On Tuesday, Shamrocks class attended the Rotary Club's Lifeline event at Park Hall. We had a fantastic day and each and every one of the children represented Morda amazingly. We were so proud of Team Shamrocks and hope that the children have an increased practical knowledge of how to keep themselves and others safe.
The day involved activities based around:
STREET (drug) safety
FIRST AID including CPR
As a class we worked together to understand how we make and maintain positive friendships.
In a whole class discussion we shared all of the qualities which make a great friend. The children then listed all of the ingredients/parts they look for in a 'good friend'.
Finally, I challenged the pupils to write recipes entitled 'How to make a good friend'.
You can see two of the recipes in the video below...
We considered and discussed how we feel and act when we are in the four different zones of emotions then considered what strategies might support each of us when we are experiencing emotions from each of the four zones.
We discussed how these actions and strategies would look different for each of us and how some people escalate into and out of the yellow and red zone quicker than others. We also discussed how some children find it difficult to show when they are moving through the zones. We talked about how we can be aware of our own zones and the zones other people around us may be in and how we can help ourselves and each other when we're experiencing the blue, yellow or red zones in school: how we can be compassionate class mates.
There are two types of mindset:
If you have a fixed mindset you believe that intelligence is a fixed trait that can't be changed. If you have a growth mindset you believe that intelligence is a quality that can be changed and develop.
In order to apply a growth mindset you must:
This week we learnt more about the 'Learning Pit' theory of growth mindset which compares facing challenges to falling into a pit and working hard to make it out the other side. In order to achiever a deeper understanding it is important to fall into the pit and use strategies to overcome the challenge and climb out the other side - rather than just attempting to jump over or avoid the pit altogether!
In order to model and explore this further I set Shamrocks class the challenge of making an origami frog using word instructions only. They all made a great first attempt but there were soon cries of "This is impossible, please help!"
I also heard words and phrases like "I'm not sure if this is right but I'm going to try it anyway." and "Why don't we try it this way instead?" which are great examples of growth mindset and not giving up.
Lots of collaborative work took place and I was really proud that everybody had made an attempt - some children even persevered and were able to complete the frog, even with the trickier instructions.
To support the children in completing the challenge, I then handed out instructions with diagrams and pictures for support and the adults began providing tips and advice as they wandered around the classroom.
We must admit, it still proved a pretty tricky challenge but by the end of the lesson most children had an origami frog! Thank you to the children who achieved their task and then went on to help other members of the class - a great team effort!
Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely summer break and are ready to learn in the Autumn term. We wish you a warm welcome to year 6 ‘Shamrocks class’.
This term we will be learning about the early Islamic civilisation. Through our Mantle of the Expert we will discover what life was like in the round city of Baghdad. We will be exploring key events before and during the Abbasid caliphate rule, and the House of Wisdom and the impact Baghdad had on education.
In the second half of the term we will be studying India as a none-European comparison to the UK. Studying land use and industry, weather, climate and Biomes.
In the first half of the Autumn term we will be researching Islamic patterns, designing our own Islamic inspired decorative tile and creating our final designs from clay.
In the second half of the Autumn term we will be studying Food Technology where we will be designing and making a three course meal.
During the first half of the term we will be discovering all about Earth and Space. In the second half of the term will be learning about electricity.
In literacy we will cover a range of fiction and non-fiction reading and writing genres which will be inspired by our Mantle of the Expert on early Islamic civilisation as well as our class novel, “The Golden Horsemen of Baghdad” by Savoir Pirotta.
Thirteen-year-old Jabir is hoping to save his family from being made homeless by finding work in Baghdad. Famished after his long journey to the city, Jabir is caught stealing bread and sent to prison. Luckily, one of the guards there notices that he has a gift for carving wooden models and he is released on the orders of the grand caliph Harun al Rashid himself.
In return Jabir must carve twelve golden horsemen, a gift from the caliph to the emperor Charlemagne. But someone is determined to stop Jabir from completing the work and he will stop at nothing, not even arson, to achieve his aim. Can Jabir and his friend Yasmina finish the horsemen or will Jabir be sent back to prison?
Regular reading at home is incredibly important for your child. Your child will be asked to read and talk about their book with an adult at home regularly. This will be your child’s weekly homework.
A reading record will be sent home for the children to sign and make comments about the book they are reading when they have read independently. Adults can also sign the reading record and make comments when you have read with your child. We encourage you to ask questions about the book as this helps your child with their understanding.
Your child will continue with weekly times table practise homework on TT Rocks - this helps with the recall and fluency of multiplication and divisional facts.
Our timetabled PE sessions will be alternate Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning on Tuesday 5th September and Thursday 14th September. Children are to bring their PE kit (shorts, t-shirt, trainers and jogging bottoms) to school and change in school, before PE every week.
We are looking forward to an awesome term.
If you have any concerns, please know that my door is always open for a chat.
This is the blog of Shamrocks' Class (Year 6)