Welcome to 6PH!
We are sure that the Year Sixes are looking forward to being the oldest and wisest in the school and are ready to make the most of their final year at The Batt.
They are already taking on jobs and responsibilities around the school, helping younger children and setting a good example. Some Year Sixes will be trained to help in the school office at lunchtimes, answering the telephone and taking messages, and others will have a chance to be ‘Tour Guides’ showing parents of prospective pupils around the school. They will also be looking after the Infants as they walk to the church for our Harvest festival.
We have two up and coming trips: One to St Mary’s Church to understand the origin of The Witney Feast; the other an exciting trip to Oxford Fire Station for Young Citizens. Later in the term, they will be visiting ‘Steam’ in Swindon as part of the history topic on World War 11. A variety of hands-on workshops will give the children more of an understanding of what it was like to be a wartime child e.g. sitting in an air raid shelter during a night time raid while learning how people passed the time and pretending to be evacuees arriving at a train station.
We hope that the class timetable is useful – each child also has a printed copy to refer to at home.
Already this term in science, the class have been enthusiastically investigating the topic of Light. Each lesson starts with the BIG QUESTION where the class investigate and explore through the process of MODELLING. For example, when the class were given the big question of ‘How do we see?’ they were given a torch, shoebox and scissors to create a model to demonstrate the answer to this question. Their explanations were recorded by the children in an app called SEESAW and you are able to see these videos via our school home link HOMEROOM.
SEESAW is an app which allows the children to take ownership of their learning and to reflect on their progress over time as they record their learning for an audience. The children enjoy showing off their learning by videoing their successes: They find it a great tool which enables them to articulate and model their work which supports their written work. As a parent, you will be able to view their work by scanning the QR code in their books which you are always welcome to come in and do – parents evening is an ideal opportunity.
HOMEROOM is a great way for us to share what's happening in our classroom with you on a more regular basis. This resource creates a meaningful home-school connection so you can better support your child's learning.
More news and photographs soon! In the meantime, we are looking forward to making sure our class gets off to a flying start in Year 6.
Year Six Book Fair Takeover 2019
For the last three weeks, the year sixes have relished and risen to the challenge of taking control of promoting and running the Scholastic Book Fair. This involved planning and preparing a range of resources – entrepreneurial skills were called into action.
To launch the Book Fair this year, the year sixes prepared a whole school assembly. The assembly was full of enthusiasm to promote the love of reading and they did this by reading out their book personification poems, an acrostic poem, reviewed the latest Tom Gate book, acted out an extract from Room In The Broom, launched a competition and wrote and performed an original Book Fair song! (The poems and song can be viewed in the videos below).
Pairs of children were allocated a range of books which were to be sold at the fair; they read and reviewed the books and on World Book Day, each pair visited their allocated class and read and engaged the children with the contents of the book (see pictures below). As a result of this, many children were seen buying these books at the Fair later that day! For the picture books, the children filmed themselves reading the story out loud and created a QR Code which has been stuck in the front cover of the books – the younger children love hearing the stories being brought to life through the year six readings.
There was also plenty of paperwork to be done – leaflets, letters and vouchers had to be collated and distributed and posters prepared and put up in prime positions. During the Book Fair, the children recorded which books were sold and handled all of the payments – quick mental maths was a necessity. They also talked to prospective buyers, recommending books and making sure that the shelves always looked appealing. One child took it upon themselves to go on to the playground and announce the Book Fair and its location (see pictures of the team in action at the Fair).
What a success it has been: The Book Fair takeover has given the year sixes a personal investment in the Fair, engaging them more with the reading and creating a real buzz for the whole school and the community. Boosting excitement and attendance at the book fair has certainly helped to earn even more free books for the school classrooms and library. All of the brilliant team have received certificates and a choice of book for all their tremendous efforts. Well Done Book Fair Takeover Team – your love and pleasure for reading has passed on to many more children in the school. That is what we call a result.
During the Spring term we will be exploring the science behind a range of ‘quick, fun science experiments’. Already we have explored how we can make ‘raisins dance’. All of these experiments can be carried out a home as many of the resources will be in your kitchen cupboards! Let your children be the ‘Chief Science Explainer’ at home. See the explanations below to understand the science behind the magic.
During each experiment, children are chosen to be the ‘Chief Science Explainer’ which gives them the chance to be the teacher and, after questioning and discussion, articulate an explanation to a small group. These explanations can be seen on our ‘Seesaw’ account which can be accessed via a QR code which is both on our Science Working Wall and in the children’s books. Future experiments to look forward to include creating invisible ink and making an egg float.
Pour the fizzy drink into a tall glass. Notice the bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. The bubbles are carbon dioxide gas released from the liquid.
Drop 6 raisins into the glass. Describe what is happening to the raisins. Do they sink or float? Keep watching; what happens in the next several minutes?
Raisins are denser than the liquid in the fizzy drink, so initially the raisins sink to the bottom of the glass.
The fizzy drink releases carbon dioxide bubbles.
When these bubbles stick to the rough surface of a raisin, the raisin is lifted because of the increase in buoyancy.
When the raisin floats to the surface, the bubbles pop, and the carbon dioxide gas escapes into the air.
This causes the raisin to lose buoyancy and sink.
This rising and sinking of the raisins continues until most of the carbon dioxide has escaped and the fizzy drink goes flat.
Pierce a Potato
Hold a plastic straw by its sides (without covering the hole at the top) and try quickly stabbing the potato – what happens?
Repeat with a new straw but this time place your thumb over the top, covering the hole.
The first time you only pierce the potato a small amount when you hold the straw by its sides. Each time the air is pushed out of the straw.
Covering the top of the straw with your thumb traps the air inside, forcing it to compress as you stab the potato.
This makes the straw strong enough to pierce the potato.
Skittles Colour Leak
Make a circle of skittles round the edge of the plate.
Pour a glass of warm water slowly into the middle of the plate.
What do you predict will happen?
What happens to the colours?
What happens to the ‘s’ on top of the Skittles?
Skittles are coated in food colouring and sugar.
When the skittles are in water, the coloured coating dissolves and then diffuses (spreads) in the water.