Welcome to Edme Class Page
The children have made an excellent start to this academic year. Last week we began the year with some settling in tasks, discussing expectations, assessing core skills in English and Maths, and discussing our attitudes to learning. This week we will begin learning in earnest. We will also sort out the Year 6 responsibilities so the children can get started with these right away. This week's homework and spellings are in the folders above. Homework will be handed out on a Tuesday and collected in on a Monday. If you need help, please ask.
Controllable Vehicles - 11th July 2019
This morning we have had great fun (and a little frustration) while making the electrical component of our controllable vehicles. We have explored the impact of changing the size of the elastic band, the position of the motor and platform and the size of the pulley. We are still grappling with this project, but we have learnt a lot in the process!
Clay Tiles Inspired by the Maya Civilization - 28th June 2019
This afternoon the children used a range of techniques and skills to bring their tile designs to life. The stipulation was that their design should have a prominent nose, a ceremonial headdress and jewellery of some kind. Their work was inspired by sculpture from the Maya Civilization.
Exploring Habitats and the Distribution of Living Things Within Them - 26th June 2019
Manipulating Clay: planning to make Mayan tile designs - 14th June 2019
As part of our learning about the Maya civilization in Topic, the children have researched Mayan sculpture and used their findings to create their own designs. The will create these using clay. In preparation for work on their final piece, the children have explored different ways of manipulating the clay both with their hands and with tools. They will use this experience to help them to choose the techniques the will use when working on their final piece.
Big Plant Up 2019
A huge well done and thank you to the Year 6 Eco Monitors who, with the kind support of our volunteers, were able to help the rest of the school to plant this year's prospective crop of edible delights. This year we have planted tomatoes, beans, courgettes, squash, peas, cucumbers, salad, fennel and beets. We are already looking forward to harvesting the vegetables as they ripen.
Information Posters on Ancient Greece - April 2019
To conclude our Topic which included learning about the Ancient Greeks, the children have created Information posters to showcase their learning. Having already written in this genre, the children already knew some of the features for presenting information. With a little extra research into other language and layout trends, they were able to design and create their own posters. The pictures above show the children evaluating the effectiveness of the posters before planning for another information writing task in English. This time, the children were going to write about Treacher Collins Syndrome in response to our class text, 'Wonder' by R.C Palacio. Their aim was to write more detailed information and increase volume as these were the areas that they felt could be improved.
Making Marks with Tool to Create a Printing Tile - Tuesday 19th March 2019
As part of our ongoing project on Mythical Creatures, the children have been exploring mark making with different tools to create a press print tile. Having realised their Mythical Creature in collage, the children will now create prints of their creatures and compare the impact of their design in this medium.
Make Do and Mend - 27th February 2019
Do all materials cast the same shadow? Wednesday 26th February 2019
In Science this half-term we are developing our learning about light. This afternoon, as part of a review of previous learning, we explored a range of different materials to find out how their properties affected the shadows cast by them. We will build on this learning as we find out about reflection, refraction and the anatomy of the human eye.
Role-Play to Support Writing About the Trojan War - 12th February 2019
Making a Moving Vehicle Using Knowledge of Circuits - 29th January 2019
As part of our Science learning about electrical circuits, the children have designed and are in the process of making a moving vehicle. Once the vehicles are complete, the children will use Movie Maker to create an advert to promote them.
Developing Drawings of Mythical Creatures - 18th January 2019
The second stage of our Art project on Mythical Creatures is to further develop our designs to make them look more realistic. To enable us to do this, we looked at a range of artistic drawings of isolated parts of the anatomy such as drawings of paws, feet and hooves, drawings of eyes from different angles and so on. We noted how the shading and detail show what is under the skin and we aimed to think about this as we developed individual sections of our original designs.
Developing Story Ideas and Language Through Drama- 16th January 2019
As part of our sequence of lessons on the book, 'The Adventures of Odysseus' by Hugh Lupton, the children have developed their own story endings through drama. We shared these scenes with the rest of the class and used this as an opportunity to develop a wordbank of precise and sophisticated language that could be used in our writing.
