Year 6 Miss Cragg

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Reminders and Dates for the Summer Term

PE lessons are on a Thursday and Friday.

Our Learning

Holy Week Drama

We explored the events of Holy Week and the children thought about the emotions and how it changes through out the week. We discussed Jesus’ journey and the significance between the names he is called throughout the week by different people.

Easter Fun!

The Ethos group organised an excellent egg and spoon race! The children all enjoyed taking part. The egg and spoon race was followed by an Easter egg hunt in the classroom. Thank you for organising it, Ethos group!

Team Building Exercises

We have been having a big focus on working well in a team and what it means to work effectively. The children took part in a series of group activities that aimed to improve their communication skills. After some children had their voice taken away, they realised how vital it was to be able to communicate well and give clear instructions.

PE – Dance 

This half term, the children have worked on composing a bollywood dance. They had to create their own sections of the dance and coordinate this with the rest of the class. Their final performance was fabulous and the year 3s really enjoyed watching it!

Science Nitrogen Workshop

What an exciting afternoon Year 6 had! During the workshop, the children discovered all about nitrogen and its purposes.

Gymnastics

This half term, we have been focusing on using equipment to create sequences. The children worked on developing their core strength to perform a range of complex movements. We looked at perfecting moves and using them within a group sequence.

Protest – Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill

In Year 6, we have been exploring the social injustice faced by victims of Modern Slavery. We conducted some research to discover the different types of slavery as well as touching upon its history in order to better understand its context.

We then found out about the Modern Slavery Act 2015 which was introduced to facilitate prosecuting human traffickers. After this, we discovered that a new bill, the Victim Support Bill is making its way through parliament; however, its second reading in the House of Commons has been postponed. The children thought this was unacceptable as the victims of slavery receive very little support after they have been freed. Some children wrote to our MP, Helen Jones, to ask her to help bring this issue to light once more, and others created leaflets and posters to distribute during a protest in our local area.

Smoothies – DT

After conducting market research, we designed and created smoothies following our group’s plan. Each group prepared their fruit and carefully cut it up, then blended them together with their chosen liquid. They evaluated their smootie and thought about how they could improve the flavour further.

Health and Well-Being Week

What a fantastic week we have had!  We completed 30 minutes of exercise every day, including a boot-camp on Friday afternoon when our brilliant Sports Ambassadors organised lots of different activities for us. We also took part in a Zumba class which was great fun! In science, we investigated pulse rates and in Design and Technology, we started to plan our smoothie recipes, conducting market research. It was wonderful to see the children engaged and raising questions about having a healthy mind and body. We also looked at the effects of drugs on the body in science, and we tried on some glasses that gave us ‘drunk’ vision to find out the effects drugs/ alcohol have on your sight and focus.

 

Gymnastics

This half term, we are focusing on floor work in gymnastics. During our first lesson, we explored the different shapes that are involved in routines such as straddle, pike, tuck, star, straight, mushroom etc. Working in partners, the children explored the different shapes and had to perform them with control; they found it trickier than they initially thought! They then used these shapes to create a mini sequence.

RE – Significant Events and Freedom

This half term we are exploring “Why is the Exodus such a Significant Event is Jewish and Christian History?” To begin, we looked at different significant events in history and what makes them significant. As we continued to learn about different significant events, we discovered that many events were linked to freedom. We created freeze frames of these different history events which included Obama becoming President of the USA, the end of WWI, the abolition of slavery, Nelson Mandela being released from prison and women having the right to vote.

Music

Throughout the half term, the children have been learning to play the recorder and explored the music of Michael Jackson. They sang different songs with harmonies and played different parts of the songs on the recorder.

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!

RE Drama – Acts 21

Our RE topic this half-term is ‘People of Faith’ where we are exploring how faith affects people’s lives, how early Christians helped to build God’s kingdom and how present Christians are continuing to do so. Paul was an early Christian and helped to spread the word of Christ. We read Acts 21 together and the children re-enacted different parts of the passage.

Worship Team

Well done to our class worship team who delivered their own worship session! They worked together brilliantly to act out the story from the Bible, The Bad Brother. They asked the class questions about honesty and justice and received some brilliant reflections. All of the class really enjoyed their worship session!

