Year 6 BLP Reasoning Afternoon
BLP muscles used:
Collaboration 10 (checking the team’s progress).
Capitalising 5 (creating own resources to solve a problem)
Questioning 5 (to reason with evidence, arguments and actions)
We had a Maths / BLP reasoning afternoon, where we had to solve complex BIDMAS problems. Not only did we have to remember what BIDMAS was but also how to solve this in a variety of ways. Using concrete objects, we have to show the maths calculations clearly. This was difficult as everyone had different ideas, but we compromised and ensured that we worked together to ensure we were successful. After, we had to use our knowledge of the steps to success pictorially. We had to discuss exactly how to do this: for example, for the calculation 2 x 3 we drew three lots of 2 sweets. But after we sat back and evaluated our work, we discovered that we hadn’t actually answered the question. Although the answer was correct, we had actually solved 3 x 2 and not 2 x 3. So we changed it to 2 lots of three sweets to actually represent the problem. With Mrs Smith, we discussed this and how this could confuse younger learners and cause misconceptions in knowledge and skills. The written methods were the easiest as we do these all of the time; we just needed to remember the BIDMAS rule. It was a great afternoon and we discovered that we must always remember the basic math rules and be careful with seemingly easy questions, in order to be successful in more complicated problems.
Yorkshire Wildlife Park trip
As part of our Science topic – adaptations, we had a school visit to Yorkshire Wildlife Park. The sun shone all day and we had a fantastic time observing and learning about all of the animals. The baboons were extremely amusing as the infants chased each other around play fighting and playing hide and seek from each other. We reflected on our work about evolution and could definitely make connections between us and them, in fact we share 96% of our genes with them!
While we were there, we had an educational workshop all about adaptations. We even got to hold and stroke different animals while we studied them first hand and observed their unique adaptations. The three animals we held were a hissing cockroach, which hisses to scare away predators, a giant African snail, that seals itself in its shell whenever water is scarce and finally a blue tongued lizard. These lizards have camouflaging colours on their skin and are able to loose their tails and grow them back. Even stranger, their tails still move for a few minutes after detaching, keeping the predators busy while the lizard escapes – yuk!
Through the day, we got to see animals that we would never normally be able to look at and study, such as the polar bears and tigers. We discussed whether we believe zoos are a good or bad thing and had mature debates about keeping animals in enclosures, conservation and education. We didn’t come to a decision but we were able to see advantages and disadvantages for them.
Here are a few photographs from our day!
Art work by Year 6 – The Great Wave – featuring Mount Fuji
Year 6 October Holiday Homework
Next half term, we will be looking more in-depth at adaptation (how animals and plants change over time to survive in their environment) and transferring this into our English work. To start the term productively, we would like you to research an animal of your choice (this could be the same animal as you wrote about in Science last week) to find out about its appearance, habitat, offspring, diet, adaptations, status (under threat/endangered), and any other interesting facts. Present this information as a fact web and be prepared to share it with the class.
This is also a reading journal activity – so don’t forget to date it in your journal!
Welcome back to Year 6.
We hope that everyone had a relaxing holiday and are back ready for the challenges of year 6. We were really pleased to see all the amazing homework that was done over the summer holidays. Below are some images of the homework displayed in classrooms.
Our curriculum this term is based around the text Kenzuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. We are already one chapter in and hooked! In English we will be focusing most of our reading and writing around the book. In Geography we are looking at maps and how to locate and navigate, while in Computing we will be adding to this and looking at electronic navigation apps and GPS. In Science, we are focusing on classifying and adaptations of animals and how they have evolved to live in different places around the world. During maths lessons we are focusing on number and place value with numbers up to tens of millions. During Art we will be looking at fossils and how we sketch them to record and create patterns.
PE days :
There may be extra PE session on some Tuesday afternoons – the teachers will inform the children the week before their slot.
We are focusing a lot on reading in year 6 and would appreciate it if you could support your children in reading for pleasure and completing the reading journal activities on a regular basis.
Homework will be sent home every week and must be completed and returned on time. We are preparing the children for high school and the pressures they will face there regarding school and homework.
Thank you for all you support and we look forward to sharing our learning with you throughout the year.
The Year 6 teachers.
Mrs Uppal, Mrs Scott and Mrs Smith.