The final group photo!
Year 6 have had a really busy last day of term. During the day, we have made Easter biscuits, designed a box to hold them and created a recipe card. In addition, the children had the opportunity to use their French vocabulary during a French Food Tasting session.It was great to see the children trying foods outside their comfort zones. It was also Sport Relief Day! Some children brought in their bikes to cycle around the playground, whilst other children ran.
Peter Ginn, a TV historian (Wartime Farm/Victorian Farm) and archaeologist visited Year 6 last week to speak about his experiences. We had many questions to ask Peter about farming during WW2 and his archaeological digs. He spoke enthusiastically about his memorable finds (a Roman shoe shop & a variety of tools & weapons) and the discoveries that his team have found. We really enjoyed his visit and learned lots from his first hand experiences. By James, Mulberry Class
Yeovil Federation Gifted and Talented Programme
2 of our Gifted and Talented Year 6 pupils have recently graduated from the Yeovil Federation G&T Programme having studied Science, English, Maths and ICT at the local secondary schools. Fantastic work!
Yeovil Magistrates Court Visit
Children from both Y6 classes enjoyed a trip to Yeovil's Magistrates Court to see how our judicial system works. We talked to magistrates and actually saw the court in action.
Sycamore really enjoyed pairing up with Willow class on Enrichment Day. Not only did we develop our sewing skills, but we also learned to play songs on the recorder. Both activities took lots of perseverance and concentration!
Year 6 Star Table
Mulberry Class have a star table! Every week, 2 children are selected (for exceptional work, great behaviour etc) to sit at the star table where they enjoy a drink, a few sweets, time on the virtual reality headset and most importantly sitting in comfort, on a cushion! Here are this weeks recipients Charlie and Isabelle (below).
Pupils perfecting their needlework skills making cross stitch Christmas Trees.
Yesterday, Year 6 prepared and cooked a roast dinner as part of their DT work. We all had the chance to peel potatoes and carrots; it was quite tricky! When the food was cooked, we went out to play, so the adults could set the tables up! When we returned the aroma hit us instantly; it smelt amazing. Pulling the crackers with our friends was such fun! Our special guest, Mrs Green, really enjoyed sharing our Christmas lunch. For dessert we were treated to a delicious slice of Chocolate Yule Log!
Following their recent photography workshop, pupils in Year 6 all entered photos they had taken into a competition which was judged by local well-known photographers. Isabelle Davey won the overall competition with
Kadyn, Jessica, Charlie, Harvey, Sophie and Willow being 'highly commended'. Third places were awarded to: Evie & Isaac. Runners up: Ben & Fraser.
24 selected children from Years 5 and 6 were chosen to take part in an aeronautics day at the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton. After a presentation by university students, the children were tasked with making a helicopter prototype and an aerofoil. The helicopter was dropped from 6 metres to test how slowly it descended and the aerofoil was placed in a wind tunnel to gauge the lift it created. All the children had a fantastic day and really enjoyed themselves.
This week, Mulberry & Sycamore class were privileged to have Mr Pritchard (a photographer) visit our classes to deliver a workshop on ‘How to take a perfect portrait’. One of the main skills we learnt was that you must focus on the eyes. In addition we found out that you have to be very aware of the space around the model’s head. We then used our iPads to use what we had found out and took some individual photographs. We now have the opportunity to enter a competition to show off our new skills. Keep a look out for more information as we will be displaying the entries in a gallery for you to admire.
On Friday 10th November we held our annual Remembrance Service in the school playground. Charlie started proceedings by playing the 'Last Post' on his trumpet and this was followed by Phillippa, Felix, Willow, Isabella & Edie reading poems & prayers. The whole school then stood for the two minute silence. We were joined by a special guest from The Royal British Legion who came into the Year 6 classes and spoke about his experiences in the Armed Forces.
As part of our World War 2 topic, we became evacuees for the day at Nothe Fort, where we went to a 1940s school, shopped using our ration books, did the washing using wartime equipment and experienced a mock bombing raid in an Anderson shelter.
