Today we went to the Great North Museum: Hancock as part of our Science topic all about Adaptation and Evolution. We enjoyed a workshop with Dr Kate who brought some (former!) animal friends for us to study. We looked carefully at all the special features which made those animals especially adapted for living in different environments. Then we looked at a variety of replica skulls to help us understand human evolution - this was fascinating! Afterwards, we enjoyed lots of activities in the galleries of the museum.
This week, Year 6 have been exploring the difference between Kenya and the United Kingdom by analysing differences in time-use for children of our age and other factors such as access to clean water and electricity. We have created graphs and infographics of the data we've collected using Microsoft Excel and some new software called Piktochart.
Today we enjoyed a fantastic morning with Mrs Recchia in the St Mary's Forest School! Ensuring we were wrapped up warmly (and with sturdy, waterproof footwear!), we spent the morning playing team-building games, using different tools and enjoying hot chocolate and marshmallows around the fire! We are looking forward to our next session in the New Year!
Today we spent the morning learning with visiting artist Charlotte Smith - we made Zoetropes out of cardboard and bicycle wheels! Zeotropes became popular during the Victorian era and created the first form of animation! We made all the component parts of our zoetropes out of cardboard which we had to measure carefully. Then we used glue guns to secure the pieces together. We used our creative talents to make the still images which then became animated when we spun the bike wheels!
At St Mary's, we are very proud to be a Rights Respecting School. This week we have been thinking about the experiences of refugees and, in particular, those children who have had to flee their homes.
We have thought about our own and others' opinions about refugees, held a 'Rights Auction' (where we pretended to be various countries around the world buying different articles from the CRC!), and were also very lucky to have two special visitors in class - an asylum seeker and a refugee resettlement officer. We had lots of excellent questions to ask them and their answers have helped us massively with our project. We have been very busy using iMovies on the iPads to create news reports which communicate positive messages about the current refugee crisis - we are going to share these with the school as they will be embedded (using Aurasma) in our 'Speak Out' wall as part of the corridor display!
Well done Year 6 - you have embraced all aspects of this week with maturity and enthusiasm!
Dressed in our finest Victorian outfits, Year 6 enjoyed an amazing trip to Beamish on Monday. At the schoolhouse in the Pit Village, we endured the hardships of an authentic Victorian lesson (with the very strict teacher 'Sir'!). After lunch, we explored the village further before heading to Pockerley Hall for 'Worth Fifty Horses'. During the activity, we had to decide whether we wanted to invest in the new railways about to built in the area by listening to the opinions of various stakeholders who we interviewed. Afterwards, we held a debate in the church - we were all very passionate about our opinions! We had an amazing our trip, and the rain even held off until we got on the coach to come home!
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