Y6 Blue Jay Class
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For the past 10 weeks Bluejay class have been taking part in DARE session with DARE Officer Clarke. They have enjoyed learning about many challenging situations that they could come across as they go through their secondary school life. Week 11 saw the whole of year 6 take part in their DARE Graduation. Many songs, chants, sketches and DARE reports were performed to parents to show what they have understood throughout their course.
Paper Chain Challenge
To kick off Christmas, Bluejay class took part in the Paper Chain Challenge. We excitedly got into groups of five and worked together to see who could create the longest and strongest chain ready to decorate our classroom. A great way to enjoy the start of Christmas.
As part of Anti-Bullying Week we have been talking about how we can help tackle bullying as a class and we decided that working together as a team would be more effective than tackling this subject alone. We talked in depth about effects that bullying can have on an individual and in DARE we have studied the different types of bullying that people can be subjected to.
Aaron: “We can bulldoze bullying together.”
Martin: “Bullying must stop!”
Ella: “We will work as a team to tackle bullies.”
Dakota: “Say no to bullies!”
English - The Arrival
Yesterday, Bluejay class were introduced to their new class book, The Arrival, which they will study this half term in English. We spent some time exploring the potential themes and messages of the book. As well as this they used part of the story to aid them when writing lists. They thought carefully what would be needed in a suitcase when leaving a country and used colons and semi colons in their writing when recording this.
War Memorial Poppies
This afternoon we have taken part in creating poppies to add to our school war memorial display. We collected plastic bottles and after cleaning and cutting them we painted the bases of the bottles ruby-red, the same colour as poppies. We will fasten these, alongside the rest of the classes at Norbridge Academy, to the fences in our school playgroup to create a beautiful display to help us remember the fallen heroes of World War One as it is the 100 year anniversary.
WW2 Honey Cakes
This afternoon Bluejay class put their Maths skills and team work skills to the test by working hard to make Honey Cakes. Honey Cakes are WW2 treats that were made by people during the time of rationing. Year 6 followed a traditional recipe with imperial units of measure to create their own version of the delicious Honey Cakes. We had great fun working together to experience a small aspect of WW2 life.
At our Blogathon one of the activities that was available to year 6 was Slime making. The children loved being able to mix all the ingredients together and watch the transformation of products turn to slime. They then used this activity to help their instruction writing skills concentrating on imperative verbs.
English has been full of interesting, emotive vocabulary this week. We have been incorporating some great techniques into our writing that have helped up-level and improve the way we write. We have studied a picture from WW2 bombings and had a go at writing a short descriptive piece.
In Maths this week we are exploring negative numbers. We have taken our understand one step further by asking ourselves why? After consolidating our knowledge of working out the difference between negative and positive numbers we used these skills to problem solve and then explored the reasons why we use certain methods to solve these problems.
World War 2 Day
Today is our WW2 day and we have started our day with Mr Adby studying artefacts from World War 2. We have had the chance to try on a soldier's helmet, look at a real gas mask and study what women used to wear during the war.
Topic & Art - WW2
This week in our topic session we have been researching famous leaders (Adolf Hitler, Neville Chamberlain and Winston Churchill) that were in power during WW2. We discussed facts about their personal lives, their career and personalities. We especially enjoyed finding out fun facts about them! We then linked this to our art session by carefully sketching the famous faces trying extremely hard to use the techniques we learnt previously. We especially concentrated on the shading of their faces using charcoal.
RE - Judaism
This half term in RE we will be looking closely at Judaism which will link to our topic, WW2. Today we were introduced to the main beliefs of this religion and some of the main facts. We worked together to research and identify facts and beliefs of Jews and using this information we created a poster to display in our classroom.
English - Descriptive Writing
Today in English we have looked carefully at what is needed in a descriptive piece of writing to help make it effective and interesting to read. Here are some of the skills we thought of that could help us up level our writing:
DADWAVERS – sentence openers
We then had a go at independently writing a short descriptive piece using a picture that we have discussed.
Science - Electricity
This half term we will be closely studying electricity as part of our science topic.
Today we revised the main components of a circuit and used these to help us make circuits that included light and sound. We were then able to draw an accurate circuit diagram that included scientific language and symbols.