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Year 6 have arrived at Marle Hall 2017...yeah!
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10th November 2017

 

This week in year 6, we have been learning about erosion of rocks by acid rain. We carried out an investigation using vinegar as acid and observed the effects of weak acid on calcium carbonate tablets or bicarbonate of soda. We saw that there was a chemical reaction and this would cause erosion. We also discovered that water is pH7 and acid rain can cause lakes to be come acidic which can kill the wildlife in the lake.

In maths, we tried to calculate the fraction of part of an origami flower that we made - it was challenging! See the link if you want to have a go.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptCTq2aAeo0

3rd November 2017

 

This week we have started our new learning theme: Extreme Earth. We have been reading a short story by Michael Morpurgo called 'The Giant's necklace'  and have been learning about expanded noun phrases, prepositional phrases, similes and metaphors and how to use them to create an effective description of a scene. We have begun our front covers and have been considering how to portray the four elements: earth, air, fire and water as abstract shapes and colours. We have started to learn about coastal features and how cliffs are eroded in geography.

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20th October 2017

 

This week we finished our Tudor purses. It was quite challenging to thread the needles. They looked good in the end and they all had different designs. In English we finished our narratives; it was a long process but we got there in the end. Some of them were very strong pieces because the writers had used description rather than just stating facts. In PSHE we did Start a Heart and we learned about CPR and how to keep someone alive until the ambulance arrives. In e-safety we looked at how to keep our images of ourselves safe. This tied in well with our art, because we had finished our pictures where we were manipulating images. We had tests in swimming to see how well we were doing. Then we had a fun session. We also looked at the bread and some of it had started to go mouldy. In 6JN the one that had the most mould was the one that had soil in, but there was also mould in the one that had been handled without gel. We picked our dorms for Marle Hall.

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13th October 2017

 

This week we finished learning our recorder parts to play along to 'Greensleeves'. Mrs Nickels took a video of us all playing. We also managed to finish the art on the computers, using PIXLR to change images.

 

In English, we wrote a narrative about the final battle in 'Macbeth'. We had to use descriptive language instead of statements of fact. Jonny wrote:

 

Macbeth walked along the boggy heath with his sharpened sword at the ready. He went into the forest to see the mysterious witches, anger and hatred in his heart. He had thought he would never go back, especially with blood on his hands.

 

In RE we were fortunate to have Mrs Bhatti come to talk to us about life as a Muslim in Britain today. It was really interesting. She showed us some things and gave us a Quran.

 

We have set up our science investigation into the growth of mould. We will see in a few weeks' time, which piece of bread grew mould the quickest.

 

We did some practice assessments this week to get us into the routine of answering questions independently in a certain amount of time.

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06.10.17

 

This week was really exciting as we were visited by the "Young Shakespeare Company" and we were treated to a spectacular performance of "Macbeth". The actors were amazingly talented and we all were involved in making sound effects, answering questions, being part of an army and for some of us, there were some special parts to play. We thoroughly enjoyed the "Scottish Play" and it helped us understand the plot by seeing actors performing parts of the original script.

 

29th September 2017

 

We started swimming this week in the new leisure centre.

 

We also wrote a playscript showing the argument between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth about whether he should kill Duncan. Macbeth doesn't really want to, but Lady Macbeth persuades him to do it.

 

In RE we were learning about the 5 pillars of Islam and in music we learned a Tudor dance tune.

 

We are still using PIXLR to make distorted images for art.

22.09.17

This week we went to Mary Arden's Farm to experience life as a Tudor in Shakespeare's home town of Stratford-upon-Avon. We loved dressing up as Tudor boys and girls. We made bread, threshed wheat, did weaving and made lavender bags. We also watched butter being made and a falconry display. At the end of the day, we experience Tudor dancing.

Friday 15th September

 

We had fun in English and with our theme this week, acting a scene in Shakespeare's language and then turning it into modern English. After that, we made it informal as though it was will.i.am and Liam from One Direction. We also pretended to be witches from the first scene and we read their poem and wrote our own spell using rhyming couplets (see below for 6JN's).

