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Spring Term 2017

Happy New Year!

We are going to have a chilly start to the new year, finding out about Ernest Shackleton's Endurance expedition to Antarctica. We will also be researching animals which live there and other famous explorers. 

In maths we will be working with negative numbers, calculating percentages and solving number problems.

We started the new year with a focus on money. Over the course if the week we investigated pocket money: calculating the average, trying to balance a budget (tricky) and solving problems. Then, we started to think about which jobs we would like to have in the future, what training and qualifications we would need, what the salary would be and how we would spend it.

Aleina and Summer would like to work with animals, whilst Annalise and Lillymae would like to be police officers. Kai's ambition is to be a DJ. Anneliese hopes to one day own her own bakery. Several Y6s have been inspired by our after school clubs and would like to be professional footballers or compete in the olympics as swimmers and runners. Who knows what the future holds for our talented Y6s?

Over the next few weeks we will be following a unit of work on a historical theme called ‘AD900’.

In History, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the Vikings and Maya from the buildings and artefacts they left behind
  • How the Vikings and Maya worshipped their gods
  • How the Maya used glyphs for writing and counting
  • Why the Viking and Maya empire declined
  • Why the prophet Mohammad was so important to the Islamic civilisation
  • About the achievements and inventions of the Golden Age of Islam
  • Why the Islamic empire declined

In Art, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to make shields and jewellery

In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the culture and traditions of modern day Maya and Muslims

Jungle Book

This year for World Book Day we spent the week focusing on Rudyard Kipling's classic 'The Jungle Book'. In Literacy we looked at the language used by Kipling and the way he used dashes both for parenthesis and to add dramatic details, before writing stories about the further adventures of Mowgli and non-chronological reports about jungle animals. Meanwhile, in art we used oil pastels to draw specific parts of animals which live in jungle habitats.
On Thursday afternoon (2nd March) Nicole, Lillian, Aleina and Annalise choreographed a dance based around Kaa rescuing Mowgli from the Bandar-log, which Tiarni narrated. The rest of the afternoon was spent in Bramblebank Wood making masks, puppets, stickmen and mud faces, in addition to tasting scrambled snake!

Year 6 Newspaper Project

A group of Y6 girls have taken part in the Axholme Cluster Newspaper Project. They worked closely with Andrea from Axholme Academy to plan and write a series of newspaper reports, then travelled to Lincoln University to publish their stories. Click here to see a sneak preview.

Gardening

We have been busy in the allotment this week, weeding and preparing the beds. After much discussion, we have decided to plant peas, leeks, carrots, radishes, cucumber, round lettuce, chard, rocket, basil, thyme and parsley, plus some marigolds to attract the bees. 

Today we set the seeds in the allotment and polytunnel. Fingers crossed we will have a bumper crop this year.

Growth Mindset

 

We learned about what kind of mindset we have by completing a challenge. We could only use marshmallows and spaghetti to build the tallest tower. Some of us gave up quickly showing we had a fixed mindset whereas lots of us kept going showing we have a growth mindset.

 

We discussed how important it was to have a growth mindset so that we keep going until we learn new things, not everyone can do everything straight away!

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In Science we have been learning about forces. This week we used the forcemeters to investigate the difference between weight and mass.

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AD900 Entry Point

 

Today we became historians! We tested our knowledge of time by ordering different historical periods and learned what primary and secondary sources are; we looked at pictures and writings from the past to see what they told us. Finally we became archaeologists and dug up artefacts from the sand, we had to be careful not to break anything and discussed what the artefacts may have been used for and who used them.

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Today (Wednesday 30th January) we took part in a Viking workshop, to find out more about how the Vikings lived and fought. Over a thousand years ago, the Vikings came to Keadby and Althorpe, along the river Trent. Various artefacts have been found in the locality and the names Keadby and Althorpe are Viking names.

We all attended 'warrior school' where we got to handle weapons such as swords and shields. Did you know the best fighter was always at the front carrying the flag?

After studying a range of artefacts, we discovered that as well as being ferocious warriors, they were also very skilled craftsmen. They made combs out of bone, drinking cups out of horns and jewellery out of precious metals. 

In addition to this we had fun deciphering runes and dressing up in replica clothes. 

Today Emma from the NSPCC came to visit us. She talked all about how we can stay safe, who we can talk to and what a healthy relationship is.

 

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On Friday Adam and Gabby came and set us a throwing and catching challenge. Our skills were assessed and we were each given a tennis ball to practise with. In a few weeks they will return and reassess our skills.

AD900 Exit Point
To conclude our exciting topic, we shared all we have learnt about the Vikings and Mayans with Y5. First, we looked at the Y5's work. Melina was interested in the Mayan calendar, whilst Elainna enjoyed finding out more about the Viking goddess Freya. Next, we presented our work. Y5 enjoyed Elainna and Brandon's Beowulf stories.

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