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Year 6 Visit to Butlin's

 

On Thursday 16th June 2016, Year 6 went on a visit to Butlin's, Bognor Regis. The aim of the visit was to gain first had experience of the various attractions on offer at Butlin's. The pupils recorded down a list of attractions and discussed how they could persuade people to visit Butlin's for either a day or as a longer holiday. The pupils returned to class where they will be planning and writing a persuasive brochure for Butlin's.

 

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GEOGRAPHY

 

As part of our new geography topic, 'Wish You Were Here' we have discussed the word 'holiday'. We have asked the questions:

Why do we have holidays?

Where do we go on holidays?

Where did they originate from?

We also discussed the different tourist destinations we have visited or heard about from around the world.

 

We asked the question:

Why do some people travel abroad for a holiday?

We started our topic by 'mind-mapping' our ideas and experiences.

Computing

Pupils in year 6 have been writing algorithms. The task was to write an algorithm for making a jam sandwich. We came up with some interesting results! We will use this knowledge to help us write a detailed algorithm for brushing your teeth, before moving onto an algorithm for a fairground ride. We wrote the instructions and then Mr Ford and Heather had to try them out.

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BUSHCRAFT

 

A number of year 6 pupils took part in a 'Bushcraft' day. Have a look at what we got up to and learned below! 

Activities during our 'Bushcraft Day'

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Sports Day 2016

 

Sports Day was a great day, enjoyed by all of year 6. We supported, demonstrated and worked alongside other pupils in the Federation to carry out a range of activities. We had the opportunity to show the skills we have learnt throughout the year.

 

We all competed in different races at the end of the day from obstacle races, relay races to elite sprint races. The highlight for year 6 was showing our teamwork skills. We had to cross a 30m area using a range of items without touching the ground. It was exciting! We had to use the teamwork skills we have developed throughout the year. We even managed to carry out he task without talking. Mr Ford and Mrs Brown were really impressed.

 

Have a look at the photos of us working together below:

 

 

Year 6 Science - Habitat Surveys

 

Other the past 3 weeks, we have been investigating the different habitats found within the school grounds. We carried out 4 investigation linked to our school grounds and the habitats found within.

 

The first survey we carried out looked at the range of mini-beasts found across three different habitats. We looked at the woodland area, the meadow and the grassland. We used a quadrat to help us identify a smaller area to sample. We then used our mathematical skills to help us create pie charts to display our results.

 

The following week, we investigated trees. We used classification keys to help identify the different trees found in and around the woodland. We then used our knowledge of measures to help measure the circumference of the trees. We had to measure 1.5m from the ground. We then measured the circumference using tap measures. It was really difficult and we had to show team work because a number of trees were so wide. After measuring the trees, we took the circumference and divided it by 2.5 to calculate the age of the tree. It was really interesting to find out how long the trees had been residing at the school. We started to draw conclusions about the position of the trees and the age.

 

The third survey we conducted focused on the birds that live in the habitats surrounding the school. We used our bird identification guide to help identify the different species. We had to sit still in order to spot the birds. We even identified a buzzard circling high in the sky. We recorded our results in a tally chart and discussed them when we returned to class. We drew a number of conclusions and discussed adaption and the reason why birds have different bills and feet.

 

Following on from the bird survey, we carried out a vegetation analysis. We used the quadrats and recorded down all the vegetation species found in the woodland, on the sports field, in the meadow and in the shade. We used our knowledge of percentages to estimate the percentage covering of each species within our quadrats. It was clear to see the impact the sun had on the abundance of different species.

 

We collated our results using note-taking skills. We will use this data to help write a scientific report which shows the different species found at Springwood. We will also discuss the differences in birds bills and feet for woodland birds in comparison to sea birds.   

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Year 6 Expert Visits to the Palmerston Forts

 

Year 6 split into 3 expert groups and visited three of the Palmerston Forts which were built due to the threat of French Invasion.

 

The three expert groups visited Fort Nelson, Fort Purbrook and Fort Widley. During these visits, pupils practised their note-taking skills as well as their sketching skills. On arrival at Fort Nelson, the pupils experienced the firing of the cannons.

The expert group that visited Fort Purbrook were given a guided tour of the fortification. The pupils asked a range of interesting questions and record down their answers so that they could share the information with pupils back at school.

One of the expert groups had the opportunity to visit the tunnels which are rarely open to the public.

Food Technology Project

 

During our food technology topic, we designed a fairground snack. We decided to create a product that contained one or more of the following:

 - Honeycomb

- Ice-cream

- Nut brittle

 - Or a combination of one or more.

 

We designed our product using SCAMPER and then made them ready for the 'Food Technology Fair'.

 

We cooked / baked all the food ourselves, making sure we followed strict Health and Safety guidelines, due to the molten sugar.