 

In computing, we learned out to use PIXLR to edit pictures and to 'distort' them and use layers. We are going to make our own portraits later, a bit like Holbein's 'The Ambassadors'. In art we finished our pen and ink drawings and Mrs Nickels' class looked at the Holbein painting and drew some of the artefacts.

 

A Dark Spell by 6JN

 

Gecko’s eye, mammoth’s tusk,

Tiger’s tail cut off at dusk,

Fair is foul and foul is fair,

Donkey’s hooves and horse’s hair.

Long  tail from a unicorn    

Mix it with a rhino’s horn

Candle wax stirred with some wine

Mix it with a thorn from vine

 

Gory poison of a god

Mix it with the snout of hog

Get one dark hair of your foe

A croc’s stone tooth beneath the snow.

Get one of medusa’s snakes

And dunk it in some mouldy cakes

Big green scale of a dragon

And a wheel of a wagon

 

Double, trouble war and threat,

Cauldron bubble blood and sweat

With it all, the cauldron shakes

With our spell a fire blood makes

 

Grab a giant hydra’s scale

Mix it with a pegasus tail

Leg of centaur, eye of cyclops

Mix it with tail of fox

Blubber of a killer whale

Shiny shell of steady snail

Jagged wing of blind eyed bat

Pointy nose of dirty rat

 

Sticky slime of black-eyed slug

Bendy leg of orange bug

Rough bark of an ancient tree

Wing of a black buzzing bee

King Kong strength that’s super strong,

Dragon's wing that’s very long.

Bright, shiny blood of unicorn,

Sharpest speare of blackbush thorn.

 

Double, trouble war and threat,

Cauldron bubble blood and sweat

With it all, the cauldron shakes

With our spell a fire blood makes

 

T rex  blood fresh from a creature,

Gorilla's arm with grizzly feature.

Take a bit of tigers tail,

Mix it with a mermaid’s tail

Take a crying baby’s tear,

And stir it in with children’s fear,

Steal a wing of tiny fairy,

Mix it in with all things scary.

 

Be sure to take a horn of bull,

Stir it with a basilisk’s skull

Always have a snout of pig,

Mix it with a purple fig.

Wing of phoenix, slime of slug,

Wicked heart put in a jug,

A cyclops eye, a hero’s blade,

A eagle's wing bathed in the shade.

 

Double, trouble war and threat,

Cauldron bubble blood and sweat

With it all, the cauldron shakes

With our spell a fire blood makes

 

Heart of otter 5 seconds dead,

10 seconds later take its head.

Zebra skin and tiger’s tale

Ivy leaf and night storm hail

I take a phoenix rip its heart

Then the world be cold and dark

Horn and tooth of sacred bull

Large ferocious tiger’s skull

 

Take a tail from a skunk,

And mix it with hair from a monk.

Venom from a deadly snake

Collect some fishbones from a lake.

Rage that comes so vile and wild,

Fear we took from cornered child.

Elation from when something clicks,

And sin that slips from sinner’s lips.

 

Reap the core, atop a tower

Of the deadly foxglove flower

Teeth of river crocodile

Blood that has been cold awhile.

Snatched hair of a unicorn,

Tear of a baby newly born.

In the moonlight steal the Sun

Then our work be dead and done.

Friday 8th September

 

Year 6 made a great start to the year! We had some lessons on the routines and rules and then we got straight on with our learning theme and our English and maths.

 

Our theme is all about Shakespeare and Macbeth. We looked at evidence about who Shakespeare really was. We could see that someone called Shakespeare had a grave: he asked people not to take his bones away. People had also written about him. Robert Greene obviously didn't like him because he called him an 'upstart crow'!

 

We did some drama where we had to re-enact the bit before the start of the play when they were having a battle and also write about what we thought of Macbeth. He was brave but bloodthirsty.

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