Welcome back for the Summer term! I am delighted to be joining the class for what is promised to be a busy term ahead! We will
be beginning our new topic of 'Africa' with a trip to Marwell Zoo. Our main focus for the visit is to explore the different biomes
inhabited by animals that are native to Africa. We will be discovering which animals are considered to be endangered and the
factors that contribute to this. The children will be encouraged to think critically about the positives and negatives of
zoos and they will build up to writing a balanced argument representing their ideas. Towards the end of the term, year 6 will play
an important role in the whole school production of 'The Lion King.' One of my favourite productions and one that I think the
children will enjoy preparing for; including puppet making, mask making, singing, dancing and more!
PE will be taught on a Tuesday afternoon and a Friday morning. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in throughout the week.
What we are learning
Week commencing 23rd April 2019
Our SPaG revision for this week will be conjunctions (coordinating and subordinating), clauses (subordinate and relative) and apostrophes to show singular and plural possession. In our English lessons, the children will be writing a case study about poaching in Africa and a leaflet about how zoos help to protect animal species.We will then use our visit to Marwell zoo to construct arguments for and against zoos. The children will soon be writing a balanced argument to represent their ideas.
In guided reading, we will be reading 'The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.' We will be exploring the vocabulary used by the author and we will develop our reading skills such as prediction and inference through discussions of the text.
Whilst on our trip to Marwell Zoo, we will be recording data about endangered animals and the biomes in which they live. We will then create pie charts to represent our data. In the lead up to the SATS we will also be spending time revising key skills that have already been taught in preparation for the assessments. We will be revising statistics by looking at line graphs and going over how to represent data and answer questions about them. The children will also be gathering data and then representing it as pie charts based on our trip to the zoo. For arithmetic revision, the children are going to be going over multiplying and dividing by powers of 10 and also BIDMAS.
Our first project when we get back is Should animals be kept in zoos? As part of this project, the children will be learning about different biomes around the world and their importance for the Earth's creatures. They will be learning about poaching and the effect that this has on animals in places such as Africa before comparing the biome we live in with the biomes that the animals at Marwell Zoo are native too. By the end of the project, the children will be writing a balanced argument to try and answer our project question.
Spellings will be tested on Friday 3rd May.
Stars Of The Week:
This weeks stars of the week were:
Mills - for showing always being helpful without needing any prompt.
Edie - for showing a great attitude towards her work in class.
Our value this term is friendship!