Summer 2 - Hoddlesden Globe
This week, we have mainly been out and about in Blackburn with Darwen, doing some ‘adventuring’! We started our week in the usual way, learning the main events in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in our English lessons. We then thought about words that we could apply to the story, such as tragedy, rivalry, enemies and heartbreak, and sorted them into word classes. In History, we looked at the past and present day transport links around Darwen and discussed how and why they had changed.
We had the perfect weather conditions for our outdoor adventures from Wednesday to Friday! We did three different activity days: water sports, canalside activities and hill walking.
We loved spending our day on the water! We did some canoeing together, including trickier things like doing actions whilst standing up in the boat and dipping our heads back into the water. We also had a turn on the Mega SUP – a huge, stand-up paddle board! We had to inflate it first before we could take it out onto the water. We started off gently by sitting down and paddling but then we stood up!
It was an action-packed day of outdoor adventuring! We did a variety of activities, including building fires, cooking bananas, using throwing angels (a type of throwing knife) to hit targets, archery and pond dipping. Afterwards, we felt like we could follow in Bear Grylls’ footsteps and do some real adventuring!
We enjoyed the beautiful scenery of Blackburn with Darwen on our walk up to Jubilee Tower. We went through the woods, around the reservoirs and up the hills. We spent some time whittling in the woods, making mini shelters using the natural materials we could find around us, playing team games or just rolling down hills! We all particularly enjoyed the ice cream stop at a local café!
Take a look at the photographs of our adventures here:
"I enjoyed hiking and making the houses for little wooden people."
"I thought it was a great break from work and I really enjoyed spending time with my friends before high school. I loved the water sports because we all got to work together and let loose."
"When we did the OAA days, I really enjoyed the water sports. My favourite part was everyone on the giant paddleboard and when we all ended up falling over and we nearly fell into the water."
"I really enjoyed doing the water sports at Fishmoor reservoir because I love doing water activities so doing canoeing and giant paddle boarding is so much fun for me. The best part was when I jumped in by accident because it was a bit of a surprise and it was fun trying to catch up to the paddle board and then Jack, the instructor, came and got me."
"The thing I’ve enjoyed most about the OAA days is paddle boarding because it was something I’ve never done before."
"I enjoyed the water activity day because I liked being on the water for the whole day, especially on the giant paddle board. It was quite hard to keep on your feet seeing as when one person moves the whole thing moves with them."
"My favourite part of the three day trip was when we were at Fishmoor and we jumped in the water. It is my favourite part because I was with my friends and we had so much fun."
"I enjoyed doing the water sports the most because I love doing canoeing and the paddle board and jumping in at the end."
"The thing I enjoyed the most was when we went canoeing because of all the fun games we did."
This week marked the start of our very last half term at St Paul’s Primary School! We are going to make our last few weeks count and we have been working really hard, as usual. We started our week with a trip up to the park at Blacksnape to have a look at our local area from a good vantage point. We were identifying the physical and human geographical features of the area for the Geography part of our Hoddlesden Globe theme learning. We then created a sketch map (a simple drawing of the landscape, showing things that are sometimes hidden in other maps) drawn from a bird's-eye view.
In Maths, we have been finding missing angles in a triangle. We have used our knowledge of the properties of a triangle, such as the different types of triangle and the sum of the interior angles (they add up to 180°). Our Computing for this half term is Computer-Aided Design (CAD). We will be using an online 3D modelling program to design a theatre set for a scene from Romeo and Juliet (linked to our English learning) and then making it in the Design & Technology part of our theme learning.
Blackburn Rovers Football Club came in to deliver our Move & Learn session for P.E. and we also practised our teamwork skills in our Outdoor Adventure unit.
It has been a super start to our half term!
"I really enjoyed going to Blacksnape to sketch the landscape. We were looking for the human and physical features. The moors around Darwen Tower are physical and Darwen Tower is human geography. I have enjoyed doing the 3D modelling on the computers and learning how to use Computer-Aided Design technology."
Summer 1 - Amazing Asia
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The last week of this half term has been jam-packed, as always! We completed our Electricity project in Science by putting our useful circuit for Mulan into action - we created a simple model to show how the circuit would work. We had to do some problem solving to fix issues that we encountered with the components and set-up of our circuits but, eventually, there was a lot of buzzing and bulb flashing in our classroom! In Art, Mrs Dixon brought us our glazed and fired clay masks, based on the animals of the Chinese zodiac. They look fantastic! We then selected one of the characteristics of the animals we had chosen.
