Year Six – Blog
Half Term Homework 7th February 2017
Hi everyone ..
Please see below for the homework to be completed over half term.
Night and day 30th January 2017
Today in science we have been investigating how the Earth’s rotation leads to night and day …
First we created a human model of the Earth, which rotated past a torch (the sun), allowing us to identify midday, midnight, sunrise and sunset.
Then we drew our own models, labelling where the same 4 times of day would be.
Finally, we looked at different time zones to calculate how it can be different times of day at different parts of the Earth.
Strange stories 27th January 2017
This week we have begun studying two stories by Franz Kafka: Metamorphosis and The Castle …
Both feature protagonists facing mysterious circumstances alone; in Metamorphosis a man wakes to discover he has been transformed into a giant verminous insect, whilst in The Castle the person known only as K. comes across a gloomy castle, hidden in mist and snow.
We looked at extracts of both stories and tried to predict what would happen next. We then wrote a paragraph indicating where we thought the story would go. A selection of the writing is in the gallery below, but I was really impressed with the quality of everyone’s writing and how they had grasped the style of two quite complicated texts.
Well done 6B!
Homework Week four 25th January 2017
Please see below for this week’s homework – due in Tuesday 31st January …
Improving our writing 25th January 2017
6A have started 2017 with the urge to become better writers and we have kick started the year with a focus on mystery writing …
Last week we started to work on creating impact through our chosen setting and the need to elaborate on our character descriptions.
Mason below really proved to me just what a talented writer he could become.
Setting: It was a brisk night; darkness took control of the suspicious forest. The branches of trees reaching out from each direction, leaves falling off the bare branches making them appear as finger tips. The feeling of the bushes trapping me deep in the forest holding me hostage as the air became thinner, suffocating me.
Character: There she stood, staring into my eyes, pulling me closer and closer, looking at her face which was as pale as fresh snow, it was like you could see through her, right into her soul. Her hand on my neck, frozen in fear, her breath pierced the night sky. She seemed as if there was something troubling her as her facial expression seemed to change in an instant.
Kian is also trying hard to harness and stretch his writing further.
Setting: It was a dangerously brisk night, the clustered withered trees shielded the crystal moon. The branches were coiled around by verdant lush moss similar to a bracelet type structure. The howling wind cackled with evilness as they sored past; the empty, bare bushes shook in the mysterious aura of the forest. I trudged further into the daunting surroundings and listened intently as I heard the crunching of crisp brown leaves battle against the thick vile mud, dead, gnarled grass trimmed the edges of the acrid, sinister undergrowth.
Character: There she stood, a youthful and solitary woman, her face pale and colourless. She wore crystal garments from head to toe and wore a delicate shawl – lit by the sparkling moonlight. She was slightly dim-coloured in the piercing moonlight. Her dress was slightly creased and cheaply embroidered. She had flowing hazel hair and her glare could send a shiver down your spine.
Finally Joseph is working hard to improve his choice of language to spark the reader’s interest.
It was a bitter night; darkness took control of the mysterious forest. The branches tried hard to grab hold of me, whilst the leaves crunched underneath. Darkness covered the forest with only the woman for company.
I hope with the continued focused teaching and the ability to analyse even more quality texts the children of 6A will continue to develop into fantastic writers.