Welcome to the Elder Class webpage!
Elder Class are the Year Sixes at St. Mary's Bentworth, a time for great responsibilities and heaps of learning.
In terms of our learning this year we will be consolidating learning from previous years, making sure that we are secure in concepts ready for Secondary School, and also challenging and extending our learning in all areas.
The Summer term means many things for Year Six...it's the last term of Primary School, there is the residential to look forward to, an end of term production and the leavers services.
In English this term, we will be investigating multimodal work using the book 'The Arrival', by Shaun Tan, to produce high quality written work. We have already begun looking at this book, and have discovered that there are no words - only illustrations! We will be delving more deeply into the characters of the book and writing our own short story about one of them. We will also use short narrative videos from 'The Literacy Shed', to aid our writing. After the half term we will be delving into the works of the great playwright William Shakespeare! In the year of the 400th anniversary of his death, it seems an appropriate time to immerse ourselves in his work!
In Maths, we will be focusing on revising all those different elements of mathematics ready for the SAT's in May. After the SAT's are all done and dusted, we will be ensuring that our Primary School knowledge in the blocks of maths (place value, four operations, fractions, geometry, ratio and proportion, algebra, measurement and statistics) are securely ready for Secondary School, and completing transition work and extended mathematical investigations.
Our Topic work will be looking at the Maya Civilization. We will discover the exact locality of this civilization, how they survived, their means of communicating, their buildings (and the ruins that are still there now), the Spanish invasion and much more.
It's the final term, the clock is ticking away the hours, but what a term it will be!
Go Team Elder!
Homework - Friday 1st July (hard copies will be given on Monday 4th July)
Summer Learning News
Our Amazing Ancient Greek Day!
Brilliant Book Day Dressing Up!
The Amazing Apprentice Challenge!
Christmas Cooking Fun!
White Card Models inspired by Harry Potter
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Elder Class Learning News- Please have a read to find out about all the exciting things Elder will be learning this term!
Salmon jump into the pool at the end of kayaking!
CALSHOT! We had a wonderful week in Calshot. The weather was glorious and the children were excellent! Their determination and excellent teamwork was commented on by several of Calshot staff. They certainly did St Mary's proud!
Eat Grow Week- Some of Elder and Lime spent a week learning about growing their own food, including cooking and gardening!
The Hawk Conservancy Andover- we had a great day out learning about birds of prey and seeing them in displays performing as they would in the wild! We even got to hold one!
Chance to Shine Cricket Festival! Every single member of Elder gave it their all at the cricket festival, I was SO PROUD of all of them! They worked BRILLANTLY as a team and showed excellent sportsmanship, determination and perseverance! You were a credit to St Mary's Elder, well done!
Our super science day at Amery Hill. We had the oppotunity to use microscopes that magnified up to 400x!
Elder are working hard with Mrs Freer practising for their dance performance at the leavers cathedral service in Winchester!
More art! Making Hawaiian art for the leavers party!
Art - Creating Buddhist Mandalas
The Dragon's Lair! Miss Quirk set up the music room as a dragon's lair to help generate ideas and description for our writing.
Yoga practice in the sunshine!
Reports of Dragon sightings! Elder were learning to develop their vocabulary by becoming exaggerating, embellishing reporters!
Investigating adaptation of bird beaks in science. We carried out an experiment using different utensils to represent different bird beaks. We were testing to find out which beaks worked best with which food source.
Creating our own paintings using stencils, watercolour and wax crayon inspired by Islamic art.
Making Roman curse tablets out of clay
Drama in English for Harry Potter recount.
Going shopping in france! Practising french directions and shopping lists.
The Apprentice Challenge
A great first two weeks back Elder!
A MASSIVE well done for children in need day! You all worked your spotty socks off to make sure everyone has a fantastic day and we raised lots of money for this wonderful cause!
Over the last two weeks, we have all be focusing really hard on our handwriting, and everyone has started collecting stickers towards climbing higher on the handwriting mountain! Well done everyone for your hard work and perseverance!
In English we have been writing adventure stories whilst working on our vocabulary and sentence openers. These are still work in progress but we will be sharing them in a sharing assembly very soon!
Please have a look at some of our pictures from our learning so far!
Having a great time raising money for children in need!
In PE with Mr Maliphant Elder have been learning coaching techniques to work with younger children and develop their skills. They worked in groups to design and set up 4 different games. Ash class then joined us for the session to try out the activities with Elder as coaches. There was lots of learning and fun to be had!
In science we have been investigating with light. We investigated objects to fins out if they were opaque, transparent or translucent.
In topic we have been looking at climate change. We investigated how much rubbish we create in a day in our packed lunches and then how much rubbish we would create over a whole year. We worked out that in a year our class would create 12,012 pieces of rubbish from lunches alone! We then discussed what we could do to reduce the amount of rubbish.
Elder have had a fantastic first half term back at St Mary's! We have all been working extremely hard and had a really positive attitude to learning. Well done Elder, keep it up!
Here are some pictures of some of our highlights!