Welcome to Scorpion Class!

 

Welcome to our class page!

Scorpion class is one of the Year 6 classes at the Isle of Ely Primary School.  On this page you will be able to read about our curriculum and learning activities.    

 

Adults in our class

                              

                                                                                      Ms Bradshaw-Campbell: Class Teacher

Mrs Hema Patel-Thorpe: Trainee Teacher

Mrs Beth Wilshin - Teaching Assistant (afternoons)
                                                                                     

PE for Summer Term

We have PE on Thursday and Friday (both outdoors).  Please ensure that your child comes to school in their PE kits on these days with layers for any unpredictable weather! This half term, the children will be taught cricket and volleyball.  

This term in Scorpion class we will be learning:

 

English

In English this term, the students will continue to prepare for the KS2 Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling paper and for the reading paper. We ask that pupils are in school and ready to learn at 8:30am so we can begin each day swiftly. During this term, pupils will be reading The Adventures of Odysseus by Hugh Lupton and using this story as a stimulus for much of their independent writing. The text has been chosen for both its appeal and the high-quality language it uses. From this, the pupils will be producing a range of writing that we will use as evidence for their end of KS2 writing assessments. They will write letters and diaries from characters, produce a play script and a story of Odysseus and the Cyclops (or a made up creature of their own), create a non-chronological report about an imagined mythical beast and write a newspaper report about one of Odysseus’ adventures. Further to this, pupils may also have opportunities to edit and improve work done earlier in the year to be used as further evidence.

Maths

We will start this half-term by continuing to revise methods in all four operations as well as our understanding of reasoning and problem solving as we continue the lead up to the end of Key Stage 2 SATs tests.  The children will also be supported with improving their test technique in terms of pace, self-checking their work and reading questions carefully.    

Science

This half-term we will be exploring reproduction in plants and animals.  Building on previous learning, the children will be carrying out investigations to look for signs of growth in potato, ginger and garlic as well as dissecting flowers to identify key reproductive parts.   

History

We will be covering the rise of Hitler and the Nazi party in the lead up to World War 2, learning about what life was like in Germany during this time and the attitudes and actions of the Nazis towards the Jewish community.  We will be looking in depth at the events of Kristallnacht and exploring a range of primary sources. 

Geography

Our unit is on South America.  We start this half term looking at ‘Pangea’ and how the landscape of the planet has changed over millions of years.  We will explore both physical and human geography of the different countries in South America, explore different land formations and learn more about the Inca Empire. 

Physical Education

We will be doing volleyball and cricket, both outdoors.  In volleyball the children will be exploring different serves and returns they can use in different game situations.  They will also learn about the volleyball scoring system.  During our cricket lessons the children will work on both their batting and fielding; they will be improving their accuracy with overarm throws over longer distances and will also be developing their communication and team work during matches.      

Religious Education

This half-term we will be learning about the Five Pillars of Islam in more detail.  The children will learn about the meaning behind each one, what is involved and how it helps strengthen the Muslim community whilst also bringing individuals closer to Allah. 

Music

Children will be exploring the musical concept of theme and variation.  They will discover how rhythms can be ‘translated’ onto different musical instruments. 

Personal, Social and Health Education

We will be covering the important topic of managing risk and staying safe online.  This will start with the children learning about online fraud and the associated risks, exploring how they can protect their own personal information. 

Art

This half term, we are exploring art in the Italian Renaissance.  We will be looking at examples of work by Raphael and da Vinci, exploring the different painting techniques they used.  The children will also be learning about linear perspective in greater detail and will be using their observational skills to create their own pencil drawings. 

Computing

We are continuing to explore data this half-term, learning how it can be corrupted when being transferred and how people can avoid this happening.  The children will also be using formulas and sorting data in spreadsheets and creating their own presentations to share with each other in class. 

Spanish

This half term, the children will be learning how to politely ask for something in Spanish.  They will learn the nouns for different fruits and vegetables before moving on to breakfast foods before introducing the polite request. 

Year 6 Information Evening

Please find below a copy of the slides we shared this week at our information evening.  There is one for Year 6 SATs and one for the residential trip in July.

KS2 SATs Information

Year 6 Residential Information

Reading

See the video below for a snapshot of the teaching of reading in our class:

 

Knowledge Organisers

At the Isle of Ely Primary School, we use knowledge organisers as a tool to help our children learn more and remember more and to allow parents and carers to support their children's learning. In our knowledge organisers, you will find essential knowledge, key dates, important vocabulary and key figures. The knowledge organisers can also be used as a fun assessment tool which will help children to see the progress they have made.

