Year 6 become scientists

In the last few weeks, Year 6 have been learning all about the circulatory system. We began our science topic with the ‘Blood in the bottle’ experiment, where the children learnt about plasma, white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets! The children then created posters, explaining the function of each of the components of blood.

                      

Once we had learnt all about the blood, we began to look at the heart. We enjoyed participating in an experiment which showed us how the heart (which is a muscle) works!

After this, we learnt in-depth how the heart pumps blood around the body and learnt some tricky, scientific vocabulary! The classes were then tasked with creating a model of the human heart and providing a written or audio explanation, recounting how the heart works!

Here are some of the fabulous models:

   

Year 6 become artists

Our topic for Spring term is ‘Inspirational Inventors’ and for the past two weeks, Year 6 have been learning about a famous artist called Michael Lang. He is renowned for his mechanical art paintings which feature cogs, screws and chains.

To begin our art lessons, the children completed some observational drawings of cogs in isolation.  Here are some of the children’s cogs:

          

         

We then drew interlocking cogs:

   

 

Finally, we focused on Michael Lang’s artwork named Harmony 8. We divided the painting into 12 parts and pupils chose one section of the piece to recreate using a range of different mediums:

     

        

The Year 6 team think the children have produced some intricate designs and exquisite pieces of art in the last two weeks and I’m sure you’d agree with us!

Letter from the Head, 14th December

Due to server outages for Google and others today, we have found that some ParentMail has not been getting through. As such, find a copy below.

Dear Parents/Carers

I have been made aware that we have a confirmed positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) at Tewkesbury C of E Primary School. The positive test is for a member of staff.

Due to contacts having to isolate we have a significant shortage of cleaners available this week. As the cleanliness of the school is a key aspect of the Risk Assessment to prevent the spread of Covid we will have to close the school tomorrow for all pupils. This decision has been made in consultation with Gloucestershire County Council’s lead for Covid, their Health Protection Team and the Chair of Governors.

We will use tomorrow to ensure robust processes are put in place to enable us to open safely for as much time as possible over the rest of the week. We will open on Wednesday and Friday. It may be that we also have to close on Thursday to ensure the school is clean. I will let you know the plan as soon as possible.

We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and will keep doing all we can to ensure your children’s safety at this time.

Teaching staff will move to online learning via Showbie/Tapestry for tomorrow and your child should access their learning there.

Yours sincerely

Tim Blakey

Headteacher

 

Egyptian Day

Egyptian Day

School was very different for the children in Year 4 last week, instead of being joined by our usual children, we were met with Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs, Gods and Goddesses!

The children took part in a range of fun activities, to experience what life would have been like during Egyptian times, including cooking, dancing, playing board games and they even took part in some mummification… yuck!

We all had a great day, the children looked amazing and the shortbreads were … DELICIOUS!

Greek Food Tasting

Last week Year 5 decided to find out a little more about the food eaten in Ancient Greece. They were all very excited (and brave!) to taste food from another culture. There were some funny faces pulled when we ate something we didn’t like! Foods we tasted included figs, dates, olives, pitta bread, yogurt, feta cheese, honey and grapes. –

Year 6 become artists

As part of our World War II studies, the Year 6 pupils have been working incredibly hard to refine their sketching techniques in the recent weeks. They began by learning about texture, tone and shading and how artists use these. Then, the children were given tutorials on how to draw different facial parts; there were some intricately-detailed eyes and noses!

Finally, the pupils attempted to sketch a World War II leader. We’re sure you’d agree that they did a great job! Can you guess the leaders?

       

     

 

Year 5 learn about the ‘Heroes of Troy’ through music!

Year 5 have spent the last few R.E.A.L. Curriculum lessons learning all about the Homer’s Iliad and the ‘Heroes of Troy’ through the medium of song! They have worked hard and have safely sung their hearts out. This afternoon we braved the cold and the mist to record a version of ‘Is it Love?’ on on our pirate ship. See the video below, and if you want to hear more of the songs, visit the KS2 BBC Music website.

Year 6 Welcome GCHQ Visitor

On Tuesday 3rd November, Year 6 welcomed a visitor from GHCQ. At the beginning of the session, the children learnt about the history of coding (did you know Mary Queen of Scots and Julius Caesar sent encrypted messages to their armies?)

Then they practised using different techniques to help them code messages (including steganography- hiding messages in plain sight and substitution- changing letters for others).

After learning these skills, our visitor explained the importance of coding and how it played a vital role in World War II. The pupils were introduced to Bletchley Park, Alan Turing and the encrypted machine the Germans used, the Enigma.

Finally, the pupils explored World War II artefacts.

 

PC Pete Curtis Visits Year 6

On Monday, PC Pete Curtis visited both classes to deliver an E-Safety workshop. The children learnt about:

  • personal, private information and what they should/should not share online
  • How to report issues online
  • criminal responsibility and the consequences of cyberbullying

 

The children were fantastic and enjoyed many discussions with our local officer; they cannot wait until their next workshop with him!