We have made a great start to Year 6...
Our School Value Awards
Well done to all of our values winners this half term for demonstrating excellent behaviour and displaying our school values in all you do!
Remembrance: Timperley and The First World War
Year 6 had a very thought-provoking morning at Christ Church where we investigated some of the Timperley men who sacrificed their lives in the First World War through looking looking at the silhouettes of them within the church. We thought about how these men - as well as so many others - going away to war would have impacted on the local community. One of the men was the local school teacher and another was a postman; therefore, other people would have had to step into these roles. We tried to put ourselves in the shoes of these young men and thought about how they may have been feeling when they signed up to go away to war. We also looked at the war memorials within the church grounds and and made our own poppy memorial with Lego. Thank you Revd. Jim!
We have been enjoying some active maths lessons recently! It has made maths super fun and is a great way to be more active without really even thinking about it. Sometimes we sit down for so much of our day and it isn't great for living an active lifestyle. We need to try and be as active as possible within our daily lives.
Fun Food Chef
Today Year 6 have had a fantastic morning cooking French cuisine with the Fun Food Chef! We made a variety of different things, including mini baguettes, poulet chasseur (and a vegetarian mushroom option too), French beans, moules, riz pilaff, plum tart au tan and we even washed it down with a glass of grape mocktail to represent red wine! Lots of us tried new things and discovered we liked them!
Pupils have demonstrated a great attitude in their PE lessons over recent weeks. We have been developing our hockey skills and it has been wonderful to see such progression in pupils' skills since the start of term. Children are now much more confident and proficient at playing small games too!
We kicked off our D&T topic of Celebrating Culture and Seasonality with designing, carving and evaluating pumpkin designs. Within this we investigated the history of Halloween, why carving pumpkins has become a Halloween tradition and the impact of pumpkin carving on the environment. We learnt knife skills that may come in handy later this week when we have a visit from the Fun Food Chef!
DT Topic: Celebrating Culture and Seasonality
As part of our Design and Technology topic this half term, Year 6 have spent the morning following a recipe to cook pumpkin gnocchi. This involved weighing out ingredients, peeling, de-seeding and chopping the pumpkin, mixing to combine ingredients and kneading the dough. See below for the recipe - maybe pupils could have another go at following this at home to make the pumpkin gnocchi for their families!
We also learnt about the history of Halloween, why carving pumpkins can be so popular at this time of year and the impact of pumpkin waste on the environment. Finally, we couldn't use pumpkins for cooking without a bit of carving! We enjoyed designing, carving and evaluating pumpkins.
Maths Problem Solving: Cryptarithms
All of the children in Year 6 have shown super problem solving skills in their maths lesson today with a very tricky challenge: cryptarithms. It was absolutely fantastic to see all children demonstrating our values - caring, achieving, believing and learning - when working together, helping each other and persevering to find the solutions. With a little bit of place value discussion and lots of trial and improvement, all children were able to thrive in this activity. They all loved it and we even had complaints when the lesson was over at break time!
World Mental Health Day
Cloverlea celebrated World Mental Health Day on 10th October to raise awareness, educate us on and show our support for better mental health and well-being. We wore yellow, thought about what makes us happy and then made bunting giving messages, advice and inspirational quotes to help people feel happier.
Year 6 have really impressed me with their excellent level of French they are using within their lessons! Great work!
Primary Science Afternoon at Manchester High School for Girls
We were very fortunate to have had the opportunity to allow some of our Year 6 pupils to spend the afternoon in the science labs at Manchester High School for Girls, where we took part in two workshops: investigating shadows and melting substances. Children had a great time and it was a wonderful experience to see how science can be made even more exciting at secondary school!
We have been working really hard in our maths lessons so far this term. One activity we have really enjoyed was drawing nets and using them to make 3D shapes - cubes and cuboids were pretty ok but the tetrahedrons and octahedrons were tricky!
Science Topic - Living Things and Their Habitats
We have got stuck into our science topic and have been looking at classification in plants and animals. We discovered that there are many different ways to classify plants and animals - this means to group them based on similar characteristics. First, we looked at the animal kingdom and how animals can be categorised: vertebrates and invertebrates, mammals, insects, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, crustaceans, molluscs and arachnids to name just a few!
We then looked at differences between plants and investigated the plants on our school site. In small groups we found lots of examples of plants and had a go at creating a classification table for our discoveries.
The Daily Mile
We have been enjoying running our daily mile!