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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.
We were really lucky to try some of the food cooked by the kitchen this week. The chickpea curry and ginger sponge cake were huge hits! Thank you for everyone in the kitchen who allowed us to try these balanced and nutritious meals.
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.
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. See out conclusions to find out whether this was the case.
In week 3, we were lucky to take part in a workshop all about people with learning disabilities. Two of the three people who spoke to us actually had a learning disability: Down Syndrome and Aspergers. The main point we learned was how important it was to listen carefully, and with respect, as it is often more challenging for people with learning disabilities to communicate. We tested our own listening skills by drawing an image from a set of very detailed instructions. The outcomes were different but it showed us just how important it was to pay close attention to others.
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.
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.
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.
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.'
Our thoughts about Private Peaceful:
"I liked this book because you could never guess what was going to come next. The ending surprised me because I didn't expect that to happen." - Luke.
"I really liked the parts when they war to war and were in the trenches. The descriptions were very detailed and made the story interesting." - Connor.
Our challenge to end our WWI enquire was to create a newsreport to share our new knowledge. We had lots of fun working collaboratively. Here are some of the videos we created.
This term, we have been developing our sketching skills. We used these skills to produce scenes inspired by our learning about World War One.
RE: What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today?
People who practise Islam, the world's second largest religion, are called Muslims. Muslims show their devotion to their God - Allah - by acknowledging the 5 pillars of Islam (which are similar to duties). The first pillar is called Shahadah. This is a basic statement of devotion to Allah and the prophet, Muhammad. Interestingly, this is the first words whispered to a baby child when they are born. We thought about the words that we would want to hear or that we would tell to a new born child.
Investigating over time
To make the most of this beautiful Autumn sunshine, we have have been taking our learning outside in order to observe what happens to our shadows over the course of a day. In teams of three, we ventured outside - every hour - to draw around our shadows. To make it a fair test, we made sure people kept to the same roles and we measured everything three times to ensure accurate results. We will be discussing the reasons for our changing shadows later in the enquiry.
In week five, we began our first Science unit in year 6: Electricity. We hadn't studied this topic since Year 4 but impressed Miss Perrett 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 considered what life would be like without electricity and realised how much more difficult it would make life for Tommo - our main character from 'Private Peaceful'. Check back in to see what else we've learned.
Our outdoor PE this term will focus on Tennis. For our first lesson, we focussed on our fitness and ability to balance a ball. We competed in our houses and Miss Perrett was impressed by how well we came up with different strategies to improve our performance.
Local history study
Today we were very lucky to have Michael Gorley, a Historic England Historian, visit us to help with our local history study. We were very excited to learn all about the history of Kingswood, the origin of its name and the people who used to live here. It was very interesting, when investigating 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.
Our first Monday back at school was a whole-day Wow all about WW1. We were astonished when our day was interrupted by the sound of any air raid siren. There was no light except for small candles which had been placed around our classroom. We crouched under our desks and braced for impact. To pass the time, we wrote letters and diaries about our feelings and played quiet games of 'blow football'. After break, Mr Evans, who was wearing accurate WW1 dress for a soldier, told us lots of information about all the information worn by soldiers and why. He then took us outside to show us typical WW1 drills. After lunch, we baked trench cake and learned about rations during the war. Finally, we discovered that our new Power of Reading text was going to be 'Private Peaceful' by Michael Morpurgo. We can't wait to discover more about WW1 and what it was like to live there.