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Enquiry title: Where will your quest take you?
Safer Internet Day: Campaigns
As part of our Safer Internet Day, we created posters in order to campaign about the importance of showing respect online and being safe online.
Safer Internet Day!
We have been finding out about and discussing the positives and negatives of our internet use. We really want to involve parents and carers from home so we have thought of some questions we would like to ask you about using the internet.
Asking the questions below, 6AO children would like to film you answering your questions to then share in class. Please email them to the following email address: sid6AO@ststephensjuniors.org.uk
1) What apps/websites do you use the most?
2) What is the most useful thing that the internet can do?
3) What do you think are the biggest negatives about the internet?
4) Do you have any advice on how we can stay safe online?
5) What is the most positive thing about the internet?
6) Do you have privacy settings on your account?
7) How much time do you spend on Social Media?
8) Do you know what accounts your child has and do you have access to them?
RE: Is it better to show your beliefs through art and architecture or through charity and generosity?
In Term 3, we looked at whether art or charity is the best way to share our faith and show our religious beliefs. We saw how both faiths have very different styles of art but both believe in the same fundamental values; that we should all work together to support one another as we are all equal. Here are some pictures from our floor book to tell you more.
The final week of Term 3 is 'well-being week' which is in line with the national Children's Mental health week. We will be spending time thinking about how we can contribute to our own well-being and good mental health.
Five ways we can help our Well-Being
When thinking about mental health, we looked at the 5 areas which we can focus on: CONNECT with others and form many relationships; TAKE NOTICE and be grateful for the simple things in life; KEEP LEARNING and embrace new experiences; BE ACTIVE by taking part in physical activity every day and GIVE others your time, presence and a smile :)
It's OK to be...me!
This week we also looked at the book 'It's OK to be different' by Todd Parr. We discussed the differences people can have and how it makes us who we are. We then designed pages that we thought we could add the the book we read.
Creating our own characters
In preparation for writing our own quest stories, we have designed our own characters. We used our knowledge of Torak in Wolf Brother had to think carefully about what personality traits our character would need to survive on their journey.
In week three, we have been using pencils to sketch wolves. We have looked closely at the shapes which make up their bodies and thought about how they might be positioned. We found that different mediums were useful for different things. For example, we found it easier to create fine detail with sketch pencils dependent on their thickness.
Art - Collage
Our art skill this term has been collage. We spent a couple of days learning how to blend colour, practise how to create an image using different materials and then as our prove it, in pairs, we created collages of a forest or nature scene.
Today we had our class assembly. We really enjoyed working collaboratively to present to our school and parents the fantastic learning we have done this term. We displayed our art work, presented drama scenes, showed a video and even read extracts from our writing. We would like to thank all parents for coming and we hope you enjoyed the performance!
During week two, we 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 complete various quests in order to survive and be rescued. We worked collaboratively to create a light which would signal a passing plane as well as potions to heal wounds and treat illnesses.
In the afternoon, we were introduced to our new book, 'Wolf Brother'. We can't wait to find out more about the characters and their quest!
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
"Wonder taught me that I should always be kind," - Abi
"I enjoyed our trip to the cinema after reading our fantastic book!" - Katy
"I really liked how we used our book as inspiration for our writing," - Mason
"The artwork we completed was really fun," - Ethan
RE Enquiry: What is important to both Humanists and Christians?
This term, we have been learning all about Humanism. We were interested to learn that, although Humanists do not believe in a God, they share many of the same values as Christians. For example, they ask that every one is treated the same, regardless of any differences. We thought about ways we could be peacemakers in our own lives and talked about how important it is to set good examples for kindness and empathy. Finally, we created posters to demonstrate the similarities between these two different ways of thinking.
This term, we have been learning all about evolution and inheritance. We have found it really interesting to learn how animals have evolved over time in order to adapt to their environments. Our new knowledge has helped us to understand why we are all different. It has also helped us understand why some people suffer from genetic conditions such as Treacher Collins Syndrome.
Scratch Workshop and E-safety
In ICT this term, we are learning how to program information. Using Scratch, we learned how to create our own algorithms in order to produce different outputs. For example, we now know how to change the script in order to animate the sprites and make them communicate with one another.
This term we are thinking about how to talk safely while using apps or the Internet. We considered what kind of information is private and how to respond if someone online asks you to share information.
Sketching Auggie Pullman
We listened to Via's, August's sisters, description of August's face and sketched what we thought he looked like. We shared our sketches with each other and reflected upon the similarities and differences in our pictures. Following this, we looked at some photographs of adults and children with Treacher Collins Syndrome to explore the severeness of the syndrome and help us imagine an image of August in our minds. See the images below for some of our interpretations of Auggie:
This week is anti-bullying week. As we have been thinking about Wonder, a book which looks at hurtful comments towards people who are 'different', we decided to combine the two ideas and create anti bullying posters. We discussed what bullying meant and thought about how it is different from being unkind. We learned all about the #ChooseKind campaign and created slogans to encourage people to treat every body's equally.
