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Year 6- Mrs O'Hara

Mrs O'Hara, Mrs Higham and Mrs Harrison would like to welcome you to the Year 6 class page. We are a class of 27 highly motivated and determined individuals who are building upon all the excellent skills that we have  already gained throughout the years at St Augustine's.

In Year 6 we aim to develop greater independence in preparation for our transition to secondary school. We are encouraged to take on extra responsibilities around the school and to set high expectations for behaviour and learning for our younger peers.

 

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Our Vision

Our vision in Year 6 is that our learning is limitless and our targets are limitless- if we work hard, as a result, we will achieve!

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Keep track on what we are learning about this year...

Our long term plan outlines what we will be covering throughout the year. The half termly overview is a good place to keep up to date with what we will be learning about this half term.  

 

What are we focusing on in English this term?

This term we are studying 'The Selfish Giant' by Oscar Wilde. 

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This story tells the tale of a giant who built a wall around his beautiful garden to keep the children out. It was always winter in the garden for no other season who venture into it. Then, one morning, a special child entered and brought Spring back, melting the giant's heart as well as the snow... 

 

So far, we have made inferences on the text and written our own narratives in a cold write for what we think might happen in the story. We were told to focus on our sentence structure, correct use of tenses and using a variety of punctuation. Mrs O'Hara used this piece to assess our writing skills. 

 

We then created a class poem using expanded noun phrases to describe the garden, this is an example by Kayleigh below. The first four verses we drafted together and the fifth verse was our own. 

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What have we been doing in maths?

In maths we have been studying place value and number. We began looking at the place value of digits up to 10,000,000 and then focused on ordering and rounding numbers. We then moved on to negative numbers (which we have found particularly tricky) and solved problems in real life contexts. 

For the next few weeks, up to half term, we will be focusing on securing our understanding of the four rules and applying these to problems. 

Times tables are holding many of us back in Year 6 so it is really important that we are practising these at home as much as possible. 

What text are we enjoying in Guided Reading at the moment?

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the terrible two

We are currently reading the Terrible Two by Mac Barnett. This book tells the very funny events surrounding a school boy called Miles who moves from a home in a town he loves to a place called Yawnee Valley which is mainly known for the fact that its mayor is a cow and the population of cows outnumbers that of the humans in this town. Miles was a fully fledged prankster in his old school and is quickly learning that this title is about to be challenged by another boy as he starts his first day at the school. We are really enjoying the story so far and Mrs O'Hara says that we are now answering questions more confidently and listening carefully to how Mrs O'Hara models our answers on the flipchart. 

Science - Materials Changing

In science this half term we have been learning about materials changing. We have investigated and demonstrated that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes. We know that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution and we are able to describe how to recover a substance from a solution. We are also able to explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is not usually reversible.

As part of our electricity science topic, we have conducted a series of experiments to discover if the brightness of a lamp or the volume of a buzzer is associated with the number & voltage of cells used in a circuit. In addition we have investigated variations in how components function, including the on/off positions of switches. In doing this, we have used recognised symbols to represent a simple circuit in diagrams.

Ourselves & Other Animals (Science)

As part of our ourselves & other animals science topic, we have been identifying and naming the main organs in the human body, including the heart, brain, lungs, liver, kidneys and stomach. Using secondary sources of information, we then researched these human organs so we could learn more about them and describe their functions. We found lots of fascinating facts which we then shared with our peers. To do this the skills we used were: following a line of enquiry, using scientific diagrams & vocabulary and reporting findings, including explanations, in oral form.