PE- Badminton Tournament – Miss Cragg’s Class vs. Mr Henshaw’s Class

Overall winners : Miss Cragg’s class!

The children have been working extremely hard this half term to perfect the different badminton techniques. They put their skills to the test in a tournament against Mr Henshaw’s class. It was very close, but my class won overall! Well done, everybody!

Debate – Should Corporal Punishment be Reinstated?

The children planned and took part in a debate – should corporal punishment be reinstated? Many children thought that corporal punishment should be reinstated, and they thought children would learn their lesson more effectively, when they misbehave, if a physical punishment was given. However, the counter argument against corporal punishment was very strong and they took into consideration the mental and physical health of the child.

The final decision was made not to reinstate corporal punishment.

Design and Technology

The children have been investigating Victorian teapots by researching the different colours, styles and patterns; they used their research to create a plan of what they wanted their teapot to look like. Once their plans were finished, the children created teapots using clay. Despite it being quite tricky, the teapots looked brilliant once they were finished!

Victorian Drama

We have some excellent actors in our class! We explored the lives of Victorian children in schools. The children entered their classroom to find they had a new teacher: Madam Cragg. Not a word was spoken and the children took their seats. The lesson consisted of several tasks: handwriting practice; naming countries on a map; and reciting bible verses. The children found it rather amusing which resulted in time wearing the dunce’s hat! Following this, the children took the lead role as the teacher and taught their peers and we did some hot seating and freeze frames!

Quarry Bank Mill

What a fantastic day we had at Quarry Bank Mill! We explored the different areas of the mill and learned all about the working conditions of the children and comparing it to our lifestyles today. Most of the children thought it would be too hard working in the mill and it would be much easier being a child now as there is less work to do!

English – Drama

This week, we have been exploring the wordless book, Journey. The children explored the text and created a piece of drama.

Year 5

Visit to the Foodbank Warehouse

A group of Year 5s were nominated by their classes to make a visit to the Foodbank Warehouse in Warrington.  We had an exciting trip on the local bus, where we spoke to several members of the public, who all agreed that it was a shame that Foodbanks are needed.  We then walked to the warehouse, where Rob, the manager, got the children working!  They had to label the food with the best before dates, sort them into buckets and then weigh them.  Then Rob asked them to place their items in the correct places on the shelves.  We even helped to prepare an order for the distribution centre, before getting the bus back to school.  What a morning! The children are now preparing a presentation for the rest of the class.

Foodbank Warrington

As part of our PSHE and Geography work, we have been learning about volunteer groups in our local community.  Foodbank is an essential part of our town, which is quite sad – we can hardly believe that in 2018 there are people in our community who do not have food to eat.  Andy, from Orford Foodbank, came in to tell us about the work of the Trussel Trust and why foodbanks are necessary.

St Gregory’s High School Taster Day

Year Five have been very lucky today. We have been to a taster day at St Greg’s. Throughout the day we have experienced life as a secondary school pupil. The children had a really exciting day trialling lessons such as Trampolining, DT/Resistant Materials – making our own key rings, and Science. Some groups even went to the school library where they took part in an exciting quiz! I am sure we are all now looking forward to joining secondary school in a year or so.

Sports Day and 100 Mile Launch

We have had a very sporty week in Year 5. We held our Sports Day on Tuesday and have had special visitors today, Thursday, from New Balance.

Firstly, our Sports Day went really well. Well done to all the children taking part, as they all gave it their best! It was a great event, with the children all supporting one another. Another big well done and thank you to all the parents and toddlers taking part in your races.

Secondly, in conjunction with out 100 mile challenge starting next year, we have had a fun afternoon being really active. We played games, ran a mile and put our tennis and football skills to the test.

London Trip

We really enjoyed our trip to London. Whilst we were there, we visited the Tower of London (overlooking Tower Bridge), saw an AMAZING show of Aladdin, visited the Houses of Parliament, and really enjoyed our trip to McDonalds, too! We had so much fun and were really sensible throughout the trip.

Walk Through The Bible

This half term, Year 5 are having a special visitor. He will be using drama to tell the story of the Bible from the Old Testament to the New Testament.

