Spring Term

Although we really hope to be back in school together soon, we are uncertain of what is happening with the current situation. Today we had a fun day together and enjoyed lots of treats which were kindly donated by the PTFA.
In our English work we have been reading The Journey by Francesca Sanna. The book shows the journey of a refugee family trying to find safety. We compared the language used in English newspapers to describe refugee families and looked at how this may influences peoples opinions of refugees. 
As our written task, we wrote a persuasive letter to the boarder control guards to persuade them to let the family cross to safety. 

Welcome back!

We hope you have all had an enjoyable and restful Christmas break and that you are ready for the term ahead of us! We are now entering the part of the school year where our children are going to be very focused as it is getting ever closer to their SATs. We would like to thank you for your support so far this year and hope that we can continue to rely on this as we move forward into 2020.

We understand that the pupils may start to get anxious about what is ahead of them, but we would like to re-assure you that we are here to support them and you. If you have any questions, worries or queries please feel free to speak to a member of the Year 6 team at the end of the school day

We have been learning to count in Spanish and can now sing numbers 1 -10. 
Should Cars Be Banned?
In English we have been looking at discussion reports. We have linked this to the work that we have been doing on Earth Day ans saving our planet. We have discussed if cars should be banned and have looked at reasons to support and argue this issue. 
Here are some reasons that the children thought of.
In our Spanish lessons we have been looking at numbers and counting from 0 - 10. We have been paying special attention to the pronunciation of the words.
To begin our work on The Vikings, we have done a timeline to show the key events. The timeline has helped us to link the information together and has shown us how this links to the previous work on The Battle of Stamford Bridge and The Battle of Hastings. 
Viking Houses 
In history we have been looking at Viking houses and what they are made of. We have looked at the design and how this was used to support daily Viking life. We have compared the Viking home to the homes we live in today and looked for any similarities and differences.
 Be Kind
To continue our work on children's mental health we have been looking at being kind. We have looked at how being unkind can cause other children to feel upset, lonely, self conscious and may even make them not want to attend school. We have produced posters to discuss how we can be kind to others and we have displayed this in the main hall in school.
PHSE - Trusted People - People who help us

 Today we looked at what the police do to help us and how they are vital resource for keeping us safe. The police had invited us to  take part in a competition and design a poster showing what they do. All of the children in 6G produced a poster.

The entry deadline for the competition is Friday 3rd April 2020.Winners will be invited to the final event at Trafalgar House Police Station on Wednesday 17th June 2020.

Penalty Shoot Out
Today we did our Bradford City penalty shoot out. The children had 4 penalty shots against Billy Bantam. We look to have some future footballers in our class. 
Where did the Vikings come from and how did they get to Britain?
In history, we have been learning about the Vikings. We did maps to show where they came from and made comic strips to show how they invaded and attacked Britain. 
RE in Year 6 
We have discussed what we have learnt in our RE lessons both in Year 6 and throughout our time at Blakehill. We have made comparisons between religions and looked at any similarities and differences that they have. The children understood that it is important to learn about other religions and and understand the different thought, views and believes of those around us.  
Cyber Bullying
The children in 6G learnt about the positives and negatives of social media and discussed what cyber bullying is. The children made posters to give to children in Year 4 to make them aware of online dangers.
Ahead of the UK leaving the EU tomorrow, today we had a discussion about how and why the vote for Brexit happened. The children were very interested in this topic and spoke about how they would have voted if they had been given the chance. Some children argued that they should have been allowed to vote as it involves them.
Hear what some children had to say about it.

Art - Frida Kahlo

In our new art topic, we are learning about Frida Kahlo and her work. 

Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón (6 July 1907 – 13 July 1954), usually known as Frida Kahlo, was a Mexiacan. She was known for her surreal and very personal works. She was married to Diego Rivera, also a well-known painter.

Fifty-five of her 143 paintings are of herself. She was also influenced by native Mexican culture, shown in bright colors, with a mixture of realism and symbolism. Her paintings attracted the attention of the artist Diego Rivera, whom she later married. She was a communist. She died of a pulmonary embolism in Coyoacán.

Kahlo's work is sometimes called "surrealist", and although she organized art shows several times with European surrealists, she herself did not like that label.

Art -Picasso 
We finished our Picasso style portraits and we are extremely proud of our work. We have made a display in our classroom to show off our super final products. 
New Year, New Start
Happy New Year. We have entered not only a new year but a new decade too. This is a really good chance for us to reflect on the previous decade and what we have achieved over this time.
In 6G we have thought about setting ourselves new goals for the next decade. By the time this happens, these children will be 21. Have a look at some of our goals.  
British Values 
Rule of Individual Liberty 
This week in our British Values session we have been learning about Individual Liberty. Individual Liberty means being free from oppression or restrictions by the government or power. 

