We have lots of activities planned for our I.D. topic. If you wish to support your child at home, see the documents below. The first is the Home Learning Ideas. We ask that one of these is completed for the half-term homework and that a second is done for Autumn 2 half term. I have also attached a book list, should your child wish to read around the topic, but PLEASE Do NOT let them read Bill’s New Frock, as it is our teaching novel for Autumn 1. Finally, there is an outline of the published topic. We select some of these to cover in class, and add others, to create our bespoke curriculum.
We had a visit from the Fire Service, who came to talk to the children about safe behaviour around fireworks in general, and Bonfire Night. They also covered ‘Stop, Drop and Role’ in the event of someone finding their clothes on fire, and gave advice about fire safety, and in particular the use of smoke alarms in the home. The children listened attentively, and created a fabulous impression. We are hoping to work with the Fire Service later this year, on a first aid module, looking at how to perform CPR.
As part of our I.D. topic we have created ‘Who Am I?’ flap-books. These consist of lots of little booklets and flaps, where the children record information about themselves. It’s a lovely way for them to record snippets of information. We cover favourite food, movies, books, pets and memorable moments as part of this work.
The first morning back always feels strange, for staff and pupils. We read First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg, which deals with getting up on the first morning of a new school year. It's a lovely book, that has an unexpected twist, and hopefully gets the children to realise that its not just them who are nervous!
We followed this by trying out our first drama circle 'The First Day Back'. A drama circle involves each child having a card which tells them to listen or lookout for someone doing something in the circle. When they see or hear it, they enter the circle and perform the action on their card. It's a fab way of finding out who's confident, who's a good listener, who can follow instructions, and in all honesty who my extroverts are!!
We have connected our learning in maths about circles to our art topic Gallery Rebels. We spent time looking at the paintings of Sonia Delaunay, describing how they were constructed, and how her choice of colour impacted on the viewer. We have tried to create our own designs based on concentric circles, arcs and segments. We used a range of colours, and also a limited palette of either cool or warm colours to explore the difference in the art work.
We tried out a new play in Year 6 this year: Cyber-bullying. The children thoroughly enjoyed offering their own ideas to incorporate into the skeleton script that Jeff brought with him. Cyber-bullying and online behaviour is nationally becoming a serious issue, so hopefully the children will assimilate and remember some of what they performed. Thank you to those parents who were able to watch the performance.
We love Play-4-a-Day, as it provides a great opportunity to develop speaking and listening skills, as well as performing to an audience.
Following the visit from Bury's Mayor, Jane Black, we took the children to see where she worked, and to learn more about her role and the role of the council.
We spent time in the council chambers asking lots of different questions before moving into the Mayor's Parlour, to view her ceremonial robes and ceremonial mace. We saw lots of gifts given by visiting dignitaries and groups; and lots of photos of The Queen and Prince Charles.
Some of the children enjoyed discovering how soft and bouncy the sofas were, and all the children enjoyed a drink and a biscuit. Before leaving, they were all presented with a special bookmark.
We had a busy time at Crucial Crew, learning about personal safety, which is CRUCIAL (no pun intended!) as the children begin to be given more and more independence at this age. We visited 7 different areas to learn about different aspects of personal safety: first aid, online safety, road safety, general transport safety, safety on the railways, environmental issues and alcohol awareness.
There were some serious hard-hitting messages about the risk of personal injury and injury to others, possible fines, and possible imprisonment.
The children really enjoyed the first aid and putting a classmate into the recovery position. They also enjoyed problem solving the car accident and considering what the little boy was doing that caused the accident.
We had a fantastic start to the term, with a two day Ancient Greeks workshop with Tony North from Time Trips.
On the first day we concentrated on Greek art and architecture.
In the morning we worked in groups to build a large Greek temple. We all had different roles. We also learned about the different types of columns and their influence on modern buildings.
In the afternoon, we had the choice of creating a piece of art:
We enjoyed doing these, but found it quite challenging at times.
On the second day, we focused on Greek warfare.
