After creating our river models, we presented them at a rivers exhibition for Y3. We made them interactive to help teach Y3 about river features. Afterwards we took feedback and found out what Y3 had learned. Fun and interactive features received positive feedback, while teamwork and organisation were the points for improvement for some groups. We really enjoyed teaching Y3 and learning about rivers and ourselves!
What did we learn about rivers?
We have finished the first draft of our Treasure Island stories and have begun to edit our work. We created a checklist of common mistakes we make in our work, explained our plot and looked at example WAGOLLs before we started. Then the editing begun!
Science TASC: Can you create a model to teach a younger child about river formation?
As part of our topic on rivers, we have used the TASC approach to create a project. We have worked in groups to produce a model to teach younger children what we have learnt about rivers, their features and how they are formed. Next week we will hold an exhibition for the Year 3 classes to visit!
NRICH Maths Problem
Mrs Baxter and Mr Moth’s maths group have worked on a very difficult maths problem today which really tested their skills of solving complex, multi-step problems. The room was filled with exceptional, high-level mathematical reasoning as pairs discussed their methods as calculations. Currently, NRICH doesn’t have any published solutions to this problem so we have submitted ours and hope to see them uploaded soon!
Just some of our amazing solutions!
Science Week: J P Joule
Observing the effects of liquid nitrogen on an egg!
J.P.Joule ‘energy can’t be destroyed; it is changed’
Science Week: Fixperts
This week we have been ‘Fixperts’, using our design and enquiry skills to solve problems. Thanks to Intergen, Geoff came to visit our class to explain the problems he has due to back surgery. He told us about his difficulties and we thought of everyday jobs, that we take for granted, we could design an invention to help him with. We asked him lots of questions to gain a good understanding of what he would require and then we worked in groups to create an invention using materials from around school. There was some great learning and development of ideas, with excellent results!
Check out the video of the results!
World Book Day
We have had the best day for WBD 2019! we started the day with a great assembly where we got to see all of the teachers amazing outfits. Then, back in the classroom, we paired up with a character that was very different to the one we dressed up as. Mr Twit (Mr Stanley) and Kissing Kate Barlow (Mrs Baxter) read to us a short piece on how they met. We then had to write our own. I'm sure you'll agree- they're amazing!!
We also had a book share where we brought in books we wanted to swap and share with others. Every child got a book as Mr Chard and Mrs Mrs Bradley had prepared some for anyone who forgot to bring a book into school.
We had the most amazing costumes in Year 6- thank you so much to all of the parents, grandparents and carers who helped make and buy them- we really did have an amazing day, full of magical literary moments.
In year 6, we support and care for each other
This week year 6 have been on bike ability. Unfortunately, some children weren't confident enough to be taken out onto the roads with the instructors. But, here at Springfield, we don't let challenges like this put us off! 3 children who achieved their targets early, devised a lesson to help and support the children who found it difficult. What a fabulous team we have in year 6: always caring and helping each other to achieve!
Today we started our Bikeability course! We have been doing safety checks and practising our cycling skills in preparation for taking it to the streets tomorrow! Some great cycling was on show but also some great Springfield Values in action: Supporting and caring for those who found it challenging and demonstrating challenge and motivation!
Geography Rivers TASC
Today we started our Geography TASC project: Rivers. Our task is to teach younger children about river formation using a model. We have to demonstrate our own learning whilst creating an educational model! The project will last for six weeks, week 1 has been deciding on the model and generating our ideas!
What an amazing day we enjoyed by the river as part of our Geography topic! We found so much wildlife and lots of signs of Spring. After learning about the features of a river in our lessons it was great to identify many of them in real life in our local area. Why do you think we didn't see every feature of a river on our trip?
Adaptation and Inheritence TASC
As part of our science topic: Evolution and Inheritance, we have been investigating how animals have adapted over time to suit their habitat. We created interactive, educational displays to show our learning. After creating models of habitats and animals, we added information to explain how they have adapted over time to suit their environment. To check that our work met its success criteria, we invited a Year 3 class to look around our habitat exhibits and give their feedback.
Serious messages were heard and vital skills learned by Y6 on their recent visit to Crucial Crew. We listened to representatives from GMP, the BTP, the RNLI and learned some essential first aid skills!
Launching Our School Values
We had lots of fun launching our new school values. Working in pairs, we chose a value and created a piece of art, using synonyms and related words from newspapers and magazines as a backdrop for a symbol of our chosen value, collaged in a matching colour. The results are fantastic, with many being framed around school!
Ice Skating Marble Treat
Ancient Greek TASC Projects!
