This half-term, we have been doing our Art through our Literacy.
In PSHE, we have been introduced to the NHS Eatwell Guide and have developed a good understanding of what constitutes a healthy diet and the nutrients provided by different food types. We have also learnt about harmful legal and illegal substances and the associated risks. Linked to our whole-school Wellbeing Topic, one of the lessons focused on stress, looking at strategies to deal with feelings of stress and stressful situations.
In Science this half-term, we learnt about the main parts of the human circulatory system and the role of the heart, blood vessels and blood. We also thought about the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle choices on the way our bodies function.
Year 6 started ‘real PE’ this autumn which is a unique and child-centred approach to teaching Physical Education through five areas: physical, social, cognitive, personal and creative. This half-term, the children focused on ‘cognitive’ which involved self and peer reviewing; developing game tactics and identifying ways of self-improvement in game play.
During our Outdoor Learning session, we focused on our whole-school topic: Wellbeing (which in Year 6 is focused on Togetherness).
DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
In Design & Technology, we took on a STEM challenge run by Practical Aid: The Squashed Tomato Challenge!
The problem: In Nepal many farmers living on the mountainside grow fruit and vegetables, including tomatoes. To earn a living they need to sell these at the local market. The problem is getting to market involves a long, dangerous walk down the mountain side and over a river, at the end of which the tomatoes may well be a bit squashed.
The challenge: To design, build and test a way of moving tomatoes that won’t squash them!
This year, in Year 6, we will be learning to play the ukulele. We will learn to use hand signs to distinguish between notes and learn to body pitch. We will also sing and learn the terminology ‘tempo’, ‘unison’,’ round’, ‘crescendo’ and ‘diminuendo’.