Algebra Alphabets

Year 6 have started to solve problems using simple formulae and problems with unknowns. They worked well in pairs to solve 26 problems and complete the Algebra Alphabet. Well done!

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Classifying Plants in the School Grounds

Year 6 Lions have been exploring the school grounds, and using the evidence that they found to explain the classification of plants and organisms found in their local habitat.

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What a whopper!

How amazing is this pumpkin one of our Year 6 children brought it into school today! She bought a pumpkin plant from our plant stall at the summer fayre in June and managed to keep it alive throughout our long hot summer! Measuring 94 cm around its circumference, this pumpkin was so heavy we didn’t have any scales in school big enough to weigh it on. What an achievement!

 

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Google Explorers

Year 6 enjoyed using Google Earth to explore European cities and to look for human and physical features of those environments.

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I’ll Be There

Year 6 are loving learning music through Charanga. Today, they have played glockenspiel along to Michael Jackson’s ‘I’ll Be There’.

 

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Modal Verbs

Year 6 have been searching for modal verbs in instructional texts and editing parts of the text to include them.

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Autumnal Art

In Year 6 Lions, we have looked at the beautiful colours of Autumn in our lunchtime art club. During our art lesson, we used our observational skills to record detail.

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Game Designers

Year 6 have made a great start to programming their own games. They have planned their games; designed backgrounds and characters; decided on a time and score element; and, used 2Code Gorilla on PurpleMash to begin their creations. Mr. Sandwith has been very impressed!

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Peace Lily

Year 6 were inspired by Hilary Robinson’s ‘Peace Lily’ to create still-life pastel drawings of a lily.

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Year 6 Sleepover

Year 6 children had a fantastic NIGHT at school. They watched a bit of Belgium vs Brazil in this year’s World Cup; they enjoyed playing out with each other on the playground;  they showed off their keepy-uppy skills; they created some fantastic World Cup Themed T-shirts; they watched a movie before bed and they got a little bit of sleep! 

Mr. Sandwith would like to thank Daz, Mr. Summerfield and Mrs. Rennison for their help on Friday night, and Mrs. Birch and Mrs. Sutton for staying the night – another successful evening!

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Year 6’s Trip to The Lion King

It was an amazing day for staff, children and parents. We met at school at around 7am and were eating our lunch at the M1 services by 10am! We enjoyed a sight seeing tour of London from our coach (including Buckingham Palace where Mrs. Allen MBE met the Queen). After that, we went to the highlight of the day – the performance at the Lyceum Theatre. It was breath-taking and most of the staff were watching the children rather than the show to see their faces! Another highlight was the visit to MacDonalds at Watford Gap Services on the way home! It was most definitely a ‘once in a lifetime experience’ and the staff said it was the best performance they had seen yet.

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Green Screen

Year 6 loved using the Green Screen. They added themselves into scenes from their favourite films. The results are fantastic!

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Heart Start – Simple Skills Save Lives

Year 6 enjoyed completing a basic awareness course in Emergency Life Support. They learnt about DRSABC (Danger, Response, Shout for help, Airways, Breathing, C.P.R.),helping somebody who is choking and looking after somebody who is bleeding. 

 

Thank you to Heart Start for delivering the fantastic training!

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Baking for BYC

Year 6 enjoyed baking and decorating a range of cakes. The children’s theme was inspired by the end of year production, ‘Wizard of Oz’.

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Merchandise

Production begins. Year 6 are now in the process of making merchandise to sell. We are hoping to raise money to help pay for our trip to ‘The Lion King in London’.


 

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I’ll Be There

Year 6 have been finding the pulse in a range of Jackson 5 songs; learning about music played in the Motown style; playing riffs alongside the Jackson 5 on glockenspiels; as well as learning and performing the song ‘I’ll Be There’. 

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Circus Science Week

 

All children in Years 1 to 6 had an amazing time learning about science. They used their knowledge of forces and motion, and put it into practice by performing circus acts. It was a really fun and entertaining couple of days. Thank you Nick for visiting, for teaching about pushes, pulls and twists, and for bringing the forces of friction and gravity to life! 

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Daily Mile

Children from Years 4, 5 and 6 enjoyed running 10 (or more) laps of the field. They will be running or walking this distance regularly as part of the Daily Mile challenge! Well done everybody!

 

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Ball Handling Skills

 

 

Year 6 have enjoyed working on their handling skills. They worked on ball manipulations, and tested each other’s abilities to catch a tennis ball at a range of heights. Remember – catches win matches!

 

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Leading Their Own Learning

Year 6 have enjoyed using the new headphones to revise subjects of their own choosing. The children are working extremely hard, and Mr. Sandwith and Mrs. Birch are really impressed with the progress all of the children are making!

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Sketching Facial Features

In Year 6, we have used sketching and shading techniques to produce these wonderful portraits!

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Lunchtime Teamwork

Year 6 took a break from the sunshine by working together in revision teams at lunchtime.

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New Computers!

Year 6 have enjoyed using computers to research inspirational people, and to access Purple Mash, ActiveLearn and Espresso to help them prepare for their SATs. Thank you Mrs. Allen and Code Green for our fantastic, speedy, new computers!

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Birkwood Brass on Tour 2018

Our amazing brass band started their ‘Summer Tour’ at the TOP. The children were invited to perform IN Grimethorpe Colliery Band’s practice room. This is part of a Look North feature about the support given to Birkwood from the world’s most famous brass band.

This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our musicians and they most certainly embraced it. Many thanks for making our children and their families so welcome Grimethorpe Colliery Band; special thanks to our friends Roger Webster and Michael Dodd.

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Be SMART

Our Year 6 children have reminded the whole school to be SMART when using technology over the holidays. Have a great Easter and stay safe everybody.

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Master Builders

Our Year 6 children have impressed Mr. Sandwith with their building and programming skills. They have used LEGO WeDo to create a fan and a vehicle before controlling and programming their creations with an iPad. Here are some photos of them working with Alfie Sutton (Mrs. Sutton’s son) – well done Year 6!

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Crucial Crew 2018

Year 6 visited Crucial Crew last week. They thoroughly enjoyed learning about how to keep themselves safe in real-life scenarios. From ‘Fire Safety’ to ‘Internet Safety’, the children had an unforgettable learning experience. Emergency services, Magistrates, First Aid, and Public Transport were just some of the many activities undertaken by all of the children. We can assure our readers that the First Aid Photographs are only role play – everyone had a great and safe day! Many thanks to the Crucial Crew Staff for yet again making Birkwood feel so welcome!

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The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes

Year 6 have loved reading The Highwayman this week. We have listened to the poem; read the poem; used dictionaries to find meaning of tricky words in the poem; discussed the language of the poem verse-by-verse and talked about what Alfred Noyes was trying to tell his reader. Next week, we will be producing some writing based on this fantastic poem.

 

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The Big Type

Year 6 have enjoyed becoming scientific researchers this week. First, they found out a range of facts about an animal of their choosing. Next, they used this information to formulate a plan. Finally, they typed up their non-chronological reports which were written for a Key Stage 2 audience. Mr. Sandwith was very impressed with the finished products!

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Fossils

 Year 6 have been looking at fossils and how scientists would use this evidence to recreate the images of dinosaurs. 
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