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Year 6 Weekly Blog

This is the weekly blog for our Year 6 children.
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Week 7 – 18th May

Discovery Projects – complete by the end of the week

First, select a special holiday, festival or celebration of your choice and research it. It could be Eid, Divali, Valentine’s Day, Easter or anything else. If you are not sure which to do here is a great link to information about the month of Ramadan which you could use https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zdgrcqt

You could research when it is celebrated, the history of it, the outfits people wear, the food eaten etc. Make notes in your writing book of the things you have discovered for your chosen celebration.

 

Plan the Celebration

It’s time to plan your own event for the celebration you chose above. Your budget to spend is £250 and 25 guests will be attending. What will the money be spent on? Plan the celebration considering the location of the event, how you will decorate the venue, what your guests will eat and drink and how you will entertain your guests. Make a table with each item listed (venue/decoration/food/drink/entertainment) and then how many you need of each and the total cost. Can you keep it under budget? Write your menu foe the event. Challenge: What about people with special diets? Make a timetable for the day with the timings of the event. Complete this all in your writing books.

 

Advertise

Now create an invitation to send to the people who are attending. Create this on the 2do set for you.

 

Dressed to Impress

Can you imagine your perfect celebration outfit? What would it look like? What would it be made from? How comfortable would it need to be? Design a costume for the celebration you chose above. Think about the patterns you would like to incorporate on your design and any cultural traditions. Draw four different possible designs in your writing books. Choose your favourite one and label it with the materials you would use. Research material costs. How much would it cost to make? Challenge; You could upcycle some older clothes and make the outfit yourself! If you do upload a photo to your work folder.

Week 6 – 11th May

Discovery Projects – complete by the end of the week

Victorian Lesson

Do you remember the Victorian lesson we had earlier in the year when you travelled back in time and your teacher was a Victorian teacher and you were Victorian children? Your task this week is to plan, prepare and then role play a 30 minute Victorian lesson for your family, except this time you will be the teacher!

What work will you get them to do? What rules will they have to follow before entering the classroom or when inside it? Will they have to stand up when you let them speak? Will boys have to sit separate from girls? Will they have to address you as sir or miss? Will there be a ‘dunce’ in your class who has to wear the hat?

Use the resources and ideas in the work folder to help you plan your lesson. You could share on the daily blog how it went. Did your students behave well? On the 2do write an evaluation of the lesson.

 

Time Capsule

Do you remember when we studied WWII and looked at some of the objects and artefacts from that time period? It was really interesting to see how things had changed in just 75 years, such as: how they dressed, what they ate and how they felt in a time of great change. Your task this week is to create your own time capsule for people in the future to see what it is like to live in 2020.

There are lots of sheets and resources in the work folder you can use to help you plan it: including a letter template, a what you need list and many more. Think carefully about what items you will store in it and what you think future people would like to know. After that, write a letter telling them what it was like during school closures. Will you address it to yourself or someone else?

Then, write on the capsule what date you would like it opened. Will it be 1 year, 10 years or longer? Where will you store it – in your house or buried somewhere like in the garden for future generations to find? If you could upload a picture of your time capsule that would be great,

 

Week 5 – 4th May

Discovery Projects – complete by the end of the week

Sweet tooth?

Which foods contain the most Sugar? The guidance is that a healthy amount of sugar to consume each day is around 30g. Your task it to choose a selection of food items from your food cupboard, fridge and freezer (at least 5). Then, identify the nutritional label and record the amount of sugar that each food contains in a table in your books (remember our Young Citizen event at Reigate Fire Station when the labels were explained). Once you have gathered the information, write five facts that you learnt on the 2do. Did any of the sugar contents surprise you? How will your findings change what they eat? You could share your findings with your family. Did they realise how much sugar was in certain items?

 

Come Dine with Me!

This week, you are responsible for creating a three course meal for your family members. You need to research or create the recipes for a starter, main meal and dessert. Think about what ingredients you will need/have available in the house to make your recipe and write down a list of the items. Then, research how much the ingredients would cost using a supermarket website of their choice. Finally, weigh out and make the meal (with the help of an adult if needed to be safe with kitchen utensils and appliances) for your family to enjoy. If you are feeling brave, you could even get your family members to score each course! Complete the evaluation 2do and you could add a photo of the food you have made.

