Article by Harriet Cook, Year 6…ORANGUTANS FACE EXTINCTION
Year 4 had a fantastic time at Castleshaw learning about the Romans in our local area. We looked at different Roman artefacts, learnt about the Roman army and tried out some different formations and also explored the Roman fort.
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Year 2 enjoyed a drama re-enactment of the Great Fire of London. Transported back in time, to Sunday 2nd September 1666 and to London, they had the challenge of putting out the fire. However, by the time they had got water from the River Thames the fire had spread! They had great fun learning why the fire started and how hard it was to stop it spreading. They also considered the problems that people faced at the time.
Year 2 have made a wonderful start to the year and look forward to sharing their learning adventures with you here.
Mrs Thomas and Mrs Williams
As part of their learning on Judaism, Year 3 visited the Manchester Jewish Museum. During the workshop, they enjoyed the opportunity to look around and learn lots about the different parts of a synagogue. They also enjoyed a detective themed scavenger hunt around the museum and handled many interesting artefacts to help them learn about the Sabbath, the Torah and the Ten Commandments.
Year 5 visited the Sikh Gurdwara in Manchester. They enjoyed learning about the Sikh faith, listening to Sikh music and hearing a reading from the Sikh holy book- The Guru Granth Sahib.
Year 3 had lots of fun on their trip to the Bolton Museum this week. A great opportunity to revise their learning in our Ancient Egyptian topic and they loved being able to see so many artefacts first hand. A real life mummy being one of their favourite! After the workshop, they enjoyed exploring the rest of the museum and aquarium, and even enjoyed a spot of reading in the library. What a great day they had!
Today we had lots of fun learning about the archaeologist Howard Cater and recreating his discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. After reading his diary extracts, we took turns to explore the tomb and observe the many wondrous artefacts. Taking in as much detail as possible, in a limited time due to the build-up of poisonous gasses over thousands of years, we described our finds to our expedition team members and then sketched these into our log books. Following this, we took a virtual tour of a Tutankhamun exhibition to see the artefacts in a real life context and generated questions to help us answer the next question in our enquiry, ‘Who was Tutankhamen and how did he die?’
Working as historians, we reflected on our understanding that our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources, and that people in the past represent events or ideas in a way that persuades others. We also discussed the reliability of photos, accounts and stories and explored the idea that there can be different accounts of history.
Year 3 loved completing some fieldwork to help identify the features of a local river. A great hook to start us off our new geography topic.
We explored how rivers are formed, where they begin, where they end, what effect they have and how we use them. We also had great fun exploring and identifying the different organisms that live in a local river.
Year 3 enjoying developing their disciplinary knowledge by using different sources of information, including interactive timelines, to understand where and when the earliest civilizations appeared, and explain their achievements. Also great to see one of our pupils, who came dressed as Neil Armstrong for World Book Day, finding themselves on our new timeline!
As part of their PE unit, Year 3 have enjoyed performing a dance about life by the River Nile. You can enjoy watching our video by clicking HERE
As part of their RE topic ‘Called by God’, Year 3 took part in a
Mock Christian Wedding Service at St Mary’s Church.
This wonderful experience helped the children understand the
promises that a couple make when they marry and how making
these promises to each other and to God can help a Christian couple
in their married life.
Year 5 led the Carol Service with the story of Silent Night and the Nativity. The children excelled themselves and should be really proud of their performances. The photos show the class rehearsing on the ‘Save the Children’ Christmas jumper day. For photos of the Carol Service, please look in the ‘Church Services’ section of the school website.
Year 3 had lots of fun in a history workshop, revising their learning about the Stone Age to the Iron Age. They enjoyed lots of hands on practical learning, including dating and sketching artefacts, revising chronology skills with timelines (including a toilet roll one), re-enacting the day of a Hunter Gatherer and considering the main changes that occurred in Britain during this period.
This term we have been learning to balance in gymnastics, using the apparatus. Also, we have created a dance routine, turning darkness into light, as part of our R.E unit. The children performed emotional routines and were very creative with their holds.
In our Science lessons, we have been learning about electricity. As part of our D.T lessons the children have designed and created Christmas cards containing an electric circuit. Here are their wonderful creations!
Year 4 had a wonderful time discussing the issue of whether Shaw market should stay on High Street or move back behind the shops. There were several strong opinions from both sides. After a heated debate, the result of the vote was announced. The For side won and the market will stay on High Street. Well done everyone!
A few shots from our lovely Year 6 Leavers’ Service July 2021, which was ‘live-streamed’ to parents on the big day itself. We will miss you class of 2021!
Click HERE to download the Welcome to Key Stage 2 booklet which explains what happens in Year 3 and will help with the transition from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2.
Year 3 have made a wonderful start to their Key Stage 2 journey and are looking forward to sharing their learning adventures with you.
Visit this page regularly to check out what’s going on in Year 6.
You’ll find helpful hints, top tips and ideas, photos, pieces of work to be proud of and ….of course: home learning!
It’s your last year at St Mary’s…so let’s make the most of it and leave here proud of your achievements!
Together, we will have a fantastic year!
Let’s do this.
Our new reception class are settling in nicely. We are all very busy getting to know each other and finding our way around the indoor and outdoor classrooms.