Well what a week it has been!
Richard Branson, Debra Meaden and Mark Zuckerberg and the like had better watch out as there are new kids on the blog in wealth creation and personal finance. This week the children of Beluga have been turning their minds to the fascinating and dynamic world of enterprise as they have been learning about the financial marketplace and ways of making money.
The task they have been set, in principle, seems simple. Each child has been given a fiver and with that fiver they have been challenged to accrue as much wealth as possible by creating a product or service. The money they make, will determine the quality of their end of term festivities they will have as they will be financing. Children will be allowed to team up with other children to increase their spending power. Without giving too much away (as we don’t want any accusations of industrial espionage) the business plans the children have come up with are highly creative and utterly credible! Selling takes place to the rest of the school on Monday for the next 3 afternoons. I’m sure you will wish our budding entrepreneurs much luck with their enterprising enterprises! We will be sure to keep you posted of their outcome!
The weather finally held, and we were able to complete the 2019 Y5/ Y6 look at the fun we had below
This week we hit the ground running. Far from a sluggish return from the Spring half term the children of Beluga Class launched right back into learning and became bakers for the day!
On Monday, we found out about one of the seemingly most common or garden foodstuffs -bread. But don’t be fooled by this modest staple, as it has a far- reaching history and an illustrious place in man’s time on Earth. No wonder it is often referred to as the staff of life.
We learned that primitive bread has been produced by man since the Iron Age but bread, as we know it, only came to prominence with the introduction of yeast by the Ancient Egyptians. Additionally, we learned about the science behind bread making and the leavening properties of the curious microorganism, yeast.
Soggy sand there might have been but there were certainly no soggy sprits as we travelled to Chalkwell Beach for fun and friendship on Tuesday. Although the weather was rather terrible, we still had time to play team games; dig holes to Australia; and stuff our faces with ice-creams. By little after lunchtime we had succumbed to the elements and wended our way back to school but all were in agreement, a good time was had by all. See photos of our week below.
We came, we saw, we conquered! That’s pretty much the children’s summation of this SATs week past.
The long-awaited SATs tests duly came along, but right from the outset, it was clear, that the children were ready to dispatch each test as the came in the most nonchalant and business-like fashion. As the final day of the test arrived there was a general underwhelming feeling that the SATs were “absolutely no different” from all the mocks that had gone before them. The children, and the Year 6 Team, once again, thank parents for their support leading up to this week- your kind words and deeds have gone an awfully long way!
With normality returning, (well some semblance of it at any rates ) the character is no less hectic as we have so many exciting events squeezed into the last part of the Summer term. Misplaced your paper curriculum letter with those all- important dates? If so, do consult the school’s website.
The children of Beluga could not do anything more humanly possible to have prepared themselves for the forthcoming SATs exam! The exams are now in touching distance and the children are more than ready!
Unsurprisingly much of our PHSE has been concern with how we can safeguard our physical and mental wellbeing in what could be a potentially worry or stress inducing time. As a consequence, we have been looking at the positive effects of physical exertion and most importantly …play. To sit alongside the revision timetables, formulated last week, we have looked at how we can capitalize on our leisure time. In short, we concluded that over the weekend we would commit to:
For fun we have been squeezing in keeping up with our Times Tables Rock Stars- take a look who has been jostling for a place on the podium!
The children should be commended for their sensible, enthusiastic and measured approach to their return to school this week. As you will be aware this is the final push in the preparation for SATs and if the last few days are anything to go by they are using their time admirably. We believe heartily, in Beluga (and indeed Year 6 ) that far from being fear the SATs test are one of the ways children can shine. Without exception children have made progress in the final preparatory test this week and when all marks are logged, your child is welcome to share their test with you, so you8 can see how they have fared in greater detail.
With Easter still fresh in our minds, the children have been completing their newspaper reports about Jesus’s arrival to Jerusalem. Through drama and discussion they have created detailed articles that fully capture the excitement and complexities of this most engaging of tales!
It’s apparent that the Elizabethans knew all about rhythms as in dance, as part of PE, we have been looking at medieval dancing to launch our new English topic of Shakespeare. The children really got stuck in! Below are examples of the canon formation routines- enjoy!
As the Easter Term draws to a close, there is much in Beluga class to celebrate and reflect upon. This week we have been learning about the Easter Story to inform our religious and English education. As part of our studies we have been looking at the key roles of the major players of the story, such as Pontius Pilate, the Pharisees, Peter and of course Jesus himself. Through discussion, drama and debate we have learned how actions have consequences and that once initiated can become out of our own control. We have learned the importance of thinking before we speak, and recognise it as a true asset in our daily lives.