 

We presented our products for our parents and other pupils from the Federation. It was great fun!

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Year 6 Visits to the Palmerston Forts

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Year 6 Visit to Winchester Science Centre

 

 

 

On Friday 29th January, Year 6 visited Winchester Science Centre. During the visit, the children became scientists for the day and got hands on with over 100 practical science activities as well as took part in a workshop. As scientists the children experimented with a range of circuits and created their own electromagnet. The children investigated with motors and magnets and used these to carry out a range of practical activities.

 

The workshop included the following activities:

Magnets, Motors & Electricity: Upper KS2

See how simple and elegant electromagnetic forces can be. Make an electromagnet, construct a simple motor and see how motors work. 

 

The children worked really well in teams and worked enthusiastically throughout the day. The children were given a number of activities they needed to carry out linked to sport and forces. The children recorded down their findings and discussed when they returned to class.

 

We captured some of our thoughts about the workshop and practical activities:

"Creating an electromagnet was so exciting. It was hard wrapping the wire around the nail but we were amazed at how powerful the electromagnet was. We picked up a number of paperclips." (Molly)

"It was amazing to think you could make the paper move like a mini-helicopter using just a battery, screw, earth magnet and a piece of copper wire." (Jake)

"We made the copper wire spin around by placing the battery on top of the earth magnet and by creating a coil around the battery. The copper wire had to be in contact with the battery and magnet. To make it spin in the other direction, you had to swap the battery over."

 

Have a look at Year 6 scientists in action below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Investigating with circuits

We experimented with over 100 hands on practical activities linked to all aspects of science.

 

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Science - High Voltage

 

In preparation for the visit to Winchester Science Centre, Year 6 have been experimenting with series and parallel circuits. On the 29th January 2016, we will be investigating circuits and learning about magnets and motors. See some of our experimenting below:

 

 

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PE - Tag-Rugby

 

During the spring term, Year 6 have been learning netball. We have been applying the skills we developed in the autumn term in tag-rugby. We have worked as a team and developed our skills of passing, catching, attacking and defending. Spatial awareness has been a skill we have been working hard on as well as the ability to work effectively in a team. Look below to see us in action during tag-rugby:

Maths Problem Solving

 

As mathematicians, we had to apply our addition, subtraction, multiplication and division mental and written methods to solve a problem. We were given a set budget of £1000. We had to pick a location to set up our stall. We then purchased the stock and then sold our stock as quickly as we could. We then had to work out the profit generated by our business. The most successful group made £900 in three days. It was great fun!

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Science - Investigations

 

We have been investigating light. We carried out a range of experiments linked to the topic of light as well as carry out experiments linked to the eye.  As scientists, we had to develop a number of skills including the ability to discuss and write up our practical experiments.

 

See us in action below:

 

 

 

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Christmas dinner

Possibly one of the largest Christmas dinners held today in Waterlooville. Springwood children were served their Christmas dinner by staff, pulled a cracker and sang along to a variety of Christmas songs handpicked by Mr Lathem. 

Tim Peake’s mission to space

Springwood had the opportunity to watch the live launch of Tim Peake’s mission to visit the international space station. We discovered the functional parts of the spacecraft, how long it would take and some of the preparation that has taken place. We took inspiration from this amazing achievement from someone who is local to our school and who has made history as the first British astronaut to reach the international space station. 

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Calshot 2015 - Day 1

 

The children had an exciting start to the week. After settling in, the children hit the slopes for some skiing and tested their climbing skills on the indoor climbing walls. Group 3 braved the wind on the outdoor Initiative course, where they demonstrated excellent teamwork. After dinner, the children took part in Rushing Rockets where they had to apply their scientific skills to fire rockets at various angles towards different targets.

 

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Citizenship Morning at Fort Purbrook

 

This week, Year 6 visited Fort Purbrook to learn about safety. The children had talks from five different speakers, all aimed at increasing the children's knowledge of safety in and around the home.

The children started off with a talk from Hampshire Fire Service. During the session, the children carried out a range of practical activities, which included a pretend fire scenario. The children even had to make a 999 emergency call. The second session was run by Hampshire Police. In this session the children learnt about safety on the internet. This helped build on the recent E Safety Workshop experienced by all Key Stage 2 children in school. The third session involved a talk from Hampshire Neighbourhood Team and dealt with the problem caused by rubbish. The children carried out a practical activity in which they had to sort domestic items. In addition to this, the children learnt the importance of clearer up dog mess when walking a dog. The fourth session involved a session from Hampshire Domestic Abuse. The final session was led by the RNLI, in which the children learnt how to stay safe along the coast and at the beach.

 

See below for some photographs from the day.

