Autumn Term

Christmas Dinner and Jumper Day.
For the last day of our very busy term, Blakehill celebrated with a Christmas jumper day. At lunch time, the very talented school cook, Michelle, made a delicious Christmas dinner for all of the staff, children and community friends. Some of our guests included Natalie and Iris from St Cuthbert's church, Mrs Corbridge (our much loved, previous learning mentor) and Mr Hancock.
The food was amazing and a great treat to end the term.
Mrs Gould, Mrs Bedell and all of 6G wish everyone a very happy and safe Christmas break.
End of Term Treat
As you can see, this has been an extremely busy term in 6G and we have covered a lot of subjects. To celebrate all of the hard work that we done, Year 5 and 6 went to the Odeon to see the film Jamanji 2. We even got the recliner seats!
Mrs Gould is incredibly proud of all of the hard work that the children have produced this term.  
Christingle Services
Upper Key Stage held thier Christingle service at St Cuthbert's church on Wednesday 18th December. The church was filled with parents, grandparents and siblings so it was was a fantastic opportunity to share the hard work that we have been doing in school. The children in both Year 5 and 6 told the story of the birth of Jesus and sang many Christmas carols. Year 6 then sang the song Guadete in Latin. We had a very talented group of children who sang solos of the verses in Latin. 
We thank Reverend Colin for inviting us to use St Cuthbert's church for our service which has made it possible to share this event with parents. 


Today the children worked in pair to solve problems involving dividing. Each of the problems had remainders and the children had to decide if the remainder should be rounded into the answer depending on the context of the problem. eg

Jonathan bought 24 bottles of pop for his party.  He carried them home in boxes of 5.  How many boxes did he need?  (The remainder needed to be added as the bottles needed to be put in a box)

Jordan has a bottle of medicine.  It holds 49ml.  How many spoonfuls will he get out of it if each spoon holds 4ml? (The remainder didn’t need to be added at the reminders does not make a spoon full)

Reception Nativity 
The very talented children in reception class showed us their nativity story. We watched them perform their production about the birth of Jesus. It was a great way for us to learn about the Christian beliefs of the Birth of Jesus and why Christmas is such an important time to Christians. We also thoroughly enjoyed watching the play.  
The First Christmas
RE - to understand religious festivals 
Today, Year 6 went to visit St Cuthbert's Church. Reverend Colin, Natalie and other church members told us about the first Christmas and the birth of Christ. They explained their belief of this event and why it is now celebrated as Christmas. The children learnt the importance of the candle and how it represents Jesus being the light of the world. The children then made their own tea light holders to hold their own candles. 
Art - warm and cold colours
Today we started making our Christmas cards in the style of Picasso. We used warm and cold colours to show our Christmas trees. We then used a thick, black pen to mark out a bold outline. We used cold colours to represent the tree and warm colours to highlight our backgrounds. 
DT - Christmas Decorations
In preparation for our Christmas Fair, we have made Christmas decorations. We have used balloons to make the shape of a bauble and covered it with string covered in PVA glue. When the glue dried, we popped the balloon leaving the string in the shape of the bauble. 
Picasso Art - the final product 
After studying the work of Picasso with Mrs Marsden,  the children in 6G have made self portraits in the style of his work. The children have planned their work and then sketched a first draft into their sketch books. When the children were happy with their work, they made a large version of the portrait to go on display. The children have used oil pastels to add bold colours to the portraits. I'm sure you'll agree that Picasso himself would be impressed. 
In 6G the children have been learning about street art / graffiti art. The children looked at a range of street art pictures and discussed what they knew about this form of art work. 
The class discussed where they may find art this form of art e.g. abandoned buildings. Children discussed whether this form of art is a crime of vandalism or whether it is an art form which enhances the area. 
Hindu Gods
Today we looked at the different Gods in Hinduism. We found out that all religions fall into 2 categories. 
Monotheism - a belief in one God / Goddess
Polytheism - a belief in many Gods /Goddesses
Hindus belief in many Gods. We looked at the different Gods and the powers that Hindus believe they have.
Personal Hygiene 
In our PHSE lesson we looked at personal hygiene and how this is becoming very important now that we are in Year 6 and our bodies are changing.
We discussed what we need to do (on a daily basis) to keep our body fresh and clean and to avoid any unwanted odors.
The children made brain storms of the ways that they thought of.
Cyber Bullying
Today we looked at cyber bullying. This is a form of bullying which happens via social media sites or on mobile phones. As most of the children in 6G have phones and access to web games and chat sites, it is important that they know what to do if they think that they are being cyber bullied. 
In our lesson, we looked at different scenarios and what we should do. The children identified ways of reporting and blocking cyber bullying. 
Growth Mindset
Today in our assembly we found out more about growth mindset. We have spoken about this in class many time, especially when we find things hard. Simply by changing how we think, we can help ourselves to be more successful. Yet is an important word in developing our mindset.
For example - I can do long division. This is a very fixed and negative view but it can be changed to - I can't do long division, yet, but I am going to try my best.
Growth Mindset: “In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point.
We will continue to develop of growth mindset ready for when we meet new challenges at our upper schools.
In Year 6 we study three different religions: Christianity, Buddhism and Islam. Today we looked at the key facts and beliefs for each religion and how some of the beliefs and principles are the same across religions. 

