Today we spent the day making treasure maps and hunting for Easter eggs. The children worked in two mixed age groups and worked together to design a treasure map of our school. They had to plan it, design their map, write out a series of instructions and finally hide the treasure! (an Easter egg). The groups then swapped treasure maps and had a go at solving the other teams hidden treasure puzzles. We found the eggs in the end- and finished the day off by sharing the chocolate!
On Monday the children in KS2 engaged in some practical measuring activities for our maths lesson. We designed our own recipes for a magic potion which would give us a special super hero power! The children had to design their recipe using the correct measurements and choose the most appropriate measuring equipment for their potion. We were learning how to measure to the exact millilitre which was very tricky when trying to do this in a big jug! It was great to see the children working practically and systematically to create their super hero potions.
On Tuesday, Year 5 and 6 learnt about Samba music with Mrs Hallas, a style of music from South American strongly associated with the Carnival. We played some beat and rhythm games before becoming associated with the instruments. We then took our performance on a sell-out tour to the Year 3s and 4s!
In the afternoon we joined the other children to play some games and paint rainbows in the playground! The childen all really enjoyed themselves, some of the, covering themselves in paint more than the floor!
Would you like to be in a Samba band? Just find some percussion instruments – these can be anything you can hit, shake or scrape. Don’t forget to ask your grown up before you go raiding the kitchen cupboards for pots and pans!
Then make up some rhythms to play to each other. If there is more than one of you, you can each play a different rhythm. Try rhythms such as “We are Kexborough Primary School” and “I love sausage rolls.”
This afternoon all the children have been playing team games including dodgeball and kick rounders. Even though the children were keeping their distance this didn’t stop them from having fun. Afterwards, all the children used powder paints to paint rainbows on the playground. It was really nice to see the older children working with the younger ones to make their masterpieces. All the children enjoyed being creative and some even managed to paint themselves! Have a look below to see what we have been up to.
On Friday the 22nd November, Year 6 visited Experience Barnsley at Barnsley Town Hall as they had a special Barnsley in World War II exhibition. We travelled on the service bus (as you can see below)…
At the museum, we saw all kinds of amazing things, such as: artefacts from the 1930s and 40s, gas masks, military outfits and even a 1940s kitchen (complete with a wireless)! We learned some sad stories; a couple were engaged to be married, however he was killed in action and the museum had many of their love letters. There were also funny stories, like the one about “Sgt Stubby” – the only ranked dog in the army! In the Town Hall showcase, we saw medals and a tin bowl made by a soldier who had been caught and become a prisoner of war.
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Today, our children dressed up and brought in a voluntary contribution which will all be set off to Pudsey and his team. We raised a fantastic £202.10 so thank you to everybody that contributed.
We are super-proud of this talented young lady, who has only gone and won the Teaching Personnel Halloween Poetry competition. She has won some super books for our class as well as some sweets for all her friends.
Last week, our Year 5 and 6 boys attended a football competition in association with Barnsley College. I am really pleased to say that, just like at cross country, we have won again. I am really proud of all of the children that took part in this competition and it shows that all of the work that has been completed at after school football club has paid off. I would also like to thank Mr Rodgers (Barnsley College) who has been helping deliver our football PE lessons during school time this half term and developing our knowledge as teachers as how to deliver good or better PE lessons.
On Wednesday 23rd October, Year 6 visited the Lifewise Centre in Rotherham for Crucial Crew.
We learnt all about safety as we are getting older and have more independence.
We discovered what to do if there was a fire and we were in our bedrooms, such as assessing the dangers, blocking up areas where smoke could get in and calling for help.
We found out the consequences of arson..
We learnt how to travel safely on public transport – and met the lovely Dougie!
We also learnt about child criminal exploitation and what to do if it happened to us or our friends.
St John’s Ambulance taught us how to put someone in the recovery position and basic first aid.
Timmy had been knocked off his scooter and we became the investigating officers! We looked for clues to see who had caused the accident.
We found out about the dangers of hate and knife crime and acted out a court situation, where Sam had been accused of stealing some beer. This ended by us having a look in the cells underneath the court building. We wouldn’t like to end up there!
All in all, we had an enjoyable day and learnt a lot of new information.
This half-term our Year 6 Science topic has been concentrating on how the body works. We have learnt about the digestive system, the circulatory system, the skeletal system and the muscular system.
The heart is part of the circulatory system and we wanted to have a closer look…
Mr Rudkin helped us to dissect and identify the different parts of a pig’s heart, such as veins, arteries, tendons, ventricles and the aorta. You can tell the left side of the heart as it is heavier and more muscular and the right side is more jelly-like.
We found this experience very interesting and exciting, although some of us were a bit squeamish!