Please click on the link to see the photos taken from today’s Y5/6 sports day. What an amazing afternoon. Very exciting with the house competition going to a tie breaker!
Over the past week, year 6 have taken inspiration from Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech and have created their own free verse poems entitled ‘I have a dream’.
We explored lots of current topics relating to global warming, pollution and excessive waste. Our final poems were written to spread the message about the damage that is being done to our oceans and children shared their dreams for a brighter future within their poems.
We had some excellent imagery and figurative language being used to portray the children’s passionate messages and warnings to their audience. Lots of inclusive pronouns were also used to include their audience, similar to those used in Martin Luther King’s speech.
Here are just a few examples of their amazing work:
This afternoon, Year 10 students from Sirius Academy came to run a sporting event with our Year 5 pupils. The children were spilt into eight teams who competed against each other in rounders, tag rugby, dodgeball and football. Well done to Alishia, Alfie, Lucas, Ella, Grace and Ryan who were on the winning team. Prizes were given out and the children enjoyed a refreshing drink and snack after their active afternoon. The children had so much fun and even asked if they could do it again next week! A huge thank you to Scarlet, Amber and Yandeh who organised the event – it was fantastic!
We had fabulous discussions today in Geography as we considered the effects of tourism. We started by considering the changes to our classroom environment if we were to have an extra 150 people in our room each year, which is the scaled equivalent of the population of the Alps to their volume of tourists.
We worked with our partners to sort out facts cards about tourism and we had to categorise the facts into whether they were positive effects of tourism or negative. We then had to consider whether the fact has an economical, social or environmental impact upon the area. This led to even more wonderful discussions and it really opened our eyes to the effects of tourism.
This week in PSHE, Year 5 looked at online gaming and the risks involved with playing games online. We came up with a list of positives and a list of negatives to online gaming. In groups, we were then given a made up online game which he had to create some rules for in order to make the game safer.
Year 6 have been really enjoying their new history focus surrounding the history of migration to Britain. This week, we explored the Great Irish Famine and why it was a ‘push’ factor, leading to thousands of Irish locals becoming British immigrants.
We studied how the famine impacted the lives of the Irish and studied sources of evidence which helped us make deductions and inferences about this group of migrants.
It was fascinating to learn about how so many people around the world are of Irish descent from when their ancestors emigrated out of the country.
Year 6 have been studying pieces of artwork created by ‘Soraya French’, such as this painting of a shanty town:
We observed how she used a ‘layering’ technique and preferred to work in a less-structured, messy style. Using acrylic paints, we then created our own paintings inspired by her works of art.
We weren’t afraid to use bold colours and different equipment to apply the acrylic paint, such as spatulas and card, just like Soraya does!
Year 6 really enjoyed looking at the different taxonomy of animals in todays lesson. They were also able to show characteristics of different classes of animals to show how they are grouped together due to the mass biodiversity that occurs on our planet.
Can you make a vehicle that can be pushed or self-driven that can hold the weight of a team member?
We had varying success but all had a lot of fun!
Today, we researched the day’s weather in various mountainous regions around the world. We then compared the day’s weather to the average temperature, precipitation and wind speed for May in that area. We were surprised that over 30 years of data is often taken into account to calculate an average!