Our week began with a crime scene investigation, organised by Miss Mackenzie. The children were investigating a crime scene which mysteriously appeared in the playground. The children learned how to process a crime scene, sketching it and measuring the distance from two fixed points to establish the exact location of each piece of evidence. Having found an unidentified white floury substance near the victim, we used comparative testing observing the physical and chemical properties of three test substances in order to identify the unknown substance! We also found a bone, which we thought might help us work out the height of the victim. We used the same formulae as forensic scientists and practised rounding and multiplying to work out how tall our victim would be if they were a male or female. This CSI work in Science has been a great opportunity for the children to understand the real-life application of Science and Maths. Well done Year 6 for being such great forensic scientists this week!
Our focus in English this week was report writing. Using the skills we learnt from our crime scene investigation, we looked into the ‘Facts in the Case of Mr Hollow’. Having discussed the features of a police report, we took notes from a video about ‘The Case of Mr Hollow.’ We then recorded and detailed the 5Ws (who, what, when, where and why) and finally converted our notes into a police report.
Next week, we will continue our work on reports, using Anthony Browne’s King Kong as our stimulus for writing newspaper reports.
In Maths, we continued to work on our understanding of place value. We plotted a wide range of numbers from 9-digit numbers to decimal numbers on a series of number lines and finished the week converting decimals into fractions.
Next week in Maths, we will be solving problems that involve the four number operations.
Next Friday, will be our first learning assembly and we hope to see many of you there.