Class 6 - Miss Heaton

Well, hello and welcome to the fresh, new Year 6 pages!! They won’t stay like this for long…. Already it has been a very busy week and everyone has settled well in our new home back in the main building. This week we have been thinking about how we can achieve our very best during our final and important year at primary school. We have set up time capsules for the end of the year which contain a handwritten letter to our future selves describing our hopes and goals for the future…. I’m sure we will all achieve our aims for this year and have a lot of fun along the way….

 We have been thinking about and preparing presentations about ‘Growth mindset’. We have taken a quiz to determine our current mindset, was it a fixed or a growth mindset? Next week, we will be presenting our findings to each other and sharing what we have learned.

What is mindset?

Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference.

In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort. They’re wrong.

In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities.

Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports. It enhances relationships. When you read Mindset, you’ll see how.

In addition to all this, we have been busy preparing displays and working walls linked to our future learning. We have a collection of our most recent writing from last year- which we are going to moderate together using the Year 6 standards. Can you spot some of the features of writing that you have used on the working wall?

Class 6 has been exploring Earth and space (well….. not literally!!) Initially, we have explored the scientific evidence supporting the idea that the Earth is spherical rather than flat; particularly, we have looked at the theories postulated by: Aristotle, Herodotus and the Phoenician explorers. After this we found out the positions of the planets and made posters about their interesting features- ask us about speed dating planets to get this done! You can see some of our posters here. In addition, we have directed our own films to explain the scientific history of the ‘Geocentric versus heliocentric model’ for the solar system. We are hoping to edit these videos and add them here soon. Keep tuning in to our pages to find out how we develop this topic further… We will be writing biographies of the key scientists to make discoveries about the heliocentric universe during our guided reading sessions and will publish some here too.

Class 6 has continued to explore Earth and space: we have written explanations about the scientific theory behind a heliocentric model of the universe; performed experiments to understand the apparent movement of the sun and how this creates night and day. Finally we have compared this to other countries around the world to investigate time-zones. We are hoping to type up some of our work and will publish it here as soon as we can.

In other aspects of the curriculum, we have been deepening our understanding of The Tudors. So far we have written biographies about our favourite monarch; analysed persuasive letters and have written our own to Henry VIII begging him not to divorce or behead us and we have also been very busy in art drawing portraits of Henry and his many wives. If you ask us about them, we will know lots of interesting facts! We will also try and type up our letters for you to see too, however, anything that doesn’t make it onto the website will be on show at our Tudor day at the end of the term. We are hoping parents will come and visit us in December to share a Tudor day with us! A letter confirming the date and the type of feast we will be eating will come out by half term. Until then, keep checking on here for updates and photos of our learning journey.

In guided reading, we have completed many independent tasks to help us with grammar, handwriting and comprehension as well as writing independent biographies about the important scientists throughout history which had the most impact on our knowledge of the universe. It’s been a very busy week!!

In the last couple of weeks, Class 6 have been extremely busy! We visited the ‘Safe squad’ event which helped us to think about all the ways we can keep ourselves safe as we grow up and move to high school. You can see photo’s of us on our trip if you check the school twitter account. Upon returning to school, we wrote fascinating reports, instructions and explanations about various aspects of what we had learned; many of us getting certificates in assembly for our amazing contributions. We have all now finished our persuasive letters to Henry VIII and are excited to share these with parents when we have our Tudor day.

 Below you can see some examples of these in the photographs as well as the stained glass windows we made for our Tudor houses.

We have also delivered harvest gifts to members of the local community which we enjoyed very much, it really is a year 6 privilege to help out in this way. See 'Special Events' page for pictures'.