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Sculpting Superstars

You may think what a strange title to this week's blog but let me share a little bit of background knowledge and it is also a way forward to next week's arts days. At the beginning of the week, we looked at what sculpture was? We also had a go at naming famous sculptures. At first members of the class seemed to say only a few but to be honest they didn't take long to start to name quite a few. My contribution was ' The Kelpies'. Two giant, breath-taking constructions of horses heads that are lit at certain times of the year.We then observed the different materials that can be used to make the sculptures - which leads us on to the use of tin foil. I apologise now if it disappears over the weekend as we looked at human figures and took one piece of foil and moulded a free standing figure from it. 

Quite a few pupils have said that they wanted to try making some different things, hence the warning of finding your tin foil goes missing. 

It is lovely to also get in maths learning whilst tackling another lesson such as art. Being able to measure lines and look at the area whilst learning other skills. In maths we have also been focusing on reasoning and mental arithmetic.More and more it is having the range of questioning and seeing the different ways for example an algbera question could be asked. Next week we shall be looking at multiplication skills, with increasing numbers when not carrying out our Japanese Arts Days. I may even try a little Japanese maths if possible. 

In English we have concentrated in small groups with our reading comprehension in particular vocabulary and inference skills in a range of genres. Alongside reading a bit more of Kensuke's Kingdom, we have also been improving our skills of writing balanced arguments, which when moving to subjects such as Geography and RE, we have found that this technique can be applied in written tasks. 

By looking at balanced arguments I was particularly impressed listening to Year 6 putting their points across to Mrs Springall about Rules and Laws around the world, in PSHE. Recognising and being able to articulate their opinions in a mature and respectful way. A few prospective politicians in the making I feel. 

In RE we started to get into the next big enquiry of 'What difference does the resurrection make for Christians?Last week we of course looked at the 'Big Story' within the Bible, explaining the place within it of the ideas of Incarnation and Salvation. This week saw us become detectives exploring the evidence and suggesting meanings for the resurrection-comparing ideas and interpreting texts(in particular the Gospel of Luke).

Congratulations to those who represented the school in indoor athletics and well done to everyone else in Class 6 for their ever improving teamwork and passion to sports.

Thank you for your attempts at completing the Sam Learning tasks that were set last week. Taking the time to get feedback from the children and also as part of the transition process into secondary school I have decided to set homework in this way this term. Apologises as I have been out on a few courses I have been unable to set tasks but have done just prior to writing the blog. I have set three tasks and due to a later start date I have extended the deadline to Wednesday 22nd. Once again please let me know of any problems and I shall monitor these. Also if you are unable to access any computers etc you are more than welcome to take time in class to complete. I will then go over some of the learning in SAM Learning in my workshops on Wednesday along with revisiting the past paper that you completed in Maths. 

I hope you are all looking forward to Arts Days next week, I know I am. 

Have a lovely weekend and see you all on Monday.

Mrs Stewart

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