Everyone in Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed coming to school in red today! Through an assembly and class discussions and fun activities, the children were made aware of the importance of such days as Red Nose Day - bringing the school community together and raising money to help change lives in the UK and worldwide. See above.
Mulberry Class recently received some fantastic news, Sophie, who attends the after school Film Club, has won an award for her review of The BFG. Sophie's film review was one of ten chosen from 1000’s of reviews submitted across the UK. Reviewing the films that the children watch is a big part of the Film Club experience and can also help to develop their confidence in their literacy skills. Sophie will receive a prize and also have her review featured on the Into Film Website. Congratulations Sophie!
All children had the opportunity to visit the book fair during the school day. They were enthusiastic to look at and read the books on offer, with many children purchasing their favourite book. A huge thank you to everyone who supported the fair and look out for our grand total!
Adam and Abigail (above) have carefully chosen our "boy" and "girl" eggs to go into the incubator. We cannot wait for our baby chicks to arrive. Now to decide the names!
Children from both Year 6 classes, visited the local nursing home this afternoon. The children read to the residents and shared their own experiences of life as a 10 year old in 2019. Some of the residents were able to share their own memories of their school life. Both children and residents thoroughly enjoyed the visit and are looking forward to the next one at the end of the month.
Visit from Mrs Hymas
We were very lucky to be visited by Mrs Hymas who has had a long and varied career, including links with the NHS and RNAS Yeovilton, who talked to us about our aspirations and how to achieve our goals, whatever they may be.
Visit from Ruth from St James's
As part of our ongoing study of Christianity in RE, we interviewed Ruth, the Associate vicar for St James's Church, who shared her beliefs with us and gave us a clearer understanding of her role in the church.
We were treated to a fantastic science lecture at Sherborne Girls School in February, which contained all of the most exciting aspects of science - explosions, bubbling liquids and a room filled with strange gases. Alongside the visual excitement was an inspiring lecture that helped to build on the concepts developed in KS2 science.
Following the lecture, we were treated to lunch in the Dun Holme boarding house. This was a real treat and we were cordially hosted by the staff and girls within.
This was a day sure to inspire the next generation of scientists.
Mulberry Class have been studying the Native Americans as a part of their topic this term. We've covered their origins, their adaptability throughout the Americas, the various tribes and their spiritual beliefs. Recently, our focus was on the iconic tipi, a portable home that allows many tribes to be nomadic. Pupils developed patterns inspired by Native American Art during a design session. This was then developed into a final product which required a mathematical net and the use of 5 poles. The resultant tipis look amazing.
Also linked to our Native American topic were a series of stories inspired by our own spirit animals. These stories were based on the Native American version of creation where the everything-maker decides on the animal's features. We have discovered that the culture is not a written one, so we finished the half term sharing some of our stories around a fire in the Native American tradition.
During our French lessons this week our objective was to write a Valentines poem and to practice the use of the definite article whilst using a French dictionary effectively. Our second activity was to be able to describe a good friend. Each child chose six friends and wrote a word on their flower, which described the quality they admired.
As part of our chocolate topic, Sycamore Class have been conducting market research to help with designing our own product. This week, we tested 6 famous brands; we focused on taste, smell, texture and packaging, giving each bar a score out of 20. Can you guess which was our favourite?
Over the past few years we have raised a substantial amount of money for Cancer Research UK by organising our own Race for Life around the school playing fields. Race for Life Schools is a great opportunity to educate all our students at Preston C of E Primary on the importance of a healthy lifestyle through a fun sporting activity and the part they can individually play being a global citizen who contributes to world and community improvement.
The pupils of Sycamore and Mulberry classes showed great commitment and enthusiasm in supporting this worthwhile cause with all who participated in the event being successful. All the children received a Race for Life medal and are now busy collecting their sponsorship money! Watch this space for the grand total !
As part of our Science topic on Light, we made periscopes which allowed us to see objects around corners. A periscope uses mirrors to reflect the light from the object around the corner and into your eye (see above).
Our budding Engineers spent a fantastic day hosted by the Royal Aeronautics Society at the Fleet Air Arm Museum where they took part in STEM activities and competitions.
As part of our WWII topic, we have researched the importance of Morrison and Anderson shelters and have started to build our own models - some even complete with their own "gazunder" (chamber pot)!
See above - During our World War 1 activity morning, Mulberry Class designed a silhouette scene from the war. Using charcoal, black paper, stencils and acrylic paint the children enjoyed creating their individual landscapes. After this activity the children were taught how to dance the Charleston and a small group performed their dance to the local community at the Commemoration Tea Party at Abbey Manor Community Centre on Friday 9th November.
Following our Remembrance Service a selection of Reception and Year 6 children placed wreaths, which they had created in their classes, on the soldier silhouette outside the main entrance to the school. This small ceremony was witnessed by Mr S Woodrow from the Royal British Legion.
Year 6 Visit Nothe Fort, Weymouth
Our trip to Nothe Fort was a great success. We were lucky to have a glorious day in Weymouth during which to experience the lives of 1940s refugees. From spending time in an Anderson shelter (amidst an aerial bombing raid) to finding out how many sweets our rations would buy us, we were treated to a realistic and enjoyable insight into how different life would have been. Year 6 costumes looked fantastic and it was clear that they learned a great deal throughout the day. Nothe Fort were also very impressed by the behaviour of our pupils.
The pupils were given the framework of 'The Call' by Jessie Pope. The poem addresses the 'lads' on the frontline, with repeated questions to 'my laddie'. The poem also contains a clever pattern of rhymes. Pupils were challenged to follow the structure and create rhymes of their own. This followed a brief introduction to life in the trenches. Please see the video above.
Year 6 Celebrate European Day of Languages
End of very busy and important week in Preston Primary. We have celebrated European Day of Languages as always and it has been a delight to see the ideas and creativity of all our children. Mulberry Class have celebrated with the topic of “Everyone smiles in the same language”.
We find it amazing every time we hear a child in our school speak in another language or share knowledge of their own language learning experiences or cultural celebrations. This week allowed us to remember that we are all part of one large global community.
Able Maths Day
Four of our amazing mathematicians spent a day with other schools solving challenging puzzles and developing their higher level thinking skills. They showed great perservance with some tricky concepts.
Sycamore Bid Farewell to Mr Frisby
Sycamore had an emotional day saying goodbye to one of their past teachers, Mr Frisby. They surprised him with a lovely memories book which he said he would always treasure.
As part of our science curriculum, we have been learning about the heart and circulatory system. Last week, we dissected pigs’ hearts to see the different chambers and the aorta (see above).