In Year 6 this term, we have thoroughly enjoyed using and exploring spreadsheets and databases, through Microsoft Excel. We have explored the practical uses of spreadsheets for accountancy, budget planning and analysing data. We enjoyed creating formulas to save us time with complex calculations. Our ‘Databases’ topic will culminate in us creating and managing a budget for a Year 6 Leaver’s Party. Come and see some of the challenges we have been set as part of our topic and how we have used spreadsheets to solve real-life problems.
Year 6 have been learning about the Maya civilisation; in art, we investigated Maya- inspired clay tiles. First, we created designs for our clay tiles. Next we applied our clay- making skills. Have a look at our amazing efforts!
Despite the challenges of Bridge Farm being closed to pupils, this has not stopped us producing some incredible work in our Science Topic: Animals Including Humans. We have identified and named the main parts of the human circulatory system and described the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood and how important these are in keeping us alive. We have put on our laboratory coats and completed a thorough and scientific investigation into the impact of exercise on our pulse rate. This led us to question and research the importance exercise, diet and lifestyle have on the functioning of the human body. We reviewed our learning at the start of the topic and again at the end- we were amazed about how much we had learned during this topic are now experts in human physiology and anatomy.
For our website work this term, we wanted to show off our amazing research projects into the different organs of the body and the importance of exercise. We all presented our work in different ways and enjoyed finding out amazing, bizarre and incredible facts about our organs. We even found that we can live without some of these! The human body really is engineered in a complex and magnificent way.
In Year 6, we have been studying Evolution and Inheritance as part of our Science topic. We have explored the theories of Charles Darwin and his explanation of Natural Selection. We undertook an investigation into different birds’ beaks and their adaptations to their food source. The study Darwin completed into the different finches on the Galapagos island was crucial to his theory and so we followed in the footsteps of this scientific giant and naturalist (whilst having a fantastic time).
How are different birds’ beaks adapted to their food source? How do you think they have evolved over time?
We had a great time today in Year 6 today working out which bird had the best beak for the job! We used a range of equipment such as chopsticks, a wrench, a pipette, a plastic straw, a sieve, tongs and tweezers to mimic different-shaped bird beaks and find out which were best adapted to eating certain types of food.
We discovered that a tool that worked perfectly for one type of food was almost useless at eating another, showing the importance of adaptation in nature and the role in plays in evolution over time.
Star question: If all birds ate the same kind of food, would they all have the same-shaped beak?