You will remember that Red Nose Day was not so very long ago. As a follow- on from our discussions about children being made refugees, some of the children from Beluga drew on their architectural skills in maths and created an ideal refugee camp. The challenge was to stick to a tight brief which dictated the amount of volume and area they were allowed to work with. The children had to decide which facilities they would provide along with their justifications. It was very challenging in terms of a mathematical experience and also very illuminating as we considered the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves.
Please take a look at the children’s sterling efforts!
Prepare to be thrilled and even shocked! The children of Beluga have been working hard on their suspenseful writing inspired by an anthology of stories entitled Half – Minute Horrors (Very Small Stories. Very Big Scares).
In order for their writing to be as authentic as possible, the children engaged in drama to act out scenes from the narratives they had planned. After careful drafting and editing the children have produced high quality stories that will have you guessing and quaking in equal measure… be warned; not for those of a nervous disposition!
Below are children acting out scene from their gripping yarns!
Know any good jokes? For Comic Relief the children took part in a joke writing competition the range of jokes varied from side-splitting to the downright strange but all had fun! Didn’t they look smart in their wonderful red themed clothing! Photos to follow!
Happy World Book Day!
What a fantastic week it has been. The children are motoring along and there has been plenty to celebrate.
In science we have continued to look at the heart in greater depth and have learned, through drama of all things, the route of oxygenated and de oxygenated blood around the body. We have also speculated about the most effective way of keeping the heart healthy.
On Thursday, we had a visit from Stuart from the Essex Fire Service who delivered a workshop on online safety. The children were very receptive to the information they received and asked insightful questions.
World Book Day came around again! The children of Beluga made an excellent effort with their costumes and were able to talk at length about the books that inspire and entertain them. Have a look below!
Oh…. and well done Beluga Class on winning the gold attendance award!
A huge thank you for all of those who attended Parents’ Consultations this week. It is such an edifying experience sharing the successes and experiences of your children this past one and a half terms. Remember if you were unable to attend on the allotted days – do feel free to pop in and arranger a convenient time; I will be delighted to see you!
This week in science, we have started our new topic of the human body and have kicked off proceedings with an in depth study of the human heart. We have learned about how and why the blood is transported around the body in preparation for our investigation in to the effects of exercise on the on this most fascinating of organs.
What goes up ,must come down is a popular saying and never has one been so true when we consider the fall of the British Empire. This half term we will be look at how, after such a rapid rise in power and prosperity, did the foundations of the Empire crumble post World War 2. Additionally, we will be looking at case studies of countries which gained their independence from Britain and influential people such as Mahatma Gandhi who brought about radical change to the lives of those living on the Indian sub- continent.
Monday 14th January – Friday 18th January 2019
This week saw the children take their assessments in preparation for SATs. The general consensus was that although some aspects of the tests were challenging (which is to be expected) they were certainly not to be feared. The Children of Beluga should be particularly proud of themselves as they have all made progress in the topics covered and for many of them the progress has be significant!
Jolly well done!
In history we have begun to look in greater depth into why Britain was such an expansive empire. What made men (as almost exclusively it was) board ships and sail over treacherous seas to far flung corners of the world? Additionally, we have been looking into the various connotations of the word imperialism and have begun to question whether the British Empire was as noble and responsible as some history books, in the past ,have portrayed. Next week we will investigating the crops that were grown around the Empire and the labour forces used to manage them.
Our long awaited visitors finally arrived on Friday! In preparation, the children have been researching how to best care for their pets. The rats have a lovely cage and want for nothing…except for a name which will be decided by competition, later in the week!
Monday 7th January – Friday 11th January 2019
Happy New Year from Beluga Class!
The children of Beluga arrived back from the holidays purposeful and with a readiness to learn!
In order to consolidate their learning around our core values of ASPIRE; children were invited to think about their own particular style of learning in the context of independently and as part of a team. On Monday they faced the challenge of creating a prototype vehicle to transport The Crown Jewels. On Tuesday, to introduce our new topic of the British Empire, children took part in India Day where they reflected on why it was known as the jewel in the crown of The Empire. A range of activities were on offer such as making Diva lamps, Indian cookery and tie dying fabrics.
Don’t forget Swimming is on Tuesday and PE is on Thursdays but there will be opportunities to do more on other days so it is best to have PE kits in school throughout the week.
