This week Redwood, the chicks have continued to grow. Their wings have begun to develop and they are adapting to their surroundings. Not only this, children from other year groups are enjoying visiting the chicks and spending time stroking and watching them in their artificial environment.
So this morning, we arrived to 3 hatched eggs! Throughout the day, a further 5 eggs have hatched. Children in year 6 and other year groups managed to have a hold during the chicks’ first day in year 6! More updates to come throughout the week…
This week, we have welcomed chick eggs to year 6. As part of our Science topic, we will be hatching chicks and linking their life cycle and growth over the next two weeks to our topic ‘Darwin’s Delights’. We will update as soon as they begin to hatch… watch this space…
This week, the Writer of the Week goes to Dean for writing a descriptive comparison focusing on life of animals before the ocean was polluted and how the animals feel now. Below is example that he wrote including repetition, ambitious vocabulary and emotion:
I used to be able to swim through the ocean in peace. I used to be able to dance around through the coral. I used to be able to swim around wherever I wanted. I felt happy swimming through the oasis. Happiness filled the ocean. Everyone would admire us as we swiftly swam through cyan-blue water. The waves would splash above me as I peacefully swam around without any worries. Until one day…
Today in year 6, the children dressed up linked to our previous topic. The children came in a variety of outfits: army officers, evacuated children and characters from ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’.
Following this, the children came up with questions to ask a guest speaker in the afternoon: a lady who was the daughter of an evacuee. The children posed their questions to her and found out more about what it was like to be evacuated. They were extremely respectful and showed a positive attitude towards the session. Well done, year 6!
To start off our new topic, year 6 spent the afternoon acting as Scientists! They were given information from Darwin’s research centre to explain that the data had been lost in relation to his theory of evolution. The children were given maps and information about finches to identify which finch belonged to which island.
The children worked with props (blue-tac, chopsticks and tweezers) to imitate life for the finches during Darwin’s exploration. The children worked well in groups and enjoyed acting as researchers!
This half term, the children have enjoyed reading Goodnight Mr Tom as part of our topic ‘A Child’s War.’ This will form the basis for our World Book Day theme. The children can dress up as evacuees, billeting officers, members of the war effort or nurses/doctors from WW2.
In addition, the children have enjoyed learning about rationing, propaganda, air-raids and survival during the war. The children have also used their Literacy lessons to write balanced arguments about evacuation, diaries as characters from the war and learned about Anne Frank – a pivotal figure in history.
I hope the children look forward to our new topic, ‘Darwin’s Delights’ for Spring 2. We have started to cover this already during Science lessons but we will delve deeper into the importance of evolution!