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!