Pupils from Mulberry examine a pigs' heart
On Wednesday 20th September, Year 6 had an exciting lesson learning about the circulatory system. We were discussing the main parts of the human heart and how it helps the rest of the body, but the best part was still to come! Hearts belonging to three pigs were brought into class for us to examine; one was cut in half so we could see the inside. Despite being gross to some people, I thought it was really fun!
Oliver - Sycamore
Isabella in Mulberry came runner up in a competition to design the medal for Yeovil Marathon. Below is a photo of Isabella being presented with her prize by the competition organiser Bryn Phillips.
Isabelle of Mulberry Class has recently won an award for her film review of The BFG. Children who attend Film Club write reviews, which are then uploaded to the Film Club website and are judged on their quality of writing. Well Done Isabelle!
Snow didn’t stop us from coming into school and although it was lessons as normal, we did also have some fun in the snow on the playing field.
Continuing the theme of their topic work on China, Mulberry Class used watercolours and a cherry blossom design to complete their Mother's Day cards.
Sycamore class used quilling techniques to make their lovely Mother's Day cards.
Isabella is one of three finalists in this year's Yeovil Marathon Medal Competition.
As part of our RE topic of Christianity, we studied the significance of Christingle which celebrates Jesus being the Light of the World and we made Christingles using an orange, a red ribbon, a candle and sweets.
On Wednesday 29th October, a selected group of children had the opportunity to work alongside a local artist, Charlotte England. This enrichment activity gave the children the opportunity to observe an artist at work and to develop their own personal skills.
The topic of the afternoon was to paint in the style of Claude Monet, using watercolours. Using their newly taught skills, every child who attended the workshop was able to paint a local landscape scene. Many of these will be displayed around the school for the enjoyment of everyone who visits.
This November saw Preston Primary Year 6 students enjoy a terrific bushcraft session involving challenge tasks, team building and group problem solving skills all delivered by experts from our partner school Sherborne Girls. Led by Tom Fremlin and Vicky Tapsell, our children built viable shelters using tarpaulins and Leki poles as well as natural features such as trees and wood. Other activities enabled our Year 6 children to see how working together in a collaborative way helped them to solve problems in the outdoors. All enjoyed the session immensely.
Ten children from Sycamore and Mulberry class were nominated to take part in this year’s mock trial which was held at Perrott Hill School. The trial was between Preston Primary School prosecuting and Ash Primary School who were defending against a case of graffiti vandalism.
They started to prepare for the mock trial with Mr Cable back in September and worked hard to learn their prospective roles for the case. These roles included prosecutors, witnesses and magistrates as well as a court reporter, courtroom artist and legal advisor.
All the children enjoyed the experience and their hard work was visible during the trial.
During their Topic work on World War 2, Mulberry & Sycamore Classes have designed and made their own Anderson Shelters.
To raise money for Children in Need, we all came to school in non uniform. There were also a few Pudseys and Blushes in the playground!
Over the last few weeks Mulberry class have been learning how to fence. At the start of the session, we were shown how to put the protective armour on. This is really important as it prevents injuries. We learnt how to stand engarde, block (parry) and attack. It has been an amazing experience and some students have reported that they would like to join a fencing club.
Ahead of the 2017 Mock Trial, a group of Year 6 students put their legal knowledge to the test with an inspiring visit from two experienced Magistrates. The Magistrates kindly attended to assist in preparation for the trial, which is to be held at Perrott Hill School on the 14th of November. Preston Primary School will be prosecuting the accused Ash Primary School in a court trial regarding graffiti.
Pupils were trialled and tested as their preparation for the event intensified, with the visit proving an opportune hour to display their ability. The 10 pupils, whom had been judiciously selected by staff, displayed great enthusiasm for the challenge and engaged conscientiously.
On behalf of the school, I would like to thank the Magistrates for their time and support.
Mr Cable (Teaching Student)
In Year 6 we have been writing our own class prayers in RE and also designing a stained glass window.
Pupils from Mulberry Class (below) working on their interpretation of the poem 'Tyger' by William Blake.