Year 6

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The children have really been enjoying their current topic 'Explorers'. 

In topic time, we have been learning all about the ancient Mayans, learning aboutn the Maya writing and number system and religion and Mayan Gods.  The children have been gripped by our English topic of survivors and they are working hard towards their outcome of writing a narrative recount of one of the amazing survival stories.   In writing, we have been reading the book 'The Explorer' by Katherine Rundell.  It has inspired us to create several pieces of writing, including an internal monologue, a persuasive piece, and our final piece - telling the backstory of one of the main characters.  We have some incredibly talented writers.

In maths, we have continued securing our maths skills looking at fractions, percentages, decimals and statistics. 

 In reading and maths we have been continuing to prepare the children for their upcoming SATS tests in May.  We are all so proud of the children as they are working incredibly and are really trying to be the betst that they can be!

Our topic for the last part of the term has been evloution and inheritance, which has involved us looking at Darwin's 'On the Origin of the Species'.  The children have been fascinated and have asked some brilliant questions.



Wow! What a start to 2019 our amazing Year 6 children have made.  They are working incredibly hard in all areas of Elson school life and are demonstrating the school values in everything that they do.  Our topic this term is 'Explorers' and we started our learning journey by spending the day in 'The Living Rainforest'.  The children were able to explore the rainforest and learn about the plants and animals that live in rainforests around the world.  One exciting challenge of this trip is to try and spot the infamous sloth that inhabits this rainforest; I am pleased to say that all children were successful in finding the sloth.  The exciting hook of this visit has really helped with their learning in other areas of the curriculum  In literacy, we have been exploring the strange and unusual planet, Pandora.  The children have been making comparisons between Pandora and Planet Earth, and have been applying their spelling, punctuation and grammar skills to write a fantastic setting description.  In maths, we have been securing our knowledge aroudn fractions, decimals and percentages and have just started to solve problems involving units of measure.  The second half of the spring term will see us continue our explorer topic and start to prepare ourselves for the upcoming SATs exams in May. 

The new Class Dojo app has proved a great success and it is great being able to communicate more readily with you all.  If you have not already signed up, or you need help setting up the app, please do come and see us and we will gladly help.


This half term, we are learning all about the Ancient Greeks for our topic, this is also linking to ou English, which has seen us incorporate brackets, hyphens and commas to add extra information to our writing (parenthesis).  We are working towards becoming curators of our very own museum!  The children are really enjoying finding out more about this period in time.  In Science, we have been looking at the circulatory system, particularly blood and the heart.  We have been fascinated by the power and importance of the heart and just how incredible all the components of our blood are.  In Maths, we are working on unit and non-unit quantities, this is enabling us to use all the skills we have worked hard on in the previous term.

As the term progresses, we are so incredibly proud of the Year 6 children and all the hard work they have put in this term.  They have made some excellent progress in their writing and have developed a really positive attitude to their learning.  In English, we ahve been reading 'Who Let the Gods Out' by Maz Evans.  The children have really enjoyed this unit and have produced some excellent pieces of writing in response to the text.  In Maths, we have been working ahrd to secure our knowledge of fractions, decimals, percentages and measures (for example, 2.3kg = 2,300 grams).  Our Ancient Greek outcome was great fun and the children engaged enthusiastically with the tasks.  They were so glad to be able to share the video of their Samba drumming concert.


Year 6 have had a fantastic first week back.  The first day saw 67 adventurous children and adults head off for a week of fun at Osmington Bay.  The children really challenged themselves and did things they did not think were possible.  The activities that the children took part in have given the children more confidence to believe in themselves and, we believe, this will help them to be more resilient in their leraning at school.  The remaining children who stayed at school also had an amazing week.  They challenged themselves with a variety of sports activities and were lucky enough to experience a circus skills day where 'The Greatest Showman' came to Elson Junior School for a day.  Week 2 has seen the children settle into their new classes really well.  In maths lessons we have been securing our place value facts and reasoning about numbers up to 10,000,000 and in English lessons we have been immersing ourselves in a fantastic fiction book called 'Wolf Brother'.

For the rest of the term, the children have been working really hard to consolidate their skills in maths using addition and subtraction as well as further developing their multiplications.  English has been incredibly exciting with us ending our Wolf Brother Topic with a narative recount.  Next term, for our topic, we will be getting ourselves immersed in Greek history.