Our new topic is called "Off With Her Head!" We will be looking at Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Keep checking for new updates to see what we have been learning.
On our topic immersion day we became art detectives, looking at the messages that Holbein was trying to give people when he painted his famous picture of Henry VIII. We found out that he painted Henry's legs much longer than they actually were in real life to flatter Henry. He also painted Henry to look powerful and strong and painted him standing on a step so that he was looking down on people.
Terrific Tudor Miniature Portraits
Miniature portraits were very popular in Tudor times. Those who were wealthy often had portraits of loved ones painted in miniature so they could carry them around. We had a go at some ourselves. It as tricky to draw and paint such tiny features.
We are currently working towards holding a trial of Henry VIII vs Anne Boleyn. We have had to learn some key vocabulary that will be used during the trial and have had to decide whether we will be prosecuting or defending.
Just after half term, the Year 6 children took part in Enterprise projects to raise money for chosen charities. These included "Shelter," "Cancer Research UK" and the "Headway." The projects involved choosing a product to sell, marketing, calculating profit and making then selling to the other children at school. The projects were varied and included a sweet stall, photo booth and craft stall.
The children worked very hard and made a lot of money. They raised £27.95 for Cancer Research UK, £130.39 for "Headway" and £75.70 for Shelter. A fantastic achievement!!!
Independent Learning Projects
This half term the Year 6 children have also been carrying out their own independent learning project. They have been allowed to choose anything they have an interest in and have been challenged to produce something to show parents at the end of this term. The projects are very different including finding out about different artists, a model of Big Ben, designing a yacht club, building a model of Titanic to name only a few!!!!
The children have had to very systematic about their projects, calculating how long each part will take, the resources they need and how they are going to present the final project, as well as evaluating and adapting things along the way.
Healthy Living Week
This week we have been taking part in lot of exciting activities to help us learn how to stay fit and healthy. These included learning how to stay hydrated, how to keep fit and active, trying something new, healthy breakfasts and eating 5 a day.
Wonderful Well Dressings
This year's theme has been "Predators in Belper." The Year 6 children have been involved in creating these stunning designs this year under the expert eye of Mrs Hartley. They will be on display at Belper River Gardens so go along to have a closer look.
Belper In Bloom
On Thursday 25th May, Adrian Farmer came to school to talk to the Year 6 children about Belper's Parks and Gardens. He showed us lots of old photographs and pictures and told us all about the history of the parks. It was fascinating and we learned a lot!!!!!!!!
Previous topic work
We will be finding out about Charles Darwin and the theories he came up with such as Evolution and Natural Selection.
Last week we all took part in a fun day of activities to kick-start our topic. We found out all about Charles Darwin's life; identifying key events in his life, as well as learning some new and complicated vocabulary (which will help us during our topic). We also spent some time making observations and sketching animals as he would have done on his famous expeditions around the world.
Charles Darwin spent a lot of his time looking at fossils and working out how the creatures that were fossilised into the rock had evolved over time. We looked at different types of fossils too and tried to think about some animals that were alive today that were similar.
We have spent some time learning about DNA - can you remember what it stands for?
It holds information about living things and helps information to be passed from one generation to another in code. It determines what hair colour we have, how tall we are, what colour eyes we have etc..
We had a go at extracting some DNA from strawberries. It was quite tricky but we managed to do it. It looked like long strings of white gloop!
As part of our topic, we wanted to find out more about the finches that Darwin had observed on the Galapagos Islands and how their beaks were different so we carried out an investigation to find out "Which beak is the best for which food?"
The investigation involved us trying to pick up different foods using different tools. We discovered that some tools were much better than others!
Comic Relief 2017
A fun day was had on the 23rd March to raise money for Comic relief. We came to school with crazy hair and there were some fab hairstyles!!!! We learned about how the money raised would be spent and looked at Hassan's story - a boy from Sierra Leone - whose parents had both died and how comic relief money was helping him go to school.