We have been extremely busy in Class 4 this last half term; the Year 6's have sat their SATs with the Year 5's keeping up the pace in lessons too.
In the last week of term Class 4 ventured up to the RSPB to explore the different types of sea birds found along our cliffs and how, through time and evolution they have adapted for survival.
Before the children explored, basic features and specific markings of each bird was explained. Each child was given a pair of binoculars with a quiz question what does the 'bi' mean - the children came up with bi = two eye pieces to look through.
A quick practice and they were ready to find the different types of sea birds.
Along the cliff top there is different sections of the cliff where certain breeds can be found. This meant the children could focus on specifics of each bird. Children had to look for: markings, wing span, beak size and shape, tail and body shape and position of legs/feet.
At the final view point the children were very lucky to catch some of the last sightings of the puffin for that season. The guides then got various eggs from each bird that had been seen, markings or lack of markings were discussed and why this was. Children deduced that some did not need markings to camouflage their eggs as the bird had a defence mechanism to stop other birds attacking them.
Through D.T. this term the children were given a specific deign brief -
using specific dimensions of height, width and depth, a specific length of handles children were tasked with creating their bag; children had to accurately measure, draw and cut their template using their mathematics skills.
Children then had to overcome threading a needle and then master the technique of sewing using the back stitch, once they had completed sewing their bag inside out they turned it out and attached the handles. The final stage was to produce a design sheet for a pattern on their bag and transfer this - some opted to use off cuts from their Batik work to make pockets.
This term we have had the privilege of learning how to play volleyball with the Great British captain and gold medal winner Ben Pipes. Ben led a school assembly about his positive life choices and the pathway he followed, explaining his rise through the ranks of volleyball which eventually lead to him becoming an Olympian.
The children were put through their paces by Ben. They learnt the basic skills of volleyball; bump, serve, volley and set and they also tried sitting volleyball which is played in the Paralympics.
This term we have been learning about India; through this we have learnt and understand key aspects of:
Alongside this we have looked at the history and cultural art of India. We have studied the ancient art technique of Batik.
We developed techniques, including control and use of materials with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
As part of the 'Art Waves' festival at the Spa we created our own 'pop up' art gallery at school. We created a journey of the process from the first design through to the final design and the making of the Batik art. With this we also used our research skills to explore the history of Batik and artists from whom we took our inspiration.
This Batik gallery was inspired by the artist Beth McCoy, we hope you like it.
After SATs it was the perfect opportunity for the class to get out and do something fun, still within the parameters of the national curriculum. As a class we chose to go climbing! We would:
There was lots to plan - the children became very busy researching train times and prices and comparing these to bus hire for the day. Once the cheapest option had been found (for 30 children and 4 adults - hidden maths skills!) we then had to find the best train times to use to ensure we arrived there with enough time to get to the venue and the correct train home ready for the end of school collection (again plenty of hidden maths links using our time skills).
Once travel arrangements had been decided and agreed, we had to write a formal persuasive letter to Mrs Rawling requesting permission to go on the trip. Children had to think about structure, language and reasoning why this trip should go ahead (another opportunity to write for purpose).
There were 25 walls all of different abilities and challenges, each child achieved something new and pushed their own boundaries, whether it be: completing 20 of the walls, beating their partner on the race wall, beating their own time on the time trial, getting half way up or even just getting off the floor. Every child achieved something new and celebrated a personal achievement.
Please take time to look at all of the pictures in the gallery.
On Wednesday 24th May, we were extremely lucky to be invited to sing at the Head Teachers Conference at the Spa in Bridlington. This was a great experience as all the primary schools in the East Riding came together to sing for Head Teachers, Councillors and the Director of Education. The children performed two songs, showing solidarity and unity which was made more poignant due to recent events in the news.
As part of the RNLI programme - Shore Thing, lifeguards from the local beach paid a visit to Bempton to lead our assembly and share their knowledge surrounding the hazards and dangers of the beach.