Remembrance Day Silence 

Today (at 11am) Blakehill Primary School fell silent to honour the people who have lost their lives in war. This year marks 100 years since the two-minute silence was first observed on Armistice Day on November 11, 1919. Armistice Day, also known as Remembrance Day, is observed every year on the eleventh day of the eleventh month to commemorate the signing of the Armistice between the Allies and Germany to end the First World War.It follows Remembrance Sunday in the UK, which is always held on the second Sunday in November each year.

The children in 6G used this time to reflect on the bravery of the fallen heroes. 

Remembrance Day 
Today in 6G we found out about remembrance day and why it is an important day to mark.
Remembrance Day is held on the 11th of November - the 11th day of the 11th month of the year. A two minute silence is always held at 11am to remember the millions who have died at war.
We will be having a whole school assembly tomorrow to further develop our understanding of this special and important day.
We did pictures to represent to end of the first world war.
Reading Treat
Today we received some brand new books from Mrs Chellam (our school governor) which the children can use for home reading. The books are the popular footballer's stories and were gratefully received. We hope that the children enjoy reading them at home.
British Values - Bonfire Night
In class 6G we have been learning about why bonfire night is celebrated.

In 1605, Guy Fawkes and his friends wanted to blow up important buildings in London where the King and his leaders were so someone else would rule England in hope that Catholics would be accepted. He was caught before he did this so nobody was hurt, and it’s because of him that we celebrate Bonfire Night on 5 November.

Guy Fawkes didn’t do this alone – he had a group of people working on the plan with him. They filled up the basement in the Houses of Parliament in London with lots and lots of gunpowder, which would have caused the buildings to explode and also kill King James I and other people in charge of the country. Fortunately, they were caught before this happened.

We are glad that people can now live in England and follow the religion of their choice. 

We also looked at the dangers of bonfire night and designed posters showing other children how to stay safe. 

History Of Halloween
Halloween is an annual holiday celebrated each year on October 31, and Halloween 2019 occurs on Thursday, October 31. It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Shanain when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints; soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats.
We learnt about Halloween has changed over time and we discussed how we would mark the day. Many children in 6G explained that they will trick or treating. We discussed how to do this safely and how to do it without scaring other members of the community. 
The children then used their maths knowledge to uncover the spooky Halloween pictures.
We have finished our work on rainforests and produced a display to show off our amazing work. We have used our cross curricular skills such as English, Maths, and Art to record our work.
Tropical World
On Wednesday 23rd October, Year 6 visited Tropical World and the Woodland at Roundhay Park to enhance the learning for their Science and Geography topics of Evolution and Adaptation and Rainforests.
While at Tropical World we explored the habitats, plant species and animal species that would typically be found in the Amazon Rainforest, working our way through the different "layers". We were able to make observational drawings of the plants and animals while learning lots of facts about how living things adapt and evolve to survive in a tropical climate such as the one in the Amazon. 
Later on in the day we were able to take our learning from Tropical world and compare the knowledge we have tropical rainforests with a temperate deciduous forest. We discovered a lot of differences between the two types of forests, which included a definite difference in temperature (the woodland was really cold!)!  
We found out how to work out the ages of trees and found that many of the trees in Roundhay were more than a hundred years old. 
Diwali is a very important religious celebration that takes place every year. Although it is traditionally celebrated by Hindus and Sikhs, it can be celebrated by people from other religions as well. The specific date of Diwali varies but it is between the months of October and November each year.

The festival of Diwali means ‘festival of light’ and it celebrates the victory of light over darkness. During the celebration of Diwali, many homes light lots of special diya lamps and women decorate their hands and arms with Mendhi.

