Menu
Home Page

Year 6 - Oak ARCHIVED 2015 - 2016

Welcome to Oak Class!

 

Dear Parents and Children,

 

Welcome to the Oak Class web page. Please take a few moments to read all about the fantastic things the children in Oak Class have been learning about so far this year.

 

If you have any ideas for this page, why not let me, Mrs. Mercer, know and I will add them to the website!

 

Have you seen the Kids’ Zone? Play games and visit some cool websites. You can vote for your favourites!

Expo Day 2016

Expo Day 2016 1
On Friday we went to Archbishopwake Primary School with Blandford St. Mary for the EXPO Day. We came in groups in coaches so we had to wait a little while but eventually the whole school was there. All the classes split up to do different activities. The Year 6 classes met up with the other Year 6 classes and had to pair up with different people with the same number. After that in pairs they answered and asked each other's questions for a couple of minutes and then once the time ran out we had to pick three interesting facts about our partner and tell everyone them. In the afternoon, after a shared picnic lunch, we did some fun activities such as: making nature sculptures and going on a scavenger hunt.  
Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3
Picture 4
Picture 5
Picture 6
Picture 7
Picture 8
Picture 9
Picture 10
Picture 11
Picture 12
Picture 13
Picture 14
Picture 15
Picture 16
Picture 17
Picture 18
Picture 19
Picture 20
Picture 21
Picture 22
Picture 23
Picture 24
Picture 25
Picture 26
Picture 27

Fieldwork on the Trailway

Fieldwork on the Trailway 1
Fieldwork on the Trailway 2
Fieldwork on the Trailway 3
Fieldwork on the Trailway 4
Fieldwork on the Trailway 5
Fieldwork on the Trailway 6
Fieldwork on the Trailway 7
Fieldwork on the Trailway 8
Fieldwork on the Trailway 9
Fieldwork on the Trailway 10
Fieldwork on the Trailway 11
Fieldwork on the Trailway 12
Fieldwork on the Trailway 13
Fieldwork on the Trailway 14
Fieldwork on the Trailway 15
Fieldwork on the Trailway 16
Fieldwork on the Trailway 17
Fieldwork on the Trailway 18
Fieldwork on the Trailway 19
Fieldwork on the Trailway 20
Fieldwork on the Trailway 21
Fieldwork on the Trailway 22

The pictures above are of when we went on a trip to the Trailway and met Mr Bailey and Mrs Allan from the Blandford School who had planned the trip. Our aim was to find as many signs of the old Victorian Railway as possible; we were given a sheet, which had  some pictures of the clues that were spread along the Trailway. The pictures all each had individual letters, which we then had to record on a map of Blandford Forum. We managed to spot all of them in the end and we had a great time! We were all very fascinated by the old signs of the Victorian Railway and were taking in all of the history that we were learning at the same time.   

by H.M (Year 6)

Working Scientifically

We have been learning about light. We were given the challenge of working in small groups to plan an investigation into what happens to a shadow when the light source moves to or from an object. We found innovative ways to solve the problems we encountered and worked well together to consider how we could ensure that it was a fair test. We had to make sure all our measurements were accurate and that we recorded the results in a table of our own design. Even the photographs that we took show us how important light is. There was so little light in the room that the camera struggled to take crisp, clear images. All the shadow puppets were our own creations.

Safewise

Safewise 1
Safewise 2
Safewise 3
Safewise 4
Safewise 5
Safewise 6
Safewise 7
Safewise 8
Safewise 9
Safewise 10
Safewise 11
Safewise 12
Safewise 13
Safewise 14
Safewise 15
Safewise 16
Safewise 17
Safewise 18
Safewise 19
Safewise 20
Safewise 21
Safewise 22

Year 5 and 6 went to Safewise in Weymouth to learn about fire safety and road safety. It was a great day and the children have learned a huge amount about how to keep themselves and their loved ones safe, both in the home and out on the roads. On arrival, the children were set a quiz to see how much knowledge they already had. They were then actively involved in all sorts of demonstrations and given lots of potentially life saving tips. In the photos you can see the children watching a fire and how quickly it can take hold. They were given plenty of safety tips about plugs and electrical appliances. As part of the day they were taught about planning exit routes in the home and what to do if their safe exit was blocked. Part of the drill included crawling underneath the level of the smoke.

In the afternoon, during the road safety session, they were all given the opportunity to ride on a mobility scooter to safely simulate road traffic.

.At the end of the day, they repeated the quiz and improved their score from 60% to 95%, which goes to show how much they took on board. I'm sure they will have had lots to share with their parents and carers.

