspiration from the artist Luba Lukova. She is an artist from New York who creates striking images to convey the human condition, fairness and justice.
Taking inspiration for her work, Year 6 designed and created some of their own activism posters.
As you will see, peace featured quite heavily. When reflecting upon their choice, the children felt that with several conflicts happening currently in the world, peace was the most obvious answer to what they wanted it make a stand and change about.
I'm sure you'll agree they look great. Well done, Year 6; you have been thoughtful as always!
Dreams and Goals
In PSHE, we have been thinking about our dreams and goals. we have discussed what our personal dreams and goals are, both short and long term and considered what strengths and supports we have that will help us achieve our dreams. We considered family, friends, determination and resilience to be important strengths and support.
As part of considering dreams and goals, Year 6 were asked to think about what their dream for the world is. It was quite a big ask but, as always, Year 6 were considerate and thoughtful!
This half-term, we have been learning about animals including humans. Our main focus has been on the circulatory system. We learnt about how humans have a double circulatory system (this is because the blood passes through our hearts twice), we learnt about what is in our blood and the functions of the different cells and how water and nutrients are transported around the body.
How does exercise affect our heart rate? ❤️
As scientists, this afternoon we conducted an experiment about what happens to our heart rate after different amounts of exercise.
Before we conducted our experiment, we hypothesised (predicted) what we thought might happen. Based on prior experiences, most of us hypothesised that our heart rates would increase.
During our learning about hearts, we used stethoscopes to listen to our heart beats. In the ‘real world’ we discussed that doctors and vets would use stethoscopes in their jobs. ❤️
Exciting Science Opportunties
Science Session with Sumita and Iana - Thursday 8th February 2024
This afternoon, we were joined by two microbiologists, Sumita and Iana, from Exeter University to teach us and let us explore micro-organisms.
We discussed good microbes, such a yeast and those found in yoghurt and bad microbes such as mould and viruses such as covid ans cholera.
We were shown the shapes of different types of bacteria and the four basic shapes of bacteria. We discussed how we can't see bacteria with the naked eye but if we use a microscope we can see the bacteria.
Using microscopes, we looked at fungi growth in a petridish. We also enjoyed looking closely at our jumpers, hair, eyes and a variety of other things.
The children also placed their hands in agar. Sumatra will incubate these plates and send us photos of any bacteria which grow.
Another exciting opportunity was provided when Year 6 had to identify types of fungi and prescribe medicine to help fix the type of fungus. Year 6 were hen able to use the scientific microscope from the university to look at fungi - it was really exciting and amazing to see!
Some upcoming science will focus on microbes and so this has been a great start to the children's thinking.
A massive thank you for Sumita and Iana for their time and efforts. Year 6 really enjoyed their time this afternoon exploring microorganisms and seeing what it is like to be a microbiologist scientist.
ICE Life Exhibition
IOn Thursday 25th January 2024, Year 6 walked to Belmont Chapel to experience the LIFE exhibition, where they discussed and explored the life of Jesus.
It was an interactive experience with videos, iPads and quizzes and the children were asked to consider their own opinions of Jesus.
It was a great learning opportunity and will link really well with our upcoming RE unit after half-term.