Mrs. Mills took Y6 through another very exciting and visual Science session as they explored the human circulatory system. To explain this difficult concept, Mrs. Mills set up some containers and used red and blue food colouring to show: how the blood pumped away from the heart becomes oxygenated by the lungs and is transported through the arteries; and that blood returning to the heart is deoxygenated having shared oxygen with the rest of the body and is transported through veins, ready to be oxygenated once more. This is a complicated human system to understand and Elder Class worked really hard!
Elder Class have been enjoying the opportunity to explore the apparatus in our gym sessions on 'Flight'. We have practised making the five main gymnastic body shapes when jumping through the air - straight, star, straddle, pike and tuck - and have thought about how to start and finish a jump. We have been focusing on using the boxes to jump from, but have also used the ropes and wall bars to explore climbing and to build up strength. The challenge has also been to utilise the work done on 'Balance' before Christmas and include this when using the apparatus. We have tried to maintain our body tension and body extension throughout. Thanks to Bethan for the photos!
Elder Class continued with their exploration of the human digestive system on Friday as they examined what happened when 24 hours worth of food is consumed. Bob, the 'skull', was fed a number of things, including meals, drinks and all the snacks in between that might be consumed over a 24-hour period. The food travelled through a long tube (the oesophagus) into a large bucket/container (the stomach), where it was mashed together to show the activity of gastric acids (hydrochloric) in the stomach. The food then continued along some tights (the large and small intestine) by peristaltic wave before being discharged through the bottom. The children learnt a huge amount from this visual representation - thank you Mrs. Mills for another great science session.
Mrs. Mills has been helping Elder Class to complete their 'Art with a Heart' projects. They have been using batik to create a resist. Have a look at the photos showing what they have achieved so far.
Beware as you enter Elder Class, as if you catch Medusa's eye, you will be turned to stone!
Moving on in Science, Mrs. Mills has been working on the anatomy of the human body with Elder Class. The children have started by locating the major bones of the human skeleton - literally. Thanks to Ria for demonstrating!
More children have had a go at making Spanakopita this week with Mrs. Gosden. Meanwhile, following tasting olives last week, this week's authentic Greek tasting was houmous. Delicious!
We have been learning all about the properties of 3-d shapes in our Maths lessons. We have been talking about solids in terms of faces, edges and vertices, as well as naming the shapes of their faces. We have also been creating nets and investigating problems related to nets, before constructing our own solids.
In Science, Mrs. Mills has been looking at the way various species have adapted to their environments. She has focused on the polar bear, and the children have found out a huge number of facts, including that their skin is actually black! They are supremely adapted to their Arctic habitat, including having thick fur and lots of fat to keep them warm. As part of their learning, the children put their hands into an icy container and also compared their layers of fat to lard!
Following a tasting of some well-known Greek foods yesterday, Mrs. Gosden worked with groups of children to cook their own Greek food from a traditional recipe. Spanakopita are triangles of filo pastry filled with spinach, feta cheese, garlic and onion. Following the instructions carefully, the children worked together by sautéing the onions, mixing in spinach and feta cheese, cutting filo sheets and filling accordingly. Mr. Lockley completed a taste test (of course!) and they were delicious. Well done everyone!
Elder Class started their new topic today with the story of the gorgon Medusa. As part of their English studies, Y6 will be exploring Ancient Greek myths and legends, before ultimately writing one of their own. In art, the Y6 children have each made a snake to attach to a Medusa head that adorns one of the classroom walls. Bubble wrap was twisted and tied with wire, before the painted finishing touches were added. We can't wait to see who it resembles when it is finished!! We wonder who she will turn to stone! Well done everyone!
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