BFGs – Y6

Aim Big to be Big!

Class teacher – Mr Douglas

Mrs Staples, Mrs Thornton, Mrs Smith and Mrs Moffitt also help us with our learning

Summer Term Home Learning Grid

Autumn 1

English

In English, we have studied the novel ‘Goodnight, Mister Tom.’ We unpicked unfamiliar vocabulary and shared some of new words with the class, we also made connections to the text such as text to text and text to self. Following our analysis of the text, we watched the film and listened to the audio book to look at different interpretations of the text.

We learnt the opening extract using Talk4Writing and discussed the themes within the text. We talked about how the author has used non-standard English in the speech and how this helps the reader imagine the character. Following this, we got to know the two main characters, Mister Tom and William. Choosing different scenarios from the opening chapter, we thought about how the character would be feeling and what they would’ve been thinking, using P.E.E to support our thoughts.

Our next challenge was to compare the text to other similar books. In groups we used Reciprocal Reading to enjoy different stories including: Letters from the Lighthouse, Carrie’s War and Whistling in the Dark. Each group shared their new text with the class and shared new vocabulary for our working wall.

We moved onto our writing towards the end of the half term. Our outcome was to create a new opening extract in the style of Goodnight, Mister Tom. We created new characters, used the Descriptasaurus to gather words and phrases and thought about the setting. We created a scaffolded version, helping Mrs Staples with her writing first and then creating our drafts. We then self and peer-reviewed our writing and then listened to feedback from the teacher using Seesaw and improved our writing further.

For our independent piece, we used what we have learnt throughout our journey and developed new characters. We have peer-reviewed our writing, supporting one another to ensure our writing was the best it could be. Finally, we published our writing in our Presentation books and some children wrote it up for the corridor display!

History – UKS2

Our overall enquiry is ‘Why was winning the Battle of Britain, in June 1940, so important?’ For this half term we have focussed on the question ‘How serious was the risk of invasion by Nazi Germany in 1940?’

We have used lots of different primary and secondary sources of information to help us answer this question. We have looked at maps, diaries, top secret documents, photographs and video footage. Using discussion skills, we talked about how reliable the information was and how we could interpret it in different ways.

To support our learning in History, we visited The Imperial War Museum North. During this visit, we looked at historical artefacts and evidence from WW2. We also spoke to Frank, a WW2 veteran who was a pilot in WW2. He spoke to us about his experiences and answered our questions.

After half term we will be writing up our answer to the question ‘How serious was the risk of invasion by Nazi Germany in 1940?’ before moving on to our next question ‘What did Hitler need if an invasion was to succeed?’

Geography – UKS2.

Our overall enquiry is ‘How is Climate Change affecting the world?’ For this half term we have focussed on the question ‘Why is Elhaji cleaning shoes on the streets on Banjul?’

We have been learning all about Elhaji, a little boy living in The Gambia, and how Climate Change is affecting his life. We have used lots of different photographs to make inferences about his lifestyle and why his life is so different compared to ours. We have also used maps to locate The Gambia and Banjul where Elhaji lives and works, but also Njau where his mother and sisters live and work.

We developed many of our skills over the half term, particularly reaching informed conclusions and categorising. One activity that we enjoyed was a detective activity. We were given lots of clues about Elhaji’s life to help us answer the question ‘Why is Elhaji cleaning shoes on the streets on Banjul?’ We had to put these into four categories and discuss how they helped us to understand the reasons why he wasn’t in school and why he was working. Using our knowledge of Climate Change, we quickly recognised that Drought was the main geographical cause of poverty for Elhaji’s family and therefore the reason he was working on the streets. We talked about drought and what it means and using the map discussed how it would affect the people who lived and worked in villages as they were mainly farmers, working around a river.

Next half term we will be travelling to Australia to investigate how Climate Change is affecting Olivia and her family.

 

Maths

In Maths, we focused on our key skills in place value which involved a lot of learning around the value of each digit in a number. We then moved on to solving number problems using our place value knowledge of numbers up to seven digits.

