To help children learn about the distances between the planets we split into large groups so that each child could represent a planet and we then went outside and used scaled measurements to show the relative distances between the planets. The children also used different sized balls to illustrate the different sizes of the planets. Althiugh obviously still not even close to the actual distances of the planets, it was still beneficial to the children's learning to see how far away they were from both the sun and each other.
As part of our continued study of William Morris and his work, Year 6 discussed how this pioneering and inspirational artist used colour (with a specific colour palette), line, shape, space and pattern within his work. The children engaged in very thoughtful discussion and recorded their thoughts on a double page spread and then began work on continuations of William Morris's work with challenging small examples of his work. The children displayed perseverance and determination to produce their own examples of leaves, flowers and animals that they can then use when producing their own motif. Great effort Year 6!
For our first lesson on non-chronological reports we hid the features of this genre all around the hall and then working in pairs, children had to find them and record them in their books, taking it in turns to search.
The children really enjoyed being out of their seats and engaging with the information and will hopefully remember the features due to their active learning and writing down of them. The children then looked through an example and located the features in a real non-chronological report.
In Year 6 we have been learning about the Blitz and we have then transferred that knowledge into creating skylines of London during WW2.
The children observed London skylines and landmarks from the time period as well as images of London being bombed and the impact this would have on the skyline. We looked at images that included search lights, smoke and fire. Then the children used black card to create their silhouette of the skyline and chalk to create the background with a range of colours and ideas emerging.
The results were fantastic and the children demonstrated their knowledge of colour, contrast, line and the ability to blend chalk to create the wonderful skies.
On Friday we worked in pairs and threes to be active with our maths learning. Each team was given a question at a time that they needed to solve together and explain their working out to an adult. They would then move on to another question and a different member of the team would have to explain the method ensuring no group was reliant on 1 person. Each team worked sensibly and collaboratively to solve the reasoning and problem solving questions as quickly as possible and it was brilliant to see the class having so much fun with their maths work and celebrating their successes when they got a question correct.
The class seemed to really enjoy the opportunity to work in small groups and to be a bit more active with their working out and it is definitely something we will do again in the future.
On Friday Year 6 visited Murton Park in York for a WW2 experience.
The children were absolutely fantastic in terms of how they behaved, answered questions and immersed themselves in the experience. There were brilliant costumes, on theme packed lunches and an amazing amount of knowledge demonstrated by the children that massively impressed the staff.
The children got to learn about the war and the lives of the people affected, embedding exisiting knowledge but also picking up new pieces of information as well. Furthermore they got to do realistic jobs including washing with a mangal, baking bread, churning butter, creating a rug and put out a fire as an ARP warden. It was a brilliant experience and one that the children fully engaged with and enjoyed. Well done Year 6!
After a week away at Lineham Farm the bread from our mould investigation had taken a turn for the worse. For those of you who are squeamish please don't look at the photos!
The children will continue to observe the changes in their bread and we have already had some fantastic discussions about what has caused some bread to be significantly more mouldy than others. The children's observation skills have really been developed as a result of this investigation.
Yellow group showed their impressive archery skills today, demonstrating excellent technique to hit the target more and more regularly as the session went on. Every child developed their composure and command of the bow to become more precise with their efforts.rnrnThe session culminated in a balloon challenge where we all took turns in trying to hit each other's. Even when bullseyes were hit we were often disappointed if it meant we did not hit the balloons we aimed for!
A great effort by the yellow group in muddy conditions as they supported each other on the slippery obstacle course and then guided each other through tunnels, under nets, over a-frames and in and out of a number of other challenges. Communication and description helped them through!
In the low ropes challenge they did brilliantly to navigate members of their group onto platforms using teamwork and logical thinking.
On a rainy afternoon, red group were dropped off a 15 minute drive away from Lineham Farm in the countryside and then had to find their way back home using a map and compass (and a few helpful tips from instructor Paul!). We saw a variety of plants, numerous berries and enjoyed taking in the scenery as well as just enjoying having some nice chats as we made our way through muddy puddles and country paths. We got to stop at the Emmerdale site as well!
Red group explored the Lineham Farm on Thursday morning and got to meet a variety of animals and find out how to look after them, behave with them and also how they contribute to the beauty of the area. The children also learnt about some of the other living things in and around the farm (plants, mushrooms- monera) and a whole host of other details and valuable pieces of information about the living world around us.
Blue group made some brilliant shelters (tested by water!) and produced some fantastic fires and came away from the session ready for any survival challenge that is thrown at them. They worked positively as a team and communicated well when making their shelters.
What an incredible effort from blue group today on the crate stack. A number of children in this group were uncertain about heights and after pushing themselves when climbing yesterday, they did the same again today and all got higher than they thought they might at the start. At the beginning of the week I said that the children want to leave the week without having regrets about not trying something and this group ensured today that they will end the week knowing they gave some of their toughest personal challenges a really good go and will feel proud of themselves as a result.
There are now a group of future Bear Grylls at Primrose Lane after an amazing bushcraft session today. Shelters were built (and soaked), fires were lit and supplies gathered and the children now confidently know how to survive in the wild woods of Yorkshire (if supplied with marshmellows and hot chocolate!!!). All the children had the chance to light fires using tools as well as then keep a fire going for an hour using their knowledge of what a fire needs to stay alive. They also learnt about the pillars of survival and what to prioritise first if in that situation. The children worked brilliantly in teams to be successful at the various challenges thrown their way.
