Welcome to Year 6!
Our topic for the spring term is 'Ancient Greece’.
Year 6 have been learning about ancient Greek pottery. On Monday they had the opportunity to work with clay themselves and see how easy (or not!) it was to make a pot. They then wrote some useful instructions for anyone who wanted to have a go for themselves. When the pots had dried out and hardened the children painted them with similar patterns to those found on the ancient Greek vases.
First Lego League Competition
This term the Lego team competed against 19 other schools in the West Cumbria First Lego League Tournament. Everyone has gained new skills in collaboration, teamwork, programming, research and presentation. They had a super time and were great ambassadors for the school. A big thank you to coach Rob Way (STEM Ambassador) for all his help running the Lego Club on Thursdays and to Balfour Beatty who sponsor our team.
First Lego League
The First Lego Team have been busy working on their project and robot game. They are learning about team work and cooperation as well as developing their computing skills.
Railways and Bridges
As part of the topic, Year 6 have been learning about the famous engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, railways and bridges. They then investigated how to strengthen structures using arches, trusses and suspension. After that they designed, built and tested their own bridges, sticking to a budget and a deadline for completion. They all agreed building a good bridge was trickier than it appeared.
Year 5 and 6 Production - Jason and the Argonauts
Year 5 and 6 have been extremely busy rehearsing for their production, which they will be performing to the school community very soon. Here are a few photographs from today's rehearsal.
Year 6 have been learning about Claude Monet and impressionism. After learning about Claude Monet and discussing his paintings, the children painted their own paintings in this style. Many children found it trickier than it looks!
Year 6 Managing the Meadowland
Year 6 set to work removing the grass cuttings from our school meadow, to reduce the nutrients, so that the vigorous plants do not out compete the wild flowers. Thanks Year 6.
Years 6 enjoyed a netball skills session with Mr Charters from Cockermouth School. They developed their passing skills and footwork as well as playing High 5 netball.
REACT Science Show
Year 6 enjoyed the science show 'Feel the Force'.
Visit to New Lanark World Heritage Site
The children learnt about the history of the New Lanark Mills and found out about Robert Owen, a former owner. He advocated and promoted the following ideas that are core to our society today: participation in community and society; rights and social justice; education; sustainability; fair trading and cooperation.
The children also experienced a taster of school days in Robert Owen’s time. The lesson included a drill, handwriting, arithmetic, geography and dancing.
Evolution and Inheritance
Battle of the Beaks Investigation
In Science, Year 6 are studying 'Evolution and Inheritance'. in the last two sessions we have learned about 'Adaptation'. We had great fun during an investigation called 'Battle of the Beaks', where we experimented with different beak shapes and sizes. Please ask us all about our investigation.
At the beginning of Year 6 we identified our goals for the year and also considered any worries or fears that come with these goals. After recording our worries on our worry spirals, we hung them outside -in the coming weeks the weather will blow away some of these worries.
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Well done to all the Year 6 children who completed their Bikeability Level 1 and 2 training. The instructors commented on how well everyone worked and how much they enjoyed working with the different the groups. We are all looking forward to putting our skills into practise when we cycle to Ennerdale later in the term.
Newcastle Residential 2018
Year 6 had a fabulous three days in the bustling city of Newcastle upon Tyne. The visit was an opportunity for children to spend time away from home in an urban environment; a contrast to previous residential visits and their own locality.The visit was crammed full of different learning opportunities, from travelling by train and metro to studying portraits in the Laing Art Gallery.
Visiting Beamish Open Air Museum was a highlight of the visit for many of the children. The children took part in a Suffragette workshop marching through the town and taking part in a debate. Pupils enjoyed performing in the immersive activity and staff and visitors heckled the rally as they passed by, adding to the atmosphere.
In the three days the group were in Newcastle they also managed to fit in a visits to the Discovery Museum, St Nicholas Cathedral and a tour of St James' Park. Evening activities included a meal at Frankie and Benny’s and ten pin bowling.
Paddle Power had a fantastic time taking part in the UK and Ireland First Lego League Final in Bristol. After a disappointing score in the first round of the robot game there were a few nerves going into the second and third games but points were picked up in the next two rounds. The team received some very positive comments from the judges, particularly for the independence in the core values element of the competition.
Well done Paddle Power!
Visit to The Beacon Museum, Whitehaven
Years 5 and 6 visited The Beacon Museum, in Whitehaven, as part of our Conflict,War and Peace topic to find out what life was like for the people of Copeland during World War Two. They found out about rationing, air raids, gas masks, evacuation and propaganda. They also saw for themselves the cramped conditions inside a real Anderson air raid shelter, heard the air raid siren and handled a number of artefacts.
First Lego League
Well done Paddle Academy's Lego Team! They were overall winners at the regional competition on Wednesday and will now head to Bristol for the National Finals on Saturday 24th February.
A big thank you to Balfour Beatty for their sponsorship and to our STEM ambassadors Caroline Waters and Rob Way.
Beyond the lines
Year 6 have been working hard to develop their descriptive writing.
Terrifying gunshots illuminated the sky as the smell of gas and smoke filled the air. My palms began to sweat, the soldiers ran around firing deadly bullets. As the Luftwaffe flew across the ominous, amber sky, my heart pounded like thunder. A single tear trickled down my check.
Hell rained down around us as my brother and I stumbled over the blood-soaked sand. Mammoth caltrops were littered across the beach, a vortex of bullets swirled around us, most hitting the soldiers gouging open wounds, but a few bursts peppered the ground at our feet. We crawled beneath a caltrop, crying till our eyes were dry.
Hands shaking, the boys stood in the centre of the fight, their eyes darting everywhere, as soldiers shot over the hills trying to catch their enemy. The boys’ hearts started pounding faster and faster as the soldiers fell to the ground. In disbelief, they ran to find somewhere to hide.
Year 6 have been busy learning about algorithms using the Lego Mindstorms. The children built the robots and learned to program them to complete a series of tasks using both the computer software and the app on the ipad. The programming was completed by dragging and dropping icons into a line to form commands which were then sent via bluetooth to the Lego robot.
Children had to check their work, detect errors and refine their programs to enable the robots to complete their mission.
Reverse Advent Calendar
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Year 6 reverse advent calendar. Representatives from Barnardo's Children's Centre (Cockermouth) came to collect the gifts this week and were delighted with the variety of items that people had donated.
Darwin Rocks -Year 5 and 6 Performance
Our Year 5 and 6 children wowed a packed school hall with their singing, acting and dancing during two performances of ‘Darwin Rocks’. The play was based on the life of Charles Darwin and his scientific ideas, which were controversial in 1859, when he published his theory in On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.
It was a brilliant team effort with the whole production pulled together in two weeks. It was lovely to see the children grow in confidence, develop their acting skills and enjoy the opportunity to perform in front of their parents, peers and other guests.
A collection was taken at the end of each performance for Cancer Research UK. A total of £350.71 was raised.
Some of our Year 5 and 6 pupils meet author Cathy Cassidy at Cockermouth School on Wednesday 18 October 2017 . She talked about how she came up with her ideas and signed copies of her new book. The children enjoyed listening to her talking about her life as an author.
'It takes guts!' Science Show
Year 6 visited Lakes College to watch a gross, squirm-inducing show all about the workings of the human digestive system. It followed the journey of food from your mouth, through the acid bath in your stomach, along metre after metre of pulsating guts, until it comes out the other end!
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Ennerdale Cycle Ride - June 2017
Despite the rain, the Year 6 children had an amazing time cycling to Ennerdale. It was a great opportunity to practise skills from their recent bikeability training.