We have been exploring the geography of national parks in our topic lessons this term, and this week the children presented the research they have done on the features of a glacial landscape. It really makes you look at the north west of England with fresh eyes! Good work from all involved.
Friday afternoon usually means art, and this week the class have been developing their Hokusai-style line drawings by adding colour and texture using coloured pencils. Some of the effects were brilliant. We also had traditional Japanese music playing in the background, so the atmosphere was great!
The class has been working brilliantly since Christmas, linking together fractions, decimals and percentages in maths (and tackling some devilish problems in the process!) whilst exploring new topics in the afternoons, including National Parks and human biology. They've also been producing some knockout pieces of writing, inspired by the marvellous novel 'Wonder', by R.J. Palacio. Here they are at work on some 'Wonder'-esque compositions.
Yesterday afternoon, a flurry of parents came in to join us for some fabulous Children in Need t-shirt painting! The designs were awesome, with some remarkable design skills coming to the fore. The BBC would do well to look to Waverley for merchandising next year!
Many thanks to all the parents for coming in - it was a lovely afternoon.
Year 6 have plunged into the Autumn Term with great focus and energy, exploring topics from journalistic writing, to multiplication and division strategies, to the anatomy of the eye! Today, they were working hard on a mathematical problem involving a number of chickens and sheep. Un-baaa-lievable...
World Book Day
How do we look? If you you look really carefully, you will see Dorothy from 'The Wizard of Oz', Alex Rider from 'Stormbreaker' and Mr Twit, to name just a few.
We took part in a World Book Day quiz. We gave ourselves team names. There was a picture round, a music round and a quick fire round.
And the winners are...
Thursday 9th February
We have been working hard on our fractions! Today we have been solving problems that involved reasoning...tricky!
Tuesday 7th February
Today we visited Durham Cathedral. What an amazing day we have had! We have learned about the Northern Saints - St.Aiden, St. Oswald, St. Cuthbert and St. Bede. We saw stunning architecture and stained glass windows.
Friday 3rd February
What an amazing end to the week. Richard, from the British Marine Life Rescue Organisation, came in to talk to us about the marine life living in the North Sea, just off our coast. He taught us that there is such diverse life out there from seals to dolphins... We talked about the small things we could do to help preserve our coastline and we even learned how to rescue a stranded whale or dolphin!
This week has been Storytelling Week in school. As we are going to be writing parodies of fairy tales, we thought we would share some of our favourites with Reception. We created props to help us tell these well loved tales.
Thursday 26th January
We are having such a busy week!
We have completed our discussion texts and Mrs Sample has chosen a star writer. Jak has made FANTASTIC progress!
Tuesday 24th January
We have been writing our discussion texts. We have been debating: Should the rainforests be used for their natural resources?
Tuesday 17th January
Today Mrs Sample's maths class had visitors from 'The Centre for Life' - they brought a planetarium with them... Yes, that's right - a real planetarium!
We deduced that rocks 3, 5 and 7 were from beyond! They were 4.6 billion years old. That's the same age as our solar system.
Did you know that the universe is 13.9 billion years old? Incredible!
We have had a very busy start to the new term.
We finished reading Stormbreaker - Mrs Sample challenged us to summarise the story in 50 words... it's harder than you'd think!
In maths this week, we have been learning about
BIDMAS is the 'order of operations' we use when solving calculations. Mrs Sample's maths group are experts!
Welcome back everyone!
Happy New Year!
Today we had some very special visitors...
Giant snails, millipedes, Borneo tree frogs, corn snakes, rats and stick insects...
Natalie told us an awful lot about each. We have had an incredible day...
Watch this space...
Some of Year 6 mathematicians are getting ready to launch our Poppy Appeal...
Welcome back everyone!
What a busy start... straight back to Forest School.
Today it was rather chilly but that didn't stop us! Our dens from last time were still there. We hunted for seeds and thought about the ways that they had been dispersed. We thought about life cycles and had to work together to create our own on the forest floor.
We have so much fun at Forest School this week.
Maths Week Fun and Games!
We have had a wonderful week in school - maths week! What have we been up to? Here are just a few of our activities:
We have had a fantastic morning at Forest School. We have had a great time running down the hills, making leaf kebabs, identifying trees and plants and playing 'Blind Man's Tree'!
We can't WAIT for Friday!
P.E. is every Tuesday - remember your kit.
Bring outdoor shoes - if the weather if fine, we will be outside.
Reading books should be brought everyday. Reading records will be checked on a Wednesday and new ones handed out.
You should be reading 5 times per week at home.
Homework should be returned on a Wednesday.
Our older pupils have looked at how we can present research on rivers.
We used animation to highlight our findings.
Presenting images in different ways can get across important messages.
Newcastle University was the destination for our year 6 pupils. We want them to think about what they would like to do in the future. Further study will be needed to get a job when they leave school . So what about Newcastle University?
They started by working with students - they introduced themselves through some fun games.
They also talk a great deal about their work - they know their targets!
They are reading some really great books in class; in smaller groups and at home.
These learners have demostrated a strong focus and READINESS to learn - one of our 5 'Rs'!
They all worked very well towards achieving the objectives they were set at the beginning of a literacy lesson in particular.
Mr Sample could see 'exceptional' learning as she described their outcomes.
We asked them all what they were working towards and they all knew exactly their 'next steps'.
We will be reminding our pupils about the sacrifice of those who died in conflict.
Our older pupils have designed a wonderful poppy display based upon the Woodhorn Colliery Weeping Window.
We had to think about the length of copper wire we used, the size of the nail and the battery.
Another busy day: Miss Lindsay-Dunn came in again today. She was impressed with our singing of 'Waters of Tyne'.