Science Summer A - Reproduction
Computing Summer A - Big Data 2
Geography Summer A - South America
History Summer A - The rise of Hitler and the Nazi party
Music Summer A - Theme and Variation
Spanish Summer A - The Hungry Giant
Art Summer A - The Italian Renaissance
RE Summer A - The Five Pillars of Islam

 

Weekly Newsflash: w/c 16/05/2022

We have had a wonderful week in year 6. We all really enjoyed our trip to the cinema to watch Bad Guys. All the pupils were extremely sensible and well-behaved. They greatly enjoyed the film …and the popcorn! In English this week, having improvised the scene, the pupils have been producing play scripts about Odysseus and the cyclops. We have been impressed with their ability to change tense throughout and through the use of dialogue, they have created rich and vibrant characters. In maths, we have been exploring the different types of angle and learned how to draw and measure angles accurately. In geography, the pupils enjoyed exploring environmental issues in South America such as the impact of energy production. The pupils also produced some super work in art in which they explored the technique of using linear perspective to make enhance realism.

 

Finally, this is the last week for your ideas for our Ely20 – we’ve had some amazing ideas so far including going sailing and watching a West End show! Click on the survey link to suggest your ideas.

We hope that you all have a wonderful weekend and look forward to seeing you for our final week next week before the extended half term break.

 

Weekly Newsflash: w/c 09/05/2022

All we can really say about this week in Year 6 is, 'Wow - well done everyone!'  The children should be very proud of themselves; not only did they prepare themselves by working hard in lessons and taking on board the advice given to them but they also remained incredibly calm and focussed throughout the end of Key Stage 2 SATs tests this week.  Although most of them are glad they're over, some children have said they would like more!  As well as these assessments, the children have also been continuing to learn about reproduction in animals and plants, realism in Impressionist art and the events of 'Kristallnacht' during World War 2. 

 

And finally, we are collecting suggestions for the 'Ely20' - a list of experiences that our children should have before they leave at the end of Year 6. We would like to collect your suggestions and then the school council will take the ideas to the children who will vote for the top twenty. Once we have the completed #Ely20, the school will then work to create opportunities for all of our children to enjoy these community experiences. So, we need your help! This survey will be open until Thursday 26th May. Then the children can decide our list and we can share it after the half term break. Thank you.

 

We hope everyone has a fantastic weekend, we look forward to starting next week with our Year 6 cinema trip!

 

Weekly Newsflash: w/c 02/05/2022

It's been a slightly shorter but nonetheless busy week this week for Year 6.  We have continued to focus on key skills and strategies in preparation for the end of Key Stage 2 tests next week.  We have also been exploring the influence of Hitler and the Nazi party on life in Germany during the 1930s and 1940s and have continued our journey through South America in geography. The children have continued to impress us with their concentration and motivation; we hope you all have a restful weekend and take time to relax.

We hope to see lots of the children for breakfast on Monday!

 

Weekly Newsflash: w/c 25/04/2022

Year 6 have had another action-packed week. In maths, they have continued to work on their reasoning and arithmetic skills in preparation for their KS2 SATs. We have been impressed with their hard work, perseverance and commitment. In English, they have been writing in role as a character from The Adventures of Odysseus. They have produced some super work using high-level vocabulary. In science, the children began a new topic: reproduction. They have been learning how some living things can reproduce asexually. We have planted tubers and bulbs so that they can work scientifically and observe changes over time. In art, the pupils produced anatomical drawings of their hands and learnt about the amazing Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance art movement. In history, we have begun to lean about the rise of Adolf Hitler, the formation of the Nazi Party and explored the reasons that his views were prejudiced. Perhaps, the highlight of our week was a visit from the Author, A.M. Howell who writes historical fiction set in the local area. The pupils enjoyed her visit and asked thoughtful questions.

 

Weekly Newsflash: w/c 18.04.2022

It's been fantastic to see all the children back with lots of energy and enthusiasm to start the summer term!  This week we have been exploring a new text in English, Odysseus.  We have been exploring what we can infer about his character from the beginning of the myth and next week we will be planning and writing letters between him and his family left behind.  In maths, the children have been working hard as they continue their preparation for SATs.  Both classes have been exploring problem-solving and using reasoning skills in many different contexts whilst also improving their accuracy with calculations.  In R.E. we have started looking in greater detail at the Five Pillars of Islam and how they support members of the Muslim faith.  We have also started our new units in P.E., looking at some of the key skills needed for sending and receiving the ball in both cricket and volleyball.

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