The Solar System

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.

Democracy

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.

Class Charter

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.

Speaking to strangers online

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:

See our completed algebra style maths quiz

Today, Eagles used ‘pick random number’, ‘set value to’ blocks in their program so the user is prompted with random multiplication questions.

Some of the children added sound for the correct answer and a different sound for the incorrect answer.

A new backdrop was also added to show game win message if the user reaches a certain level of scoring.

Sophie M

Sophie S

Tiffanie

Game developers

In the past few days, Year 6 Eagles have become game developers by planning, developing and then testing their games. The children then designed front covers for their games with an online safety PEGI rating provided for the game.

The games were created in Kodu.

Once completed, the children started to create front covers for their games including key elements, age rating, description, title and screenshots.

Eagles creating their games

Eagles creating their front covers

Katie’s front cover

Kieran’s front cover

Kayleigh’s front cover

Scratch “If Else” and variable blocks

During Computing today with Mr Baddhan, Year 6 started to look at the ‘If Else’ blocks and how they can be used in a gaming scenario. The example the children used was a variable as a points score – every time a question was answered correctly, the variable would change by one point. And if the question was answered incorrectly, then the a message would appear incorrect answer.

A variable is a data block which tells the program this will change once programmed.