The Year 6 children spent some time last week designing positive pictures to send to five local residential care homes for the elderly. Included with the pictures is a well wishes card for the residents and staff with the following message from school: ‘The Year 6 children have designed positive pictures for you to enjoy at this time. We hope you all stay safe and send our well wishes. Enjoy the pictures- we hope they bring a smile. Take care.’
The children designed the pictures with a template of a vase and they were each encouraged to create a piece of artwork using the title ‘A vase of … ?’ We aimed for positive vocabulary, empowering messages and lots of colour.
To start our Science topic, the children were presented with numerous pictures of animals. They weren’t given any headings but were asked to group the pictures however they wanted. They needed to carefully observe each of the pictures to do this and we asked the children to describe how they grouped their animals and explain their reasoning for this.
As well as studying geography in lesson time, some of the children have moved on to carrying out extra challenges to find out more about the subject. These year 4 children are working together using atlases and a map of the world’s tectonic plates to investigate where they think most volcanoes and earthquakes occur and why.
As part of our Geography unit on cities, we were looking at the features of a city. We worked in groups to look at a jigsaw of an OS map of Durham. We had to complete the jigsaw of the city and look at the features. We then moved on to consider which features are positive ones and which are negative.
This week, 6C have linked work in ‘We Believe’ time to our unit in art. We spent the lesson using emotions cards and reflecting on artwork by Tom McGuinness and Norman Cornish. The classroom was transformed into an art gallery and we looked carefully at a range of different pieces of art. We chose different pieces for different emotions and justified our choices with some excellent and mature reasons. We used evidence in the artwork to explain why it linked to different emotions for us. The discussion we had from this was amazing.
The whole school came together to share learning in an assembly focusing on our work in RE. Each year groups had the opportunity to celebrate their activities and understanding with a focus on the unit questions. Each year group had a specific question to look at linked to Christmas and the significance for Christians. Year 3 presented information and tasks based on the question ‘How and why is Advent important?’ Children were proud of the Advent calendars they created with Christian beliefs hidden somewhere within their designs.
Year 4 looked at the question ‘Why do Christians call Jesus the light of the World?’ Children showed their amazing Advent rings which were created using their own handprints. They understand the meanings of the different candles.
Year 5 focused on the question ‘What are the themes of Christmas?’ Work shown displayed a real understanding of the true meaning of Christmas and the ear group could talk about secular and religious viewpoints.
Year 6 investigated ‘What do the Gospel stories tell us about the birth of Jesus?’ The children compared and evaluated both Matthew and Luke’s Gospel accounts of the birth of Jesus and created artwork in the form of windows. Children confidently spoke about the similarities and differences between the two versions and could explain significances for Christians.
A fantastic assembly was enjoyed by all and it was a great opportunity to see the progression in learning across school.
Yeah, together, as a class, we reached our destination of China! We read 2750 miles in total. We celebrated by having chicken balls, noodles, curry parcels and prawn crackers. We were successful because of our hard work and determination to reach our goals. Well done everybody.