Here are some of the photographs of our Learning to Learn activities
Didn’t they do well!
For those who were lucky enough to attend the Y5/6 Carol Concert at the Wesley Church this week, you’ll certainly agree that the children sang, danced, performed, played and read with much professionalism and aplomb! It was great to hear the significant messages espoused by the Nativity Story regardless of one’s religious standpoint and fittingly Beluga struck a heavenly note with their 3 part descant recorder rendition of Hark The Herald Angel Sing!
With rehearsals over there are just a few housekeeping points to be made:
Monday 3rd December – Friday 7th December 2018
It may be the most wonderful time of the year but Christmas, for many, can have a rather disconcerting effect. For much of the Autumn Term it lurks on the distant horizons of our consciousness: but then Wham! Before we know it, we are in the midst of all its joyous craziness and there's absolutely nothing that can be done about it. Christmas well and truly arrived at Beluga Class this week with all its colour, vigour and pomp!
In readiness for the Christmas Fair, children have been making Christmas decorations to hang in the KS2 hall. Children were given a short but decisive brief about how they could make an instantly recognisable character from The Nativity or traditional Christmas scene. The only stipulation was they use an old fashioned dolly clothes peg; how the children arrived at their design or executed it was their own concern.
As might be imagined, the results were wonderful, wide- ranging and utterly individual! The children’s designs demonstrated, admirably, their creative flair and problem solving skills in equal measure. Should you visit the school, look aloft; a heavenly entourage awaits you!
Winning Children with Paul from the Moneysense Team
By turns, our feet have been firmly planted back on the ground when we learnt about the importance and value of money thanks to the Moneysafe team who visited us midweek in conjunction with the Natwest West Bank. We learned about budgeting and sourcing goods and what the term value for money means. Children planned a party, and created a presentation which they performed to rest of the year group to good effect.
More visitors arrived at our doors earlier in the week. Students from the South Essex College performed a short but telling drama about managing the anxieties that we may have about ourselves and the perceived expectation of others. At the end of the performance children were invited to pass comment about what they had watched. The observations that the children made showed once again that the children were intelligent and diligent listeners.
To say it's been a highly engaging week might be understating the fact. Fortunately the weekend is upon us and children can rest and reflect! Well done Beluga!
Just a few reminders for dates for your diary:
Monday 26th November – Friday 30th November 2018
When we think of the war we think of heroic acts and deeds. Our minds turn to great figures such as Churchill, and many of the brave women and men that lost their lives for our freedom, not just only in Europe but right across the world. But have you ever stopped to think about the role animals played on battlefields during this deadly combat?
It is highly probable, that you've heard about war horses thanks to the author Michael Murpurgo (but what is less-known are of the exploits of animals such as Bing Violet and Buddy, who served as Paradogs which were a special elite force of canine soldiers trained to jump out of aeroplanes to conduct daring missions behind enemy lines.
In English we have been learning about what makes the subject of a great biography. We have learned about Anne Frank, and other significant lives that came to prominence during this turbulent time. Drawing on our knowledge of wartime endeavour, learned in English and history lessons, we have been able to plan and write fictitious biographies about Pedro the fearless parachuting dog!
Last week you will remember it was children in need. Many thanks for your cash donations and also your donations for the Bring and Buy Sale.
Monday 12th November- Friday 16th November 2018
The Apple Store trip was the highlight of this week’s learning. Children were asked to imagine themselves as Product Designers making an item with a festive appeal. Do have a look at the pictures below! Maybe we are looking at entrepreneurs of the future…Dragon’s Den watch out!
Monday 29th October 2018 – Friday 2nd November 2018
The annual trip To the Imperial War Museum Duxford lived up to all expectations in spite of the shocking weather experienced the day before. The sun shone from beginning to end as did the impeccable manners and conduct of the children of Beluga which were duly commented on by fellow museum goers. Throughout, the children asked relevant and insightful questions which showed a great understanding of the World War II topic they have been learning. One class member announced, “ I thought I knew everything about the War but I now know a million more things than I did yesterday!”
Please enjoy our photographs which capture the essence and flavour of this rewarding trip!
Monday 1st October 2018 – Friday 5th October 2018
Beluga Class Page
As we progress in our WWII unit of work, children are gaining greater insight into the key themes of the war. This week, we have been investigating Hitler’s ambitious plot to make The British Isles an outpost of the Third Reich.