After that, we moved onto addition and subtraction. This began by learning about different methods to help the children mentally add and subtract numbers and we have now moved onto using formal methods to solve addition problems with up to seven digit numbers. Again, we used our knowledge of place value to help us with our understanding.

Science

Our science topic this half term has been electricity. The children have shown excellent subject knowledge and have worked scientifically to create their own circuits and carry out their own investigation on the size of batteries and how the number of wires affect the current.

P.E.

This term, our P.E. topic has been invasion games and we have mainly focussed on rugby as the rugby world cup is currently being played in Japan. The children have practised skills such as throwing, catching and finding space and then have applied these in game-like situations.

 

Computing

Our Computing lessons have focussed on staying safe on the internet and coding. The children have been completing coding challenges in order to familiarise themselves with how to create algorithms and debugging code when there are any errors. We have also been concentrating on the vocabulary linked with computing so children can explain what they are doing.

Rhinos

This year, the BFG’s are sponsoring a rhino to help protect it in the wild. The children have done plenty of research about all species of rhino and were shocked to discover how endangered they are. As part of our learning the children used their information to create posters and a display in school to inform the other children and any other visitors about the struggles of the rhino.

RE

Our topic this half term was ‘Christianity – The Church.’ During this unit of work, we were aiming to answer the question ‘What do we commit ourselves to on our journey?’

Firstly, we identified what rights and privileges adults have that children don’t. After discussing the definition of a privilege, we talked about how privileges often come with responsibilities and thought of examples of this. 

Next, we looked at the difference between adult baptisms and infant baptisms and created a poster to show this.  Differences included: Godparents being required at infant baptisms and how it’s the person’s choice to be baptised at an adult baptism as opposed to it being the parent’s choice at an infant baptism.

In addition to this, we used the internet to research the life of the committed Christian John Wesley.  We then created a PowerPoint to display our research.  Some of the information about him included: he was born in Epworth on 29th June 1703; he was an early founder of the Methodist movement; he spread the word of God in both America and England.

To complete our unit, we discovered what ‘commitment’ means.  After finding a definition of commitment, we looked at some celebrities who were committed to their career.  For example, the Olympic athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill spoke about how she had to adapt her life to accommodate the amount of training that was required to become an Olympic athlete.  

PSHE

Our topic this half term was ‘Being Me in My World’

As part of this topic, we identified our goals for the year.  We also understood our fears and worries about the future and discussed how to express them. 

We then investigated universal rights for all children and how unfortunately for many children these rights are not met.   

In addition to this, we learned about how an individual’s behaviour can affect people locally and globally. 

Next, we made choices about our own behaviour because we know how rewards and consequences feel and how these relates to our rights and responsibilities.  

To finish our topic, we learned about democracy and how having a voice benefits our school community.  

Autumn 2

English

This half term we have continued with our WW2 theme, but we have read novels that have looked at the journey of children living in Nazi occupied countries such as Poland and Germany. We have read and analysed extracts from ‘The Silver Sword’ ‘When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit’ and ‘The Cats in Krasinski Square.’  We have used the point, evidence, explanation to answer inference questions around the texts and created video recommendations for The Cats in Krasinski Square. We learnt key scenes using Talk4Writing and discussed the characters and their qualities. We have written a description, using the Descriptasaurus and choosing appropriate vocabulary to paint a picture in the reader’s mind. We particularly enjoyed The Silver Sword, especially chapter six ‘The Night of The Stormtroopers.’ We developed empathy for Edek, who was left to save his sisters from the Nazi’s. Our writing outcome for this was a diary entry. Next half term we will be continuing to analyse these texts and making comparisons between them.  Following on from this, we will be immersing ourselves in narrative poetry, specially The Highway Man. This will link to our next History focus, in Spring Two.

