This half term, we have been learning about 'Crime and Punishment' through the ages. So far, we've found out about the Romans, Anglo saxons and Normans.
Did you know that during Roman Times, it was not always easy to catch criminals so people often turned to the Gods. We made Roman Curse tablet just like the Romans would have.
In English we have studied The Highway Man by Alfred Noyes. We wrote monologues from Bess' viewpoint at the point in the story where the highway man failed to return.
We had a fabulous time at PGL. The children took part in a variety of outdoor and adventurous activities including the zipwire, Jacob's Ladder, raft building, fencing, rifle shooting, archery, kayaking and a 5 mile hike. The weather was beautiful, the scenery was amazing and our children were such a credit to the school.
Look at some of our amazing pieces of writing...
What a brilliant start to the Spring Term! We started our learning thinking about sustainability linked to the thought-provoking picture book ‘The Tin Forest’. In the story, the old man is visited by colourful, exotic birds – we used recycled plastic milk cartons and worked in pairs to make our own birds which we carefully cut, shaped and strengthened using Modroc. We then studied pictures of exotic birds and chose bright colours to design and paint our own exotic bird. After reading the story and discussing the main themes, we spent time researching the problem of plastic polluting our environment and what people can do to help. After looking at different non-fiction text types of ‘recounts’, ‘persuasion’ and ‘reports’, we wrote our own information text about ‘Plastic Pollution’. We used key features such as paragraphs of information, captions, headings, sub-headings, bullet points, text boxes and pictures to add to the overall effect on the reader.
Our exciting topic this half term is Storms and Shipwrecks and there are so many great learning opportunities to fit in. In English, we have started the year reading the amazing book, Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo and are studying each chapter of the book. This led to some wonderful descriptive writing of a desert island. The story is full of rich language and we have been working hard to improve our vocabulary. In art, we have used watercolours to recreate Hokusai’s ‘The Great Wave’, and are extremely proud of the finished results. Our geography work has focused on developing our location knowledge, including identifying the Prime/Greenwich Meridian and time zones, locating the world’s countries. We tracked Michael’s journey before he ended up on Kensuke’s island and used google maps to locate the landmarks that Michael passed.
This half term we concluded our Kensuke's Kingdom work. We wrote descriptive Island descriptions, using ideas from the text. Here are a few examples:
As a reward for our excellent attendance last year, Year 6 visited the Big Bang Show at the NEC. It was a great day out; we witnessed explosions, made snot, had a go at drilling, tested how attracting we are to mosquitos, played rock, paper, scissors with a diver, tried our luck on the prize wheel, learn all about bodily functions (some not so pleasant), had an ECG, explored cells using virtually reality, found out about future careers and were inspired by real life scientists, engineers and technicians.
Next Stop Mars
This year, we have been working with Dr Alison Griffiths from Staffordshire university to develop our STEM skills through a project, Next Stop Mars. This half term, we used our brand new Lego We:do kits to build and program the Milo rover. We discovered how the motor and motion sensors worked and learned how technology is used in the real world discover what life is like on distant planets.
Our science topic this half term has been Classification. We've been learning about classification systems and used Purple Mash to create our own bird classification keys. Did you know that scientists discover thousands of new species each year? But not all animals are that easy to classify. We've been learning about the Duck-Billed Platypus - this strange creature has similar characteristics to reptiles and birds, but is actually a mammal who lays eggs!
A new book
Our new class text is Holes. We're really enjoying reading this book so far and using it as a stimulus, we have written our own fantastic reports about The Yellow Spotted Lizard - thankfully, these deadly creatures are fictional!
This half term has been a short one and Year 6 started the term busily working hard preparing for their upcoming SATS. The week was an opportunity to show what they have learnt and understood in English and Maths over the whole of Key Stage 2. All of the children did their absolute best and we are extremely proud of them, whatever the results. During the week of SATS, children were invited into school early for a wonderful breakfast. A huge thank you to Mrs Edwards and Mrs Streeter for organising this. The children enjoyed warming up their bodies and minds each morning before the tests began. Mr Elliot led two Aikedo sessions, focusing on breathing techniques and stretching. In the afternoon, we perfected our rounders skills and on Friday had an Intra-house Rounders competition.
What a great final half term we have had. To celebrate all of our hard work this year, we had a great day out at Alton Towers. We were lucky to have such great weather and everyone had lots of fun.
Before half term, Year 5 and 6 auditioned for parts in our end of year production, Pantastic, and we worked really hard to put on an amazing, high-quality show.
Also, well done to our Year 6 Green Goblin team who worked hard all year with Mr Harrison to build, design, decorate and drive our Green Goblin car. They represented the school brilliantly at the annual event and gained valuable engineering skills. A huge thank you to Mr Harrison for giving up his time to make this possible.
We also had the opportunity to work with a local artist to contribute to a whole school stained-glass art project. We can't wait to see the finished art work in September.
And finally, we said a tearful farewell to our wonderful Year 6s, who have been an absolute credit to our school. We will miss them and wish them every success at high school.