Welcome to our Neptune (Year 6 class) page where you can find out what we've been up to and what we've been learning. We'll post pictures and samples of work regularly throughout each term so that you can share our learning journey with us.
Named after the Roman God of the Sea, Poseidon, Neptune is certainly reminiscent of sea like colours, as it appears a shade of blue-green. Of the four 'gas giants' that inhabit the outer Solar System, Neptune is both the smallest and the furthest from the Sun - the last major gaseous outpost before Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. As such it has never been observed in detail, nonetheless, in 1989 the Voyager 2 spacecraft supplied considerable amount of information about this distant, mysterious world, before it raced past it into the outer reaches of the solar system. In fact, The Blue Planet (Neptune) was the very first planet to be 'predicted', and then subsequently observed. This amazing planet extends very far down, merging into water and other melted ices. Despite its low energy input and great distance from the Sun, Neptune's winds are up to nine times stronger than those on Earth.
Our class novel...
Kensuke’s Kingdom is a thrilling adventure story from exceptional children’s writer Michael Morpurgo.
Michael, his parents and their faithful dog Stella set sail around the world in their yacht the Peggy Sue. Michael has never been so happy and then disaster strikes when he and his dog are swept overboard and find themselves stranded on an island where he discovers Kensuke, a former Japanese soldier and obstinate old man. Seemingly determined to thwart any attempt Michael makes to be rescued yet, unswerving in his generosity, sharing precious food and water and watching over him. Michael soon looks on Kensuke as both saviour and captor. It is not until both boy and man begin to understand one another and a bond of trust builds. Having lost his own family in the war Kensuke realises he must do all he can to help Michael find his own family even though he desperately wants to keep his island secret from the outside world he has turned his back on.
We will begin our mathematics work this half term looking at place value, including decimal numbers. We will then move on to refining our written methods for calculations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and looking for the most efficient methods to solve multi-step problems. The children will develop understanding of these ideas and techniques by representing in a variety of ways, explaining methods, making their own examples, making connections and using reasoning to solve problems. We will focus on recall of key number facts with speed and accuracy so that the children can calculate with confidence.
In our science unit the children will be working scientifically to discover the unit of Light.We will:
- recognise that light appears to travel in straight lines
- use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain that objects are seen because they give out or reflect light into the eye
- explain that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes
- use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them.
The children will have sports lessons on a Wednesday afternoon. We will also be taking part in the other Sporting activity, both competitive and fun. The aim of is to improve the physical, emotional and social health and well-being of our children as well as improving their concentration levels - it’s also great fun!
The International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
The IPC has been developed so that four main aims can be achieved. They are:
- To help children learn the subject knowledge, skills and understandings they need to become aware of the world around them
- To help children develop the personal skills they need to take an active part in the world throughout their lives
- To help children develop an international mindset alongside their awareness of their own nationality
- To do each of these in ways which take into account up-to-date research into how children learn and how they can be encouraged to be life-long learners
Our class representatives and Chair and Vice Chair Junior leaders are: Zaynah and Dizolele. They speak passionately about the school and collectively with the senior leadership team they help to address students’ concerns.
If you want to support your child’s learning at home, here are a few ideas you might like to try:
- Listen, read and discuss with your child the book they are reading at the moment. If you want to encourage your child to read more narrative/fiction ask us for ideas and we’ll be more than happy to help.
- Play times tables games and practice division as well as multiplication facts.
- Visit your local library and make use of the books, CDs and video they offer, especially the ones related to your child’s topic.
- Practice your child’s spellings with them – they will be bringing them home every Friday.
We set great store on reading independently and enjoying books. Reading should be encouraged every night, and as the year goes on.Other homework may be set at other times (for instance, practice work in maths) but we will always try and give as much notice as possible. In addition, there will be occasional 'big' homework activities (often over a holiday) which will be fully explained at the time.