History (UKS2)

This half term we have continued to study The Battle of Britain. Our focus has been ‘What did Hitler need if an invasion was to succeed?’ We refreshed our memories of the situation in Europe in June 1940 and made predictions about what we thought the outcome of battle would be, using the evidence we had already analysed. We looked at numerical and written evidence to conclude what Hitler would need to successfully invade and occupy Britain. We compared The Royal Navy and The Kriegsmarine as well as the RAF and the Luftwaffe and concluded that Hitler would need to strengthen his Kriegsmarine, but to also increase the number of aircrafts he had to be successful. Most of us thought that Hitler would have enough power, money and weaponry to successfully invade Britain and we were interested to find out how Hitler failed. Our next enquiry is ‘Why did Britain win the Battle of Britain?’

Geography (UKS2)

We have continued to investigate how Climate Change is affecting people all over the world. Our enquiry this half term was ‘Why can’t Olivia afford to insure her home?’ We found out that Olivia lives in Kinglake, Australia, an area that has been affected by heatwaves and subsequently bushfires. We looked at the environment that Olivia lived in and noticed that there was a lot of vegetation in the area, we also learnt about the events of Black Saturday in 2009 and compared climate data to see how Climate Change has caused an increase in the number of heatwaves and bushfires. We then wrote a persuasive letter to the insurance company to encourage them to reduce the high cost of insurance for Olivia. Next half term we will be investigating how climate change is affecting Britain and Greenland and we will be learning about what the world is doing to tackle the effects of Climate Change.

Maths

As part of Maths, we have continued to focus on arithmetic. The children have worked very hard on their times tables knowledge and have been applying this in order to help them solve a mixture of multiplication and division problems. We have looked at formal written methods, including long multiplication and division working with up to four-digit numbers.

In the last few weeks, we have changed our focus onto fractions. The children have learnt how to find fractions of amounts using bar models; how to find equivalent fractions and how to add fractions with different denominators.

Science

Our science topic has been light. The children have built up a lot of knowledge around the topic and are able to explain how light enables us to see objects as well as how shadows are formed. The children have also investigated the properties of materials, testing whether they were transparent, translucent or opaque.

Design and Technology

The children have been designing and planning their steps for creating Christmas buns which will be sold at the Christmas Fayre. So far, they have researched ideas for different toppings; sketched and designed their ideal Christmas bun and planned the steps required to bake and decorate the buns.

Computing

In computing, the children have been practicing their coding. They have been creating algorithms using variables and functions. They have also been challenging themselves by de-bugging code which is not quite correct.

P.E.

The children have enjoyed learning the skills required for basketball this term. They have been practicing how to dribble effectively and how to pass accurately. We have also discussed and applied tactics for game situations such as finding space and anticipating the ball.

Art

Our art project has linked to Year 6’s History lessons. We have practiced our sketching skills using different media and created collages to use as the background to our artwork. For our final piece, the children have drawn a portrait of a soldier in front of a camouflaged background.

 

Fire Safety Talk

Members of Burnley Fire Service came into Year 6 to speak to them about fire safety. The talk was focused on road safety as well as fire safety.

RE

Our topic this half term was ‘Christianity – God.’ During this unit of work, we were aiming to answer the question ‘How do Christians mark the ‘turning points’ on the journey of life?’

Firstly, we identified important events in our own life.  In order to do this, we had to understand what a life event is, know what is important to us and think about our future.  We mapped out our important life events and chose three that were important to us and why.  As a part of our challenge, we thought about what we would like to achieve at different points in our future.    

Next, we gave reasons for why Jesus wanted to be baptised.  We interpreted information about this from a text.  We then looked at a variety of religious artwork depicting the baptism of Jesus.  We expressed our thoughts and opinions about these pieces of art and listened to the thoughts and opinions of others. 

In addition to this, we identified the key parts of an infant baptism.  We had to understand what baptism is as well as understand the features of an infant baptism and identify the key parts of the service.  We created a thought shower and then as part of our challenge, we answered the question ‘Do you think infant baptism is fair or should children have a choice about being baptised?’

In our next lesson, we highlighted the difference between infant baptism and believer’s baptism.  We thought about why Christians choose to be baptised, thought about the benefits of this and described what happened at a baptism.  We then created an acrostic poem about baptism.  

