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St Stephen's C of E Junior School
'Learning to change the World''Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God' - Micah 6:8
Welcome to 6ST’s webpage. Here you can find out everything that 6ST have been up to and what’s coming up. We are hugely excited about the year ahead and we hope you enjoy keeping up to date with what we are getting up to. Please visit the page throughout the year to see our learning journey and we hope you like looking at our fantastic work!
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Traditional Mandarin Game - not as easy as it looks!
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…
Alma: Our identical dolls
During Term 4, we will be using a range of short stories and short films to inspire our writing. The Viewer, written by Gary Crew, takes us into a world of lots of different strange images that flicker into life, taking us to many different worlds and eras throughout time.
What will our world look like in 100 years?
Taking inspiration from 'The Viewer', we created what we thought the future 'slide' would look like if it were to represent 100 years in the future.
Immersion: The Viewer
To introduce the book, we took its opening image and recreated our own by creating our very own patchwork blankets with pictures of lots of items that are important to us.
Outdoor Learning: Awakening our Senses!
We took our learning on how to use colons and semi-colons in a list outside by heading out and gathering lots of rich descriptions of what we could see, hear and feel. We then wrote precise descriptions of our experience outside using colons and semi-colons.
Our enquiry: How do offspring inherit characteristics?
Our enquiry in Term 3 is based on the book Wonder by R. J. Palacio. 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. Throughout the term, we will be using the text as a stimulus for our writing and will also be learning about genetics and how this effects the makeup of us.
We conducted our own research into Treacher –Collins Syndrome and used that information– as well as what we had already learned about the condition through August’s experience – to create our own ‘Treacher-Collins Syndrome’ medical leaflets.
The 'Wonder' of Writing!
‘Wonder’ provided us with an abundance of writing opportunities – we were inspired from the start to the very end! We wrote letters and diary entries from the prospective of August, letters from ourselves to the children who first showed him around his new school, newspaper reports about the incident at camp and information texts about Treacher-Collins Syndrome.
Auggie's Portrait Sketches
After exploring Via’s description of her brother, August, we used what we knew to sketch portraits of how August might look. We focused on his distinguished facial features and used the rich descriptions from the text to help us form our artwork.
Our 'Wonder'ful Class Assembly!
6ST showcased what they have done so far when studying 'Wonder' to the rest of the school and parents. We shared our fabulous writing, intricate artwork, advice on what to do when you feel like giving up and even preformed the opening paragraph of the book!
Wow! 'Wonder'-Style Self Portraits
Shah Jalal Jame Mosque Visit
In effort to discover more about the Islam faith, Year 6 paid a visit to Shah Jalal Jame Mosque in Eastville where we had a tour and discussed how a Muslim’s faith and customs determine their behaviour and outlook on life. We learned so much about the 5 Pillars of Islam and we are now well equipped to answer our RE Enquiry question: What is the best way for a Muslim to show commitment to God?
Our Enquiry: What is the impact of global warming?
During Term 2, we will be starting our new enquiry based around the Global Goals and linking this in with our new text, Floodland. The Global Goals are 17 goals set out by the United Nations to protect our world and make it a better, safer place to live for everyone. We will be focusing in on a couple of the Global Goals, eventually, coming up with a campaign against global warming.
After studying Fernando Arizti’s ‘Incarnation’ in RE, we thought deeply about the real meaning of Christmas before creating our own artistic representations of the Incarnation. We wrote an artists’ description to match our artwork.
Enquiry Challenge: Global Warming Campaign
Floodland: Descriptive Writing
Charcoals: Lyca the boat
Outdoor Learning: Learning about compass points
Floodland: Freeze Frames
6ST have kick-started their enquiry, What is the Impact of Global Warming’, by challenging themselves in a variety of ‘survival’ scenarios. With a perfect combination of outdoor and collaborative learning, we have overcome many obstacles to achieve a given goal. Have a look at the photo reels below to see what we got up to:
Outdoor Challenge - Survival Shelters
Emergency Beacon Challenge
Team Survival: Working Together
Challenge: WW1 War Reports - Live from the War Front!
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 animals within the war. Enjoy watching us take on the roles of news reporters and war veterans!
This term, we are investigating the First World War. We will be conducting research into the significant events and evaluating the impact they had on the outcome of the war. We will then film news reports live from the battlefield. Alongside our enquiry, we will also be reading Michael Morpurgo's moving wartime novel, Private Peaceful.
Design Team Challenge: Christian Places of Worship
With collaborative learning in mind, we embraced the challenge of designing a place of Christian worship that would go either in a prison or a hospital. After our visit to the church, we thought deeply about what users of these places of worship would like and then tailor-made our own designs.
RE Enquiry: What is the Christian Belief around Death?
This week, 6ST has been exploring what Christian’s believe about death. We kick-started our enquiry with a visit to our church where we discussed the significance and the meaning funerals. Later, we compared what other religions believe about death and compared those beliefs to those of Christians. It was interesting to see that there were almost as many similarities as there were differences!
Trench Writing: Letters from the Front Line and Battle Descriptions
Inspired by vivid descriptions of trench life in our class book, Private Peaceful, we wrote letters and descriptions from the perspective of Tommo, a fictional private in WW1.
Precise Word Choices: WW1 Fighter Plane Descriptions
After being thoroughly gripped by the part of Private Peaceful where the fighter plane lands in the field where Tommo, Charlie and Molly are standing, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to showcase our precise vocabulary skills and write our own vivid descriptions of the fighter plane.
Arnos Vale: In Memory of WW1 Soldiers
To launch our enquiry, Lance Bombardier Evans shared his expert knowledge of soldier life before putting us through our paces on the marching court! Next, we shared our own prior knowledge of the First World War.
Green Fingers: Managing our Allotment
Responsible Production and Consumption: Fruit Top Trumps!
Inspired by Nature: Perfume Potions
Texture Hunt: Nature Scene Collages