As part art of our developing understanding of different cultures this Arts Week we explored the vibrant festival of Holi. Holi is a festival that celebrates good overcoming evil as Prahlad did against King Vishnu and Holika. Please watch the video below to tell you more about this fascinating story. We learnt that, like Bonfire night, lighting bonfires is a crucial part of the celebration.
As part of Arts Week, Year 5 and 6 took part in an Indian Workshop today delivered by Minal from the Ethnic Diversity Service. She talked to the children about the importance of family in Indian culture and how many of their festivals link to an important relationship within the family. For example today Indians are celebrating Uttarayan- the kite festival. During this festival we say goodbye to the winter and welcome the Spring and ask for a plentiful harvest. During this festival it is important for fathers and sons to spend time together. We then had the opportunity to practise Indian Stick Dancingas well as look at some objects brought from India.
Arts Week- Around the World.
Classification Keys for Animals
Today in Science we were given a group of animals and asked to find all the different ways to sort them. We then explored different types of animals: Birds, fish, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. As a challenge we tried to make a classification diagram which resulted in being able to group animals into the main different types.
What do we know about the World?
To explore what we already knew about the World, all children in Year 5 and 6 were given a balloon, turn it into the Earth and plot specific mapping features. Here are some examples below.
Spring Term Topic : South America- Past, present and future.
We Will Remember.
This week Year 6 responded to a very special letter from a World War II veteran asking that we always remember the sacrifices made for us.
The children responded by writing their own Remembrance poems based on well-known war poetry such as The Soldier and Dulce Et Decorum Est.
They created a wonderful memorial and several children read their poems during a special remembrance assembly. Our veterans would be proud of them all.
I LOVE ROCK N ROLL!
In Year 5 and 6 we started our computing aspects of this theme week by exploring the programme Microsoft PowerPoint. The children have been set the task of creating a presentation using hyperlinks to make their presentation as interactive as possible. Here are the children getting down to business.
Welcome to Miss Aslam!
My name is Miss Aslam. I am currently studying PGCE primary education at Edge hill university and am now enjoying my placement in year 5/6. I have always had a passion for working with children. I work part time at a private nursery alongside my studies, this helps me to continue to increase and develop my skills. I have worked across all age ranges. Each year I have experienced many different things within a classroom, this has raised my passion for working with children, I enjoy supporting children to reach their goal and continue to work on areas they are struggling with. I am a motivated student who loves to seek a challenge. As well as university and working, I enjoy keeping active. I believe looking after your health is an important part of life. I also enjoy listening to music as this helps me release any stress I have.
I like to Move it Move it!
Year 5/6 have been designing and building their own moving toys, based on their WWII experience. They have used a range of different materials and have included cams and shafts to create a working model.
What fabulous Design and Technology skills our children have! Take a look at some of our amazingly creative designs.
Helping Harold the WW1 Soldier in Science
Today our scientists received a letter from Harold, a soldier fighting in the trenches in World War 1. He needed our help to find a way to spy on the enemy without putting his head above the trench. We got straight to it and found we could make a periscope to help him and his fellow soldiers. Scientist Josh drew a diagram and explained how by using mirrors we could reflect light from one end to another.
Year 6 SATs Information Evening
Thank you to all the parents who attended the Y6 Sat Information evening. For those parents who could not attend we have posted the presentation below. If you have any questions please contact the Year 6 Team.
Year 5 and 6 Recommended Reading List
Reading is a focus for school improvement and one area in particular we are focusing on is the variety of texts our children read. Please find below a selection of high quality fiction and non fiction books we strongly believe your child will enjoy.
Imperial War Museum
Today Y5 went to the Imperial War Museum in Salford to gain a further insight into their World War topic. We took part in a workshop where we had to create documentaries to help tell the story of WW2 that we thought was most important. Isabelle said, “ This was my favourite part because you got to explore the whole museum in a team.”
We also explored the special exhibition about present day war In Yemen, where the children were encouareged to explore the similarities and differences of war then and now. Tom said, “ I really enjoyed the Yemen exhibition because you get to learn about a Civil war, not just a World War.
The children were very fortunate indeed to meet veterans from World War 2 that were visiting the museum on that day. Connie said, “ I really enjoyed meeting the veterans”. The children asked very sensitive questions and discovered what whilst one gentleman survived, he lost his arm as a Paratrooper.
The children were also given time to explore the galleries using an activity trail to help them find new knowledge. Ella said “ I really liked smelling the mystery smells and guessing what they were, especially the smelly feet from WW1 trenches”.
An Unforgettable Experience
This afternoon Year 5 and 6 gathered in the hall to learn first hand about evacuation from Mr Senogles’ Grandma, as she herself was evacuated at the age of 10. She talked to them about the overwhelming feeling of apprehension when she heard that war had started and how despite the feelings of fear at leaving her family behind in Manchester, she actually had some very positive experiences in her evacuated home of Blackburn. In Blackburn she was taught to ride a horse and went to buy pigs with her new guardians. The children listened so intently, a pin drop could have been heard!
Why did WW2 start and what would the impact be on different groups of people?
Y5 have learnt about why WW1 was so important in understanding why WW2 commenced. We discussed in great detail the rapid rise of Adolph Hitler as a leader and how his persuasive speeches captivated his people and once again gave German people hope. Please see the Powerpoint below for more detail. Perhaps use this as a discussion point for at home.
What is war? Are there different types of war?
To commence this terms history focus on World War 2, we have begun by deepening our understanding of War and more specifically, wars that Britain has been involved in since 1066. We discussed the difference between a World War, a Limited War, a Civil War, a Guerilla War and a Terror War. We have been amazed at how our children have been able to draw upon prior learning and tell me wars they know about and what type of war it is. Take a peak at us involved in these discussions below.
Keeping Safe for Halloween and Bonfire Night
Today 3 firemen from Marple fire station came to talk to us about what we must do to keep safe and enjoy Halloween and Bonfire Night. We disucussed appropriate clothing, the importance of attending an organised bonfire event and to stop, drop and roll if you do get caught by fire. Finally, we got to step into their shoes.....literally....and try a firefighter’s uniform on.
Bikeability Day 2- Around Marple Bridge
Once our children have developed safe road cycling skills they are able to test them out around our local community. A great, sensible attitude shown by all!
Where in the World would we find Gorillas?
Today Gorilla class looked at various maps to find where there are natural Gorilla habitats. In Africa there are various species of Gorillas living in the wild so firstly we explored the landscape of Africa, using different medias to represent differing areas.
During our practical work we discussed some really challenging questions, such as;
Who do zoos benefit?
Is it ever right to keep animals in captivity?
Should you help an injured animal when it is living in the wild?
Bikeability in Year 5
It might only be our first full week of school here at Ludworth at primary but that doesn’t stop us developing a variety of different skills. This week Y5 will take part in Bikeability, a chance to develop and enhance their biking skills and safety. We started with making sure our bikes were all safe, then headed outside to learn about signalling.