Merlin - YEAR 6
Welcome to Merlin Class
Tudor Ship Building and World Book Day
At the end of our Tudor topic we worked in groups to plan, design and build our own Tudor style galleons. We had great fun (and some frustration) while building them and in the end we were all ready proud and impressed with the efforts of our groups and our classmate’s efforts. (Oh and it being our rearranged World Book Day meant some interesting photographs – is this the first time you have seen the Queen of Hearts holding a Tudor galleon?)
P.E. - Golf
During the second half of the spring term Year 6 have enjoyed developing their skills and technique during our golf lessons in PE. We have been working on control, accuracy and fluency of shots and, of course, had great fun playing many different games to help us develop these skills.
Healthy Me Week!
Year 6 have had a great time celebrating Healthy Me Week. The week kicked off with a visit from the Life Van where we participated in a session called 'Decisions' which encouraged us to think about making the right choices to stay healthy and safe. We were also treated to a session with a sports coach from AFC Bournemouth, who taught us all about healthy eating and the importance of a balanced diet. He also told us some funny stories about the eating habits of the some of the players! On Tuesday, during our science lessons, we investigated how exercise increases our heart rate and tested different exercises to see how our heart rate changes. On Wednesday we had a Pilates instructor come in and lead us in a relaxing session and we also played volleyball! After all that hard work, we earned our healthy fruit smoothies that we made! On Thursday, Mr Noyce enjoyed watching us as we participated in team building exercises - he seemed to find it very amusing to watch us try and guide our blind folded team mates into a 'pen' and to try and build a bridge without enough steps! Finally, on Friday we had the Olympic athlete guide us through our sponsored circuit training and then he gave us a brilliant talk about pursuing our goals - and never, ever giving up. It was an amazing week! Please enjoy some pictures from the week's events!
Y6 Spring Term Home Learning Project— Monarch Madness!
This term we have been learning about the Tudors and comparing their monarchs with the modern monarchy of England. At the start of the topic, our pupils explored this topic extremely creatively. Some investigated one of the Tudor monarchs such as Henry VIII or Elizabeth I. Others explored areas in the Tudor times such as such as scientific discoveries, exploration, food, and even crime and punishiment. We had detailed comparisons of Elizabeth I with Elizabeth II and Tudor times vs Modern Times in terms of fashion and architecture. Some even reported on the current role and responsibilities of the modern monarchy. The variety of projects was outstanding - from models of Tudor Houses, hand-sewn puppets, quizes, games, posters, PowerPoints, and even home-made Tudor food! We are very proud of our children and have enjoyed an amazing display in our corridor all term. Have a look at some of their work:
Victorian Exhibition 20th November
What a fantastic evening! Mr Burton, Mrs Hancock and Mrs Foster are so proud of the Year 6! The children organised an event that was fun, informative and showed off all of their hard work from the last term. Some of the children made traditional Victorian dishes from bread pudding, fruit tarts, sponge cake, mince pies and barley water. They proudly displayed their wares and encouraged tastings as they explained their recipes. Other children demonstrated how to build a suspension bridge and urged the visitors to try and make one better than Brunel's Clifton Suspension Bridge! All of the term's art work was beautifully displayed and the pupils showed their parents how to make a stencil print in the style of William Morris. In another corner of hall, visitors were able to make a 'thaumotrope' or Victorian opitical illusion - a spinning disc involving two pictures that appear to merge into one. Parents could try some tenpin bowling or build their own ball in a cup. The evening concluded with a performance by each class of a drama about life in a Victorian workhouse. Like everything else, the plays were written, produced and acted by the children. What talented and creative pupils we have and they should all be congratulated for such an amazing exhibition!
Treehouse Theatre Victorian Day
On Friday, 6th October, Y6 was transported back to Victorian England. The hall became a Victorian classroom, factory, workhouse, mine and the dodgy streets of East London. Year 6 dressed the part: there were street urchins, chimney sweeps, mill workers as well as rich boys and girls. Ben from the Treehouse Theatre Company directed the day and everyone had a role to play. We learned not just about the appalling conditions of child workers, but also about the brave reformers who fought for the rights of children to be safe and to attend school. Have a look at some of our amazing costumes!
Merlin's Victorian Home Learning Projects
Our topic for the Autumn Term is The Victorians. The Victorian period saw many major developments that made travel, communications and trade easier for many people. The railways allowed people to travel cheaply and rapidly, opening up new possibilities for both rich and poor. The postal service expanded after the introduction of the 'Penny Post'. Many of the things we take for granted today, such as photography, telephones, electric light bulbs and cars were invented during Queen Victoria's reign. Over the summer, Year 6 researched Victorian inventions and then chose a medium: powerpoints, posters, collages, cakes, models, and even films! We are so impressed by the talent and creativity of our pupils - have a look at some of their amazing work!
Meet the Team!