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Our Learning in Year 6
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Last Day at St Philip’s
Thank you for a wonderful last day in Year 6! I have had a brilliant year getting to know you all and I will miss you next year. You have all worked so hard and I am so proud of every single one of you. Good luck at high school and please come to visit us! :) Have a fantastic summer!!!
The children wrote their names on pebbles they collected during the Menai residential to place in the spiritual garden. This is a fabulous legacy to know that the children will always have a place here.
Tennis Taster Session
We participated in a fantastic tennis taster session today. The children practised various racket and accuracy skills and played some games.
For our topic on electricity, the children created series circuits with different components (lightbulbs, buzzers and motors), and investigated what happened to the components when more were added or when extra cells (batteries) were added. For example, they found that the buzzer grew louder when the circuit included 5 batteries – I soon put a stop to that!
Plastic Pollution Presentations
Recently we discovered more about plastic pollution and how it can affect our wildlife and oceans. After researching the topic and writing about it, the children made presentations on the iPads using Keynote for our computing lessons. They needed to use skills which included: formatting text, backgrounds and images; transitions between slides; and animating text and images. They then presented their finished piece to the rest of the class.
Celtic Art, Prayer and Poetry
As part of our RE topic, Ideas About God, we discovered more about God’s nature and characteristics. We then moved on to exploring how Christian beliefs have been expressed through Celtic art, poetry and prayer. The children wrote Trinitarian blessings (referring to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit) and made Trinity knots.
Year 6 Leavers’ Service
Year 6 attended the Leavers’ Service at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. Before the afternoon service, we were lucky enough to participate in the workshops which focused on the transition to high school. We know God will be looking after the children as they move on to secondary school.
During our week away the children have challenged themselves, developed new skills and gained in confidence and independence. Every single centre instructor said how much they enjoyed working with the children because of their behaviour and engagement. We are very proud of how well they represented themselves and our school this week. It will certainly be a week to remember!
Moses Role Play
In preparation for the Year 6 Leavers’ Service at Liverpool Cathedral, we have focused on the theme of freedom in relation to the Exodus. We refreshed our memories on the story of Moses and performed some role play and freeze frames to enact it. We also discussed its significance to freedom and how it can relate to events from more recent times.
As part of our unit on working scientifically, the children planned their own investigation relating to foot/leg size compared to how far they can jump. They carried out the investigation from start to finish, deciding on variables and equipment they would need.
Liquid Nitrogen Workshop
The children were lucky enough to have a workshop from scientists about liquid nitrogen. They saw the effects it has on different materials, including balloons and flowers.
Street Child – Conscience Alley
In English we have been thinking about persuasive writing, linked to Street Child. We held a conscience alley, where the children had to give the protagonist, Jim, reasons why he should escape the workhouse or stay there.
The author, illustrator and animator (creator of Bob the Builder!) visited the school and gave a fantastic assembly to the juniors, giving great advice about how to achieve their dreams. He also held a workshop with Year 6, inspiring fantastic writing based on a stimulus.
Body Balance Taster Session
Michelle from Body Balance came in to give us a taster session. It is a cross between Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi and the children seemed to really enjoy it.
Some pictures of the children playing in the snow.
Street Child Role Play
We have started to read Street Child by Berlie Doherty to compliment our Victorians topic. It is about Jim who is sent to and escapes a workhouse. To get a better understanding of characters’ feelings, we re-enacted different scenes, so we could write a character description.
Vending Machines Debate
Today, the children took part in a debate linking to our healthy living topic entitled ‘Schools should allow vending machines for pupils to buy snacks’. It proved to be a very interesting debate, and it was surprising to see that not all children were in favour of schools having vending machines. They argued their points well, listening carefully and responding thoughtfully and sensibly.
The children had the opportunity to work on some Indian art in small groups with a visiting artist. The finished artwork will be displayed in the school hall, and it relates to our Christian Values. All of the classes have contributed to the pieces and they look brilliant. We can’t wait to see them on display!
As part of our healthy living topic, the children designed and made their own smoothies in groups. Although smoothies can be very healthy and can provide us with one of our 5-a-day, we also learnt that they can often have a high sugar content due to naturally occurring sugars. The children first conducted market research by finding out popular fruit and which flavours complement each other well. They cut up their chosen fruits into smaller chunks so that they would blend more effectively and added some liquid to make a thinner consistency. After blending, the children got to taste and evaluate their smoothies, considering how to improve them if they were to make them again. Most pupils seemed to really enjoy the smoothies but everyone agreed that sieving the mixture would improve the texture.
