Somehow, the class have managed to work their socks off over the course of a half term and we are now approaching our last half term holiday before the final burst of learning as we head into our final half term.
In true form, the Persevering Pioneers have been incredibly busy and spent this week exploring the concept of symmetry. We began by investigating lines of symmetry in regular and irregular polygons. The class used mirrors as an apparatus tool to support them in checking if two sides were the same. Following on from this, we then explored how we could complete figures to make them symmetrical, we started with relatively simple designs with square patterns before moving to line drawings. To really test our understanding of symmetry we then had to complete symmetrical drawings which revealed an unidentified creature that would form part of our alien landscape. The class worked tirelessly and the creatures they uncovered were most certainly an extra-terrestrial species.
Meanwhile, in our Literacy we have been busy writing up our final letter to Mrs Lawson. They will be landing on her desk today! The class were really proud of this piece of writing, so here's hoping that when Mrs Lawson reads them she will be as convinced as myself that we definitely deserve a space celebration at the end of the year!
When we return from the holidays, the class will begin to explore and interpret data in the form of graphs and charts, as well as produce some descriptive writing about the alien landscape from our whole class reader The Jamie Drake Equation.
Happy holidays! I look forward to seeing you all in a week's time!
There are so many reasons to be proud of the Persevering Pioneers however, just one of those reasons is for their absolutely incredible attitude this week. This week has been our SATs week for Year 6 and the whole school has made an incredible effort to support our students by being incredibly quiet around school while tests are underway. I am so proud of how hard Team CB have worked to make sure that this can happen, So a huge well done from me!
Not only am I proud for this reason, but I continue to be proud of the class' fantastic approach to new learning, This week we have been exploring quadrilaterals. At the beginning of the week the class were honest in where they were in their learning and as a result the progress they have made has been nothing less than incredible. They have identified different types of polygons, both regular and irregular as well as using peg boards to create different quadrilaterals whilst identifying their properties. Like that wasn't enough, we have then used our knowledge of these properties of shape to compare and classify, through sorting shapes using Carroll and Venn diagrams. As we head into our final week of Summer 1, we will conclude with symmetry in shapes and patterns.
In our Literacy, this week we have been full of ideas as we have started to put pen to paper to write Mrs Lawson our letter. We hope that by the end of this she will agree to let us host a Space afternoon to celebrate our learning - after all, our reasons are so persuasive I think she would struggle to say no! As and when we get our response, we will be sure to keep you up to date with this!
Check back next week to see how our week has gone!
It has been a rather busy week in Team CB this week, as we have been busy tackling new learning in the form of persuasive writing and types of triangles.
In our Maths, we have been looking specifically at triangles and the different types that we have. The class worked really hard to sort different triangles based on their properties. We looked at size of angles within the triangles as well as length of sides to determine which category they fit into. From this, we began to look at how we could use our knowledge of triangles to calculate missing angles. The class were so speedy and effective at spotting information to assist them in finding the missing value! Next week, we will move on to look at properties of quadrilaterals as we attempt to classify these also.
Meanwhile, in our Literacy we have started a new topic around persuasive writing. The class have asked to celebrate our Space unit at the end of the Summer with a celebration event one afternoon, as such the class have been tasked with writing a letter to Mrs Lawson to persuade her about why this would be a good idea. To support our writing, we unpicked the features of a letter before focusing in specifically on some persuasive techniques that we hope to use in our writing next week. Make sure you pop back to see how we are getting on next week with our write up!
Elsewhere, this week we have conducted a Science experiment around tooth decay, where the class had to use different liquids and study the effect these have on our teeth if we do not follow oral hygiene recommendations. The class will be keeping an eye on this over the course of next week!
What a busy and brilliant week it has been - as always!
What a wonderful first week back here in Team CB! I could not be more proud of the exceptional attitudes that the class has returned with and their work ethic and commitment towards their learning has been a delight to see!
To kick start the Summer term, we have been incredibly busy exploring angles and their properties in our Maths. We have considered the different types of angles and their properties, in order to the identify, compare and order a series of angles within a given shape. The class have really got to grips with the visual and practical learning opportunities. Next week, we will use this understanding of angles, to support our learning of classifying triangles and quadrilaterals.
Meanwhile, our focus in Literacy has been centered around writing a descriptive piece documenting our thoughts and feelings as we venture to Mars in a rocket. The class have been enthralled watching video stimulus of rockets and then using this to consider each of their senses at that moment in time. From this, we have then worked on building detail in our writing through features such as expanded noun phrases and fronted adverbials. Finally, as a class we have written our collaborative piece gaining support from our peers as we up-level and improve our writing techniques. Next week, we will consider how we can use the theme of Space to write a persuasive letter to Mrs Lawson!
In addition to all our wonderful Maths and Literacy learning, the class have also started their Summer topic of Space. This week we considered different evidence for why the Earth was flat or spherical. The children were given the task of finding evidence outside which supported their theory, before explaining this using our point, evidence, explanation skills to form a written answer.
We have also been busy starting our new topic of the Digestive System. We began by exploring the role of our teeth and the different types we have. The engagement of the class in this session was incredible! They were so focused and so keen to pose self-generated inquiry questions which they wanted to find out more about! Following from learning about the role and types of teeth, we linked this back to prior learning and considered why herbivores and carnivores teeth structures were different.
What a busy but brilliant week it has been in Team CB!
Be sure to pop back next week to find out what we have been busy learning about!