Throughout this half term, we have been learning about different types of bombs shelters such as Anderson shelters and Morrison Shelters. We used this knowledge to help design our own structures.
They needed to take the impact of a 1kg weight and also had to be water tight. We really enjoyed bringing our designs to life and also enjoyed watching the ‘bomb’ drop on to our structures as we hoped our ‘person’ would survive the hit.
Yesterday, we took part in ‘No Pens Wednesday’ a national initiative to highlight the importance of oracy and collaborative working. We started the day by undertaking a Maths treasure hunt all about fractions and undertook some philosophy for children (P4C.) In the latter, we tried to define different objects such as a hat and a table. We realised this was more difficult than we anticipated. To end the session, we created an ‘evilometer’ in which ranked different statements to decide which statements were good and which statements were evil.
In the afternoon, we worked in small groups to complete a challenge. Each group were given some tape, newspaper, two pieces of dowel and an orange. The task was for the children to create a free standing structure that was 30cm tall and was able to hold the orange. The children were given time to plan their structure which led to some great discussions. They then were shown how to use the dowel to strengthen the newspaper and created their structures.
We were incredibly lucky to take part in a musical project on Monday. Lieder is a type of classical music where poetry is interspersed with music to create fantastic stories. The session started with Rachel and Phil singing piece of music in German. Even though we didn’t understand the lyrics, we were still able to construct the story through their mannerisms and voice.
We then spoke about different musical aspects that can vary music such as tempo, dynamics and pitch. As a group, we then created our own verse that will appear as part of a much larger piece. We composed our lines to fit the music of German composer Franz Scubert.
On Monday, we were involved in our anti bullying picket. It was lovely to see our picket being supported by our Reception Buddies. We created posters and chants that showed our disapproval of bullying and allowed us to voice our message that one kind word can change the world.
This week, we were incredibly lucky to have the national archives visit us virtually. We learnt a lot about propaganda and the way the British government used: posters, films and photographs to influence the public.
As part of our remembrance work, we attended a webinar with Tom Palmer. Tom is a Leeds born author who writes predominately about football and wartime. The discussion centered on his new book ‘The Barnbow Lasses,’ which is based around a fascinating piece of local history. He also spoke about his passion for writing and his inspirations.
The residential runs from 13th – 17th June 2022, although children will only attend for three days of this: either Mon-Wed or Wed-Fri.
The residential is based at How Stean Gorge near Pateley Bridge in the Yorkshire Dales. We will stay at How Stean Gorge for the duration of the trip.
The catering provided by How Stean will cater for your child’s dietary requirements. The children will use the large dining area to eat.
We will have 4-5 members of staff at all times. This staffing will be supplemented by members of staff from How Stean who will lead the activities. These are trained professionals that are all first aid trained.
Kit List – What should we pack?
We have put together an example kit list below, as we know that the more time you have to begin collecting the items the better. If we hear that any additional items will be needed, we will notify you immediately.
The exact details of our 3 day package is to be decided but it could look something like this:
Children will stay at How Stean Gorge, where there are fantastic facilities. The centre will be providing tents. Boys and girls will be separate. We do our best to ensure that children are with one of their friend choices. There is a café with a large dining area where your child’s dietary requirements will be fully catered for.
We will travel by coach. Wednesday will be ‘change over’ day.
What do we need to bring?
Exact kit list to be circulated at a later date but all specialist equipment for the outdoor adventurous activities is supplied by How Stean (helmets, harnesses etc).
Exact staffing to be confirmed nearer the time. There will be 4 school members of staff (male and female) on site.
School staff attending the trip will ensure your child’s medicine is taken at the correct times. Each group leader will be aware of the needs of the children within their care.
School will prepare the appropriate paperwork for the LA to approve the trip. Documents will include: risk assessments, itinerary, kit list, staffing, emergency contact details etc.
We are extremely excited to be holding our first residential in two years. We believe we have chosen a package that is excellent value for money. To give a comparison, other providers we looked at were priced up to £250-£300 per child for a three day residential.
We hope to take as many of you as possible to How Stean Gorge – please sign up before Friday 26th November.
On Thursday, we were visited by Judith Rhodes who is the daughter of Ursula Michel, a refugee who came from Nazi Germany to England in 1939, on one of the last Kindertransports. Ursula’s parents and younger sister were unable to leave Germany, and they perished in the Holocaust.
Judith told us the story of her mother’s experiences. She showed us a documentary film, which used family documents and photos interspersed with archive images and historical narrative. She also showed us her mother’s original Kindertransport suitcase, and some of the items she brought to England in 1939. We were then able to ask questions which really helped our understanding.
This week, we have continued our World War Two learning. In English, we channelled our inner Churchill and looked at speeches. We learnt lots of different techniques that speech writers use to hook in their audience and persuade them to their way of thinking such as: the power of three, rhetorical questions and persuasive openers.
In History, Mr Kay taught us that rationing was brought into Britain due to ships being unable to bring in supplies. We learnt that it lasted till 1954, which was 9 years after the end of the war. We also learnt about other ways British people supported the war effort. We used our chromebooks to research these ways and used this knowledge to create Adobe Spark presentations.
We also learnt about the Blitz and discussed the places that were affected by the successive campaign of bombing by the Luftwaffe (German air force.) We used our knowledge to create presentations on Google Earth pinpointing the areas that were targeted during the bombing.
In Maths, we began the week by looking at factors and multiples. We then moved on to discussing prime numbers where we learnt that 2 is the only even prime number and that 1 is not a prime number because it only has one factor, 1. Finally, we looked at squared numbers and cubed numbers. We used counters to help us realise that squared numbers will create a square when displayed.
In Music, we finished our remixes of Nina Simone adding a drum pattern to the vocal samples we had already created. We used Bandlab to create our pieces and I have been incredibly impressed with the way the children have been able to navigate such an advanced piece of musical software.
Thank you for joining us at parent consultations this week; it was great to catch up on your child and how they have settled into Year 6. Recommended websites and resources on how you can further support your children at home were discussed – we encourage you to use the following: