We Say Goodbye
Taruca have had an amazing term working on their Leaver’s Play - 'I’m an 11-year-old – get me out of here!' All the staff have been impressed with the level of talent that we have, and we are all very proud of their amazing performances. The children were also presented with their Leavers Hoodies from FOBs which they couldn’t wait to put on. They enjoyed a party afternoon to celebrate finishing the play and also enjoyed their water fight afterschool on the Monday of the last week. On the last day of term, Mr Davidson and Governor, Mr Horan were very proud to present every member of the class with a gift from the school along with a special Leavers' Book full of messages and photos.
We wish all the Year 6’s luck as they move onto their new schools. Please don’t be strangers and come back to visit – we want to hear about all the amazing things you get up to!
We had great fun on Sports Day, the final one at Belmont for Taruca Class!
We have been working very hard on an art learning journey about perspective, buildings and war art. We have spent time learning about perspective and how to use perspective lines to help when drawing buildings. The children had a go at drawing Belton House and Bellmount Tower, adding colour with watercolour. We have also been learning about Anselm Kiefer, a German artist who reminds people about WWII in his artwork. Another artist we looked at was Ernest Boye Uden, who was an artist during WWII as part of the War Artist Advisory Committee – a group of artists tasked with documenting the war.
During science week, we took part in a live science lesson with Dr Ceri Lewis and Dr Adam Porter from the University of Exeter to find out about the range of amazing life that inhabits the seafloor. We looked at animals, live, in their lab and discussed the adaptations each animal had made to live in the habitat they lived in.
Teaching Live Grammar With Pie Corbett
Each Monday, we have been taking part in Teaching Live Grammar with Pie Corbett. We do this as a live lesson each week and the children use a padlet and jotcast to interact with Pie and the other 37 schools participating. After each session the children prepare a blog post to share with others all around the world. They are impressing me with their contributions as well as impressing others – getting shout outs from Pie Corbet himself during the sessions.
Holocaust Memorial Day
As part of our learning journey about WWII, we participated in a Holocaust Memorial Day session with the author Tom Palmer. We learnt all about a Holocaust Survivor called Sir Ben Helfgott and then in the afternoon listened to his sister, Mala, speak live about her experiences during the war. The children were incredible and empathetic when learning about such a sensitive topic.
Wonderful Clay Work!
Our topic during term 1 has been about Ancient Greece. We have learnt about Ancient Greek pottery, the different eras and what pottery from that time would look like. The children have learnt some great clay skills and have created some wonderful clay pots inspired by Ancient Greek pottery.
Maths With Numicon
Learning about number can be challenging so to aid understanding, at Belmont we use Numicon which is a multisensory way of learning, meaning children learn by seeing, feeling and doing. Numicon are a system of flat, plastic shapes with holes in them. Each shape represents a number from one to 10 and each number has its own colour. When they're arranged in order, children can easily see connections between numbers. In class, we have been using them to help plot points on a straight line graph.
At the end of September some of our class stayed at Losehill Hall Youth Hostel in Castleton and were able to enjoy the wonderful countryside and fantastic facilities on offer. We did orienteering, archery, gem panning, candle making, walking, fire lighting and den building. We also visited Treak Clifff Cavern to see the Blue John stone. The children were brilliant and made us incredibly proud with their good manners, their can-do attitude and their team-work skills – which they used throughout the whole time we were there.=