Today we have been working on our debating skills. As we have come to the end of our non-fiction text work (all linked to Nelson Mandela) we decided to use the knowledge we have gained about his life, as well as the discussion/persuasive skills we have been learning, to help us debate: Does Nelson Mandela deserve to be our class representative? Our groups were picked randomly, as was whether we were For or Against. It was great fun and really showed how confident we have become using persuasive/discussion skills and technical vocabulary linked to the topic. There was lots of jeering and cheering too, as there should be with any good debate!! A lovely end to a really enjoyable Literacy topic and an impressive half term in terms of progress and confidence with language 😊 Well done everyone 😊 And incase you were wondering Mandela is still going to be our class name!
Today saw the next six children perform their poems to the rest of the class. 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. Well done to the third group!
We have had an exciting package arrive last week - our own Bananagrams competition kit! After half term we will be having a competition to find our school’s best player (our top banana) and we could be in with a chance of winning £1000 for our school. This week we had a go at playing this brilliant word building game in class, we all really enjoyed playing it and are looking forward to our competition.
Today in Maths we have been investigating!
Each symbol has a numerical value.
The total for the symbols is written at the end of each row and column.
Can you find the missing total that should go where the question mark has been put?
We used all of the Learning Gems to help us solve the problem. Some of us were so good we went to show Mrs Ross how brilliant our problem solving skills are. She was amazed at how quickly we solved the problem (the quickest were 6 minutes - although it took them a bit longer to prove it!)
We all worked hard to explain our thinking and share our methods with eachother.
Fantastic maths investigating!
In Art we have been learning about the work of the architect Norman Foster. He designed some famous structures including: the Gherkin and the Millennium Bridge in London; the Willis Faber building in Ipswich Stansted Airport and the Sainsbury Centre.
We have also been learning about and experimenting with perspective drawing - we used this skill to design a press print and used it to create a repeated pattern, with some brilliant results:
Over the last few days we have been putting ourselves in the shoes of the South African ANC members during the time of apartheid and writing protest speeches. Our mission was to persuade ordinary South Africans to support the anti-apartheid movement and help abolish segregation. We have worked hard to include a range of Literary devices to persuade the listener including: emotive language; weasel words; dare to disagree expressions; rhetorical questions; short and snappy phrases as well as longer complex sentences. It was great fun to stand up on our chairs and read our speeches to each other. Everyone really got involved, giving an emotive speeches. Well done!
It's a Happy New Year in Mandela Class. The children came back to school so keen to talk about the books they have read in the holidays! We spent time discussing and recommending books to each other, it's been great to see everyone swapping books and encouraging each other. Today everyone took home their reading record, as we are trying to make sure everyone reads at least 5 times a week. Parents can help by making sure they sign it each time they read and remind them to hand it in on Monday mornings.
Today was Mrs Matthews' Reading Raffle assembly, there are many books to win, if you read 5 times a week! Our Y6 winner was very pleased with her choice.
Our current Science topic is 'Staying Alive'. Today we measured our lung capacity: using a 5 litre water bottle and pipe, we filled our lungs full of air and blew out, using water displacement to work out in cm3 how much air we could hold in our lungs.
It was fun, but very wet!! We discovered that Evie had the largest lung capacity - 18cm3 and Shannon the smallest - 8cm3. The average lung capacity was 11cm3
We planned and organised our own party theme, decorations and food in groups and shared Secret Santa presents. Happy Christmas!
Written by Mrs Matthews (proud class teacher) and her brilliant pupils (Mandela class).