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Darwin Class

Spring Term - 2018/19

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Autumn Term - 2018/19

English

We started our English work looking at the acclaimed novel ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo; in it, a young boy, Michael, finds himself stranded on an island after the boat he was traveling on with his parents hits a terrible storm. On the island, he eventually meets a mysterious man named Kensuke and the pair strike up an unusual friendship.

We read the book and further engaged with it by using expanded noun phrases and fronted adverbials to write Kensuke’s diary as he rescued Michael from the sea and also helped him recover from a serious stinging by a jellyfish! We also created a character profile of the wise Kensuke using our deduction skills.

Our second text was ‘Floodland’ by Marcus Sedgewick, in which a young girl, Zoe, escapes from the newly-formed island of Norwich that is slowly being submerged by water only to find herself on the dangerous island of the ‘Eels’. We follow Zoe as she again attempts escape in order to reunite with her lost parents. We used the text to write newspaper reports of Zoe’s trials, explored the themes to create our own stories and discussed how climate change could cause this event to occur.

Maths

Our focus on maths this term has been on number and place value. This has been lots of revision on methods and concepts that we have previously learned making sure, we are secure and using the most efficient methods to answer any questions. We have also looked at fractions, decimal fractions and percentages and shown how their values are linked

e.g. 25% = ¼ = 0.25

Science

This term, we started by classifying living things based on their features and then created classification keys to help us sort this data. We also investigated some of the smallest living things (micro-organisms) and in which conditions they thrive. In the second half of the term we investigated the topic of light which allowed us to investigate how light travels and the ways in which shadows are created. We completed two investigations which proved that light rays travel in straight lines and that the size of shadows depends on how near the object is to the source of light.

 

Creative Curriculum

We finished the term by performing to our parents and then the wider school community in the Year 6 ‘Christmas Carol Concert’. It was a really enjoyable and rewarding experience which we will remember for a long time.

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