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Derwen Year 6 - Miss Powell and Mrs Samuel

Summer Term 1 - Week 3 - Frozen Kingdom


Dosbarth Derwen have been learning all about the the ‘unsinkable’ RMS Titanic in topic this week. Some of the children used the new Chromebooks to independently research the events leading to the disaster, whilst others created a timeline of events ensuring they were in chronological order. The children are going to use this research in their literacy lessons to create their own newspaper reports.


On Wednesday, they used pages from local newspapers to begin to confidently recognise and understand the characteristics of newspaper reports, in terms of language, theme, structure and presentation. Today, they have started planning their reports by creating newspaper names and headlines. I can't wait to see their creations!


In R.E. the children started a project about Dharma Day. They researched the Buddhist flag and enjoyed presenting their findings to the class as either an information text or piece of artwork. We will be learning more about the meaning of each colour on the flag during this project about Dharma Day, which celebrates Buddha’s teaching.


Two of our pupils also took part in a new curriculum workshop organised by Ysgol Calon Cymru. Along with children from other primary schools in the cluster, the children were able to share their vision for the new curriculum.

Independent research and creating timelines on the events of the 'unsinkable' RMS Titanic...

Dharma Day Project...

Taking part in a KS2 new curriculum workshop...

Summer Term 1 - Week 2 - Frozen Kingdom


This week in Dosbarth Derwen we researched Polar Animals. The children chose which animal to research and we had a wide and varied selection including: Beluga Whales, Artic Foxes, Artic Wolves, Turtles, Walruses and Polar Bears.


This led to a discussion on how animas keep warm in such low temperatures, and the children planned and prepared a science investigation. Using their research they chose five materials as thermal insulators and planned an investigation, taking into account the dependent and independent variables and making it a fair test. On Thursday afternoon, each group tested which was the best by taking the temperatures in five minute intervals using data loggers. Linking their topic work into their maths and numeracy, they are in the process of recording the results in tables and graphs. 


In literacy, we recalled and explored the features of non-chronological reports. The children used their research to plan two page non-chronological reports, with some fantastic results! I will add to the gallery as they are finished. I was very impressed with their enthusiasm and creativity. 

Independent research in pairs:

Dosbarth Derwen preparing their science investigation by wrapping cups in the different materials they chose as thermal insulators:

The investigation...

Our non-chronological reports on our Polar Animals...

Dosbarth Derwen – Year 6 - Summer Term 1


What a year Dosbarth Derwen! However, you have made it through a pandemic (and blended learning) and reached your last term in Year 6. You are lucky enough to have two teachers supporting you this term and together we want to ensure you have a fantastic end to your time in primary school.


Our topic for the first half of the summer term is 'Frozen Kingdoms' which will focus on the characteristics and features of the polar regions, including the North and South Poles and include lots of detailed exploration of the environmental factors that shape and influence them.


Linking to the new curriculum, we are planning our activities using all of your ideas. To start this process we completed our shared planning today. 


Miss Powell and Mrs Samuel


India - Blended Learning

The topic this week is India - the children have submitted some fantastic pieces of work, ranging from Rangoli patterns to persuasive brochures. 

The topic this week is Rainforests and the children have produced some fantastic work :)

Unfortunately we were not able to start the year as planned but we are so proud of how well you have all adapted to blended learning. You are engaged in all of the live lessons and submitted some fantastic work.

We will update the website regularly with some wonderful pieces of work!

Fantastic Videos Created by Year 6

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Stargazers 2020

Dosbarth Derwen

Hello and welcome to Year 6! I am Miss Powell and I will be your teacher this year. The teaching assistant will be Mrs PJ.

We are so glad to have you all back with us after a strange end to your last year in school. It will be lovely to catch up and hear all about your summer holidays!


Our topic for the first autumn half term is 'Stargazers' which will focus on space. Linking to the new curriculum, we will plan our activities with all of your ideas so get thinking of what you'd like to do! We are really looking forward to it!