Year 6 News

Our project this term is Africa. We began our study of Africa by finding out if anyone in Year 6 had visited any of the countries in this vast continent and if so which ones? We were surprised at how well travelled in Africa we were! We went on to look at maps, (which kind might be used for what purpose) and also learned about the geographic coordinate system including latitude and longitude. We also made some of our own calculations using degrees. In groups, we have researched different regions of Africa, N/S/E/W and Central Africa and (other lessons in Middle School permitting) have been enjoying listening to the beautiful singing voices of the South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. It has been a challenge to comprehend the sheer diversity of this continent! After half-term we will continue to learn about the rich and diverse natural resources that the continent of Africa has to offer as well as some of the incredible African people who have inspired thousands.

In Science, the children have been learning about adaptation and inheritance. This subject has linked well to our topic on Africa. On Thursday 6th February, we visited Woburn Safari Park to see the animals for ourselves and learn as much as we could from the experts. Here are some brief excerpts from the children’s writing about what they learned that day.

'Have you ever wondered if a zebra is black with white stripes or white with black stripes? Well, after a visit to Woburn Safari Park, you will know the answer to that question! We learned so many amazing facts about African animals on our safari.' Melina

'Have you ever questioned what a lion’s mane is for? Well, I can tell you. It is to protect the lion if it were to fight with another lion. The darker their mane, the more attractive they are in the lion world! ' Tabby

'My favourite animals were the lions. There were four females, two cubs and one male. The male was separate from the others as he had just arrived and the keepers at Woburn wanted to get used to all the lions gradually, because some of the females were bigger than him and they had to ensure his safety!' Tabitha
'My favourite African animals were the white rhinos. Do you know the rhino’s horn is made of keratin?' Alexander