Y6 have been answering the question, ‘How does it help if we repeat ourselves?’ in music. After learning all about repeated rhythms, keeping the beat and performing as part of a group, we performed our piece of music in front of the whole school! Thanks to Mr. Bird for his expert help!
Class 13 have been repeating themselves this term with Mr Bird, our drumming teacher.
It may sound silly but repetition is an important part of musicality. It helps provide rhythm and beat, which are important building blocks to create a listenable piece of music.
We have worked in groups to provide rhythmic support for a melody and played these parts from memory. We have also had opportunities to play solo parts on a variety of drums.
Our repeated rhythms, beats and melodies have helped ensure our pieces are memorable for performers and audiences alike.
Watch this space for our up and coming performance to the school……
This half term, year 6 have been learning all about the Ancient Maya. So far, we have found out about the Maya’s day to day life, their temples and the different gods they worshiped. We have discussed the different types of sources historians use to find out about the Maya people and decided which sources were the most reliable.
Year 6 have been enjoying an invigorating daily mile. We understand the importance of exercising our bodies as well as our minds and are making sure we re-hydrate well before commencing classroom learning.
A sparky Year 6 lesson!
During our first lesson on Electricity, Year 6 experimented with an energy stick and found that humans are conductors of electricity. Our longest chain of electricity was 25 people- but we think it will work with the whole of Year 6! Mrs Lauderdale was extremely impressed with the pupils scientific reasoning behind why animals are conductors of electricity.
Budding scientists from Year 6 visited the Beacon of Light on Wednesday 3rd October for an event called Bring It On. This engineering and Science event was designed to introduce and inspire children into the world of STEM. West Boldon pupils were thoroughly engaged with all the activities from the many different companies that were involved. We made moisturiser cream, personalised train tickets and flood barriers. We discovered how street lighting is developed and took part in various agility tests. The children were particularly good at first aid and greatly enjoyed the escape room.
At the end of every maths topic, year 6 are tackling some tricky maths investigations! They are designed to enable us to apply the knowledge we have been taught over a series of lessons to a problem. Here, some of the children are using practical equipment to investigate how many different three digit numbers can be made using 25 counters.
On Friday 7th September, Year 6 spent the day at Marine Park in South Shields.
This trip was set for the children to enjoy some time together away from school to develop team building skills and a chance for the children to bond as one year group, rather than as two separate classes.
The children caught the metro from East Boldon to South Shields. The children had fun bonding as a team, playing in the main play park. We had a picnic in the park, which was an enjoyable part of the day, apart from keeping a watchful eye over the seagulls to make sure they didn’t eat our sandwiches! We ended the day playing football and rounders, before enjoying a drink and an ice cream from the infamous Minchellas! The rain certainly didn’t spoil our day!
Coming back on the Metro, the children were praised by members of the public for their exemplary behaviour and politeness! They certainly are great ambassadors of the school! Well done to all!
This term we are reading a funny class novel called My Dad’s a Birdman, written by David Almond. The story is set in the North East of England in Newcastle. The story revolves around a family. The dad has sadly lost his wife and as a result is starting to act a little bit crazy – he wants to be a bird! Lizzie, his loving daughter, and his sister, Auntie Doreen, support him. The city is holding a Human Bird Competition, which of course Dad wants to enter! Will he make it across the Tyne? Who will be there to watch?
We will be writing a range of genres around the text, including:
- Character description
- Dialogue between Dad and Lizzie
- Newspaper report – birdman competition
- Diary entry
To watch an excerpt from My Dad’s a Birdman, a film by Will Howe, visit:
To discover more about the author, David Almond, visit: