We enjoyed starting our Woodlands topic this week, being ACE Readers learning all about trees from around the world. We then became ACE Scientists learning about classification and how to sort living things. In writing, we looked at ‘Wind’, a poem by Dionne Brand. This focuses on personification – please quiz your child on this!
In the coming weeks, we hope to explore our school grounds to look at the Woodlands in more depth.
This week, some of us got to meet our reception buddies and over the next couple of weeks everyone will get that opportunity. It was brilliant to receive several positive comments and emails from EYFS staff who highlighted just how amazing the Year 6 children had been in supporting their younger counterparts.
It is too difficult this week to pick out a learner of the week as all the children’s behaviour was exemplary and they all threw themselves wholeheartedly into their new learning.
We marked Refugee Week 2021 by creating short videos that informed people about refugees. Edward created a simple but stunning video which was sound tracked by Gerry and the Pacemakers ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone.’
This half term, we have been looking at Sikhism in our R.E. lessons. We looked at sewa which means ‘selfless service’. It involves acting selflessly and helping others in a variety of ways, without any reward or personal gain. It is a way of life for many Sikhs and is part of their daily routine. In order to demonstrate this we litter picked throughout school and helped tidy up the classroom.
We also learnt Sikhs perform sewa in a variety of ways, such as helping the local community. Many Sikhs perform much of their sewa by helping others, including cleaning, washing dishes or serving in the langar which is a large meal. Thanks to Mrs Reehal we were able to eat some delicious traditional food.
This week, Mr Ash noticed that one of our favourite poets Brian Bilston, who wrote an excellent poem about refugees that we studied earlier the year was running a competition.
We wrote Japanese haikus which follow a 5 syllable – 7 syllable – 5 syllable pattern. Brian was so impressed with the children’s efforts he has gifted us a copy of his new poetry book ’50 Ways to Score a Goal.’
On Friday afternoon, we undertook a challenge set by Mr Ash. 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.
Over the last couple of weeks, we have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to work with Mrs Johnston in the Art Studio again, where many of us have had lots of success in creating our very own baseball boot and trainer art.
On Friday, we were given two presentations about Ramadan from Aayah, Beltina, Asonat and Hannaya. The presentations taught us about the holy month of Ramadan. The girls also explained the purpose of fasting and the way Ramadan links to the five pillars of Islam. Both groups were excellent presenters and provided the class with an in depth knowledge of the subject including a quiz.
We created some pieces using tissue paper to create a background. We then added images of ourselves and words that summed up our lockdown experience. There was some great messages from each of the children’s work.