Our English learning, based around the story of Mulan, has ended with our own version of the story. We started our writing at the end of the story and then included a flashback to explain how the character had reached that point. We have focused on angles this week in Maths, measuring and drawing them and calculating missing angles on a straight line and around a point. We love using the protractors! In our R.E. lesson, we focused on the Holy Trinity. We thought about the concept of one God in three parts: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. We designed our own image to show this concept. We practised our triple jump skills in our first P.E. lesson and then played a fantastic game of rounders in our second lesson…it was a very close match!
We are now all ready for a well-earned break next week. FANTASTIC work this half term, Year 6
We can’t believe how quickly the weeks are flying by! We have worked very hard again this week in Year 6. In Maths, we have continued our Statistics unit. We have drawn pie charts, using a pair of compasses and a protractor. We found that it is harder than it looks! We then learnt how to find the mean (average) of a set of data. In English, we started looking at stories with flashbacks, in preparation for writing a version of our focus text, Mulan, using a flashback. We used drama to help us to remember the main events. We also used descriptive and figurative language for effect when we wrote setting descriptions for the story; we included similes, metaphors and personification.
Using the research from our Geography lesson last week about air pollution in China, we continued our discussion text on whether China has done enough to combat the problem of air pollution. Our Electricity learning continued in Science, where we investigated the best type of switch to use in the useful circuits we have designed for the character Mulan. In this week’s R.E. lesson, we used a Venn diagram to compare aspects of Christianity and Islam, thinking about the similarities and differences in the faiths’ understanding of God. We painted our animal masks in Art, using a variety of pastel colours.
"I have enjoyed painting my clay animal mask in Art and I enjoyed writing a discussion text in Geography. I liked drawing pie charts in Maths because we got to use a pair of compasses and a protractor!"
This week has been Mental Health Awareness Week and this year’s theme is nature. Watch this video to see how connecting with nature can help our mental health: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdDioDtjkis&t=119s
We thought about the many benefits to connecting with nature for our mental health, which include feeling happier, feeling less stressed or angry, having more and better-quality sleep and improving our attention and concentration. We spent some time outside so that we could enjoy the nature around us; we listened and observed, sketching the nature that we could see or thinking about how we would describe what we could see and hear. Oscar even wrote a poem! You can read his poem below.
In English, we read a text about another strong female character, The Warrior Queen. We used a Venn diagram to compare the character to Mulan, finding lots of similarities and differences between them. Also linked to our Amazing Asia theme learning, we took part in a martial arts session. We learnt all sorts of moves, including the horse stance, sparring stance and crane stance!
In the Geography part of our theme learning, we focused on human geography; we looked at the geographical reasons why the cities in China are located where they are. We also researched the problems that the large cities in China have caused, including air pollution, plus the solutions that the country has put in place to solve the issues. We wrote a discussion text on whether China has done enough to combat the problem of air pollution.
We completed our clay animal masks in Art that are based on the animals of the Chinese zodiac. We then learnt some techniques for making 3D clay models: you have to mould the clay in a certain way so that it doesn’t explode in the kiln!
Nature by Oscar:
The tweets of birds in the blue sky
Soaring and flying in the calm wind
The spring weather and the breeze around
Calm and quiet in the shade
"I have really enjoyed going outside to connect with nature. I sketched a daisy. I also enjoyed doing the Chinese martial arts on Tuesday because it meant I could learn new things about China."
After enjoying an extra day off this week, we came back into school at full speed ahead! We wrote our weighted discussion text in English about whether or not Mulan should take her father’s place in the army, including a greater number of arguments in favour of our view point. We used the features of a discussion text, such as devices for cohesion. In Maths, we were introduced to the parts of circles, including radius, diameter and circumference. We learnt that the diameter is twice the length of the radius.
In our R.E. lesson, we used extracts from the Bible to discover the different names that are given to God. These include Elohim, meaning ‘strong creator’, and El Shaddai - ‘God Almighty’. We used these names to create some graffiti art. We continued our Geography learning by using maps to locate the physical and human geography of China, marking the features on a map and creating a key to show what the features are. In Computing this week, we used the email function to send an email with an attachment. We wrote a message to explain what we had learnt about China so far and we then attached a PowerPoint with further information on it. We are really enjoying our French lessons with Madame Wardle - we have learnt the names of the planets and we are beginning to describe them in French. In Music, we managed to get outside into the fresh air and sunshine (it rained last week!) in order to compose our own music using pentatonic scales. Our Chinese zodiac animal masks are really coming along in our Art lessons!
Enjoy a pentatonic scale composition!
Listen to us speaking French!
