Year 6 Project - Darwin's Delights
Ship Ahoy! We're off on an exciting journey with Charles Darwin and his crew on the HMS Beagle.
During this project the children will investigate a range of animal specimens, describing the characteristics of the creatures, and labelling their body parts using software. They will use a range of non-fiction books to investigate adaptation, natural selection, variation and inheritance. After examining letters and journal entries written by Darwin, Year 6 will write their own examples. They will collect natural items and discover what plants live around the school. Year 6 will retrace Darwin's steps using maps and create sketchbooks to record the plants, flowers and trees. Using maps and globes they will plan an expedition. What will the weather be like and what physical and man-made features might we encounter?
At the end of the project Year 6 will think about why the Galapagos Islands developed such diverse animal life, and why they might be under threat. The children will also think about what Darwin would have worked on if he were alive today. How would he use our technology?
Help your child prepare for their project
Charles Darwin was a world-renowned naturalist, geologist and physicist, and Year 6 are going to follow in his footsteps. Why not collect samples of plant life from your garden and see if your can identify them? You could make detailed sketches of the plants you find, just like Darwin. Alternatively, visit Darwin's former home, Down House (near Orpington) where you can learn about Darwin's life and work.
Innovate Challenge - Morphing animation
Art and Design - Creating sketchbooks; Observational drawing
Computing - Online research; Morphing animations; Computer networks
Geography - Maps; Geographical similarities and differences; Islands of the World
History - Significant individuals; Charles Darwin, Mary Anning
Science - Evolution and inheritance; Living things and their habitats; Working scientifically
Science Investigations - How have eyes evolved? How many worms are underground? Where do wild plants grow best? Why do bird have different beaks? Why is holly prickly?
Next week we will be;
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Exciting news: On 18th May we will be interviewing the author of our class text 'Darwin's Dragons' via Zoom!
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If you were unable to access the Maidstone District Transition Meeting on 28th April, a link to the recording of the meeting can be found below:
Each week, we will be posting handy tips to support your child with their transition to secondary school. We hope you find these useful:
Weeks 2 and 3:
What a memorable experience dissecting a lamb's heart was! We were able to investigate the four chambers of the heart and the arteries and veins. It was fascinating!
We also made artificial blood, representing the main components: red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma and platelets.
When it's raining outside and you still want to get your body moving, why not try your hand at speed stacking? Year 6 are quite the masters at this sport!
Our Indoor PE session this week allowed us to learn a new game where we could refine our co-ordination and agility skills!
Following their research in Science and their persuasive writing lessons in English, Year 6 have been using the Chromebooks to create their own anti-smoking adverts.
This term we have written various non-chronological reports about The Heart, its function and how to keep your heart healthy. Great work Year 6!
This week in PE, we took part in Boccia and Curling working in small teams to perfect our aim and accuracy skills.
Year 6 have been perfecting their sending and receiving skills in tag rugby. Here they are practising the 'pop' and 'spin' pass down the line in a race against the clock. Great work Year 6!
This week we have been investigating algorithms to see if they are accurate and efficient. Here we are following a pre-written algorithm to order a set of numbers.
When it's raining outside, Zumba is relocated to the classroom. Here we are dancing away and busting some groovy moves! 🕺👯♂️🕺🏽
This afternoon, Year 6 spent their DT and computing lesson evaluating the home pages of different websites. We were investigating features such as headers, logos and navigational links. This will then help us to design our own websites. Watch this space for our creations!
We are rather proud of our finished websites. To create these, we first completed our own header drawings in Art and then uploaded these to the Chromebooks before inserting them into Google Sites. Linked to our own interests or hobbies, our websites cover a range of topics. The Year 6 children will be able to show parents and carers their websites by logging into Google Classroom. We hope you like them!