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We have two Year 6 classes at Newcroft
Miss Kruger and Miss Ogle are the Year 6 teachers for 2018-19
There are also a number of Learning Support Assistants and Higher Level Teaching Assistants who cover the classes from time to time.
Below is the Year 6 Curriculum Map and a copy of the powerpoint from our Meet the Teacher sessions.
During this half term, we have been enjoying learning about our Epic Evolution topic. The children have researched all about the discoveries of Charles Darwin, where he travelled to and about his life. They used all of this information to write a biography of Charles Darwin’s life and persuasive leaflets, persuading a reader to visit the Galapagos Islands.
As part of our topic work, the children enjoyed a visit from Paleolab for an evolution workshop. During this, they learned all about how fossils are formed and even got to explore and handle real fossils from the past! We also explored the concept of variation and how animals evolve to survive in their habitat. We had a fantastic morning!
Our trip to France was definitely a highlight! It was a fantastic opportunity for us to practise speaking and understanding French and to learn all about the World Wars, including visiting many significant places from the Battle of the Somme. The children also enjoyed our visits to the chocolate factory, the sweet factory and the bakery…and some enjoyed tasting the snails and frogs’ legs!!
We are extremely proud of how well the children have started Year 6. They have come back from the summer holidays with a fantastic learning attitude and we are extremely proud of the progress that they have already made. Keep it up!
Our next topic is the Mighty Mayans where we will be learning all about Mayan history and their way of life.
This term we have been reading Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. We have used this text to develop our reading and comprehension skills and the children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about Michael’s adventures. We are looking forward to developing our skills further next term when we read The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas as part of our World War 2 topic.
Throughout the Autumn term, we have been working hard to improve our arithmetic skills. We are really pleased with the children’s determination to improve and this has resulted in some fabulous progress. Well done year 6!
As part of our topic ‘Mighty Mayans’, we have been learning about the different aspects of Mayan life including housing, clothing, religion and food. We have researched traditional Mayan dishes and how they were prepared. We used this information to create some dishes of our own: traditional tortillas and spicy pineapple cubes. Both of these dishes went down a treat! We also discovered the importance of cacao beans in the Mayan times and how the Maya enjoyed the very first version of hot chocolate. Did you know that the Maya used chilli powder and cinnamon to enhance the flavour? Some of us actually preferred the traditional Mayan hot chocolate to our modern day version.