And now the end is near
So I face the final curtain
My friend, I'll say it clear
I'll state my case of which I'm certain
I've lived a life that's full
I've travelled each and every highway
And more, much more than this
I did it the...ASPIRE way!
Mrs McCabe and Mr Martin would like to thank unreservedly the children of Beluga 6 for all they have done this year. It has been a tough year, in many respects but given the mental fortitude, dedication and unrelentingly generosity of spirit exhibited, one would never have had any inkling that the pandemic was as grim and as protracted as it actually was. A huge thanks also to our wonderful parents who have offered their continued support and kind words along the way! Your children are a credit to you but by turns you are a credit to your children.
Farewell and good luck, you have made North Street so very proud!
This week we turned our mathematical gaze towards shapes and measures. As well as investigating the properties of a range of polygons, we used our knowledge of algebra to find the sizes of missing angles even when no numerical values were given!
The pictures show the children investigating how many shapes they could make with a rectangle which has been dissected by two sixty degree lines!
The children of Beluga have been working hard designing stained glass windows, which were inspired by their topic on The British Empire. Children have created original designs and used craft knives to make a stencil. They then investigated colours and textures to best replicate the fantastic examples they have researched on the Internet. We have started to put them on the windows and when the sun shines through they are…heavenly!
This week, in maths, we have been investigating the properties of shape, namely parallelograms and triangles. We've explored different ways to calculate area and perimeter and have used practical investigations to secure our mathematical understanding of these shapes before attempting real life problems. Did you know that by inserting triangles into architectural structures it vastly improves a building’s strength? This has certainly been useful information in regard to our castle building exploits which are continuing a pace! Below is Beluga class hard at work on their investigation!
In the North East corner of Beluga classroom an impressive fortress is beginning to rise to the skies. The children are hard at work constructing a near life- sized example of a Norman castle! Earlier in the week, they had been scrutinising the Bayeux Tapestry and looking at 11th century manuscripts to speculate about the appearance of castles of this period. Unsurprisingly, each child interpretation of the unseen castle was different but all children had fun and were able to give reasons as to why they had proceeded with their particular design. When the actual design was revealed, we were quite surprised at how simple and modest they were. In coming weeks, we will be investigating, how and why Norman castles change!
The Castle builders of Beluga, 1066! (we will keep you posted about future developments!)
The historians in Beluga 6 have been speculating about missing historical evidence! In spite of being 70 metres long, there is thought to be a further three metres missing which infuriatingly are the last few scenes. The children used historical data to make plausible guesses of what the concluding segments might be, for example some showed William Duke of Normandy being crowned King of England, where others depicted dispirited Saxon soldiers fleeing from the battle!
You may remember that a few weeks back, the children of Beluga were writing tantalizingly persuasive adverts to entice holidaymakers to visit their luxury Caribbean resort of St Randolph. Unfortunately, in spite of the children’s valiant efforts, things did not turn out the way one might have hoped and irate customers returned to England with woeful tales of cockroaches in the swimming pools, filthy accommodation, surly staff and indifferent staff. In short, St Randolph was anything but paradise and more like a holiday from Hell!
The photographs show the children role-playing scenarios where they vented their frustrations to the staff at the resort. This was all in preparation for the emails of complaint which will duly follow!
This week, the children of Beluga have been exploring what it is like to be different. We came to the conclusion that difference is great and should be duly celebrated! Unfortunately, however, we learned that differences for some, is the cause of conflict, be it colour of skin, differing religious perspective, wearing different clothes and all manner of other reasons. We reflected upon where we have encountered difference in our day to day lives and resolved to embrace it positively. The pictures show the children creating scenarios where conflict might occur.
This week we have been delving deeper into the events surrounding Harrold Godwinson’s defeat at the Battle of Hastings by William Duke of Normandy in 1066. In order to fully understand the this key date in time, we enacted not only the Battle of Hastings but also the Battle of Stamford Bridge which Harold had fought a few weeks earlier and had so tired his men when he eventually confronted William on the south English coast. Below the children are playing history detectives trying to piece together the events detailed in the Bayeux Tapestry!
A semblance of normality descended upon us when the first sports day of this decade was able to take place! No, it wasn’t quite the same as parents and carers weren’t there to spectate but lots of fun was had by the children of Beluga and indeed the children of Y6! Along with flat sprint races, the children designed their own novelty race called The Chicken Run in honour of our new feathery friends. Children had to manoeuvre a challenging obstacle course whilst collecting as many eggs for their team as possible. Everyone was a winner, with nobody being left with egg on their face!
Week beginning 12th April 2021
With the pandemic loosening its grip on the country, we in Beluga have dared to dream about holidays. In English, we have been looking at a range of persuasive literary techniques in preparation for us designing a travel agency website for high-end clientele. Below are photographs of us role playing a day in the life of a travel agent!
Week Beginning 22nd March 2021
This Red Nose Day, our challenge was to help Mr and Mrs Baguette with the fortunes of their ailing bakery. In recent months, The Baguettes had been making a financial loss and had drafted in the children of Beluga Class to design a product that would reverse their slump in sales. The children competed in teams to devise new bakery goods under a strict design- brief that was entitled “ Clowning Around”. Their plans and final outcomes were impressive, as were the ASPIRE values that were demonstrated by working as a team and evaluating each other’s work!
In PHSE, children have been learning about power and how it can be used as a force for good or equally as a force for bad. Additionally, children learned that groups of people could exert power over individuals or other groups. We looked at this in a political context and in our day to lives. The children used role-play to explore situations they have experience when confronted with unwanted power such as peer pressure and bullying.
One could easily be have been forgiven to think that the children of Beluga had never been away! They arrived at school bristling with enthusiasm and their trademark determination, which has served them well through the gloomy months of Lockdown. Beluga Children got straight down to work by planning a high tech vehicle designed to the Crown Jewels to and from Royal residencies.
The plans will form the basis of children writing explanatory texts in English.
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!