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Every week, the children are set a chapter of a story from Fiction Express as homework to enjoy and unwind. Once they have completed the chapter, they are asked to complete a mini quiz. Across the half term, these scores are added up and awards are given to those with the highest overall scores. This half term we have had quite a few reading champions in our class and we are so proud of them. Congratulations and...keep on reading...
This half term we have been busy creating some detailed and thoughtful pieces of artwork. We looked at the author and artist- Charlie Mackesy as we have been looking at where we can find guidance in our lives within RE. We thought that his messages were really special and so we designed and painted our own using our own wise pearls of wisdom.
We have also worked in pencil this half term during our 'Ghosts and Glitter' to study and sketch the human form with a focus on the human skull. We looked at how different parts of the skull possess different amounts of shadow and we practiced different techniques for shading using lighter and darker tones.
We have been working outdoors for PE this half term and have been learning all about orienteering. We have learnt how to read and orientate a map to find certain markers around the school field. We demonstrated that we could work well together as a team and showed resilience when we couldn't find the marker immediately. We even had to direct our partners whilst they were blind-folded! We had lots of fun and really enjoyed learning this important skill that one day we might use whilst we are hiking or exploring the outdoors.
This first half term of the year we have been learning all about the importance of water and rivers. We have looked at maps and studied where the nearest rivers are to us in the North West of England and then we have studied larger rivers within Europe and the world. We became a human river and learnt about erosion, deposition and how rivers are formed as well as their journeys from Source to Mouth. We even talked about dams and whether they can have a positive or negative influence on the environment and people living within the local communities. We really have become fountains of knowledge on the subject!
We decided in groups which river we would like to learn more about and then gathered information by studying atlases, browsing the internet and using books from the library. Here are some of our reports- we were really proud of them.
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.
We didn't let the Pandemic ruin an opportunity to celebrate the successes of your Year 6 pupils this year. Instead we organised their own Sports Day including foot golf and a penalty shoot out (with staff members in nets)...safe to say we didn't save many penalties. Mrs Lyness spoilt them with their own private bingo session complete with a range of prizes for the winners and then we dived into a feast of pizzas and rainbow-themed goodies. A game of giant netball burnt off some of the meal before they took part in Mr Dennett's 'Task Master Challenges' which required brains, logic and common sense: all of which we were somewhat lacking at that point.
The outdoor area and gazebo were decorated in all the colours of the rainbow and Reverend Eileen held a service for the year 6 children and their parents. The children shared with us some of their dreams and aspirations for the future as well as their personal thanks for those that had helped them reach the end of Primary School. It was a great way to celebrate their achievements and we wish them all the best of luck as they move on to high school.
For Valentines day, the school had a themed day all about love and donated £1 each for the National Heart Foundation Charity. In class 3, we learnt more about where our money was going and the wide array of projects that they funded. We were surprised to find out that they played a huge part in reducing air pollution, creating laws to reduce sugar intake and developed incredible operations such as organ transplants. They then made their own guides explaining how to look after and keep your heart protected and healthy. We included information that would help support someone emotionally as well as physically. We then took part in a Joe Wicks workout to build up a sweat and get our hearts pumping. We all felt that we got right to the heart of the matter!
In science this term we have been learning about the circulatory system and the role that the heart and lungs play in transporting oxygen and blood around the body. We investigated and observed virtual AR hearts, which allowed us to better understand the different structures within the organ such as the Aorta and the Pulmonary Artery.
We were also intrigued by what was actually contained within our blood and through creating our own blood samples, learnt about the Red blood cells, the White blood cells, the Plasma and the Platelets as well as their individual roles. Finally we wrote some fact-filled reports about what we had learnt from our science topic this half term.
In class 3, as well as the Christian values, we try to demonstrate when possible the 4 R's to ensure that we are:
- Respectful, Responsible, Resilient and Ready to Learn-
We also have a system in class where raffle tickets are rewarded to individuals that uphold these values. They are then placed into a raffle and tickets are drawn at the end of the week for a Lucky Dip. To encourage team work, earning 50 tickets collectively as a class will be rewarded by a mystery experience.
This week, the required number of tickets were exchanged and as a reward, we had our own Ice Cream Factory. Ice cream was available for all to enjoy with a range of toppings and sauces. The children agreed this was a cool prize and I agree it definitely wasn't met with a frosty reception...What will the next 50 ticket prize be?
After learning about World War 2 this term in history, we decided to go on a trip to Liverpool where one of the only surviving U-boats is displayed. We caught the ferry across the Mersey and despite the miserable weather conditions, we managed to make it to the other side without sinking. Once across, we explored the U-boat museum and learnt more about the conditions inside the vessel and the torpedoes that they used to attack enemy ships. We were shocked to find out that not only were they capable of enormous explosions but that they could travel over 30mph and that soldiers on board would actually sleep in the same room as them. We had the opportunity to wear a German helmet that we found surprisingly heavy and even tried out a periscope. What a great way to round off our topic this half term.
This half term we have looked at the disastrous events of World War 2. Firstly, we looked at the reasons why the war took place so we were able to appreciate why so many countries were involved. We learnt about the bombings and the Blitz and used our knowledge to create guides to help those living through these times to better prepare and protect their families. Looking at ways in which the public assisted in the war effort, we designed and created our own propaganda posters based on the examples that we had analysed as a group. We also used our understanding of aerial combat and the newly designed planes to write non-chronological reports about the Battle of Britain. Listening to Chamberlain's declaration of war over the radio, really helped us to appreciate the fear and worry that most people would have felt during World War 2.
