Year 6 Newsletter
Term 2- January 20th
Happy New Year
We have begun the first part of the second term with several exciting events. It is a short time up until the Lunar New Year holiday but we have packed a lot in already.
Unit of Inquiry
Central Idea: Exploration leads to discoveries, new understandings and has numerous consequences.
Lines of Inquiry:
What are the reasons for exploration? (CAUSATION)
How do explorations help us understand the world around us? (CONNECTION)
Is there a need to continue with exploration? (REFLECTION)
We have celebrated the end of our unit with an excellent wax work museum display of the children's learning.
Wax Work Museum
Exploration Unit Summative.
Year 6 have enjoyed role playing their chosen explorer and presenting their research to each other. As wax work models there was no talking, so everything they had learnt about their chosen explorer had to be clear, informative and evident from their posters. The children were encouraged to get to know something of the character of their explorer by reading and writing biographies. With the push of a button inspirational quotes or anecdotes could be heard. The children inquired into a large variety of famous expeditions and we were treated to 'exhibits' of Zheng He, Neil Armstrong, Amelia Earhart, Christopher Columbus and Marco Polo to name just a few! The children went to great efforts to create very imaginative props and costumes. One explorer even fly into the museum in her plane ( Veronica)
Below are just a few examples.
Coming up: Our new Sharing the Planet Unit -
Change can be achieved by taking action on local and global issues.
Children attended an N.G.O. conference at Kowloon Junior School to learn about what action people are taking to ensure communities have equal opportunities. Each child had the opportunity to listen to three talks from the 24 organisations represented. We will inquire into ways in which these types of inequalities can be addressed and what action we can take to help. The children will be inquiring into the United Nations set of 2030 Global Goals.
Please have a look at the links the children will be using to inquire into their chosen issue.
English: Persuasive Writing
Year 6 have enjoyed a number of exciting activities during book week. These included a book swap, book mark making in the library, and the opportunity to listen to different teachers reading during various play-times.
We were also privileged to listen to local author Sarah Brennan read her new book 'Rickshaw Rooster' The children listened attentively to the historical background to the story before enjoying an exciting 'read aloud ' by Sarah. Many of the children have ordered their own copies of the book which will be signed by Sarah.
Well done to Hannah from 6P who won a prize for her reading in extremes photograph. Reading while skiing very tricky !!
Acknowledgements were also paid to 6P for their door book cover design. All the doors around school look great but children voted 6P's 'The World's Worst Children" the best .
6P were incredibly pleased to be chosen
The children will be working on the following objectives linked to fractions, decimals and percentages:
- Understand the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages.
- Find percentages of numbers with and without a calculator
- Simplify fractions in mental and written form
- Solve problems involving addition and subtraction of common fractions with the same or related denominators
- Convert improper fractions to mixed numbers and vice versa
- Read, write and solve problems involving ratio
Chinese New Year Celebrations
Important Dates in 2017:
6th February - First day of second half of Term 2
7th February - Where the Whales Came- theatre trip
9th February - Sports day
15th February - Arc Eden 6M ( please note swap with 6P)
16th February - 6P Class Assembly
16th February- Arc Eden 6S
17th February- Arc Eden 6RO
23rd February- arc Eden 6P
24th February- Arc Eden 6R