Today we have been learning about Darwin’s theory of natural selection particularly in the Galápagos Islands in relation to the 13 species of finches that live there. We found that certain beaks were much better adapted to certain types of foods. It was hard for certain beaks to enter different containers (replicating trees or holes in the ground).
We have been celebrating refugee week this week across school. In year 6 we have been exploring media portrayal of refugees and asylum seekers as well as using Eoin Colfer’s graphic novel ‘Illegal’ in order to support us to walk in the shoes of a refugee on their journey to safety.
On Friday afternoon we were visited by a speaker from Amnesty International who spoke to us about human rights and the creation of the human rights declaration as well as how this applies to refugees.
As part of our evolution and inheritance work in Science we have spent today celebrating “Moth Day”. The stimulus for this was the text ‘Moth’ by Isabel Thomas and with lovely illustrations by Daniel Egneus.
We used the story to help us track the stages of adaptation of the peppered moth (Biston betularia).
This afternoon we then looked at a research paper from the University of Manchester which measured moth populations in Leeds. We used their academic data to plot the moth populations. We then drew conclusions from this data and compared with the findings from the paper abstract.
We’ve been looking at line graphs this week in Maths and what better way to see our own progress clearly laid out?!
The children used a sliding scale to find and record their own TT Rockstars speeds for their times tables. Once we plotted our graphs we looked at what conclusions we could draw from the data.
After a serious week in Y6 and some hard work this morning it was time for us to have a little bit of fun this afternoon with a game of Taskmaster.
Movie brilliance and the heaviest item you could find in red, green or blue?
‘Mina’s fixated on birds just now,’ said Mrs McKee.
‘Sometimes it’s things that swim, sometimes it’s things that slink through the night, sometimes it’s things that creep and crawl, but just now it’s things that fly.’
I looked around. There was a shelf full of clay models: foxes, fish, hedgehogs, little mix. Then an owl, with its great round head, its pointed beak, its fierce claws.
‘I’ve told him what we think of schools,’ said Mina.
Mrs McKee laughed.
‘And I’ve told him about William Blake.’
A rain-soaked victory
Within the opening minutes, a whipped in free kick saw Kenzie bag the opening goal and set the team up for the rest of the match. Throughout the first half, the team played some incredible football even in the most difficult of conditions.
Despite Gledhow equalising in the closing moments of the half, Allerton continued to stay positive and play attacking football. The second half saw this high energy attack pay dividends with Michael managing to squeeze the ball passed the Gledhow goalkeeper.
A special mention must go to Lana whose tenacious defending helped break up the Gledhow attacks and kept their front three at bay.
Despite the rain lashing down, our ACE footballers showed great resilience and teamwork to gain a well-deserved victory. Proving that they could do it on a cold, rainy night at Gledhow!
In French we have been building up to writing our own weather reports in Year 6. Lots of tricky pronunciation and little words like ‘in’ as well as masculine and feminine agreements. The children have done really well having a go at writing these completely independently!
Writing & Spelling:
Pobble 365: https://www.pobble365.com/
Spelling Frame: https://spellingframe.co.uk/
Epic Reading: https://www.getepic.com/?utm_channel=search&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI1tnfp4Wy8AIV4mDmCh37Vwc4EAAYASAAEgIXz_D_BwE
Oak National Academy
Lessons created by qualified teachers: https://classroom.thenational.academy/