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NEWTON FERRERS

Church of England Primary School

Class 6

Welcome to Class 6

We are a class of 19 Year 6 pupils and our teacher is Mrs Townsend.

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Summer term 2017

Our topic this term is 'Living Things'.

We will be learning about plants, animals (including humans) and micro-organisms.

Early in the term, we will be preparing for our SATs tests, following which we will enjoy a residential visit to Bristol; May Day celebrations, Sports Day and our Year 5/6 production. 

It will be a busy and exciting term!

Group 2 Sailing on the River Yealm (apologies for the orientation of the photos ~ for some reason they have come out like this, but I thought you'd like to see them anyway).

Our third visit to Carswell farm

Focus: wild foraging, bee keeping and honey tasting.

On our fantastic residential trip to Bristol we visited the 'M Shed', Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, AtBristol science museum and the SS Great Britain. We also had fun at Barton Camp (where we stayed), enjoying the sunshine on the football field, play equipment and best of all, the swimming pool.
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In science this week we have been investigating plants growing in the school environment, then designing our own branching keys to identify them.

Science

Recently, we have been learning about sexual and asexual reproduction in plants. We have studied geraniums and spider plants to discover how cloned plants can be produced.

Spring Term 2017

Our learning focus for this term is 'Mountains'

 

During our second visit to Carswell Farm, we undertook a worm count, learnt about different types of soil and visited the milking parlour, calves and calving unit of another nearby farm. We had a wonderful time and learnt a good deal. Look out for our diary entries of the day on the whole-school writing display.
During the half term holiday we produced some home learning of our choice linked to our 'Mountains' topic.
We are greatly enjoying learning to play the ukulele, as you can see ...
In science, we are learning about evolution and this week have been researching the work of Mary Anning. Please read Otto's biography to discover some interesting facts about her.
We have begun combining the group gymnastics sequences that we devised last term, in order to produce a whole class performance for The I.C.C. Gym and Dance Show later in the term:
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Welcome to Class 6,  2016 ~2017

We are a Year 6 class and our teacher is

Mrs Townsend.

Our Autumn term learning focus is 'Ancient Greece'.

 

Science: drawing our own optical illusions
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DT: Ancient Greek vases

In gymnastics this half term, we are learning to construct sequences which involve

counter-balance and counter-tension.

Our visit to Carswell Farm

We learnt about food miles and made 'low mileage' granola.

We developed a business plan to sell Carswell Farm apple juice.

We investigated a selection of grains and seeds and tried to identify them correctly.

Lastly, we learnt about farmers as conservationists with Rick from The Barn Owl Trust, who flew a barn owl for us. After that, we dissected owl pellets and identified the skulls and bones contained within them. We also made owl boxes to provide a suitable habitat for barn owls to roost and nest.

 

Our stunning October half term home learning:

To create an Ancient Greek temple 

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Our trip to Stoke Beach

Art focus: creating sculptures using natural found objects

 

This term, in Class 6 we are all learning to play the recorder.
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Junior Life Skills at Ivybridge Leisure Centre
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In Literacy last week we extended our non-chronological report writing skills. We carried out independent research about an aspect of Ancient Greece of our own choosing, then wrote a formal report. Please read Sebastian's, which he word processed, adding pictures and captions.

In RE we are studying stories from The Old Testament.

Please read Tom C.'s version of 'David and Goliath', which teaches us how belief in God can help us to overcome adversity.

In science, we are learning about electrical circuits.

We have been reviewing our current knowledge and developing our ability to construct circuits from diagrams and draw diagrams of circuits of our own design.

Making challenging circuits

Welcome to Class 5, 2015-2016: We are a Year 6 class and our teacher is Mrs Townsend.

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Our residential at Dewerstone

Literacy: This week we have been studying short stories written by Kevin Crossey-Holland and have written our own  versions. They are often creepy and unsettling, with a twist in the tale.

We hope you enjoy these tales by Emily and Josiah
 

Cross-curricular maths

Using our understanding of mean average to calculate how fast our dinosaur was travelling. 

 

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ART: Lino cut printing of Iron Age totem animals
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Please read a selection of our poems, based on 'Friends' by Abbie Farwell Brown.
Developing our hockey skills
Here are some of our fantastic half-term holiday home learning projects. We made 3-D representations of our learning about coastlines, showing erosion, littering etc. We showed our understanding in different ways: two projects even use cake (future 'Bake-Off' contestants in the making!)
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Displays in Class 5
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Classic poetry

This week in literacy, we have been studying classic poetry. We have collaborated with a partner to write our own poems in the style of 'The Spider and the Fly'. We hope you enjoy Jess and Cam's version: The Frog and the Fly

