In English, Year 6 have been looking at newspaper reports and how they are structured. The children were given, in their pairs, pieces of a newspaper report that had been cut up. Their task was to then work together to figure out where each piece belonged and justify their choices for placing them.
In Year 6, we have been discussing the term respect and what it means. We have also been looking at self-respect and how that links directly to our own happiness. The children started off discussing in pairs what respect means, before moving on to discussing the term self-respect. The children were then given two different coloured post-it notes and two different tasks. On the one, they had to write down or draw something they think they are good at, and on the other, they had to say something nice about their partner. We then spoke about how this made them feel and how when were are feeling negative we can get rid of those thoughts in various different ways.
Following on from their last science lesson, Year 6 had the task of creating their very own solar system in small groups. They had to work very hard to figure out which planet was which and where it should be placed.
Year 6 have been discussing rules in RE and why we have rules in the world. We also compared rules to laws and discussed how they are similar and again why they are needed in the world.
The children then worked in pairs to think of 10 rules for life. They had to imagine that everybody in the world would only have 10 rules to follow and they could decide what those 10 rules should be.
The children then watched a video that informed them of the 10 commandments from the Christian faith and had to think about how these were similar or different to the rules that they had come up with themselves.
Year 6 Eagles have had their first music session of the year. The song they are focusing on this term is ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams. First of all the children listened to the song to discuss how it made them feel, the tempo of the song and the instruments they could hear.
In science this term, Year 6 are looking at Light, Earth and Space. To start the topic we discussed what we already knew about the solar system and the planets that are within it. After learning a few facts and sharing our knowledge, we went outside to work in two groups. Each group were given a set of equipment and had to work really hard as a team to recreate the solar system on the playground.
Year 6 discussed the term democracy in PSHE and as a class looked at what it meant. We then had an interesting discussion about whether the children thought they should be the age of 18 before being allowed to vote:
• No it should be 21 (Aflie)
• Yes 18 is right because it is when we become an adult (Tibet)
• Yes 18 is good because it is when you are mature enough to make a decision (Harley)
• I think it should be 16 because you can still be aware and understand what is happening (Oscar)
We then spoke about laws and why we have laws and rules in different circumstances.
In Year 6’s first PSHE lesson of the year they spent some time discussing the classroom and what it should be like. The children spent time discussing what atmosphere they would like their classroom to have, what basic rights people should have in a classroom and ways that they should behave within the classroom.
The children shared many ideas as a group and together decided that there were particular promises they could make to each other in order to make their classroom a welcoming place to be.
Year 6 have had their first online safety lesson of the year. In this lesson they watched a video from Newsround that was all about speaking to people online. This video told the children about real life experiences some children have had with speaking to people they do not know online. During the video, we had lots of discussions about why speaking to people we don’t know online is dangerous and what you must do in order to keep yourself safe.
The children made some great contributions throughout the lesson: