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Owl

Year 6

2018-19

New addition to the classroom...a list of words to help improve writing... 'flayed' was a new one on me...and not a nice thought but found it in our next Phillip Pullman book 'Clockwork '.
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We absolutely loved our basketball WOW day; it was so much fun and we learnt many new skills. Meeting the tallest man in Britain was really inspirational and we are all going to remember to be proud of our own unique talents. He reminded us to take every opportunity to try new things and to stay healthy and active!
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Revising the writing process this week by refining and editing our newspaper articles during 'Big Write'. We are enjoying our class reader 'Private Peaceful' by Michael Morpurgo and have been discussing how we think some of the scenes will be shown on the stage when we go to see a live performance at the Waterside theatre. Our newspaper articles showed our understanding of the themes of the text and the relationship between the characters. We also added a little bit of 'fake news' just for effect!
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This week, we had a fascinating trip to the John Radcliffe Hospital to learn about First Aid and keeping ourselves safe. In the Accident and Emergency department, we had a look at the equipment they use when someone has hurt themselves. We even had a plaster cast put on our finger! After that, we found out why it is so important to wear our cycle helmets, and some of us even got a certificate for wearing ours all the time. Next we found out what to do in lots of emergency situations, including how to carry out C.P.R. and use a defibrillator. We are really grateful to the fantastic trainers for giving us so much vital information.

 
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We have been working with decimals in Maths this week. Our challenge was to order decimals from smallest to largest and to choose different methods to subtract decimals with different decimal places.
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We have been writing newspaper reports this week. We read lots of newspapers and identified some good headlines. We have used our knowledge of our class reader 'Private Peaceful' by Michael Morpurgo to write interesting newspaper reports about the characters in the story.
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We have been using drama to retell stories to Squirrel Class
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Launching our Africa topic! We have been using tie dye techniques to create African fabrics.
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Year 6

2017-2018

During R.E. enrichment week, we made Mandalas: circular, symmetrical designs which reflect the cyclical nature of life. We chose images, symbols and colours to represent who we are. 
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We studied the work of the artist Levon Bliss and closely observed a variety of garden wildlife. We then produced final sketches on a grand scale! 
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Here we are finding out about how the role of women has changed throughout history. All the boys sat on chairs, while all the girls had to make do with the floor. It helped us get an idea of how women must have felt when they didn't have the same rights as men!
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Information from the DfE regarding SATs.

Science Week

We have been carrying out our own investigations and experiments this week as part of our Big Science event. In groups we were able to design a test based on the theme of 'Travel'. Our questions were: 'Which pan allows the heat to travel to pop the popcorn the quickest?' 'Does the weight on a pendulum affect how it travels?' 'What makes a good rollerskate for travel?'.

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Junior Citizens

Year 6 attended Oxford fire station this week for our annual visit to Junior citizens. The children found themselves in real life scenarios where they made mature and sensible decisions about how best to keep themselves safe. They now know how to be safe near a railway line, what to do if they find themselves needing to dial 999, how to stay safe online, what to do in the event of a fire or if they were met with potential drowning. The children practised the recovery position and looked at potential dangers around the home.

Plotting vertices of polygons on 4 quadrant coordinate grids. We are playing in pairs to guess missing coordinates.

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Planning our talk to parents about internet safety

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Promoting women in Science

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We have been practising sequences with balances in gymnastics this week.

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Wittling sticks in Forest Friday

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Carrying out our materials investigation in Science this week

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Recording our Science results in scatter graphs and discussing our conclusions

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Working hard to round decimals to whole, tenths and hundredths.

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New class readers for Year 6

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Inspiring Young Writers

Today we had a visit from children's author Sean Callery who inspired us to be great writers. He showed us how to plan effective non-fiction books and choose vocabulary and facts carefully to engage the reader. He worked with us to write factual descriptions about Outer Space. 

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The Railway Children 

We all had a fabulous time at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre this afternoon watching a performance of the Railway Children. Now we can compare book, film and theatre production! We might even use some of the theatrical techniques in our own performances.

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Explanation Texts

Year 6 have been explaining how the heart works in Big Write this week.

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Teachers for the day!

Year 6 have been presenting their research about the human heart during our science lessons this week.

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Design a Habitation Module for Mars

Year 6 have entered a competition to design a habitation module for space exploration on Mars.

 

Human exploration of Mars will be no easy feat. Scientists and engineers at Lockheed Martin are helping to lead the way with Mars Base Camp, the spacecraft that will carry the first human crew to Mars.

A roundtrip to Mars will take years. In addition to basic necessities like food, water, oxygen and power, astronauts will need a Habitat in which they can live comfortably and safely. Lockheed Martin and NASA are developing design concepts for habitats and our Year 6 children are joining this effort too.

 

We are very excited to be part of this project. Keep looking here for photos and updates.

Here we are starting to design our Habitation Modules.

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The Heart and Circulatory system

 

We have been learning all about how the heart functions. We used clay to make models of a human heart showing the 4 chambers, veins, arteries and capillaries.

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Philip Pullman

 

We have been studying the work of Philip Pullman this week. Did you know that Philip Pullman wrote the 'Dark Materials' trilogy? We have been reading the Northern Lights and creating a character profile of Lyra, the main character.

Welcome back Year 6. Here we all are at the start of the year:
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Keith Haring Art

 

Owl class have been studying Keith Haring's art. We have been discovering how he shows the human body in motion. We took advantage of the sun one morning to get outside and draw around our shadows to help us sketch realistic poses. We took photographs of ourselves in motion and found out how hard it is to capture everyone jumping at the same time.We will use these pictures to study how our bodies look when they are moving and to help us create pieces of art.

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Science Investigations in Owl Class

 

As part of our investigative work in Science, we have been learning about light: how it travels, how we see and how mirrors work. We made human models using string as our rays of light.

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We found out about refraction and how you can make arrows change direction and pictures disappear...
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Just William Stories

 

Owl Class have been reading Just William stories as part of their Literacy work this week. Here we are performing in the school playground to Squirrel Class. We read one of the 'Just William' stories ('William joins the Band of Hope') and rewrote it as a play script. We have been rehearsing different scenes, and put it all together for a final performance in the sunshine.

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In science, we found out how much sugar we should be eating every day - less than we realised! We then measured portions of breakfast cereals and drinks and calculated how much sugar was in them. This tiny portion of cereal has the equivalent of two cubes of sugar in it. Afterwards we measured out how much breakfast cereal we might actually eat and calculated the sugar content of that, which was sometimes more than the recommended daily amount for children of our age!

 

 

Some of the girls in Owl class played in a football tournament against local schools. This was their first game as a team. They played brilliantly together and really enjoyed the afternoon.

 

 

 

We have been awarded the Silver Primary Science Quality Mark! We are thrilled to bits!
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