Our topic this term is 'Revolution'. We are learning about the developments that took place during the Victorian era, particularly during the Industrial Revolution.
As part of this topic, we will be learning about evolution and adaptation in Science, particularly the work of Charles Darwin.
Our class novel this term is 'Street Child'. by Berlie Doherty It is the the true story of Jim Jarvis, a boy who lived during the Victorian era and who was taken to the workhouse when his mother died.
We are reading the novel every day and answering questions about it. We are also doing lots of written work inspired by the the characters and setting.
This half term we invited historian Dr Barbara Crosbie into school to discuss the development of the railway in Britain. Here are some pictures showing the visit.
In October we had a fantastic visit from the team at Show Racism the Red Card. They discussed many topical issues including racism, immigration and stereotyping. The children engaged really well in the workshop sessions and are looking forward to the practical football session which will happen in half term 2.
During the transition weeks it was lovely to see the children experience camping outdoors with The West View Project. The children planned their meals and visited ASDA to buy the ingredients they needed for cooking. They were fantastic at setting up their own tents and worked together to do this before they made their own tea. The children enjoyed hot chocolate around the camp fire and had a sing-a-long before bed too!
Year 6 was invited to The Borough Hall in October. We travelled to the event to enhance our Science curriculum and in particular our ability to work scientifically with a range of equipment. We watched some amazing experiments and some children were invited to participate.
The children in Year 6 participated in a special reward trip if they had shown exemplary behaviour and dedication to their learning during half term 2. They had a fantastic time on the ice and some people even managed to skate backwards. We are still not sure if this was on purpose or not!
During the first half term, the children visited Carlton Camp. They took part in many exciting and daring activities which helped them to improve their team work, independence and resilience. Some of the activities the Year 6 children took part in include: rock climbing, gully walking, hiking, night walks, orienteering and team building games.
Please look at the pictures which show how much fun all of the children had during the week long residential.
In October, as part of a town wide scheme to educate the children about the importance of health and safety and the role of the emergency services we visited Hartlepool Power Station and took part in Crucial Crew training.
The children took part in scenarios and workshops based on many topics including:
Fire Safety (including top tips on how to stay safe on Bonfire night/around fireworks)
The role of the coastguard
Internet Safety (focusing on social media)
Drug and Alcohol Awareness
Safety in the home
Here are a few pictures from the afternoon and some of the fantastic safety postcards the children have made as part of a competition Crucial Crew run each year.