We learnt the meaning of the colours of the flags; what each sequence of whistles means; all the equipment needed and what it is all used for; where we can find lifeguards if we need them; what to do if we ever find ourselves in danger in the water; and what to do if we find another person in danger.
We had to get dressed up to show the younger children what a lifeguard on the beach and also a lifeguard patrolling on a quad bike looked like so they understood what they had to look out for.
Class Four was then invited to take part in the RNLI programme - Hit the Surf.
Bags packed, lunches made, suncream on and towels at the ready. It was time for us to become lifeguards and learn how to surf!
During the morning we played team games and explored the concept of physical land art as we made each other into mermaids with sand, built sand castles and made sand sculptures.
Water safety and personal survival brief, wet suits on and we were ready!
We played a couple of games to warm up before we entered the water, then half the group learnt how to rescue a member of the public while the other other half learnt how to surf.
Over the past half term children have been learning about how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including plants and animals. Children also learnt to give reasons for classifying animals based on specific characteristics.
We did our first data collection within the school grounds
After we had learnt about classification we then explored three different locations to see if the amount of each species found varied. We had to work scientifically and used methods such as:
To collect and compare we then set out to collect results from the local pond
Finally the last location for our comparison experiment was the RSPB at Bempton.
The results were collated and from these we produced tally charts, bar charts and pie charts which showed the differences between the species.
This term Class Four have been out in the village looking at living habitats in science, however the children discovered that litter and pollution could affect where and how living things grow. From this the children decided that they wanted to research about the importance of respecting and protecting the environment. During PSHCE we have researched and made posters to place around school encouraging other members of our school to think about our environment and keeping the school and the community tidy.
This term in science we have been learning about the human body, specifically the circulatory system.
Children were learning to:
We have learnt about the journey of a blood cell within the body, where oxygenated and de-oxygenated blood pass through and the site at which gaseous exchange takes place.
To make this lesson come to life for the children, they became the blood. Carrying red cones to represent oxygenated blood and blue cones to represent de-oxygenated blood. They travelled through their diagram of the heart, muscles and lungs on the playground.
After we had finished travelling through the heart, muscles and lungs as blood we set about writing up our journey using scientific language. We used the key terminology we had learnt about specific parts of the body.
With the Year 6 SATs commencing on May 8th, the Year 6 children have been working extremely hard in English and Maths. As parents and educators we all want the best for our children, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support outside the classroom.
The leaflet below is guidance and information for parents/carers about the SATs produced by the Department for Education specifically for parents.
If you have any questions, queries or worries about these tests or your child please don't hesitate to contact me.
Once again thank you for your support.
Class 4 teacher
Coming up to the Easter festivities we have taken the opportunity to learn about Christianity and each child's own beliefs. The children have been learning about Jesus' journey, Lent and the representation and symbolism of Easter eggs, unleavened bread, 'wine' and the cross. The class has looked at other countries around the world, how they celebrate Easter and how traditions differ across the world.
The children were given a basic recipe for unleavened bread.From this they had to use their knowledge of maths - ratio and proportion- to scale down the recipe correctly. They then had to use their knowledge of measure to weigh out their ingredients and time to ensure their bread was cooked correctly.
Here is our finished unleavened bread - symbolising the body of Christ.
In Upper Key Stage 2 pupils:
Build on their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. By the end of year 6, children should be fluent in written methods for all 4 operations.
We are always exploring different ways to learn within the curriculum. Here children worked practically to classify shapes with increasingly complex geometric properties using the correct vocabulary needed to describe them.
Here the children measured the size of the school, yard, fields and other objects. The task was to measure and convert between units of length, we challenged ourselves to convert units of length from metric to imperial units.
Children have to:
Use, read, write and convert between standard units, converting measurements of length, mass and volume
Develop their ability to solve a wider range of problems, including increasingly complex properties of numbers and arithmetic, and problems demanding efficient written and mental methods of calculation.
Getting ready to transfer our mental arithmetic and problem solving skills to our maths treasure hunt around the school grounds.