PAN and Science Week

It has been a very busy week for Year 5 with PAN and Science week. Firstly, we would like to congratulate all the children who took part in PAN – they performed magnificently and professionally, and were a credit to the school. The children all really enjoyed themselves and had so much fun. We would like to think Vincent Van Gogh would be proud of our interpretation!

This year’s theme for science week is all about learning about the out doors and world around us. Year 5 conducted many investigations exploring as many uses of Science we can find, such as finding patterns in plants, hunting for animals and their habitats.

Curtis Jobling

We had an inspiring day when author and illustrator Curtis Jobling came into school.  He drew some of his characters, read from his books and introduced us to Curious Cow.  Later, he explained how top authors – like him – write fantastic stories and when we had a go, we were impressed with the results.  Imagine getting a masterclass from the creator of Bob the Builder – incredible!

Spaceport and Indian Art

We have had a really busy week in school this week. We visited Spaceport in Birkenhead on Friday as part of our ‘Space’ Topic. Whilst at Spaceport, we learned about how to become an astronaut, how the planets orbit the sun and how to make a rocket take off. Also, the children also took part in an Indian Art workshop with a visiting artist. They all loved coming back covered in glue! Here are some photos of our week!

Health Week

This week in school has been Health Week. We have had lots of exciting activities going on around school. We were all lucky enough to have an assembly on Wednesday with Sue Smith – a former professional footballer, who has played for many WSL teams, such as Doncaster Rovers Belles. She took a short session with each class, and our photos are below. We were really excited to hear all about her career and thoroughly enjoyed our session. We have also had a Science lesson where we talked about nutrition and healthy mind and heart.

Also, we have all been researching some of Earth’s most famous rivers this week. We split into teams to become an expert in one river, which we shared with the rest of the class. Did you know, at its widest point the Amazon river can reach over 120 miles at its widest point during wet season? That’s a great amount wider than the Mersey!

Forces

This week, we have been learning all about forces. The children were using force meters to see whose shoe had the best grip. We found out that, the better the grip, the higher the amount of friction the shoe has when rubbing against the floor. The children all worked really well as part their groups.

Christmas Dance

Year 5 have been fortunate enough to have a one-off dance lesson with Becky. We have worked on a special Christmas-themed dance to ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’. Below are some pictures of us.

Clay Monkeys

As part of our topic about the Maya people, we have been looking at artists from Central America. We noticed artists in the region paint, draw and create models of animals in their local environment, including monkeys. This inspired us to create our monkeys.

Trip to MoSI

We are all really excited to start our new topic in Science this half term. We are going to be learning all about forces! The children are feeling very inspired after our trip to the Museum of Science and Industry last week. We explored the whole museum, where we saw a demonstration of the mills, lots of HUGE pumps, and we thoroughly enjoyed our workshop, learning about Sir Isaac Newton and developing our understanding of forces.

Class Assembly

This week, we held our class parent assembly around the topic of Remembrance Sunday.  The children were fortunate enough to present it twice, so that the whole school could see it.  The children learned all about two soldiers from World War I and soldiers in current wars, writing poems and letters on this subject.  They shared their learning confidently and sang hymns magnificently and sensitively. Well done everyone!

DT – Totem Poles

As part of our Native American topic, the children have designed their own section of our class totem poles.  The children researched which colour and animal would suit them best, based on Native American traditions. We made our sections out of Modroc, and have now painted them. Once dried, they will form part of our class totem poles.

Religious Education – Bible Challenge

This term’s RE is all about the structure of the Bible and exploring why and how people use it.  Most recently, we have been looking at the miracles of Jesus, and searching for them in the Bible.

Chemistry with Cabbage

Year 5 have been visited by a talented scientist called Mrs Watson. She worked with our class all day on Thursday, and conducted a wide range of exciting experiments. The children also had a try at some really interesting chemistry.  We made our own indicators to test for acids and alkalis and made our own slime – yuk!

Roald Dahl Day

Today, we have been dressed up as our favourite Roald Dahl characters. We have taken part in lots of exciting learning activities, such as a workshop, focussing on our book for the day – ‘James and the Giant Peach’ – and we even made our own songs about our book.