guide dog visit
On Monday 26th February, year 6 were visited by a representative from Guide Dogs for the Blind. We learnt about the role of a guide dog in supporting people who have lost their sight or who are visually impaired. We found out that guide dogs start training right from being a puppy and work until they are about 8 years old. We then wore black out glasses to see what it would feel like not being able to see and tried to guess what coins were just by touch. We were also really lucky to meet a gorgeous guide dog puppy in training - a 9 month old Labrador/retriever cross. The children asked some really intelligent questions and did further research online about the work of this important charity.
In Science we have been learning how light travels in straight lines. We tested this using cardboard projectors. We have also been investigating shadows and designed an experiment to test whether the distance from the light source affected the size of the shadow. Now we are learning about reflection and refraction.
As a part of our Stunning Start, Saturn class looked at Greek plates and pottery to examine what we could find out about the past using these objects. When we looked closer at the pictures and designs, we noticed they depicted some famous Greek myths and beliefs. We also saw that each design had an intricate pattern to frame the plate. Then we designed our own plates using inspiration from Greek stories we researched online and by mimicking the patterns, colours and styles we saw to make our plates authentic.
On Tuesday 21st November year 6 went to the Natural History Museum as part of our study on evolution and our Africa topic. We took part in a workshop where we learnt how scientists classify animals, plants, fossils and minerals and were able to choose a specimen to examine more closely. We looked at it under the microscope and asked scientific questions about it as well as observing its properties. There were a huge range of specimens to choose from: crystals, insects, starfish, shells, tortoise shells, animal skins and much more!
We then explored the museum and there was so much to see: dinosaurs, mammals and even an earthquake simulator! It was fascinating to see and learn so much all in one day. A superb trip.
We have been continuing with our African themed dancing. This week we were exploring the Cape Verde islands and had to show our journey using different movements, gestures and freeze frames. We had to listen carefully to the music to ensure we told the story at the correct time and worked in teams to create different effects.
D.T - Biscuits!
In our D.T learning we have been evaluating products and looked at the success of different biscuit brands! We of course had to sample the biscuits to ensure they tasted good, and evaluated their appearance, smell, packaging, taste and texture. We then used our market research to inform our own biscuit designing and making. We followed a recipe and make elephant and giraffe shaped biscuits which we then sold on the playground to raise money for our partner school in Elmolo.
David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
For our Marvellous Middle to our African Adventure topic we had a visit from the DSWF and learnt about all the amazing work they do to help protect species of endangered animals in Africa. We then took part in an art tissue paper collage workshop. We used water to print with the tissue paper and create a collaged background and then chose an African animal to add to our piece. A really fun morning was had by all.
As part of our Stunning Start year 6 went to Marwell zoo on Monday 18th September. We saw a whole host of animals heralding from all over the world, including many from the African continent. We also took part in a workshop where we examined how animals were adapted to their habitats and got to handle some real animal furs and artefacts. Later in the day, we learned about the evolution of the lemur.
We have just begun dance lessons and have discovered we can learn the countries in Africa through our dance warm up! We are looking forward to learning some African dances in the coming weeks,
On our first day of year 6 we were set the challenge of building the continent of Africa from over 40 jigsaw pieces! We only had the outline of Africa to help us so had to problem solve to figure out how the countries fitted together. Eventually we got the atlases out to help us though it was still a challenge to match the correct shape with the country and its location on the continent. We then labelled the counties. Did you know there are over 50 different countries?
We have also been researching one of the countries to get to know its climate, culture, topography, food, language, traditions, education and much more.