To support our LCC topic this half term, pupils had the opportunity to visit Brampton Museum to deepen their knowledge of WW2. All pupils took part in two workshops – the first, allowed pupils to handle and look at a variety of objects that would have been used in the war (including gas masks, shrapnel and replica incendiary bombs!) as well as choosing objects that an evacuee might need on their travels. The second, gave pupils a chance to experience what life was like for women left behind during the war (such as rationing and how they had to ‘make do and mend’) In addition, the children saw what it was like for evacuees moving to a new area and also had an opportunity to hide in an air raid shelter. Whilst in the shelter, pupils made their own toilet paper, sang and even played a game of bingo.
On Tuesday 12th November, Year 6 took part in the Maths Roadshow to help us with our problem solving skills. During the session, we worked in groups to try to solve a variety of different maths problems including: fractions, shapes, number and perimeter.
On Wednesday 25th September, Year 6 had a visit from Severn Trent Water to help us with our learning challenge question, ‘What happens to the water in our homes when it disappears down the sink?’ We found out about how water is cleaned and made safe for us to use, and learned how we can save water to help our planet. What a great day!
On Friday 8th March, Year 6 travelled to Staffordshire University to attend a Wellbeing Day along with our partners from the Seven Stars network. Throughout the day, the children participated in a variety of workshops, which allowed them to explore ways to stay healthy in mind, body and spirit. Highlights included Rhythmical Mike, who inspired the children through poetry and rap; Laughology with Dave Keeling, who explored brain power through comedy and Mindfulness, a practice of calming the mind and relieving stress. The children had a fantastic day and showed impeccable behaviour throughout.
During the Autumn term, Year 6 looked at the water we use and how it is cleaned and recycled. In order to visualise the water cycle, we created a comic strip to show the different stages. Following this, we thought about how we could represent these sections with a sound and mapped out our music piece on a timeline. Pupils discussed how these sounds needed to be made; thinking about volume, pace, tempo and pitch. The class was split into five groups and given one part of the water cycle. They created their sound as a group using a variety of instruments including: a wind maker, drums, rice, a glockenspiel and rain sticks. Then, we recorded the resulting pieces and combined them, which formed our sound scape. Finally, ‘Hullabaloo Arts’ spent time with each class creating stop motion animated films using natural objects such as rice, vegetables and twigs. The finished film was then combined with our soundscapes.
The Water Cycle by Class 6C:
The Water Cycle by Class 6J:
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.