Welcome to Classes 13 and 14
Unlocking Our Sound Heritage: Bristol Blitz
Today we enjoyed a drama day with Toby Hulse. In the morning we completed a variety of different drama activities. In the afternoon we listened carefully to a selection of audio clips about the Bristol Blitz and turned them into a short play.
Unlocking Our Sound Heritage: Bristol Blitz
Today we thought about two questions when investigating a range of different sources:
- What was the impact of the Blitz on Bristol?
- What are the questions we need to ask of sources?
We listened to an audio clip and made notes on content (feelings and emotions, German planes, weaponry and types of defence, Hotwells' docks, at the house). We also looked at maps and used the Know Your Place website to compare the local area before and after the Bristol Blitz. In addition, we investigated photographs and artefacts (an Air Raid Warden helmet and shrapnel).
Visit from the Muller Museum
Graham came to visit Year 6 from the Muller Museum. We were fascinated to hear about George Muller’s life and the journey he went on from a mischievous teenager to an inspirational man who dedicated his life to improving the lives of thousands of orphans. He was very impressed with the questions that we had prepared which helped us to dig deeper into Muller’s character.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
We created and performed a piece of choral speaking from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by William Shakespeare. We worked on our piece together as a class, deciding on words to lift with actions and how to portray the atmosphere and message of the verse.
We made our own masks in our Imagination Station lessons. We created our own designs and then used Modroc, feathers, sequins and metallic paint to create the masks.
Go Kart Club with Mr Grant
Year 6 have a very exciting new project, to make and then race a Go Kart.
The children had to fund raise to pay for the materials and the entrance fee for the competition.
Once they had reached the target amount they waited with anticipation for the parcels to arrive.
First all the equipment and materials were laid out to ensure everything had arrived.
Then the children worked in partners to start assembling different parts of the Kart.
The driving seat was the first the part to be assembled.
Christmas Dinner and Hats!
Year 6 had a wonderful Christmas lunch together, and we were AMAZED at the fantastic hats they made to wear! Well done Year 6!
Year 6 had a wonderful morning with Toby Hulse learning how to be successful at taking notes.
Toby read an extract from Bedminster Boy by Leonard Vear. Year 6 then shared the information they gathered from listening to the extract, and turned this information into questions for enquiry. Using these questions, they were able to focus their note-taking and gathered specific evidence from the extract.
In the New Year, Year 6 will be further using these skills to take notes from recordings of people’s experiences of the Bristol Blitz, and are looking forward to seeing Toby again for a day of drama!
Christmas is coming!
Year 6 have been busy making decorations for our Christmas branches which have been hung in the school hall.
Dragon Claws with Mrs Taylor
Year Six enjoyed constructing authentic – looking dragon claws from Chicken wire plastered with Mod Roc. They were improving their mastery of art and design techniques using unfamiliar materials.
Dragon Eyes with Mrs Taylor
Class 14 made Dragon Eyes out of clay. The class enjoyed having the opportunity to refine their ability to work with a malleable material. They carefully formed coils of clay and flattened small slabs of clay. They then added texture by making impressions with wooden tools.
Year 6 spent an action-packed 24 hours at St. Briavels Castle in the Forest of Dean. They learnt all about medieval life through a range of activities including candle-dipping, bread-making and tile-painting. They also learnt how to best attack the castle – not an easy task! In the evening, they were treated to a medieval banquet before they spent a memorable night sleeping within the castle walls.
“The food at the banquet was delicious and I enjoyed eating with my fingers, just as they did in medieval times.”
“It was an amazing experience because you don’t often get the chance to sleep in a castle – I was in Queen Isabella’s room.”
“It was brilliant to wake up and see a giant throne on the wall!”
Clifton High Masterclass
Year 6 had a brilliant afternoon investigating chemicals. They carried out a practical and discovered that chemicals can combine to produce some really interesting colours.
Year 6 had a brilliant time learning about and playing rugby! Thank you to Mark from ‘The Sports Project’ for coaching Year 6.
Year 6 Life Skills Trip
Year 6 visited Bristol Lifeskills Centre in October. Volunteer Guides took small groups of children around their realistic "village" to experience a number of difficult or dangerous situations. Children worked together to decide how to overcome each problem and had the opportunity to learn from their mistakes in a safe environment. It made them think carefully about how they assess risks to their own safety.
Year 6 Maths Challenge
Mr Beard took four Year 6 children to a Maths Challenge at Redmaids' School. There were 50 teams entered from 25 state and independent schools across Bristol. Our two teams consisting of Pete & Marshall and Mya & Albert achieved an amazing joint 15th place. Mr Beard was very proud of them all.
Our Class Charters are based upon our learning metaphor for 2019/2020 which is Exploration.