Year 6 have been learning about our local area as part of our London Topic. We were fortunate enough to be visited by The Huguenots Project, who told us all about the lives of the Huguenots.
We learnt about their silk weaving talents, located buildings where silk was weaved and discovered how Spitalfields got its name!
Can you guess how Spitalfields got its name?
This half term, Year 6 have been investigating how information is transported through the Internet.
We thought about how computers are linked together and the different components that make up the Internet for example: routers, Internet Service Providers, wireless and wired devices.
Can you think of a wireless device and a wired device that you can access the Internet on?
We mapped out how all these components are linked together and the route that information takes when it travels from one place to another.
We then continued our learning by thinking about ways the internet might fail and how processes are designed to stop this.
We acted as routers and packets of information and passed small messages around the classroom to each other.
We thought about how this learning links to our Rights for example, the right to have honest information. Do you think everything on the Internet is always honest and true?
This also linked to our E-Safety learning – we thought about how it is important to think about the information we send over the Internet and how important it is that certain data is protected.
If you’d like to know more about how information travels using the Internet leave a comment below and we’ll reply!
Year 6 have been creating online surveys using GoogleForms to collect data about how they use technology and the Internet.
They started by looking at and evaluating a range of existing surveys and then deciding on suitable questions to include in their own.
Once the questions were planned, they used GoogleForms to input questions and a variety of possible answer options such as multiple choice and linear scales.
After constructing the surveys, they answered each other’s questions by scanning unique QR codes for each survey.
Finally, the results were analysed and the surveys were evaluated.
Here are some of the questions and results we yielded:
The information from these surveys will be used to inform E-Safety discussions in class and with parents and carers!
What do you think the charts above tell us?
What can we do to be safer online?
In Year 6, we have been using sensor blocks on Scratch to allow different sprites to interact with each other.
We combined our coding skills with our topic – World War II – to produce some informative maps of Europe.
This was quite a tricky process, so we had to use our debugging skills to find out what parts of our algorithm would need amending.
We researched some facts about World War II, making sure that we used safe search engines to find reliable information. We thought about how this linked to Article 17, the right to have honest information.
What games do you play that would include sensor blocks?
What do you like about our games?
What could we do to make them even better?
In Year 6, we have been reading Goodnight Mister Tom during Guided Reading sessions. This narrative is about a young boy who is evacuated from London during The Blitz.
We thought about how the main character’s life would be different if the RRSA Articles had been created during that time.
Here are some quotes from our discussion:
“I think Article 19 is being respected because he is living in a safe shelter. I also think Article 38 is being respected because he is being protected.” – Saima
“Article 9 is not being respected because he wants to stay with Mister Tom but he has to go back to his mother because she is ill.” Riyaz
“I think Article 9 is not being respected because when it is safe in England Willie has to go back to live with his mum, even though it is not best for him.” Siham
“I think Article 39 is not being respected because his bruises have not been treated.” Zainab
“I think Article 38 is being respected because Willie is being looked after by Tom.” Eva
“Article 20 ‘You should be looked after properly if you can’t live with your family’ is being respected since he lives with Mister Tom.” Maryam
“I think Article 28 is going to be respected because I remember reading that Willie was soon to be going to school.” Ismail
|Here are some of the Articles we discussed:
Article 27 – the right to a good standard of living
Article 28 – the right to learn and go to school
Article 25 – children who are not living with their families should be checked on regularly to see if they’re okay
Article 9 – right to be with parents if that’s what’s best for you.
Article 39 – children should get special help if they have been abused
Article 38 – children should be protected during a war
Article 20 – you should be looked after properly if you can’t be with your family
Article 19 – you should not be harmed and should be looked after and kept safe
What other Articles do you think apply to this story?
Year 6 have been learning how to create interactive Viking quizzes using Scratch this term.
The first step towards creating our quizzes was to think of several closed questions that we could include.
The next step was to plan our game using a storyboard.
After that, we used Scratch to create backgrounds and sprites to make our programming really come to life!
We used a series of different programming blocks to achieve our outcomes – including operators and sensing blocks. The operator blocks were vital for programming the correct answers.
When we found certain parts of our algorithm were not achieving the desired effect, we had to collaboratively debug our code.
Have a go at the quizzes in our blog – make sure your Flash player and speakers are turned on!
During the Autumn term, Year 6 have been learning all about how the internet works.
We learnt about how computer networks allow us to communicate – did you know there are cables in the oceans that send information back and forth around the world?
We also explored how search results are ranked to give us the best fit for our key words when we use a search engine.
Perhaps most importantly we discussed and learnt about the consequences of spending too much time online.
Here are some of our posters:
Chile class were fortunate enough to visit Pizza Express this week and make their own delicious pizzas!
When we arrived, we had a quick quiz about each ingredient in a margarita pizza. Did you know that China produces the most tomatoes in the world? We were very surprised to find this out!
We learnt how to work the dough into a pizza base and spread the tomato sauce evenly around it before our very own pizzas were cooked.
During our final day in the Isle of Wight, Year 6 enjoyed activities such as buggy building and trapeze before heading home.
Here are some pictures from our last day: