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Spanish transition afternoon

Today, we went to Rise Park Primary School to work with staff and students from Top Valley Academy.  We were treated to a variety of fun activities which gave us a taster of learning Spanish at TVA.  It was good to meet children from another local school and to have fun together learning.  We left looking forward to learning Spanish at secondary school.

#WeRemember

As part of our PSHE learning, and in response to recent news reports, we watched the World Jewish Congress video which showed survivors of the holocaust speaking about remembering and standing up to racism.  We responded by making #WeRemember signs to stand with the women on the video in remembering what can happen if racism is allowed to flourish. 

What are we good at?

As part of our PSHE lesson today, we made Chinese dragons as it is Chinese New Year.  Along the folded body, we wrote a list of all we are good at.  It is good to think about all the things we are good at especially when we are working so hard, as we are in Y6!

What are we good at?

What food does yeast like best?

As part of our Science learning about classification, we have found out about microorganisms.  We watched a video showing how changing the amount of sugar fed to yeast will lead to a difference in carbon dioxide production (a difference in the inflation of a balloon).  We then adapted the experiment to test different foods. 

What food does yeast like best?

Beaker inspired pots

As part of our learning challenge, we have been learning about the development of pottery through the Stone and Iron Ages.  We discovered that there was a group of people, known as the Beaker people, who came to Britain bringing their pottery with them.  We went on to design our own pots then created them using the coil pot method.

Beaker inspired pots

Stone Age Cave Paintings

We looked at pictures of cave paintings from across Europe.  We also watched clips from a film about the amazing cave paintings in France.  Using pastels, charcoal and black paper, we made our re-creations of this early artwork.

Stone Age Cave Paintings

Holding a press conference

We worked in groups to role play additional characters in the mystery of the disappearance of Francis Brandywine.  As her friends, family, school teachers, the police and park rangers, we took part in a press conference.  This enabled us to gather quotes which we will use in our newspaper reports.

Holding a press conference

Examining the police evidence

Having watched the short film "Francis", where Francis Brandywine disappears in unexplained circumstances, we took on the role of police officers investigating the mystery.  We examined key pieces of evidence from the crime scene: a lantern, an oar, a boot, a map of Quetico Park with a muddy footprint, a photograph of the abandoned rowing boat and Francis's notebook.  After this, we wrote a police report showing our findings.

Examining the police evidence

Building an Iron Age home

Having researched the changes from Stone Age to Iron Age homes, we have made models of Iron Age houses using clay, cardboard and hay.  

Investigating newspaper articles

In preparation for our writing, we have been analysing newspaper articles drawing out the key features.  We have looked for the 5Ws and set our friends questions about the texts.

Investigating newspaper articles

Identifying and Classifying

Our Science unit, for the start of this term, involves understanding how scientists classify living organisms.  We began by using a key to sort Angry Birds.  Next, we worked in groups to create our own key to sort a set of buttons.  We are now moving on to sorting and classifying living organisms.

Classifying using keys (branching tree diagrams)

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