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'Learning to change the World' 'Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God' - Micah 6:8
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Welcome to our class webpage where you can find out about our amazing learning journey. You will find information about our activities, examples of our work and comments from us! Please visit often to see our learning journey develop. 

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Term 5

In Term 5, alongside preparing for SATs, we will be reading the biography 'Shackleton's Journey' by William Grill. This wonderfully illustrated book tells the story of the Endurance reaching the South Pole and the efforts it took to get there. As part of our learning we will be writing in role, researching information and even writing motivational speeches. In art, we will be looking at famous artists and different mediums to create artwork.


Log books
We got into role as a chosen seaman and thought about what life would be like out at sea. We then documented this as a log book-similar to what the men would have written back in 1914.
Sketches in the style of William Grill
Inspired by the beautiful artwork in the book Shackleten's Journey, we re-created some of the sketches of the sea using pencils to try and create a similar affect as the author has done. 
Samba taster day!
Wow what a day! To end SATs week, we had a brilliant day getting immersed into a range of samba activities from dancing, drumming to creating costumes. Drumming was definitely a lot harder than we originally thought but it was so much fun! We can't wait for samba week in July!

Term 4

To inspire our spooky story-telling, we are exploring ‘Alma’, a short story of a young girl who ventures into town in the snow. She is drawn to a shop window by a familiar looking doll. From there, the story takes a sinister turn…
Journey Planning
Writing with microphones!
As a tool to help us edit our writing, we used microphones to record what we wanted to write and then listened back to how this sounded before we wrote in our books. We found it so useful to be able to stop and edit as we went and ended up with some super pieces of writing because of it!
Road Safety
We had visitors in this week to teach us all about being safe on the road and to learn what different road signs mean. Throughout the afternoon, we took part it lots of different activities to help us build an awareness of being safe on the roads. 


In order to hook us into the short film Alma, we were tricked us into signing a class contract and then asked us to create ourselves as small dolls. Little did we know, this would link to the mysterious and exciting tale of a little girl, Alma, who becomes trapped in a doll shop! Will we experience a similar fate?!

P.E lead by year 5!
In P.E this week, we were lucky to have some of the year 5 children come and teach us! We were so impressed with them and had so much fun!
World Book Day
What a day! Our costumes looked fantastic as we all dressed up characters from our favourite books. Throughout the day our work was inspired by the Michael Morpurgo book 'Alone on the wide, wide sea.' So far, we are loving it and it will become our new class story. Linking to the book, we created our own characters and character descriptions and then painted some scenes from the very beginning of the story. We can't wait to find out what happens next!

Term 3

Throughout Term 3, we will be reading 'Wolf Brother' by Michelle Paver to inspire our writing and enquiry. The book follows a boy on an adventure during the time of hunters and gatherers. We will be writing about aspects of the book and exploring them further with the end goal of writing our own quest story to share with the Year 3's.

Term 3 has been all about learning how to create collages in art. We thought really carefully about the materials we needed to use and where it was best to place them to build up the layers to form a picture. We all chose to create an image that represents nature using a range of materials and after a couple of attempts, we were so proud of our work!
Islam Art
After learning about Christian and Islam places of worship, we looked at the beautiful artwork the Muslims display in their Mosques. We then created our own Islamic inspired patterns. 
Linking to Wolf Brother, while practising our super sketching skills, we sketched some images of what we thought Wolf might look like. 
We had so much fun this term having Bristol Sport coach us for dodgeball!
WOW- VR introducing the Mayas

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!

Collage-Use it
This term in art we are learning how to collage. For our 'try it', we used tissue paper to learn how to blend colour with different materials and now we have had a go at using nature from our school grounds to build pictures. Keep an eye out for our final collages that will bring all of our skills together...
WOW - Where will your quest take you?

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!

Term 2

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.

Treacher-Collins Syndrome
To end our learning about inheritance, we wrote a non-chronological report to explain what Treacher-Collins Syndrome is (which links to our book Wonder). 
Bristol Flyers
We were lucky enough to spend some of our P.E lesson being coached by some of the Bristol Flyers! 
Science and P.E
We linked science with P.E where we looked at patterns and whether people with longer legs jump further than people with shorter legs. 
Pastel Sketches
After listening to the description of August that was given by his sister, we used this to create a pastel image ofnwhst we thought August might look like. It showed us how important the detail in descriptions are to help us to create an image of a character. 
Jigsaw- Celebrating Differences
This term, our Jigsaw focus is on celebrating differences. We have discussed in depth what it means to be different and how we are all unique and accepted for who we are. In week 2, we thought about what it means to have a disability and how without being able to see or hear properly can sometimes make activities more challenging. This made us realise how lucky we are to be able to do as much as we do with ease and that sometimes, we all struggle with different things for different reasons. 
Indoor P.E
As part of our indoor P.E this term, we are concentrating of our hand co-ordinaton where we have taken part in a number of challenges using our hands to move and control a ball. Eventually, we will be leading up to some dodgeball games.
In week one, we began our first Science unit in year 6: Electricity. We recapped some previous learning with creating simple circuits and some of us also demonstrated our knowledge of conductors! We also considered what life would be like without electricity and realised how much more difficult it would make life for us!

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 1

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.'

Challenge! Our news reports on life during WW1
To end our enquiry, in small groups, we decided on an area that we found most interesting and created a news report that explains what life was like during WW1 for this group of people or animals. 

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What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today? Non-Chronological Reports 
Following our R.E enquiry, we wrote a non-chronological report that explains the basic beliefs of Islam including their festivals and celebrations.
Using all of our targets that we have learned this term, with a particular focus on direct speech, we re-wrote the ending of Private Peaceful in our own words.
Propaganda Posters
After learning about how many people were recruited to join the war, we created our own propaganda posters that would have been similar to what was used during WW1.
Pupil Voice Election

After listening to our speeches that explained why we thought we would make a good candidate for being a member of Pupil Voice, we all made a decision about who we thought would be the best boy and girl in 6RC to take on this role. The voting was secret and we popped our slips into the voting box to be collated.


Congratulations to Lewis and Leah!

Diary entries 
In the role of Tommo, we wrote a diary entry to recount some of the terrifying days that he endured while being out at battle-especially almost losing his beloved brother, Charlie.  
This term, our art focus has been sketching. We have learnt how to sketch properly by learning lots of different strokes that can help us build a picture. Linked to our enquiry, we have been sketching WW1 soldiers.
What a fun day! In order to immerse us into our WW1 enquiry, we spent part of the day with our expert Mr Evans where he taught us all about what uniform and rituals were required as soldiers during WW1. We then made a 'trench cake' which was surprisingly delicious! Sat in candlelight and with an air-raid siren playing, the day was finished off by all of us getting into role as children during the war and we wrote in role to our loved ones that might have been sent to off to fight.