Kensuke’s Kingdom Drama
In English, we have used Michael Morpurgo’s book, ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ to inspire our writing. To start, we read the first chapter of the story and re-enacted certain parts using freeze frames. While the children were frozen, some had to voice the thoughts and emotions of their character in that moment in time. Afterwards, we wrote diary entries based on these events, thinking carefully about the characters’ feelings. They turned out really well and the drama activity really helped the children to empathise with the characters.
Geography – Map Skills
In geography, we have been using the atlases to locate desert regions. We discovered that deserts are areas or regions which receive very little precipitation and the largest desert in the world is, in fact, the Antarctic Polar Desert. The Sahara Desert is the largest non-polar desert.
Health Week – PE
Year 6 and Year 1 teamed up during Health Week to do some circuits! The children worked in groups with the Year Sixes supporting the Year Ones with the different activities. These included sprinting on the spot, arm raises with beanbags, star jumps and frog jumps.
Health Week – Sue Smith
Professional footballer Sue Smith visited school during Health Week to tell the children about her career. She also led short sessions with each class working on team-building, dribbling and passing skills.
Health Week – Science
The children really enjoyed Health Week and all of the science activities relating to our healthy lifestyle topic. We produced a leaflet about the dangers and effects of smoking and we researched alcohol and drugs on the iPads. Here you can see some children trying on glasses which demonstrate the effect of alcohol on our bodies, particularly our vision and judgement.
We also did a pulse rate investigation, where the children recorded their pulses when resting, after 1 minute of exercise, 10 minutes of exercise and after a cool down. Unfortunately, Mr Henshaw was so busy taking his own pulse, he forgot to take photos of the children taking their pulses! However, here are some of the children during the 10 minutes of exercise:
This half term, we are learning how to play handball. We have been focusing on using a range skills in order pass accurately to prevent the opposition intercepting.
In order to improve communication skills, one person was blindfolded and their partner had to navigate them around the obstacle course. The children had to think carefully about their directional vocabulary they used in order to navigate their partner successfully.
Interactive Circulatory System
This week, we explored the human circulatory system. We attempted to recreate how red blood cells travel around the body with some children representing different organs, and others being the red blood cells. The children had to collect oxygen (beanbags) from the lungs and deposit it with organs. They also had to take carbon dioxide (cones) from the organs, and deliver it back to the lungs. Afterwards, we completed some writing from the point of view of a red blood cell: a day in the life!
This half-term, our focus is healthy living, including diet, exercise and drugs, and the effects these have on the body. In computing, we are learning about the app iMovie on the iPads. The children are going to be working on creating a movie on the theme of healthy living which includes mixed media (images, videos, music etc.) and effective transitions. This week, the children started to storyboard ideas and do some research around the topic. This promises to be a fantastic cross-curricular topic with links to science and PSHE.
World War II Evacuees
In History, we explored the lives of children who were evacuated to the countryside during World War II. We did some Hot Seating to explore how the children might have felt leaving their homes and living with strangers.
The children did this in pairs first of all, and then as a class with a volunteer portraying an evacuee’s emotions brilliantly. Well done!
Clippy Birds: Survival of the Fittest
In Science, we explored the idea of evolution and the survival of the fittest. The weaker animals (or animals less suited to their environment) die off, and the strongest survive and reproduce to create even stronger and better adapted offspring. This evolution happens over millions of years, and can even result in a new species being formed.
In our activity, the children had different ‘beaks’ (pegs and clips), which were used to pick up their ‘food’ (red lentils, butter beans and black-eyed beans). Depending on how much food was collected, the birds died, survived or survived and reproduced. We found that the Tiny Beaks (the pegs) survived and reproduced the best because their beaks were better adapted to picking up the food which gave the most calories; furthermore, they needed fewer calories to survive and reproduce. The Gaping Beaks were quickest to go extinct as they need a lot of calories to survive and their beaks were not well adapted to picking up the most calorific food!
Continuing with our Evolution and Inheritance topic in Science, we investigated the school fossil collection, using the iPads to research them. The children were fascinated by what they could find out about these incredibly old and fragile artefacts.
Stars of PE
Well done to this week’s Stars of the Lesson! They showed great perseverance in using accuracy and power, practising skills in preparation for games of dodgeball.
This week, we have had several PSHE sessions, focusing on peer pressure and being influenced by the media and other people. We performed a role play exercise where each group acted out a different scenario, involving someone being pressured by someone else. We watched the performances and discussed how we could respond to the different situations.
To launch our new science topic, Evolution and Inheritance, we carried out an investigation into the flexibility of our feet as part of the BBC’s Terrific Scientific scheme. This was to contribute to research for the University of Kent which is currently studying how our feet may be adapted depending on our location – particularly the terrain we walk on. It is thought that people who live in the countryside have more flexible feet than those who live in towns and cities.
