Just before Easter, Year 6 finished their Aztec masks in Art. The whole journey, from tin foil, through to papier mache, acrylic painting, marbelling paper and creating decorations such as feathers and mosaic tiles has been thoroughly enjoyable for all. Here's photos of some of the journey. Well done to each and every pupil, who created a mask they could be proud of.
This week we began our Programming unit in Computing, learning how to create computer games using a piece of software called Kodu.
If you would like to use Kodu at home you can download it free and safely from Microsoft by clicking the picture opposite.
The Art room during Year 6 lessons rang to the sound of crunching tin foil and lots of laughter in the week before half term. Pupils have designed their own original Aztec mask, inspired by their learning in History and Art lessons. Coming up this week: papier mache with kitchen roll and PVA gkue to create a textured and toughened surface to paint on, over their tin foil face moulds.
In Computing, year 6 have been learning about Input and Output devices and how they either send information into a computer or receive information from a computer.
Through research and design the children finally got to test their own controllers while playing some retro games.
We used a Makey Makey board to bring our controllers to life and the children had a fantastic time!
This week in Food Technology, two of the tutor groups have been making bread. To encourage them to knead for over 10 minutes, Mrs Everett played some music to help them along. This was also enjoyed by the 'non cooks', the half of the class who were not cooking that lesson and creating design work in their folders.
Comments from some of our bakers this lesson:
'Today we really enjoyed making bread. The kneading was hard but doing it with music was very enjoyable. You should definitely try baking your own bread at home (with music as well.)'-Poppy
'I found making the bread so much fun, especially the kneading because we had some cool music and I have always loved cooking.'-Olivia.
'It looked really hard! You have to do it for 10 minutes. Surely your arms must've ached? I'm nervous to do it!'-Ethan (a non-cook.)
I can update you with news on Ethan's cooking lesson today....he survived and baked a wonderful loaf. Well done-Mrs Everett.
Year 6 learned about different Pop artists in their Art in the Autumn term, focusing on creating different style of food packaging in their lessons. For their homework, they were asked to choose from a list of Pop artists, ranging from Roy Lichtenstein to Claes Oldenburg, research their life and work and present it in a creative way. All of the projects were very impressive indeed and here is a small sample. Well done to Year 6 for the hard work and creativity that shine through in these projects.
We call it the Art Hero project as it is inspired by a unit which is part of the Arts Award Bronze, a qualification in the arts that we run here for the last 6 years at Cranborne Middle School. Follow us on Twitter to find out more @CMSArts Award or visit their website: www.artsaward.org.uk
If they have enjoyed the Arts Hero project in Year 6, they can then enrol on the Arts Award Bronze as a club after school in the Spring term of Year 7.
Over the past three days, Year Six have visited the Ancient Technology Centre to live a day in the life of a Viking. We had an absolutely fantastic time! When we arrived at the centre, we were invited into our home for the day: a Viking longhouse, complete with Runes all over the walls! The children learned how to light a fire, before embarking on their activities.
We then had the chance to make bread from scratch. The first step was taking the grains and grinding them using rotating millstones to make a fine flour. We also tried grinding them between two flat stones, which was much harder! Meanwhile we learned how to make butter by mixing cream until it splits into buttermilk and butter. The buttermilk we saved to turn our grains into flatbread, combining it with delicious herbs to cook on an open fire.
Later on in the day, Year Six learned how the Vikings trapped their fish. The answer was quite surprising – woven baskets! After this Year Six had an opportunity to try weaving themselves, by weaving willow into a small fence that would protect food from hungry rabbits. We then had the chance to learn what herbs were used for in the Viking household, and we washed our hands with a leaf!
Next was the forge. Year Six became Viking blacksmiths as we used the bellows, and hammered out a piece of iron to create a knife. We even twisted and curled the end with a hammer to create the finished product you will see in the pictures.
Finally we played some Viking games while the bread cooked; we played one that was used for shield practice, and another that was used to improve the children's accuracy with throwing sticks, called Kubb.
Finally the food was ready, and we headed inside to eat the bread that we had made, with butter that we had made, spread with the knife that we had also made! It was a wonderful experience, thoroughly enjoyed by all. It was an excellent way to learn about Viking home life, thank you to the A.T.C for such a great experience.
A big thank you to all the parent helpers who came along with us, without which it would not have been possible!
Here are some pictures from Friday's visit, more to come soon!
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It has been lovely to see all the children returning from the summer holidays with big smiles on their faces. Despite the many changes that year 6 brings about, we have been incredibly impressed with everyone's attitude and desire to take on all new challenges with a very positive mindset.
Having completed an initial tutor based day getting know their new tutors, and learning a little bit more about what happens in year 6, the last couple of days has seen them following their timetables, and getting down to business.
It has also been great to see the nurturing and supportive side of the year group who have been going out of their way to help the year 5's to settle into the school.
Really looking forward to what I believe will be a very exciting year ahead.
See you all soon.
Mr Stevens and the year 6 team.