Year 6 Autumn 2015
During this term the children have been working towards answering the Essential Question of ‘How can we as scientists cure a disease?’
This has included:
English – Writing and performing a poem based on the Black Death.
Researching, making notes, drafting and producing an explanation text on how medicine has changed through time.
Identifying target audiences for our writing.
Preparing a presentation for the Thackray Museum on diseases past and present.
Creating adverts to promote our product.
Planning and writing a persuasive letter to a major pharmaceutical company to persuade them to produce our medicine.
Maths – Analysing data by finding the mode, mean, median and range.
Presenting statistics from our scientific investigation.
Showing results from data in a variety of ways including bar charts, line graphs and pie charts.
Converting units of time to solve problems and work out when to administer medicines.
Investigating the properties of 2D shapes, including angles and measures.
Naming parts of a circle including radius and diameter.
Finding out about 3D shapes to enable us to design and create a 3D microbe.
Working out percentages of people participating in a survey.
Science - Planning and carrying out a fair test to find out about which soap is more effective when washing hands.
Investigating how the human body works normally, and how diseases effect it.
Computing - Producing an interactive e-book based on our report about medical science.
History - Examining how medical knowledge, beliefs and cures have changed through the past.
D.T. - Creating logos and medicines to promote at our medical conference.
R.E. - Discussing religious views on the causes of disease and suffering.
P.E. - Performing dance and drama based on the Pied Piper of Hamelin.
S.M.S.C – Discussing empathy for people affected by diseases daily.
Success – Being our best when presenting work.
Enquiry into the most appropriate way to carry out a scientific investigation.
Experiences to enhance the learning have been:
A visit to the Thackray Medical Museum to investigate Victorian beliefs and cures.
A visit to the school by a major pharmaceutical company to explain the process of manufacturing medicines.
Observed animal lungs inflating and deflating to study respiration and how mammal bodies work.
The final project included a medical conference where we shared our scientific data,adverts and persuasive letters. We used our medical understanding of how the human body works, and the positive impact our product had, to improve diseases.
In addition to the projects running your child has also been taught ‘stand-alone’ lessons including Maths skills, Phonic sessions, Guided reading, Personal Development, SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education) Religious Education, Physical Education, Music and Singing.
We have enjoyed studying ‘The Great Trouble’ by Deborah Hopkinson as our class book.