We learned about:
We made Greek helmets and shields, and in the afternoon enjoyed re-enacting a battle.
We had a fabulous time during December practising for our KS2 Christmas show… How Christmas Came to Be. Our 5 hosts, took us through how the influence of various times in history have developed into the celebration that we now call Christmas. The play looked at the history of Christmas:
its beginnings as the feast of Saturnalia in Roman times,
the pagan festival of the Winter Solstice,
the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem
the puritan times of Oliver Cromwell when woe-betide anyone caught celebrating
the Victorians who introduced us to Christmas trees
and finally how Santa got involved
The children worked really hard at learning there lines and their acting part. We hope you enjoy looking at the photos!
As part of our topic, Identity, we have been reading Bill’s New Frock by Anne Fine. We had to interview Bill, to get his thoughts on what happened to him in the book. We used the Kagan structure Inside Outside Circle, to do this. Half of the class stood in the middle of a circle and took the role of Bill. The other half of the class faced a Bill, and asked their questions. After a minute or so, the outside circle moved on to the ‘next’ Bill, so that they could get even more answers and ideas for their interview. Half way through the lesson we swapped roles, so that the interviewers became Bill, and the Bills became the interviewers.
National Poetry Day
We had lots of fun for National Poetry Day. In guided reading, we had been looking at the poem, From A Railway Carriage by Robert Louis Stephenson. In particular, we focussed on the rhythm of the poem, and how the number of syllables created the moving train effect.
We used this to write our own imaginative verses, before performing them with actions for our classmates.
Talk It Solve It is our fun way of keeping our maths skills sharp. We have a set of cards and eight clues. We work with our partner to read each clue and eliminate any card that doesn’t fit the clue. If we’ve done it correctly, we’ll have one card left… hopefully the correct one! So far we used this to review Properties of Number and general maths vocabulary.
World Book Day...with The Little Men and Little Misses
For World Book Day, we opted to make our own costumes in class. We were given a new set of Mr Men books for the day. We each chose a Mr Men, or Little Miss to be. We had loads of fun deciding who to be, designing the costumes and trying them on. On World Book Day itself, we played out in our costumes (fortunately it wasn't raining) and spent part of the afternoon reading the books to Reception class. We have also written their own stories, and we're hoping to go back to Reception to read them to the little people.
Hola Mexico...Worry Dolls
As our Mexican topic drew to a close, we linked it to our Author Study in English. We had read Silly Billy by Anthony Browne, where poor Billy is worried about everything and anything. His grandma eventually gave him a worry doll, which helped him feel better. But then, Billy worried that the worry doll didn't have a friend, so he made lots of worry dolls to keep the other dolls company!!! Not to be left out, we decided we needed to make some too! We watched online videos to see how to do it, and Mrs Cooper demonstrated how to make two as well, but it was harder than we thought it would be...
Internet Safety Day
For Internet Safety Day, we looked at social media and how to use it safely. Our two eCadets visited each of the KS2 classes to deliver lessons - well done girls. In year 6, they help us record lots of good advice, and we spent time sharing our ideas.
Anthony Browne Author Study
Earlier this year, we were very fortunate to get lots of lovely new picture books for every class, part funded by the Friends of Cams Lane. We finally got our chance to use them this term!
One of the sets, was by the author Anthony Browne. We had a fabulous morning looking at the books and in particular the illustrations, and trying to identify the style of the author's books and make predictions about the content.
Behind the Stable Door
We have thoroughly enjoyed rehearsing and performing our KS2 Nativity, called Behind the Stable Door. We hope you enjoy looking at our photos.
David Webb - Author Visit
Once again, we have had the chance to work with the author David Webb. He shared some of his books with us, to give us inspiration for our stories. We also jointly wrote the opening to a story, before writing our own! We have sent some of our work to him, for his web-site.
Our local fire service from Whitefield came to talk about fire safety, before Guy Fawkes night. They gave us lots of advice. We really enjoyed watching Miss Malcolm, dress up in uniform. She said it was incredibly heavy and hot.
