Graded 6 Extended

Curriculum Letter - The Investigators

Week 5 Friday 19th February 2016

Solving the Crime of the Century!

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Over the next five weeks your Grade 6Ex will be studying scientific investigations. They will be learning how investigations are used to answer scientific questions, how to plan and present their experiments. They will become trainee forensic officers and will use their new found knowledge and skills to crack the Grade 6 Crime - The Crime of the Century. Who did it? How did they do it? Can we use our scientific skills to prove it?

Please get in touch if you feel that you can offer your expertise to this Unit of Work. If you have any other queries please contact Mr Corrigan via his email

Key Learning Goals

Science 3.2b - Be able to choose an appropriate way to investigate a scientific issue

Science 3.2e — Be able to record and communicate their findings accurately using the most appropriate medium and the appropriate vocabulary and conventions.

Personal Goal - Enquiry - Be able to ask and consider searching questions related to the area of study.

· Be able to ask and consider searching questions related to the area of study

· Be able to plan and carry out investigations related to these questions

· Be able to collect reliable evidence from their investigations

· Be able to use the evidence to draw sustainable conclusions

· Be able to relate the conclusions to wider issues

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Entry Point and Exit Point

Entry Point

The Grade 6 CSI cadets will be introuduced to their four week intensive investigation skills training. First test will be to work on their diligence in the rainbow lab experiment. Each child has eight training days of investigation to pass. Each training day will look at a new skills which the children will need to achieve before they can move onto the next experiment.

Exit Point

The Court Case for the Grade 6 Crime of the Century will be held on after the Easter break. Students may come to school dressed as lawyers on this day. They will present all their findings and explain to the court what they believed happened. Finally, they will explain who committed the Crime of the Century!


In Science, we’ll be finding out:

¨ About several ways to investigate science

¨ How to make sure our investigations are well designed and reliable

¨ Ways to: collect, record, interpret and present our findings

¨ About several materials and their properties

Home Learning Project

Home Learning - Science Project

During this unit of work, children will be working on a long term project which will be due in on Friday, 11th March. They will be conducting their own scientific investigations at home in response to a question of their choice. They will need to effectively plan and carry out their investigation, presenting their results to their classmates. They will have to follow strict investigation protocol.

Detailed project outlines will be given out in the first week of term and children will be expected to submit their progress weekly to the class teacher for guidance. Each child will need to present their investigation to two fellow class mates, who will assess the skills they have demonstrated.


In Art, we will working on a stand-alone unit. We will be exploring the art of Printmaking, specifically relief printing using lino blocks and creating one-colour and two colour prints for a variety of purposes. Children will become knowledgeable about the different types of printmaking processes and the artists who have used this type of art such as Albrecht Durer and Katsushika Hokusai. To help us with this project, we will develop the technical skills of using lino tools to safely carve our own designs into blocks and print using printing inks while following printmaking procedures.

Physical Education

In Grade 6 students will be taking part in an extended Invasion Games Unit, focusing on Basketball and Netball. They will also be continuing their Grade 6 Swimming programme which continues either before or after CNY.

In swimming activities students will:

· develop power and endurance in arm and leg action in the full range of swimming strokes and be able to identify strengths and weaknesses in own and others’ performance

· Use effective breathing technique and body position to aid speed and efficiency in the water

· be able to show a range of starts and finishes with improved efficiency, including racing starts and tumble turns

· Enter the water using a range of appropriate methods

· Develop knowledge of and be able to articulate water safety and survival techniques

Respond to survival emergencies appropriately

· In Invasion Games students will:

Develop and refine their understanding of attack and defence, including man-to-man and zone marking

Adopt a number of different positions and use skills effectively in these positions using a range of skills to lose players

Refine passing and catching skills to improve consistency, power and direction of pass

Outwit opponents by using width and space on court

Understand rules and be able to confidently officiate peers during competitive play.


