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Video: 60-second film all about smart meters

Year 6 Eagles class have produced 60-second films all about smart meters.

The nationwide competition, orgainised by EON was setup to encourage primary and secondary school pupils to think about smart meters in a fun and engaging way.

Pupils were being encouraged to write, produce and record a 60-second film all about smart meters, including information about what they are, the benefits they can bring and how they can help consumers use less energy and save money on their energy bills.

All Eagles class produced their own films, below are two examples.

Leo, Joshua B and Sahara

Chloe, Lola and Dharma

Geometry: Properties of quadrilaterals

Year 6 have started their unit of work on Geometry and today spent time exploring the properties of quadrilaterals, in preparation for problem solving over the next few days. They learned that it was often as important to be able to describe what properties quadrilaterals do not have (e.g., kites have no parallel edges) as it is to describe what properties they do have, in order to distinguish between them.

Gangs

Year 6 have started their PSHE topic about Gangs.

As part of their discussion they evaluated what gangs are and the types of gangs they think this topic will revolve around.

Thinking about the types of people that are the children considered people that they value and the reasons why they are valued so highly:

Discussing our value word ‘Thoughtfulness’

Building on our value word for this month “Thoughtfulness” Mrs Butterworth led the class in a discussion about how the children could demonstrate thoughtfulness both in and outside of school. The children generated a range of ideas and considered the positive impact that even very simple actions can have. Mrs Butterworth finished by setting the children a task:

Children have to try an perform at least 12 random acts of kindness before Christmas.
They need to keep a log of what they do, writing a full explanation of each.

For each child that completes the task, Mrs Butterworth and the Year 6 team will perform at least one random act of kindness in the new year.

Anti-Bullying protest

In preparation for today’s protest, Year 6 discussed what an appropriate slogan for Anti-bullying week would be. They came up with the following suggestions:

• Bullying breaks hearts
• Together as one
• Someone is here, don’t fear
• All unique, all special
• We can be strong together
• Together as one, we fly
• We’re better together than apart
• Against bullying
• Don’t label me because I’m different.

Until they finally chose – I’M NOT A LABEL, NOR ARE YOU!

Anti-bullying Week – Labelling People

As part of Anti-Bullying Week, year 6 watched a video about labelling people.

The class all agreed that placing labels on others, including on yourself, has a negative impact and that we shouldn’t use them to judge others.

The conversation then developed into whether it is right to judge others at all.

Two of the children proposed that it is ok to judge others based on their actions and opinions.

Currently, not many support this viewpoint with most suggesting, “We shouldn’t judge others at all,” or, “We can judge others but only in a positive way.”

The debate will continue tomorrow…

Climate change scripts

Year 6 have built on their learning about climate change an the need to act in an environmentally friendly manner, writing scripts to advertise smart meters.

The children have carefully considered people’s attitudes to environmental matters and saving energy so that they have been able to create adverts that effectively persuade the viewer to change their behaviours and to use a Smart Meter.

Throughout the process they have collaborated brilliantly in small groups and shown tremendous creativity with varied ideas to hook their audience.

Editing our work

Eagles are always looking to improve the quality of their writing to have the greatest impact on the reader. Today we have been working on expanded noun phrases – looking at the essential components of noun, adjective, and prepositional words or phrases. We worked in pairs to discuss which worked well and whether it was possible to have the expanded noun phrase at any other point than the start of the sentence. Kyann’s example shows that this is not only possible but very effective.

Wana checking her spellings

As usual, we work hard at editing our writing – including checking for those all-important spellings. Our new spelling journals are used every day to check that the expected spellings for the year group are all correct. Our learning behaviour of pride ensures that we do not hand in work which we would not be proud of ourselves.

Problem solving using multiplication and division

Year 6 have been applying their understanding of multiplication and division to solve a variety of problems this week. During the lesson the children showed excellent teamwork and critical thinking – supporting and challenging one another throughout. Mr Johnston’s group unanimously decided that Kian’s method (in pink) was far better than Mr Johnston’s (in blue). It’s brilliant seeing the clear lines of thought the children are developing – especially when they’re better than their teacher’s!

Investigating plants

Year 6 have spent this half term investigating plants. On Friday they progressed to dissecting and investigating the different parts of a flowering plants. They worked with great care, using microscopes to see the detailed structure of each part, linking its form to its function.

“It was very interesting seeing the different parts of a plant,” said Daneil.

Hanson enthusiastically commented, “I saw some wonderful patterns while looking at the plants through the microscope.”