Today Year 6’s took part in an EU referendum to decide whether Britain should leave or remain part of the European Union. After doing lots of work in class looking at the pros and cons of each side, children were given a polling card which enabled them to vote. They used their card to sign up when they arrived at school then went into a polling booth to cast their vote before entering it into the ballot box.
This gave children an insight into what life is like for an adult voter and how it feels to be part of a democracy. We have had some fantastic class discussions, with both sides being passionate about what they believe. We had a 72.2% turnout, with 61.5% of those pupils choosing to remain and 38.4% choosing to leave. We are looking forward to seeing if our class views are representative of what the nation thinks about the EU.
Year 3 have been working really hard during their Predator topic this half term. They have applied their knowledge of predators and their prey to create some fantastic videos.
They have described what it would be like to be hunted and how dangerous and sneaky the predators can be. The children have used their creative writing and speaking skills in Morfo Booth. Then edited the clips together using iMovie. Finally they imported them into News Booth to create the effect of a breaking news report. Super AppSmashing.
As part of our ‘Darwin’s Delights’ topic, Year 6 have created some tourist brochures for the Galapagos Islands. We sent these to a leading Galapagos Travel Provider- ‘Think Galapagos’. The Managing Director, Marketing Manager and a Leading Galapagos National Park Guide then judged the brochures and selected 3 winners.
In small groups we had to research into the pros and cons of importing bananas from Costa Rica. The factors we had to consider were: air pollution caused, how much money is costs and the hygienic nature of how the bananas are transported. We then had to debate and present our cases as to whether we should import them from Costa Rica.
Within our Computing lessons we have started created a quiz using Scratch. This is based on our topic, Allotments, and involves quizzing people on their knowledge of plants. We have been learning about the use of the Ask code block and using the answer variable to check if what the user has entered is the same as the actual answer. Then we have used the IF ELSE block to determine which outcome to display.
Harry Potter Day
To celebrate this day we took part in a variety of activities including, making butter beer and biscuits, transfiguration using the green screen and special FX apps, wand making and our favourate activity playing Quiditch.
To mark the 19th anniversary of World Book Day, we all came dressed up as our favourite character from a book. In year 4 we made our own book marks. We also had a class discussion to share what our favourite books are and why.
As part of our topic, Allotment, we had a class debate about should we buy bananas that are imported from Costa Rica. this included watching video bout the journey the bananas take to get to our shops in the UK. After this we were split into two groups, one arguing for and the other against. This involved considering many factors such as transportation, air pollution and the bananas being grown artificially.
Heroic Harry Potter Day
As part of Harry Potter Day we all came to school dressed up as our favourite Harry Potter character. Throughout the day we took part in a variety of different activities such as Quiditch, wand making, transfigurations and we also made butter beer and biscuits. we had such a great day and ended it with a children vs teachers Harry Potter quiz – which was won by the children.
We have been learning about the life cycles of plants and animals as part of this terms topic. This has helped us to understand how we survive through life.
For mothers day we created cards, clay pots and peppermint creams to show our mums how much we love and appreciate them. We also went to the in school mothers day fair to buy some extra gifts for them.
AS part of our topic this half term, Gods and Mortals, we created Greek style shields.
First, we had to design on paper how we would like our shields to look then we cut out circles out of cardboard, used cones, paint, wool and string to make our shields.
In gymnastics this week we created and performed a sequence of our moves that we have learned over the past few weeks.
Firstly, we had to warm up, to make sure our muscles don’t get pulled, then in groups, we demonstrated the following moves: forward roll, back and front support, hedgehog roll and a 1 leg stand.
Athens V Sparta
We watched a Keynote presentation to decide if we wanted to live in Athens or Sparta. We then discussed with others on our table the good and bad things about each one and then finally decided which place we would rather live in.
On Wednesday 24th February a professional owl keeper came into school and introduced to us different species of Owls, such as: Tawny, Great Grey, Barn, Eurasian eagle and Indian eagle. We learnt interesting facts about owls and we even got to hold the Barn owl. It was a very interesting and fun afternoon.
Last week we had practice SATs. We set up our hall like how we would in SATs and we completed lots of papers including: Maths, Arithmetic and reasoning , reading and ESPG. It really helped us to understand the conditions for SATs.
World Book Day
On Friday we celebrated World Book Day. Our theme was ‘A Magical Read’ and we had a range of costumes from Marvel to Hogwarts. In Y6 we had a pack with a variety of World Book Day activities.
Today we did conscience Alley to persuade the Sorting Hat to put Harry in Gryffindor, as our topic this term is Harry Potter. To be a member of Gryffindor house you have to be loyal, determined and courageous/brave.
Thank you to those parents that attended our meeting with Mrs Ede before half term with regards to the KS2 tests.
Unfortunately there was not enough time to show you the following video at the time but, we consider it will be useful for you to watch to gain an understanding of the the test your child will be taking in May 2016.
On Monday we lead the rest of the School in our annual Christingle Service at St. Chad’s Church. All of the children worked so hard to learn their parts and remember the words for all of the songs!
Mums, Dads and family members came to watch our second Christingle on Tuesday morning. All of the Year 3 children were amazing and Mrs Hewitt-Best said she was “the proudest Headteacher in Middlesbrough!”.
Reuben loved learning the songs and loved ‘This little light of mine’ because “it had super actions”.
Mia liked being in St. Chad’s and said “it felt so calm”.
For many of the children their most memorable part of the Service was singing ‘Hope of Heaven’. Charlie said “it made me happy we we all sang ‘Hope of Heaven’ at the front”.
A big thank you to all parents and family members for supporting children in learning their parts and for coming to watch.