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Some of us spent some time with Forest Schools this afternoon, exploring our secret garden and getting in touch with nature.
School Daze: Behind the Scenes
Can a Person Simply Disappear?
To end our unit on The London Eye Mystery, we wrote newspaper reports about Salim's mysterious disappearance. Here are some examples:
We looked at different graffiti and had a go at creating our own designs based on the London Eye Mystery.
As part of our enquiry to find out if people can simply disappear, we have been learning how to read six digit grid references.
What Happened to Salim?
What we thought about our surprise trip to the London Eye:
'The London Eye was the best experience I have ever had. It was fun and amazing!'
'It was an amazing experience even though I am afraid of heights.'
'The view was amazing but the ride w\as the best. I even learnt about a few buildings.'
'It was an amazing experience that I really enjoyed.'
'It was a great experience. We could see lots of buildings from far away, like Buckingham Palace.'
Can people change their ways?
We spent the day thinking about bullying and then created campaign videos to show what bullying looks like and how to deal with it.
As a class we decided on our own definition of bullying:
'Bullying is causing emotional and/or physical hurt to someone deliberately and repeatedly.'
Watch our campaign videos bslow:
What do Christians believe about life after death?
'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you'
How and why are living things different?
Creating Our Dogs
World Book Day
We were visited by the Learning Difficulty Awareness team: Mike, Adam, Mat.
They talked all about learning difficulties, like: the best way to talk to people with learning difficulties, they told us about 'Valuing People Now' and we talked about inclusion and what it means.
The LD Awarness team are a small family run business who are passionate about promoting the rights of people with learning difficulties and autism.
Chinese Culture Day
How and why has Kingswood changed?
Our challenge is complete, our non-chronological reports have been written and our documentaries filmed. Watch them below! (some web browsers do not support the format but Google Chrome definitely works!)
We held an inter-house dodgeball tournament last week. Here are some photos of our daring dodges:
As our value this term is perseverance, we have been thinking about times when we have persevered.
I persevered and did the right thing when I ran around the field five times for charity - Joe
I persevered and did the right thing when I tried my hardest in maths and moved up a group - Imogen
I persevered and did the right thing in boxing when I got hurt but carried on - Kai
We were lucky enough to be visited by a historian from Kingswood Heritage Museum. We investigated lots of primary sources from Kingswood's past. Do you know what they were used for?
Do you have a Growth Mindset?
This week we have been thinking about our mindsets and what happens to the neurons in our brains when we learn. We found out that you can actually grow your intelligence and that the brain works like a muscle and needs exercising.
Today we had some local experts come into school to tell us about how Kingswood has changed in their lifetimes. We came away with loads of interesting facts and even more questions to research for our enquiry.
How are rainbows formed?
Our first enquiry this term is all about light! We will be exploring where light comes from, how it travels, what it is made from and how it makes colour. We will then use this knowledge and skills set to answer the question: ‘How are rainbows formed?’
We used all our knowledge of light to create posters explaining how rainbows are formed.
Be Safe, Be Seen
We used our knowledge of reflective surfaces to create the most reflective outfit for Bob so that he could be safe and be seen in dark situations.
Light and Colour
We used light boxes to investigate colour and used prisms to create rainbows.
Weeks 5 - 7
'I have enjoyed Tag Rugby because they showed us how to pass back and supportive play.' Luca
'I have enjoyed writing my additional chapter because I learnt how to write like Michelle Paver.' Sophie
'I enjoyed our dance lessons and our dance was put on the website.' Alfie
'I have enjoyed listening to Wolf Brother.' Ryan
'This term I have enjoyed Wolf Brother because it has helped me with my story writing, especially using cliff hangers.' Luca
'Tag Rugby inspired lots of our class to play and it was good having professionals teaching us.' Neo
Why do Christians celebrate Christmas on 25th December?
Wolf Brother Challenge
In week six, our Wolf brother enquiry came to its exciting climax. We all wrote our own additional chapoters in the style of Michelle Paver. Just liked Paver, we used figurative language, lots of description and Wolf Brother language to engage the reader. Here are some extracts:
Wolf Brother Graphic Novels
We looked at examples of graphic novels and then thought about how a scene from Wolf Brother would be depicted in this style. Here are some of our most effective:
Tag Rugby Training
Weeks 1 - 4
How does Michelle Paver engage the reader?
Amelia the Amazing Author!
This week in English, we wrote diary entries from the perspective of Torak - the main character in Wolf Brother. We focused on developing Torak's thoughts in lots of detail. Check out Amelia's amazing descriptive writing below. Could we have a talented, young Michelle Paver in the making?
When the sun was in-between the North and East Mountains, Fa and I were sat around our steady camp fire which had been burning for two whole days. The fire had used up four of our baby oak trees and had been blown out by the wind twice.
My Fa had told me a joke and I was relaxed and rolling around in hysterics on the floor. When all of a sudden the forest exploded! Ravens screeched, horses galloped and deer skittered. And then it emerged. It had murderous eyes and dark willow fur. It was a demon in bear form. My heart started thumping. What was happening? There was a rampaging demon bear in front of me and nowhere to run or hide. I couldn’t have been more scared. Before I knew it, the bear had thrown me across our shelter and clawed Fa. The laugh of hysterics had turned into shrieks of pain; emotional and physical pain. As quick as it came, the bear darted back into the forest leaving me startled and sprawled on the floor and Fa crying out in pain clutching his injured ribs. ‘No, this can’t be happening,’ I thought to myself while crawling steadily over to Fa... His face told it all!
This term in PE, we are exploring dance. We have been using counter tension to create a series of movements related to forests. The counter tension represents the interdependence of the forest ecosystem. Watch our routines develop over the term!
First World War Week
After finishing reading Private Peaceful, we wrote newspaper reports detailing the demise of Charlie Peaceful. See if you can spot the most biased reports below.
6NH teaching Year 5:
6NH teaching Year 3:
Which front won the war?
This term, we are investigating the First World War. We will be conducting research into the different fronts and evaluating the impact they had on the outcome of the war. Alongside our enquiry, we will also be reading Michael Morpurgo's moving novel, Private Peaceful.
Weeks 5 - 8
A Star Among Us!
In 6NH we have a local celebrity and rugby superstar.
The Final Push!
Letters from the Western Front
We found out what life on the Western Front was like and wrote letters home to our families.
Weeks 3 - 5
Our visit to Arnos Vale Cemetery
'I learnt that lots of people who died in British hospitals, were buried at Arnos Vale instead of taking them back to their home country to be buried.' Amelia
'I found out that the people who fought in the First World War and sacrificed themselves in order to save others, have the same gravestone.' Imogen
'A man called Robert Bush, turned his home in New Zealand into a hospital.' Dan
'I learnt that there was only one woman from the war remembered on the memorial of the 'Glorious Dead.' Beth
'They used the train stations as hospitals for the injured soldiers.' Josh
'The people who fought in the war came from lots of different places including France, Canada, USA and Japan.' Olly
We studied wartime propaganda and then used persuasive language in a letter asking men to enlist.
To help us understand the character of Tommo in Private Peaceful, we focused on his conflicting emotions at several points in the story.
Brilliant Bar Method
We Need You!
To help us understand what it would have been like to experience the First World War, we all enlisted, took part in marching drills and were made to dig trenches.
Leaning Towers of Spaghetti!
Making Moon Craters
Save the Egg
Which is the warmest colour?
Have you ever wondered which colour is the warmest? We have, and now we know. Black is the warmest colour because it absorbs all of the light from the sun.