Designing a Mythical Creature - 11th January 2019
Our Art work this term is linked to the History component of our topic learning in that we are researching, designing and creating a mythical creature. The children have begun to find out about the creatures from Greek Mythology. They began by using pencil to draw a mythical creature that they found interesting in some way. Following that, they have innovated on these creatures to create their own mythical beast. Their challenge was to consider what the creature's power or strength would be and how this would translate into a physical characteristic. We have completed the first step of this process. Our next step is to create more detailed drawings of our creatures so that we can then bring them to life using a range of different media. We will create mono prints, collage and detailed pencil drawings using graded pencils. Throughout the process we will appraise the merits of the different mediums explored.
Exploring and Changing Circuits - 7th January 2019
Our work in Science for the first part of this term will focus on electrical circuits. To get us started on this area of learning, we spent some time making circuits, finding out how changing and adding components affects the way that the circuit works.
Sports Event at Ipswich High School - 3rd December 2018
This morning Edme Class attended a sporting event at Ipswich High School. Even though they had to work extremely hard, they had a great time and the opportunity to take part in some new sporting activities.
Learning French Through Science - French Teacher Visit 20th November 2018
This week we were delighted to receive a visit from two teachers from France. They came to show us a teaching technique that they use in France whereby they teach English through other subjects. The children had the pleasure of learning French through Science. The photos below show them learning the vocabulary for the food groups and using sentence stems to talk about food that is healthy and food that should be eaten in moderation.
Working Collaboratively to Create a Section of the Story of The Good Samaritan in the Style of Vincent Van Gogh - 14th November 2018
This afternoon we have been working together, sharing ideas and expertise, to create the building blocks of our 'Vincent Van Gogh Style' collaged section of the story of The Good Samaritan. The children have tried to emulate the bold strokes and colours used in Vincent Van Gogh's paintings. Though we used chalk pastels to achieve this effect, we hope you will agree that the end results are striking.
World War 1 Propaganda Posters - 1st November 2018
As part of our learning in English this week, we have shared a selection of poems written about and during World War 1. In sharing these poems we thought about the way that the poets have used language, rhythm and other poetic devices to help us to understand their viewpoint in relation to the war. We responded to these poems in a variety of ways, discussion, letter and diary writing and by designing our own propaganda posters. The pictures below show some of the posters that were created. These showcase the use of language, font and image as tools of persuasion.
Investigating the Impact of Exercise on the Body - Wednesday 17th October 2018
As part of our learning in Science and in preparation for a scientific investigation, we spent some time finding out what happens to our bodies during and after exercise. We did four different exercises: lunges, side steps, high knees and running on the spot. We did these for one minute at a time and then waited to see how long it would take our bodies to return to normal.
Developing Clothes Designs - Friday 5th October 2018
This week in Art we have been working on developing ideas in a sketchbook. We began by trying on a man's shirt in different ways, tucking, tying, buttoning and unbuttoning to visualise the potential of the garment. We then developed our favourite ideas in our sketchbooks, labelling the design to show how the different parts of the original garment could be repurposed to create something new. We will now develop one idea further, ready to make the new garment from an old shirt.
Coding With Python - Monday 24th September
This afternoon in Computing we took the first step towards programming using Python. We learnt how to write some basic instructions to make the computer print some text. We learnt some new vocabulary too. (shell, which is the window into which we type commands, prompt, which looks like this >>> and shows that the computer is waiting for an instruction and arguments, which is what we want the computer to write. We also learnt that the commands must be written perfectly for the computer to be able to follow them. Our additional challenge was to ensure that our writing was technically correct. You will notice from the picture that where mistakes had been made, we repeated the command to have the computer write them correctly.
Mathematics Through French Monday 24th September
In French this afternoon, we used our French skills to enable us to play a dice game. We used, context, cognates and dictionaries to decode and deduce the instructions for a dice game. We then agreed what the rules should be and played the game. The game included a frustrating 'catch' in that rolling a one meant that our running scores was returned to zero. Even so, some children managed to reach the target score of 101 to win the game.
Sewing - Make Do and Mend
As part of our learning about World War 2, we have embarked upon a sewing project which will enable us to develop basic sewing skills and experiment with constructing a garment. We have learnt a little about the Make Do and Mend campaign that was launched during the 2nd World War. Today we have practised the running stitch and learnt how to sew a button on. Our thanks go to Tricia Cottrell for her time and support with this project.