We are looking forward to an exciting year, full of enthusiasm, ambition and determination as we come to the end of our journey at St Peter's. In Year 6 we strive to be role models, as we set high expectations in all we do. Recently we have been focussing on various quotes of determination, resilience and perseverance - vocabulary which we use frequently in our learning.
Mrs Huggett, Mrs Norris and Mrs Walker
This year we have already had the pleasure of reading Holes by Louis Sachar, finding the story stimulating with wonderful examples of foreshadowing; Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo, a Viking tale of good versus evil; Erik the Viking, a journey of a clan who travelled to find the land where the sun goes at night, but ended up finding out about their true destinies; the Nine Pound Hammer, a journey of an orphan boy destine for the south of the United States but chooses to jump of a moving locomotive and finds himself in the middle of a travelling medicine show, with a fire-eater, snake charmer, blind sharpshooter and a giant (who turns out to be one of his best friends); most recently the Wolves of Currumpaw, a journey of a wolf pack surviving the Currumpaw valley (located in New Mexico).
In the first half of the summer term, we are reading Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell, exploring the journey of our main character in the adventure of a lifetime. This captivating mystery will have us on the edge of our seats as we travel to various countries in search of something we lost many years ago. The fiction text is written from the main character's point of view which will lead us to explore our own writing from the various other characters; keeping in mind how they might have seen something happen. We are making inferences, developing effective questions (to solve the mystery) and getting in touch with our emotions to work alongside the characters during these difficult times.
This term we have already been busy, acting as historians, researching a time period of the past and immersing ourselves within an ancient civilization. Knowing where Greece is geographically is one element as it supports us with our research of daily lives, food, culture, religion, etc. Throughout the topic we will be analysing the concept of ‘Why?’ as we aim to make links with the modern developments of our society to the times of Ancient Greece.
In our ‘hook’ topic lesson we were historians exploring primary and secondary resources throughout our classroom. We had a food tasting section, various topic books available and photos of primary resources on the walls. It was our aim to research and gather enough information to write our own secondary resource (in the form of a non-chronological report) to pass onto the younger age groups. The food tasting was the highlight of the afternoon, though many found the Greek alphabet to be interesting alongside the treatment and lack of equality between men and women.
In Respond to Reading, Year 6 has been busy comparing and analysing the modern 'story' version of William Shakespeare’s play 'Romeo and Juliet' with the original. It has been interesting to re-enact the hatred of the two families (Montagues and Capulets) as we unpick the raw emotion of Romeo and Juliet. The original language is a bit difficult but luckily we have the modern version to summarise the events and support our understanding.
This term Year 6 has been studying the Americas from the Gold Rush to the development of the Railway and the impact it had on the Wild West. To celebrate the end of term Year 6 made sugar-free banana muffins; we added sultanas for sweetness (and some of us were lucky enough to add chocolate chips)! Thank you again to Mrs Walker, Mrs Baker and Mr Baker to helping us in our cooking.
Year 6 has been making some lovely cinnamon ornaments to sell at our Christmas Fair (December 1st). We have linked this with our DT and PDL, making our hand-crafted ornaments and also determining how to market them to the wider public. It has been a busy week but we are looking forward to the fair, put on by FOSP!
Christmas Cinnamon Ornaments Recipe
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
Once combined knead the dough with clean, dry hands. If the dough is a little sticky, dust your hands with a bit of flour and knead.
After a few minutes of kneading you will be left with amazing, cinnamon ornament dough.
Use cookie cutter to shape your ornament (cut on wax paper to prevent sticking). Remember to leave a hole for stringing your ornament.
Leave to harden for 24 hours