Everyone has individual liberty but this does not mean people can do what they want. There are rules to follow to keep everyone safe that we must respect and it is important to follow advice from certain people for example: doctors, police, teachers and parents.

Mrs Gould showed the children her new classroom rules. We discussed why these rule would oppress our right to Individual Liberty. We discussed how we can use our individual liberty to make our own choices.

Music - Rock Steady
Today we had an upper key stage 2 music session with Micheal from Rock Steady. He showed us what we would need if we wanted to start our own band. He showed us a range of instruments and how to play them. We looked at the different sounds that the different instruments make. We tapped and clapped different beats and even made our own band. Rock Steady are going to be coming to our school weekly and we can join to be of our own band.
If parents want their child to continue playing instruments they can get more details from www.rocksteadymusicschool.com
Reverend Colin Retires.
Today we had our final assembly with Reverend Colin from St Cuthbert's Church. Colin has been visiting our school and doing assemblies for more than 5 years but he has made the decision to retire. After the assembly, the children presented him with cards and gifts and gave him lots of thanks for all that he has done for Blakehill Primary School.
Chinese New Year - SMSC
As this weekend marked the beginning of the Chinese New Year, we looked at the story of how the Chinese Calendar got the animal names in the zodiac. We identified that this year is the year of the rat and we found character traits that people born in this year have.
We then made paper Chinese paper lanterns to put up in our classroom. 
SMSC & Design Technology
Great British Bake Off!
As part of our foundation subject carousel, we have been learning about British Dishes with Mrs Russell. 
After researching traditional British dishes we focused on England and looked at dishes that are synonymous with some of the different counties. We found out some of the following dishes: 
Yorkshire - Yorkshire puddings 
Cornwall - Cornish pasties 
Devon - Scones, Jam and Clotted cream 
Cumberland - Cumbrian sausages 
Lancashire - Hot Pot 
This week we had a go at baking some traditional scones. We made plain scones and cheese scones and can't wait to try them next week! (They were a bit hot straight out the oven!) 
Tasting our Scones
Today we tasted the scones we made last Friday. Some of us really enjoyed the scones but others we not too keen. 
Online Safety 
Today we had an assembly and learnt about our online safety. We learnt about having a safe online profile and not giving away too much of our personal information. We looked at what type of positive information we should share. We also found out that what people choose to share may not be a true reflection of what is really going on in that person’s life.
 Your online identity is important and you have to be responsible for it.
Today we had an assembly on behaviour expectations in school. The children were reminded of the 3 school rules: Be safe, Be ready and Be respectful.
The children looked at name calling and how it can appear to 'be fun' or 'be banter' but how it can really upset others and if it is persistent, it can be classed as bullying. 
Children were reminded that Blakehill has high expectations of behaviour and that Year 6 are the role models to the younger children. 
Coordinates and translation
We have been looking at reading and placing coordinates in the four quadrants. We moved on to translating shapes between the quadrants and marking the new coordinates.
SMSC & Design Technology
Great British Bake Off Round 2!
For our final foundation subject carousel session with Mrs Russell we developed the original scone recipe we had worked. We worked in groups to develop the sweet and savoury recipes and came up with some interesting scone recipes including triple chocolate scones, bacon and cheddar scones and chocolate orange scones.  
We can't wait to try them and evaluate them! 
Celebrating Difference 
In our assembly we looked at celebrating difference and accepting that everybody is unique in their own way. We have been following this work up in class by understanding that all actions get a reaction / consequence. We looked at how we do positive actions to get positive reactions. 
In our Spanisih lessons we have been looking at saying colours correctly and working on the correct pronunciation. Here are some of the  Spanish colors that we started with. 
  • Anaranjado - Orange
  • Amarillo - Yellow
  • Azul - Blue
  • Rojo - Red
  • Verde - Green
  • Negro - Black
  • Marrón, Café - Brown
  • Rosado - Pink
  • Morado - Purple
  • Blanco - White
Viking Longships
We have been looking at Viking Longships and how they were carefully designed to make them a great way of travelling across seas and down rivers. The design of longships evolved over time but became an influential design which many others went on to copy.


Earth Day
 We have been looking at Earth Day and looking at raising awareness of dangers to our planet. We have researched David Attenborough and the work that he has done.
We also debated whether Cars should be banned. We looked at reasons for and against banning cars and then wrote balanced arguments. The work we have completed has been displayed for everyone to see. 
Road Safety
We had a visit from the road safety team to discuss the dangers of crossing the road. We found out that our age group is the most likely age group to have an accident on the road. This is due to us walking to school on our own and not always paying attention. We listened to Charlie's story which is about a local boy who suffered serious injury by not concentrating crossing the road.
We designed road safety posters to share with the younger children in school. 
Recycled Art Project
We have completed our recycled art project and it is now on display in the school hall.