We have had another action-packed week in the Year 6 classroom! In Maths, we have moved on from ratio and we have been learning about enlarging shapes using a scale factor (when you enlarge a shape and each side is multiplied by the same number). Our English learning, based on the text Mulan, included holding a debate about whether the main character should take her father’s place in the army, in preparation for writing a weighted discussion text. We thought about the arguments for and against Mulan going to war and used them in our debate, listening to each other’s points and responding appropriately. Mr Dugdale even popped in to hear our arguments!
In Science, we used the components of a circuit to investigate the effects of adding more cells or more bulbs. We also continued creating our Chinese animal masks out of clay in Art, layering up the clay to create a 3D effect. We continued to practise our javelin skills in P.E. and began to learn how to do an effective baton pass in a relay. In our French lesson with Madame Wardle, we learnt the names of the planets in French and linked them with the days of the week, as they are named after the planets. We used lots of actions to help us to remember the vocabulary!
We ended our week with some Forest School outdoor learning based on Mulan. We loved our journey through the woods as warriors…we tackled a tunnel, did some heavy lifting and waded through a wild river! We then whittled some bows to fire arrows and relaxed by the fire, toasting a marshmallow or two. What a fantastic way to end the week!
"I have really enjoyed this week! Especially in Art and Forest School - it is a great way to learn new things. I learnt how to keep trying in Forest School as me and Evie-Mai kept failing at making a bow out of willow!"
This week, we have had a very ‘hands-on’ week in Year 6! In Science, we started our Electricity unit by revising our existing knowledge on the components in a circuit; we investigated various circuits and used the correct symbols to draw the circuits that we had created. In Art, we used clay to begin to create the masks we have designed based on the animals of the Chinese zodiac. We used different tools and techniques to mould and shape the clay. In our P.E. lessons, we have practised our speed walking, our javelin throwing and our rounders skills!
In our English lessons, we have continued to focus on the text Mulan. We have written in role as the main characters, created a Top Trumps cards for one of the villains and written a free verse poem using vocabulary linked to the themes of the text. Our Geography lesson involved finding out about the physical geography of China; we used the Tier 3 vocabulary we have previously learnt to describe the location of the country, including terms such as longitude, latitude, equator, hemispheres etc. We finished off our week with more Music and French with our curriculum specialists!
This week in Year 6, we have enjoyed a busy week that included some curriculum enhancements and curriculum specialists. As part of our Amazing Asia topic, we took part in a Chinese lion dance workshop where we learnt how to operate the Chinese dragon and make it ‘dance’! We also enjoyed a very active cricket session with LCF.
In English, our focus text is Mulan, based on the Disney live action adaptation. We started our unit by looking at the original ballad that is believed to be the inspiration for the story. We summarised the story, looked at the vocabulary and learnt a section of the text for performance. Our Maths learning has included some new Year 6 learning on the topic of ratio. We have started using the language of ratio so that we can calculate ratios in next week’s lessons.
We are very fortunate to have a curriculum specialist in Art to support us with this half term’s theme learning. We will be creating a clay mask based on one of the animals of the Chinese zodiac. This week, we sketched our designs, ready for starting the masks next week. We also had a French lesson with our new curriculum specialist for MFL, Madame Wardle. It has been a great start to the Summer Term!
"This week, I have enjoyed the lion dance because it is not something that we would usually do. I liked being in the head of the lion - I got to make it look like the lion was dancing around! I have also enjoyed the acting we did in English because it was a fun way to learn about the story."
Chinese Lion Dancing!
Spring 2 - Blended Learning
We have had a very active week in Year 6! We investigated the effects of exercise on our bodies in Science, we have practised our volleyball skills in P.E. and we did a triathlon to round off the week!
Our Science involved designing an investigation that would allow us to measure the effects of exercise on our bodies. We did a set of exercises and then took our pulse to see what had happened to our heart rate. We made sure that we made it a fair investigation and worked out the mean (average) of our data.
In English, we continued with our chosen topic, The Deep. This week, we looked at the discovery of the wreck of Titanic in 1985 and wrote a report about the event. We also looked at some of the artefacts that were found in the wreckage. Later in the week, we learnt about the sunken city Pavlopetri, linking our learning to our last History topic about the Ancient Greeks. We wrote a diary entry in role, created a travel brochure to inform people about the discovery and did a live news report!
In Maths, we have extended our work on area by using formulae to calculate the area of triangles and parallelograms. We mixed Art and R.E. by looking at the significance of the cross in the Easter story and then creating an artistic Easter card using pastels.
The triathlon was great fun but very tiring...we rode bikes, 'swam' and did laps around the field and playground!
We have definitely earned our Easter holidays!
In Year 6, we have enjoyed a week of deep sea creatures, Shakespeare and dressing up!
We decided to choose our own topic for our English learning in the last two weeks of term and we agreed on The Deep…we are doing a combination of non-fiction, fiction and poetry about the deepest, darkest parts of the ocean! Our focus has been the Mariana Trench - the deepest oceanic trench on Earth. We have loved learning about the weird and wonderful creatures that live in the trench, writing a survival guide for them (the living conditions are pretty tricky), writing the voiceover narrative for a video clip (just like David Attenborough) and a free verse poem about the submarine volcanoes (you can get volcanoes under the sea!)
As it is Shakespeare Week, we have dipped into the story of Macbeth in our Guided Reading sessions. We have discovered a bit about the main characters and the reasons for their actions, as well as trying to understand the original text!
In Maths, we have continued our topic on perimeter and area; we have started some new learning about how to find the area of triangles. In Science, we discovered what is in our blood and how it helps our body. In our P.E. lessons, we practised our volleyball skills and learnt the technique for speed walking in our Athletics session!
On Thursday, we celebrated World Book Day again now that we are all back in school together. The dressing up was fantastic…there was a wonderful array of costumes based on all sorts of books! We have really enjoyed our week
We are SO pleased to be back together as a class this week! After a few days of settling in, it is like we have never been away. We have eased ourselves in gently this week and we have enjoyed spending time together again.
Our Maths lessons this week involved converting between standard units of measure, including imperial units which aren’t used as much now. In our English lessons, we have focused on the legend of the Trojan horse, linked to our History learning about the Ancient Greeks. We have discussed that there may be different versions of the same legend because the story has been passed down over the years and may only partly be based on the truth. We enjoyed retelling a section of the story in pairs, adding actions and making our performance interesting to watch! Watch our performance here: https://stpaulshoddlesden.primarysite.media/media/the-legend-of-the-trojan-horse
We also interviewed each other in role as the Greek soldiers hiding in the wooden horse.
In Science, we learnt about the different sections of the heart, including ventricles and atria. We enjoyed the return of Mr Richards in Music and used the djembe drums and percussion to perform a range of call and response rhythms.
“I have enjoyed the fact that we are all back together! I especially enjoyed P.E. because it was very energetic! It has been quite fun learning about the imperial measurements in Maths. I liked writing in the 1st person in English, writing from the perspective of a soldier in the Trojan horse. Music was good because we haven’t done it in a while!”
This week has flown by! We have had another great week of remote and in-school learning, including celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 4th March. In Year 6, we decided that we wanted to re-live our childhood and enjoy books that we read when we were younger! Our focus text was The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt. A boy’s crayons have quit their jobs as crayons because they aren’t happy with what he uses them for. For example, Red Crayon complains because he is worked too hard – he’s always being used for things like fire engines and strawberries and even has to work during the holidays, colouring in Father Christmas or love hearts! We used the text as a stimulus to write our own letters in role from objects that feel like they aren’t being used properly…we had some fantastic ideas!
In Science, we started our Exercise, Health and the Circulatory System unit by learning about the human circulatory system. We learnt that the heart is a pump and that it sends blood to the lungs to get oxygen before sending it around the body. Our Computing task this week was to create a quiz on Purple Mash, using a variety of question types.
"I have really enjoyed doing Mrs Winward's gymnastics workout videos and it has been really fun playing games outside this week. I liked learning about the heart this week because it was really interesting to delve deeper into your body. I really enjoyed writing the letter based on the story The Day the Crayons Quit on World Book Day and I liked listening to Mrs Bullen reading Hairy Maclairy because I enjoyed the rhyming!"
We have made a super start to the new half term in Year 6, both at school and at home! Remote learning has continued and the work has been fantastic.
This week in English, we have continued to focus on Letters From the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll, a story set during World War II. We have used similes and metaphors to describe what it would be like during an air raid, found synonyms for a character’s feelings and emotions and thought about the pros and cons of evacuation. Maths has become very ‘Year 6ish’ this week as we have progressed through our algebra topic! We have been writing and solving equations.
In Art, we used art and design techniques to add collage to a drawing (with Mrs Clitheroe’s help!) In our Science lesson, we thought about traits that are inherited by offspring from their parents. We then decided which biscuits could be the ‘parents’ of the ‘offspring’ biscuits! Our Computing lesson involved using Purple Mash to create a multiple choice quiz about a topic of our choice…there were some weird and wonderful questions to answer! In the R.E. lesson, we used Bible verses to discover some of the names that are used for Jesus in the Bible and then created an acrostic poem, using those names. In History, we continued our learning about Ancient Greece; we learnt about the gods and goddesses that were worshipped by the Greeks and used the information for a quiz. We have really enjoyed our week 🙂
Harry Ba says:
"I have enjoyed P.E. this week as it was quite intense when we were playing a game together! I have enjoyed doing algebra this week because we have learnt things that we haven't learnt before. I enjoyed PSHE as we were thinking about how we could make things environmentally sustainable."
In Year 6, we can't believe how quickly this half term has gone! We have been SO busy, both at school and remotely, that the time has whizzed by...we have definitely all earned a break next week!
This week, we continued our Robots theme in English. We have thought about how robots are used and then we created our own robot! We wrote instructions for the functions of our robot creations. Later in the week, we looked at an extract from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by by L. Frank Baum about the Tin Man, thinking about what he wanted from the wizard (a heart). We then wrote in role as our robots, describing what we wanted (e.g. a heart or a brain). Our final task was to write a story opening about our robot, blending action, dialogue and description.
In Maths, we have done some brand new Year 6 learning about algebra! We started gently by looking at one- and two-step function machines and then moved on to using letters to represent numbers in expressions.
Our Science lesson this week involved a Bird Beak Buffet! We used different utensils to represent the different types of beaks that birds have and then tried using them to pick up a variety of foods. We thought about natural selection and what would happen to the birds that were not suited to a particular food type. In History, we learnt more about the impact the Ancient Greeks have had on how we do things today; we learnt about the Olympic Games and about some of the 'thinkers' (philosophers) that were making discoveries during Ancient Greek times.
Have a well-deserved break next week, everyone 😊
"I have enjoyed writing about robots and making our own robot in English. I liked doing beach ball volleyball in P.E. and learning the passes. The game was very energetic and fun!"
Showcasing Our Volleyball Skills!
We have come to the end of another action-packed week in Year 6! Our English work has been based around the topic Robots. We have used video clips from some wonderful Disney films to give us inspiration for our writing; we have produced fantastic adverts, postcards and persuasive arguments! We have continued our fractions, decimals and percentages work in Maths, comparing them and finding percentages of amounts.
As it is Children's Mental Health Week, we have focused on the theme of Express Yourself. We have considered self-expression - what it means and how we can express ourselves. In our R.E. lesson, we continued to think about freedom and historical figures who have fought for freedom in different ways. In Computing, we also focused on influential people, thinking about the people who have had an impact on the history of computing. Our Science lesson was based on fossil records; fossils provide evidence for how living things and the environment have changed over time. We can look at them to see what the earlier types of animals were like. In Art, we continued to look at landscape drawing, this time using paint (if we had some!) We were very ambitious in our P.E. lesson this week, practising some tricky volleyball skills (using the beach balls!) I think we are all ready for a rest!
We can't believe that another week is over already! As usual, this week has been packed full of learning. Our Maths topic has involved converting fractions to percentages. In English, we have focused on non-fiction texts about famous explorers! Amongst other things, we created a fact file about the polar regions, wrote and performed a film trailer about Ernest Shackleton and wrote a description of what we think it would be like to stand on top of Mount Everest. In Computing, we used https://wordart.com/ to create a word cloud about kindness, using synonyms that we had collected. Our R.E. lesson involved thinking about freedom and what it means to be free. We collected synonyms and antonyms for the word free and created a free verse poem (Mrs Scholes loves poetry!) The poems are incredible! In Art, we practised the sketching skills that Mrs Clitheroe has taught us and we drew a landscape. We used softer pencils to help with our shading.
"I really enjoyed doing the word art because I liked doing the different styles of font. I also enjoyed doing both P.E. lessons because it is good to have fun with the class while learning routines in Street Dance and different skills in volleyball."
A bit of French!
The children have all worked incredibly hard this week in Year 6, whether at school or remotely! In English, we have continued to use Wonder as our focus text. We have thought about the theme of the text and what we think the different characters would be thinking and feeling. Maths this week has involved multiplying and dividing decimal numbers, using both mental and written methods.
In Art, Mrs Clitheroe showed us (via video!) how to develop our drawing skills, using techniques such as cross hatching and shading. Our R.E. focus was the story of Passover in Judaism; we explored the significance of a Seder plate and what each item represents. We then designed our own plate of memories and explained why we had chosen those items of food. In one of our P.E. lessons, we continued to develop our volleyball skills…either at school with a beach ball or at home with a balloon! It has been a busy but fun week.
"I have enjoyed working from home because the work I have been set has been challenging and Mrs Scholes has been there to help if I need it."
"I have really enjoyed reading the book Wonder with the class and I’m thinking of getting the book to read at home because I’m really enjoying it."
"I have liked the art that Miss Clitheroe has posted on the school website because we have still managed to do those things at home and I enjoy it."
