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We have all been very saddened to hear of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II especially as we learnt so much about her life and her duties when celebrating her Platinum Jubilee in the Summer term. We have talked about during our PSHE lesson what an extraordinary life she has led and how she can be a continual role model for us in our lives- having shown us how to make sacrifices for others, show respect to each and everyone we meet and have a deep pride and love for our country.
The children visited church earlier this week in a vigil led by the Rev. Eileen and were encouraged to light a candle and say a prayer for her family- they talked about how we can turn to God and ask for help during these difficult times. We acknowledged that this was a sad time but it is also a time to celebrate her life and welcome in the future monarch- King Charles III.
In school, we have celebrated the life of the Queen and looked at her family tree and history as well as the events that have occurred in her lifetime. We worked together to design our own class banner using 'All things British' as our inspiration- each child designed a badge (which they created out of felt) to go onto our finished and then we presented these during a church assembly. We also wrote reports about her life and how the country and the wider commonwealth would be celebrating over the coming days. We really enjoyed learning more about her and what responsibilities and roles she has.
As a school, we invited members of the local community to attend a celebration lunch with us and all sang 'God Save the Queen' together. They even stayed to judge our Stamp competition and watch our Crown Fashion Show. What a busy week but lots of fun and we learnt quite a bit.
This half term we have been exploring China and using our geography skills to locate the continent that it belongs to as well as a number of physical geographical features such as the mountain ranges, rivers, major cities and which countries it borders. We have looked at and compared some of the different cities and how depending on where you are in China, depends on the quality of life that you might have. Studying the exports and imports of the country and comparing them to our own we found quite interesting and how health is severely affected due to higher pollution rates in China.
We then took a trip back through history and explored the Shang Dynasty- looking at when it existed, how it was different to British history and what life might have been like back in those days. We looked at traditions created by people in those days and sewed our own fortune cookies as well as wrote reports about Oracle Bones as well as creating our own. We also looked at traditional paintings produced during these times and had a go at recreating our own versions.
We visited a local wetland centre- Martin Mere to investigate the wildlife that migrates there to nest and to explore the wide variety of species of wild fowl that inhabit the area. Using our map skills, we navigated around the centre and used our observation skills to identify the different species that we discovered. Eventually we discovered a gigantic nest and then learnt about Ava's story- an osprey who had transformed into part girl. We completed a series of tasks to find out what had happened to her and were awarded the title- Guardians of the Wild. We had a great day and couldn't wait to get back and complete her story ourselves!
This half term we have been reading the Firework-Maker's Daughter by Philip Pullman. We have really enjoyed the setting of the book and have appreciated the humour and the adventure that we went on. Throughout the term we have helped Rambashi advertise his new Jungle Grill, have helped to report on the arrest of Lalchand and produced some very entertaining chat shows to interview the Firework Makers for the festival. We would certainly recommend this book to others and learnt the importance of determination and believing in ourselves.
This week we have enjoyed World Book Day and came dressed as book-themed characters. As it was the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Mr Men and Little Miss books, we decided to design and create our own books after designing our own characters first. We looked at how the stories aimed to teach a lesson or a moral whilst also providing an entertaining plot. Once we had produced our books, we decided to share them with Class 1, who throughly enjoyed them too!
This half term we have been learning about how humans and animals are adapted to survive within their environments and how our genetic DNA is inherited from both our parents and determines some of the physical characteristics that we display. We looked at different environments and what animals would need to survive within those places and then we randomly selected an environment and had to design a species of creature that could live there.
Then we carried out an investigation whereby we studied how offspring could inherit different combinations of genes from their parents. In some cases, siblings had the same combinations and so we discussed how these might be Identical Twins.
Finally we looked at how we are able to identify and learn from species of animals that lived thousands of years ago and may even be extinct today. We learnt about the importance of fossil discovery and recorded the process by which they are created. We then modelled this process ourselves using salt dough and even had a go at becoming paleontologists ourselves.
Linked with our topic of adaptation and evolution, we read through the book: Moth an Evolutionary Story. We discovered how the peppered moth was initially an easy target for predators due to its distinctive black wings. However, due to the smoke and charcoal produced by the Industrial Revolution, was then perfectly able to camouflage with the surrounding environment and survive. We practiced our sketching skills, looking at shading, tone and different techniques to produce our own moth-inspired masterpieces.
We had some visitors to our school for a few days who taught us about how to properly and safely ride a bike on the road. We learnt about how to ensure our bike is safe and well-maintained, how to look for dangers and how to indicate appropriately using arm signals. We then took to the roads to practice applying our skills and learning more about different junctions and dangers that we could encounter. We all had a great time and can't wait to keep practicing what we have learnt.
