The last few weeks have been so busy we haven't had time to update our blog! Here is a quick review of some of the things we have been doing recently...
STEM - 17-21 September
Back in September (17-21) we had STEM week. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. We had challenges to complete and the students worked together with students from the other Year 6 class and Year 5 to complete the challenge.
Out of Africa - Entry Point
We started our new topic, Out of Africa, on 25th September with a fun entry point. The Out of Africa topic is about evolution and inheritance. The students had to dress up as a human from 10,000 years in the future. We had to imagine how humans would evolve over that time. All the students had great ideas. Some were very positive, indicating that humans would evolve in super beings, and some were more negative, suggesting that problems with the environment would cause humans to develop differently.
Trip to the Science Museum
On the 10th October Year 6 went on a trip to the Centre for Science Education to support our Out of Africa topic. We learnt a lot about how different animals and plants have adapted to their environment and about the history of Charles Darwin’s voyages to the Galapagos islands.
Practise makes perfect!
6C’s assembly on 12th October was about our Out of Africa topic. We acted out short scenes about Mary Anning, Charles Darwin and Rosalind Franklin; all very famous people in developing our understanding of evolution and adaptation. We also sang some great songs, which I’m still trying to get out of my head! (See the videos below)
On Friday we practiced our large addition and subtraction skills by doing a treasure hunt. The students had to start at one question (labelled with a letter) and work out the answer. That answer was then on another piece of paper (again labelled with another letter). They completed the calculations and followed the trail until they had the series of letters. You can see, in the video, how focused they all were!
All of Year 6 worked together on our 'Entry Point' to the Being Human topic. We did a range of activities to remind ourselves of what the human body can do. We did a 7-minute scientific workout, reaction tests, bleep fitness tests and found out what we knew about organ placement, organ function, good teeth care, nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices.