Our Visit from the author David Webb
Working on Square and Cube Numbers
Talk It, Solve It!
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 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 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.
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