This is a list of words that your child will be using and learning to spell this year.
A day at the races:
In addition to watching a horse race, we calculated weights, measured perimeters, worked out averages and collaborated to use our maths skills in a real life situation.
World Book Day Potatoes:
Children brought in an amazing range of potatoes dressed as some of their favourite book characters.
World Book Day 2019
This year, the whole school looked at the picture book Bee and Me. Dressed in bee themed colours, children across the school wrote poems, persuasive texts, created speech bubbles, wrote stories, produced setting descriptions, researched the lifecycle of bees, built bee hotels and took part in other bee related activities. What a lot of talented and created busy bees we have here at Ettington Primary.
Bee And Me – a short collaborative story by 9 children in year 6 – click on link to open and read
After making a terrible mess we produced some interesting outfits using recycled newspaper.
Having looked at facts about the Statue of Liberty we produced news reports and art using ICT.
News Report – (click on the link to read)
Four Feet, Two Sandals:
After reading about the experience of two young refugees in this picture book, we wrote newspaper reports and collaborated to produce a large collage of the characters in the story (that is based on true events).
Everytime the air raid siren went off we had to take cover! But, we did find time to learn about the experiences of evacuees and how the war began.
Whilst learning to read, write and use 7 digit numbers and multiply by 10, 100 and 1000, we investigated the relationship between the sizes of different planets.
We have created our own rangoli patterns on the playground. Hindus traditionally draw this type of image on their doorstep during the festival of Diwali to welcome in the goddess Lakshma.
Blue Peter Badge Winners:
Having written to Blue Peter to explain what we learned about water scarcity, we were all awarded with a green badge.
In preparation for writing a creative, multi-sensory setting description, we went into the wooded area and created artists’ colour palettes using natural resources, took rubbings, made sound circles and created our own “perfumes”.
Having learned about Parliament and democracy, we held our own elections.
This week’s task has been to collect sticks to use in 3D sculptures. We made Moroccan themed lanterns.
Cameroonian Banana Bread:
As part of our Africa topic, we have made Cameroonian banana bread.
Imagine a time when black and white people were separated. Imagine a time when people were treated differently because of their race or religion. Imagine not being able to drive a car or sit on a bus because of the colour of your skin. Well, that’s what Doctor Martin Luther King fought against. He is one of the reasons that this inequality has become illegal.
This brave and marvellous human being, who was born on 15th January 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia grew up in a racist environment. When Martin was a young boy, he was discriminated against when his white parents’ friends stopped the pair from playing because he was black. Another incident of racism occurred when Martin went into a shoe shop and was refused service because of the colour of his skin. As a result of these experiences, Martin was sad and knew he had to do something…
Martin Luther |King, who was a very bright student and skipped ninth and twelfth grade, received a degree in sociology and divinity before following in his father’s footsteps and becoming a pastor at Dexter Avenue Church. Inspired by his religion and Gandhi’s peaceful protests, Mr King organised the Montgomery Bus Boycott after Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat for a white person on a bus. The boycott was meant to last for a single day, but ended up lasting for 382 days. As a result of this, segregation on buses became illegal.
In 1963, Martin led a freedom walk, in Detroit, to help people to be free from discrimination and racism. Amazingly, 125,000 people joined his non-violent protest. In August 1963, the civil rights activist gave his famous “I Have A Dream” speech in which he said that he wanted his children not to be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character. As a consequence of his work, Mr King wan the Nobel Peace Prize in 1965 and was the youngest person ever to receive this award.
Shockingly, Martin Luther King was assassinated by a single gunshot whilst on the balcony of his hotel in Memphis, on 4th April 1968, but will always be remembered for his hard work and his fight for equality.
Over one thousand streets in America are named after him and in January every year, Americans celebrate Martin Luther King Day with a national holiday.
By Joe, Grace and H.
This week, our Muddy Monday task was to find information in the school grounds about the life and work of Martin Luther King. We presented our notes in an artistic way.
Whilst learning about the Jewish festival of Sukkot, we have attempted to make model Sukkah Huts.
Daily guided reading sessions involve either an audio book, group reading, and ICT task of a comprehension challenge.
Alice In Wonderland:
We have produced comic strips and iMovies related to the famous story.
In response to Edvard Munch’s painting, we have produced artwork and descriptive writing.
In an attempt to empathise with some people in some developing countries around the world, we carried buckets of water around the school field. Some of us struggled and lost a fair bit of the precious liquid on route!
Breakfast and flower arranging