Hooked on Books

In Y6 our text this half term in One Thousand and One Arabian Nights. We have thoroughly enjoyed reading this text so far and are invested in the story plot.

In our recent demonstration comprehension lesson, we thought back to what we read last lesson using connections or what we’ve already read, explained why we thought that. Before we started reading today we went back to our own targets when reading aloud. We recapped that fluency is the ability to read, write or speak at a comfortable pace without undue hesitation which could impact on meaning or understanding. We explained why punctuation is important – builds fluency with appropriate pauses and breaths – if you stop in the right places, the text makes more sense. Also, Intonation is the rising a lowering of our pitch.  It helps us not to sound like a robot and can support meaning.  For example, our voices should raise when we are asking a question – it’s how we can identify questions without question marks when we talk to other people. it’s important to learn what it is and how to use it properly to help our reading and comprehension. If we don’t know how to pronounce a word, we can check if it’s a proper noun (do we need to pronounce it correctly?), segment and blend the sounds (does it follow a spelling rule), try to recognise any prefixes/suffixes/root words that we recognise how to pronounce or simply ask a buddy. Lastly we looked at reading with expression means reading aloud with feeling.

Raft Building

After a good nights sleep and a hearty breakfast we had our first challenge of the day – this is one the children were looking forward to and it did not disappoint. Needless to say we were cold and wet but we had big smiles on our faces!

We are Historians

During this case study we are learning about the Egyptians. We have learnt about who they were and recalled key dates. When we were being historians, in our research we soon discovered that the River Nile was extremely important to the Egyptians as they used it for so many different things: helping to grow crops, fresh water, fishing and transporting goods. Because of the River Nile, the Egyptians were successful farmers and were able to grow a variety of foods which they ate to keep themselves healthy. We then compared childhood today to that of Ancient Egypt and experienced what they did for fun; below are some pictures of board games we created inspired my the Egyptians. We further learnt that the Egyptians believed that if they led a healthy lifestyle in this life, this would then mean they would also live a healthy and a good life in the afterlife. Hence, why the Egyptians placed such an importance on having a healthy lifestyle. Despite the Ancient Egyptians living over 5000 years ago, they were also the first to really look into medicine and began to investigate how bodies worked and how best to look after them. They created medicines, gave massages, performed surgery and used honey for its healing properties and even made toothpaste. We also learnt about the process of mummification and how they took great care in preparing bodies for the afterlife.

Crew Mcloughlin – Music

Our new unit of music ‘Race!’ focuses on the theme tune from the 1981 film ‘Chariots of Fire’.

We began by passing a rhythm around the crew in a circle. We kept the beat nice and steady, ensuring that the next person did not begin tapping their beat until the person before them had finished their 8 counts. Once we had managed to successfully pass the rhythm around the entire circle, we then challenged ourselves by passing the beat round again only this time, the next person had to begin once the person tapping had performed their first four taps. We found this tricky but we were resilient and managed eventually to get the rhythm around the entire circle!

We started our work on the Chariots of Fire theme tune by watching a video of key events from the film without sound. We discussed what we had seen and created a list of themes based on the clips. We discussed the idea of a pulse being present throughout the music that represented the ticking of a clock. We talked about why a clock might be important and decided that it was to represent the clock timing the race. Using a glockenspiel, we practised playing a quick pulse with the note C. Whilst it was tricky to play quickly, we had to really concentrate to make sure that we did not play too fast or too slow and that we stayed in time with the other members of our crew.

As well as a ticking clock, the idea of a short motif representing a cheering crowd is included within the piece. We discussed how two notes (C and G) are used however the duration of the second note (G) is longer than C so would need to be held on for longer. Using untuned percussion instruments we practised creating this motif.

We split into two groups, one group focusing on the quick pulse of the ticking clock, the other focusing on the short motif of the cheering crowd. Layering these two elements together allowed us to see how piece of music are structured and also how stories can be told using just instruments.

SATS Celebrations

After giving SATs week our all, we had some well deserved celebrating to be done on Friday. We hit then afternoon off with glow in the dark dodgeball, which was a ball!

Then whilst we were having an amazing time, miss was setting up a party for us to come back to! We had a blast!

Dear Year 6…

I know we’ve said this alot but well done for your hard work so far, we are extremely proud of your perseverance, resilience and positive attitude towards learning. You have tackled all the challenges presented to you with enthusiasm, and we can see that you are completely ready for the SATS tests next week.

This weekend, we want you to chill out and enjoy the sunshine – do something nice, enjoy time with your family, read a book, go to the cinema, eat some nice food or play out with friends – as I know you have all told me you are doing. Just remember to eat well, have early nights (yes that needs to be in bold), to laugh a lot and just enjoy your weekend!

Above all, we want you to believe in yourself and know that you have done everything that you possibly can to be the very best that you can be. So now is the time to take all what you have learnt and get it down on paper because you could not have worked any harder. Let’s show everyone what Y6 crew at Carcroft can do!

Good Luck!