CLOCKWORK by Philip Pullman
Today we have been creating graphs that show Prince Otto's emotions and how they changed throughout the story.
Mrs Sample's mathematics group were working on positive and negative numbers.
They were looking at the concept of sea level.
They worked together to calculate the different distances between creatures and objects.
Some teams utilised their knowledge of the size of the lighthouse to assist them.
Where esle might we use positive and negative numbers?
'The road was a ribbon of moonlight...'
It was a sad day today as the Highwayman lost the love of his life in a terrible incident. Mrs Sample's class re-enacted the sorry tale from the famous poem. The main characters were The Highwayman, Bess and Tim the ostler.
King George's men eventually set a trap for The Highwayman.
Check this for us:
24.5 + 24.6 + 24.7 = 73.8 73.8/3= 24.6
Mrs Sample's Mathematicians were working at their understanding of percentages today.
Some pupils demonstrated some excellent thinking - using their knowledge of what they know already is very important.
Mrs Sample set them away with a game to test their knowledge.
Maths games are a great way to practice a particular maths skill.
Sometimes the strategy of the game takes deeper thinking and the player needs to explore percentages even further.
We then come back to real life problems.
Working with others helps us to understand maths ideas.
Well done these RESPONSIBLE pupils in year 6.
This group from Mrs Sample's class have completed a variety of homework linked to their visit to Durham Cathedral.
It was good to see pupils working hard to find facts about the cathedral.
Homework like this is a great indicator of pupils who are really engaged with what they are doing in class.
It is also great to see that parents are working alongside their children.
Well done to them all - a great effort.
King Arnold sits around a table.
There are 3 empty seats.
How many different ways can the knights sit around the round table? What if King Arnold has 4 seats or even 5?
How might we work out the different combinations?
Is there a quick way of doing it and can we convince other people that we are correct?
Then there is the suitase combination problem: if the suitace has digits from 0 to 2, how many combinations could we have?
What if the digits were from 0 to 4 or 0 to 5?
We need mathematical thinkers who can see patterns and use numbers to justify their ideas.
It is good to use pencil and paper methods but sometimes this can take a long time - are there more efficient ways?
Talking about the problem helps also.
Our new curriculum involves getting our students out of the classroom to investigate things first hand.
We were taught to look closely as a scientist would -using a magnifying glass.
We learned about the animal life and how the food chain develops.
Oh... and we enjoyed our friends company.
Look at the gallery.
Our older pupils have been working towards their end of year national tests. They have undertaken revision at home and in school. This week sees them sit their final tests at primary school.
Year 5 have been working on the Spiderwick chronicles as they prepare for their end of year assessments also.
Some of the work is very tricky but they are more than ready.
They have been a credit to the school and we are sure they will achieve good results.
Well done Year 6 and watch this space for their results.
Year 6 visited the synagogue in Gosforth. It is important that we learn about the beliefs of others - to achieve this Mrs Sample took her class along to have a look at the traditions of Judaism.
It is a tradition that the boys cover their heads when visiting. The yarmulke, meaning skullcap in Yiddish, is a beanie that covers a Jewish man's head. The Hebrew term for it is Kippah. Jews cover their heads during prayer, eating and studying as a sign of respect toward God, who is above you. Religious Jews will wear it all the time. Covering the head is more of a custom than a commandment. We looked at the dress and objects around the sacred place. We saw that a synagogue has a space for prayer with an aron kodesh, a holy ark to house the sacred Torah scrolls. Where possible, this will be placed so that when facing it, one is facing towards the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
Today, synagogues vary as widely as the personalities of the community they house. Some feel very formal, others less so. Some have benches, others pews, still others movable chairs. In some, the reading desk is in the centre of the prayer space facing the aron kodesh, in others it is in the front facing the congregation. Some have stained glass windows, some organs. In Reform synagogues, all the congregation sit together so there is no physical separation of the seating.
We have looked at the holocaust in our work this term and within the UK, there is a common custom of having a memorial of the Shoah. It is an important part of UK Jewish tradition.
Six million represents the Jewish people lost during the Holocaust (Shoah).
Although synagogues are an important part of contemporary Jewish life, there are many communities that exist without one. They may use a variety of premises to hold their functions, from members’ houses to hired halls.
We had some great homework based upon rivers. Year 5 and 6 researched and made their own models of river features and systems.
Some even used electric pumps to demonstrate the flow of water.
Others demonstrated how bridges are constructed.
Mrs Sampe'e class have looked closely at books related to World War 2 - this includes writers such as Judith Kerr who experienced life during the war years in Europe.
'Judith Kerr ' was born on 14 June 1923 in Berlin but escaped from Hitler's Germany with her parents and brother in 1933 when she was nine years old. Her father was a drama critic and a distinguished writer whose books were burned by the Nazis. The family passed through Switzerland and France before arriving finally in England in 1936. Judith went to eleven different schools, worked in the Red Cross during the war, and won a scholarship to the Central School of Arts and Crafts in 1945. Since then she has worked as an artist, a BBC television scriptwriter and, for the past thirty years, as author and illustrator of children's books.
They listened to stories and took part in activites related to her work. Her three autobiographical novels are based on her early wandering years (which against all the odds she greatly enjoyed), her adolescence in London during the war, and finally on a brief return to Berlin as a young married woman. The stories have been internationally acclaimed and, to the author's considerable satisfaction, have done particularly well in Germany where they are sometimes used as an easy introduction to a difficult period of Germany history.
This half term in Literacy we are reading Rose Blanch by Ian McEwan.
Year 5/6 have started to look at their new book. It is about a girl during the Second World War.
They looked at the front cover to see the clues that are given on the front page.
They tried to answer questions from the front cover alone.
We are also learning about rivers, seas and oceans and life cycles!