A brilliant effort from the whole group on the cycling activity today as every child improved their skills and came away from the session having learnt a new skill whether it be how to look after a bike a bit more confidently, how to control their bike with more precision or how to take on bumps and turns with flair and technique. There was a pump track, an obstacle course and some brilliant jumps and some amazing air-time efforts but everyone challenged themselves and supported each other through the falls and tumbles!
The children took part in a movie themed night with a fun quiz followed by putting on movie themed costumes getting some great (and some not so great!) tunes on to fill the dancefloor. There were some amazing costumes and some interesting singing in what was a really fun night for all. At the end of the night the children brilliantly shared some of their highlights for the visiting Mrs Bailey and listened beautifully to each other. It capped off a fantastic day brilliantly.
There were so many personal milestones and achievements in this session with every child pushing themselves beyond their original expectations and also pushing past their fears and anxieties about heights. One of the best things to see on the residential is when someone is convinced they can't do something but then with the support of their teammates and instructors find out that they can. Climbing nearly always includes those moments and this session was no exception.
Blue group used their communication and teamwork skills to overcome a variety of challenges and guide each other through obstacle courses requiring balancing skills and then also description as their partners were blindfolded. The whole group got muddy and dirty and one pair were even left behind in a tunnel briefly as the group again showed their teamwork and guided each other back to safety!
Yellow group had a lovely session being dropped off a distance away from the site and making their way back observing and enjoying the nature along the journey. There was even an Emmerdale celebrity spot to top off the morning!
The red team overcame nerves, anxiety and their concerns to push themselves beyond their perceived limits and reach the dizzying heights of the crate stack towers. The children were so proud of themselves for challenging and pushing their boundaries and finished the tasks full of stories of perseverance and determination as well as teamwork.
Blue group did an amazing job of hitting the target and making progress with their archery skills on Tuesday afternoon. The children showed a wonderful attitude and competed well with each other whilst also taking on board advice from the instructors around way of improving their technique. There were moments when resilience was needed and the children benefited from this challenge!
A really fantastic effort from all members of Red group who overcame anxiety, nerves and fear to climb the walls and Jacob's ladder. This activity is one where many children are apprehensive and nervous but every year children amaze us with their efforts and ability to persevere and overcome a challenge and this year was no exception with some fantastic success stories. There were also many instances of the children supporting each other when times got tough and helping each other to climb a little higher and reach their goals.
The blue group had some fantastic achievements when out riding on Tuesday. They rode the tracks expertly, trying 'The Skinny', 'The see-saw' and 'The Jumps' with confidence and always looking to challenge themselves to go higher, faster or with more precision and control.rnrnBlue groups attempts at the tricky courses in the second half of the session with several members completing the complex courses and impressing the instructor with their perseverance and determination.
On Tuesday evening the 2023 Primrose Lane-Lineham Farm talent show took place! There were a whole range of talents on show that included: magic, riddle reading, dancing, singing, improvised material and some surprise acts that amazed and amused the audience in equal measure! All the acts showed incredible bravery and courage to stand up and perform in front of their peers and entertained us all immensely throughout the evening- some children even took part in more than one act. It was a very difficult choice to decide on a winner amongst all the talent on show but the adults eventually arrived at a result. The main award went to Seb and Herbie for the Gagnam style dance, the preparation and practise that had been put in impressed the judges. Well done everyone who took part for a brilliant and fun evening.
Yellow group explored the site in and around Lineham Farm on Tuesday and listened brilliantly as they learned all about the wildlife and natural world around them. The children picked up some valuable tips about mushrooms in the wild and were able to feed the sheep and other animals on the grounds.
The children successfully worked together to build towers of crates and face their anxieties and fears! All groups did fantastically well to work as a team to stack the crates evenly and systematically to build. It was particularly impressive to see the children supporting one another both in terms of taking the weight of the climbers and spotting them but also with moral support to help them achieve their goals and push beyond their comfort zone.
The red group showed excellent communication and teamwork skills to support each other in pairs through the activities on Tuesday morning. By working together as a pair and a team they helped each other complete the balance courses initially and then guide their partner through the nightline course while they wore a blacked out pair of goggle so had to rely on their listening and communication skills as a partnership. It was a really successful morning and the children learnt a lot about themselves and each other due to the challenging nature of the tasks.
Here you can find the times tables tests for all multiples and also the hot 100 documents to practise at home.
We had a visit from the Leeds foundation to discuss making good choicse. There were a series of activities and discussions around serious issues that the children may encounter and need to make important choices about such as:
- anti-social behaviour
- positive/negative choices and their impact
- age of criminal responsibility
- legal ages for vaping and other activities
- discrimination and racism
- knife crime
- dangers of filters on photos
- when to call 101 or 999
- dangers of gangs
- social media- benefits and risks
- location services on apps
- saying no when something does not feel right
All of this was done brilliantly by the organisation and the children contributed brilliantly to the discussions and asked very thoughtful questions. We followed this up with a class discussion on any areas they were not sure of and the children benefited from the session and conversations.
In science we have been learning about how to classify living things and have been using classification keys to do so (yes/no questions to determine where the living thing should go). The children used items from their tray to gain experience of how to do it and then we went outside to look at actual living things and used scientific vocabulary to help us describe the living things (colour, texture, vertebrate/invertebrate, plant/living things).
Here you can find a series of arithmetic practise papers as well as separate sheets for different areas of the curriculum. if you wanted your child to practise something that is not here, please let me know and I can add it. There is also a PDF that shows some of the key methods based on a SATs paper and how to solve certain questions.