Music & Advertising – This Unit explores music as a powerful tool used in media to bring about a lasting impression when accompanied with a moving image, for example, in advertisements. Pupils will learn to develop their listening and appraising skills relating to sounds that accompany images. They will create their own compositions in smaller groups using various musical elements to accompany an image, an event or a chosen product. In this Unit, the following will be included:

  • Listening and Appraising
  • Group composition with their own choice TV advert
  • Using musical instruments effectively with creative use of rhythm and melody and combination of these elements
  • Discover how sounds can affect emotions


This term we plan to strengthen communication skills and deepen relationships with parents. Students will participate in a workshop on “ Knowing what to say and do if you want your parents to make a change.” Skills the students will practice include:-

· Using a positive sandwich to make a request and choosing a good time to talk

· Thinking through and explaining the pros and cons of a situation and proposing solutions

· Compromising for a better solution

In group presentations, students will practice these skills on common scenarios including:-

· Choosing one’s clothes

· Preventing parents from barging into one’s room

· Wanting to go out with friends

Some students were asked to take the perspective of the parents in the skits and everyone reflected on how making requests based on needs versus wants would affect parental responses.

Also, this Easter term, students will develop further skills in personal development and cultivating better relationships. Topics include: perception and seeing possibilities, being rich, treasuring my family, strategies to handle strong emotions, bullying and working things out in friendship hotspots and collaborative teamwork. As always, the pace and scope of the lessons will be adjusted to ensure that students have opportunities to develop the skills of reflection and discern how to act when making moral decisions.


In Chinese, we will be working on:

Lesson 6 Hobbies

  • Learn to describe one’s hobbies and ask others about their hobbies

  • Learn to describe leisure activities related to the seasons

  • Learn about different accessories and the respective quantifiers


In ICT we will continue to develop our Chrome Book skills. The next four weeks will focus on Google docs, sharing files and creating our suspense story books. The children will have access to a specific groups story which will allow them to provide feedback and ideas to help enhance the groups writing ideas. At the end of the four weeks each child will have created a suspense book, with a front cover, pictures and a blurb about their story.

Language Arts


Over the next five weeks we will be reading the following Suspense Books. The children will be focusing on the authors style of writing as they gather ideas and suspense techniques to use in their own stories.

Operation Gadgetman - Malorie Blackman

Dangerous Reality - Malorie Blackman

A.N.T.I.D.O.T.E - Malorie Blackman

Mystery on the London Eye -Shiobhan Dowd


Students will be examining suspense texts! Our magnifying glasses will be out to help us analyse the features of this genre’s characterisation, use of setting, suspense techniques and plot devices such as red herrings. Through examining our reading books, students will become familiar with these literary suspense techniques and be able to apply it to their own writing and compose their very own mystery narrative. These stories will be published in our ICT lessons to share with the whole grade.


All the data from our end of term mathematical test has been gathered and analysised. Over the first three weeks, time will be dedicated to hitting targets set from the test and teacher assessments.

Also, the children will continue to work on:

1) ‘Speed’, moving on to more complicated problem-solving.

Thereafter, they will start to:

2) find the circumference of a circle given its radius or diameter.

3) find the perimeter of a semicircle or a quadrant.

4) find the perimeter of a figure related to rectangles, squares, triangles, circles, semicircles and quadrants.

5) find the area of a circle given its radius or diameter.

6) find the area of a semicircle or a quadrant.

7) find the area of a figure related to rectangles, squares, triangles, circles, semicircles and quadrants.

8) read, interpret and analyse the information (whole numbers/fractions/angles) displayed in pie charts.

All these will be the exciting topics that the children will be exploring this Easter term

Key Dates

The Investigators Entry Point - Thursday February 18th at 10.40 am

High School Coffee Morning - Friday 11th March at 8 am in HS Glass Hall

High School Open Lessons - Saturday 12th March

CAT4 Parent Workshop - Tuesday, March 1st at 7.30 am in ES Hall

Grade 5 Production - Wednesday March 16th and Thursday, March 17th at 7 pm in the HS Hall