We spent the morning taking various measurements of our feet to find the Arch Height Index, and then their flexibility. To see how we collected our data, follow this link to the BBC website. The children worked really well with their partner to ensure that they were accurate and working scientifically. They also applied their long division and rounding learning from last half-term to solve some tricky calculations.
We put our results into a class bar chart which gave us the mode (the most common result), as seen in the last picture below. We have also submitted our results to the BBC and they now appear on a map where you can compare them with other schools across the country.
With Remembrance Day approaching, we held a debate about whether it should be compulsory to wear a poppy. The children researched the topic first and the class was split into two sides: for and against. They all had the opportunity to express their points of view and a vote was held at the beginning and the end to see if anyone had changed their mind because of people’s effective debating skills.
Country and Western Dance
This half-term, the children have been learning about country and western dancing. They followed common steps for the style and worked in groups to choreograph their own sequence of steps. Mr Callaway’s class came to watch and gave reasons as to why they enjoyed the dance as well as some areas for improvement.
One of our pianists had the opportunity to wow Key Stage 2 with his fantastic playing at the start of Hymn Practice on Tuesday. Well done!
Continuing with our Egyptian topic, the children researched an Egyptian god in groups and presented their findings to the rest of the class. The children spoke clearly and knowledgeably about what they discovered about their god.
In science, we have been classifying living things using branching diagrams. The children worked together to ask yes or no questions to classify animals in a different way, using large paper and sticky notes so they could easily change their diagrams.
Trip to Warrington Museum
We all really enjoyed our trip to Warrington Museum earlier this week! We were given a talk by the museum staff and got to look at various artefacts from Ancient Egypt. We were also shown how to make clay Shabtis, and the children showed off their creativity with some fantastic designs.
Tutankhamun’s Tomb Discovered!
In History, the children had the chance to explore an Egyptian tomb, looking at pictures and artefacts to learn about Howard Carter’s Discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb.
Our Science topic for this half-term is Living Things and their Habitats, and we started off by investigating micro-organisms. Three slices of bread were used: the control which was placed into a bag with minimal human contact; the second was touched by all of the children after they had shaken hands with each other; the final slice was touched by all of the children after washing their hands. This led to an important discussion about making sure we wash our hands properly to avoid spreading germs and becoming ill. We recorded our observations daily.
Here you can see what happened to the bread over the course of 11 days!
PE – Football and Hockey Dribbling Skills
In our PE lesson, we worked on dribbling skills using footballs and hockey sticks and balls. It was important to have control of the ball, using correct technique and the right amount of power depending on how far it was necessary to move the ball. The children did really well, and showed fantastic improvement during the lesson.
We had a special assembly where some scientists from the company ‘Mad Science’ shared with us some exciting experiments.
Roald Dahl Day
We had a fantastic day celebrating the work of Roald Dahl. The day started with an assembly led by special visitors who gave us some information about this famous author and his wonderful novels. Year 6 concentrated on George’s Marvellous Medicine and we participated in a fantastic drama workshop where we explored the different characters and made freeze frames.
The children also worked in groups to create a poem based on the idea that the medicine turned Grandma to jelly! After the workshop, we created our own recipes for some medicine, and in the afternoon, we used the Green Screen App on the iPads to perform our poems from earlier in the day.
Our Learning in Year 5
This morning, we had lots of fun making and tasting our own drinks, as part of our DT project. One of the best parts was making our own tasty garnishes! We made use of our Maths skills to create recipes with effective ratios, and we used our English skills to design our own persuasive posters to advertise our finished creations!
Year 5 had lots of fun on Masizani Day! As it was Nelson Mandela Day, we learnt all about the life of this South African idol. We wrote poetry inspired by the hope that Nelson Mandela had when he was imprisoned on Robben Island. We also created some beautiful art work to go with this writing. In the afternoon, we learnt a South African song, which we performed to the other Year 5 class.
St. Greg’s Discovery Day
We have been on a really exciting trip to St. Gregory’s High School to experience life as a secondary school pupil. We had an action packed day, sampling lessons such as Chemistry, DT, PE and English. Here are some photos of our day!
In Dance, we have been learning about a modern style of dance called ‘Street’. Miss Williams has been very impressed with our choreography skills!
We have now completed our Music project that was all about rapping. We enjoyed learning a rap about bullying and we worked in groups to compose our own verses. As you can see from the picture below, our class has many budding rap artists!
Debate – Should we conform or be individuals?
We finished last half term with a lively debate around the topic: individuality vs. conformity. The majority of the class felt that we should encourage one another to be individuals, so that the world is a more diverse and creative place. However, we also appreciated the need for rules and conformity to keep us safe and to ensure equality. By the end of the debate, many of us admitted to being ’50 – 50′ and seeing both sides of the argument. What is your opinion?
