Today saw the third poetry recital this school year. In Mandela Class we are lucky enough to have Mr Harvey work with us to help a different group (each half term) to learn a poem off by heart and recite it to the rest of the class. This is a skill, which is not only part of the Year 6 expectations for reading, but is also a life skill which prepares the children for High School and beyond. It always amazes me how all different types of children respond to the task and the change which occurs in their confidence and ability in just 6 weeks.
Our latest topic in DT is called Engineering Solutions, where we find solutions for different problems. This year, we are looking at the problems faced by cow farmers (using an adaptation of the tasks from engineeringeducates).
We started by finding out how much of the UK is used for farming/agriculture and the children drew pie charts to show this compared to other ways the land in the UK is used.
Following this, we learnt about how methane is bad for the environment and how much methane cows produce. We then went on to design something that could be worn or used by cows to capture the methane in their burps. We then asked a mechanical engineer to look through the drawings and choose the designers of the day - those she felt had drawn and labelled their ideas clearly, were innovative and matched the design criteria given to them.
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This morning we began our new science topic on evolution. After the children explored what they already knew about the topic, we went outside and created a human timeline to show how long different living things have existed on Earth. It was amazing to discover the small amount of time humans have been on Earth compared to bacteria. Some children also wondered how much longer we would last on the planet if we continue to damage it.
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We had a really interesting afternoon speaking with Margaret (a friend of Mrs Allen) who was evacuated age 5 from Croydon to Devon during WW2.
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Our finished sculptures
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Mr Edward's was poorly today so the children worked with Mrs Hayter on a small computing project. Using Microbits, they had to had to work in a group to compose a piece of music including a beat, melody and harmony. The children's focus and knowledge of Microbits was great and there were some great final outcomes which, with a little more time, could be made even better.
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As part of safer internet day we talked about respect and self-respect when online. The children were good at understanding the boundaries people have and how it's important to treat people online as you would do in real life. At the end of the lesson, the children worked in small groups to come up with their own online charter for them to follow.
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Today, the children worked in groups to carry out a fair test in to how the sound of a buzzer changed as the voltage in the circuit was increased (they increased the voltage by adding more batteries each time they tested). They used their knowledge from previous investigations to make a prediction, then drew a line graph to show the results and finally explained what they found out.
This year the leavers' hoodies arrived before the Summer so the children will be getting plenty of wear out of them!
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Written by Mrs Matthews & Mrs Hayter (proud class teachers) and their brilliant pupils (Mandela class).