Brambles Year 6 Class Journal.
06.03.2020 - Today, we had Forest Friday! We went into the forest to begin filming our own mini films/documentaries. As part of the process we have had to write a script and now direct our scenes on location. Next week, we will be editing these together using computer software as part of our computer unit.
25.02.2020 - Today, we continued to look at the geography of North and South America. We focused on longitude and latitude today and thought about how we can use digital mapping technology to locate different places across the globe. We used Google Earth to find co-ordinates for different capital cities in North and South America and researched to find the area of the cities and their population. We then used our observation skills to explain where these different cities were located and what features they had.
"Today I have learnt how to use Google Earth whilst finding the Northern Hemisphere, the Equator, etc. I already knew that longitude was vertical and latitude was horizontal, they are invisible lines that run around the globe making grid lines like a coordinates grid. One surprising thing about North and South America is that it stretches right from the south to the north, all the way across the globe." - Year 6 Brambles Student.
13/02.2020 - In our Art lessons, we have been looking at different ways of drawing animals. We have created symmetrical pencil sketches of different animal faces and drawn our own botanical drawings of plants. Today we did some splatter painting! We used silhouettes of different animals to create a scene and then cut these out and painted over them to create a foreground and background. It was messy and creative!
11/2/2020 - As part of our Topic unit, we are going to be moving on the focus on the geography of North and South America. We used an Atlas with our partner today to find out what different countries make up each continent and some of the natural features, for example: rivers.
5/2/2020 - In our English and Topic lessons we have been learning all about Charles Darwin's voyage across the globe. We are currently researching the Galapagos Islands. Today we role played as a nature documentary narrator and acted out our scripts over a documentary video. We focused on using descriptive language!
4/2/2020 - Today we were visited by the NSPCC. We took part in a workshop where we discussed how to keep ourselves safe and who we should talk to if we are ever in a situation that makes us feel uncomfortable. We learnt that we can call Childline at anytime, night or day and it will cost us nothing! We learnt that it is so important to talk to somebody when we have something that is worrying us.
Today was Forest Friday! In the forest, we observed our local environment, much like Darwin would have done when he explored new lands on his voyage! We collected samples of different plants, seeds and insects. We then used these to create our own classroom Herbarium. We learnt about how important it was for Darwin to collect all of this valuable information. Some of the samples he collected no longer exist today - the plants have become extinct!
Today, we worked together in groups to research different aspects of the life of Charles Darwin, we found out about his voyage on the Beagle, the difficult relationship that he had with his father and how he wanted to be a priest before he became a naturalist. This research will come in very handy when we write our biographies next week!
This term, our topic is Evolution and Inheritance.
Our Big Question is: The Theory of Evolution, The Creation Story or Both?
We are reading :
This term we will be focusing on the Theory of Evolution, today children were introduced to the word: evolution and began to discuss their understanding. We used partner talk and discussed similarities and differences between different species of animal and how animals change and adapt over long periods of time.
We then drew our own fictional creatures from alien worlds, considering carefully how they have adapted to the habitat they are in.