Today we tested our resilience and systematic approach to problem solving but undertaking this investigation:
It was tricky, however one person managed to find one solution in just over 10mins. It took some people 45 minutes! We were all busy for the whole lesson as there were several possible solutions.
At the end of each unit in Maths we will be completing an end of unit task to show that we have mastered the concepts taught throughout the unit. This time the task was to choose one of the areas of learning and create a game to test your skills. I was so impressed with the quality of the games produced! Some really were outstanding. Here are pictures of some of the games produced. Well done Mandela class, a great first day back.
Introducing our new Head Boy and Head Girl
Today was a brilliant day for Year 6.
I was so impressed with all the 8 children
who nominated themselves for the roles of
Head Boy and Head Girl.
After outlining why they would be suitable for
the job and being interviewed, Mrs Ross,
Mrs MacFarlane and I had the unenviable task
of choosing only one Head Girl and one
I feel tremulously proud of everyone who
took part and am confident that the 2 children
chosen will do an amazing job this year!!
Another proud moment today was seeing the first 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 first group!
We are continuing with our 3D unit. Today we used our research on Viking amulets to design and make our own clay amulets. We will be painting them too, so watch this space!
Today we went to Saxmundham Free school to take part in their French cafe. We were able to practise our French and order food. It was all delicious and we had a great morning. We are all excited about high school French lessons now!!
Yesterday TSM welcomed the circus. Today Mandela class had a go at learning some circus skills, including plate spinning, juggling, the high wire and diablo spinning. It was great fun!
We have been learning the Makaton signs linked to the circus.
Can you guess the sign?
In Science we are studying 'Classifying Critters' - all about classifying living things into the 5 kingdoms. So far we have found out about Plants, Animals and Bacteria and today we learnt about Fungi. We explored the most recognised form of fungi - the mushroom! Mrs Matthews brought in lots of different types of mushrooms for us to draw and look at. Afterwards Mrs Gillings and Mrs Calver cooked them so we could all have a taste. There were mixed reactions - but it was a fun afternoon :-)
Parents - you would be surprised how many children enjoyed eating mushrooms!!
Today we have been working on our Art unit based on 3D artwork. We have been looking at the work of Henry Moore, a sculpture and painter, who has produced to brilliant semi-abstract sculptures of people, including the 'Reclining Man' and 'Mother and Child'. Today we responded to his work by creating our own clay reclining figure sculptures.
It Literacy we are starting to plan our extended writing task - a chronological report book written especially for Lower Key Stage Two children, telling them all about the life of Nelson Mandela. Today we looked at a WAGOLL (What a good one looks like) and planned our own success criteria, drawing on what we have learnt so far about writing reports.
Written by Mrs Matthews & Mrs Hayter (proud class teachers) and their brilliant pupils (Mandela class).