Acer Class - Year 6

First day back. All settled into Y6 class. They have had a very exciting start to the term and have already been investigating the heart! 
Take a look at the learning taking place in Acer Class.
English. Mrs Golledge reads to us everyday. In Term 1 we are enjoying 'The Pig Heart Boy.' Here is a brief outline to the story. Cameron desperately needs a new heart when he is offered the opportunity to take part in a radical and controversial experiment involving the transplant of a pig's heart. While Cameron soon comes to terms with the idea, he finds the world around him less accepting. A powerful and thought-provoking read.
 
Term 2 we are reading Shakelton's Journey. Shackleton's Journey is a unique visual re-telling Ernest Shackleton's landmark expedition crossing the Antarctic from one pole to the other. It portrays the historic exploration by Shackelton and his crew on Endurance.
 
Term 3 we are reading Treason by Berlie Doherty.
'Will Montague is a page to Prince Edward, son of King Henry VIII. As the King's favourite, Will gains many enemies in Court. His enemies convince the King that Will's father has committed treason and he is thrown into Newgate Prison. Will flees Hampton Court and goes into hiding in the back streets of London. Lost and in mortal danger, he is rescued by a poor boy, Nick Drew. Together they must brave imprisonment and death as they embark on a great adventure to set Will's father free.' This text enhances the history topic of Tudors. 
 
Term 4 we are reading The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson. A taster of the book.... 
'Marinka dreams of a normal life, where her house stays in one place long enough for her to make friends. But her house has chicken legs and moves on without warning.
For Marinka's grandmother is Baba Yaga, who guides spirits between this world and the next. Marinka longs to change her destiny and sets out to break free from her grandmother's footsteps, but her house has other ideas...' 

Science

The children had such an amazing experience look at a real heart in Science. They were able to get a feel for the size and weight, as well as try to spot arteries and where the atrium etc. would be. We also discussed how through history scientists have learnt about our bodies in this way which has led to our current understanding of the human body and doctors being able to treat us when we are ill. We also discussed the importance of being respectful and humane towards animals.

For Science and our learning around the book ‘Pig Heart Boy’, every child had the chance to become part of the Circulatory System.  Children became the Brain, Heart, Lungs and Small Intestines, as well as the blood.  They re-enacted their learning about how blood travels through arteries, veins and capillaries to transport oxygen, water and nutrients to each part of their body.  They kept a ‘walking dialogue’ about what was happening at each point and whether they were oxygenated or deoxygenated blood.  We will use this to write explanations about how the Circulatory System works.

Science

Making Blood

To understand the function of blood within our bodies, we made our own ‘blood’.  It contained plasma, white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets.

On Wednesday 29th September, we visited the Science Department at Dean Academy to perform a ‘pluck’ of the Circulatory System.  Mr Edy showed us the Circulatory System of a lamb because it was very similar to our own and it would not offend other cultures (or religions) as it might taking it from a pig.  We had the opportunity to dissect our own lamb’s heart.  We had to take care when using the scalpels.  The teachers were impressed with how much we already knew about the circulatory system and the questions we asked to find out more.  It was the most amazing morning and really gave us the chance to clarify our knowledge and understanding from an expert!

For D and T we are learning sewing stitches and techniques. 

Year 6 have been very fortunate to have Nanny Cindy in class with us, helping us all to apply our sewing skills to create our team circulatory system T-shirts. They all look fantastic and the children really learnt a lot from our expert seamstress. Thank you Nanny Cindy!

To kick start our learning regarding Black History month we had the opportunity to participate in a Samba workshop.

For Black history Month we learnt about the artistic style of Tamara Natalie Madden.  She says,
“My work deals with the social, spiritual and cultural identity of people of African ancestry...”

In Year 6, we discovered that her work focuses on the positive side to black history, beauty and empowerment.  Interestingly, she creates artwork where her subject’s hair acts as a crown to show strength and there is always a bird in this particular series of artwork.

Y6 tried their hands at drama, they performed a piece about road safety for an assembly. The whole school has been focusing on road safety since we lost our crossing patrol person.
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