 

 

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MATHS MORNINGS

 

Every Friday, Year 6 participate in MATHS MORNINGS in which the children carry out a range of practical activities linked to their learning in Maths. The activities include individual challenges as well as paired and group activities. During these activities the children need to show enthusiasm, determination, and collaborative skills when working together to help solve complex mathematical problems. Every week the theme is changed and it is a perfect opportunity for children to consolidate their learning as well as challenge new concepts.

 

It is also an opportunity for the children to share their learning with their parents. The session runs from 08:30am to 09:15am. It is great FUN!

 

Below are comments made by children about MATHS MORNINGS:

 

"There are brilliant because you get to practise your times-tables. I especially enjoyed playing fraction bingo with my friends." Louis F.

 

"We like the range of activities on offer which help develop our mathematical skills. My favourite activity was a board game linked to fractions and percentages." Molly P.

 

"I really enjoy testing myself against the clock when playing the honeycomb times-tables challenge." Molly B.

 

"I like Maths Morning because it challenges me to develop my skills. I really enjoy fraction bingo as it has helped me develop my knowledge of fractions."

 

Below are some of the photographs taken during these sessions.

 

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Week Ending 25/9/15:

What a busy week! Three Y6 expert groups spent a day each at Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard and we all went to Crookhorn Secondary School to discover more about 'The Science Behind the Science'.

 

Parent Consultation Meetings - 7th October, 2015

If you've not already done so, please sign up outside class. Appointments are available from 8.00am to 7.00pm. 

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Visits

As part of our 'Ships and Coasts' topic, Y6 visited the Dockyard in three small expert groups. In groups averaging 14 children, this gave us the opportunity to study key aspects of our naval history in greater depth. We all experienced life on board HMS Warrior and explored life in the Modern Royal Navy. In addition, expert groups also focused on other specific areas of interest. For example, Monday's group went aboard HMS Victory, building on learning in Y5; Thursday's group explored life aboard the WW1 monitor vessel, HMS M.33 and began to appreciate how ship design and purpose was changing; whilst Friday's group took the Harbour Tour. Luckily, the sun was with us and we saw a range of vessels in Portsmouth Harbour, along with adaptations that are being made to strengthen the quay to accommodate the new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth. We learned that this new ship will be around three times the length of the carrier HMS Illustrious that we saw docked; at a staggering 284m long, it will be almost the length of three football pitches!

 

Following on from these visits, we used the knowledge gained on the visits to help create two pieces of cross curricular writing. We explained how ships and vessels have changed over time with particular reference to the evolution of the Royal Navy. We followed this work up with the planning and writing of a balanced argument. The balanced argument looked at the (for) and (against) viewpoints of a career in the Royal Navy. To assist us in our writing, we had a visit from a Captain in the Army, who discussed the benefits and potential risks of a career in the forces. It really helped us understand what it would be like to have such a rewarding job.

 

Below are some of the quotes made by children after the visit to the Dockyard and the visit to the school from the Army Captain.

 

“I enjoyed stepping aboard the historic ships because it gave me a taste of what life would have been like during those times.” Katharine W.

 

“I enjoyed finding out about the roles onboard the HMS Warrior, and particularly enjoyed finding out how hard it would have been to carry out normal tasks, especially if you were tall.” Michael.

 

“Seeing and hearing what life is like in the Army from a Army Captain was extremely inspiring and was different than I first thought. It helped me write my balanced argument”. Katharine.

 

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The Science Behind the Science

 

All of Y6 spent a session with Crookhorn's science team this week. Afterwards, Tia commented, " I love science and the show made me feel like I was a scientist doing all the wonderful experiments."

 

Chloe added, "I loved it when Mr Russell amazingly lit the bottle with the chemical gases and made an awesome explosion. It was dangerous but I felt really safe."

 

Emma agreed, " There were lots of bangs and mixing chemicals and I loved the fireworks at the end. I wish I could watch it again and I loved the thunder and the balloons. I never knew hydrogen was so flammable!"

Transition Week - 'Bee an ARTIST'

 

During the transition week, we experimented with texture and colour to produce a honeycomb effect. We used powder paint and PVA glue to create a thick consistency and applied the paint to the canvas using lollipop sticks and spatulas. This was really exciting and it was interesting to see the different textures you can create. We experimented with different objects including: chicken wire, washing tablet nets, netting and bubble wrap to see which created a honeycomb effect. After a couple of sessions, we came to the conclusion that the washing tablet net proved to be the most effective in creating a realistic effect. Some of us experimented with applying the powder paint over the top of the net.

 

We also had the opportunity to carry out pointillism, based on the Artist Seurat. In order to create a polished pointillism picture, you had to show real patience and attention to detail. Have a look at our artwork below!

