Teacher: Mrs Pike
Year Group: 6
Class Parent Rep(s):
Mrs Evans and Mrs Birch
Info and Children's Work
Our class assembly this term was all about the great explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, who famously saved all 26 of his crew when their boat – The Endurance – got trapped in ice attempting to cross Antarctica.
We had a fantastic space show funded by the UK Space Agency, which looked at the future of robotics, computing and science in future missions to Mars. Afterwards, Tolkien class had the opportunity to work together to create their own working robots from Lego; programming them to move around. They really enjoyed it, as you can see from their smiles.
Our latest Banksy art piece involved stencilling with colourful paint drips on canvas. Tolkien class were awarded best artist for upper KS2 and also the Goldsworthy in the Jack Boyd competition. We are very proud of our budding artists.
We have been making Amulets, to help us on our Shackleton journey, to bring us luck and help us on our way! The children have designed them, made models out of clay and painted them in gold and silver. Some very impressive design by the year 6’s.
This is our latest stencilling project in celebration of the artist Banksy, the children painted over old cardboard to give an illusion of an old distressed wall. They drew and cut out their own stencils and very carefully painted over them, with excellent results.
Science Project – How to create salt crystal by Jack Jarrett-Smith
When you add enough salt to water, the water becomes super-saturated and there is no more room for the salt to dissolve into. Hopefully, when you put string into water, over a few days the dissolved salt will turn into a crystal and the crystal will be made by all the salt molecules attaching onto the piece of string and each other.
Treasure Hunt with Cottontail
Three girls in our class, planned a fun-filled afternoon in the woods for our buddy class, Cottontail. We had a treasure hunt first and then returned to class to do some art work.
Our class artist is Banksy and we have made our own graffiti tags before tackling stencilling later in the year.
We whittled Father Christmas out of wood and made baubles in science using Plaster of Paris, to demonstrate an irreversible change. Thanks to Mrs Cornwell and Mrs Birch for making this happen!
In our class assembly we learnt all about life in Britain during World War 2. What was it like to be in an air raid and how did it feel being evacuated to the country? We watched the Home Guard march and enjoyed hearing some of the famous speeches made by Churchill and the two Royal Princesses.
As part of our history topic, we went to a themed WW2 day at Kent Life in Maidstone. Dressed in 1940’s costume, we took part in a series of workshops including making a rag rug, being evacuated to the country, marching with the Home Guard and learning how to navigate the planes in the RAF. It was an extremely enjoyable day! Thank you to Mrs Grout and Mrs Coppin for helping us on the trip.
Tolkien’s very own family link to the Guy Fawkes gang! One of our class made a presentation telling us how two of their ancestors were members of the infamous group who tried to blow up parliament. Unfortunately, they came to a sticky end.
We met with our buddy class- Cottontail. We wandered through the woods and helped them find 5 autumn leaves to take back to school.
We went into the woods to whittle some sticks.
Impressive Design Technology projects based around our class book ‘Holes’ by Louis Sacher.
Our Class Assembly
We enjoyed putting together our class assembly where we talked about the importance of great team work and how we have learnt to work together throughout our time at Anthony Roper.
An Amazing Find!
When we were on the play equipment, Caleb, Kit and Luke spotted a green caterpillar on the ground. Not just any old caterpillar, but a Pale Trussock Moth Caterpillar which we took back to class to identify. Tolkien Class did a bit of research and found out that its hairs were irritating to skin and that it will turn into a moth. We fed it lots of leaves and it ate them all! It was a very hungry caterpillar! We then found out that this time in September, the caterpillars are searching for somewhere to pupate for the winter. We showed the caterpillar to Rosen Class and then let it go as it would be cruel to keep it.
Written by Caleb, Kit and Luke
We enjoyed playing a grammar game which Joseph, Toby and Henry had designed and made. They based it around the timestable game ‘King of the Castle’.