The Battle of Marathon - Stop Motion Animation
Wow Y6! What amazing TASC projects you produced! Musical performances, drama, cooking, construction, model making, animations, interviews and even pottery! Precise planning, relevant research, enormous effort and great fun! Well done every one! We are so proud of you all!
All of the wet weather has meant year 6 haven't been outside much so, to help us keep focused, we've been opening all of the windows and meeting our daily excersise goals by dancing to Go Noodle!
Science TASC: Investigating Circuits
In science, we have started a TASC project. We are working in teams to use our knowledge of circuits and electricity to create a steady-hand buzzer game!
Sequences- Finding the nth Term
Today in maths, we have been playing a sequences game. The children had to match the answers with the correlating question. These however, were not easy questions; they involved finding the nth term, finding a missing term or matching the nth term with its matching sequence!
Hour of Code: Minecraft Challenge
Today we have been completing our hour of code. We are applying the skills we have learnt over the last few weeks of learning about the internet, the world wide web and webpages.
We began our new science topic today by reviewing our knowledge of electricity and circuits. Using what we already know, we had to make a range of circuits. Then we explored our own ideas by making changes and deciding on mini investigations we could undertake.
Today, we took the opportunity to work collaboratively as a year group and edit our work. We focused on ensuring we achieved and included our targets from our previous price of writing, varied our sentence structure and used language for precision and effect.
Today in our Computing lesson we learned how to remix a website. We have learnt about the internet, the world wide web and how html is a language used to create websites. Today we used Mozilla x ray goggles to identify html tags and used them to change the information on websites. It was important to realise how easily news can be manipulated and we had a great discussion about 'fake news'.
Lacrosse Week 2
Quest Story Immersion
We have been reading and analysing Quest Stories. Through our reading, we have learnt language techniques to create different moods. We have also discovered the content features of Quest Stories. As a short writing task, we worked in pairs to continue an unfamiliar Beast Quest story from a given point. We worked hard to include language for effect, appropriate content and higher-level punctuation. Some amazing writing!
We have been learning to play lacrosse under the expert tuition of our coaches Ryan and Vicks. We are building our skills, working on throwing and catching techniques with the lacrosse sticks.
History TASC: Can you use Morpho to make an educational film about a Greek God?
We have been learning all about Ancient Greece in Topic lessons. To demonstrate what we have learnt about Greek Gods, we created educational films using the Morpho App. We chose a God to research and collect interesting facts to teach to others. Then we wrote scripts to embed our learning in. Finally it was the day of filming! We used the Morpho App and filmed ourselves, then edited using iMovie. Here are the results!
Oscar NoahJ Yian Thomas Sam.mov
Josh Rufus Thomas Dhruv.mov
Katie Sylvia Beth Maddison Olivia Lucia.mov
Jenna Hannah Lily Annabelle Lara.mov
Joe Oliver Max ChiragNoel.mov
Phoebe Maggie Maysoon Hajar.mov
Computing TASC: Can you make a 'retro game' using coding?
We have been learning to use coding to create our own computer games. We used the retro game 'Pong' as a stimulus and designed our own themed versions.
Science TASC: Animals Including Humans
To apply the knowledge we have learnt about our circulatory system, we tried to solve the problem: Can you design an evidence-based exercise programme to achieve a specific physical goal? We had to investigate and measure how different exercises affect our heart rate and use this to design an exercise programme from our evidence.
We have been continuing our enquiry based approach to science by investigating the lungs. We were initially given a balloon and some string to investigate lung capacity. At first, we were all unsure but, after the initial wobble, we began to use the balloon and string correctly. Then, we went outside and worked as a class to create a huge pair of lungs on the playground. The only problem was: it was a competition. We had to work using non verbal communication and only had chalk, balloons and tape to create the trachea, bronchus, bronchioles and avilolis.
Mr Stanley's Maths Set
Today we have been out on the playground to recreate the circulatory system. Children were given the roles of; the blood; the heart; the lungs and other vital organs. The children then acted as the blood stream showing the double circulation to lungs and to the rest of body, passing through the heart.
We opened our Science topic with a bang today in year 6! The children were filled with wonder when when we presented them with an unknown organ. Many of them guessed correctly that it was infact a heart.
The children then had the opportunity to observe and investigate the heart. They then completed challenges to label the features of the heart, experiment with the heart by filling it with water and then finally cutting into the heart to reveal the septum, valves and heart cords.
The room was buzzing with scientific enquiry and vocabulary. Well done 6P!
At Springfield we care, learn and achieve together