This half term as part of our science unit, we have been trying to better understanding how light moves and travels as well as being able to demonstrate how we see the world around us. We first organised our own investigations to discover how light travels and found that by lining up small holes in several pieces of card, that light would only shine on the background if they were perfectly aligned. Therefore, we knew that light must only travel in straight lines. We wanted to know how we could change the directions of light so we looked at how mirrors can be used to reflect light and identified some real-life applications of this including in cars and during World War 2. Finally we created our own periscopes after learning how submarines used these during WW2 to detect their enemies. We discussed how the mirrors must be placed at a 45 degree angle for them to work and then we tried them out ourselves.
This week at St Marks, we are celebrating Advent and the birth of Jesus Christ as we countdown to Christmas. To kick the week off, we brought in baubles to decorate the Christmas Tree at St Marks Church. We wrote our own thoughts, dedications and prayers for our loved ones, those in our community and the world too and attached these to our baubles. It reminded us to appreciate what we have: warm homes, plenty of food and parents who love us and that not everybody has such comforts.
We also used watercolour paints and our sketching skills to produce some Nativity-inspired pieces of artwork to remind us the real reason that we celebrate Christmas.
We also had a great time at the Christmas Dinner, celebrating together and then had a go at creating our own Christmas Ornaments as a gift for our family. Using our sewing skills, we also created our own stockings to hang by the class tree and then added on our own initials to avoid missing out on some well-deserved treats.
We have been trying to understand why we call World War 2 a World War so decided to investigate which countries were actually involved during the war. We discovered that there were two groups of countries called the Axis Countries led by Germany and the Allied countries including Britain. Using our mapping skills, we were able to identify all the countries that were involved and discovered that over half of the worlds countries were involved and it was fought across multiple continents. We were even able to locate Pearl Harbour, which we realised was situated between America and Japan hence why they were involved during the war.
Some of our children then found a map in a book about Anne Frank and so we mapped where she travelled to and lived during her short and difficult life.
This half term, based on our learning focus of World War 2, we have been studying the works of Henry Moore, who painted and sketched scenes that occurred during the Blitz. We were really interested to find out that he often had to sketch from memory and that's the reason why his work was quite rough and lacked precision at times. However, we discussed what his pieces of artwork tell us about life during the war and the emotion that he was able to capture in his work. We had a go at recreating some of his works using pencil and charcoal and were really proud of how they turned out.
This week we were visited by a Yoga instructor who came and provided us with some great techniques and strategies for relaxing and managing our worries and stresses. We learnt about how taking deep breaths can slow our heart beat and help us to deal with anxious situations more easily. Then we learnt some basic stretches and routines on our mats, including the 'Downward Dog', 'Cobra', 'Chaturanga' and 'Tree' movements. All of us agreed that we felt much more peaceful and relaxed after we had taken part in the yoga and would try it at home to help us with our mental health and well being.
This half term, we have been learning all about the Ancient Greek civilisation. We have explored where within history they existed, how the geography of Greece affected the ways in which they lived, who they worshipped, the relationships between city states (known as Polis) and their inventions that have influenced the way that we live now.
The children produced reports based on what they had learnt this half term and we were incredibly impressed by the quality of their writing; they made us want to dive right in. We also used Ancient Greek architecture such as the Parthenon as inspiration to design and produce our own Greek landscape pieces of art, which included a watercolour background, a sketched silhouette and a 3D structure made from modelling straws.
After learning about Hermes- the messenger of the Gods- the children were challenged with designing and creating their own Greek sandals inspired by the God himself. They had to create a pattern that would fit their own feet, measure and cut the different sections of their sandal and then sew it together using a running stitch. We all picked up some great skills and thought they were all fit for a God.
This half term we have been focusing on developing our understanding of how we can take better care of ourselves and specifically focusing on our mental wellbeing and health. We learnt about how important it is to recognise when we are struggling with our mental health and how we can support ourselves or ask for help. We know the importance of speaking about our feelings, spending time with loved ones and those that help us stay positive, enjoying hobbies and keeping ourselves physically healthy. We know that we are each here to support one another in Class 3 and help each other smile and feel positive about ourselves.
Our Kindness Jar picks on a Friday afternoon, definitely show how much time we spend helping and supporting each other inside and outside of the classroom- it is always full to the brim! I wonder who will get picked out this week.
