This week, Year 6 had a wonderful campfire. They enjoyed hot chocolate with marshmallows, conversation and singing.
This week, Year 6 created their own obstacle courses based around different prepositions. They were extremely creative coming up with different ways to add challenge including filling a crawl hole with mud and leaves.
Year 6 were set the challenge to create a raft that would float a tealight for at least 30 seconds. They had to use natural materials and ensure that they worked together in a team. There was some trial and error, some creative thinking and some great problem solving. The wind extinguished all the tealights but the rafts all floated safely.
Year 6 were extremely resilient with their sewing. The development in their skills and problem solving abilities over the project was incredible. Some pupils who couldn’t make a single stitch at the start of the project were able to design, create and sew decorative details onto their completed waistcoats. Year 6 were able to sew buttons, buttonholes, capes, masks, pockets, decoration and so much more. They learnt to do two different stitches and, most importantly, could thread their own needles confidently! The children supported each other beautifully ensuring that no one was left behind. They should be so proud of their achievements.
Year 6 explored their learning strengths and weaknesses. They started to analyse what made them strengths and why they were weaknesses. They were questioned to reflect more deeply and to identify how they knew these were strengths and what caused their weaknesses.
This morning, Year 6 have investigated and designed their Super Learner waistcoats. We have begun preparing the fabric. It has been a complicated and involved process. They have been wonderful at supporting each other and focusing on their learning while showing patience as they wait for support. We’re nearly ready for sewing!
Year 6 had a fantastic discussion about the skills of great learners. They really pushed themselves to explain why a learning skill fitted into Reflect, Lead or Aspire. They then considered if there were any other skills great learners needed.
For Art day today, Year 6 have explored still life using a range of different mediums (charcoal, acrylic paints, chalk and oil pastels). They looked at the work of Paul Cézanne, Iberê and Jaromír Funke to create their still image of objects they associate with Maple Cross.
Year 6 had some incredible discussions today on how we are helped in our learning by other people.
“Teachers break learning down into small steps so you can learn.”
“Teachers challenge us to be the best we can be.”
“Our families support us to learn by encouraging us.”
“Our peers know us well so they can help us to feel good and be ready for learning.”
“Our friends are always there. They support us without telling us the answers.”
Today, Year 6 modelled their hat designs by walking the “hatwalk”. As they modelled, the rest of the group described their design and its features. They were tasked with designing an extravagant hat suitable for the pandemic. Among many fantastic ideas, were bubbles, horns set at two metres, concealed masks, rainbows, warning signs, pockets for sanitiser and photos of loved ones. They were brilliant!