 

Week 4 – 27th April

Discovery Projects – complete by the end of the week

An Architectural Masterpiece for the Ages

Research what different classical buildings would have looked like in Ancient Greek, Egyptian and Roman times when myths would have been told frequently. Have a look at the Seven Wonders of the World resource in the work folder for ideas. What did these buildings have in common? These structures and wonders of the world, like The Great Pyramid and Colosseum, would have inspired the population of their civilisations. Your task is to design a new wonder/building to inspire the residents of Redhill and Reigate. You must research, plan, design and then make a model of it using materials from around the house. Remember our work on DT last term? Will it be entirely modern or will you take inspiration from the past? Create your own criteria for success and then evaluate your model against this on the evaluation 2do; you should add a picture of your finished masterpiece on the 2do also.

 

And in first place…

Your second task this week is to become a ‘Quiz master’ and create your own quiz. You may have a favourite quiz show format or quiz show host you can recreate or, if not, you could create a 40 question quiz for a family quiz night. You must include one round which is about myths and legends that you have learnt about this week. You may also want to include multiple choice questions and a picture round to make it fun and easier for all ages. You could use technology or props to help you. Try to think of creative ways to ask questions. Once you have created it have a family quiz night. Complete the 2do with five of your myths and legends questions for me to have a look at.

 

Week 3 – 20th April

Discovery Projects – complete by the end of the week

Music and Dance from the Past

Your challenge for this week is to research music and dance from the decade of when your parents, grandparents or other older family members were born.

What were the most popular bands, singers or dances during this time? Then, you can learn and perform a song from this decade and/or create your very own dance routine using well-known dances from that time – think of it as your own mini production! If you have a brother or sister at home, you could collaborate with them. You could also get a family member to video it and give feedback on how you can improve your performance.

 

Portraits, Photography and Inheritance

Take portrait photographs of your family members (if you can’t take photos just ask them to model for you or visualise them). Then, you can use the photographs to draw portraits in pen/pencil, completed or stuck into your writing books, considering light and tone (use shading techniques we learnt at school: hatching, tonal, stipple, scumble and smudge-help sheet saved in work folder). After, look at the physical features on the sketches that you and your family have in common. Which have you inherited? Think about other characteristics – not just appearance – that make you the person you are: personality, interests etc. Complete a table with features that you have inherited through nature (passed down from your parents and grandparents) and features that you have gained through nurture (likes interests you have because of the environment around you and different opportunities). Complete the 2publish table 2do.

 

Week 2 – 30th March

Discovery Projects – complete by the end of the week

Animals and their Environment

Choose your own three animals that have adapted to suit their environment e.g. polar bear. Research and draw each animal, creating a fact file in your book. Imagine that you have discovered a new animal that has evolved to suit its environment over many years. Draw the creature and create a fact file for this creature too. Where will it live? How will it protect itself? By the end of the week add to the Animal Blog giving the name of your new creature and one feature it has developed to suit its environment.

 

Animal Prints, Drawings and Charles Darwin

Research what different animal footprints look like. Why are their feet shaped that way? Using a variety of media (materials from around etc) draw, cut out and create animal prints for at least one mammal, insect, amphibian, reptile and bird. Create a collage of the animal prints you have made as a piece of art work – which can be stuck into your writing book or displayed. For a challenge, you could practise sketching the animal prints with a pencil or pen. Remember Charles Darwin who had an interest in animals and created the theory of evolution? He liked to record and draw animals just like you. Write a biography using the biography 2do template set for you about Charles Darwin.

Week 1  –  23rd March

Welcome

Good morning Year 6! Hope you had a great weekend! Welcome to your first week of our whole school topic, ‘Digital Discovery’. Our first theme is ‘The Environment’.

 

Remember, the learning here is a starting point. Be creative and let your ideas take you to a new world of discovery! What a great opportunity to become an expert in something you have always wanted to explore further. Challenge yourself!

 

Discovery Projects – complete by the end of the week

 

Do People Intentionally Damage an Area?

Imagine that a new park, housing development, restaurant or other structure is being built on green land e.g. the common near your home. How might this be positive for the environment? How might this be negative for the environment? Complete the debate 2Do planning the points for and against the development. Consider wildlife, air and noise pollution and jobs. Now – using these points – hold a family debate with different family members taking different sides. Who will win the argument?

 

Upcycling, Upcycling

Choose an item from within your house that you do not really use anymore (e.g. an old item of clothing, accessory or household item) and upcycle it to make a new item that you will use. Evaluate this project in your writing book and identify any areas that you can improve if you were to do it again. You could even add a photo of it.

 

Don’t forget to be active

Use these websites to support you. Remember to practice and upload your personal best on your blog every Friday.

 

https://www.jumpstartjonny.co.uk/home

https://www.gonoodle.com/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers