Beech Grove

 

 

WELCOME TO KITES

 We are a Year 6 class and our teacher is Mrs Caroline Whiteman  

Autumn 2 Class News

Kites Class have had a brilliant half term and have been very successful in all their learning. The children have continued to be amazing at showing all of our school values, but especially resilience and aspiration, when tackling the challenges that come with being in Year 6.

As writers, we have been authors of a defeating the monster tale, a character description and an explanation text. We were inspired by our learning in history last term about the Anglo-Saxons and continued this forward with Beowulf. The children's imaginative, descriptive and thoughtful writing led to some very scary monsters being created! The children developed their skill in writing detailed description, just focusing on a single moment in time which made their writing very powerful. We then used our 'A Christmas Carol' drama workshop to develop this skill further when describing Scrooge and his counting house. Our explanation writing was linked to our science work on plants with the children explaining 'How Plants make Seeds'. This writing was equally successful and the children should be very proud of how they are developing as authors.

We have completed our addition, subtraction, multiplication and division unit in maths and have begun our learning on fractions.

As geographers, we have built on our understanding of what a region is, and used our Year 5 knowledge of the Amazon Basin, to discover all about East Anglia. We have also built on our understanding of the Anglo-Saxons and why they came to England during this unit of work. We have learnt about the location of East Anglia, the physical and human features found there, how the coastline has changed over time and how off-shore power stations are impacting the environment. Studying different types of maps at different scales helped us to really understand the landscape of East Anglia and the children were fascinated to learn how flooding actually helps farmers and the economy.

As scientists, we have deepened our understanding of how seeds are made and how plants reproduce. We really enjoyed looking at flowers and identifying the male and female parts; we even dissected lilies and used the pollen-containing anthers to create art.

In PE, we have played team games focusing on balancing, tactics and responding imaginatively to increase our chances of scoring. Seated volleyball with a balloon was a real challenge!

As engineers, we have designed, created and evaluated a moving carousel fairground ride using gears. The children showed great perseverance, aspiration and collaboration when creating their carousels and loved spinning the gears to make the ride rotate.

We also enjoyed 'Break the Rules Day', learning how to become playground leaders and the work we did during our Anti-Bullying Week.

 

Autumn 1 Class News

We have had an amazing half term! As writers, we have been authors of a tale of fear and an information text. We were inspired by Hansel and Gretel and the witch's house and then by the Anglo-Saxons. We have completed our place value unit in maths and have continued our learning on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. 

As historians, we have delved into the past and revisited the time of the Anglo-Saxons. We have been engrossed in learning about where they came from, why they came to Britain and what impact they had. We were fascinated by Sutton Hoo and what the artefacts found in King Raewald's burial chamber tell us about Anglo-Saxon achievements, society, culture and beliefs.

As scientists, we have explored different forces such as air resistance, gravity and up thrust. We have experimented with surface area and made play dough boats to investigate which shaped objects travel best through water.

In PE, we have played team games focussing on blocking, passing and shooting.

As artists, we have developed pencil drawings of Anglo-Saxon houses moving on to creating 3D sculptures using cardboard, clay, willow, hazel and leaves.

We also had a very important visit from a police officer who works in the safeguarding team. From their visit, we learnt all about how to keep ourselves safe in the community and who to talk to if we have any worries.

 

Remote Learning

If your child is self-isolating because they are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or they have tested positive for COVID-19, they can still access their learning from home, if they are well enough to do so. All remote learning will be emailed directly to you (it will no longer be uploaded on to the school website). 
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We appreciate that some children may be feeling unwell, and will therefore not be able to continue with their learning at home.     
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We hope you find your child's remote learning enjoyable and easy to follow. If you have any problems at all in accessing this learning, please do not hesitate to email your child’s class teacher; we are here to support and guide you. Please photograph and email your child's work to the class email address which is: kites@educ.somerset.gov.uk