We planned and organised our own party theme, decorations and food in groups and shared Secret Santa presents. Happy Christmas!
We have been learning all about the Vikings this term and have really enjoyed the topic! Here are some of the things we have been learning about.
Today we evaluated our boats, against the original design criteria, to decide which one was the best.
Mandela is a democracy so we voted and the winners are .....
Key Stage Two normally have a small Christmas Carol Concert, but this year we decided to put on a much larger performance, with singers, narrators, poetry recitals and a dramatisation of the nativity. All the classes worked individually to practise their parts and it all came together brilliantly. Fantastic team work from all 120 children and teachers in KS2. Well done everyone!
A special Well Done to Mr Harvey's Poetry Recital Group
An especially proud moment today was seeing the second group of six children perform their poems, not to the rest of the class, as we usually do, but to a room full of adults and children! 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 an audience. 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 this group who had the additional challenge of reforming to such a large audience!
In Design Technology we have been working in groups to design and make our own viking longships.
Mrs Matthews gave us the brief - To make a viking longship which is historically accurate.
It needed to be: watertight
able to float
hold 10 playmobil men
attractive to look at with a sail, oars and shields.
We researched real and model longships and came up with our own designs, considering the tools and materials we had available then as a group we decided on our final design.
We spent several days working on our design and now they are finished. All we need to do is see if they meet the original design criteria. Fingers crossed that they float!!
This half term our topic is Staying Alive and we are learning all about the life processes that are internal to the body, including all about the circulatory system.
The circulatory system is made up of the heart, the lungs, blood and the vessels it travels through. Its function is to transport nutrients, gases and wastes between the cells of the body and the digestive system, respiratory system and excretory system. It also carries hormones for internal communication and co-ordination, and white blood cells for fighting disease, as well as assisting in maintaining body temperature.
Today we were learning about the heart. The heart is a huge muscle that never appears to rest. In fact it does rest – between each heart beat! It beats rhythmically, contracting two sets of chambers to act as a double pump to move blood around the body. It is about the size of a closed fist, and is protected by the ribs. The right side of the heart pumps deoxygenated (‘used’) blood through the pulmonary circuit to the lungs, where it picks up oxygen and where carbon dioxide is released. The blood is then returned to the left side of the heart, which is sufficiently muscular and powerful to pump the blood through the systemic circuit to all tissues of the body, including the kidneys for waste removal, and the liver for blood sugar regulation.
Mrs Matthews brought in some pig's hearts for us to examine and try and identify the main parts. It was a really interesting lesson!
Written by Mrs Matthews & Mrs Hayter (proud class teachers) and their brilliant pupils (Mandela class).