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Our question for Term 6 is:

Can you feel the beat?

Kingswood Trip 2021

Click on the link below to see all the photos from our trip to Kingswood!

Dissecting Lamb Hearts and Lungs

In Science this week, Eagle Class have started learning about the circulatory system. To help build their understanding, they had an opportunity to touch and dissect lamb's hearts and lungs. The class wore PPE and really enjoyed getting up close and analysing mammal anatomy. 

Non-Chronological Report

In our Writing lessons this week, Eagle Class have been focusing on non-chronological reports (NCR) - also known as facts files. They have identified the key features of this writing genre, conducted their own research about the heart and then turned that research in a NCR through drafting, editing and redrafting. Here are some of their final drafts. 

Our question for Term 5 is:

Dunce or Darling?

Diary from a Victorian Workhouse

After learning about Victorian Workhouses, Eagle Class imagined what their first day as a child in a workhouse would be like. They then turned those thoughts into diary entries - which they edited and redrafted. 

Backhouse Woods

This week Eagle Class spent part of their forest school session learning about woodland management, climate change and its impacts on our local habitats as well as how to care for the woodland on our visits to the site. The class also completed some observational sketches of the bluebells that have sprung up over the last 2 weeks. 

'In a Workhouse' Poem

Eagle Class have discovered that Victorian Workhouses were incredibly unpleasant places to end up as a street child in Victorian Britain. Using their research, they have written what we called "high impact poems" which are designed to shock the reader and help the reader empathize with the character in the poem's hidden story. Their use of imagery and strong emotive language make for some powerful work!

Easter Break Challenge! 

Looking for a challenge or a project to do this Easter break?

Head over to the new "Easter Challenge" section on Google Classroom to take part in an ISLAND ADVENTURE project! 

On our return to school in Term 5, prizes for 3rd, 2nd and 1st place projects will be handed out. Winners will be decided on the effort put into projects.

Adventure is out there! 

Our question for Term 4 is:

Are you a content creator?

BOOK WEEK 2021

Next week you have some BOOK WEEK "extras" you can choose to join in with:

1. LIVE daily Storytime at 9am and repeated again at 1pm if you cannot attend in the morning

2. Design a Hero whole school competition

3. Dress like a Hero fancy dress competition Friday 5th March Eagle Class catch up at 9am

 

 

Computing - Internet Safety and the Reliability of Influencers

This week on Google Classroom, Eagle Class have been learning about reliability on the internet and thinking about hidden motives behind the posts of their favourite social media influencers. Some of the class created informative PowerPoints about the ideas of hidden motive, reliability and key terms like "unboxing", "merch" and "giveaway". While others had a go at recreating social media influencer's videos - pretending to advertise merch through unboxing videos with giveaways.

PSHE - Keeping Everyone Motivated

This week on Google Classroom, Eagle Class have been reflecting on learning barriers which make working at home more challenging and thought of ways they could overcome those barriers. The class also created a collaborative piece of work: a class PowerPoint of inspirational messages and pictures on each slide to keep each other motivated until we return to school. 

Our question for Term 3 is:

Who survives?

English - Writing a Balanced Argument

In English this week, Eagle Class have been learning about how to write A BALANCED ARGUMENT on Google Classroom. We have explored what makes a piece of writing a truly balanced discussion and how to explore the points of view of others - even if we don't agree with them! They have also conducted their own research in order to use facts and quotes to support their main ideas as well as ending on a reflective question.

Maths - Introduction to Algebra

This week on Google Classroom, Eagle Class have been learning about substituting letters for missing numbers/values in Algebra. Using this, they have learnt how to solve simple and complex algebraic expressions to find the numerical value of a given letter. Across the week, the class have also focused on developing their ability to explain their methods and their written reasoning skills.

English - Writing to Persuade

In English this week, Eagle Class have been learning about how to write effectively to persuade on Google Classroom. We have explored what makes a piece of writing persuasive and how to convince people to see things from our points of view or the view of others - even if we don't agree with them!

They have been focusing on using facts and quotes to support their main ideas as well as emotive language to help sway the reader or listener. In this instance, they conducted their own research about farmers in Brazil causing deforestation and had to write a persuasive speech as one of those farmers to convince other why they need the land.

Persuasive Farmer Speech.mp4

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RE - Discussing the Concepts of Good and Evil

This week Eagle Class have completed an online RE assignment on Google Classroom in which they explored the concepts of "good" and "evil" as well as debating the idea of is there such a thing as evil thoughts if they are not acted on? To finish their online assignment, they all participated in an online whole class discussion about Thanos from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They discussed whether he could be considered an "evil" person or a person with a "good" motive but "evil" methods. Here are some of their ideas from that discussion.

Art - Developing Sketching Skills

Eagle Class have been developing their mastery of sketching techniques such as effective use of line, shade and tone to add greater detail to their sketches. This week their Art assignment was to compare their sketching from imagination and from observation.

DT - Cooking

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Check out this amazing video an Eagle made for their DT assignment this afternoon.

Creative Writing - Mini Adventure Poetry

One extension activity on Google Classroom this week was to create a poem that described exploring a new place or going on an adventure. 