After finding out about Diwali (which will be celebrated this Sunday) the children in 6G designed their own Mendhi patterns

Top Table
Well done to these children who have been seen to be behaving beautifully at lunch times. As a reward, these children will be eating with Mrs Hall at the top table. 
Collective Worship with Mr Froud
Mr Froud from the Zephaniah Trust came to visit us today to do a whole school collect worship celebration. He brought his guitar and we sang songs about love, peace and respect. He spoke to us about events in life and linked these to moral stories from the Bible.
The Zephaniah Trust is a registered charity (no 1036478) supporting Christian musicians and artists who “take light into dark corners” throughout Bradford and beyond, in schools and with churches and community groups.
We would like to thank Mr Froud for taking to time to come to our school.
Obstacle Course 
Mr Patterson set up his famous obstacle course and the whole school took turns to have a go. The children in 6G all took part and will hopefully raise money to help buy new equipment for our school. 
Today we had an assembly with Reverend Colin and Natalie. We discussed the where different foods came from and where they are grown. We looked at all of the different countries which contribute to making a pizza. 
Reverend Colin spoke to us about being thankful for the good we receive from God. 
SMSC- Team work, Challenges, Over coming fears
Perfect for all age groups, It has to be Blackpool Pleasure Beach! Home to the mega-coaster that is the Big One, the UK’s only Nickelodeon Land and the Wallace & Gromit ride, Thrill-O-Matic, Blackpool Pleasure Beach is full of world firsts. 
When we took Year 6 to Blackpool it was a day of fun, bravery and challenges. Many children were afraid of some of the rides but we encouraged each other to step out of our comfort zones and push ourselves to try new things.
The children were put into groups with other children from Year 6 whom they do not usually play with. This gave the children a great opportunity to get to know some of the children that they may not know as well as they could do. 
We have a great day and even the weather didn't dampen our spirits. 
Pablo Picasso is probably the most important figure of 20th century, in terms of art, and art movements that occurred over this period. Before the age of 50, the Spanish born artist had become the most well known name in modern art, with the most distinct style and eye for artistic creation. There had been no other artists, prior to Picasso, who had such an impact on the art world, or had a mass following of fans and critics alike, as he did.
Picasso's ability to produce works in an astonishing range of styles made him well respected during his own lifetime. After his death in 1973 his value as an artist and inspiration to other artists has only grown. He is without a doubt destined to permanently etch himself into the fabric of humanity as one of the greatest artists of all time
The children in 6G have continued to work on their Picasso inspired portraits.
The children in Year 6 are now having to look round upper schools and make their choices for their preferred upper schools. We had a visitor from Hanson School today to tell us about what it is like at Hanson school and what they have to offer. He explained to us that we should look round as many upper schools as possible before we make a list of our 5 preferred schools. 
Black History Month
To celebrate Black History Month we are reading Nelson Mandela - Long Walk to Freedom. 
Nelson Mandela was a very important person in the world. He was from South Africa where he led an anti-apartheid (anti-a-part-hite) movement. He also spent twenty-seven years in prison for fighting against the government and was the first black South African President. Apartheid was the separation of black and white people in South Africa. Early Life Nelson Mandela was named Rolihlahla Mandela when he was born in Mvezo ( m-vay-zo), South Africa in 1918. He was given the name Nelson by his teacher on his first day of school.
We have used Nelson Mandela as a focus for our art. We have made portraits of Nelson which will be displayed in the classroom.
Nelson Mandela 
Long Walk To Freedom
In English we have been looking at Nelson Mandela's long walk to freedom book. We have produced some fantastic writing about Mandela and in topic we have done some art and maths based on the book. We have made a display in the corridor to show off our work.  
Mighty Zulu Nation
Black History Month  / British Values
Understanding and showing respect for other cultures, beliefs and traditions.
To start Black History Month we had a visit from the zulu warriors. We learnt some dancing and songs and even got to join in. We loved seeing Mr Rhodes, Mr Sidebottom and Mr Hodges showing off their best moves. 
The singing and dancing was amazing and Very loud!
It was a great opportunity to find out about the different life styles and cultures. 

The Mighty Zulu Nation Theatre Company has for the past 13 years been committed to promoting projects and activities designed to educate and develop multicultural awareness of all minority groups in the UK. In partnership with Storey Productions (SA) and, The Mighty Zulu Nation Theatre Company, has been acclaimed by educationalists as the most outstanding educational group currently touring the UK.The main motivation of the project is to provide a unique cultural experience that merits the development of a creative foundation, designed to stimulate individual integrity. Growing positive perceptions and understanding in pursuit of, respecting values while identifying with all the creative aspects of life encourages us to share our common humanity.

