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Elder Archive 2019-2020

September 2019

Week ending 11th October:

In English this week we wrote a balanced argument on who the more evil character in Macbeth is: Macbeth or Lady Macbeth. We used our knowledge of the play as we have been rehearsing with Annie ready for our performance on 30th October.

In science we considered the flat Earth v spherical Earth debate. We could use our skills from our English writing to help us with the balanced argument style.

We had our final Explore Outdoor session. Our instructors felt that we had made a lot of progress in our team working skills during the sessions. Our stickability has developed due to the tricky problems we have had to solve too.

Week ending 4th October:

In science we were looking at shadows: how they form, how to change the size and shape of them and when all materials create a shadow.

Elder class enjoyed their visit to the church to investigate incarnation and symbols of Jesus within the church.

Callum showed fabulous creativity by having his artwork published in a magazine. I am sure you will agree that his picture is stunning. Well done, Callum!

Week ending 27th September:

In RE we have been thinking about the different ways that Jesus is depicted in images. We looked at Antonia Rolls ‘Jesus on the Tube’ and drew pictures of what it might be like if Jesus visited our families.

We began rehearsing our scenes with Annie this week. To start off with we had to work as a group and individually to depict various scenes from the play.

In science we learnt about refraction and completed two experiments to see the effect of refraction.

Elders had another great session with Explore Outdoor solving problems by working as a team.

Elder class had their second Outdoor Explore session. They were in two groups and had to solve problems working as a group together. Well done, Emma – great problem-solving!

Elders had their first session with Annie. She was super-impressed with the children’s knowledge of the story of  Macbeth and the characters. The class used their bodies to make visual images of phrases from the play. They practised their use of iambic pentameter.

Science this week was all about reflection. We used protractors to measure the angles of incidence and reflection. Elders also tried shining light through concave and convex lenses.

Elder class had their first session with Explore Outdoor. The focus of the session was to support the children’s team building skills and encourage them to work cooperatively together. Elder class were amazing and really impressed Tina and Harry (the leaders) with their ability to work together to achieve a given aim.  Well done! I am very proud of you all.

As it was Friday again, Elder class read with Acorn and Oak class. It was lovely to see the children sharing books and supporting the younger children in school.

Aneira impressed the class with her singing when she showed us the certificate she achieved for her Grade 1 singing exam. We could all see why she deserved a distinction! Aneira, you were amazing!

In science, Elder class looked at light and how it travels. They took part in a carousel of activities which enabled them to discover that light travels in a straight line but can have its direction changed through the use of lenses. Then they made short films explaining what they had discovered.

The year 6 bookshop was open for business again on Tuesday lunchtime with three willing volunteers running it. Business was steady and the Elder helpers did a great job!

Elder class have written some fabulous descriptive sentences about our character from the short film Wing. They thought about using interesting openers, expanded noun phrases and relative clauses as well as using some superb vocabulary.

Elder class have begun to design self-portraits based on a pop art/cubist style. They are looking fantastic so far!