Summer term

Prom Night
 
The Year 6 Blakehill Prom night was filled with dancing, laughter, glitz and glam. The children looked amazing and enjoyed their final disco night together. The DJ played fun music and all of the year group sang and danced together.
The night also saw two boys and 2 two girls get crowned prom kings and queens. These kings and queens were voted for the children in their classes for their hard work, attitude to learning and role model behaviour to others.
PTFA Leavers T-Shirts.
 
Our fantastic, generous PFTA group kindly paid for all of our Year 6 leavers to receive a t-shirt. The shirt has every child's name on it as a memory of our time together at Blakehill Primary. 
Great friends, Great memories.
 
As it is coming to the end of of our journey at Blakehill Primary, we have thought about the great friendship we have formed and the memories that we have made. Leaving Blakehill is just another step into our next journey. We hope the next step of our journey is full of new friends and new memories. 
Mrs Gould will miss each and every one of you and hope that you call back some times to tell her how you are all doing. 

To understand and appreciate different forms of art (abstract)

As part of our Apollo 11 work on the first man on the moon,  with Mrs Bedell, the children looked at Peter Thorpe’s abstract rocket art. The children used a range of techniques to produce their own abstract rocket picture. Before starting, the children planned their work and then afterwards, they evaluated their finished piece. 

Albie
 
Year six worked as a team to produce an end of year show for the parents. Showing off their talents, the children sang, danced and performed. The show, Albie ( which is our own take on Annie) was an amazing success and an fantastic way to end the year on a high. 
Year 6, we are all very proud of you!
Fast Forward
 
Year 6 went to St Cuthbert's church to meet children from Year 6 from Low Ash. The children worked together in transition groups and got to know children from Low Ash who will be in their classes at their new upper schools. It was a great chance to meet new people and make new friends before moving to secondary school.  
Hate Crime
 
We had a visit from the Bradford Hate Crime Alliance (BHCA) who came to talk to Year 6 about different types of hate crime.
We found out that hate crime can be things like:
Verbal abuse,
bullying
damage to your property.
 
We found out that hate crimes are when the person attacking you is doing it because you are different in some way. These things may be:
disability
religion
race, ethnic origin or nationality
sexual orientation
gender identify. 
 
We found out that hate crime is a serious offense and should be reported to the police. 
DISCO
 
The PTFA arranged our Summer disco. Lots of children from Year 6 came and enjoyed the evening. It was a great opportunity for the children to have fun and socialise out of school. 
Planetarium 
 
To start science week, the children in Year 6 visited a large planetarium in the main hall. In the planetarium the children looked at different stars and learnt about different constellations. 
Robinwood Residential
 
Last week, the children in Year 6 went to Robinwood which is situated near Todmoden. The fun packed residential was aimed at developing team work, trust, communication and cooperation as well as pushing the children out of their comfort zone. The skills of team work, trust, encouragement, communication and cooperation are vital when children move to upper school so for this reason, we grouped the children with others who were going to the same upper school as them.
The children faced a range of activities which often saw them face their fears. With support and encouragement, most children completed all of the activities.
Above all else, the residential was fun and challenging!
Knife Crime
 
Today, Year 6 had a visit from West Yorkshire Police to talk about the real life dangers of knife crime.
'Knife crime' is simply any crime that involves a knife. This includes: carrying a knife or trying to buy one if you're under 18. ... a robbery or burglary where the thieves carried a knife as a weapon.
We found out that carrying a knife, even if we don't use it, is a crime and can carry a prison sentence. We found out that knife crime is an increasing issue in England yet Scotland do not have the same issue. Scotland teach and educate their children from a young age about knife crime. We are trying to follow in Scotland's foot steps and educate our children now. 
NSPCC
Speak out Stay safe.
 
We had a very important lesson today from the NSPCC. The visitor came to our class to talk to us about abuse. we found out that child abuse is any action by another person – adult or child – that causes significant harm to a child. It can be physical, sexual or emotional, but can just as often be about a lack of love, care and attention. We found out that neglect, whatever form it takes, can be just as damaging to a child as physical abuse.
As well as finding out about what abuse is, we also found out how to report it.
 
 
 
Sports Day.
 
On Thursday 6th June, Upper Key Stage 2 took part in their sports day. Luckily, after a few bad weather forecasts, the weather took a turn and we had glorious sunshine. The children in each house group took part in many races including: the sack race, egg and spoon race, hurdles and many more.
All of the children worked in their teams to gain as many points as they could for their hose groups.
After a fun and tiring afternoon, Javlin group won the Upper Key Stage 2 races. 
We will find out on Monday who won the overall sports day for the whole school. 

Foundation Subject Carousel - STEM learning Project session 2

Today, for our second set of sessions on Bloodhound SSC, our focus was the wheels. We worked independently to research aluminium and its qualities that were suitable for wheels. We then worked in pairs to:

  • design wheels that would be suitable for a desert terrain  
  • make a prototype of a chosen wheel suitable for a desert terrain

After each group had made their prototype then needed to think about the best way to test their wheels on their Hakskeen Pan model.

Like a pilot study, we needed to consider different ramp heights and angles, different methods of measuring distance, time taken and observing their car (such as using slow motion video), and how we could then show how we keep these variables the same for each test.

