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Year 6

My oh Mayans!

Following up our study of the Amazonian region, we lingered longer in this part of the world, but moving further north to investigate the Central American homelands of the ancient Maya people. As well as carrying out research, using internet and book sources, we tried our hands at creating Mayan pottery.

All change!

Reading about the work of fossil-hunter Mary Anning and naturalist Charles Darwin, we have investigated the theory of evolution and compared this scientific idea with the views of religious people. We even set up a fair test to study the environmental factors that affect the growth of plants.

Totally Tropical!

In geography, we have been learning about the Amazon region. As well as finding out about the spectacular rainforest and river, we have been making links to our learning on habitats and living things, evolution and inheritance, indigenous tribes and the continent of South America.

Life - but on a very small scale!

We have been carrying out a fair-test investigation to observe how quickly bacteria grows on a variety of breads. Different groups changed different variables, such as the light, temperature or the additives added. It was fascinating to see the spread of the micro-organisms over a number of days.

Monstrous Art

Inspired by the story and pictures of the book The Lost Happy Endings, we have been practising the full canvas of artistic techniques. Using watercolours and marbling, as well as computer software, our final pieces paid tribute to the silhouette artwork of Jan Pienkowski.

Savouring the moment

We have been sharpening up on our cookery techniques by making fishcakes. Wasting no time waiting for our fishy creations to bake in the oven, we read up on how potatoes are grown. As well as fish, mashed potatoes were one of the key ingredients of our recipe.

We've got real backbone!

We’ve been learning how and why scientists put living things into groups. Researching animals, plants and micro-organisms, we grouped living things, such as vertebrates and invertebrates, in a variety of ways – just like that pioneer of classification, Carl Linnaeus!