Monthly Archives: September 2017

World War Two by Ellis

Intriguing, exciting, fun – we learnt about Winston Churchill’s secret auxiliary units. We pretended we were the people risking their lives in WW2. The game we played was when we had 5 plates and crawled through the classroom with them. After, we placed the plates on a tank but the guard (Andy – our teacher) was there and every so often he turned his powerful torch on to check on the tanks. After a minute, BOOM!!! The tanks exploded and our mission was complete.

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World War II Workshop by Scott

Confused, puzzled, scared – I was very excited to find out what we were doing in the hall, until he started shouting, then I was nervous. Andy Messer (who was a local author) worked with us on a World War II workshop. Some people were happy about it; others (like myself) were very scared. Each person was ordered to come to the front to do a hilarious action. My action was silly: I had to slither around the room like a snake. People were asking, who is this mysterious man? Eventually, we all found out that he was our WWII leader for the day. The main purpose of the activity was to understand how it would have felt to be evacuated.

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RE: Our Community

This Half Term, in RE, Year Six are discussing communities. We’ve talked about what communities we’re a part of, how we contribute to our community and how being part of a community impacts on our lives.

But what is a community?

In the dictionary, it tells us that a community could be a variety of things:

  1. A social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality, share government, and often have a common cultural and historical heritage.
    2. A locality inhabited by such a group.

    3. A social, religious, occupational, or other group sharing common characteristics or interests.

   4. A group of associated nations sharing common interests or a common heritage.
What communities are we a part of?
Every child in Prince Edward is a member of our school community. You can also be a member of a club/activity’s community. Where you live is also a community and you can be part of a larger community such as Sheffield or even Great Britain, Europe and The World.
How can we help people in our community?
Our most recent task, based on this topic, was to be given a number of scenarios of people who were looking for certain clubs/organisations in our local area. We had to search for information on a place they could go to fulfil their wish.
For example:
  1. “I am a Muslim. I would like to be able to pray at a local mosque.” Katie was able to find out that there are 25 different mosques in Sheffield. The closest one to our school is on Hanover Street: Al-huda Masjid & Broomhall Muslim Islamic Community Centre.
  2. “My favourite exercise is swimming. I like to go regularly, so I would like to find somewhere to swim locally.” Macie didn’t even need to search for an answer to this request. She knew our local are so well that she was able to write all about Springs Leisure Centre which is just a short walk from Manor Top.
  3. “I like dancing, singing and acting. I would like to join a club that meets every week.” Scott was able to find out that there’s a dance class weekly at Nycha Dance Creations on Ridgeway Road.

What did we learn?

During this session, we learned all about what a community is but also that, no matter what your interests or beliefs, there is always a place for you in every community.

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Andy Messer Workshop

What an AMAZING day Year Six had yesterday! Andy Messer, the fantastic author and story teller, spent the whole day running a workshop with Year Six all about WWII.

Fascinating and clever, fun and exciting, Andy made learning about WWII really interesting by making us feel as though we were actually there.

Firstly, we pretended that we were children being evacuated from the city to the countryside. We were all given a number and a shape (which turned out to not mean anything) and asked to partner up. Next, we had to discussed with our partners how we would feel if we were actually being evacuated.

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After break, we came back upstairs to classrooms and talked about the different sounds you could hear during the war. We talked about the different planes and tanks that the Germans and the British had and whether or not it was easy to identify which was which by just listening. Actually, it’s really really difficult. Just listen to the videos below and see if you can tell which is which…

Later on in the day, we were given a secret mission by Andy. Our job was to help protect the British Army by destroying some of the German tanks and other supplies.

We had ‘paper plate’ bombs which had a 1 minute time delay, so it was really important that we got in and out as quickly as possible. However, our mission wasn’t as simple as it seems because there was a German soldier on lookout with his torch. If his torch was shining on you, you had to be as silent and as still as possible so he didn’t shoot you! If was really exciting, if a little difficult.

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One of our last tasks for the day was to look at two pictures of a countryside scene and a city scene during the Second World War. We had to discuss the main differences between the two images which sparked a heated discussion about whether it was better to be evacuated to the countryside or stay in the city.

We had such a brilliant day – thanks Andy!IMG_1770

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World War Two Workshop Day

Our new topic in Year Six is World War Two.

Some of us already know quite a few facts about WWII; others didn’t know much at all. Therefore, we all took part in a World War Two workshop to teach us all about this topic.

We even got a chance to listen to the air raid siren.

There were several stations to travel around including:

  1. iPad Station – where you could learn facts about WWII.
  2. Laptop Station – where you could listen to radio broadcasts from that time.
  3. Primary Sources – where we looked at original WWII artefacts.
  4. Propaganda Station – where we learned what propaganda is.
  5. The Bomb Shelter – where we got a glimpse into what it could have been like to have to hide from a bombing raid.

Exciting, interesting, factual – this workshop was a great way for us to learn all about WWII.

Keep checking on the blog for more updates on our WWII learning…

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The World’s Largest Lesson

Yesterday, Year Six took part in The World’s Largest Lesson. But what is The World’s Largest Lesson? Let’s find out…

What is it?

The World’s Largest Lesson is just one part of Project Everyone’s mighty mission. To share the Global Goals with all 7 billion people on this planet.

Project Everyone was founded by Richard Curtis, filmmaker and founder of Comic Relief. This is why…

In 2015 The United Nations launched The Global Goals for Sustainable Development, a series of ambitious targets to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice and fix climate change for everyone by 2030.

If the Goals are met, they ensure the health, safety and future of the planet for everyone on it. And their best chance of being met is if everyone on the planet is aware of them.

World’s Largest Lesson introduces the Sustainable Development Goals to children and young people everywhere and unites them in action.

What are the Global Goals?

The Goals

Click on a Goal to find lesson plans and many more creative resources for teaching

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So what did we do?

This year, the focus is on food and what we eat. Did you know that the majority of all foods contains unnatural/processed sugars, apart from fruit and vegetables of course? Also, many foods come in either plastic, metal or cardboard packaging which a lot of us don’t always recycle. Our job today was to think about what food we eat, where it might come from in the world and whether it was good for us. Surprisingly, a lot of the Year Sixes realised that perhaps we could: recycle more food packaging, make healthier food choices and buy foods which are produced more locally. What an interesting lesson!

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*Kingswood Meeting Reminder*

Good morning all,

This is just a brief reminder that there is a Kingswood Residential Trip Meeting this afternoon, in school, at 2.30pm. It’s really important that parents/guardians attend so they can find out all the key information about this exciting trip.

Many thanks,

The Year Six Team.

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Trampolining Fun @ Springs

Last week, Opal Class had the amazing opportunity to visit Springs Academy and have a go at trampolining. Bouncy, energetic, fun – this ‘extreme’ sport is actually more difficult than it looks. It requires balance, perseverance and concentration. We had so much fun and we can’t wait to have another go next week.

Just check out these photos… (it was a little tricky to take photos as everyone was bouncing SO HIGH but you get the idea).

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Mathematicians of the Week

IMG_0748[1].JPGCongratulations to our TWO newest Mathematicians of the Week in Year Six. Both boys have been working extremely hard and showing an excellent understanding of place value and rounding challenging numbers. Well done both of you!

 

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Mathematician of the Week: Opal Class

What a superstar Mathematician of the Week we have in Opal Class this week. He’s been super hard working and trying his best this week, which has really impressed both Mrs Vaughan and Miss Senior. Well done!

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