Turn that light out!
Year 6 enjoyed a fantastic trip to Nothe Fort recently, learning all about the local and national impact of the Second World War and more specifically, the Blitz.
A superb effort was made by parents to get the classes to look the part, as children departed Yeovil as evacuees. Marching through the gates at Nothe Fort to the echoing chant of 'It’s a Long Way to Tipperary' added to the immersive experience. Mr Gordon was turned away from Nothe Village due to not having his evacuee identification but luckily avoided a 1940s scolding from the headmaster of Nothe Day School – unlike Mrs Sherry!
We experienced first-hand the use of a stirrup pump to extinguish a fire from an exploded bomb, as well as the (almost) sensory overload of what it would have been like in an Anderson shelter during an air raid. Children also got to put their maths skills to the test, totalling ‘old-money’ and giving change for a range of historical products in the shop as well as practicing their copperplate handwriting at school.
Continuing through the subterranean passageways of the fort, we took in scale models of D-Day as well as interacting with exhibits documenting how Weymouth was affected during World War 2. I’m glad to say that every child made it through the ‘ghost tunnel’ before finishing the day with washing, drying and ironing clothes without electricity! I think it’s fair to say this gave our arms the workout that our brains had been taxed with during the other exhibits.
Children from both classes were fantastically behaved, with the volunteers hosting the days commenting upon this to staff – a lovely message to have ended our trip with.
As part of our RE curriculum, children in Mulberry and Sycamore had the opportunity to interview Rev’d Ruth. The questions were varied, but some were very thought proving, such as: “How do we know God forgives us of our wrong doings?” and “ What do you feel is the most important part of the Christian faith?” The children thoroughly enjoyed the question and answer sessions and have picked up some great interview tips for future visitors to the class.
Do you know the difference between a llama and an alpaca?
Well Year 6 students do now, llamas are generally taller and have the ‘banana’ shaped ears whereas alpacas are much shorter and have pointy ears. We also learnt that alpaca wool is extremely useful, being non-flammable, insulating and waterproof. Some of us were even lucky enough to feed the furry beasties, but we’re sure after a morning of being gazed at, stroked and petted by children, the alpacas were ready for some well-earned rest!
Thank you to the PTA for organising the visit.
Year 6 Art Day – We were thrilled to be joined by Mr Plumbley for a day of inspiration and creativity in creating illuminated letters. Taking inspiration from early religious manuscripts and bibles, we each ‘illuminated’ a silhouetted letter to represent something close to ourselves. The results speak for themselves and will be used as part of a display in the new hall. We would love to hear your feedback when it is completed in the second half-term. See below.
Year 6 trip to Gore Farm – As part of the geography curriculum, Sycamore and Mulberry had the opportunity to visit a working farm in Trent. We learnt how to orientate maps with compasses which proved really useful when we came to participate in an orienteering race around the local woods. There was also the opportunity to create our own natural compasses, using the resources available to us in the woods. The children also had a fantastic time working in small teams to create dens that could house each of them away from the elements! See below.
As part of our study into circulatory systems, Year 6 had an exciting science lesson dissecting pig hearts.
We cut the heart from the apex, right up to the vena cava, where the blood enters the heart. We then studied the chambers, to investigate the way the blood enters and exits the heart by poking our fingers through the passages!
The lesson really helped to consolidate all of the learning that took place prior to the dissection and understand how blood circulates our bodies.
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