This year we didn't let bubbles bursting get us down. Instead we organised a party of our Year 6 Leavers to show them how proud we are of how hard they have worked this past year. We arranged a sensory scavenger hunt where they had to find and locate natural sounds, texture and colours from the surrounding school field. We then got competitive and took part in a Mini Sports Day where they needed to show their accuracy and stamina with throwing, penalty shoot outs, limbo, egg and spoon races, sack races and miniature golf. After a lot of running around, we settled down and created our own Dream Catchers and wrote hopes and dreams that we had for the future on them. Finally we enjoyed lots of treats, pizza and a lovely final service with our parents. What a fantastic end to the school year.
This half term we have been looking at Chemical changes and reactions within Science. We have learnt about both reversible and irreversible and now understand what the difference between both are. We carried out several experiments that showed us that during an irreversible reaction, substances are created or colour changes occur. We used cabbage juice to change the colour of soap and vinegar, which we definitely weren't expecting and then we inflated a glove without blowing into it or with a pump. We learnt that bicarbonate of Soda and vinegar react to create carbon dioxide which is what inflates the glove. Now that is what we call the magic of science! Finally, we wrote our findings as reports to help us remember what we had discovered.
This year we decided to travel back to the days in which Jesus lived and with the help of the Church, we were able to find out what it was like for Jesus leading up to his death on the cross. We all came dressed in clothes from the past and started our day by welcoming Jesus into Jerusalem by parading around the school and church grounds. We all waved our palms and shouted 'Hosannah to the King'. Following this, we attended the Last Supper and learnt about why Jesus washed the feet of his followers as a sign of respect. Even the teachers had a go at the feet washing. From there, we ate and drank with Jesus and learnt about the betrayal of Judas. Finally, we looked at what the symbols of the cross, the crown of thorns and the purple cloth mean to Christians. All of the children took part in an Easter egg hunt and the winners of the Easter egg Design Challenge were announced. We had a great day, lots of fun and learnt a lot about why this time of year is so important to us.
This half term we have been learning all about the Vikings. We have explored where they came from and learnt that they were originally from Scandinavia and travelled all around the world seeking new lands to farm and gold to pillage. We realised that they weren't all as violent and savage as we first thought and that in fact they were very civilised in the way that they dressed and presented themselves. We learnt about their religious beliefs and were able to retell sagas about some of the Gods. We really enjoyed our class book - Viking Boy - and celebrated Gunnar's victory and vengeance at the end of it.
Throughout the term we had some incredible projects created at home and brought in so thank you very much for all the parents who supported their children with this - we were very impressed by the standard (some of them wouldn't have felt out of place in an actual museum). We learnt a variety of different skills including: wood whittling, cross-stitching, weaving, baking and butter churning as well as producing some very informative reports and exciting Viking-themed stories.
Last week, our assembly theme was 'Remembering', which coincided with Remembrance Day on the 11th November. We discussed the reasons why it is so important to remember the fallen soldiers that gave their lives so that we could have a future and we recognised how symbols such as poppies gave us the incredible ability to remember such tragic events even when they occurred over a century ago. We also discussed and acknowledged those individuals that are currently working on the front lines particularly in caring for the elderly or treating those that are injured or sick throughout the Covid Crisis. As a sign of respect, the children helped to decorate the church in poppy wreaths, read the names of those soldiers who had fallen from Scarisbrick and then wrote their own poetry as a fitting tribute to those that sadly lost their lives. We have been incredibly proud of the maturity and respect that our pupils have demonstrated and the interest that they have taken in learning about the terrible events of the past.
This half term we have been learning all about Rivers. We have been hard at work studying our local rivers in Lancashire, some of the larger rivers found within the United Kingdom and then produced our own reports on rivers around the world. We have followed the journey of a river from the Source to the Sea, discussed what we mean by the terms erosion and deposition and learnt more about why dams are created and how they can be both advantageous and damaging to us and the environment. In Science, we have investigated different forces including Gravity, Friction, Water and Air Resistance and have carried out our own planned experiments to test our own predictions. We had a lot of fun designing and testing our own parachutes and discovering whether an object's shape affected its movement through water. Finally, in English we really enjoyed our class book- 'Flotsam' and produced some excellent short stories about our own unusual discoveries and dilemmas as well as using personification, metaphors and similes within our poems to explain the journey that rivers take throughout their lives.
Finally, a special mention to those that completed their Homework Projects this half term. Myself and Miss Blundell were blown away by the time and effort that was put into some of them and so here are a couple of the incredible creations.