 

Crispy Cakes

Crispy Cakes 1
Crispy Cakes 2
This week in maths we have been learning about ratio and proportion. As part of our pond fundraising project we are holding a cake sale. The children have been working on using ratio and proportion to calculate the ingredients needed for each group to make 21 crispy cakes. One group was given the task of calculating the total cost of all the ingredients and deciding on an appropriate cost for each crispy cake to allow for a reasonable profit to be made.

Project Pond

In Oak Class the children have been really enthused by the idea of finishing and improving our pond area, which was started by the previous Year 6 Classes. In order to transform what has become a 'dreary area' they have made a presentation to our school Governors in the style of 'The Dragon's Den'. Each team of children made a comprehensive and persuasive pitch to the Governors and they were all so impressive that it was difficult to chose a winning design. In the end, the Governors decided to chose an aspect from each presentation to cater to the strengths of each group. The H.O.R.D.H.F's were given the job of researching the scientific and environmental information while the Supersonic Snails worked on the fundraising activities and the health and safety of a pond area. Meanwhile, the Donald Ducks worked on the chosen design and drew scale drawings and plans. The 'Froggers were given the responsibility of all the communications to both parents and retailers who might be able to help.

Tudor Roses

At Spetisbury we are very proud of how hard our Year 6 children worked both during the run up to and for the duration of the SATs tests. They could not have worked any harder and showed great resilience and perseverance. Alongside all the revision they have still been demonstrating all their skills and teamwork whilst working on our 'Terrible Tudors' Topic. They have been working on a project which so far has included looking at Historical evidence such as art work, the British Monarchy and how the Tudor period fits into that timeline and the expectations and duties of a British monarch. The children all made Tudor roses out of clay using a variety of fixing and carving techniques. Over the next few weeks we will be looking at crime and punishment under Henry's reign.

Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 1
Picture 2

Mill on the Brue Residential

Mill on the Brue Residential 1
Mill on the Brue Residential 2
Mill on the Brue Residential 3
Mill on the Brue Residential 4
Mill on the Brue Residential 5
Mill on the Brue Residential 6
Mill on the Brue Residential 7
Mill on the Brue Residential 8
Mill on the Brue Residential 9
Mill on the Brue Residential 10
Mill on the Brue Residential 11
Mill on the Brue Residential 12
Mill on the Brue Residential 13
Mill on the Brue Residential 14
Mill on the Brue Residential 15
Mill on the Brue Residential 16
Mill on the Brue Residential 17
Mill on the Brue Residential 18
Mill on the Brue Residential 19
Mill on the Brue Residential 20
Mill on the Brue Residential 21
Mill on the Brue Residential 22
Mill on the Brue Residential 23
Mill on the Brue Residential 24
Mill on the Brue Residential 25
Mill on the Brue Residential 26
Mill on the Brue Residential 27
Mill on the Brue Residential 28
Mill on the Brue Residential 29
Mill on the Brue Residential 30
Mill on the Brue Residential 31
Mill on the Brue Residential 32
Mill on the Brue Residential 33
Mill on the Brue Residential 34
Mill on the Brue Residential 35
Mill on the Brue Residential 36
Mill on the Brue Residential 37
Mill on the Brue Residential 38
Mill on the Brue Residential 39
Mill on the Brue Residential 40
Mill on the Brue Residential 41
Mill on the Brue Residential 42
Mill on the Brue Residential 43
Mill on the Brue Residential 44
Mill on the Brue Residential 45
Mill on the Brue Residential 46
Mill on the Brue Residential 47
Mill on the Brue Residential 48
Mill on the Brue Residential 49
Mill on the Brue Residential 50
Mill on the Brue Residential 51
Mill on the Brue Residential 52
Mill on the Brue Residential 53
Mill on the Brue Residential 54
Mill on the Brue Residential 55
Mill on the Brue Residential 56
Mill on the Brue Residential 57
Mill on the Brue Residential 58
Mill on the Brue Residential 59
Mill on the Brue Residential 60
Mill on the Brue Residential 61
Mill on the Brue Residential 62
Mill on the Brue Residential 63
Mill on the Brue Residential 64
Mill on the Brue Residential 65
Mill on the Brue Residential 66
Mill on the Brue Residential 67
Mill on the Brue Residential 68
Mill on the Brue Residential 69
Mill on the Brue Residential 70
Mill on the Brue Residential 71
Mill on the Brue Residential 72
Mill on the Brue Residential 73
Mill on the Brue Residential 74
Mill on the Brue Residential 75
Mill on the Brue Residential 76
Mill on the Brue Residential 77
Mill on the Brue Residential 78
Mill on the Brue Residential 79
Mill on the Brue Residential 80
Mill on the Brue Residential 81
Mill on the Brue Residential 82
Mill on the Brue Residential 83
Mill on the Brue Residential 84
Mill on the Brue Residential 85
Mill on the Brue Residential 86
Mill on the Brue Residential 87
Mill on the Brue Residential 88
Mill on the Brue Residential 89
Mill on the Brue Residential 90
Mill on the Brue Residential 91
Mill on the Brue Residential 92
Mill on the Brue Residential 93
Mill on the Brue Residential 94
Mill on the Brue Residential 95
Mill on the Brue Residential 96
Mill on the Brue Residential 97
Mill on the Brue Residential 98
Mill on the Brue Residential 99
Mill on the Brue Residential 100
Mill on the Brue Residential 101
Mill on the Brue Residential 102
Mill on the Brue Residential 103
Mill on the Brue Residential 104
Mill on the Brue Residential 105
Mill on the Brue Residential 106
Mill on the Brue Residential 107
Mill on the Brue Residential 108
Mill on the Brue Residential 109
Mill on the Brue Residential 110
Mill on the Brue Residential 111
Mill on the Brue Residential 112
Mill on the Brue Residential 113
Mill on the Brue Residential 114

