Our topic this half term, linked to our text, is ‘People who wondered and changed the world’. Over half term we all had some homework to choose a person who we feel has done exactly this. We had to bring in any notes that we had to participate in a class discussion. Over the next three weeks we are going to be creating a presentation about our chosen person to tell the rest of the class who they were, what they did and most importantly how we believe that they changed the world. There is a range of people who have been chosen such as: Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King Jr., Florence Nightingale, Neil Armstrong, Mark Zuckerberg – to name but a few. The children are loving being able to research a person who inspires them and to have some autonomy about how they present their information as well as what facts to include. We can’t wait to see how their presentations turn out!
Year six have loved starting this term’s text ‘Wonder’ by R.J.Palacio. Already, only a few chapters in, we have had some very serious discussions about what it means to be different and empathising with the main character, August. We have written diary entries as some of the characters, exploring their inner thoughts and feelings. I have a feeling we are going to love this book!
Year six have been working hard to craft their own stories to enter into the BBC 500 words competition. We started the week by watching some videos from past judges and winners to give us our top writing tips and followed this by reading some examples 500 word stories from the top 50 of last year. We were amazed at how brilliant many of the entries were for being such short stories. To practise writing short stories, we summarised the story of War Horse in 500 words, which we got very close to! Good Luck year six!
Sycamore class combined group work in their Art lessons by creating a combined image of the Titanic. A picture was cut into four pieces and each person chose a separate part to draw, demonstrating their own individual style. We decided to use pastels to create the effects and included some smudging. Once we had completed our puzzle pieces we put them all together to create the pictures below.
As our focus this half term is the Titanic, we spent some time during our topic lesson using a YouTube tutorial to draw the ship. Many of us found it quite difficult but in the true spirit of our half term value perseverance, we did not give up and were proud of our results.
Here are some of our drawings:
Our core vale this half term is perseverance, so we spent an afternoon exploring what this means. Firstly, we watched a video called ‘famous failures’ which details famous successful people such as Michael Jordan and Albert Einstein who were told the would never amount to much, but through sheer hard work, commitment and perseverance they became some of the most successful people in their respective fields. We then each discussed an example from our own lives where we have persevered and what we achieved from this as well as how it made us feel. At the end of the lesson we created a poster to demonstrate our understanding of perseverance, some of which you can see below.
To start our Titanic topic, each child was given a Titanic ticket with the name of a passenger or crew member from the ship. We then spent some time using the ‘Encyclopedia Titanica’ where we found out information about our passengers and their lives. It was amazing to discover the range of backgrounds that the passengers on the Titanic had as well as those who survived. Here are some examples of our work below:
s such as where they were travelling from/to; who they were travelling with; whether they survived. It was very interesting to learn about the range of backgrounds that they came from.
Sycamore class took part in a debate to discuss who was at fault for the Titanic ship sinking. Sycamore class were very passionate and extremely persuasive expressing their views and points!