Y6 Blue Jay Class
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'Be The Best We Can Be'.
Welcome to Bluejay Class webpage. We are a group of 28 enthusiastic, kind and determined 10 and 11 year olds who have a passion for learning.
Follow us on our journey through year 6 by visiting our blog http://bit.ly/2oMT5gA and following us on Twitter @bluejay_class
Welcome to Spring Term
This term our topic is ‘I Wonder If’. Throughout the weeks we will be exploring the wonders of the world through different famous landmarks and natural phenomenons. We have some fun, exciting activities planned to help us become more knowledgeable about the world around us. Some areas that we will question are:
I wonder who built the Pyramids?
I wonder how long the Great Wall of China is?
I wonder what the was Colosseum used for?
I wonder what it would be like to live in Brazil?
I wonder how tall the Taj Mahal is?
I wonder who the Mayans were?
I wonder what creatures live in the Great Barrier Reef?
I wonder how long it takes to climb Mount Everest?
I wonder who the Greek gods were?
I wonder how the Northern Lights occur?
Our Class Book
Our new book this term is 'Brightstorm - a Sky-ship Adventure'. We are excited to take our own adventure through this book with the characters Arthur and Maudie Brightstorm and their journey of a lifetime.
We will use this text to help enhance our writing skills and comprehension skills throughout the term. Follow our blog to find out what we get up to.
Our Week in Bluejay Class
Monday – Reading diaries to be in school and handed into Miss Williams.
Tuesday – PE with Mr Scott and Venture Experts afternoon.
Wednesday – French session with Madam Walsh.
Thursday – Music session with Mr Bellingham.
Friday - Karate sessions with Sensei Dave.
Please make sure that your child has any necessary resources that they may need for these sessions.
SATs - 14th May - 17th May 2019
This term we will be extremely busy preparing all children for their SATs tests in May. We have started extra teaching sessions for each child which will take place on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays. We will be working with both children and parents to give each and every child the chance to succeed and shine.
This week the most bizarre thing happened, our classroom chairs went on strike. Tired, upset, fed-up chairs quit their jobs as our trusty back side supports as they were devastated with the treatment they had been enduring. Let’s face it, chairs have feelings too! Year 6 were set the task by Mr Huthart to create a poem to show the feelings of the chairs.
We had fun creating our Mother's Day cards this year. We showed our art skills by sketching Daffodils and blending water colours to create effect on the petals. After that we made origami Tulips which were very impressive.
Exciting news! Norbridge Academy have made it through to the Pop-Lacrosse qualifiers. A group of year 6 children have worked hard perfecting their Pop Lacrosse skills and got the chance to play against other schools in our area which ended in us coming second. This has enabled the children to go through to the regional qualifiers where they will play against schools in our region.
Science - Making Ice-Cream
In science we have made ice-cream. We took part in an investigation to find out if the amount of salt added to ice affected the time taken to create ice-cream.
Firstly, we put milkshake in a small zipper wallet before adding this to a larger bag filled with ice and salt, our variant was the amount of salt used in each bag. We moved the milk mixture around the salt and ice with our hands to help the reaction take place.
We came to the conclusion that the less salt used the faster the ice melted which made the liquid (milkshake) turn to a solid (ice-cream) at a faster rate.
Bluejay Class loved taking part in this investigation and used it to write up ta full science experiment.
Art - Daffodils
We have studied daffodil flowers concentrating on the colour and texture of their petals. Carefully thinking about the shape of the petals, we sketched the flower before using water colours to paint them. We created shade on the petals by using light and dark techniques.
World Book Day
Children in Bluejay Class have enjoyed dressing up as their favourite book characters today. We saw characters such as; George from George’s marvellous medicine; the very scary Big Bad Wolf; a dirty looking Oliver Twist; and many more creative and fun characters.
Bluejay Class are working on their whole class song writing project this half term. They’re developing some of their initial ideas and there are already some fantastic thoughts!
Once again this half term Bluejay Class have entered their PE sessions with a great attitude and ready to learn, as a result of this their Tennis skills are improving each week. They have been mainly focusing on their ability to move around the court.
Sensei Dave is very impressed with the amount we are improving in our Karate lessons. He has particularly pointed out our commitment and concentration efforts and how they have improved massively which is showing through our abilities to perform katas.
We have now started our weekly swimming lessons this half term and after our first two sessions we are feeling very comfortable in the water. We will be working up to a sponsored swim at the end of the summer term.
We have been consolidating our knowledge of the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages. To do this we have studied methods and rules to help is convert between the three. Once we felt confident in being able to use these methods we applied our skills to word problems.
The Great Wall of China
In topic this week we have been researching The Great Wall of China. We have been fact hunting and have found out about the physical features of it as well as the reasons behind it being built. To help us understand a little more we studied some of the Chinese culture and religions. We made leaflets to present our findings.
Multiplying and Dividing Decimals
We have secured our multiplication and division knowledge surrounding decimals and whole numbers this week. We are confident in being able to use the short multiplication and division methods alone as well as when problem solving.
To help introduce out new class book - Brightstorm - we have started making origami boats which we will suspended from balloons for our display. After finding it quite difficult to follow the instructions we finally, with the help from our friends, managed to make them successfully.
Together with Goldfinch class we visited Eden Camp - a WW2 museum. We made our way around all 29 huts learning more about WW2. Firstly we enjoyed a war time puppet show where we joined in with a song - When I’m Cleaning Windows - that we had already listened to in class. After that we experienced some of the sights, sounds and smells of WW2 in the huts.
In karate we have concentrated on our breathing. We know that controlling our breathing helps with our ability to be powerful. We are using this technique to strike powerfully when punching.
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.
Christmas Jumper Day
We enjoyed getting festive on Wednesday by dressing in our favourite Christmas jumpers. As well as this we tucked into our Christmas lunch - perfect.
Whilst studying pictures we interpreted what could be happening in them. Through drama we role played a scene of a story starting with a freeze frame from our class book. We used body language, voice emphasis and action to show what was happening.
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.