Life Skills at Ivybridge 
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We have been studying 'Tarka' over the past three weeks in Literacy. Please read Kayleigh's version of the scene where Tarka is being pursued by the huntsmen and their dogs.
Art: Over the past two weeks we have been developing our sketching skills in preparation for our trip to the beach to carry out field sketches. We will use these later as inspiration for a seascape painting.
We were very lucky with the weather on our trip to the beach: the sun came out as we arrived (having been raining all morning!). Everyone became totally absorbed in their drawing and came back to school with several field sketches, on which to base our seascape paintings.
In Maths this week we investigated how many different tetrahedra we could make using Zometool. We knew that they would all have 4 triangular faces, 4 vertices and 6 edges, but the overall size and size of angles on the faces would be different.
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Class 5 visit to the EfW plant in Exeter and Heathfield landfill site:
May Day Fun
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Summer Term Art

 

This week we have been studying the work of Hebridean artist Sophie Morrish, with a particular focus on her magnificent array entitled 'Biomass' ©, which was recently exhibited at Taigh Chearsabhagh Art Centre, on the Isle of North Uist.

 

 

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We have investigated why people make collections of objects and have explored making arrays with collections of our own.

Here are some of our collections:

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We used our collections of objects to make a variety of artistic arrays:

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Visit to Stoke beach: today we continued to consider how interacting with the natural environment can inspire artists. Firstly, we collected a variety of natural objects to make individual arrays. After that, we headed to Little Stoke to collect more objects in order to make a collaborative array with our friends. We hope you enjoy the photos of our creations.
Science
As part of our learning about 'Keeping Healthy' we have learnt about the function of our lungs. This week we devised and carried out our own fair tests to discover which people had the greatest lung capacity. We found out that the taller the person, the larger the lung capacity.
Gymnastics: balance and counter-balance

Summer term: Keeping Healthy

This week we have been learning about the structure and function of the heart. Today we experienced the dissection of an ox heart; we managed to name many of the parts correctly!

 

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Our fossil hunting trip to Charmouth
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ICT: Coding

We are learning how to programme our own computer games using 'Scratch':

These games were designed by: Felix & Yash; Jaequan & Abigail; Jack; Immi & Niamh; Bella and Tilly.

AFRICAN MAGIC

Congratualtions on a stunning performance at the ICC gym and dance show Class 5 ~ you were amazing!

A huge thank you to Mr Hilling for choreographing our dance: we've all enjoyed the experience immensely!

AFRICAN DANCE

This morning Class 5 performed their African dance for the school and parents. We are now looking forward to taking part in the ICC gym and dance show later in the day. Well done everyone ~ your performance was stunning!

 

 

 

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Poetry: this week we have been studying poems about children's rights. Please read our own, based on those we have read.

Science: Evolution

Class 5 have been investigating how quickly an iguanodon was moving by examinating 'fossilised' tracks. In groups of four we first drew a track of iguanodon footprints. Then we measured the stride lengths; calculated the average; calculated the hip height by multiplying the footprint length by four and finally calculated the speed by dividing average stride length by hip height. We discovered that some of our tracks were of iguanodons which were walking, whilst some were trotting or running!

 

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African Myths:

In Literacy we are studying African myths, originally told orally, which have been handed down through the generations. We compared two Creation myths: one from the Yuruba tribe and the other the Egyptian creation myth. We used these to inspire myths of our own. You can read a few of our story openings here ...

 

 

Displays in Class 5
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Spring term learning enquiry: Africa

Our PE focus for the first half of term is Dance. Here we are developing sequences of moves incorporating travel, jumps, turns, stillness and gesture.

Having learnt many of the names of the different countries within the continent of Africa yesterday, we made the most of the afternoon sunshine to develop our own dances in the style of South African Gum boot dancing. Here are a few photos:

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Here we are on our 'Christmas Clothes Day', raising money for Clic Sargent...
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This week in Literacy we are reading 'A Christmas Carol' and learning to write in the style of Dickens. Please read these descriptions of Scrooge by Matt, Toby, Niamh, Jaequan & Felix:

Our fantastic visit to Crownhill fort

 

"You may think you know a lot about Victorians, but a visit to Crownhill fort gives you a better insight." Toby

 

"We had a brilliant time and learnt lots. Our favourite part was when the cannon was firing. Luckily it was not too loud for us!" Lauren and Lucy

Crownhill Fort

 

Crownhill fort

on a hill,

which was man-made.

Thank you Ed,

for leading the way,

I had an interesting day.

Tunnels were made,

for information

and a well was found.

Confirmation,

of my questions,

was in your hands.

My mind was flooded,

my imagination was fired,

my curiosity was fried.

Thank you Ed.

 

By Felix

Investigating series and parallel circuits
Our half-term homework projects
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Here we are asking each other questions about our DT projects and explaining how we made them.
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Rising to the challenge of developing our Tag Rugby skills in a confined space ~ in the school hall on a rainy day...

Pupil demonstrations of different strategies in the plenaries of our maths lessons

Displays in Class 5
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On Friday 26th September Steve Manning the storyteller visited Class 5. He introduced us to Mr Catch the workhouse manager who was on trial to decide whether he should keep or lose his job. We examined the evidence (photographic and written accounts), devised questions and then interviewed him to help us to decide whether he was guilty of the accusations or not.

