It has been an exciting week in Beluga, with the Spelling Bee finalists whittled down to the final two, learning how to use modroc and developing the skills required for handball.
This week Beluga have been focussing on the ‘S’ for Safety in ASPIRE. We have been learning to use tools such as wire cutters and pillars to make wire sculptures using chicken wire. The children are looking forward to the next part- modroc.
We have been learning about Sir Henry Moore in Art and how he was commissioned to sketch images of the underground stations during the second world war. Henry Moore best know for his sculptures never turned these sketched into 3D pieces; therefore, the pupils of year 6 have taken on the task to do this. In order to prepare for our final pieces, the children of Beluga 6 have been making small-scale versions specifically focussing on how to make an armature.
In English this week, Beluga class were involved in a hot seating activity where they had the opportunity to interview Bill Bailey (played by Mrs McCabe) a citizen who witnessed a blitz attack. Together we discussed the benefit of open and closed questions in order to interview Bill successfully. They then went on to hot seat each other.
In RE this week, Beluga discussed the terms, Justice, fairness, forgives and freedom. They then considered the reasons behind why people commit crimes and whether they feel that those who have committed an offence should be offered forgiveness. To help them understand further the children created role-plays around this.
This week Beluga class have been thinking about electrical safety. The class designed posters to give ‘top tips’ on keeping safe when using electrical appliances.
As Beluga Class threw themselves into their French studies this week, they did so with a unique and exciting approach - by opening their very own confiseries (sweet shops)! Under the guise of fun and play, these young linguists were able to engage in a hands-on learning experience, delving into the world of confectionary and honing their language skills. Through roleplay, they were able to learn specific nouns, plurals, and how to ask and respond to questions, all while taking on the roles of vendor and customer. The sounds of euros changing hands and the bustling atmosphere may easily have transported one to chic streets Paris or even the vibrant teeming boulevards of Marseille.
Languages are for living!
Our design and technology project links with the theme climate change, we will be exploring the impact of flooding and creating structures that can withstand such conditions. We have also been finalising our flags, in art, by adding intricate details on top of their screen-printed designs.
We are investigating the effects of wildfires in our English lessons, in order to write our own suspenseful narratives. After watching clips demonstrating how quickly a fire can take hold, the class went on to draw 3 stages of a fire –the fire taking hold, the fire in full blaze and the aftermath of the fire.
In geography, we are considering the impact of global warming. We discussed the cause and effects of climate change and then went on to investigate how this may have an impact on the daily lives of those around the world.
In English, we will be writing explanation texts about ‘how to train and tame’ dragons to be useful around a castle. This week, we have discussed how wild animals are tamed and put this to action in a role-play.
Friday 10th November 2023
What a privilege it was to welcome The Dickens Theatre Company into school to perform their version of A Christmas Carol. The children experienced the heart-warming performance, which was presented in such a way to stay close to the original story line whilst being comprehensible and engaging to our Year 5 and 6s. A fabulous show which left us all thinking about the true spirit of Christmas!
This week has been all things ‘ROAR’ as we embark on the Lions of Leigh competition 2023. In groups, the children have deigned and made prototypes of a world changing idea that they will present and finally compete against Year 5. It has been an exciting week with some wonderful inventions created.
As you are probably aware, in science, we have been investigating the various classification systems for living things and asking questions such as what characteristics makes a mammal a mammal? An insect an insect and a mollusc a mollusc etc.? This week, the scientists of Beluga class, have turned their scientific scrutiny to the fascinating world of micro-organisms. Children discovered that even within the realm of microbes there are subdivisions and therefore necessary classifications such as yeasts, bacteria and protists. Further investigation found that some micro-organisms can be helpful such as yeast in bread and wine making whilst others pose a threat such as the viruses which causes chickenpox and measles.
To understand which are the optimum conditions for the promotion of micro-organisms, we conducted an investigation to explore vary conditions such as damp, dark and highly illuminated environments on a piece of bread. We predicted the rate it might begin to go mouldy. We look forward to sharing our conclusions with you in later posts!
In Maths, Beluga class have been looking at multiples, factors and prime numbers using rule of divisibility to support them in their understanding. This then linked onto an investigation using cubes to explore the concept of square and cubed numbers.
Friday 6th October 2023
The children have been developing their hockey skills and as part of this, we played ‘dribble stuck in the mud’. The children learned skills such as dribbling, control, communication, trapping, speed and pace. A fun afternoon was had by all.
Our English work on Castles and dragons has lead us into the subject of oral story telling. During medieval times, people became oral storytellers by listening and learning stories in which they could tell in an entertaining way. Good storytellers would have an honoured place by the fire. In Beluga this week, we have become masters of oral storytelling, some of the children volunteered to come to the font of the class to thrill us with their exciting tale of a knight encountering a deadly beast. We were blown away.
This week we were visited by NatWest Bank to complete a Money Sense activity related to Fraud. The children work together investigating evidence and finished with a group presentation. In Art, we are looking at heraldry, linked to our history topic and the children have used this concept to consider ways in which Knight could be identified in battle.
In history this week, we have been learning to speculate. Together the children tried to piece together the Bayeux Tapestry in the correct order to discover what happened during the battle of Hastings.
Friday 8th September 2023
It has been a fun and exciting first week back in Beluga class, the children have had lots of opportunities to get to know one another and share their summer memories.
We started off the week with our learning to learn days which consisted of looking at our new school relationships policy linked to ASPIRE, we then went on to making shields that represent who we are linking to our topic on Castles and the Normans.