Year 6 become microbiologists/ taxonomists

Year 6 have been incredibly busy since returning to school last Wednesday. Although things look very different at the moment, the children have settled well into their new routines.

In science, we have been learning about living things, including microbes (germs). Last week, we started an experiment to see if germs really multiplies on dirty hands. One week later and the results are in! Today, we observed the mould that has been growing on the bread we touched with dirty hands. In contrast, the bread we touched with clean hands has no mould! We also conducted a second experiment where we observed the effects of soap.

We have also looked at other living things- animals! We started the week by developing an understanding of classification keys using liquorice allsorts. We then learnt about Carl Linnaeus and his classification system.

 

   

        

 

Year 6- ‘Musicals Week’

This week Year 6 should have looked very different. The children were due to sit their SATS, however, from the comfort of their homes, the children have learnt about an array of musicals!

Monday: School of Rock

The children started their day by watching a performance of the song ‘You’re in the Band’ from the School of Rock musical. They studied influential rock artists and bands and then redesigned our school uniform to make it more rockin’!

There were some fantastic designs and some pupils even convinced their younger siblings to model their outfits!

Tuesday: Hairspray

We visited the States to learn about the 1960s. Pupils participated in a dance workshop, learning dance moves from the 60s. They also read about Rosa Parks, a civil rights activist.

Wednesday: Matilda

Year 6 became film critics! They grabbed their popcorn and settled down to watch the musical before writing their own reviews on the performance. In the afternoon, pupils learnt the song ‘Revolting Children’ and created their own music video!

Thursday: Lion King

The children made puppets and backdrops to recreate their favourite Lion King scene. They were fantastic!

Friday: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Year 6 became budding  entrepreneurs! They designed and made their own chocolate bars, promoted them with posters and adverts and studied the history of Cadbury’s!

   

   

Year 6 Home Learning

 

Wow, what a busy two weeks Year 6 have had! Both Miss Davis and Mr Shaw have been impressed with the pupils’ mature attitude and independence in working at home; the quality of the work produced has been magnificent!

In previous weeks, Year 6 had learnt survival skills that would prove useful in the Stone Age. With the support of our wonderful parents, we were able to continue learning new skills and last week pupils made weapons/tools for hunting, learnt how to navigate using the stars and practiced various knots that could prove vital in the wild!

       

 

This week, the children were asked to write a survival guide which explained how to complete each of the survival tasks. We have been blown away by the quality of writing!

In addition to this, the classes were challenged to learn more about Stonehenge as our ‘Ages Ago’ topic concluded. Tasked with researching theories about how the monument was built, the pupils then created their own Stonehenge.

        

We hope you all have a wonderful Easter,

Miss Davis and Mr Shaw

 

Year 6… Survival Week

This week, we have been learning survival skills, many of which would have been used in the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age.

On Monday, pupils located a mysterious rucksack in class. Once we peeked inside, we soon realised it belonged to Bear Grylls himself! We began to look through the bag and discussed, in detail, the equipment he had packed and why it would be useful in harsh conditions. The children then used their knowledge of the Stone Age-Iron Age period to pack a survival kit for 3000 years ago!

Tuesday, pupils learnt how to survive a bear attack. We learnt the difference between an aggressive bear and a defensive bear and how to tackle both of these situations. The children produced some incredible posters, highlighting the key points.

In the afternoon, we also learnt about how to make water clean enough to drink by creating a filter- a necessary skill! Mr Rylatt offered to drink the cleanest. The winning group did manage to filter out the soil, twigs, dead insects and leaves; we think Mr Rylatt enjoyed his brown drink!

Today, pupils enjoyed learning about how to build a campfire, create a fire and extinguish it. Many pupils had the opportunity to use flint and steel to generate a spark and light some cotton. To finish off our outdoor afternoon session, we toasted marshmallows and had enjoyed drinking hot chocolate!

      

 

    

 

    

 

Normandy trip

Earlier this evening, the government announced that it is advising against all school trips abroad as from tomorrow. Therefore, unfortunately the Year 6 residential will not be going ahead next week.

We will update you further as we receive more information.

World Book Day 2020

We have had a wonderful World Book Day today! Children have completed a range of activities in school from Class 14 imagining what they would do if they found a suitcase full of money (inspired by ‘Millions’ by Frank Cottrell-Boyce) to Reception designing a postcards based around the ‘Day the Crayons Quit’ by Drew Daywalt.

Each child also took part in the Reading cafe, where they sampled a ‘tasting’ menu of a veritable spread of genres! The pupils looked amazing in their costumes – well done to all involved.

Here are a few photos!

Estate Agent visits Year 6!

This morning, Year 6 welcomed local estate agent, Daniel, into class. For the past two weeks, they have been creating and developing toolkits which will be used to assist Daniel’s company in selling a Stone Age house in Skara Brae, Scotland.

When he arrived, they had the opportunity to ask him about his career and what he enjoyed most about his job. The most shocking revelation was that he didn’t earn 10% commission on each property he sold!

Once questions were over, each child spoke to Daniel about their toolkit. He was amazed by the presentation and the persuasive language used in their posters and brochures.

After all the toolkits were shown, he chose his favourite five from each class- which was an incredibly hard task!

Next week, we will welcome Dan back to class to award prizes to our runners-up and winners.

Year 6 are estate agents

This week, we were asked by Daniel- a local estate agent- to assist him with selling a historic hut in Skara Brae, Scotland. He has asked us to produce a selling toolkit and the best will used by his company to advertise the newly-listed property!

As part of the toolkit, he explained estate agents create posters for their shop’s windows that highlight key features of the property and its surroundings. We have worked incredibly hard this week, learning the skills and language that estate agents use.

Here are a few examples of our posters:

Year 6 experience painting 30,000 years ago!

This afternoon, Year 6 were introduced to cave paintings. After reading the story ‘The First Drawing’, we had a virtual tour of the Lascaux Caves in Southern France where the oldest cave paintings (30,000 years old) can be found.

This got us thinking…what did the Stone Age civilisation use to make their marks and drawings? We were pretty sure poster paint didn’t exist tens of thousands of years ago!

After much discussion, we identified we would need soils and muds to mix into a paste with animal fat (lard) or water. After creating our ‘paint’, we attempted to paint with it! A fun (if not a little smelly!) afternoon was had by all!

We won’t be forgetting how Stone Age people created paint!

       

Year 6 celebrate VE Day

Today, Year 6 held their very own VE (Victory in Europe) Day. The children welcomed their parents into the hall and showed them their World War II world leader portraits, handmade teddies and the fantastic pieces of work they have produced this term. They also sang some songs, participated in skipping games and showed their parents a range of WWII artefacts. After this, we enjoyed our VE afternoon tea party- a wonderful afternoon was had by all!