On Tuesday 11th September, Year 6 pupils went to see the Weeping Window Poppies at Middleport Pottery. During our visit, pupils thought about the symbolism of poppies and how artists have reacted to the horror of WW1. We also had the opportunity to explore the factory and learn more about Stoke-on-Trent’s ceramic heritage.
As part of the Learning Challenge ‘Will you ever see the water you drink again?’, Year 6 had a visit from Severn Trent Water. We found out about how we can save water in our homes and identified which activities waste the most water. In addition, we also found out what happens to the water we use once it is poured down our sinks and flushed down our toilets.
On Wednesday 7th June, Year 6 visited Shugborough Outdoor Education Centre for our three-day residential trip. We took part in a variety of adventurous activities including BMX, rock climbing, caving and orienteering. The children thoroughly enjoyed their visit and we were so proud of their achievements over the three days.
On Monday 13th February, Year 6 were lucky to have a visit from Mad Science to investigate electricity with us. Building on the work we had already done in our science lessons, we had the opportunity to create static electricity. Using balloons we create a static charge and then used this to pick up salt and pepper granules using the attraction between positively-charged and negatively-charged electrons. After that, we were all very excited to have a go on the Van De Graaf generator – a hair-raising experience!
As part of our learning challenge ‘Why was Sir Edmund Hillary’s conquest of Mount Everest such an achievement?’ Year 6 visited the Roaches. We spent the day with two coaches from the Stanley Head Outdoor Education Centre learning about what it would be like to climb and walk in the mountainous environment. Although challenging, the bouldering activity taught us how to persevere and we gained an excellent understanding of how tough it must have been for Edmund Hillary when he climbed Everest. Despite being exhausted after such a tiring day, we all agreed that these memories would be ones that would stay with us forever.
Year 6 visited the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery as part of our Learning Challenge looking at World War 2. We spent some time researching Reginald J Mitchell, the man who designed the Spitfire, and created some sketches of the Spitfire itself for use back at school. We all had a great time.
On Wednesday 8th to Friday 10th June 2016, Year 6 went on their annual residential trip to Shugborough Outdoor Education Centre. For many of the children, the trip presented many new challenges. They camped in tents and enjoyed activities such as BMX riding, rock climbing, archery and shelter building. Everyone had a wonderful time!
As part of our Learning Challenge on the Mayan Civilization, Year 6 visited Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College to learn some new art skills. We created a Mayan pattern using the ‘scraffito’ technique of printing and also had the opportunity to make some prints using an embossed pattern that we designed ourselves. Finally, we used batik to create a wax resist design. All the children thoroughly enjoyed our visit.