This week, the children have been collating their memories from the residential trip to Kingswood. They have enjoyed recounting their challenges, successes and numerous sweet eating competitions! Here are a few of the memorable highlights:
Year 6 have been developing their leadership skills in PE this week. Groups of leaders have been taking turns to develop an activity for the rest of the year 6 to do. They held a preliminary meeting to decide upon a suitable activity based on the Learning Objective, made a plan, devised rules, communicated their ideas to the rest of the class, organised groups and even refereed the teams - not an easy job!
Following the activity, the classes gave their feedback of what worked well and even better ifs.
Things which worked well:
the activities of Capture the Flag, One Touch and Robin Hood were really fun to play
the leaders did a good job in organising groups
everyone was involved
Even better if:
the rules were explained more clearly at the start
there was no arguing with the referee!
Today we have enjoyed the Oscars ceremony and we are proud of all the people who got an Oscar in Year 6. Well done to all the people who got an Oscar this year!
This week in Year 6 we have been trying hard to earn our Blue Peter Green badges by having 3 pledges, a plastic pledge, a plants pledge and a power pledge. One of the pledges is to only bring in reusable plastic for lunch on Wednesday’s and water saving is the power pledge. For the half-term holidays, we will also continue to water some seedlings we planted a couple of weeks ago to install more nature into our beautiful world. Hopefully we can get our Blue Peter Green Badges.
In science today we picked up and looked at some chicks that recently hatched last week. Once we had looked at the chicks we researched the life cycle of a bird. We presented our research in different ways in our science books.
Year 6 has been making pieces of art over Shackleton’s journey in the last 2 weeks. Last week, we made the watercolour background, and this week, we have made the 3D mountains to stick on.
This week Hummingbird and Eagle class began to create artwork around the book Shackleton’s Journey which we are also using in English to theme writing on. Can you guess what the final watercolours will depict? See next week for the completed versions.
This week in school, children in Hummingbird Class have drawn some positive images reflecting on both the lockdowns. They ranged from pets to cycling to NHS and many more. Last week, we also wrote some letters to our future self, telling them our hopes, what we liked and how tall we were. We had a lot of fun doing it and we look forward to reading them in the future.
Nicholas Smith Year 6
Hummingbird nest building!
Hummingbird class had a great tribe bonding session in the wild this week, spending time working out the most waterproof design for an outdoor shelter (which came in very useful following the weather of this week!)
They had a good time thinking, designing and building in the outdoors, this was such a fantastic sight to see after so many weeks of home isolation and I think it’s fair to say we all had a brilliant afternoon back in each other’s company again.
Year 6 - 300 Word Story Challenge
We are so proud of the work Year 6 are doing during this latest period of Home Learning and in particular for their 300 word story challenge. Below are just a few of the many fabulous entries and I am sure you will agree that they show what a creative, talented group of writers they are. Well done Year 6!
In Science this week, we have been testing the effects of air and water resistance and friction. The children designed parachutes to see if they could drop an egg from height without it cracking. For air resistance, the children tested different shapes in a viscous liquid and timed how long the shape took to reach the bottom of the tube. They conducted a ‘fair’ test to get an average. In DT we have been investigating levers and pulleys.
Today in Forest School we had lots of fun. One group was whittling and carving objects into shapes of their choice, for example, you could have carved an owl. The other group set up 2 different assault courses. They both involved lots of mud and challenges and asteroid dodging. At the end, we had an awesome asteroid fight. The asteroids were really just balls but we still provided lots of challenges and fun for each other. This lesson involved lots of mud and fun so we can’t wait for next week.
In PE today we did gymnastics, in gymnastics we used equipment to make a course. When we made the 5 courses, we had a group on each course. We had to move in different ways on the appratas, once we have done that we moved to a different course and did that one.
Today in Science we studied what position shadows are in depending on the time of day and position of the Sun. In our lesson we used a torch as the Sun and we moved our torch around to experiment how long the shadow was. We found that the higher the Sun the shorter the shadow and the lower the sun the longer the shadow. It was a good lesson.
In Forest School today, we split up into groups and performed different activities throughout the woods. One group was with Mr Templar and they practiced whittling sticks for later creations. The second group was tasked with the challenge of creating an obstacle course for a relatively small ball. Finally, the third group was asked to help continue a den which had been started the previous lesson. The whole of Hummingbird Class had a lot of fun in their lesson and are eager to continue their hard efforts for Forest School.
In sience today we were showing how the moon changes it shape from a new moon to a full moon.If you didn’t know what a new moon is
a moon that you can’t see at all.There also is a first half moon, final half moon, waxing gibbous, waning gibbous, waxing crescent and a waning crescent.Waning means getting smaller, waxing means getting bigger, crescent means smaller than a half moon and gibbous means bigger than a half moon.