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Year 6 - Class 14 Red Kite

Hi there and welcome to Red Kite's class page.

This first term has flown by so quickly. From the Power of Reading, to learning about Greeks, to trying to conquer fractions, there hasn't been a dull moment.

The Power of Reading

The book we looked at  was the Adventures of Odysseus by Hugh Lipton. It is a story of trial and torment, of love and loss, of danger and disaster: it was great!

We drew pastel pictures of Scylla (the 6-headed dragon) and Charybdis (the mighty whirlpool). Here are some of them:

 

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The Ancient Greeks

Our topic has been the Ancient Greeks. We found out about Greek Gods and Goddesses and the ancient and modern Olympics. We created posters about our favourite God. Here are a few examples:

Science

In science we were looking at light. We did an experiment to see if light travelled in a straight line. Here are the results:
 

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As you can see, we've had a very busy term. We are looking forward to term 2 and the future challenges. Oh and Christmas|

 

 

Term 2

We've been back just over a week and already the timetable has been packed. We presented our class assembly and half of the class have gone to PGL. 

The topic for this term was to investigate biomes. There are many different biomes around the world including desert, tundra and grasslands. We made biome cubes and were set a project to complete at home. We all had to research our favourite biome and create something to pass on the information to the rest of the class. Here arre photos of our biome cubes and our projects:
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We also had a visit from an anti-bullying workshop. The children responded really positively and learnt a lot. The main theme was to make sure everyone was included. As you can see from the photos everyone joined in and really enjoyed the experience.
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PGL

About half the children in Year 6 were lucky enough to go on the P.G.L. trip organized by the school. They had an amazing time and learnt many new skills. While they were away, those of us left looked at the book, Fungus the Bogeyman. 

Fungus the Bogeyman

 

Fungus the Bogeyman was written by Raymond Briggs, probably best known for The Snowman. Red Hawks spent all week reading the book and doing activities such as: making slime, drawing and animating a comic strip, 'fly' biscuits and balloon stress balls.

At the end of the week we watched the D.V.D. starring Timothy Spall and Victoria Wood.

Here are some photos:

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Once the children returned from P.G.L. we carried on with our Power of Reading book The Princess Blankets. The story is about a Princess who suffered dreadfully from the cold. Her father offers a reward to the person who could cure her. A stranger appears and claims he has the remedy. The stranger covers the Princess with four blankets: earth, ocean, mountain and forest. Using the description from the book the children created blocks to represent each blanket. These blocks will eventually become a patchwork quilt (thanks to Mrs Barnes and her mum). We will put up photos as soon as it's ready. The children really loved sewing -well most of them did- and were really proud of their final result. 

Here are the photos:

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Also this term, we were lucky enough to attend Christmas Unwrapped at the Baptist Church in Cecil Square. This was an opportunity to hear the 'real story of Christmas'. How many wise men were there? Did Mary really ride a donkey? The children made mince pies and completed several Christmas related activities. It was a really great morning. 
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In Maths we were set a challenge: who can make the longest paper chain from a sheet of A2 paper? Archie and Matthew won with a distance of 10 m 75 cm! Here are the results:
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As well as all of this we had Christmas dinner and the pantomime, Peter Pan. (Oh no we didn't!)

We definitely need our Christmas holiday! 

Merry Christmas from Red Kites.

Term 3

Welcome back after the Christmas break. We are really looking forward to this term.

 

In Science, we looked at Evolution and Inheritance. This is all about the things that we get from our parents and also from adaptation. Adaptation is the way things change in order to survive. This normally takes millions of years. We found out about giraffes and how elephants' tusks are getting smaller to deter poachers. To show how inheritance works we "created" our own dogs. Here are some examples:

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The book we are looking at this term is Goodnight, Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian. It is the story of William Beech. William is evacuated during World War 2 and goes to live with Tom Oakley. Our topic this term is World War 2, also linked to the book.

To help bring the story to life, both classes had two days of WWII activities. Everybody dressed up in period clothing: evacuees, soldiers, nurses, land army girls and pilots. We all had a chance to make Anderson Shelters (not real ones), carrot cookies, bunting, write a newspaper report, a letter home and a gas mask box. It was an excellent, action-packed two days! 

In our topic, we also studied WW2. One of the most interesting things we did, was an auto-biography of Adolf Hitler. It was fascinating to research where he was born and about his early life.