To complete our unit, we found out about what confirmation is and why it is an important part of a Christian’s life.  We had to understand what confirmation is, understand why many Christians want to be confirmed and share our thoughts and opinions with others.  After creating a thought shower of Christian confirmation, we answered the question ‘Do you think there should be an age limit to being confirmed?’  

   

PSHE

Our topic this half term was ‘Celebrating Difference’

As part of this topic, we empathised with people who are living with disabilities and understood how having a disability could affect someone’s life.  To be able to do this, we had to be aware of our attitude towards people with disabilities.  We watched a video clip of a little boy called Archie who has cerebral palsy and wrote him an email to respond to his story.  We found him to be an inspiration because although he has a disability, he doesn’t let it stop him having friends and hobbies.    

We then explained some of the ways in which one person or a group can have power over another. We thought about how it feels to be excluded or treated badly by being different in some way.  We were then given some scenarios and had to identify who had the power and what advice we would give the victim.    

In addition to this, we identified some of the reasons why people use bullying behaviours.  We thought about a range of strategies to manage our feelings in bullying situations.  We were then given a range of scenarios and identified the reasons for the person/people using bullying behaviour; we thought about how these behaviours make the recipient feel and how we could manage the situation.    

Next, we took some time to look at various Paralympians and the achievements they have made.  After researching our chosen Paralympian, we designed and labelled an admiration accolade that could be presented to them.  One of the most popular Paralympians to be researched was the swimmer Ellie Simmonds.      

To finish our topic, we explained ways in which difference can be a source of conflict and a cause of celebration.  We showed empathy with people in either situation.    

Spring 1

English

At the beginning of the half term we read and analysed an action scene from The Silver Sword. We discussed the chapter and how the author had used language to build an image in the reader’s head as well as building tension. Following this, we watched a clip of the paratroopers in World War Two. Each of us planned, drafted and published an action scene that described what had happened in the scene.

The second part of the half term was ‘Narrative Poetry.’ Some of us analysed the poem of The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes and some of us looked at a take on that ‘The Highway Rat’ by Julia Donaldson. To begin with, we enjoyed a matching activity of words from the poems to images. We had a sensory pack with items such as a French-Cocked Hat, Claret Velvet and Lace. We even dressed up as the main character. Other activities included: Writing a blurb, hot seating and translating lines from the poem into sentences other pupils in school would understand.

Next half term (spring two) we will be reading Historical Fiction linked to our next History enquiry – The British Empire.

History

We finished our enquiry – Why was winning The Battle of Britain, in June 1940, so important? Our third ancillary question was ‘Why did Britain win The Battle of Britain?’ Each group had images and information cards and we speculated about how each card would help us to answer the question. We spoke in great length about the role of RADAR technology and thought about how it may have been different without it or any of the other ‘jigsaw pieces.’ Following this, we wrote a piece of explanatory writing, using evidence to support our points, we justified and reached conclusions around why Britain won and how important RADAR was.

Our next enquiry is ‘Why did Britain once rule the largest empire the world had ever seen?

Geography

We finished our enquiry – How is Climate Change affecting the world? This half term we investigated what was happening in Greenland.  Firstly, we learnt about the environment and climate in Greenland. We created line graphs to show the climate in Burnley compared to Greenland as well as learning about the animals that lived in Greenland and in areas within the Artic circle. We went on to discover that the ice was melting, and the country was warming up at a quick rate. We met two people from Greenland -Lars and Sofie. They had very different views on the climate change taking place. Lars, an Inuit, was devastated by the change as his community was being pushed to extinction due to the migration of animals and the unsafe hunting grounds. However, Sofie was pleased as the country is becoming richer and more self-sufficient. We made a choice of who we agreed with and gave our reasons. Following this, we spent time learning about the floods destroying British towns and why this was happening. In the first week back, we will be visiting Towneley Park, this will allow us to see a flood plain and flood defences in action.

Our next enquiry is ‘What is most valuable thing in the world and who owns it?