Beluga Class have researched the question:
“What did Hitler need to do to plan an invasion of Britain?”
To find an answer to this question, children conducted their own research using Ergos and looked at data on the respective navies fighter power and amount of sea- faring vessels. We concluded Hitler’s attempt was foolhardy as there were many odds stacked against him such as, crossing the sea, England’s preparation, and lack of military power.
After perfecting the art of blending with a variety of media such as chalk and oil pastels we have started to compose pictures based around the skills we have learned. Take a look below.
Unlike the subjugated wartime occupied countries, the children of Beluga have exercised its democratic right to vote and has elected two new Sports Ambassadors. These will join our newly appointed Friendship Ambassadors and of course our Student Councillors.
Beluga class have a say in the leadership of the school? You’d better believe it!
Beluga Class Page Friday 28th September
The term is now in full swing and there has been no relenting in the effort the children of Beluga have been putting into their work!
In English, we have continued with our exciting theme of newspaper reporting and have been hard at work in the preparation for the publication of our own articles. Our roving reporters have transported themselves back in time to wartime Britain to follow the story of the then Queen Elizabeth and George VI’s visit to the bomb- battered East End of London in the Early 1940s. By asking insightful questions, our news hounds were fully able to understand what motivated the Queen to utter the enigmatically famous remark “I can now look the East End in the eye”
Children enacting scenes from drama to support their writing.
This week children, regardless of set, have had many opportunities to practise applying their knowledge of number to real life and logic problems. What has been pleasing to see is the children’s growing confidence when providing reasoning to their answers and explanations.
Have you ever heard of a sponerarium maximus or a learae phidibatus? Probably not as these were some of the weird and wonderful creatures dreamt up by scientists from Beluga when studying the work of Carl Linnaeuss, the Swedish natural scientist. The children have been finding out about Linnaeuss’s famous Latin system of classification and have attempted to classify their creations according to its principles.
Monday 17th September – Friday 21st September 2018
In order to get a baseline assessment of our starting points in Year 6 we have been doing SATs style tests. Some of the comments made were:
“I knew quite a few of the questions!”
“I know what I have to work hard on now…”
“I feel relieved as they are not as scary as I thought they were going to be!”
All in all, the experience for Beluga was a positive one and children should be reminded that we have still got nearly a whole academic year in which to improve our learning and scores, whoever we are.
Elsewhere in the curriculum we have been looking at the influential work of Aristotle and his contribution to the Life Sciences. We have been investigating his major principles of his Ladder of Life and reflected as to whether his theories still hold true today. After much discussion and critical evaluation we concluded that Aristotle’s thinking was for the most part correct, but we disagreed with his notion that plants have no sensitivity and cannot move- do you remember our MRS NERG work from last week?
In history we have been learning about Hitler’s insidious plan to invade Britain and the necessity for victory in the skies which was later known as the Battle of Britain. From first-hand accounts, original news footage and analysis of political speeches we have pieced together the heroic actions and the strategic plans of the main historical figures of this period.
We realise that children have been working incredibly hard and that although homework has been set for collection for next week, those who are finding it difficult to balance 11+ work and school work do not have to hand it in this week. However we know there will be many who do make the deadline. Finally, we would like to wish all the children taking their 11+ this weekend and on Tuesday the best of luck
Children of Beluga hard at work in their assessments!
Monday 10th – Friday 14th September 2018
The children of Beluga have been hard at work in compiling notes and drafts in order to write a high quality recount text. The children were challenged to write a first person account of a fictional pair of twins and their exploits over the summer holidays. Through drama and discussion, they were able to create realistic narratives about the lives of the characters which were highly informative and quite often amusing. Additionally, by writing through the eyes of Barry and Belinda ( the new twins to North Street) children were able to explore the themes of new beginnings, acceptance, and trepidation as they were asked to recall/ empathize as to what starting at a new school would like.
In Maths we continued to explore very large numbers through place value and now can read, write and say numbers up to multiples of millions… in some cases billions! Science found us starting the new topic of The Classification of Living things. Do you know the 7 checks for life processes? We do, as we have been making posters of MRS NERG a mnemonic to help us remember!
Thursday 6th September 2018 - Friday 7th September 2018
Beluga Class came back to school firing on all four cylinders. We explored how we learned to learn and linked our experiences to our Core Values of ASPIRE. Through drama, discussion and artwork we reflected on how we could ensure that we can conduct ourselves in the most appropriate manner so that are last tear at North Street is the most rewarding one yet!