Here we are considering the evidence and deciding whether Mr Catch, the workhouse manager, should keep or lose his job!

Tag rugby ~ developing our tactical skills
Narrative writing

We hope you enjoy this excerpt from Angus's story which includes direct and reported speech, along with a stunning metaphor at the beginning:

 

   As dawn wove golden threads into the moonlit sky, the crows sung from the blossoming trees.

"Get up you lazy lot!" shouted old Marion.

"Tip," I whispered, giving him a little nudge, old Marion said that we had to get up.

"Ok, ok I'm coming," said a sleepy Tip.

   At breakfast Mr Sissons stood up on his dais. "I'm looking for some strong boys, any volunteers? As I thought. I provide food and shelter for you lot, someones got to earn the money cholera or not!" shouted Mr Sissons.

In Class 5 we have been using the story 'Street Child' by Berlie Doherty as inspiration for our art and writing. Please read Immy's version of an episode from the schoolroom ...

Welcome to Class 5

(Year 6 with Mrs Townsend)

Autumn term 2014

 

We are a class of Year 6. Most of us have been together the whole of our school life and those that haven't were soon to settle in! We love to have a laugh, although we also enjoy the lessons. Luckily our teacher Mrs Townsend has a sense of humour and she always manages to fill our learning with fun. But here's the truth, lots of us were nervous and some weren't and yes, we have our differences, but we're like one big famiy and that makes Year 6 a whole lot easier. Despite our responsibilities like lunchtime leaders, PE leaders, librarians and a couple of others. They are fun however, they also challenge us! I'm definitely looking looking forward to my last year at primary (although I don't want to leave).  Ilana

Here we are on the first morning of the new school year ...

Meet our new Year 6 pupils ...

Welcome back to school!

I hope you had a great holiday.

Watch this space for details of our exciting learning this term which is all about

The Victorians...

Memories of the Summer term when we were in Class 4 with Mrs Townsend ...

Class 4 visit to the war graves at Weston Mill cemetary

We visited the World War I graves, then the World War II graves. Firstly we saw a German solider's grave (he had been a prisoner of war).Then we did a treasure hunt and found the graves of four Indian soldiers who had to be buried facing East because they were Muslims. Angus

 

There were different carvings on the head stones for the different regiments. They were made out of Portland stone from Dorset. The war graves cemetery was designed to look like an English country garden. Lucy

 

The graves were laid out in neat rows and each one had its own number. Neve

 

 

 

Class 4's performance of 'Little Criminals' at The Drum Theatre
On Thursday the 10th July Class 4 went to The Drum Theatre to perform a play called 'Little Criminals'. It was extremely fun and we all enjoyed it. Luckily no one forgot their lines or what they needed to do. As well as that we had to do a tech-rehearsal and last of all we were on stage doing the real thing. After the performance I felt extremely glad that it all went  perfectly and that everyone enjoyed it. Lauren
On Thursday 10th July, Class 4 went to the Theatre Royal, to perform their brilliantly polished production 'Little Criminals', in the Drum Theatre. We had our own amazing dressing rooms which we were introduced to before our technical rehearsal. After that we did a dress rehearsal and we all had lots of laughs seeing each other in costume. By then we were all quite tired, so we walked up to The Hoe and relaxed in the sun. Next we went back to the Theatre Royal and into a rehearsal space where we could sit and talk, play quiet games or read. But the time passed quickly and we found 'The Hairdoo that got away' (by Court Road School) had finished and we were in the dressing rooms getting ready. We were all so excited there was no time to be nervous and once we were on stage we forgot we had an audience. Afterwards we were all relieved and very proud. Niamh

Class 4 Residential preparation day

This morning Nick Green (one of the residential staff) came in preparation for our residential. He taught us how to work in teams in different challenges. The challenges were exhilarating. Some of the challenges consisted of: climbing under a ladder without touching the ground and completing an arch blind-folded while your team-mate guided you. Everybody enjoyed it and it was very fun.

By Jimi

Class 4 River Dart residential

Class 4 went on a three day residential that consisted of a variety of activities such as: zipwiring, gully scrambling, pizza making, canoeing & porch building. The simple design of the tents gave us shelter for the night. These tents weren't bought, but hand-made by the instructors, except for the tarpaulin that was spread across the poles. During the time we were there we had to earn 50 gold bars to get the reward day including chocolate, marshmallows and the zipwire. We would like to thank Mrs Townsend, Mr Fuller, Mrs Eason and the instructors: Nik, Bex, Matt & Teri for teaching us survival skills & fun.

Sharing our 'Just So Stories' with Class 2

Year 6 Sailing

Year 6 recently went sailing on the River Yealm in optimist dingys to improve our sailing ability or to learn how to sail. One group had little wind to sail in, whereas the other group that were less experienced had more wind! We all had great fun. (Ollie)

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