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Term 4

The Highwayman

This term we are looking at The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes. It is a narrative poem about love, jealousy and sacrifice. In English we wrote as Bess and the Highwayman: writing both a diary and a letter. We were also able to write our own poems based on the Highwayman. Alongside this we watched a video by the artist Charles Keeping that taught us how to draw a horse. Here are the results (pretty amazing, don't you think?):

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There was also a science day where we worked with year 3. We had to come up with different activities to increase our heart rates. Some groups skipped, ran, hopped and hula hooped. We measured how our heart rate changed after exercise and decided which was the best.

We had fun. Here are some photos:

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We also had the opportunity to visit Margate Baptist Church for Easter Cracked. Steven talked about the Easter story and where certain misconceptions came from. We had a booklet to fill in with a wordsearch, a quiz, a story board, information about the church and, most importantly, the words to the rap Steven taught us. During our time there, we also were lucky enough to make chocolate rice crispie nests with mini eggs inside.

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Term 5

We're all back after the Easter break and revision for SATs has begun in earnest. Only two and a half weeks to go! We also started a new book-Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick. The book is set in a world devastated by flood and follows the journey of a young girl called Zoe. The book was fantastic and full of suspense. One of the first activities we did was a freeze frame of the chase at the start of the book. What do you think?

 

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There has been the opportunity to complete different activities: an e-mail, a poem, writing the blurb and probably our favourite writing the end of the story from a different point of view. We all really  enjoyed Floodland.

In Science, Animals including humans has been our topic. We first looked at the heart and the circulatory system. Drawing and labeling the heart proved quite challenging, but we managed in the end. We learnt all about the veins and arteries and oxygenated and de-oxygenated blood. Did you know that blood that has no oxygen is not blue? To help us understand the complexity of the human body, we split into groups and drew round Martins. Each group then added the circulatory and the organs to the drawing. I'm sure you'll agree they are really effective:

 

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Recipe for blood smoothie

Pineapple juice

Strawberries

Hundreds and thousands

Marshmallows.

Each ingredient represented a component of blood. Can you guess which was which?

 

For Art/ D.T. we were able to make a model of a heart from clay. Each of us had a fist-sized piece of clay (the size of your heart) and had a picture of one to copy. We had to try to add the veins and arteries on as well, with varying success. We decided not paint them. 

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In Science, we investigated bees. Did you know bumble bees are endangered? We made posters and booklets to let people know about the bees' plight. We wanted to make bee hotels and plant bee friendly flowers. If everybody does a little bit, maybe we can save the bees.

As well as all this we took our SATs! Luckily, there were only 3 maths, 1 reading, 1 spelling and 1 punctuation and grammar. (Only!)

We were all split into different places: a lot of us went into the hall. Some people found them really difficult, some found them easier but we all agreed we were glad when it was all over. To celebrate we had a pyjama day, with food! It was amazing and a really good  way to end the week.

Term 6

We can't believe this is our final term at Holy Trinity and St. John's school. This year has gone by so fast. The next six weeks will be packed full of trips, visitors and, of course, the production. In case you haven't heard year 6 are putting on, what will be a showstopping performance, of The Wizard of Oz. The auditions have been held, parts given out and rehearsals have begun. We really hope you will be able to come to see it.

We have loads to look forward to. In July, we will be going to London to see Matilda and the prom: next week we are going to the Powell Cotton Museum. 

15th June 2017

Yesterday, the year 6 girls had a visitor: Edison the robot!

A STEM ambassador came in to speak to the girls about a future career in engineering, computer programming and robotics. She brought in a robot called Edison. She went on to explain that Edison had been programmed as an assistance robot. He could be linked to an electric wheelchair or set to keep an eye on the house for security or accidents. Edison could call the police if there was an intruder or an ambulance if someone was hurt. He can walk backwards and forwards and if he falls he puts his arm up to protect his head!! He can also get up by himself, if he falls, sit, crouch, stand and dance. Yes, dance. Edison can be asked to dance to Thriller, the Macarena and, of course, the robot dance! He can also do press ups and high five. 

Edison's battery lasts about 90 minutes and he takes about 30 minutes to fully charge. He recognises voices, can be taught to speak up to 20 languages, can act as a CCTV camera and a normal camera. Incredibly, Edison is 10 years old! 

He was awesome!!!! 

Thank you to STEM

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