Artefacts and Costumes from the Elizabethan Period.
As part of our 'Treading the Boards' topic, we have been investigating everyday items from Shakespeare's England. We looked carefully at different everyday objects from the home and a costume a boy and girl may have worn. We had great fun guessing what some of the items were used for and made some pretty interesting discoveries. Our predictions were sensible and thoughtful most of the time!
DT, this half term, has been a difficult challenge. We were set the task of making a working automaton (moving toy) with two cogs, representing the sinking of RMS Titanic! We needed to make our toy from cardboard. We had a go in pairs at making a mini toy with one cog first and identified what difficulties may arise. Just making the box was a challenge! Here are some of our attempts at a small, single cog, toy:
Automatons - not for the faint-hearted!
Feeling more confident after our practice toys, we embarked on making a more complicated toy. We gave it a go but there were only a few of us that made it passed the finish line! Here are some of our finished projects:
Art in Maths Week
We have been looking at maths through art this week, in particular at shape.
On Monday, we investigated the area and perimeter of letters in our first names. It was quite a challenge drawing the letters in squares! We enjoyed decorating the letters for display.
Home challenge - Create a Titanic!
Ms Thomas and Mrs Jones set us all a challenge over the Easter holidays. Could we recreate the Titanic in a creative way? We could produce a model, or a picture; it was up to us! Some of us were REALLY creative and some of the items were delicious!!!
On Friday, the 5th May, we invited our parents in to view our work we had completed over the past few weeks. We set the classroom up in the afternoon. On display around the room was our artwork, sewing and challenge work. We think the parents had a great time, especially learning about this great topic. They also enjoyed taking part in all the quizzes and games we had set up!
Take a look at some of our work on display....
Roman Week - Battle Formation!
We have been learning about how the Roman army were powerful fighters and well-organised. It's not really a surprise they were able to build up an enormous empire and conquer so many countries. We have been looking at their fighting strategies, in particular their battle formations.
After finishing our shields, we split into three groups to form formations of small armies. We tried out three of the main four fighting formations in the Quad:
Roman Week - Face Pots
On Wednesday, we learnt that the Romans made special pots with faces. Archaeologists are not really sure why the Romans put faces on their pots but they were mostly found buried next to the dead Romans in graves. We think they may have been used to put the the dead person's ashes in or valuable coins.
Roman Week - mini shield and mini sword mini battle!
On Friday afternoon, we had a mini Roman battle using out miniature Roman swords and shields.
Roman Week - Dress a Roman Soldier
In the morning, we split into groups and created a costume for a Roman soldier. Each group had two hours to create the following items for their soldier:
🗡 a belt;
🗡a pair of sandals;
🗡arm and leg protectors.
We worked really well as a team and by dinner time we were ready for battle!
Just after dinner time, our soldiers marched around the junior classes showing their smart uniforms!
Roman Week - Trip to Vindolanda and the Roman Army Museum
On Wednesday, we set off at 8 a.m. to travel up the M6 towards Carlisle. We arrived in bright sunshine at Vindolanda, where there once stood a Roman fort.
We started the trip with a talk from an archaeologist, who told showed us artifacts found at the site. These included the following items: a real leather shoe, animal skulls and bones and tools, all dating from the Roman period.
We had to guess what sort of building we were sitting in and she gave us three clues. We guessed it was a butchers and we were correct.
We spent the next hour and a half exploring the remains of the fort, playing in a replica fort and visiting the indoor museum and shop.
We were able to speak to some other archaeologists and they showed us some of the different pottery they had found at the site. It was so well preserved it only looked a 100 years old, not 2000!
AFRICA- Goli Masks
Goli masks are used in the festival Goli, a day long celebration which involves the whole village. The masks are very distinctive, with tear-drop eyes and two horns. Using pictures of the carved masks from Africa, we designed our own mask and made a 3D image with corrugated cardboard. Then we used bright colours to decorate.
Shared Reading with Year 3
During our Reading Week, we were lucky enough to share books with Class 3HW. We read our favourite books together over two sessions.
WW1 - Relatives in WW1
Our challenge for our WW1 topic was to present information about a topic from WW1. Ben decided to tell us about one of his relatives who fought in the Great War.
Aborigines used boomerangs as weapons to catch their food when hunting. We made a design based on real boomerangs. We made use of skills learnt through the week in the skilful ways Aborigines painted. Our designs include scenes from nature and animals
In Year 6, we have been learning about the traditions and culture of the Australian Aborigines. We have been looking at the didgeridoo and some of the children have had a go at trying to play it! It was really hard to play.
In small groups, we had a go at making up our own hunter dances. We worked in groups of 5 and 6 and created a dance about an Australian animal. We played instruments and danced to traditional Aboriginal music. We hope you enjoy them!
Today, we set a maths challenge. In groups of 5, the children had to make 8 different 3D shapes from materials found around the classroom. No glue or sellotape allowed but we could join things with elastic bands! We had half an hour to make as many shapes as possible. Here are our results:
Today, we've been hoola-hooping. We have been spinning one, two, three and even four hoops! Flipping and twisting with our feet, our hands and even our necks! We were all expert spinners by the end of the session and had great fun.
The Fantastic Book Awards
Twelve pupils from Year 6 applied to participate in our Fantastic Book Awards Book Club. We meet every Wednesday to discuss the books in this year's short list and we have VERY intellectual discussions! We have six titles to read before March, when we will have the opportunity to vote on our favourite title from the list.
Here we are at the 'Champagne' Launch Party!
Super Spellers from 6J!
We are 6J! Our class teacher is Mrs Jones and our SSAs and TA are Mrs Tuer, Mrs Crozier and Mrs Hunter. You will find us at the far end of the school between Ms Thomas' class and Mr Harding's class.
We have settled in well and are already trying our very best with our work.
Keep an eye on our page for exciting artwork linked to the Vikings - our first exciting topic.
Mrs Jones and Ms Thomas have already set us an adventurous challenge this term - to make a model at home of a viking artifact. We will need to research how to make our model and our parents are allowed to help - but NOT TAKE OVER!
WATCH THIS SPACE..........
The Vikings are coming!
Viking Model Challenge
Music - Viking Saga Songs
In Music, we are learning songs about Viking gods. Our first song is a cheeky number called 'Loki the Joker' which is all about a mischievous got called Loki, brother of Thor.
We learned the song in no time and have been practising an accompaniment to play as we sing. We hope you enjoy our first performance!