Welcome all Year 6 parents and pupils.
This is just a little bit of information about what's going on in Tower Bridge. I am Miss Handley, the Year 6 class teacher and our TA is Mrs Jackson.
We also have a number of other adults who will work with your children over the coming year. These include: Mrs Pearce, Mrs Hughes, Mrs Grundey, Mrs Glenn and Mrs Forde.
- Monday-Comprehension homework
- Tuesday-Swimming, writing journal homework
- Thursday-Mathletics homework
- Friday-Fiction express
Answers to last week’s maths:
Keeping up with the news – Check Newsround daily to find out what’s happening in the world!
Week 2 – We are continuing our news writing project with The Guardian (News Wise) this week.
Each team must now find the key facts and interesting details about their chosen happy news story. See our planning a news story lesson for tips and planning templates to help with research.
Lesson 2 – Identifying the key features and language used
Read the articles below and identify the structural and grammatical features for newspaper reports. Once finished, up level your plan with useful vocabulary you may use.
Lesson 3 + 4 – Write and edit your news report
Using the Year 6 expectations, and your planning sheet, write your newspaper article draft. Once complete, think about how you would like the final draft to be (what pictures you will need). Sketch the layout and then put your final piece together.
What impact are humans likely to have on life in the future?
In today’s lesson, we will learn about some of the impacts that humans have on life on this planet. We will look at pollution, global warming, hunting and deforestation. We will learn what happened to the dodo bird and about some amazing organisations that are working hard to ensure that other species do not become extinct.
Why does population change?
In this lesson, we will examine how population has changed over time, how birth rates and death rates affect populaton, and how the population of the UK has changed.
Did you know that it was the NHS’ birthday on 5th July? To celebrate this occasion our History lessons this week will focus on the creation of the NHS and how it helped to rebuild Britain.
We will continue to plan a piece of art work linked to the theme “inspiring” for entry into the Spirited Arts competition.
This week children should do an initial pencil sketch of their idea. They should annotate their work showing what colours and materials they will use in their final piece.
Please complete the activity sheets about the dangers of alcohol and the effects that it can have on the human body.
This week, we have teamed up with The Guardian and Newswise’s new project from promoting the teaching of news in schools. It is called The Happy News Project. It has a focus on wellbeing with uplifting stories, and developing teamwork, speaking and listening and news writing and reading skills.
Organise your pupils into editorial news teams and set them the challenge of researching and reporting a happy news story to share with others.
Working in teams: organise pupils into teams so they have the opportunity to work together to research and produce their final report. Use the suggested roles below to give pupils additional responsibilities:
- Desk Editor: acts as team leader and makes the final decisions, including which story to report.
- Reporter: researches key witnesses for the story and/or conducts interviews.
- Subeditor: proofreads the report, checking for grammar, spelling and punctuation errors – as well as checking the facts! Subeditors also write the headline.
- Picture Editor: selects the most interesting and appropriate pictures to use in the report. They can also write the captions.
Create a real audience: decide who your audience is and how your pupils can share their happy news stories with them. Could it feature on the school website or newsletter? Could you create a printed version to share with families? Remember, it’s all about spreading happy news to others!
Begin the project with a focus on wellbeing – see our PSHE
lesson on managing feelings to explore how news can affect emotions and different
strategies for managing wellbeing – of course, focusing on happy news is one of
Try out the different roles in a newsroom in our lesson on
how news is produced. Pupils can have a go at different roles from reporter to
subeditor, and practise the skills needed ahead of producing their own reports.
Explore how journalists choose which news stories to report
in our newsworthy news lesson, preparing pupils for selecting their own news
Day 4 – Find a story:
Allow time for pupils to research possible happy news stories to
report, remembering what makes a newsworthy story. Once teams have decided on
one, hold a news conference where they share their chosen story with the rest of the
newsroom, justifying how it will help to spread joy and why it is newsworthy for
This week’s learning:
Last week’s answers:
What impact have humans had on plants and animals?
In this lesson, we will look at how humans have changed over time and use the theory of evolution to explain these changes. Learning how to make and use tools, shelter, fire and language has enabled humans to spread all over the world. We will start to look at the impact that humans have had on some species of plants and animals.
Read last week’s copy of First News. Once complete, tell us on Dojo what your favourite article was and why…
Where are all the people?
In this lesson, we will be starting a new topic all about population! We will consider how many people there are on the planet, how this has changed, and where populations are distributed.
This week, we will be exploring the dangers of smoking. Have a look at the PowerPoint and complete the activities.
Please follow Mrs Glenn’s lesson plan on ‘The Fauves’.
The National Association of Teachers of RE are running their annual Spirited Arts Competition. Full details of the competition can be found at the link below.
Over the next three weeks children in year 6 will plan a piece of artwork around the theme “inspiring”.
The video clip below explains a little more about this theme. The video is long but you only need to watch the part from 12:04 to 21:12 to see examples of work connected with this theme.
Think about a person, place or quotation you would like to focus on. It can be linked to a religion but it doesn’t need to be. The attached PowerPoint may give you some ideas.
Use the planning grid to plan out your artwork.