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Autumn Term 2015

Welcome back!
We have a busy term ahead of us, with lots of exciting events to look forward to, including MacMillan Coffee Afternoon, Roald Dahl Day and a trip to the theatre to see 'Gansta Granny'. Details of these exciting events and more will be in the Autumn Term newsletter.

 

Congratulations our new House Captains:

Green - Ethan and Kasey

Red - Ashlee and Lewis

Yellow - Charlie and Lannie

Blue - Leighton and Keira

This half term our topic is 'Brainwaves'. We will be learning about ...

  • Recent research into the brain and learning
  • Different areas of the brain and how they function
  • Different ways we learn
  • How we can improve our learning and our attitude to learning
  • The importance of co-operation and global awareness

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To start off our topic we have been learning about how we learn and how we teach. We thought the best way to do this would be to have a go!

We decided on something that we were good at and planned a lesson thinking carefully about the ways we would teach and the language we would use.

This task was not as easy as we first thought. Some of us had made our lesson too easy and we had to extend our learner, some of us had to make things easier. We were very good at encouraging our learner in a positive way. Everyone made progress in their lessons and some achieved the success criteria.

 

The Brain Really Is Amazing.....

This week we have been researching the brain so that we can film our own documentries about the brain.

Did you know????

  • The cerebrum is made up of four lobes
  • The temporal lobe helps us to understand people when they are speaking to us
  • The hippocampus is the shape of a horse shoe
  • The parietal lobe processes information such as tast, temperature and touch
  • You use your frontal lobe everyday to make decisions

Our new topic is 'Making New Materials'. We will be learning about...

In Science we will be finding out:

  • About the chemistry of cooking
  • What happens when we dissolve or melt things
  • About gases and what they are
  • About different materials used in the kitchen
  • About conductors, insulators and magnetic materials
  • How to separate mixtures by sieving, filtering and evaporating

In Technology , we'll be finding out about:

  • How to make our own clay
  • How glass is made
  • How to create a brand new material

In Art, we'll be finding out:

  • How artists use different materials in their work
  • How to choose materials to express an idea

In International, we'll be finding out:

  • How different countries work together to invent new materials

Green fingers!

We have been busy this week in the allotment. After researching different fruits, vegetables and herbs, we decided to plant broad beans, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, spinach and pak choi because they are quite hardy plants and frost resistant. Before planting, we prepared the soil. Then today we planted the seeds. 

Engineering Day

We have had a great time today at the Humber Refinery, taking part in their Engineering Day.

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Christingle

We have had a busy morning working with Mrs Johnson's class preparing for this afternoon's Christingle Service. We found out the origins of Christingle and what it symbolises. The orange represents the world; the red ribbon God's love; the candle Jesus the light of the world; the cocktail sticks the 4 seasons and the sweets God's creations.

New Materials

As our topic has come to an end and we have been learning about making power point presentations we decided to make our own science presentations to help teach others what we have learned. Here is Jakes excellent presentation.

It's Christmas!!!!!!!

On December 15th we had our Christmas party. We played lots of fun games like pass the parcel, pin the nose on Rudolph and musical chairs. After all the fun and games we ate our party buffet with our friends. We had a great afternoon.

 

Scarecrows!

We started the new year off with a fun challenge to design and make a spoon scarecrow. Here are some of our wonderful creations.

Macmillan Coffee Afternoon

On Thursday 24th September we held our own coffee afternoon to raise money for the Macmillan charity. Lots of parents and friends of our school came to visit us and join in the fun. The hall was transformed in to a café thanks to Mrs Daly and Mrs Proctor, thank you for your help! We worked hard as waiters and waitresses as well as washing up. We had a great afternoon and raised £98.96 Thank you for your support and generosity!

Those of us in class were busy learning about the Macmillan charity and where our money would go. Thanks to you people with cancer will get the help and support they need and we may even help to pay for more special nurses.

In our English lessons we have been writing metaphor poems about the teachers and ourselves. As homework we wrote a metaphor poem about a member of our family. Below are a small selection of our poems.

This half term in literacy we have enjoyed sharing the story of 'Danny Champion of the World'. After reading the book we wrote character descriptions of Danny and his father. We discovered some of the events in the book are based on Roald Dahl's own childhood! We are now working on Danny's autobiography, written in the style of Roald Dahl's 'Boy' and 'Going Solo'. Before writing, we sequenced events in Danny's life took part in some role play. As you will see in the photographs below, most of us were interested in Danny getting the cane from Captain Lancaster!

Cooking Challenge

Every class was asked to cook or bake something seasonal for the cooking challenge. We made our own apple and blackberry crumble. It was delicious!

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We investigated ice using ice sculptures in the shape of hands. We thought carefully about how they were made, why they looked like they did and how long they would last.

We discussed how people might make the walls to their igloos and were set a challenge to make a wall ourselves. It was tricky!

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Becoming Gymnasts!

This week we have started to work with Alison from the Brigg Gymnastics club. We learned the main balances and shapes such as arabesque, back support and the pike.

 

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In RE we have been learning about Sikhism. We have learned about a Sikhs beliefs and about different rites of passage.

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On Tuesday 8th December, we welcomed some of the older members of the community to school. After they had enjoyed their traditional Christmas dinner, we sang a selection of carols. Then some children from Speech and Drama club recited some poems.

Book worms!

Y6 love reading. We have just completed our class book 'War Horse' by Michael Morpurgo and this has inspired us to read other books he has written and to research WW1.
After our advent spiral, under the Christmas tree we found a present for the class - a copy of 'Treasure Island.' We can't wait to read it.

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