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Autumn Term

We baked Christmas biscuits and make a special box for them. Our families really enjoyed their surprise early Christmas presents:
"Mmm very nice."
"The best biscuits I have ever tasted."
"Can you make some more?"

After looking carefully at Vincent can Gogh's Starry Night, we recreated it using oil pastels on black paper. 

Our Christmas Party

This week in science we have been investigating how to use potatoes to power a digital clock. After the success of this, we tried using oranges and apples. We discovered these fruits and vegetables are electrolytes and change the power in the zinc and copper rods to electricity.

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Anti-Bullying Week
This week Y6 have been considering what bullying is, why people bully and what to do if you are being bullied. We created our own toolkit of strategies for dealing with bullying.

In Year 6 we use a range of activities, including Spelling Shed, to improve our spelling skills.

As part of World Food Day, we researched aspects of the USA and made a class non-fiction book. We also made a delicious key lime pie. In art, we looked at the life and work of Alma Thomas, which inspired us to make some of the colourful images below.

In Science we have been learning about the trees which grow around school. We collected leaves and after looking closely made botanical illustrations. Next, we made classification keys to identify each species of tree.

This week in science we have been learning about the classification system. The Swedish scientist Karl Linnaeus came up with a new way of naming and classifying living things in the 18th Century. Surprisingly, we still use this system today. We made posters to tell Y4 all about his life and work.

Welcome back!
We have had busy first day, learning about the local area, analysing the structure of a poem and recapping column addition and subtraction. A great start to the year!

This term we will be learning about:

Science - living things and their habitats and classification
           - electricity
Geography - the local area including rivers
History - WW1 and its impact on the local area
Art - drawing and shading, colour mixing and sculpture
D.T - baking bread and making a buzzer game
R.E - Freedom and Justice
Computing - keeping safe online
Music - rhythm
P.S.H.E -  our school, citizenship and keeping safe

 

This week in art we designed a shopping bag. We then used batik to create some eye-catching images - perfect Christmas presents for our families.

Carol singing

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In English we have been looking at the way different explanation texts are organised. Next, we wrote our own texts explaining how an electrical kettle works.

In RE we have been looking at examples of justice and freedom in faith stories. This has led to much discussion around equality. In 1948, after WW2, the United Nations created the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We looked at each of the 30 articles and how they related to justice and freedom.

Keeping Safe

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This week we have been learning about World War One and the impact it had on the lives of people in Althorpe, Leadby and the surrounding area. We looked at a range of primary and secondary sources including the 1911 census, baptism records and photographs taken at the time.

This week in art we have been exploring clay. We made leaf imprints and molded the clay into bowl shapes.

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This week in maths, we have been busy practising our times tables.

This week in English we have been reading The Witches' Spell from Macbeth by William Shakespeare. After analysing the structure of the poem, we had a go at adding some of our own rhyming couplets:

Mix, mix, mix the slug slime round,
The deaths of a slug won't hear a sound. 

Slimy, squishy eye of newt,
Add some rare stinging roots.

Take a giant's big toe,
Add an eye ball and stir it slow.

Rotten meat from the feet,
Spider's web - such a treat.

A fresh child's brain,
mouldy popcorn gone quite tart.

A sharp, crystal white unicorn horn,
An ebony leg of a spider torn.

 

Our geography topic for this term is the local area. We visited the river several times and began to wonder where the source of the Trent was, which towns and villages it passed through and how long it was. After some research, we made models to show how rivers are formed and discovered the source of the Trent was at Biddulph Moor. The mouth of the river is the Humber esturay where it joins the North Sea. Also, we found out the Trent is the 3rd longest river in the UK, measuring a staggering 298km long.

Today in maths Miss Tyson set us a tricky challenge; we needed to use our knowledge of numbers to crack the code to piece together a grid with symbols instead of denary numbers. 

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