 
Healthy lifestyles
 
We have been looking at living healthy life styles. The children identified that being healthy included many aspects such as: getting plenty of sleep, eating healthily, drinking healthy choice drinks, reducing sugar, fat and salt and taking regular exercise. Children in 6G understand that as well as having a healthy body they need a healthy mind.
Children in 6G produced posters to promote changes to make our life styles healthier.
Science - Our Bodies 
This week we started our new science topic: our bodies.
 
To find out what 6G already knew about the human anatomy and the systems in our body children worked in groups to produce knowledge bar. During the activity there were some very mature discussions about the medical terms of the different body parts and the groups came up with some "interesting" facts.
 
As the week has gone on, we have looks at our internal organs and the functions that have. We have looked at how blood travels through our body and then we focused on how blood travels through our heart. 

Ramadan 

 

Ramadan is the fourth of the ‘five pillars’ of Islam, the five requirements of being a Muslim. Ramadan is marked by a fast, which lasts for the ninth month of the lunar year. It marks the time when Muslims believe their holy book,the Quran, was revealed to them by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

It is during this month that Muslims fast. They are not allowed to eat or drink during daylight hours. Muslims are allowed to eat when the sun goes down and often Muslims will break the fast by eating a few dates and drinking water before they have a large family meal together.

Class 6G learnt about the traditions around Ramadan and how it is celebrated. The children then made and decorated Ramadan lanterns.

 

Mind Boggling Maths
 
Today the children were given a challenge to sort the time cards in to order starting from the least amount of time and up to the largest amount of time. It sounds fairly simple but it was much trickier than expected and caused a great deal of discussion. 
 
 
Frida Kahlo - Artist 1905 - 1954
 
Frida Kahlo was born in Mexico in 1907. She had six sisters. When she was a child, Frida loved to draw. She would prefer to spend hours on her own with her artwork than to play with her sisters. When Frida was six, she had an illness called polio, which left her with a damaged right leg. She had to wear a special brace to support her leg and to help her to walk. When she was 18, she had a terrible bus accident, which left her with lots of injuries, including broken bones in her spine, collarbone, ribs, pelvis, leg, foot and shoulder. Once again, she had to rest and spent three months in a full-body cast to help her to recover. During her time in bed with both illnesses, Frida would draw to help keep her mind busy and pass the time. She couldn’t see very much from her bed, so she had a mirror placed on the ceiling so that she could see herself. She drew and painted a lot of self-portraits using this mirror. A self-portrait is a picture that an artist makes of themselves. Frida included lots of bright colours in her self-portraits, reminding us of the vibrant colours of the hot country where she lived. She also included lots of tropical flowers and animals such as monkeys and beautiful birds. She died in 1954, a week before her 47th birthday.
 
In 6G we are have tried to work in the style of Frida Kahlo.
We have finished out SATS
 
Today, Thursday 16th May, we finally completed our final SATS paper. It has been a long week and we have studied hard so to let our hair down, we spent the rest of the day enjoying sports such as football and rounders. It was just what the children needed to help them relax and unwind. 
Mrs Gould is really proud of the effort and maturity that all of the children have shown this week. 
 
 
We are Stars
 
A very kind and generous parent made us these cup cakes. The message on top shows exactly how all adults in school feel and how proud we are of the children in Year 6. 
Calculating Angles
 
Today the children in Mrs Gould's maths set were asked to work out the missing angles in this puzzle. It was much harder than it looked. The children had to find a starting point and then use their knowledge of angles  to calculate the missing angles. The facts that they needed to remember were: straight lines = 180, triangles = 180, right angles = 90, quadrilaterals = 360, angles around at point = 360. 
Nobody got all of the angles correct: can you?  
 
Vikings 
 
To know who the Saxons and Vikings were and why they came to England.
To describe characteristics and brief history of the Viking people and cultures.
To summarise the practices, equipment, and historical impact of the Vikings.
 
A day as a Viking
 
As part of our topic on Vikings, we had a day out at Danelaw, Morton Park. We lived a day as a Viking and had to learn the skills that Vikings had to survive such. We took part in clay lamp making, wood collecting, warrior training and farming.
We found out that during Viking times, women had a lot of power and were considered the head of the family. Despite this, the women had to do a lot of hard work such as spending 3 hours a day using the grind stone. Women then made their own bread and baked it on the stones around the fire in the center of the house.
The men also worked hard and hard to hunt food, farm and fight.
We met the Lord of the settlement and we all had to follow his rules. Nobody could eat until he had entered the room and sat down. He even had a food taster in case anybody had tried to poison his food. 
Mrs Gould and the other adults were slaves for the day. At lunch time, for the lord's entertainment, we put our parent helper, Mr Toft, in the stocks. 
It was a beautiful, sunny day but we found out how hard it would have been to be a real life Viking. 
 
Whilst at Danelaw we learnt about the five main roles of a Viking: 
Sailor
Raider
Trader
Settler
Farmer
Craftsmen 
Cross Curricular Topic
 
We came to the end of our Viking topic and to show off our work, we have made a display to show the cross curricular approach to learning. We have used our English, Maths, History, Geography and ICT skills to learn about the Viking topic.