Maths

In Maths, we have looked at fractions, decimals and percentages. The children have learnt how they are related to each other and applied this knowledge to find percentages of amounts.

We have also started looking at pats SATs papers and are revising any types of questions that the children find difficult.

Science

Our science topic this half term has Evolution and Inheritance. The children have shown a keen interest in how animals have adapted over time. We have done lots of comparison work, with the children comparing animals from hundreds of years ago to now and seeing how they have developed to help them survive.

P.E.

This term, the children have been learning the balances and movements for gymnastics. They have worked collaboratively to practice a range of holds and methods of travelling. After this, the children performed their own unique routines, incorporating the skills they had learnt in the weeks prior.

Computing

For internet safety day, the focus was on identity online. As a class we discussed avatars and how they can be beneficial online as well as the potential dangers. The children then designed their own avatars and explained the reasons behind their designs.  

 

RE

Our topic this half term was ‘Judaism.’ During this unit of work, we were aiming to answer the question ‘How do religions make the ‘signposts’ and the ‘turning points’ on the journey through life?’

Firstly, we looked at a variety of Jewish artefacts that would be used at a Bar Mitzvah ceremony, named them and gave definitions of the purpose of the artefacts.  These included the yad, the Torah, a kippah, a tallit and photographs of a synagogue. 

Next, we looked at the features of both Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies.  We learned that Bar Mitzvah means “Son of Commandment”;  a Bar Mitzvah is a Jewish boy who has reached the age of 13; once he has turned 13 years old, he has the same rights as an adult Jewish man; he is now responsible for his own decisions and actions. A Bat Mitzvah is a Jewish girl who has turned 12 years old and is now responsible for her own decisions and actions too.  We found out that becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is a ‘rite of passage’ in the life of a Jewish child and is a part of growing up within the Jewish faith.  Young people must spend many months preparing for this by learning about the Jewish faith and reading the Torah in Hebrew.    

In addition to this, we used the knowledge we had gained about Bar and Bat Mitzvahs to write a diary entry as if we were a Jewish child.  We used religious vocabulary and included the features of the ceremonies as well as features of diary entries. 

In our next lesson, we searched for personal meaning. We thought about what causes us anxiety about becoming an adult, found strategies to deal with our worries and thought about where to get support/guidance from. 

To finish our topic, and linked to art week, we created Jewish stained-glass windows.  Our windows included the Jewish symbol – The Star of David.  We also used bright colours to decorate our windows. 

PSHE

Our topic this half term was ‘Dreams and Goals.’  In our first lesson, we were wanting to be able to understand why it is important to stretch the boundaries of our current learning.  We thought about what our strengths are and discussed about how often it’s easier to think about our weaknesses rather than our strengths.  We set ourselves challenging but realistic goals for school and out of school. 

Next, we were thinking about the learning steps we need to take to reach our goals.  We created a totem pole outlining our goal and how we’ll know we’ve achieved it.  On the wings of the totem pole, we wrote strengths/skills needed to motivate ourselves.  We then wrote three steps of how to achieve our goal.

Over the next couple of lessons, we identified problems in the world that concern us and talked to other people about them.  In five groups, we looked at a global issue photo card and thought about the following questions:

  1. What does your picture show?
  2. Where might this photo have been taken? (e.g. country)
  3. What might be the difficulty the child/people/person lives with in this situation?
  4. What might be dream of the person/people in the picture?
  5. What might help their situation?
  6. What feelings do you feel when you consider the situation of the people/person in your picture?

We made notes on flipchart paper and reported back to the class. Each group needed a scribe and a presenter.  

To finish our topic, we were able to empathise with people who are living in difficult situations.  We reminded ourselves of the people we have looked at during our topic.  We then watched some video clips of fundraising events for Comic Relief and Sports Relief.  We thought of different ways that money can be raised and how the money can be put to good use to help people less fortunate than ourselves.  In small groups, we worked collaboratively to think of a fundraising event and plan out what we could do and who the money could help.


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