We are using Cracking Contraptions by Wallace and Gromit to help us with our work on explanations. Today we had a go at text mapping and creating actions to help us learn a section of the text. We had to think really carefully when trying to remember tricky technical words like 'hydraulics' and 'mechanism'. Have a look at us showing our work to each other.

On the 20th of April Year 6 made profile silhouettes. Firstly they had a picture taken from the  side of their face. Then they traced around their pictures on to a plain piece of paper.  Year 6 then designed  their profile picture by using drawings, words and phrases. Adding colour to finish. Please look at all the creative portraits at the main entrance. Here are some creative drawing to wet your appetite!

We are having a fab day! Have a look at what we have been up to so far...

Well done to all the amazing children who took part in the Dance event attached Coombeshead yesterday. Your dance was brilliant and you made us very proud.
Thank you to Mr Philips for helping us to choreograph the dance and to all the parents and carers who came to support us.

On Monday the 27th March (in four days) we will be attending a Dance workshop followed by two Dance performances in front of 7,000 people. We have practising for many weeks and it is finally beginning to pull together.  Working hard every lesson we have learnt the dance off by heart. Here are some photos of us practising.

In GOAL time we have been exploring painting and paint techniques. We looked at the Impressionists, Pop Art and pointillism (using lots of dots.)
We then applied the techniques we liked to our own painting, working with a photograph of ourselves or drawing our own self portraits. The results are amazing- take a look!

Last week we tried an experiment to find out which 4 liquids (water, salt water, orange juice and vinegar) evaporated the quickest over a period of time. We started with 100ml in each jug and then decided to reduce the amount of liquid to 50ml. We decided this as the liquids took longer then expected to evaporate over a week. Measuring every morning and afternoon, 9pm and 3pm, we recorded our results in a table. Please see photos below. Unfortunately Storm Doris blew our first experiment down.  We started again but changed where we put the measuring jugs. We put them inside the classroom. We will conclude our experiment next week.

Some of our Year 6's are taking part in the Civic Award scheme. As part of this, they are giving up their own time to run clubs for our younger children. We currently have Choir taking place on a Tuesday lunchtime for KS1, and a 'drop in' colouring club for KS1 on a Wednesday lunchtime. Well done to all those who are volunteering to help out and make a really positive contribution to our school. We are very proud of you.

Today's maths problem was called 'Mystery Numbers' and some of us tried 'Earthly Gifts' (which was really tricky!) We discussed the skills we would need to use in order to solve the challenge- trial and error, working systematically and being resilient. Have a look at us in action!

In maths this week we are focusing on Problem Solving. Today we looked at creating piles of 8 sticks. We started with 3 piles, one of 11, one of 7 and one of 6. We had to move sticks around using the rule, 'Move only as many sticks to another pile as it already contains, no more and no less.' It was tricky at first but using our knowledge of factors, addition and subtraction- we did it!! We then created other starting points and noticed a pattern, 2 piles had a odd amount of sticks and the 3rd had a even amount of sticks.

We had a 'Sticky Puzzle' to tackle in maths today. We had to use trial and error, resilience and teamwork to find a solution. Max, Josh, Sam and Jack managed to solve the first challenge in 4 moves. Can you do it?

In Year 6 we have Learning Journey guides who are in charge of presenting the Maths and English boards. In charge of the Maths Learning Journey is Grace, Mia, Felix and Rhys. The people responsible for the English Wall are Jess, Olivia and Cameron. Following each lesson, the guides will choose a few examples of work and put them on the board along side the LQ (learning question) if it will help the other children in their work.

On Tuesday 24 January several children from Year 6 travelled to Dawlish Community College to take part in a technology challenge. The children that went had a fantastic time making a structure. Mia, Felix, Jacob and Gina worked very well as a team and enjoyed sharing ideas and competing against other schools. Their structure held 7.2kg coming second by 0.5 points, the winning team (Kent School) added antennas to their design therefore achieveing maximum points.

In Year 6, we were answering questions like: What 'rules' or 'laws' do we have to keep us safe at school? Why should we have laws? What would happen if there were no rules or laws? There were lots of different answers and please visit us to have a look. Jess thought that we should have laws because they keep people safe and otherwise people could to whatever they want.

Faye

GOAL time is a very important part of our learning in Year 6. We are learning the skills that we need in order to work successfully and independently. To help us with this we have created a GOAL academy board in our classrooms. We've all identified a strength that we have in our learning approach and something that other people might find useful (ask me if...) These strengths are now on display in our classrooms so that if we need a helping hand in GOAL we can have a look at the Expert board and find a good person to get some advice from!


In Year 6 today, we have learnt about how the Digestive System works. We now know that parts link to one another. Mrs Jones helped us understand by using some strange objects to say the least. We used Weetabix, bananas, plastic bags and tights. This is how the stomach works.
First, your teeth chew up the food, this creates a bolus (lump of food). You then  swallow it down your oesophagus leading to your stomach. In the stomach, acid and digestive fluids begin to break down food. Then, your sphinctus opens, allowing smaller pieces of  food to flow through to the small intestine. As this happens, your small intestine allows the nutrients into the blood stream to help make you healthy.  The waste transitions into your large intestine to take the water from the food and use it. Finally, the waste gets pushed into the anus, and flushed out of the body.
The following photos are of us doing our experiment:

Today Year 6 had a visit from PC Croft and PCSO Thomas. They answered lots of our questions and we learnt lots about the history of the law and how this changed over time. We found out that the police have different powers when dealing with crimes and restorative justice is one method. There is a rule book for serious crimes and we discussed the different responsibilities for a PC and a PCSO. We then looked at the equipment carried by police officers and listened to the police radio. We learnt a lot and thank you to PC Croft and PCSO Thomas for their time.