Have a look at what we’ve been learning!
Tunstall Reservoir Walk and Fieldwork
Year 6 walked from school to Tunstall Reservoir. On the way, we found out about the history of Baal Hill and the ancient Backstone Bank Woods. At a viewpoint overlooking Tunstall Reservoir, we also read OS maps, making sure we knew how to orientate the map, recognise symbols and locate the route we were walking.
Year 6 had an adventurous weekend at their residential visit to Kingswood, Dearne Valley. They did some great activities including: archery, zipwire, crate stacking, aeroball and raft building. While completing these activities our pupils practised good communication and teamwork and were great at encouraging their classmates to overcome their fears. The weekend was an adventure to remember!
World Water Day
To celebrate World Water Day and to recognise those who may not be as fortunate as we are, the whole school joined in with some water related games! Year 5 & 6 had to transport water from one bucket to another using a syringe! Team points were awarded to those who transported the most water. Afterwards we noticed that we’d spilled lots of water and considered how we could conserve water.
Year 6 attended the Safety Carousel, where they learnt important information about the dangers of water, electricity and fire. The most eye-opening activity was definitely the electricity and a stimulation of 11,000 volts certainly gave us a shock! They turned into crash investigators to determine the cause of a road traffic accident and took part in the Fire Service’s interactive quiz gameshow. Be sure to ask your child what important safety information they have learned today.
On Wednesday, Year 6 did some Mexican cooking. The children worked in groups to make salsa and guacamole. They thoroughly enjoyed trying what they had made, with some tortilla chips. Thanks to Ms Lambard and Mrs Rowell for all their help.
This week lots of strange things have been happening around school after our Garden Gang found two buried eggs! We tried them in the incubator but they didn’t hatch. In assembly, children suggested to try them in a tank of water which did the trick! However, when we came to school on the Monday, whatever had hatched had disappeared! Over the week, we found a bone on the floor, a suspicious pile of what looked like poo, mess left in the corridors and in Year 5’s classroom and strange noises were heard following a power cut on Thursday!
On Friday, we finally got to meet the strange creature! He was a friendly tyrannosaurus rex called Jam! We had fun learning some facts about Jam and even got to do a bit of acting and vocabulary building! Have a look at the learning pages across the website to find out more!
Multi- Faith/Culture Week
For Multi-faith/Culture week, Year 6 learned the story of Day of the Dead. Día de Muertos is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and by people of Mexican ancestry. It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. Year 6 were inspired by this animation:
Everyone had a fantastic time during our cross country earlier. All children showed great sportsmanship and persevered, even when the going was tough! They even supported each other to cross the finishing line. Well done everyone!
Year 6 worked with Adam Bushnell to plan stories about travelling back in time to the WWI trenches. There was a big focus on vocabulary to develop a vivid description of trench life for our stories. We also composed and performed some fantastic six-word stories.
World War I Shoe Box Trenches
Year 6 constructed some fantastic World War I trenches to show life on the Western Front. Most of our materials were re-used such as shoe boxes and teabags (used for sandbags and soil effect!). They are currently on display in the Key Stage 2 corridor. See if you can spot No-Man’s Land, barbed wire defences, sandbags or the parapet.
KS2 Homework Projects
Over half term KS2 were asked to research the development of an invention linked to our KS2 assemblies. Year 6 were really creative and did lots of different research into the car, mobile phones, fashion and other interesting inventions. They also did a fantastic job of presenting their work to the class. Well done, Year 6! Look out for their work being displayed around school.
Year 6 Class Assembly
This week it was Year 6’s turn for their class assembly. They all did a brilliant job telling us lots of information about what they have been learning in History about the First World War.
This term, Year 6 have been lucky enough to have a half an hour session of yoga each week. Alongside some yoga poses, they have also been learning how to meditate and other calming strategies.
Year 5 and Year 6 Fashion Show
This week, as part of our Global Issues week, Year 5 and 6 teamed together to create their own fashionable outfits using recyclable items. They then wore their outfits and did a fashion walk before getting judged in our Global Issues assembly on Friday. There were some very creative designs!