Non-fictional Writing Focus: Newspaper Reports

This week Eagle Class were set the Google Classroom assignment to gather key facts, specific wording and quotes from individuals in newspaper articles about Christmas 2020. This is in preparation for next week when they will write their own newspaper article.

Computing - Digital Dichotomous Key

This week in Topic Eagle Class have been combining Science and Computing. Their Google Classroom assignment was to create a digital dichotomous key to classify the animals that live in the Amazon Rainforest. 

Science - Classifying Animals

This week Eagle Class were set an assignment on Google Classroom to conduct their own research about the animals that live in the Amazon Rainforest and to categorise them based on their characteristics.

Some of the class also used their research to write a non-chronological report about a chosen animal.

Our question for Term 2 is:

Can you adapt?

Christmas Ukulele

In our last Music lessons this term, the class have started to learn how to read staff and other musical notation (TAB). They also began to learn the "fingerpicking" style of playing the ukulele instead of strumming chords.

KS2 Christmas Concert 2020

Merry Christmas from all the staff and children in Owl, Bear, Jaguar and Eagle Class!

Please enjoy music from all the classes both individually and as a whole Key Stage.

You can also see each class' Book Week art and Christmas tree decorations.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh3KS2vcHno&t

Christingles Service 2020

Although this year may look a little different, the staff at Aldington Primary School still wanted our 2020-21 Eagle Class to take part in our annual tradition of a Christingle Service.

Eagle Class created their Christingles, the school lights were switched off and they performed to the rest of the school by standing in the corridor so that they could still remain apart from other bubbles.

Here is a recording of their performance for you to enjoy at home:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOEh3iSDVk8

Science - Theory of Evolution

This term as part of Topic we have begun working on the Year 6 Science unit 'Evolution and Inheritance'. We have started to identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution. 

Virtual Celebration Assembly

This week Eagle Class would like to share with you their Remembrance Poetry.

After looking at famous war poems such as 'In Flanders Fields', the class worked in pairs to write their own poetry - looking at different styles such as rhyming couplet, haiku and acrostic.

 

Click on the link below to see their amazing work!

Music - Ukulele

In our Music lessons so far this term, the class have started to learn how to play the soprano ukulele. This term they will begin to play musically with increasing confidence and control, perform in solo and ensemble contexts and start to understand staff or other musical notations

Our question for Term 1 is:

Why do we have to leave? 

Virtual Harvest Assembly

This week Eagle Class would like to share with you what they are thankful for at Harvest Time. 

The children have also worked hard in their art lessons to develop their mastery of watercolour painting to create food landscapes - or "foodscapes" - in the style if British Artist Carl Warner.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKAapycZjlo

The philosophy of Forest School was based upon a desire to provide children with an education that encouraged appreciation of the natural world, and that would encourage a responsibility for nature conservation in later life. This term in our Forest School sessions, we have created "offerings" to give back to the forest as a way of showing our appreciation for nature and all that it provides us with. 

Virtual Celebration Assembly

This week Eagle Class would like to share with you some of their learning from our topic

'Why do we have to leave?'

The children have worked hard in their art lessons to develop their mastery of watercolour painting to create Blitz skyline silhouettes. They have also become recording artists by performing part of a spoken rap to retell the key events of WWII.

Both myself and Miss Penfold are incredibly impressed with how focused and determined to succeed all the children have been since their returned to school and we are proud of all they have achieved so far. - Mr Clarke :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXMDa8jGEwE&t=1s

Dig for Victory

As part of our work on WWII, Eagle Class have been learning about the war's impact on the daily lives of civilians in the UK. We discussed the 'Dig for Victory' government campaign and how people transformed their gardens into vegetable patches when food was in short supply.

Forest School - Backhouse Woods

DT - Cooking Woolton Pie

As part of our topic on WWII, Eagle Class have cooked a dish from wartime UK: Woolton Pie. This was a popular vegetable hotpot which used ingredients that could be grown in people's gardens when food supplies were running low. The class developed their ability to prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques as well as  understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown.
In our Art lessons, Eagle Class have continued to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design

RE - Islamic and Christian Artwork

In RE, Eagle Class have been reflecting on how Islamic and Christian artwork is used as part of religion as an expression of faith. In groups, the class learned to appreciate a variety of religious art by reflecting on which works of art they admired, which works invoked emotion and which works they felt were an expression of faith.

Useful Information For Supporting

Your Child At Home

Year 6 is an incredibly important year in your child's educational journey. With time lost due to the Covid-19 lockdown, I strongly recommend using these resources to challenge and extend your child further at home:

We are now part of the Letter-join handwriting scheme and any of our pupils wishing to practice their handwriting at home can now log on to the Letter-join website on iPads and tablets as well as desktop and laptop computers.

DESK TOP LOG-IN

Go to www.letterjoin.co.uk and log in using the desktop log in boxes:

Username:ald

Password:ing

Letter-join works best on browsers: Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Opera.

 

IPAD AND TABLET LOG-IN

Go to www.letterjoin.co.uk and select the tablet log in button, log in using these details:

Username:ald

Swipe code: starting at the top left form the shape of a capital L

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