"I have enjoyed online learning because it can get you more used to technology. I have been enjoying Science, as always, but recently it has been my favourite because it has been about animals and how they have adapted to the environments. It's good that I can put a note on Seesaw and that Mrs. Scholes answers my questions really quickly. I like that I get feedback on everything that I have done so that I know that I have done everything well or if I need to re-do some areas of learning."
"I have enjoyed doing Zoom and Art."
Volleyball Skills (remotely!)
This week has flown by! We have now got used to our blended learning and we tried our first live lesson! The children at home are fantastic at doing their remote learning and the children in school are continuing to work hard.
In English, our focus text has been Wonder by RJ Palacio. The story is about a boy who is starting school for the first time at the age of ten (our age!) The main character, Auggie, has a rare facial abnormality. We have thought about how he would feel about starting school and we have found synonyms for the words unique and kind, using them to write a poem and create some word art.
We started our Volleyball unit in P.E. and we learnt how to do an underhand serve and a bump pass (perhaps a little more tricky to practise at home!) We made HUGE progress in our first lesson and we were much better at controlling the ball by the end of the session.
In R.E., we looked at the significant events in the life of Moses. We imagined we were Moses when God spoke to him through the burning bush and sent a message to our friends to tell them what had happened.
"It is quite strange having only half the class in but it is really fun at break time because we play together. We miss the other half of our class! I have enjoyed learning the street dance and how to play volleyball. I have enjoyed looking at the book Wonder and I liked thinking about the character Auggie's hopes and fears about starting school."
Volleyball - Bump Pass
Well...what a week! Closing again due to COVID-19 wasn't exciting enough for us at St Paul's so we threw a snow day into our first week back, too! Despite the challenging circumstances, the children have (once again) taken the new routine in their stride. Part of our Year 6 team has been in the classroom and the other part has been remote learning...every single child has continued to work their socks off and the Year 6 staff team is incredibly proud of each and every one of the children
This week, we have learnt about coordinates and translation in Maths. In English, we looked at the lyrics of songs as poetry. We responded to the lyrics of a couple of songs, saying what we thought the message of the song is and how the lyrics make us feel. In R.E., we considered significant events in history and why they were significant. We then thought about a significant event in our own life. For our Computing lesson, we did some coding on the Hour of Code website.
"This has been a very fun week because we have come back to see our friends and we are in contact with our teachers. I liked P.E. because we did Street Dance."
Our final week of this half term has been full of Geography! We have focused on the physical geography of Tanzania, linked to our Non-Fiction November focus person, Jane Goodall. Our key vocabulary was climate (the weather conditions which are typical of a place), biome (a large region of Earth that has a certain climate and certain types of living things) and vegetation belt (plant life as a whole within a certain area). We used the internet to research the climate, biome and vegetation belt of Tanzania.
In English, we wrote a free verse poem using the vocabulary we identified in the text Letters from the Lighthouse to describe an air raid. We used language effects, such as onomatopoeia, alliteration and repetition, to make our poems effective. Our R.E. lesson focused on the fourth candle of the Advent wreath, remembering Mary the Mother of Jesus and her role in the Christmas story.
What a fantastic term it has been! The children have worked very hard and they have enjoyed all of our topics and projects. Well done, everyone 🙂
What a busy week! When we haven’t been learning how to multiply and divide fractions in Maths, we have been working on our Design & Technology production line for Elf Enterprise! Following on from our planning, designing and preparation last week, we have moved onto the making stage of our Santa’s Sweet Sleigh project. It really has been a full team effort; everyone has been measuring, cutting, sawing, joining, reinforcing, painting and decorating! We are really pleased with the outcome and our product sold out before the end of the week!
In R.E., we have been learning about Advent, which means ‘coming’ and is a time of preparation. We have looked at the meaning of the candles on an Advent wreath and who they remind us of. One tradition surrounding the meaning of the candles includes the candle of hope (God’s people), the candle of peace (the Old Testament prophets), the candle of love (John the Baptist) and the candle of joy (Mary the mother of Jesus). In Science, we are learning about light and investigated the angles of incidence and reflection. When light is reflected from a surface, the angle of incidence is always equal to the angle of reflection.
"Elf Enterprise has been really fun! I enjoyed making the base of the sleigh. We measured the lolly sticks and then cut them with a saw. Once we had cut them, we stuck them onto three other lolly sticks to strengthen and reinforce them. I also enjoyed decorating the sides of the sleigh using glitter paint. We hope that people are going to like them!"
In English this week, we have finished and presented our magazine pages about Jane Goodall. We focused on her impact on our planet. We thought about the organisation and presentation of our magazine page, making it bright, colourful and full of facts for the younger reader! In PSHE, we talked about diversity, prejudice and discrimination and how to help people who are treated badly because of their differences.
