Hi a big thank you to both children and parents who have made the learning experience this week away from school enjoyable and certainly memorable! Leigh North Street salutes you. You have all worked hard to keep the children's lives as normal as possible over these very testing times.
It has been a testing week in Orca class but everyone has persevered through and achieved great things in their tests!
This week in science we have been learning about how light travels and how we see. We worked in groups to create a TV interview and recorded them.
presenting to the class
Our Henry Moore inspired sculpture projects are moving on apace! After finishing our armatures, the children of Beluga class set to work on their larger projects. Along the way, the children have evaluated their progress and have tackled such challenges as how to make their art work stand up, and selecting the most effective techniques and materials.
Be sure to marvel at our finished pieces!
Daring, valiant, intrepid, and courageous! We have been investigating language to best describe the qualities of Pedro the canine soldier who served, like many dogs, as a para-dog in The War. Next week, It is our intention to write biographies of Pedro’s heroic exploits behind enemy lines in occupied France. To get a clear understanding of the key events of his life, we composed short dramas so that we can write empathetically.
High octane drama…
As you will be aware, scientific investigation is all about establishing truths. In science this week we have been looking at microbes in trying to conclude whether they are a living entity or not. Earlier in the term, we looked at the seven life process is which determine whether or not something is a living entity, conveniently we created a mnemonic to help us remember these seven life processes – MRS NERG. We conducted an investigation to see if yeast, which is one of the larger microorganisms was indeed alive. We found that if yeast was subjected to the right conditions it would satisfy all of the checks to establish it as living.
When fed sugar and d warm water, yeast becomes activated and emits gases which are captured in the balloon!
As an act of Remembrance, children recited war poetry of their own devising.
This week we have been learning about alternative ways to engage in conflict as part of warfare. In history, we have learned that propaganda is an effective tool that can be used for good or bad. We have looked how Adolf Hitler used public broadcasting to intimidate and control the people of Germany and how The Ministry of Information used propaganda to build spirits in campaigns such Dig for Britain, We can all do our bit! Here are some of our propaganda poster which attempt to persuade mothers to send their children into the countryside as part of the evacuation programme during World War 2.
Spooky goings on!
After careful planning and studying the sculpture and paintings of Henry Moore, the children of Beluga were now in a position to start making armatures for their final 3D Sculptures. The children used wire to support their Modroc skeletons. Next week children will be exploring a range of media to individually express their pieces of artwork.
Young artists at work!
Problem solving has been the name of the game this week. In maths children learned how to solve calculations involving prime numbers and index numbers to solve quite complex calculations. They used cubes to make visual representations of their ideas and hypothesises!
Caption for Photos: Children deep in thought tackling tricky problems…
The children of Beluga have been working extremely hard to research Hitler's motivations about a potential invasion of Britain. they worked in teams to make a presentation for their classmates. The children learned that Hitler expected The Battle of Britain to last no more than three days as opposed to the actual twelve weeks of bitter fighting.
Caption for photos: Children made presented their research in an assured and professional manner.
This week we've been allowing our creative juices to flow as we have pressed on with our art topic of famous sculptor and wartime artist sir Henry Moore. The children of Beluga have been investigating a range of shading techniques and investigated how light affects solid forms such as prisms, spheres and pyramids. This useful research is the preparatory step for sketches of our freestanding 3D sculptures!
This week Mr Martin had a chance to put up his feet as the class roles were reversed. The children became teachers- Mr martin the pupil! They had conducted their own research project to answer these three questions:
1. How serious was the risk of invasion by Nazi Germany in June 1940
2. What did Hitler need to do if an invasion was going to succeed?
3. Why did Britain win the Battle of Britain?
They will be presenting their findings next week!
A volcano made at home!
Children researching Hitler’s potential invasion
The children of Beluga really showed their mettle this week as they sat tests to establish their baseline point of entry into Year 6- there have been some very pleasing results but much more importantly; all put in 100% effort and had the opportunity to reflect upon their prior learning.
Our study into World War II moves on apace; Dexter brought in a treasure trove of artefacts from this conflict to show the class. We are so thankful for his sharing these fascinating items as they have really helped us understand more clearly life in wartime Britain and abroad.
Beluga children exploring our past!
What a wonderful first full week back it has been! The summer holidays seem like a lifetime away as the children have plunged headlong into their learning.
It has been lights camera action all the way as children have researched the life of evacuees in order to create dramas as a scaffold to their World War Two writing. We have been reading diary extracts of children during the war years. It has been interesting to note that although the war was a terrible business, life had to go on as pretty close to normal as could possibly be and we have been able to make telling links with wartime Britain and today's COVID crisis.
In maths we are reinforcing our knowledge of core skills such as place value and the children of Beluga have been impressive in their manipulation of numbers that exceed 10s of millions! We have used this knowledge to solve real life problems such as calculating the distance a probe has travelled in the Power Maths space station!
What do we mean when we say something is alive? Ostensibly it seems to be such a straight forward question. The children however, through scientific investigation, have found out that this question is not as simple as it first may seem. In order for children to determine whether something is alive or non -living they have had to perform 7 levels of inquiry. To help us memorise these levels of checking we call this MRS NERG and have produced clever ways of memorising these processes. We were surprised to find that although fires seem to grow and reproduce, they were not actually living. Next week we will be looking at the famous scientist, philosopher and mathematician Aristotle who was the forefather of scientific classification.
Rather excitingly we have started a 3D sculpture inquiry in art. We have been inspired by the artist Sir Henry Moore who was commissioned to make illustrations and sculptures of ordinary people during the war. Over the next seven weeks we will be working towards multimedia sculptures which we will exhibit in our school art gallery. From the children’s enthusiasm this topic is surely going to be highly interesting and illuminating!
children enacting scenes from their plays
How wonderful it was to see the arrival of the new Beluga class this week! After such a prolonged period of absence from school, there was every expectation that the transition from Year 5 to Year 6 would be somewhat problematic at the very least. This simply was not the case! In next to no time, it was as though the children had never been away, such was their commitment and surefootedness with which they approached their learning this week.
To launch our World War Two topic, children participated in the audio drama Now Press Play, where they learned of a school child’s journey from peacetime Britain to the trials and tribulations of evacuation and nightly air raids from The Luftwaffe. Beluga Class really enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to learning more about this fascinating and often heart-rending topic. Throughout our Learning to Learn Days we have linked our ASPIRE values to our topic work and have explored at length why we hold them so dear. Additionally, we have looked at the chilling consequences of what happens when such values are removed as in the case of oppressive regimes such as Nazi Germany.
If the children are to continue in such a positive vein, we are all in for a highly rewarding and enjoyable year!