Meeting Paul Sturgess
Year 6 were thrilled to meet Paul Sturgess, the world’s tallest basketball player and a previous member of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team, as part of this term’s attendance treat. We enjoyed listening to his inspirational assembly and had a go at some fabulous basketball tricks.
Brass Quintet Assembly
We were all fascinated to learn more about the array of brass instruments that came to visit our school recently. We were amazed to learn that the French horn is actually the longest brass instrument once all of the pipes have been unravelled! They performed lots of beautiful music and we all had a good sing along and a bit of a boogie. Miss Hind and Miss Hudson also performed some very ‘interesting’ dance moves.
Magna Science Museum
Recently, Year 6 had a fun-filled trip to Magna Science Museum learning all about electricity! We took part in a giant circuit workshop where we constructed our own circuit using wires, a battery, a buzzer, a switch, a copper pipe, salt water, a bulb and a fan! We were successful in making effective, giant circuits that we used to dry a piece of damp washing on our washing line.
The museum also had enormous areas called pavilions that we were also able to explore. These included the fire pavilion (where we saw an impressive fire tornado!), the air pavilion, the water pavilion and the earth pavilion. We all left very exhausted but brimming with scientific knowledge!
E-safety and Online Bullying Workshop
Jo, our police community police officer, came to share some very valuable knowledge with us about staying safe online. We even had a go at solving a police case to catch a suspect of cyber bullying! We are now feeling very confident that we are able to have fun on the internet whilst also staying safe.
Dark Sky Park
We are currently exploring a collection of poems in the book: Dark Sky Park by Philip Gross. These poems explore many themes inspired by nature: from light and darkness to lava surfing during a volcanic eruption. We have enjoyed putting our performance skills to the test, thinking about volume, emphasis and actions, to bring these poems to life.
Attendance treat – Chinese dancing
Those of us lucky enough to attend the attendance treat this term had a fabulous time trying our hand at traditional Chinese dancing. We particularly enjoyed using the colourful umbrellas.
This term we have been learning all about fractions. Our working wall has been helping us to make links with our prior learning to deepen our understanding each lesson. This is really helping us to solve some tricky, greater-depth problems in preparation for SATs!
Arthur and The Golden Rope
We have recently been exploring Arthur and the Golden Rope by Joe Todd Stanton in literacy lessons. This is about a vault so cavernous that it could contain all the world's greatest treasures and relics, from mummified remains of ancient monarchs to glistening swords brandished by legendary warriors. How could someone come into possession of such a collection? Who is Professor Brownstone? This story is about the very first items in this collection as they journey to the land of the Vikings. A place filled with magical objects, powerful gods and mythical beasts to be conquered!
Take a look at some of our amazing literacy work inspired by this book below:
We had a lovely time visiting Manningam library. After listening to some very funny stories about aliens wearing underpants, we were all very excited to find out we could take a vast array of books out – for free! Lots of us signed up and are looking forward to visiting with our families again soon.
Dream Believe Achieve Day
We all came to school dressed as our future selves and took part in an exciting day full of learning. Many interesting volunteers came into our school to speak to us and share their experiences in the workplace; we even met our local MP Naz Shah! We took part in lots of activities to see what type of job we might enjoy in the future and asked many invaluable questions. It left us all feeling very inspired.
After an unexpected arrival of giant eggs in our school library, their owner - a dinosaur named Jam, came to visit us! We found out lots of interesting information about dinosaur’s characteristics and anatomy. We were also able to link this with our previous learning in science and hear about how dinosaurs adapted to suit their environment. However, things took a turn for the worse when it tried to eat Mrs Ali! Luckily, she survived the ordeal. We also produced our own piece of descriptive writing and artwork inspired by Jam’s visit.
As part of our curriculum work on the Vikings, we have designed and sculpted our very own coil clay pots. We tried to make these as authentic as possible by researching different Viking designs and replicating these in our own work.
Attendance treat – Falconer
Year 6 enjoyed meeting a falconer as a reward for our brilliant attendance. We got to lean some really interesting things about different birds and some of us were brave enough to hold an owl!
We were delighted to be informed that Almas, one of our Year Six learners, had recently entered and won a category of a poetry competition. The competition was run by a local poet and was called Poem:99. The event encouraged pupils from across the district to write a piece of prose based on the theme of Bradford. Almas produced her own independent piece of poetry and her entry was selected as a winner in the 10-12 year group category.
Mr Harrison was lucky enough to attend the prize-giving event, which was also attended by the Bradford Lord Mayor. Almas was rewarded for her efforts with prize money and a wonderful looking cake from Nafees. For further information on the event please visit https://poetrybysheenapoetrybyname.com/poem%3A99.
As part of our literacy unit 'The Journey', we have used our empathy and listening muscle to place ourselves in the character's shoes. This has helped us to write letters and poetry. Have a listen to some great examples below:
This term, as part of our literacy work, we have been enjoying a book called 'The Journey' by Francesca Sanna. This explores what it is like to have to leave everything behind and travel many miles to somewhere unfamiliar and strange. A mother and her two children set out on such a journey; one filled with fear of the unknown, but also great hope. Using role play and our imagining muscle, we have already created artwork of valuable memories, composed poems and written letters in character. We can't wait to explore this book further.
This term, in SPAG ATTACK, we have been revising our knowledge of all the different types of nouns, pronouns, determiners and articles. We came across a really fun video song that we have been using to help us to remember what these words mean:
We had a brilliant day working with Mr Green. We made links with our scientific knowledge about adaptation to design bird feeders that are suitable for the birds living in the local area during the winter months.
Our Year 6 pupils successfully managed to 'Escape to Planet Zargoyle' by demonstrating a brilliant understanding of the skills and qualifications needed for different professions. We were inspired by their problem solving and reasoning skills and their ability to articulate their thoughts about the future. We are confident that you will all be successful in your future professions!