A large part of our week has been spent on our Elf Enterprise project for Design & Technology! We have made a fantastic start; we have investigated existing products, created designs and worked out the costings for our own product. The focus for our product is joining materials and stiffening and strengthening the structure of it. We had fun experimenting with different structural ideas to make sure that our product won’t fall apart! We then explained our choices to the class, talking about the structure and how we would join the parts of the product. Watch this space for our finished product…
This week in English, we have been researching Jane Goodall as part of Non-Fiction November's theme, The Planet We Share. We are writing a non-fiction magazine page for children to explain who Jane Goodall is and the impact that she has had on our planet. During our Geography lessons, we have started looking at geographical terms such as latitude, longitude, equator, northern/southern hemispheres, tropics of Cancer/Capricorn and Arctic/Antarctic circles. We used an atlas to identify these features. We are also pleased to announce that we have persevered and finished our bags for Design & Technology! Our sewing skills have really progressed and we are very proud of the results. In MindUP this week, we have been practising Mindful Seeing - we looked at things in detail to help us to observe the things around us. Another busy week!
This week, we have started our fractions unit in Maths...the children either love them or hate them! We have started with equivalent fractions and simplifying fractions, making good use of our knowledge of factors. In English, we have started our Non-Fiction November topic, linked to the theme The Planet We Share. Our focus environmentalist is Jane Goodall, who is an expert on chimpanzees! We will be looking at the work she has done towards helping our planet.
In our other lessons this week, we have mainly been making our bags in Design & Technology...our project is coming together! We have sewn on the pocket on which we did a design using a batik technique (based on African patterns) and we have joined our material using either a running stitch or an overstitch. The bags are looking great!
We have been very productive in Year 6 this week! In English, we have started writing our own version of an extract of our focus text, The Girl of Ink and Stars. We have been practising blending action, dialogue and description to make our writing exciting to read and to create suspense. In Maths, we have started looking at the order of operations (BODMAS) to allow us to solve calculations correctly. We have been developing our cricket skills in P.E. and we practised our batting skills this week.
Our Art work has linked to African patterns and we have designed a simple pattern that we are creating using a batik process. We have improvised our technique...we are not using hot wax but we have experimented with glue and candle wax! These act as a resist to stop the dye going onto the material underneath. The patterns we have created will then be sewn onto the bag we are making in Design & Technology, using our joining skills! We are upcycling - we are going to use old clothing or material and make it into something even better!
Practising our batting and fielding!
We have settled back into our routine after a well earned rest during the half term break! This week in English, we have gathered the content for our own version of part of our focus text, The Girl of Ink and Stars. We also used a picture prompt to help us to focus on Remembrance Day. We thought about how the picture made us feel and what the soldiers in the picture would have been thinking and feeling. In Computing, we started a programming unit with Mrs Wardman, writing and debugging algorithms. Our new P.E. topic is Tag Rugby and started off by practising our skills relating to holding, throwing and catching the ball.
We also visited the war memorial at the top of Bayne Street. We put our painted rocks on the steps and learnt a bit about the names on the memorial from Mrs Robinson.
It has been an exciting week in Year 6! We had a Life Education session on Monday where we discussed making decisions, including difficult choices that we may have to make as we get older. We were also happy (and a little bit sad) to see Harold the giraffe for the last time in our primary school career!
Later in the week, we got our bike helmets and high visibility vests on and took to the streets of Hoddlesden! The Bikeability course developed our skills when riding our bikes on the road. We practised in the school playground before applying our skills out on the roads. Despite the rain on the second day, we finished the course and were still smiling when we got back to school! Everyone did really well - the instructors were very impressed.
On Friday afternoon, we had our behaviour treat for this half term…an online visit from Jasper Cherry! The Britain’s Got Talent magician showed us some amazing tricks and we asked some questions about what he does. What a fantastic way to end the half term
The weeks are flying by in Year 6 and we have had another fantastic week of learning! In English, we thought about a character’s feelings and collected synonyms to develop our vocabulary. We also wrote a monologue as a character, using rhetorical questions and short sentences for effect.
In Maths, we have been developing our multiplication skills, using both mental and written methods to solve multiplication calculations. Our PSHE lesson focused on healthy, positive friendships. We imagined we were radio presenters and gave advice to people who were having problems with their friendships. As always, our drama was very entertaining! In History, we researched other kingdoms so that we could compare them to the Kingdom of Benin, thinking about time periods, trading and achievements.
Carl Linnaeus and the Linnaean classification system were the focus of our Science lesson. We discovered the impact that Carl Linnaeus had on Science and the way that the world classifies living things.