This year we decided to perform a Nativity with the entire school called 'We're Gonna Shine!' to the parents and local residents of Scarisbrick. The children had an incredible number of songs, actions, stage directions and lines to learn and practice but every single person did an incredible job and produced a fantastic show worthy of the West End. It was inspiring how everybody worked together and the older children took on the responsibility of supporting those younger than them; all the staff who work at St Marks were left feeling very proud. We even had a number of glowing reviews and letters from members of the church who had watched the performance in the morning.
As always, Class 3 made and took gifts across to the Luncheon club, who kindly allow us to sing to them after their Christmas dinner. We sang a couple of songs from the Nativity as well as some more traditional songs for them to sing along to. The children tell me that they always appreciate this time as they are able to give something back to the community and wish everybody a merry Christmas.
This week, Class 3 took part in a Bikeability course, which taught the children: how to check that their bicycles were safe to be ridden, the rules of the road and how to ride their bikes on the road with other vehicles present. They practiced safely and responsibly mounting their bikes from the pavement, how and when to move into the primary and secondary position, how to indicate at or before a junction and what the term 'priority' meant. Everybody who took part demonstrated great resilience and now have a great understanding of how to ride more safely if and when they decide to take to the road.
As a reward for exceptional work, a resilient attitude, acts of great selflessness or anything that demonstrates that they are going above and beyond the usual expectations within school, children are selected to be 'Gold'. This then entitles them to certain perks and benefits such as being sung to before going for lunch and at the end of the day as well as being able to sit upon the golden cushion. This year, they have also been granted the additional boon of a Golden Wish or a Golden Rule. Today's particular wish was that Class 3 pupils could bring slippers in to wear within class and enjoy hot chocolates with whipped cream and marshmallows. What a great way to round off the week and a superb reward for such hard-work throughout this half term; I wonder what the next rule or wish will be.
Today, we were visited by some of Ormskirk's Police Community Support Officers, who came to spread awareness about cyber bullying and share some top tips for how to remain safe whilst online. We talked about the importance of not sharing personal information such as our addresses, phone numbers or passwords online and ensuring that privacy filters are enabled on our devices. We discussed the impact that cyber bullying can have on an individual and the steps that we should take if we ever fall victim to bullying. At the end of the session, we were sworn in as Cyber Defenders; our mission is to stop or prevent any forms of bullying online that we come across by informing a responsible adult or teacher.
We have been busy creating our own unique species that we feel would survive in particular environments on Earth. The children had to think about where their creature would be in the food chain as well as their particular diet. Based on this information, they developed adaptations and physical characteristics which would enable them to survive and then explained their reasons in detail. Here are just a handful of the incredible creatures that were created.
In Class 3, we have been studying the term inheritance and trying to better understand how it affects what we look like, our personalities and vulnerabilities to certain diseases. The children took part in an experiment where they drew out traits randomly from parents and assigned them to four offspring. We observed whether all the offspring were similar or whether their were variances and found that even though our parents have certain genes, we might not necessarily inherit them.
This term we have been reading 'The Explorer' by Katherine Rundell and we are all thoroughly enjoying discovering whether the characters will survive within the Amazon Jungle. Our favorite character is definitely Max. To better understand the emotions and personalities of characters, the children were randomly assigned personality traits that they had gathered and then were put into groups to act out a scene from the book. Their mission was to take on the role of the personality that they had been given. Once they had performed for each other, we tried to predict who had which traits. There were certainly some entertaining performances.
This half term we have recapped our understanding of area and perimeter. We have been able to solve more challenging problems with both rectilinear and compound shapes. To put their knowledge to the test, they were asked to design their own theme park and all of the rides within but they also had to calculate both the perimeter and area of each shape used. There were many incredible entries
Last week, as a whole school, we visited the Catalyst Museum in Liverpool. We took part in a crime scene investigation and used clues collected by the forensics team to try and work out how the accident had happened. We had lots of fun carrying out different chemical reactions, using the Bunsen burner, testing blood samples and analysing finger prints. Then we took an elevator to the top floor of the building and looked out across the Mersey through the glass observatory. There was just enough time to explore the various interactive experiments within the science museum and then have a go on the zip-wire outside. We learnt a lot and had a lot of fun in the process.
This term, Year 6 have taken part in a mathematics project that has taught them all about the origins of spirals both man-made and natural. They have drawn, calculated and then coloured their spirals to create different patterns and designs. Here are a couple...try not to get dizzy.
In RE, this term we have been looking at the Easter story and the period of Lent leading up to Jesus's death. We worked in groups to see whether we could locate examples of our Christian values within the story and then thought about how we could use this to better live our own lives. We then designed and created our own stain glass windows to remind visitors about Jesus's great sacrifice.
Save the Planet
As a school, we enjoyed a day devoted to better understanding of how we can take care of ourselves as well as the planet and community that we live within. In class we discussed the importance of protecting the world and looked at ways in which we might encourage others to do this. We were shocked to discover just how many species of animal were becoming extinct each year due to waste plastic which is polluting our oceans. We discussed and suggested some ways in which we could limit our damage to the environment and then created persuasive posters to help spread our message around school. We then designed and decorated some recycled plastic bottles to grow some classroom plants and decided to go litter picking around school. We presented our findings to the parents during our church assembly and we felt better knowing that we were doing our part.
This week, the Year 6 were put through their paces during the SATS tests and we cannot be prouder of their achievements. They all handled the week with maturity and confident and regardless of what the results say in July, did a fantastic job. Here they are celebrating after their final exam on the Thursday.
This term we have been heading out onto the backfield and taking part in a variety of team-building activities, which have helped us to develop our communication skills, resilience and our ability to solve problems. We have particularly enjoyed orienteering in teams and getting slightly tangled up in knots...