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Autumn Term 1
It has been a busy first half-term for the Rockstars, with lots of exciting learning taking place. Our topic of Blood Heart was launched with hands on experience of dissecting a sheep’s heart! The children were very brave and everyone, even the more squeamish amongst us got involved. Their understanding of the structure of the heart was enhanced greatly and they were able to draw on this in subsequent science, ICT, design and writing tasks. The children have learned how to keep their hearts healthy through lifestyle choices, exercise and diet. Through studying the recommended daily portion size of different food groups the children were able to plan and prepare a healthy meal for themselves, it was quite a challenge making sure the fruit kebabs made it home as the children were desperate to tuck in.
Another standout experience of this half-term was working with The Mighty Zulu Nation. As well as attending the whole school performance and workshop, Year 6 had the opportunity to collaborate with children from ICC and attend three different workshops. The children learned two separate dance routines and a traditional Zulu song, which they performed for family later on that evening on stage at ICC. Their enthusiasm and enjoyment of the event was matched by the parents who were eager to get on the stage and bust some moves, you know who you are!
The next half-term is set to be just as jam packed as this one and I look forward to all of the great things the children will achieve.
Autumn Term 2
This half-term the Rock Stars have been studying World War II for our topic, ‘A Child’s War.’ The children were asked to arrive with a shoebox containing the personal possessions they would take with them if they were going on a journey away from home. The children were lined up in the playground and given a label with their name and school on it and marched into class. Once there, they listened to Neville Chamberlain announce that Britain was at war with Germany and then they were taken to the hall to be ‘evacuated’. Several of the teachers were in character and selected children from the line-up. This experience helped the children to begin to empathise with evacuees during the war. Continuing the theme of WWII, Year 6 wrote letters in character as an evacuee, they were very powerful and it was very difficult to choose just two to be read out in our Year group assembly, which was held at St Deny’s church. The children also performed three songs for parents and spoke about their visit to Beaumanor Hall, where they learned more about life on the home front in WWII and experienced an air raid. For the first time ever, children from IJS represented the School in the village’s Remembrance Day parade. Alfie Graham from the Screen Stars and Morgan Sharpe from the Rock Stars did an amazing job and looked very smart in their uniforms, bravely refusing to wear coats despite the bitter cold. There has been much more learning during this half-term and the children continue to impress me with their positive, mature attitudes towards it. Year 6 is fast paced and demanding but we endeavour to have fun as we go, I hope the children are enjoying this year as much as I am.
Spring Term 1
The Rockstars have managed to cram a lot into this half-term. We visited the Warning Zone in January and the children learned a lot about both real life and online dangers; they were encouraged to consider how they can minimise the risks to themselves. Our topic for this whole term is Frozen Kingdom where the children will learn about the Polar regions, famous historical figures and events and Inuit art. Our science topic looks at animals, their habitats, adaptation and feeding relationships. Other memorable events this half-term include a visit from The Young Shakespeare Company, who performed A Midsummer Night’s Dream for us. Some of our children had parts in the performance and all of the children were involved in speaking lines and creating effects. It was highly entertaining as well as educational and the children thoroughly enjoyed it. Speaking of enjoyment, Year 6 children have been using a website called XRayGoggles to change existing webpages, this caused great hilarity when Ibstock Junior School became Ibstock Junior Zoo and Mr Lewin’s photo was replaced with Homer Simpson. Whilst lots of fun, the activity had a serious message about internet safety and how easy it is to create ‘fake news’. Finally, the children have had a mock SATs week during this last week of this half-term, this has given us all a good understanding of where the children currently are; they coped extremely well and results are positive.
Spring Term 2
Spring 2 has seen Year 6 continue their Frozen Kingdom topic, Rock Stars have been learning about famous historical events and people such as the explorer Robert Falcon Scott and the sinking of the Titanic. They were able to use their understanding to create newspaper articles written as if they were published immediately after the events. In maths we have moved into 3 groups this half-term with Mr Carte joining the Year 6 teachers, this will continue until after the tests in May. The three way split means we have smaller group sizes which benefits the children’s learning greatly, particularly when we are picking up the pace of learning ready for the tests. Outside of the classroom, Year 6 were fortunate to be invited to visit the National Forest site at Ratby to plant trees this half-term, we spent a very muddy and enjoyable afternoon learning about the trees we were planting. It is a pleasing thought that as adults, perhaps with children or even grandchildren of their own, they can return to see the tress they planted when they were a pupil at Ibstock Junior School.
Summer Term 1
This half-term has been another busy one for Year 6, we began by launching our Hola Mexico with a Mexican fiesta. We prepared authentic Mexican dishes such as chilli, which we served with tortilla wraps. Home-made salsa with tortilla chips and a delicious cranberry and lime punch to wash it all down with. We played a traditional Mexican party game, trying to smash the Piñata, unfortunately with no success, even with Mr Carte lending a hand! The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Back in the classroom we have learned to count in Spanish, about the ancient Maya civilisation and performed the Mexican hat dance. In English, we wrote stories based on an animation Dia de los Muertos (which in English means Day of the Dead). This is a Mexican celebration during which people remember loved ones who have passed away. The animation was very emotive and the children were able to produce some powerful writing from it.
The children worked incredibly hard in the run up to and during the SATs, coping well with the pressure. We are confident that every child did their very best and we could not have asked any more of them. We eagerly await their results in July.
The following week 40 children and four members of staff went to Caythorpe court. The children attempted a variety of tasks which encouraged them to work as a team and challenged them to attempt new, adventurous things. I can report that the children were far quieter on the return journey than they were on the way, having thoroughly exhausting themselves (and the adults!)
There are so many things to enjoy to in this final half-term, I look forward to spending these last few weeks with Year 6.
Homework Due on Monday 9th July
Year 6 homework this term is to ensure the children know their lines for the performance and to complete at least one of the options below.
Year 6 Summer term 2 homework choices
Create a true or false quiz about Charles Darwin and his scientific expedition on HMS Beagle.
Find out more about other famous scientists who had an interest in evolution and inheritance, such as Alfred Wallace or Mary Anning
Imagine you are the young scientist, Charles Darwin, out on his scientific expedition on HMS Beagle. Write an extract from his journal that describes part of the journey. It could be the start of the voyage, arriving at one of the islands, or discovering different animal species.
What can you discover about Lonesome George, the last giant Pinta Island tortoise? Research conservation charities, such as the World Wildlife Fund, to learn about current endangered species. Present your findings in an interesting way.