Growth Mindset Workshop
The children had the opportunity to work with Tim Hall, and consider 'the power of positive thinking'. They had a fabulous day completing tasks as individuals and groups. Take a look at the photos below and three pieces of writing explaining what they did, and what they thought about the day.
I Am Unique, But We Are a Team!
As part of our Cornerstones topic: I.D., we have been looking at what our identity means. We began the year, by designing jigsaw pieces, which illustrated some of the things that made us 'us'!
See below for 2016 - 2017 Activities
Maths is Fun!
Our last maths topic was an introduction to algebra. We were set the challenge of finding all the different ways of getting ourselves into groups of 2s and 3s we began by brainstorming what to do, and Ethan came up with the idea of getting some people to get in pairs, and others to get into groups of 3... We went into the hall to act it out... it was organised chaos!! We were really random when we started off, and couldn't keep track of what we were doing. We realised that we needed to be logical, and create a record of what we were doing in a table.
Eventually, we not only solved the problem, but also created a formula to represent the problem.
Below are some pictures of us sorting groups and our final display
Following on from our art workshop, as part of our Gallery Rebels topic, we used an online program to create graffiti versions of our names. There were lots of different styles to choose from, loads of colours, and many different ways of fine-tuning our design. If you want to have a go follow this link: http://schooart.weebly.com/graffiti-creator.html
REMEMBER: always check with an adult, if the program asks you to adjust your computer settings!
We hope you like our creations!
As a follow on from our graffiti workshop, we have created some posters advertising the company, as part of our English and IT work. We tried to make our adverts bright and eye-catching.
Click on the links below, to see some of our work.
Have a look at Year 6, making the storage container look a million times better, than it was.
Nearly all the class spent 4 days working towards either their level 1 or level 2 Bikeability certificates... well done!
We have entered a poetry competition called Once Upon a Dream, and hope to have some of our poems published in a poetry anthology. We had lots of fun... letting our imaginations run riot in our fantasy worlds, or dreaming about our futures! You can read some of our poems below.
We have recently joined the eCadets scheme. The idea behind the scheme, is that children lead their learning, and deliver the eSafety message to their peers. Each half term a different aspect of safety is covered. Our two eCadets delivered a lesson on digital footprints, and what information is safe to share digitally with others. They showed the children a video, before overseeing the creation of some posters.
Gabriel's Big Break
The children thoroughly enjoyed their recent performances of Gabriel's Big Break from Edgy Productions. The singing from the whole Key Stage was fabulous, and so too were our angels, who sang parts of several songs. Our narrators memorised large chunks of scripts in a short period of time, and all the children quickly memorised the words to the songs. Enjoy looking at our photos!
We have continued to work on our ID topic, throughout the term. Our most recent work, has seen us attempting to create our own avatar. Avatars are icons or figures representing a particular person in a computer game, Internet forum, etc.
We created avatars, using a variety of different websites. Some of our avatars were us - imagining what we would like to look like, while others were a little more realistic(?)! Once we had created the avatars we, learned how to do a 'screen clip' so that we could import our avatars into PowerPoint.
In PowerPoint, we have written mini-explanation texts to explain our choice of features for our avatars. From a computing point of view, we have learned how to work with text boxes, and inserting shapes, while formatting the background to the shapes and changing the outlines.
Take a look at some of our PowerPoints, which we are still working on.
If you want to try creating your own avatar, follow these links:
http://www.twinkl.co.uk/avatar (cartoon style)
http://reasonablyclever.com/mini/flash/minifig.swf (for Lego fans everywhere!!)
http://www.buildyourwildself.com/ (create your wild self at New York Zoo)
We always try to link our thinking, topics and activities together in Year 6. In English, we have just started reading the amazing book by Philip Pullman called Clockwork (or All Wound Up!). We have taken our school photos, and tried to make ourselves look like the cogs in a clock, which of course work together seamlessly, which fits with our PHSE topic of teamwork.
As part of our work in Computing we have:
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