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Deforestation posters

In topic, Year 6 are learning all about different environmental issues. This week they have been learning all about deforestation. One of the children’s home learning tasks was to create a poster. Here are a few of the amazing posters that the children have sent in:

Yusif’s poster

Evie’s poster

Sophie’s poster

Evie’s wonderful writing!

Evie has been writing a book! I have been lucky enough to read what Evie has written and I can honestly say that I think it is fabulous! I thought that you all would like to read it too, so I have chosen a chapter to share with you.

Chapter 1: The gift
No-one knows if they are capable of becoming a sorcerer. It just occurs. Edmund was the son of the most powerful sorcerer of Ulroy Creek. Although he always wanted to take up the family trade, his father forbid him. ” I know you want to be a sorcerer son, but your mother died helping me in my art of magic. It is just too dangerous.”

“But father….” Edmund would try to say before his father would cut him off.

” No son. ” and their conversation would always end the same way.

At midnight, his father would always go to the sorcerers meeting at the edge of town. To his father’s annoyance, he forgot to take his crimson cape with him that very day. And he was even more annoyed and worried when he came back, and Edmund and the cape had completely disappeared! And with that, Edmund had the gift.

Discussing democracy

Year 6 have been discussing the term democracy in PSHE today.

The children then worked in their tables to identify candidates to run for prime minister of the classroom. Once the candidates had been chosen, each child stood up and presented to the rest of the class. They had to state why they thought they should be chosen and what they would do for the school.

Once the candidates had spoken, the children were asked what makes a fair vote and how can we ensure that everything is done fairly and properly. The children had lots of very good ideas and we then were able to move forward with the vote.

Naly and Sophie counted the votes made by all children (and checked their counting more than once to ensure it was accurate) before revealing who had won the election.

Congratulations to Lexi! If we were to have a prime minister of the classroom, it would be you!

Living by Rules

Year 6 have been discussing rules and the importance of having rules in life (including laws). As a class we discussed what rules are, why we have rules and what would happen if we did not have rules. The children identified that rules are in place to keep everybody safe and without them, the world and different places, such as school, would be chaotic.

The children then worked in pairs to create their own ’10 rules of life’ before watching a video about Christianity and the ten commandments. After the video, we spent time discussing the ten commandments and whether any of our rules were similar to them.

Creating a game using Kodu

Year 6 Eagles have been showing off their creative skills by utilising their programming knowledge in Kodu.

Mr Baddhan showed the children how to create a game by adding several objects to their world and collecting them using a rover. Each apple represented one point and once three points were added, the game would end by saying ‘Winner’. Some of the children even created a second level to their games.

Here are some of the children working on Kodu.

Creating polygon shapes in Logo

This afternoon in Computing, Year 6 learned how to use a new program for coding – Logo.

Mr Baddhan showed the children how commands are put together in Logo e.g fd 5 (forward 5) and then rt 90 (turn 90 degrees). He asked the children to create several shapes including a square, triangle, octagon, pentagon and a hexagon.

The lesson required the children’s understanding of angles to ensure they set the right angle for the specific shape. For example a square, requires 90 degrees turns.

The children explored different commands including the pen colour, pen size and also refined their programs by using the repeat command.

Making music by creating an algorithm

In Computing this afternoon, Year 6 created musical algorithms to represent a piece of music in Scratch.

Mr Baddhan showed the children a piano made in Scratch. They looked carefully at the different colours representing different notes of a piano.

The children were given the colour sequence to the music of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars” – they then created the music in Scratch using the correct notes.

Mr Baddhan reminded the children of using repeat blocks and also to make the song play more than once.

The class were then given colour sequence of “When the Saints go Marching In” and “Row Row Your Boat”.

See some of the children’s work below.

Lexi – click on any sprite to begin

Sophie – click on any sprite to begin

Kennie – press keys 1,2 or 3 to begin

Acts of kindness

As part of Anti-Bullying Week this week, Year 6 were set the challenge to complete secret acts of kindness towards a chosen person. Each child had to be extra kind to one person all week so that by the end of the week that child could guess who it was!
It was really nice to hear how the children were showing kindness to each other throughout the week.

Here are some of the ways they were kind to one another:

• Helping a friend in lessons.
• Choosing to play with somebody every day.
• Paying compliments to their chosen person.
• Asking if they have had a nice day.