McMillan Coffee Morning
SMSC - Supporting our community 
Today, we held a coffee morning in support of Macmillan Cancer Research. Each year, people in the UK and worldwide host their own coffee morning. The donations received go towards Macmillan services. In 2016 alone, then world's biggest coffee morning raised £29.5 million. After, Year 6 led a discussion on what a 'charity' is and why they are so important. We also explored the works of Dr. Barnardo, the founder of children's charity, Barnardo's. The coffee morning raised over £3000.
Extreme Frisbee 
In PE the children are learning to play extreme frisbee. The game involves many skills including throwing and catching as well as marking and defending. 
RE Judaism 
Rosh Hashanah 
Today we learnt about the Jewish New Year festival of Rosh Hashanah.  We found out what foods are eaten at this time and how Jews celebrate this time. Rosh Hasanah is a time to put good any wrong doings. Although nobody in 6G is Jewish, all of the children recognised that this is a positive time and that some of their beliefs could be shared with our own.
All of the children understood that finding out about other religions is important. We looked at the British Values and understood that showing understanding and respect for other regions is an important part of helping us to get along with others in our community. 
Adding number including whole numbers and decimals
In maths, we have been looking at decimals and when these are used in real life situations. We identified that we will need to add and subtract decimals when using money and measures. The children worked on a range of problems involving adding and subtracting decimals.
Pablo Picasso 
To begin our art unit we looked for information on Picasso. We looked at several of his famous painting and discussed how they made us feel. 
We then worked in groups to research the famous artist. Here are some of the facts we found out:
  • Occupation: Artist
  • Born: October 25, 1881 in Málaga, Spain
  • Died: April 8, 1973 in Mougins, France
  • Famous works: The Pipes of Pan, Three Musicians, Guernica, The Weeping Woman
  • Style/Period: Cubism, Modern Art
Pablo Picasso grew up in Spain where he was born on October 25, 1881. His father was a painter and art teacher. Pablo liked to draw from an early age. Legend has it that his first word was "piz", short for "pencil" in Spanish. It soon became apparent that Pablo had little interest in school, but was an extremely talented artist.
Are modern day battles similar to the battles of 1066?
In our history lesson we compared modern day battles to the battles of 1066. We looked at what similarities and differences we could find. 
We recorded our findings and we will use these next week to write a comparative report. 
Is the Bayeux Tapestry a reliable source of Information?
In history, we looked at sources of information for finding out about 1066. We discussed if the Bayeux tapestry is a reliable source of information. We discussed when it was made, whether it is a primary or secondary source of information and if the information is clear. We also looked at if the information on the tapestry could be biased based on who is made it. 
The children decided that the information from the tapestry may not be reliable. 
The children produce an example of pictures that could represent the events from the Battle of Stamford Bridge
Religion and British Values
Islam ~ Al Hijra
To we found about Islam and the festival of Al Hijra. Mrs Rashid came to talk to us about Islam and Al Hijra and we asked lots of questions about Islam and what it is like to be a Muslim. We found out that some beliefs are very similar to beliefs from other religions.
We discussed the importance of respecting other people's beliefs even if they are very different to our own.
The Battle of Stamford Bridge 
Local History Study.
We have been learning about The Battle of Stamford Bridge. The Battle of Stamford Bridge took place at the village of Stamford Bridge, East Riding of Yorkshire, in England on 25 September 1066, between an English army under King Harold Godwinson and an invading Norwegian force led by King Harald Hardrada and the English king's brother Tostig Godwinson.
We have produced time lines and story boards to show the events of the battle and how this moved on to the Battle of Hastings. 
Place Value - maths 
In maths, we have been learning about place value. Without learning about place value, we will not be able to accurately calculate addition and subtraction sums. We have looked at numbers to 1 million as well as decimals number and negative numbers. 
Reading Champions
Reading at home in an important part of your child's learning. Well done to the children who have read so often at home that they have filled their reading chart.
Reading often helps to develop language and imagine which then helps to improve writing. 
British Values - Democracy
Electing a class Councillor
In our British Values lesson we looked at how rules and decisions are made. We found out that votes are used to make agreements and find out the most popular plan.

In democracy every citizen should listen to the views of the different parties and candidates, and then make his or her own decision on whom to support. People must be 18 or over in order to take part in an election. We agreed that this is a good age as children would not always make an informed decision.

When voting, each person  votes for the candidate of his or her choice. S/he does this by putting a cross beside the person’s name on the ballot paper. People cast their ballots in a booth so that no one can see who they are voting for. This is called ‘secret ballot’.

At the end of the election day the votes are added up and the candidate with the highest number of votes (the majority) is declared the winner.

We are too young to vote in elections but we have been exercising our right for democracy. Our class needs a class Councillor so we wrote manifestos and voted for the person that we thought would do the best job representing our class.  

British Values  - Rule of Law 
Class rule and expectations.
In our British Values lesson we spoke about the rule of law. Rules and laws are everywhere at home, in school, even when you play a game. A regulation is a rule made by an authority. Breaking rules and laws is likely to get you into trouble at the very least! 
We made our own rules for our classroom and the children discussed what the consequences should be if they are broken. 
Our Class Councillor
After a secret vote, Ehizojie was voted to represent our class in the school council. 
These brilliant role models have been selected as our 6G prefects. It was their excellent behaviour, fantastic manners and hard work that saw them selected for the job. 
Today we experimented with tones and shades. We altered the tone by putting less pressure on our art pencils