Roving Reporters and Poetry Explorers

This week in Year Six we have been honing our skills at journalistic writing. We wowed Mrs Damti with our knowledge of the features of how to write news or magazine reports and articles! Later in the week, we acted in role as reporters and participants in the events that unfolded at a near-disaster at a lighthouse. Fantastic acting Year Six and you used the information you gathered to write brilliant quotes.

Well done to all of the Year Sixes who participants in the swimming gala! Annie and Adam and the boy’s relay all won medals but those who didn’t did equally as well against some ‘elite’ swimmers who practice daily! Great job!

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Finally, on Friday we had a visit from author Antony Wootton and enjoyed a descriptive writing and poetry workshop! We had a great time writing limericks and learning all about how real authors plan, write and edit just like we do in school! A fantastic end to a fantastic week!

 

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Bus Stops and Books!

This week in Maths we were applying our skills with measures to solve problems relating to timetables! We visited all of the ‘Bus Stops’ round the classroom, read the timetables and answered the passenger inquiries! We then checked we have given them the right information using the ‘Timetable Guides’ (answers in the envelopes!), explaining to each other where we had gone wrong, if we had any errors! Well done Year Six – you were very helpful to the confused passengers!

 

 

Last week we had a fantastic time on World Book Day. We read ‘The Water Tower’ – a book from Australia which was very sinister but we really enjoyed it. The images are very clever and the author leaves many clues as to what might have happened to Bubba in the tower…..

We designed, made and evaluated our own water towers and had great fun testing them! Some even withstood an earthquake!

 

Back To School and Brilliant!

Year Six have returned to school for this second Spring half-term with fantastic attitudes and showing me they are ready to give their best!

This term we are undertaking a local area study all about Gosforth and its place in the North East and we began by exploring brand new Ordnance Survey maps to see what geographical features we could spot and what features a good OS map has. We then used them to create our own accurately scaled maps, which were great!

We also had a fantastic workshop all about PowerPoint to begin our Computing topic with Jason from GEM education. We created our own interactive quizzes and will be building on this knowledge this half-term to build up to creating an interactive story where the reader can choose what happens at key plot points, like the ‘Choose you own adventure’ books of Mrs Damti’s 1980’s childhood!

As you know, in the last week of last half-term we had an immersive Greek Day with George from the Newcastle Outreach Team from Tyne and Wear Museums. It was absolutely fantastic and we got to: explore a range of genuine artefacts, including wearing hoplite armour; taste a range of Ancient Greek food and investigate what was in it; be Greek apothocaries and heal the sick by making our own medicinal mixtures; re-enact the Greek advance in a phalanx from the Battle of Marathon and explore Greek clothing.

I was amazing by the fantastic transformations of Year Six into Greek citizens, hoplites, goddesses and slaves. Thank you for your support in providing the children with their very creative outfits!

Have a lovely weekend!

Blood and Battles!

This week in Year Six we looked at the Battle of Marathon and explored why it was such a turning point in Greek history and the impact on us even today. We used primary and secondary sources to find out about how the tiny nation of Athens, led by the general Miltiades, had managed to defeat the mighty Persian empire, despite being outnumbered 10 to 1! We then worked together to decide which factors had been the most important in securing victory for the Athenians and gave our personal opinions as to why we thought that. Mrs Damti was blown away by our responses as we sounded like real Ancient History scholars!

Can you remember what these words meant and how they related to the Battle of Marathon or the events that came before it?

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In Science we looked at the make-up and functions of our blood. We created our own blood samples then explained, through diagrams and explanatory writing, what blood is made up off and the different functions of each component. We then got to eat the white blood cells! Mmm!

Another fantastic week Year Six and don’t forget your togas next week for Ancient Greek Day!

Everyone’s Arguing!

Our Focus in year Six this week has been arguing! Or should I say balanced arguments and discussion texts! In English we are continuing to use Pig heart Boy as our stimulus but are now focusing on non-fiction writing. The topic we are discussing is Xenotransplantation!

I’ll let the children explain:

‘Xenotransplantion is when the organs of one species are transplanted in to a different species.’ Harpeet.

‘In Pig heart Boy Cameron undergoes a xenotransplant when a pig’s heart is transplanted in to his body to replace his failing heart’ Tom.

We have explored the features of arguments and the opposing opinions on using animal organs for humans transplants. On Monday we got in to role using a corporate brain technique to explore both sides of the argument.

We then applied our learning about arguments to explore the two most powerful city states in Ancient Greece and decide if the portrayal of Sparta as a backward nation that was not as good a place to live as Athens was true! We used a number of sources to find out about these cities then wrote a balanced argument, concluding with our opinion on the best place to live. Surprisingly most of us chose Sparta – probably because women and girls were treated as equals there and we are all for equality in year Six!

Next week in Topic we will be taking an in-depth look at the Battle of Marathon and how the Greeks were victorious despite being hugely outnumbered by the Persian forces.

Take a look at this reconstruction to find out what happened:

Another great week Year Six and some snow to play in too!

Week 2: Blood Heart!

Year Six have had another extremely hard-working week where we explored the chronology of significant events in Ancient Greece; the meaning of St Paul’s letters to the Romans and their impact on Christian belief; how measures relate to each other and how to convert between them; and how dialogue can be used effectively to show emotions and carry a plotline forward!

However, the highlight of our week was definitely our heart dissection. Year Six showed such maturity and excellent heart knowledge when dissecting their hearts – identifying all of the main parts and exploring how they fitted together to facilitate the flow of blood around the heart.

Please enjoy viewing our lesson in the photographs below, but be warned – they are pretty gruesome!

Happy New Year! 2019 is here…

We had an excellent start to the Spring Term in Year Six this week!

Our new History Topic is Marathon! and we began by exploring how we know so much about the Ancient Greeks when they lived so long ago, exploring the Geographical features of Greece that would have affected how they lived their lives and exploring primary and secondary sources to see if there was any evidence that the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur was based in truth!

In English the children have amazed me with their mature attitude towards a challenging text which raises moral issues: Pig-Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman. We did some fantastic ‘Conscious Alley’ drama techniques to help us understand how Cameron is affected by his parents arguing over whether he should have the risky heart transplant or not.

We began our new Science Topic by investigating the main parts and functions of the heart and the children showed fabulous knowledge in their explanations and Scientific diagrams. This will come in handy next week when we are dissecting!

Linked to keeping our hearts healthy, we started our new PE Topic: Badminton. We learned the three main techniques: forehand, backhand and overhead, and had a go at serving too. Look at us in action!

Well done on a fantastic start to 2019 Year Six!