Y6 Blue Jay Class
Our Bluejay Team
Here is our team of Bluejays, their potential is endless and this year they will strive to be the best they can be.
This week in RE we reflected on sources of inspiration in others’ lives by looking at the story of Muhammad. We read the story as a class before retelling it to each other to become familiar with the events that happened. We Split the story of Muhammad into 6 parts giving each group a part of the story to perform. They chose one or more narrator who read the story, the other people in the group acted out what was happening.
This week in science we have studied our blood and found out what it is made up of. Plasma is the liquid, which is water, salt and protein - the main function of this protein is to keep the blood inside the blood vessel. The solid part contains red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. We now know that Red blood cells carry oxygen through the body, White blood cells fight infections when sick and Platelets helps bleeding to stop. We recreated what blood would look like under a microscope using Cheerios, marshmallows and sweets.
Our topic in science this half term is animals including humans. To Start our topic off we discussed how in the body we have different systems which help to keep our bodies moving and healthy. We started to look at the circulatory system and what this is in connection to our bodies. We considered questions such as What does the system do? What are the parts of the system?
This week we have enjoyed taking part in a bag packing event in our local Tesco store. Year 6 worked along side Tesco staff supporting the community to pack their shopping. They were complimented on their politeness and punctuality and raised a staggering £485.
VIP Guest Christmas Lunch
Following on from our work in the community earlier on in the week, we invited some of the residents from the Live at Home Scheme into school to enjoy Christmas lunch, songs from the choir and another game of bingo. Year 6 got the chance to serve meals, take orders and interact with our guests. They were a credit to Norbridge Academy.
Live at Home Scheme Community Event
The children in year 6 took part in a very special community event where they joined residents of the Bassetlaw Live at Home Scheme at their local community center. This was a special event as it was the 25th anniversary of this scheme. They had the chance interact and support with the residents during the quiz as well as taking part in a game of bingo which the children thoroughly enjoyed. We pride ourselves in making positive links with the community in Year 6.
Partake - WW2 Day
Bluejay class are lucky to have partake come and visit with their knowledge of WW2 today.
They will be learning about the different types of dances that were practised during the WW2 era as well as being able to handle and investigate items used. Rationing was a big part of the war so children will discover how people were affected by this. Toady's visit from partake will help consolidate knowledge of our topic this term.
This morning the children have learnt that dances were important during the war as they boosted moral which was needed to keep the country's spirits up. They worked through the dances, Lambeth Walk and The Jitterbug, step by step before putting them together to create the whole dance.
We have loved our WW2 topic this term and being able to consolidate our knowledge of this through exploring real artefacts from the war has been fantastic. The children have loved questioning what each item was used for and why before discovering their actual use.
Maths - Fractions
In maths we have been concentrating on fractions. We have revisited our previous knowledge of fractions before using this to help us to covert fractions with related and unrelated denominators carefully using multiples to help us. We used these skills to enable us to order and compare fractions.
RE - Anne Frank and Germany Jews
Over the next 6 weeks we will be researching Anne Frank’s life and will be reading the biography of Anne Frank. We will be looking at the different aspects of Anne’s life and how she was treated by Hitler and his troops simply because she was a Jew. Whilst listening to the biography of Anne, we used post it notes to document facts about the Frank family and place it on a time line in the correct place.
English - Watertower
This term we started our English work by exploring a new book called the Watertower by Gary Crew. This book is full of questions and mystery which has helped us to develop our reading skills such as inference and deduction. We have explored the language choices made by the author and found definitions of the unfamiliar words in the words. We are going to further develop our work by writing a missing chapter in the story. I can't wait to see what work they produce!
Science - Light
This term our new topic is light. The children learnt that light is a form of energy known as electromagnetic radiation, it is made of Photons which are little particles of energy. Rays of light travel from a light source and hit objects around us which enables them to see. Children worked in groups to create a human model to show how light enables them to see. They used string to symbolise a ray of light, and had two members of their group act as a light source and an object.
Congratulations to these fantastic blue jay children for participating in The School Games Handball Tournament. They played fantastically well, not losing a game, and beat eleven other teams. They have now entered the Nottinghamshire regionals where they will compete to be the best in Nottinghamshire.
Science - Electricity
In science we are learning about the components surrounding electricity. We can confidently draw a circuit using scientific symbols and are now learning about current which we now know is the steady flow of electrons. and voltage which is the force that makes the electric current flow. As a class we predicted what will happen to a bulb, depending on the voltage of the cell or battery. After that we tested our theories using scientific equipment.
Today we have chosen a famous face from during the war to sketch a portrait of. We concentrated on creating shade using light and dark techniques making sure we took particular notice of the facial structure. Later on this week we will research facts about our chosen world leader and produce a fact file using this information to put on our class blog.
Topic - Peg Dolls
As part of our WW2 topic we have studied fashion from the 1940s this lesson. We looked at how the fashion varied to today's fashion and discussed the different fabrics that were use to make clothes also thinking about why they might have been used. We used this knowledge to help us make peg dolls that resembled people from the war era.
In maths we have been comparing and ordering 6 digit numbers. We have consolidated our knowledge of place value by comparing the digits in the different columns and discussing their values. As well as this we have used inequality symbols to show that a number is either greater than or less than. Using our reasoning skills, we have completed problems that involve comparing numbers up to ten million.
Meet our Bluejay class councilors . These two children will represent our class at weekly meetings where they will share ideas or concerns to help improve our school and to help maintain our happy environment.
World War Two
We have started our topic (WW2) this afternoon. We have concentrated on when and where the war began and spread throughout Europe during the years of 1939 and 1941. Playdough wars helped us to understand the movement of the different armies. We discussed the effect the war had on these different countries and the people involved.
This term Blue Jay Class have been taking part in the DARE25 Programme. This is an 11 week course with a DARE office called Mr Clarke who visits to teach us about making responsible choices about drugs, alcohol, gangs and knife crime. This whole programme is designed to prepare us for our future to make sure we are safe and happy as we grow up. These lessons are interesting and fun and we are learning so much. We can't wait to show you all what we have learnt during our DARE graduation.
Letters from the Lighthouse
This term we have been reading the beautiful book by Emma Carroll called Letters from the Lighthouse. It is about a young girl called Olive and her younger brother Cliff who are evacuated from London during WW2 to Budmouth Point and end up on an adventure of a lifetime.
The children have so far enjoyed the book and are producing some lovely writing from it. We cannot wait to find out what happens next.
Autumn Term - The Right to Fight (WW2)
Our Autumn Term topic is World War 2. During this topic we will be exploring all aspects of WW2 in particular the impact it had in Britain. We will start the unit by looking at how the war started and Hitler's Germany and we will then progress the topic on to look at aspects such as rationing and evacuation.
History: During History we will be looking at how the war began, Wartime Britain and the impact of war on everyday life.
The Arts: We will be looking at how different tools such as Biro pens, charcoal and sketching pencils can be used to create different effects through sketching. In Design Technology we will be using the "Make do and Mend" ethos from the War to create Christmas Decorations.
Science: Our Science topics this term are Light and Electricity. We will be looking at how we see, electrical circuits and Morse Code.
Computing: This term we will be looking at E-safety and social media usage.
Music: During this term, we will be learning how to play a range of instruments as part of a class band.
French: During the year we will continue to have weekly French sessions with Madame Walsh.
DARE: Our weekly DARE sessions will start with Mr Clark on Thursday 19th September.
PE: PE Sessions will be on Friday. Please remember outdoor Kit.
Karate: Karate Sessions will also be on Friday's.