Visit To Peterborough
The children in Sambar and Taruca spent a wonderful day in Peterborough recently as part of our RE learning. During the morning we visited the Faizan E Madina Mosque and spent time with the Imam who showed us round and talked to us about the beautiful building and the life of a Muslim.
The afternoon was spent at the Cathedral where we took part in a workshop about faith. Through this we were able to have a tour of the Cathedral, highlighting key aspects and features of Christianity.
Since our return to school the children have spent time comparing the two religions and finding similarities and differences between them. You can see some super examples of this below.
You can find more photos from our visit in the Photo Gallery.
We have recently taken part in two very enjoyable and informative class workshops. The first involved two sessions with ‘The Conversation – Stamford’ where the children were able to learn all about changes to their bodies and explore relationships and reproduction. The children really enjoyed the practical and fun sessions and appreciated the opportunity to speak openly about any worries or concerns they had about growing up. Our second workshop was with 'We Are With You', where the children learnt about substance misuse including how it links with social media.
We had a great time learning all about the Vikings throughout our theme – Frozen North. The children enjoyed plotting the routes and countries Vikings travelled to on maps to gain a good understanding of their influence across the Northern Hemisphere. The children researched, using the books from our updated reference library, and created some wonderful fact files about Viking Longboats and their exploration into Iceland, Greenland and Vinland. All their research then accumulated into a brilliant piece of historical writing, where they used their knowledge about the time period. We havealso been extremely lucky to have a visit from PartakeHistory and enjoyed our Viking day with them. The children were able to have a go at a range of Viking crafts, create a model Viking settlement and act out a Viking raid in costume a wonderful learning experience for them.
More photos can be found in the Photo Gallery.
The children loved learning about materials in science and particularly enjoyed the practical science investigations and explorations they have been able to do with items found in the kitchen cupboard. The children were fascinated by reversible and irreversible changes – especially the more exciting reactions like blowing up a balloon with carbon dioxide!
The end of the Autumn term was certainly very busy. At the beginning of December, we really enjoyed making our book snowmen to sell at the Christmas Fayre and two weeks later the class proudly led the school at our annual Carol Service held at the Harrowby Lane Methodist Church. The last day of term began with our Christingle celebration where two children from the class carefully carried a lit candle into the hall in the procession as the choir sang 'Away in a Manger'. Afterwards, we were delighted Santa was able to join us during our party and we all had great fun when we joined the rest of the school for the Christmas singalong!
British Values - Learning About Democracy
Following the General Election, we held an assembly to explain how elections work. My Year 6 helpers were wonderful as the leaders of the political parties explaining their manifestos.
Cogheart Mechanical Toys
Using all of their D & T skills, the children really enjoyed creating their own mechanical toys inspired by our class book, 'Cogheart'.
We were so excited when author of the book, Peter Bunzl, responded to our tweet on Twitter!
Silver by Leah
Leah reads her poem based on the book 'Cogheart', and inspired by the poem 'The Kraken' by Alfred Lord Tennyson.
What an incredible day! Our visit to the workhouse never fails to inspire and ignite a passion for history! Following in the footsteps of an actual pauper present in the workhouse in 1842, boys and girls were separated and dressed up as they would have been in that year. They were then led to meet the forbidding workhouse Master and his wife. After being guided around the building by the adult paupers who told them their duties and expectations, the children entered the school room to be taught the alphabet by the stern school teacher!
It was an incredible experience that enabled the children to fully appreciate the harsh reality of workhouse life.
You can find more photos in the Photo Gallery.
As part of our RE week, all Key Stage 2 children at Belmont Community Primary School recreated a Holi celebration. As part of this learning journey pupils have been studying Hinduism and towards the end of the week had a focus on the Holi festival. The children carefully considered how the Holi Celebration makes use of colour and fire to celebrate changes in the seasons. The children also considered how Holi represented the triumph of good over bad.
During the Holi festival, which next year will be celebrated in March, Hindus use coloured powder to throw at each other to signify the beginning of spring and to say goodbye to the darkness of winter. This wonderful celebration was part of developing the children’s wider understanding of living in unity with ourselves and others and gave them a great insight into other people’s lives.
You can find more photos in the Photo Gallery.
Super Geography Skills
I have been impressed by how hard the children have worked on their map skills this term. Using a map from our class book ‘Cogheart’, they created their own OS map.
This term we have been studying the artist Georgio Morandi, Itay’s most famous 20th Century still life painter. The children have produced some wonderful still life drawings of their own.
Home Learning - The Workhouse and Victorians
I have been really impressed with the children’s home learning, linked to our topic – The Workhouse and Victorians. We have thoroughly enjoyed all the Victorian bakes that have been brought in and there have also been some wonderful newspaper articles, PowerPoint slideshows and shoe box Victorian houses.
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What an adventure we had! Our three days and two nights at the YHA Losehill Hall in Castleton were certainly busy and full of fun despite the downpours. On our first day we had a go at Fencing and explored the hostel grounds using maps to find hidden anagrams. In the evening we learnt about lead mines and made our own candles. Day two saw us heading out into the Hope Valley for a walk and even the rain couldn't dampen our spirits. We explored Odin's Mine, the broken road and ended up at Treak Cliff Cavern. When we returned to the hostel we had a go at some team challenges and, in the evening, did Gem Panning. On our final morning we spent time in the bush craft area where we build dens and learnt how to light a fire. An experience I'm sure the children will never forget. You can find more photos in the Photo Gallery.