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Welcome to The Peregrine Falcons!


Here are the exciting topics that we are going to be covering this year...

 

Term 1 – Blood Heart

Crimson, scarlet, burgundy, cherry…blood flows through our bodies in all its vibrant shades of red. Let’s explore our circulation system! Now surgeons don’t be squeamish as we dissect an animal heart and examine the veins, arteries and chambers up close. They all work hard to move blood around our bodies. William Harvey was fascinated with anatomy and made ground-breaking discoveries about valves. What might we uncover? This term the children will be finding out how to keep their hearts happy with cardiovascular exercise and healthy food. They will also be considering the damage that can be done through factors such as a healthy diet, smoking and drinking alcohol. In addition to this, the children will be exploring vital questions including: Who am I? Where do I come from? What are my strengths? What have I inherited from my parents? This term we will be answering these questions as the children become detectives to explore exactly what it is that makes them who they are. The children will be learning to view themselves as individuals and explore all the characteristics and traits that help to make them a unique human being. During the topic they will be investigating the classification of living things; looking in particular at microorganisms and how these are both a help and hindrance in everyday life. They will be exploring their own local area and making contrasts between this and other parts of the world.

 

Term 2 – Frozen Kingdom

Welcome to the planet’s coldest lands... vast wilds, hostile territories, incredible beauty yet often deadly. Take shelter from the elements or fall prey to icy winds and deepest chill. Trek bravely and valiantly across treacherous terrain to the ends of the Earth, treading deep in snow or pulled by a team of might sled dogs. The children will research facts and figures of climate, temperature, habitats and ecosystems. They will discover the danger of icebergs and compare this unique environment to other parts of the planet that they have learned about. English Our speaking, listening and writing focus for this term will be argument and debate, where the children will be encouraged to put across their views in a clear and organised manner using appropriate persuasive devices. In addition we will be learning about bibliographical writing, focusing on the explorer Sir Robert Scott. Our grammar focus for this term will be to revise all previously learnt concepts ready for the SAT tests. Maths The children will continue to develop their use of formal written methods of calculation and begin to master the use of these in a range of contexts across the curriculum. Coordinates will be used again, this time in the context of carrying out the accurate translation of shapes. The children will further develop understanding of units of measure, particularly being able to convert between these using both fraction and decimal notation.

 

Term 3 – A Child’s War

A siren sounds, a building crumbles, a Spitfire zooms overhead. Take cover! It’s 1939 and Britain is at war. Deep down in the Anderson shelter, learn why nations are fighting and why child evacuees must make the long journey from their homes and families into unknown territory. And, as peace is declared, let’s get ready to celebrate. Mr Churchill says ‘It’s unconditional surrender!’ This term the children will experience what it was like to be evacuated during World War Two. Our learning in history will particularly focus on the ability to empathise with people from the past whilst examining different types, of historical evidence to support understanding. The children will have the opportunity to buy rations, take part in 1940’s style lessons and much more… English In English this term much of the writing will be linked to our topic. The children will write extended journals exploring different aspects of their life as an evacuee. This will include the use of emotive language, powerful description and reflection. In grammar they will study tense and verb forms, the use of a wide range of high level punctuation and levels of formality in writing. Maths In maths this term the children will learn to interpret and construct pie charts and line graphs. They will also learn to calculate and interpret the mean as an average. Calculation skills will include multiplying and dividing numbers by powers of 10 and revisiting the formal methods for multiplication and division, including in the area of problem solving.

Term 4 - Darwin's Delights

Ship ahoy! We’re off on an exciting journey with Charles Darwin and his crew on the HMS Beagle. During this half term, we’re going to investigate a range of animal specimens, describing the characteristics of the creatures, and labelling their body parts using software. We’ll use a range of non-fiction books to investigate adaptation, natural selection, variation and inheritance. After examining letters and journal entries written by Darwin, we’ll write our own examples. We’ll collect natural items and discover what plants live around our school. We’ll retrace Darwin’s steps using maps and create sketchbooks to record the plants, flowers and trees we encounter. Using maps and globes, we’ll plan an expedition. What will the weather be like and what physical and man-made features might we encounter?



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Darwin Projects

Today, we got to share our Darwin homework projects. 

There was a range of different types of projects created, ranging from Lego models to powerpoint quizzes. 

We enjoyed having the opportunity to share our projects and talk about what we have done.

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Duxford Visit March 14th 2019

On Thursday 14th March, Year 6 visited the Imperial War Museum at Duxford. 

We all had a wonderful day exploring all of the exhibits and were blown away by the size of many of the aircraft that we saw. 

We are currently writing blogs of our day which will appear on here soon. Watch this space...

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Spelling Shed

The Falcons are currently using Spelling Shed to help to support our learning in spelling.

https://play.edshed.co/ 

Science Day 2019

This week, we celebrated Science Day. 

Our day had a space focus and we investigated the importance of space travel in order to further extend our understanding of the Universe.

We looked closely at vehicles that are designed to collect samples from neighbouring planets and deisgned and created our own out of Lego. We enjoyed using the Lego Technic as we had to create moving mechanisms that enabled scientific samples to be collected.

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WW2 Curriculum Evening

 

This week, we invited our parents in to school to see some of the amazing learning that we have been doing.

We showed our parents radio transcripts, short stories, newspaper reports and art work - all of which we are very proud of.

We set up a WW2 first aid station, where some of our parents learned how to tie a sling - although more parents tended to be the victim, rather than the aid. 

 

We finished the evening with a cupcake (baked by us) and a warm drink. 

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