Elder Class Archive

November 2017

In chemistry today, we did the ‘soda snake’ demonstration. We added sodium hydrogen carbonate and icing sugar to a beaker containing sand saturated in ethanol and observed what happened. The mixture ignited and we saw the icing sugar begin to caramelise and ‘snakes’ grow out of the beaker. This was most certainly an irreversible change.

With only a week to go before our theatre performance, Elder class had their final in-school rehearsal with Annie. We have thought about how our characters will enter the stage in character. We are really getting good with our lines. It’s getting exciting…

Seven of our year 6s have been chosen by Mrs Blythe to learn to play the hand bells ready for a performance at the Christmas Carol Concert. They had a superb first lesson today and could play a recognisable version of Good King Wenceslas by the end of their session. Great work!

In English Elders were debating the topic of detentions in small groups. There was some great use of  ‘dare to disagree’ openers and opinions presented as facts. Some serious-looking faces were evident in the désire to present the best argument


October 2017

There was great hilarity during our rehearsals this week when the drunken gaberdine scene was in progress. It’s all coming together.

In PE with Tom this term we are doing gymnastics. Today we had to plan and execute a routine in pairs. The routine needed to involve a roll, a balance and a travelling move. Good cooperation and listening skills were needed.

In maths we wee looking at fractions that added to make one whole one. We used fraction cubes to help us and then looked for patterns in the numbers. We discovered the denominators often shared common factors/multiples.

These fractions didn’t share factors but still added to one because the fractions with common factors/multiples totalled a half each. Si 1/5 + 1/5 + 1/10 = 1/2 and 1/4 + 1/8 + 1/8 = 1/2.

However these fractions didn’t work:

We thought about how we could change the 2/10 so the fractions added to 1 and discovered that replacing 2/10 with 1/8 and 1/12 meant we reached the target total of one – great stickability and cooperation demonstrated.


We had a great time today with Mr Williamson (helped by Mr Fuller) pressing apples to make apple juice. We learnt some types of apples and used our strength to juice the apples. We even ate some of the pulp. It was all delicious! Thank you to Mr Williamson and Mr Fuller for giving your time to Elder class and helping us do something new.

Our rehearsals of The Tempest are going well. Annie was so impressed with how we had got on with our tableaux. ELder were fantastic during today’s rehearsal for scene 2: great listening skills and enthusiasm. I am very proud of you all.

We had the best science lesson ever today: we had to taste chocolate! We looked at the texture, colour and brittleness and also checked the smell and taste when the chocolate was solid, melted and re-solidified. We tested ‘Cadburys buttons’ and chocolate candy buttons. We discovered the candy buttons had a higher sugar content and were more ‘grainy’ when re-solidified. The change was a reversible change but the taste did change.

Oh my goodness! I have been overwhelmed by the brilliance of the projects produced by my class. They had to research a famous British person and present their findings. Have a look at this sample of wonderful ideas – such creativity!

Science was great fun this week! We were looking at reversible and irreversible changes and we had a morning of flames and colour.

Elder class had a great afternoon with Annie rehearsing scene one of The Tempest. The children had some amazing ideas of how to stage their production. We will have lots of rehearsing to do before next Wednesday when Annie comes again.

In English we are learning to use colons and semi-colons in lists. Here are some of our first efforts.


Diwali Day was great fun! It was lovely to see the year 6s supporting the younger children and showing themselves to be great role models during the different activities. A special thank you to Izzy and Hollie for great washing up skills to make sure our classroom looked neat and tidy at the end of the day.

In science Elder class learned about electro-plating and managed to copper plate an iron nail using a copper pin and copper sulphate solution. We are practising writing up investigations too.

Our amazing Elder cross country runners at the BSP event. A great team!

Elders had a fabulous trip to Conservatoire East to watch The Tempest. The actors portrayed their parts brilliantly and we got lots of tips ready for our performance. There were some very funny scenes too, which we all enjoyed – a true Shakespeare comedy.

Elder class enjoyed the autumn sunshine during their rugby lesson today. They demonstrated good passing skills and excellent teamwork.


Well done to Lana, Elle and Poppy for organising the fundraising for Macmillan activities. The cakes looked amazing! A fantastic £401.04 was raised – absolutely brilliant!

In history we acted out the poem ‘Danegeld’ by Rudyard Kipling.

In maths we made ‘the sieve of Eratosthenes’ to investigate prime numbers.

In science this week we were looking at combustion. We soaked paper in water and then set light to it. It didn’t burn. We then soaked it in ethanol and it ignited immediately when we put a flame to it. We soaked Mrs Bigg’s £5 note in a mixture of water and ethanol and it ignited immediately but then the flame quickly went out and the money was unharmed!

September 2017

Mr Mason and two ex-pupils, Aurelia and Mikhim, came in to speak to Elder class about Sybil Andrews today. The children In Elder asked some very good questions in their attempts to find out more about their possible secondary school. Sybil Andrews have an open evening on Wednesday 27th September at 6.30pm – all welcome.

Science was all about nappies today! We dissected a nappy to find the hydrogel crystals inside and then investigated how much water they would absorb and the effect on the volume of the crystals of adding different amounts of water. We used cooperation and independence to read and follow the instructions. We recorded our results in a table and then put the data into a line graph before drawing a conclusion from our graph.

Elder class had a great workshop this afternoon with Annie from the Theatre Royal. In groups, they had to freeze-frame phrases from The Tempest like ‘brave vessel’ and ‘wooden slavery’. They showed fantastic creativity.

The Elders were amazing at working out which lines, that Annie gave them, belonged to which character from the play. They acted in character, moving and speaking in role. They practised using iambic pentameter to say their lines.  It was a great afternoon and we are all very excited about our project!

We were using our knowledge of place value and rounding to solve a bar model problem in maths today. We worked in pairs and showed superb cooperation and stickability. A special well done to Owen and Aiesha who found the solution to this tricky problem and explained their reasoning beautifully.

Well done to Owen who was the  player of the year for Bury Cricket Club Falcons under 11s team. A great achievement!

In English we began our Shakespeare project and acted out the story of The Tempest (a 20 minute version). We put our scenes together to make a play.

In art we investigated the effect of using different patterns in our work. We think our final pictures look really effective.



In English we wrote a dialogue between two characters and made sure our speech punctuation was accurate and that we interwove narrative to make it more interesting. We were really impressed with Izzy’s writing.

In English we were using pathetic fallacy to build tension and create mood in our writing. We watched a film clip called ‘Wing’ and then wrote an opening to the story. Joseph and Elle were ‘super-proud’ of their opening.

Our first Empiribox science lesson of the year went with a bang and some impressive green fire! We were great at remembering how to spot a chemical reaction and there were lots of ‘oohs’ and ‘aaahs’ when the reaction happened. We made an amazing discovery about hair gel too.


Elder class had a visit from Mr Walker and Mr Gower from King Edward VI Upper School to talk about transition. They listened really carefully to the information given and asked some really interesting questions. All of the pupils were invited to attend the open evening at King Edwards on 12th October from 6pm to 8pm and the ‘super science Saturday’ on 23rd September between 10am and 2pm.

In PE we are practising our rugby skills with Tom this half term.

In science we learnt about how light helps us to see objects. We used cooperation to plan and make a short educational film to explain the process.

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Elder class had their first session as Circle Time Leaders on Friday afternoon. It was fantastic to see the year 6s taking  on new responsibilities and interacting so positively with the younger pupils.