We have been continuing our MindUP sessions, focusing on mindful smelling and tasting. We do Core Practice after playtimes and lunchtimes to help us to refocus our brains, concentrating on our breathing rather than the noises around us.
As part of our British Values worship about Individual Liberty last week, we designed and created a structure with a partner so that we could practise expressing our ideas and listening to the views of others.
A Week in the Life of Year 6...
This week, we have enjoyed starting to learn about batik (a dye technique using a wax resist) in Art. We practised the technique by using oil pastels and watercolours; we used the oil pastels as the resist to stop the paint getting to the paper, like the wax stops the dye getting to the material during the batik process.
In French, we learnt the French vocabulary for clothing. In our R.E. lesson, we discovered what a pilgrimage is (a journey made to a sacred place as an act of religious devotion) and we researched the religious pilgrimages that the followers of Christianity, Judaism and Islam undertake throughout their lives.
Throughout the week, we have been learning more about Black History Month. Our person of interest is Harriet Tubman, a slave who escaped and led other enslaved people to freedom. In English, we wrote a ‘Wanted’ poster with a twist and described all of her positive traits.
A Week in the Life of Year 6...
This week has flown by! In English, we have produced a fantastic hybrid text about the Kingdom of Benin, including a non-chronological report and an explanation text. We were going to do a recount but then we were inspired to write a discussion text! In Design & Technology, we applied the skills we learnt last week and joined two pieces of material using a running stitch and an overstitch. In Science, we created our own new animal that we could classify using a classification key. There were some weird and wonderful creatures! In Art, we looked at African patterns, using them to inspire our own patterns.
It was National Poetry Day on Thursday and this year’s theme was vision. We read some poems together and then wrote our own versions, based on those models. We learnt and performed our poems…performing in front of the camera always gets a mixed response! Watch some of our performances here.
A Week in the Life of Year 6...
We have had another busy week in Year 6, laughing and having fun along the way! In English, we have started looking at non-fiction texts in preparation for writing our own hybrid text. We have chosen to include a non-chronological report, a recount and an explanation in our text about the Kingdom of Benin (linked to our History learning).
In Science, we used a classification key to sort invertebrates before putting our scientist hats on and designing our own! We created a classification key to sort the different types of vertebrates (mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles). We were very impressed with our scientific brains!
In Design & Technology, we have been practising our stitching so that we will be able to join materials.
A Week in the Life of Year 6...
We have had another great week in Year 6…it’s like we have never been away! In English, we have enjoyed reading and analysing a poem by a Nigerian poet called Niyi Osundare. The poem is about the rain and contains lots of similes, metaphors and personification. We have written our own version of the poem, changing the tone of the poem to a more positive view of the rain.
We also watched a session of the Blackburn Virtual Children's Literature Festival where we enjoyed a poet sharing his own poems...he was very entertaining!
Our Art learning involved looking at the significance of animals in the Kingdom of Benin. The Obas (the kings) were compared to animals such as crocodiles and leopards to demonstrate their position as king. We decided which animal we thought best represented the Oba and sketched a picture of it, using the skills we have learnt in previous Art lessons.
As part of our Science learning, we spent a bit of time in the great outdoors! We looked for living things in the local wooded area so that we can classify them (group them) in our next Science lesson. We think the noise we were making scared most of the bigger animals off but we saw plenty of minibeasts!
We have also spent lots of time reading this week…we love to read together!
A Week in the Life of Year 6...
We have had a FANTASTIC first full week back in Year 6! The children really have got back into the swing of things and we have enjoyed our learning.
In History, we looked at a timeline and placed the time periods that we have learnt about on it, including the Kingdom of Benin. By doing this, we could see that some of the different time periods happened at the same time, and not one after the other!
In R.E., we started to look at our own life journey so far. We thought about events that were significant to us, such as losing our first tooth, starting school etc.
We were really pleased to be able to start Music lessons with Mr Richards again and Gymnastics with Miss Crewe! Mrs Scholes managed to get some super action shots of balances and jumps during Gymnastics.
Watch our video here.
Year 6 is BACK!
What a fantastic few days we have had - the fun, laughter (and a bit of work) have returned to St Paul's! In Year 6, we have spent a lot of time discussing our time away from school, the pros and cons of lockdown and what we have enjoyed most about returning to school. The overwhelming response was related to being back with our friends and school staff...it is so good to be with each other again. We have particularly loved playing together as a class at playtime and lunchtime (it made Mrs Scholes feel all warm and fuzzy inside).
Welcome back and well done, everyone
(Apologies for the lack of photographs from these first few days - we have been too busy catching up with each other! Mrs Scholes will take more next week)