Kingswood

Kingswood

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On Wednesday 20th July, Year 6 attended their Kingswood residential. Upon arrival we quickly participated in our first planned activity which was archery – we were incredibly competitive! Later on we celebrated our first night with a campfire, where we sang songs, shared jokes and celebrated a special birthday too!

 

On Thursday we had a busy schedule of events including: the zip wire, nightline, laser tag, 3G swing and an outdoors disco.  In all of the events we challenged ourselves and supported each other which was fabulous to see.

 

On our final day, we were challenged with building a raft which had to support our whole team.  First we designed our raft together, then we learnt about different knots which were essential when constructing our rafts.  On completion, we carefully carried our rafts to the waters edge and boarded them.  We were thrilled that our rafts stayed afloat!

 

We all had an amazing time and made lots of special class memories together.  We would like to thank the Kingswood staff who were friendly, supportive and fun during our stay.

Athletics

Year 6 have been working with Mr Jackson to improve their technique in a range of athletic events.  Looking at the photographs, you can see the sheer determination to improve with each attempt! Well done Year 6!

CPR training

Year 6 have been busy learning the six steps of CPR. We understand that cardiopulmonary resuscitation is a lifesaving technique which is very useful in many emergencies, in which someone’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped.

Clip ‘N Climb

Year 6 challenged themselves a completely different way today, when we visited Clip ‘N Climb! Everybody showed superb communication, teamwork and resilience skills to step out of their comfort zone and to try a new challenge. It was amazing to see how the children all developed in both climbing techniques and confidence from the start of the session to the end. Some pupils even climbed up the challenging walls blindfolded and backwards too!

Year 6 made me incredibly proud to be their teacher!  The level of support and encouragements which they showed each other was amazing!  Well done Year 6!

Design Technology

Year 6 have been investigating how bridges are constructed and analysing the effectiveness of each design.  In this lesson we explored ways in which trusses are used to strengthen bridges.  We selected to create either a lattice, warren or pratt truss and then carefully measured the amount of weight which it could support.  Some of our truss bridges surprised us! Take a look at our photographs!

Rounders

Over the half term, Year 6 have been developing their throwing, catching, fielding and batting skills.   We then incorporated these skills into our rounders matches.  We understood how teamwork and communication was essential for the team to work well together.

Art – Monet

Year 6 have been focusing on Monet and Impressionism. Impressionism is an art movement which focused on capturing the impression of the moment, especially in terms of light and effect.  Over the past few weeks, Year 6 have carefully analysed a variety of Monet’s paintings and the techniques which he used.  We carefully mixed our colours using a paint pallet while adding dabs of paint to build up the colour.

Music

In music we are focusing on the music of Carloe King.  We have been working hard to learn the song and music to You’ve Got A Friend, to develop our whole class performance.

Science – Adaptation investigation

In Science we are learning about Darwin and his investigations into how finches adapted to survive on the Galapagos Islands. We focused on how different beaks impacted the consumption of food.  We conducted a fair test to see how the small, pointed tip beaks compared with the wide tip beaked finches when eating smaller seeds on Island A compared to larger seeds on Island B.  Year 6 will share their finding with you.

Downs Syndrome Awareness Day

On 1st March, Year 6 started their Downs Syndrome Sunflower Challenge by planting their sunflower seed following Mrs Buckley’s assembly on Down Syndrome Awareness.  Over the next twenty-one days, Year 6 watched how their sunflowers started to bloom and grow at different times – just like us! On 21st March, we participated in the Rock Your Socks campaign and wore brightly coloured socks to promote Downs Syndrome Awareness; in class we also focused on inclusion for all.  We have carefully taken our sunflower home to nurture them over the next few months.