OUR CLASS GUIDELINES
Here is our class guidelines sheet, which has helpful information about our class routines and expectations.
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Please find a list of books that we will encourage your child to read and enjoy in their year group. The list will give your child a range of different reading experiences, across many different genres. We believe this will encourage a love of reading and give your child more opportunities and exposure to a wide variety of new vocabulary and develop their reading skills further. They would also make ideal presents from family that would support their reading journey through school.
As part of our topic, Year 6 learnt about the different countries that make up the continent of North America and about a number of famous natural and human landmarks. They also found out about dreamcatchers, which the native American Indians used to put above the cribs of babies to catch bad dreams. They each designed and made their own dreamcatcher, using willow, cut from the willow tunnel on the school's nature trail, and coloured thread, beads and feathers.
The children visited Waddow Hall in September and worked on their communication and team building skills. We had a great time completing activities like: nightline, crate challenge and tree climb.
The children in Year 6 have been learning about the events of April 1912, when the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean and sank. They were each given a boarding pass, containing information about different passengers, like which 'class' they were, where they had boarded and the reason for their journey. The children also had to use an atlas to plot the journey Titanic took and then produce a leaflet to advertise the facilities on board.
Inspired by our Titanic topic, we have designed and built our own battery operated ships. The children developed their design criteria and after they had been completed and sailed, they evaluated how successful they had been. Although all ships floated, some, like Titanic, found themselves in deep water!
As part of their topic on Vikings, Year 6 took part in a Viking day. Pupils received detailed information about the lives of Vikings which included information on homes, clothing, diet and battle (including weaponry). They also took part in a range of creative tasks in which they made oil lamps, studied Viking artefacts, a made Viking game involving counters and even formed a shield wall.
Monday: Specific pages in CGP Science book given out to read. Vocabulary of the Week given out
Friday: Spellings given out and tested on following Friday
Friday: Aspects of Maths that we have worked on or will be working on will be given out. We may also give out SATS related work during the year.
At Caldershaw we know how important reading is: not only to enable us to find out about the world and research specific topics, but (most importantly) in giving life long pleasure. Please read a book every night and record it in your reading record (remember: all books count). A few pages will do, but make sure you understand what you've read!
AND remember each time your book is signed you will collect a reading raffle ticket and give yourself the chance to win a 'reading raffle' prize.
EXERCISE AND HEART RATE
Year 6 have been investigating how our heart rate changes with exercise. They measured their resting heart rate and then did different types of exercise for a specified period of time. Following this, they once again measures their heart rate. They calculated the difference and were able to show which exercise had the most affect.
Year 6 have been studying the pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, the children then had the opportunity to create their own artwork in his style. What amazing artwork they produced!!
The Ancient Maya
Year 6 enjoyed learning about the Maya and organised the different civilisations on a timeline to find out when they occupied Mesoamerica. They used the glyphs and Mayan patterns to decorate a clay pot and were able to calculate the answers to some Mayan maths questions, writing them as glyphs. They also made guacamole and corn tortilla.