Spring term

British Values 

Rule of Democracy 

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. In our class we listened to people's ideas for what they would do if they became the teacher for a day. We listed to all of the candidates and then voted for the best one.

To play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression.
In guitar sessions, the children have been learning to accurately place their fingers to make the correct chords. The children have focused on making the D,C and G chords.
We selected new prefects to represent our class for this term. The children who were selected were picked because of their mature attitudes and their ability to work as good role models to the other children in school. Good Luck prefect but I am sure you will do us proud.
Achievement and Success
SMSC- Celebrating achievements
In the whole school assembly this morning, 6G had lots to celebrate. Several children in the class received awards and certificates for their hard work, manners and determination. 
Jacob received the star of the week for such a great start to Blakehill. He joined us earlier this year but has settled in so well.
Honey  and Isabelle got top table awards. The lunch time staff had recognised their good manners at lunch times.
Jack received the PE award for his determination and hard work in the PE sessions.
Jing had completed his second reading chart and has now moved on to level 3.
Lily, Libby and Pheobe were awarded house points awards.
Well done 6G. Keep up the hard work!
Martin Luther King
British Values 
In the assembly we found out about Martin Luther King. We listened to his famous speech and how we really wanted all people to be treated equally. We looked at how Martin Luther King's views were similar to the recognised British Values that we have today. 
British Values 
In our British Values session, we looked at factors which help to make up our identity. We found that some of these factors were personal to ourselves whilst others we shared with our friends. We made a coat of arms to show who we are.
We then looked at rules and values that are shared by Britain and identified that these are known as British Values.
We found that the British Values are:
•the rule of law
•individual liberty
•mutual respect
•tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
We discussed the meanings of these words:
•Liberty =  the state of being free within society from restrictions imposed by authority on one's behaviour or political views. 
•Respect = regard for the feelings, wishes, or rights of others or a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something
 •Tolerance =  the ability or willingness to accept the existence of opinions or behaviour that one dislikes or disagrees with.
We discussed examples of times when we had demonstrated these values.
English - note taking from non fiction 
computing - researching and understanding which are reliable websites
In our English unit we are looking at the book Shackleton's Journey. We have found out that the book is about a real life adventure lead by Ernest Shackleton. Ernest Shackleton selected a very skilled crew to help him guide the ship to 'the great and mysterious South'. We have looked at the names of the other crew members and the roles that they took on the journey. In today's lesson, we worked in the ICT suite researching a chosen crew member. We used a range of websites to find out about the crew members and the skills and person characteristics that they brought to the expedition. 
We made brief notes and bullets points about the information that we found.
Times Table Champion
Well done to Libby who has started the new year as a times table champion. She knows all of her times tables up to 12 x 12. 
To start the New Year, we went to Bradford Alhambra to watch the pantomime Aladdin which was paid for by the very generous PTFA. We all had a fantastic time and some of the jokes were very funny. Although it was fun, it also had a serious moral to the story.