Crate Smash!

Still image for this video

Year 6 had a fantastic time at Mill on the Brue Outdoor Activity Centre this term. Set in 25 acres of land the children camped in their very own field with glorious meals provided by the centre. The children took part in a range of adventurous activities which included the zip wire, climbing and assault courses. A range of teamwork activities were also enjoyed and these really helped to test the children's leadership, co-operation and perseverance. With our trained instructors we learnt how to collect suitable firewood to build a fire for cooking an egg!

In Oak Class we have been looking at using computers for 'Coding'. We have been writing programs to make bubbles pop when pressed. The children have been experimenting with ways to change backgrounds and dragging icons into the instruction box a while designing the game. They have also been looking at ways to make a plane move when a key is pressed. 

Depth of Learning

Depth of Learning 1
Depth of Learning 2

Oak Class are really excited about their new Topic, The Terrible Tudors. The children have already completed some amazing artwork based on the work of Hans Holbein, who painted many portraits of the Tudor Kings and Queens. From these initial paintings, the children have recreated the faces in both pencil and water colour.  We always encourage children to be involved in their learning by questioning and investigating. By looking at images of Tudor artefacts we have generated a great list of questions using the 'depth of learning verbs' that will provide plenty of opportunities for historical research.

We have been learning all about Adaptation and Evolution this last half term. For home learning, the children were given the task of designing an imaginary creature and explaining how it has adapted to suit the environment it lives in. They were asked to consider  the creature's diet and habitat. 
Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3
Picture 4
Picture 5
Picture 6
Picture 7
Picture 8
Picture 9
Picture 10
Picture 11
Picture 12
Picture 13
Picture 14

James Knightbridge, Head of Maths at The Blandford School, came to teach us about Egyptian fractions last week. We had great fun investigating the unit fractions that the Egyptians used and looking at how they recorded their fractions. After investigating their recording methods for some time, we noticed that when adding fractions, you can multiply the denominators and add the numerators.

The children were able to learn from and demonstrate to each other.

There was great depth of learning and  use of mathematical vocabulary throughout the session.

In Oak Class this week we have been examining the influence of Christianity on the world we live in today. In pairs, the children researched various Christian festivals, so that they were familiar with the symbolism behind them and understood what the festivals represent.

Christian Festival Research Projects

 Maths Conference

Oak Class have just spent a fantastic day at the Blandford School at a Maths Conference, where we showed other children some of the activities we have been doing in our lesson time. We showed our work on the Fibonacci sequence, and demonstrated how to draw Fibonacci circles and spirals. We also allowed children to explore creating designs based on rotation, translation and reflection in all four quadrants. We presented an investigation based on the use of Roman Numerals on clock faces and also demonstrated the use of translation in tessellation.

 

I was really proud of all the children and their exemplary behavior. They were excellent ambassadors for our school as usual.

 

These are just a few of the things the children said about their day:

"It was really fun showing the other classes what we have been learning."

"It was an amazing atmosphere and experience."

"There were so many other children to interact with."

"I really enjoyed all of the unique ideas."

"I met loads of new people and had a great time."

"There were loads of stalls to visit and explore."

"It was fun having all that independence for the day."

Pirate Day

Pirate Day 1

Space Pirates

Top