School Activities

Charles Darwin D&T Project

Over the past few weeks, while the other Year 6s have been on transition to their new secondary schools, we have been undertaking a new, exciting project: Charles Darwin and his famous journey on The Beagle. We have created a whole collection of work all about Darwin and The Beagle including: a journal entry by Darwin himself while on his expedition; an ‘aged’ map of the world showing the route he travelled all those years ago; a wooden moving toy designed around Darwin’s explorations and a leaflet advertising our toys and how you could buy them.

“During this project, I learnt that Charles Darwin was a great explorer: he found many new species in the Galapagos Islands. I also enjoyed making the toy boxes because it was exciting using the saws. Making the leaflets was awesome because we got to used the laptops to help us design and create them.” – Nahom.

“I have enjoyed the Charles Darwin Project because we got to design and make Darwin toys and we also made a map of where Darwin went.” – Coben.

 

 

“Over the past 3 weeks, we have been learning about Charles Darwin’s voyage and the Galapagos Islands. We did lots of work related to this. We did: maps, leaflets, customised animals and a toy. My favourite part about this project was making the wooden toy box. Although it was fiddly, it was still really fun. Another of my favourite parts was making the map. It was quite easy to copy the map but it still took me a few attempts.” – Cody.

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The Pillowcase Project

About The Pillowcase Project

It is estimated that natural disasters have affected approximately 250 million people worldwide every year in the last decade. More than half of those affected have been children (IFRC 2010).

The Pillowcase Project is an emergency preparedness education programme, initiated by the American Red Cross and funded by The Walt Disney Company. It is now happening in six other countries including the UK.

The project helps children aged 7–11 develop understanding, and the skills to cope with and respond to any weather-related emergency they may face. As part of the programme, children decorate an emergency ‘grab bag’ pillowcase with the items they would want to have with them in an emergency and take this home with them to share their learning with their family. This project has strong curriculum links; and many of the skills children learn as part of this project can be transferred to other areas of their learning and their lives; including skills such as: communication, coping and listening, problem solving and creative and critical thinking.

The Red Cross – 2017 (http://www.redcross.org.uk/en/What-we-do/Teaching-resources/Teaching-packages/The-pillowcase-project/About-The-Pillowcase-Project)

What we’ve learned through The Pillowcase Project

As many of the Year Sixes are currently undertaking their three weeks of Early Risers, the remaining members of Quartz and Opal class have been kept busy undertaking The Red Cross’ Pillowcase Project.

We’ve learned all about what kinds of emergencies there are across the globe, including those which are more likely to affect us in the UK such as storms and flooding.

Lucky, fortunate, advantaged – we’ve come to realise how many challenges and natural disasters other nations have to live through and how lucky we actually are living in this country.

As well as this, we’ve discussed and evaluated what we might need to do in an emergency and what equipment/items we might need to help us cope in an emergency.

What did we have to do?

The first step in the process was to design our pillowcases. Careful and thorough, practical and important, we had to think about all the vital items we would need in any kind of emergency, such as:

  • water
  • clothes
  • food
  • a torch (and batteries)
  • medicine
  • a toy (for comfort)

After this, we made a start on the designing process…

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Once we’d completed our designs on paper, we then had to be extra careful and transfer our designs onto our pillowcases.

We were really pleased with the finished result and here they are…

 

What we thought about The Pillowcase Project

“I really enjoyed The Pillowcase Project because we could let our imagination run wild and I learnt that floods are more likely to happen in the UK than any other natural disasters.” M – Opal Class.

“In The Pillowcase Project, I have learned that I must listen to news updates if there’s a chance of flooding. Also, ten years ago, there was major flooding in Sheffield which caused lots of damage.” – N, Quartz Class.

“I really liked doing The Pillowcase Project because we could design and create our own pillowcase. As well as this, I learned how to stay safe if flooding actually happened.” – O, Opal Class.

“What I liked the most about the project was that we learned many different events that bad, or even dangerous, weather can cause. At first, I didn’t have a clue what The Pillowcase Project was but now I know and I really enjoyed the project.” – S, Quartz Class.

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MENTORING by Blake

Year 6 mentoring is amazing: you get put into a group with a Sixth Former (Y12) and, as well as learning all you can about secondary school from your mentor, you can play games, eat new foods and visit different places (such as Jump inc. and secondary schools) but my favorite part was when we had afternoon tea at 5 o’clock and there was loads of yummy food – I especially liked the brownies.

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My Thoughts on Year 6 by Carina

I have enjoyed Year 6 because I’ve simply had loads of fun. When I first moved into Y6, I was nervous but I still thought it would be fun. My favourite trip was definitely when we went to Kingswood and Crucial crew: at Kingswood, I got to face my fears. My favourite activities were the 3G Swing and Jacobs Ladder because they challenged me the most.

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Bugsy Malone by Ebony

Great, good, fabulous – we have put lots of time and effort into this production of Bugsy Malone. Before we went on, I felt nervous , nervous because I have never performed in front of a big audience before. However, I really enjoyed the experience.

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Bugsy Malone by Jessica

I’ve loved Year 6 because we have been doing lots of amazing things but my favourite was Bugsy Malone. By the way, I found it hard being with lots of people but I was proud of myself for doing it. My most favourite part was the singing with all the amazing songs: I loved it!

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Mentoring by Feaven and Demi

Amazing and awesome, cool yet helpful, mentoring was a life-changing experience as we learnt about the qualifications for our dream career. Rebekah – who was our mentor -allowed us to ask questions about high school and her GCSEs, which has helped us to develop our understanding. As well as meeting Rebekah , we met other Six Formers. This was lovely, lovely because we got to ask them things too. We both realized high school is hard work.

 

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Bugsy Malone by Lucy and Kelsie.

Awesome, fun, enjoyable – we have loved practicing for Bugsy Malone. It has been amazing experience, and we can’t thank the teachers enough for their hard work. The rehearsals have gone really well, but the dresses were really itchy. Overall, it has been fantastic – we can’t wait for our final performance.

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Bugsy Malone

Well, it’s nearly performance day!

Sorry it’s been a little quiet in Year Six lately: we’ve been spending every spare SECOND creating, preparing and rehearsing for our Year Six production of Bugsy Malone!

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Excited, nervous, exhilarated – yesterday, Year Six finally got the chance to show their wonderful performance to a captivated audience. We were so pleased that all our hard work came together in the end and that everyone enjoyed the show.

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Year Six cannot wait to perform for parents, family and friends on Wednesday and Thursday night, this week. We hope that you can make it! You can still pick up tickets today – just come and see us in the hall after school this afternoon.

 

 

 

 

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Walk like an Egyptian… *Updated*

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“On Wednesday, Year 6 were learning about a new topic about the Egyptians.  I thought that it was going to be a really really good topic because I have been to Egypt before and thought learning about all the pyramids their life (hundreds and hundreds of years ago) would be quite interesting.

So, on Wednesday afternoon, we came in from lunch and Miss Hall began explaining what our new topic was going to be. Then, our task was to design an Egyptian mask in out sketch book. Excitingly, in a few weeks, when we finish our mask designs, we are going to make our masks out of clay.”  – Benji

 

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“Today, we did something really fun; we did a workshop on the Egyptians. We worked in groups of 5 and we learnt loads of new stuff. For example, that dead people would be mummified and that the Egyptians loved cats and hated dogs. Some people might think the bodies would rot; others (like the Egyptians) knew that they would be preserved.” – Charley-Mae

9/6/17 – Check us out ‘Walking like Egyptians’ (or trying to) while playing Sticky Fingers today!

 

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