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Instruction Writing

 

During the transition week into year 6, the children made honey cupcakes and flapjacks. The children researched information about bees and studied the different uses of honey and how it is produced. The children discussed the method for making cupcakes and flapjacks; made the cakes; and then wrote a set of instructions in the form of a recipe. In their instructions they used a number of language features including: time adverbials, imperative verbs, technical vocabulary and adverbs to target different audiences.

 

Have a look at the photos below. They show the different stages of our cooking. We used paired discussion and visual clues to help write effective instructions.

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Year 6 visit to Butlins

 

Year 6 are currently studying persuasive writing. As part of their topic, the children carried out a visit to Butlins. During the trip, the children worked in 'Expert groups' and researched all the possible attractions available to the public. In class, the children worked in pairs to create a template for recording their research. Observing and exploring all the possible attractions was a key skill needed in order to collect information which they will eventually be able to include in their own brochure. The children took this knowledge back to the classroom and discussed the advantages and disadvantages of each attraction and decided which key attractions they will use to persuade tourists.

During the trip, the children experienced a number of traditional fair ground rides as well as watch traditional shows aimed at difference audiences. The children even had the chance to look inside the new 'Wave Hotel'.  In the coming days the children will begin to plan and write a persuasive brochure for Butlins. Examples will be placed here next week!

Year 6 Art Day - 'Wild about Springwood'

 

The children took part in a art workshop last week in which they created a sculpture of a tree using a stone, wire and some tissue paper. The results were amazing!

The children used the expert knowledge of the art teachers and applied their own skills to create an effective wire-based tree. The children used a range of sculpture skills to manipulate the shape of a tree and create realistic looking roots. The children worked well together and look forward to developing their initial attempts in class in the following weeks.

 

Look at the photographs below and see year 6 in action!

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Persuasive Writing - Leaflets

 

Year 6 are currently using a range of persuasive devices to encourage people to visit a tourist destination along the South Coast of England. The children looked at a range of persuasive leaflets currently used for different tourist attractions and applied this research to help develop a persuasive leaflet. The children will then use persuasive techniques to help create a radio advert promoting their tourist destination. Next week the children will use all the research they collected during their visit to Butlins in order to write a persuasive brochure for Butlins. Throughout the unit, the children have identified a range of persuasive devices, such as alliteration, play on words, slogans, rhetorical questions, imperative verbs, adjectives, persuasive statements and many more.

 

In the photographs below, you can see the children identifying persuasive devices used in leaflets.

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DT DAY

 

In year 6, we designed and made a prototype for a theme park ride. We used a range of DT skills and linked out computer algorithms to the prototype to enable it to move effectively. We displayed our designs during the DT day and explained how they worked to other children. Have a look below at some of us making our prototypes!

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Year 6 Trip to Paultons Park

 

Year 6 visited Paultons Park during their 'Fun of the Fair' topic to investigate different theme park rides. The children used computer software to create an algorithm in order to control a mini prototype. During the visit, the children looked at the design of rides, safety features and movements of different rides to enable them to design their own prototype. The children worked in small groups to plan, design and make their theme park ride in class which they displayed during a DT day to the whole school. One of the highlights of the topic was experiencing the rides at Paultons.

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Winchester Science Centre Visit- Circuit Detectives!

Year 6 visited Winchester Science Centre and experimented with electrical circuits among many other exciting, hands on science activities. We had great fun exploring the world of science and learnt a lot about how science is used everyday.

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In Year 6 we understand that using our skills in Numeracy will help us as we grow up and have to solve problems in life. We can't wait to tackle all the challenges in our future using the brilliant strategies we have learnt. We had great fun buying and selling as young apprentices- Sir Alan Sugar might want to hire us! We also set up our own food and drink stores  for different made up events. At the end of the week we had to plan a sailing trip around the world and a camping trip to the mountains- Mr Ford set us a budget which we had to keep to! Learning addition and subtraction written methods as well as team work proved to be vital in solving these real life problems.

 

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In Art we studied the painting techniques of Georges Seurat to create our own bee and wasp pieces of art. We used his pointillism technique to create a buzzing masterpiece!

Over the past week, we have been learning written methods for multiplication. We have progressed from arrays and grid method to the expanded method. We have carried out a number of practical activities including identifying multiples in the playground. We also calculated costs of different food and drink orders using the methods we have developed.

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Year 6 have been on an exciting and interesting trip to the Historical Dockyard. During the trip we explored HMS Warrior and applied our sketching skills to draw a range of objects and features found on this historic naval vessel. We looked at HMS Victory and HMS Illustrious to make comparisons about naval ships and how they have developed over time. Inside the royal navy museum we carried a range of hands on activities which helped us decide these differences. We asked questions to a range of historical guides as well as ask each other questions about our observations and learning.

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