For our next book we are reading ‘Invisible’ by Robert Swindells.
We will meet in 6HG to talk about the book at lunch time on Friday 1stFebruary. Read all or some of the book before then and we will talk about what we liked and disliked about the book and characters, as well as anything we wonder about the book and anything it reminded us of. All are welcome.
Before Christmas Year 6 worked hard to design and sew their own Christmas stocking. They thought carefully about the materials to use and the techniques to apply such as felt appliqué, sewing buttons and use of blanket stitch. We think the end results looked fantastic.
In Year 6 we started the new year by thinking about the four seasons and how they might move, speak and act if they were humans. We have used personification in our poems to create an impression of each season.
‘Winter’ by Omar
Through the gaunt trees,
Hushing animals as he limped ahead.
His back was death,
His hair was chaos.
He was evil,
His heart was cold.
Through the wood,
Mangling trees with a swish of his cloak.
He was evil,
His heart was cold.
His legs blocks of ice.
“Beware of the cold,” he said.
He was evil,
His heart was cold.
‘Autumn’ by Jasper
Autumn bounded through the trees,
Touching bark and bough;
And when he landed on a branch,
He shook it till the leaves all fell.
Autumn strode up the street,
Giggling to himself;
And when he got to a house,
Helped himself to their delicious sweets/
“Yum,” he thought to himself,
as back he slowly danced.
Autumn raced through a sea,
Of orange and gold;
But when he looked behind him,
He saw winter had crept behind,
Holding death’s cruel scythe,
As winter devoured all around.
‘Spring’ by Chelsea
“Time to grow,” he sang,
While the flowers nodded,
Glistening in the cool sun.
Calmly he breathed the fresh air,
It was a stunning smell.
The ancient oak trees froze,
Like a game of musical statues.
‘Spring’ by Felix
Through the blossoming wood,
“Let it grow!” he sang,
The flowers dancing around him,
Under the bright, dazzling sun.
Spring hopped about,
By the shining sea,
It playfully tossed pebbles about,
“Look at this beauty,” he laughed.
On Thursday 6th December, Mrs Carpenter come into school to share with us the reasons why and how Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah.
In the UK, and all around the world, Jewish adults and children celebrate the Jewish festival of lights called Hanukkah which might also be called Chanukah. The festival lasts eight days and is celebrated by lighting an eight-branched candlestick called a Hanukiah. Each night, leading up to Hanukkah one of the eight candles will be lit.
In Jewish families, it is a fun time for children as they will receive gifts and Hanukkah money. A traditional game is played which involves a spinning top called a dreidel, which is a cube-shaped dice with a Hebrew on each of the four sides.
Also in some households, Hanukkah biscuits will be baked to be enjoyed by the family.
Find out more by visiting the BBC Newsround page www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/35030671
In Year 6 we have been learning about the major changes in Britain during the Victorian era. Focusing on the rapid development of the railways, we identified advantages and disadvantages of industrialisation. As we have also been leaning about parliament, we imagined we were Victorian MPs debating the construction of a new railway line. As you can see we didn’t all agree with each other, so we used persuasive techniques to try and persuade each other.
Gentlemen, I would like to speak to you about the frequent creation of railways. I am firmly against the expansion and modernising of trains. There will be simply too many!
Firstly, I am talking about jobs. When more monstrosities are built, no-one will be riding horse-drawn carriages. Furthermore, every carriage business will have to shut down! How would you like it if your business was closed ad you had no more jobs? Besides, you could walk or go on horse drawn carriages. Walking is healthier and carriages are much more pleasant.
My main argument is our amazing and beloved planet Earth. During the construction of railways, more land will have to be taken over, resulting in more wildlife being destroyed. Additionally, the steam from the trains will harm animals and if there are too many worthless inventions it could cause pollution, thus meaning we will become less eco-friendly.
Argument three is the danger and disturbance. I have been informed about the recent accident cause by a few hulking machines. Because they are immeasurable fast, it means that more people could be ridden over. Moreover, if there are trains near homes, the noise will constantly disturb people. Would you like to sleep with a train clattering beside you?
It is wished that you will stop our country from being invaded by trains. No more invasions!
Gentlemen, I would like to talk to you about these revolutionary railways and the advantages of them. These incredible inventions are going to modernise the country and make others thrilled by their presence.
Firstly, the railways shall provide well-paid jobs for people in need of one. If these careers are not to your taste, you can travel to working centres by train. Feel like you need a break? You can travel far and wide to a holiday destination of your choice. You will not have to wait long to get there though. These machines can travel at a top speed of 30mph!
On the other hand, many people believe that accidents shall occur on the railways. I believe that they are very safe and accidents shall be a rare thing. I think that there are more accidents in the coaching industry.
Vote in favour!
Gentlemen, I would like to speak to you about the impact of the incredible railway. These magnificent machines bring joy to all so if you would permit me to speak about them then I would gladly do so.
Firstly, it would create a lot more jobs so there would be a rise in the railway industry. In addition, it could transport coal to the industrial area so that would create a lot of jobs.
On the other hand, many people would argue that it would destroy the coaching companies. However, I strongly disagree because they might lost their job for the coaching company but they could get a job for the train company.
I hope you have enjoyed my speech and I’m sure I’ve persuaded you to vote for the railways. The future lies in your hands.
Linked to our assembly theme, PC Barton visited school on Thursday 29th November to talk to us about keeping safe at home, online and in the community.
As a school, we were invited to take part in the community project of ‘A festival of Angels’ linked to Christ Church in Eaton. The aims were to develop children’s understanding of angels and create 2D or 3D angels to display in Christ Church.
As a school, on Thursday 8th November we dedicated the day to creating our class angels. As you can see from the photos and video link, we created an array of angels using different mediums and designs. They all looked fantastic.
The Executive School Council and Year 6 School Council representatives helped to display our angels in the church for public viewing, which took place from Friday 23rd November until Sunday 25th November.
Please see the EDP report and video at eveningnews24.co.uk/news/christ-church-eaton-norwich-advent-christmas-services-1-5798560
On Wednesday 14th November, Miss Ismat Imaan a student from the UEA, came into school to share an assembly with us about Diwali the Hindu festival of lights. She shared the story of Ramayana and how she and her family celebrate the festival.
Have a look at the CBBC Newsround clip – bbc.co.uk/newsround/15451833
This week we have been learning about the Houses of Parliament and how a new law is made. We learnt about the role of the House of Commons and the House of Lords. As a class we decided on a ‘bill’ to discuss and held our own debate, chaired by Madam Speaker. We played the role of MPs and used lots of the persuasive techniques we have been learning in English such as rhetorical questions and emotive language. After every one had their say, the division bell rang and we cast our democratic votes.
For our second book we are reading ‘Journey to the River Sea’ by Eva Ibbotson. All are welcome to come along.
We will meet in 6HG to talk about the book at lunch time on Friday 7th December. Read all or some of the book before then and we will talk about what we liked and disliked about the book and characters, as well as anything we wonder about the book and anything it reminded us of.
Please see Miss Harrison if you would like to borrow a copy of the book.
In year 6, we have been learning about British textile designer William Morris, as part of our Victorians topic. After exploring many of his designs, we created our own repeating wallpaper patterns, using lines of symmetry.
As part of our whole school Art day, Year 6 thought about the role of angels as messengers. As a group we considered what role messages angels might bring if they came today and then created our own clay angels. We think they look great and hope you can visit Christchurch in Eaton to see our exhibition in the coming weeks.