Miss Jones & Mrs Slusarczyk
Friday 28th February
Theme of the week: Exploration
'Exploration is when you go out of your comfort zone and have the confidence to carry on challenging yourself throughout the year!'
Home Learning Menu:
English: Last half term's word power words are shown in the photograph, what can you do with them?! Why not get someone to test you on their spellings or have a go at using some in a short piece of writing, which could be linked to your current writing target.
Maths: Having completed our work on perimeter, area and volume, post assessments have come home today and can be used to inform home learning. If you were given a targeted home learning task try that, otherwise why not try to get a gold medal on the associated Managa High challenges or check the revision guide pages.
Reading: It's the beginning of the month next week so I will be reviewing your Reading Records on Monday! Take some time to check that they are up-to-date over the weekend and have a go at a reading tool, especially if you are yet to receive your bronze award!
A Taste of Our Learning
Why are National Parks described as Britain's breathing spaces?
We began our new geography unit this week: Who are Britain's National Parks for? The children were given the challenge of capturing the essence of our closest park and explaining why these are known as 'breathing spaces', using our new-found Publisher skills.
Ancient Egypt: Who was the Boy Behind the Mask?
We rounded off our gym unit on Thursday by demonstrating our control in vaulting and balancing. Peer feedback was useful in helping us to perfect our technique and ensure pointed toes, clear body shapes and core strength to hold our balances.
Take One Picture - L.S.Lowry
This week we have had a go at 'jigsaw art': the children were each given a section of the picture to recreate with a slightly modern twist, while keeping the style of Lowry. As there were only 12 pieces, the children worked in twos and threes to create their section but then also had to work with their peers across the class to ensure their pieces matched up and looked cohesive - this was definitely the trickiest part of the challenge! Some fabulous outcomes were created which then inspired a range of interesting creative writing opportunities towards the end of the week when the children wrote poems, narratives and descriptions based on the picture.
Sharing our writing
Embalming teddies & Identifying Mummies
We had a great time on Monday, as I'm sure your children have told you! The first workshop of the day was particularly memorable with our poor mummy's brains and other vital organs being removed and treated in the authentic Ancient Egyptian manner! Can you remember: the difference between an Egyptian and an Ancient Egyptian; the significance of the placement of the mummy's arms during the mummification process and which organ goes into which canopic jar?
First Aid Update
Our ex-Chair of Governors, Jackie Jones, visited us on Thursday to deliver a stroke awareness assembly. As a survivor of a stroke herself, she was keen to teach us how to spot someone who may be having a stroke and the importance of acting FAST. Can your child remember what the mnemonic means and teach you how to spot the symptoms? This was a valuable addition to our first aid training delivered in the Summer Term.
We have begun our new narrative unit this week: Mr Benn stories. The children have watched a couple of episodes to become familiar with the style, themes and structure of the stories and today we began mapping his adventures in 'The Balloonist' to help highlight the cohesive threads running through it. We will be planning and writing our own adventures next week which we look forward to sharing with you soon!
We began our new music unit today by listening to 'Bacharach Anorak' and beginning to play sections of it on the glockenspiels. As the term continues we will be improvising our own sections, sharing these and teaching them to others so we can perform our final piece together.
We were delighted to welcome back Councillors Oppenheimer and Burges today as they awarded Year 6 with a debating trophy! The recent 'National Takeover' event, hosted by East Hants District Council, included a debating challenge. Year 6 were able to use their recent learning in geography, and research about Greta Thunberg, to inform their contributions; the children were celebrated for their ability to build on points made previously and challenge opinions politely. Well done, Year 6!
Position & Direction
We've been having fun with shapes this week in maths, working on grids with 4 quadrants and using coordinates to explain the position of shapes before and after different transformations. Our learning questions have been: How do I plot coordinates in all 4 quadrants? Can you explain the translation? How is reflecting different to translating?
During the sessions, the children's independent work was generally confident and showed a secure grasp of the skills, so...can they give you a masterclass in position and direction?! Perhaps they could explain where vertex A would be in the photo if Isabelle's shape was reflected again into the 3rd quadrant.
Change begins with ME
Over the last couple of week's we have revisited the theme of bullying, using the Anti-Bullying Alliance's materials to support discussion. This year's theme is, 'Change begins with ME', so we have thought about the role of a bystander and how our actions can, unintentionally, make a situation harder for someone rather than better. Through role play and more discussion we then considered how we can turn this around and be the instigator of positive change. The children all wrote pledges, which are now displayed on our classroom door, reflecting these ideas
We enjoyed our talk on cetaceans on Monday when we learned all manner of facts about porpoises, dolphins and whales. It was fascinating to see how they 'measured up' to our children and to learn so many scientific snippets of information. Did you know that killer whales aren't actually whales? Can your child remember why?
National Takeover Day
On Tuesday we welcomed Lara from East Hants District Council, along with Councillor Oppenheimer and Parish Councillor Burges. The children learned all about different levels of democracy and how the councils work to support each other. After a question and answer session, we then held a debate over whether we should ban all cars that aren't electric from January 1st! The children drew on their recent geography unit to support their arguments before voting in a mock election.
Year 6 enjoyed creating poems together that they could share as part of our Remembrance Service on Monday. Their artwork was also beautiful and helped to aid reflection during their assembly.
The Life Bus
On Thursday we enjoyed our decisions session on board the Life Bus. The children had to consider how we keep our bodies mentally and physically healthy and were guided to reflect on the power they had over this through their lifestyle choices. They then considered the importance of feeling safe and secure in order to make the right decisions, even when situations are challenging.
Through film, drama and discussion, they then considered why someone might be tempted to cave to peer pressure (accepting an alcoholic drink when underage) and how this would impact their mental and physical health.
Significant Person Day - Greta Thunberg
Year 6 created these great biography projects to show what they learnt about Greta Thunberg and to reflect her historical significance. Interestingly, when debating her significance alongside that of other historical figures, Year 6 overwhelmingly argued her importance as they felt without her, our future is in jeopardy.
We had a Year 6 had a great time at Thinksafe this week, working alongside Hampshire Fire & Rescue, the police, Dogs Trust, the RNLI, Southern Domestic Abuse Service and council litter enforcement officers. The children's knowledge and preconceptions were tested through variety of activities and role-play scenarios, which helped them to consider how they could best keep themselves, their families, pets and the environment safe. Can you remember what the fine is for taking a dog out without a collar and suitable name tag, or what the maximum penalty for arson is in this country?
World Faith & Philosophy Marvellous Maths
House Captain Elections
Well done to all of the candidates in the House Captain elections today, you challenged yourselves and clearly presented some strong arguments for why you should be elected. Particular congratulations to the successful eight!
Fire Service Visit
Year 6 showed a good general knowledge of how to keep themselves safe from fire this week when they were visited by Hampshire Fire and Rescue. They had to assess the risk in various situations and justify their response. Some of the children were surprised to learn that the age of criminal responsibility is only 12 and that intentionally setting fire to something to cause harm or damage is arson. Through role play and discussion, they considered what they would do if they were a witness to such an event.
Singer Sargent Portraits
We began our unit on American artists this week by looking at some of the work Singer Sargent created. The children then had a go at 'filling in' the other half of a selected portrait with some excellent results!
Our Rights Respecting Charter
Setting the expectations
Welcome back! We have had a good couple of days settling into new routines and setting our expectations for the year ahead. The children have created a display to reflect their ideas of what will make them successful learners this year:
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