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Re Unit: Is it better to express your religion in arts and architecture or in charity and generosity?
This term we have continued our RE journey looking at Islam and Christianity. We have been investigating acts of kindness such as giving to charity and the importance of art and architecture in Christians and Muslims lives. To finish we wrote a piece of writing explaining our thoughts about art and architecture and the importance of giving.
As part of our Wellbeing week, we thought lots about how both sleep and exercise are important for our bodies and minds. We ended the week with some mindfulness meditation and relaxing games of chess - we now understand that technology is not always the best for relaxing and concentrating on something else like colouring or chess can help us to be calm.
Art - Collage
This term, our art focus has been collage. We have investigated this technique through our Try it, Use it, Prove it approach. For out final challenge, we created, in groups, forests collages based on our Wolf Brother book!
PE - Dodgeball
This term we have been learning how to play Dodgeball. We have really enjoyed learning the rules, techniques and different fun games!
We had an amazing WOW for our History enquiry 'What happened to the Mayas?' We were so lucky to use VR devices to learn about the ancient Maya civilisation and their main city 'Chichen Itza'. We can't wait to find out more about the Mayas and what happened to them!
We listened to a description of a wolf from Wolf Brother and used this to sketch our own wolf pictures. We took our time to use our art skills to shade our sketches for effect. Here are some of our sketches:
Today were told our new enquiry question, 'Where will your quest take you?' We imagined that we had become stranded on an island and had to think about what skills we have that would help us to survive. We created our own Clans and created sigils to represent us. We then decoded messages to help us with our adventure. After, we were introduced to our new book 'Wolf Brother'. We really like that the book is adventurous and kept us on the edge of our seats!
During Term 2, we will be using the inspiring text ‘Wonder’ by R. J. Palacio as a stimulus for our writing. This is a story about a young boy, August, who has Treacher Collins Syndrome. The plot takes us through his very first days at school and we learn how he is treated by others just because of the way he looks. We will go on a journey with August and discover the emotional roller-coaster that he takes as he steps into school life.
In addition to this, throughout the term as well as using the text, we will be learning some more incredible science based on evolution and inheritance where we will learn all about how genetics are inherited through living things.
Term 2 Reflections
"I really enjoyed art - I liked sketching Auggie." - Anna
"I liked reading the book Wonder and then finishing off by watching the film." - Reggie
"I found it fun learning about how I look like me - I found evolution and inheritance interesting!" - Gabriel
"I liked learning about fractions, decimals and percentages (I really get it now!)" - Millie
To end our fantastic term, we watched the film 'Wonder', after finishing our book, and played some board games with our friends! We are looking forward to Christmas now and what the new year will bring!
RE: Do Christians and Humanists have the same values?
For our RE this term, we have been looking at the similarities and differences between Humanists and Christians. We considered whether it was possible to be a good person without God in your life. To demonstrate our learning, we worked in teams to put together a presentation which answered the question. Our teacher was very impressed with how well we did despite the fact that this really took us out of our comfort zone. We will be practising our new 'speaking' skills again soon.
Reading with confidence
We have been reading Wonder each day and this week the children have wanted to read to the class. We have loved growing in confidence and learning how to be great readers and listeners!
In P.E. we have been using our investigative skills to answer the question 'Do people with longer legs jump further?'
We made sure to text each individual three times and calculated an average at the end. We will now wite conclusions to see if our predictions were correct!
Today we had a visit from a touring performance group. We watched a performance all about bullying and its effects. We learned lots of information through an interactive show and at the end we were able to determine: what bullying is; the different types of bullying and what to do if we see it happen.
Following on from last term's topic, we have been continuing our first Science unit in year 6: Electricity. We hadn't studied this topic since Year 4 but impressed Miss O'Callaghan by showing her how to create a simple circuit. Some of us also demonstrated our knowledge of conductors by including a pencil sharpener in our circuit! We also learned about life before electricity and the famous scientists who discovered and developed electricity.
Today, we dressed up as superheros to support the diabetes charity chosen by Pupil Voice.
We want to thank everyone fro dressing up and helping to raise almost £500!
This term, we are lucky to have a Bristol Flyers player come in to teach us Basketball. We are excited to learn lots of new skills such as dribbling one-handed and obstructing our opposition. In our first lesson, when it was pouring with rain, we already improved our skills by learning to keep our arms soft and not stiff.
Term 2 Art: Photography
On our first day back, we used Chromebooks to learn about how to edit photographs. We used online programs to alter the brightness, contrast, focus and saturation of our photos (plus many many more features that we found). We considered how the edits applied to an image can affect its mood and how different edits can send different messages or create different emotions.
Our first morning back was all about our new book - Wonder. Although some of us had seen the film, we were excited to learn more about the main character and his condition in detail. The front cover intrigued us as it was not a 'normal' self-portrait. We discussed what this might tell us about the way the main character perceives himself. We created our own self-portraits in the same style. Join us later in the term to find out what else we do related to this inspirational book.
This term, we are excited to be learning about World War 1. We will be exploring how it all began and who was involved as well as ways that the war affected every day life. We already have so many questions which we can't wait to get answered!
Alongside our enquiry, we will be reading Michael Morpurgo's wartime novel 'Private Peaceful.'
See below our news reports detailing what we have learned about WW1 this term!
House Quiz 2018!
Today we participated in the annual House Quiz. We worked in our houses and tried our best to get as many questions right. We had a great time and were shocked at how close the final score were!
This term's art has focussed on sketching. As you can see, for our try its, we practised sketching techniques such as cross hatching and stippling. We then put these into practise when we sketched our WW1 soldiers. For our Prove its, we sketched WW1 scenery to evidence our knowledge of sketching and blending.
RE: What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today?
This term, Year 6 have being learning about Islam. We have researched the Five Pillars that Muslims follow, the festivals that are celebrated and the religious pilgrimages that Muslims take in their lives. We linked this to Muslims living in Britain today and how their lives would be affected by their religious faith.
Pupil Voice Elections
Today we listened our Pupil Voice candidates and voted for who we felt could represent 6AO at our Pupil Voice meetings. We're all excited to hear the results in tomorrow's Celebration Assembly!
E-Safety and Computing
Today we had our E-Safety and Computing Day. We explored how the online world can be positive but how we also need to recognise and deal with situations that make us uncomfortable and sad. Lots of us were able to identify what cyberbullying is, how it affects others and how we can manage scenarios.
For our computing we used ICT to support our reading comprehension before putting lots of our WW1 knowledge into informative and well presented presentation slides!
Local History Study
Today we were very lucky to have Michael Gorley, a Historic England Historian, visit us to help us with our local history study. We were very excited to learn all about the history of Kingswood, its name origin and the people who used to live here. It was very interesting, when investing the historical maps, to see how much our local area has changed - even our school has relocated! To link with our WW1 enquiry, we also used the website www.cwgc.org to explore the lives of soldiers who lived in Kingswood before joining the war.
Today was Year 6's WOW Day. We began our day by making a traditional 'Trench Cake' after learning about WW1 rationing. After all having a go baking, we thought it tasted lovely and we enjoyed it whilst listening to our new book 'Private Peaceful'.
Later in the day we discovered what it may have been like to hear an air-raid siren go off and we practised taking cover under the tables. By candlelight, we then wrote letters in role to our loved ones. Another way many children passed the time during air-raids, was through games including 'Blow-Football'. We all had great fun playing this with our partners.
At the end of the day we met Mr Evans in role as a WW1 soldier. We we intrigued by all the equipment Mr Evans had and the information he told us. Our last activity was learning the Drills practised by soldiers. We were in fact rather good at marching in formation!