Welcome to Falcon class! Our teacher is Mrs Draper, who has been at Bedwell ever since she started teaching. She is really good at art and English, and she says her favourite things are meeting with friends and walking her dog, Cody. She doesn’t like unkindness very much, and is scared of being late!
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Maths - Across all three of our maths sets, a big focus this term was on measures. We completed lots of practical challenges to develop the ability to read scales precisely and measure mass, capacity and length. This also helped us to build an understanding of what 1kg or 1 litre ‘looks like’, so we can make sensible estimates and spot when answers just can’t be right. Those of us in Year 6 have also taken part in weekly Booster sessions, building our understanding and confidence, ready for our national SATs tests.
History - Throughout the term, we have been learning about the Battle of Britain, discovering why this key moment is considered a 'turning point' in British history, as well as finding out what it was like to grow up during World War 2.
Science - We have learned all about evolution and how different animals have adapted to their environments. Horses, elephants, humans – you name it – we’ve looked at how small changes over millions of years has enabled different species to survive. We have also found out about Charles Darwin and the impact his discoveries have had on our lives today.
English - We will be continuing with our work around Kensuke’s Kingdom, a fantastic book that tells the story of a young boy who gets stranded on a desert island in the Pacific. We will be using the story as a stimulus for lots of different types of writing, including diary entries, biographies, letters, newspaper articles and discussions. We will be thinking carefully about the way in which the characters of Michael (the boy) and Kensuke (the Japanese man who is the island’s only other inhabitant) are introduced, and will also compare this story with others by the same author. All of this writing will give us lots of opportunities to revise the grammar and punctuation that we’ve met this year and show-off our awesome writing skills!
Maths - In Mrs Draper’s maths group, we will be developing our understanding of algebra, using equations to represent and solve problems. We will also be applying our maths skills to Young Enterprise projects, calculating costs, profits and break-even points for products we design. In Mr Roberts’ set we will begin by focussing on statistics, using line graphs, pie charts and tables to represent data and answer questions. After that we will be exploring time, reading timetables (a really useful practical skill), as well as calculating with time. Finally, in Miss Smith’s maths class we will be focussing on shape, measure and problem solving.
Science - Our final topic of the year will see us investigating electricity. We will extend our understanding of conductors, insulators and batteries, and then learn to draw circuit diagrams using standard symbols. We will also be carrying out lots of practical work, developing our ability to draw conclusions from results and learning about the work of famous scientists like Faraday and Maxwell.
Humanities - We will be learning about rainforest environments this term, discovering what makes them special, where they are found and what it’s like to live there. We will plot rainforests on a variety of maps, linking their locations to the tropics, and will compare them with other environments we know about, such as deserts, mountains and local forests. We will also learn more about the different layers of the rainforest, comparing life on the forest floor with life in the treetop canopy.
Take a look at our curriculum map for more information on our topics.