Art - Painting
For our art this term, we have been exploring the work of Vincent Van Gogh. When creating our own pieces we have discussed using textures, tones, colours and light to paint our man-made and natural objects. To prove our new-developed learning and techniques we re-created 'Starry Night' by Vincent Van Gogh. See how his painting techniques have inspired us below!
To start out enquiry this term, we explored the front cover of Wonder. We discussed who the character might be on the front and thought about how and why they have been illustrated in this way. Using the same style of art, we then created our own faces yet with missing features. When we were all finished, we collected all of our faces together to form a class collage for our door displays.
In order to test our abilities to identify and classify, we were given the task to classify a range of sweets and chocolate. See our classification charts to know what's what!
What conditions do micro-organisms prefer?
In order to test the best conditions for mould to grow, we have conducted an experiment that we are observing over time. We have planted 3 pieces of bread in 3 different places: Miss O'Callaghan's cupboard, the fridge and the freezer. We will be checking on them weekly to see which one is going to have mould grown on it first..
We have also planted an apple in our allotment to see what happens to it over time when it has been left...
...watch this space!
What makes me human?
Did you know that there are over 10 million types of living organism on our planet? As a class we had the task of trying to classify ourselves. We each wore a label of a living thing and had to work together to decide how we could be grouped.
In a set of Christmas lights, what happens if one bulb fails?
We created quizzes using our circuit knowledge. We knew that metal was a conductor and, therefore, used paperclips as part of our circuit. When the right answer to a question was tapped, the circuit was complete and our bulb lit up!
Outside we demonstrated how electrons flow through a circuit. We thought about many components, including a buzzer, lamp, switch and cell. We had to be aware of when a circuit was flowing and what then would hapeen to our electrical current.
In a set of Christmas lights, what happens if one bulb fails?
During our first week back, we are exploring two mini Science enquiries. Our first enquiry is all about Electricity. so far, we have enjoyed reminding ourselves all about simple circuits and electrical components. We have learned that mains electricity is far more powerful than a battery operated circuit because a much higher voltage is produced! We worked as scientists to find and fix mistakes in simple circuits and conducted an investigation to find out whether the number of lamps affected the amount of light produced. Check back for more of our amazing science discoveries.
Enquiry title: How were the people of Britain effected by the First World War?
This term, we are excited to be learning all about WW1. 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.'
Term 1 reflections:
"Private Peaceful was actually really sad. I even cried at the end."
"The propaganda posters were cool to make. I liked looking at the originals too."
"I loved Beam House, I can't believe I did everything - it was a big thing for me!"
"60's day was loads of fun. Listening to the music (like Elvis Presley) was definitely my favourite part."
50th Birthday Celebrations
Today we celebrated the 50th birthday of our school by dressing up and learning about the fabulous 1960's!
To end our enquiry based on WW1, in small groups we created our own news reports focusing on an area of life that would have been affected by the war. Some of us looked at life in the trenches while others looked at women during the war. Enjoy watching us take on the roles of news reporters and war veterans!
What does it mean to be a Muslim?
As a final challenge in our R.E. learning we wrote a non-chronological report detailing all the information we gathered about Islam and what it means to follow the religion.
Learning about Islam
For our R.E enquiry, we have learned about what it means to be a Muslim and how their beliefs and views from Islam can be related to our own lives. This included learning about the 5 Pillars of Islam and the festivals and celebrations that they hold.
Join the Army - Persuasion Writing
After learning all about the recruitment of soldiers for WW1, we wrote a piece of persuasive writing to convince men to sign up to fight in the war.
In an effort to recruit men during WW1, propaganda posters littered the streets in order to persuade men to fight. We then looked at some real examples to inspire us before we created our own.
We have been learning new sketching skills to improve our art. We spent time focussing on different techniques such as hatching, stippling, contour hatching and cross-hatching. We then put our learning into practise when we sketched real images of WW1 soldiers. We were really pleased with our progress and end results!
In order to prepare us for a challenge of creating a news report on an aspect of WW1, we needed to remind ourselves and learn how to use iMovie effectively. We took to the school grounds to explore and create our own advertisements for St Stephen's Juniors sports and 'How we use our Secret Garden'.
For our WOW, Mr Evans (otherwise known as Bombardier Evans) took on the role of a WW1 Officer and we all had to get into role as soldiers and follow his very strict orders. We learned how to march properly and understood how important it was to follow him exactly. In addition, we learned all about typical classrooms in the early 20th century and some of the countries which were involved in the First World War. We enjoyed digging trenches in the rain and even had a go at some very tricky needlework! We can't wait to find out more!