This half term, we have been exploring the lively dance style of Cheerleading. We learnt that timing was very important, as we had to use our Maths skills to keep track of our counts and to maintain a strong rhythm. Our ability to work as part of a team was also tested, as we worked together to create human pyramids. We performed our final piece to teachers and Year 4 pupils, who were all really impressed with our energy and enthusiasm.
Parliament Loan Box
We have been fortunate enough to recieve a loan box from the Houses of Parliament. It contained a range of items representative of the House of Commons, see if you can spot them in our debate.
The class decided to motion two ‘Bills’ – rules of our school which could affect our everyday lives. The first debate concerned the ‘use of mobile phones during break times’. There were some excellent, mature arguments, both for and against the motion. Common sense prevailed (MPs take note) and the class narrowly voted against the idea. Our second debate centred around the suggestion that ‘detention should be a sanction, as a consequence of wrong decisions being made’. This idea seemed to captivate their young Year 5 minds, and there was an overwhelming majority in favour of introducing detention. Maybe they can explain why!
Design and Technology
Having recently learned many facts about the Maya Civilization, we began to think about small, special containers, suitable for precious treasure belonging to a Maya King. We then explored methods of making our own personal containers.
During recent DT lessons we have used ‘nets’ to form prototype 3D shapes, evaluated their effectiveness, produced independent design specifications and written accurate instructions to build our own containers. Using many cereal boxes, we then began to put our design skills to the test by creating containers ‘from scratch’.
So far, so good…
Science Week Experiment
Mixtures: reversible and irreversable changes – over the course of the year we have explored different types of mixtures. Some materials can be mixed up, but the small particles remain separate. We saw this when we mixed sand and water. Other mixtures, such as salt and water, create a solution – in this case the solute (salt) dissolves in the solvent (water). Earlier in the year we saw similar results with a polystyrene cup dissolving in nail varnish remover! In all these examples the changes which occur are reversible. This means that the materials can be separated again.
We recently added cornflour to water; the resulting mixture is known as a non-Newtonian fluid. This mixture is similar to the sand/water mixture, in that the tiny cornflour particles remain separate from the water. Ask the children to describe how it felt. We left this mixture overnight to see if the water would evaporate, leaving the cornflour behind and confirming that it was reversible.
The children had a fantastic time taking part in the Terrific Scientific Taste Test. There was some fantastic science skills practised as we died our tongues blue and counted the number of papillae on our tongues. This told us whether we are a non taster, taster or super taster. We talked about scientists research into taste, and their idea that non tasters like bitter foods whilst super tasters do not appear to like them. The Terrific Scientific web page tells you how you can train your taste buds and brain to like new foods.
Chinese New Year
Our special dance session incorporated Chinese fans into our routine for added flourish and was performed for the juniors at the end of the day. We spent the morning researching Chinese culture, cuisine and education, to enable us to create a factual text persuading tourists to visit the country. We also made Chinese lanterns and tangram images.
We have been studying simple jazz tunes, and using the glockenspiel to play a tune. Originally we explored the pulse (the beat) and specified the various instruments we could hear. We then indicated the rhythm and tune by creating our own unique movements.
Gymnastics in PE
Having begun by exploring and improving our gymnastic shapes, we then incorporated them into jumps and leaps. Our next steps involved balancing on points and larger body parts. Ask the children to describe (or show you a picture of) which is which.
Studying in St. Philip’s Church
Cheshire Fire Service
Fire Safety. What is our plan of action during an emergency?
Trip to Liverpool
Having recently explored and researched Burtonwood Air Base, we knew how life used to be in our local area, how things have changed and what remains the same. With this in mind we set out for the museums in Liverpool to see: if much has changed in Liverpool since WWII; what is still the same; the role of Liverpool during the war; and how the war might have affected the people living there.
Merseyside Maritime Museum
We spent our time following a trail around ‘The Battle of the Atlantic’ exhibition. There was plenty to discover about this longest, and most crucial, naval campaign of the Second World War.
Museum of Liverpool
Every individual made fascinating discoveries, not just in the exhibitions relevant to WWII, but throughout this interesting museum. We found out more about life for all concerned during WWII, as we spent the afternoon researching: The Evolution of Charities Since WWI; A Timeline of Toys; Bootle in the Blitz; City Soldiers; and The Liverpool Overhead Railway.
Fancy Dress Fun Run
RE: To Appreciate Different People’s Views and Opinions of the Bible
Q&A Session – Mrs Dunning paid us a visit, so we could find out more about what the Bible means to her.
DT: Making Native American Indian Feathers