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Throughout the week we have been sharing our home learning projects. These have been focused on an individual country in Africa of each child’s choosing although some children worked in pairs. Year 6 have produced some fantastic work, engaging their audience with amazing fact files, beautifully crafted and creative ways of sharing their research and their country’s flags. We’ve seen videos, learnt languages, seen crafted flags and enjoyed some delicious cakes! We have learnt a huge amount about the diversity within the continent of Africa, ranging from religions, popular foods, historical figures, currencies, famous landmarks and battles for freedom and independence. As well as learning a huge amount about specific countries all the children were able to develop their skills of public speaking and planning their work and how to interest and engage their audience. Just some of the many countries we heard about were: South Africa, Kenya, Liberia, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Morocco, Madagascar, Nigeria, Angola, Namibia and Ethiopia.
Here are just some of the fascinating facts we learnt through this exciting project:
- “The shortest war in history took place in Zanzibar in 1896- it lasted only 38 minutes!!!” Wilson
- “Within the last 4 years the population of Kenya has grown by 5 million!” Beth
- “One of Liberia’s presidents was a former footballer (George Weah).” Henry Moore
- “The first ever king of Madagascar was called Radama 1st .” Harry
- “The capital of Morocco is Rabat.” Charlotte
- “If you combine the population of the 6 largest tribes in Kenya it would equal half the total population.” Safina
- “The 5th president of South Africa is called Cyril Ramaphosa.” Edie
- “Morocco exports 90,000 tonnes of dates each year!” Zara
- “The Nile river (which is the largest river in the world) flows through Ethiopia.” Jacob
In our science lesson we made 'blood' using household ingredients including cheerios, red and yellow food colouring and marshmellows. The ingredients represented different components of blood (platelets, red blood cells, white blood cells and plasma). By creating the blood in this way we improved our knowledge and understanding of what blood does and why it is essential for the human body. It was great fun creating our own blood and investigating its functions.
The children took part in a fascinating workshop (Kakatsitsi) where they learnt how to play in the style of Ghanaian drummers and then added to their already impressive dancing skills by learning traditional Ghanaian dancing. The children worked absolutely brilliantly and produced fantastic performances in both drumming and dancing. They gave 100% effort and thoroughly enjoyed the day.
When Year 6 went to Lineham Farm, they all thoroughly enjoyed it. From stepping off the bus onto the Lineham lane, the adventure began. They all walked the mile to the border of Lineham Farm and took the first picture.
Each group contained seven to eight people. Each group ( red , yellow, green or blue) had an opportunity to do every activity. All of the activities but two were done with two groups-cycling and archery.
Each activity challenged everyone. These activities were made to help everyone get better and to be able to achieve their. The activities were:
In cycling, people were challenged to go up bigger ramps and gain confidence. In archery, everyone got the chance to learn about the parts of a bow and arrow. The coach also helped everyone hit a bulls-eye. When climbing, everyone who said they couldn’t , ended up reaching the top.
During Lineham Explorers, not only did people get to feed the sheep, pigs( Murrphy, Lotus and Jasmine), goats-Tom and Jerry- and peacock, Jeff, we got to look at some bones of the local wildlife. After this, we got to look in the woods at owl pellets, birds and deer tracks.
During Orienteering, everyone started indoors with letters dotted around the Games room. We had to solve the anagram, which mad up Lineham Farm J. Then we went outside and found a 16 point map. We also learnt the points were called Control points.
In crate stack, we all got 20 minutes to stack as many crates as possible. The top amount was 13.
In low ropes, we got to try the platform challenge. This is when you get a platform to fit everyone on. You swing on a rope to the platform. Then you get a smaller platform, then smaller. The most people on the smallest platform was five.
In nightline, you got to walk through a stream to the destination. Then some people got blindfolded and went through a series of obstacles getting extremely muddy.
During Bush craft, we got to put up tarps with several knots to make a shelter. We used the rabbit ear knot , which was the only one everyone struggled with. After we put up the tarps we set up a fire. We used cotton wool, vaseline and dead wood. To light the fire, we used flint and steel. We tasted marshmallows , popped popcorn and drank hot chocolate.
For evening actives, we went on a night walk around Lineham Farm forest. We also had a games night. On Wednesday , we had a campfire. On the last night, we had a movie night –when we watched the Incredibles.
The whole week was a fantastic experience enjoyed by all of the children. We worked on our teamwork skills as well as developing our independence. We solved problems and overcame challenges and when we were nervous our friends supported us and helped us to overcome our fears. We learnt new skills not only through the activities but also about how to look after ourselves by cleaning our rooms, preparing our beds and setting up at mealtimes. Lineham Farm was an incredible experience and we loved it all!
Lineham Farm was a great experience.
We created clay models based on important animals from the ancient kingdom of Benin- the guild of craftsmen would have created offerings to the Obas (Kings) to gain favour.