Now that the SATs and the amazing KS2 performance - The Rocky Monster Show - are finished Year 6 are focusing on what they need to do to prepare for Secondary. One of the things the boys will need to do is know how to tie a necktie. So today we taught them. And the girls who wanted to join in. They had a lot of fun and worked really well helping one another. Some of them even extended their learning to include double Windsor knots!
6C have been studying the narrative poem, The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes. As well as looking at the themes, the metaphors, the rhyme, the structure and the archaic vocabulary in the poem the learnt a stanza of the poem each to perform in front of the camera. Apologies for the low volume.
Happy New Year! We have started our new topic - What Price Progress? This topic studies human innovation and progress and the cost of this progress to our planet. Our entry point was to invent something given a specific need. The students were organised into groups and given roles:
Manager - a person who makes sure that the group has all the materials and tools that they need.
Enquirer - a person who asks the teacher any questions that the group has.
Speaker - the person who reports back to the rest of the class.
Mediator - when there is disagreement in the group, this person has the final say!
They all worked really well and used 'junk' to produce some great prototypes that met the needs perfectly!
We've left the camp and are heading home stronger, wiser, older and more confident. It's been a great trip and the leaders at the camp complemented the children on their behaviour and maturity. We've all learnt to be more responsible for ourselves and have focused on three key words: actions, consequences and responsibility. Ask your son or daughter what they understand by these words.
Last night we had the campfire after some impromptu games and a dance off! Video coming soon and maybe a live show in our assembly in January. Until then, here are some photos from the campfire.
According to Google maps we should be home by 2:30, factoring in a quick toilet break. We're all looking forward to seeing you then.
It has been a really beautiful day today! Clear, blue skies and not too hot. The group was split again and in the morning 6C did the Aerial Challenge and 6S did the Low Ropes Challenge. After lunch we swapped around. All the children challenged themselves on the Aerial Challenge and grew and made vital personal achievements - a key reason for Year 6 camp! The Low Ropes Challenge is about teamwork and communication and, again, they all showed big improvements with these skills. A great day of challenge and growth.
Tonight's the last night and as such we'll be having the campfire! It's a great time to reflect on our time at camp; the achievements we have made and the kind of people we are growing into - strong, brave, kind, hard working and high achieving. Parents, you can be very proud of your children.
Below are a couple of photos of our karaoke evening last night. It's great to have our very own Ed Sheeran!
Today Year 6 went kayaking and did the MasterChef challenge. 6C did kayaking and 6S did MasterChef in the morning. In the afternoon we swapped around.
Kayaking was a blast! We learnt to make sure our PFDs were safely on and went for a 'float' in standing depth to check they worked. They then had to cooperate and communicate with a partner to manoeuvre their kayak forwards, backwards and pivots, both clockwise and anticlockwise. We learnt to do a safe capsize and worked together to right our kayaks before helping each other back in.
MasterChef was an activity led by Thailand's MasterChef from 2010! The children learnt to make green curry and bananas in coconut milk. They competed in teams
6S were taught how to tie knots, which they later applied to their shelter building. Useful for Mars perhaps?
They also learnt how to make fire using flint and steel.
6C went dry riverbed scrambling. They learnt about the flora and fauna of the local area and how humans have an impact on the natural environment.
After a delicious and well deserved dinner we had 'Nightline' - a hilariously fun activity where the children were blindfolded and followed a rope collecting puzzle clues along the way.
It was an event free journey to camp and we've all arrived safely and ready for lunch. We've got our rooms and unpacked and are now waiting to go dry riverbed scrambling (6C) and learning bushcraft (6S) this afternoon.
The last few weeks have been so busy we haven't had time to update our blog! Here is a quick review of some of the things we have been doing recently...
STEM - 17-21 September
Back in September (17-21) we had STEM week. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. We had challenges to complete and the students worked together with students from the other Year 6 class and Year 5 to complete the challenge.
Out of Africa - Entry Point
We started our new topic, Out of Africa, on 25th September with a fun entry point. The Out of Africa topic is about evolution and inheritance. The students had to dress up as a human from 10,000 years in the future. We had to imagine how humans would evolve over that time. All the students had great ideas. Some were very positive, indicating that humans would evolve in super beings, and some were more negative, suggesting that problems with the environment would cause humans to develop differently.
Trip to the Science Museum
On the 10th October Year 6 went on a trip to the Centre for Science Education to support our Out of Africa topic. We learnt a lot about how different animals and plants have adapted to their environment and about the history of Charles Darwin’s voyages to the Galapagos islands.
Practise makes perfect!
6C’s assembly on 12th October was about our Out of Africa topic. We acted out short scenes about Mary Anning, Charles Darwin and Rosalind Franklin; all very famous people in developing our understanding of evolution and adaptation. We also sang some great songs, which I’m still trying to get out of my head! (See the videos below)