Wonderful Day Cooking
Yesterday we made Turkey burgers in our class.
We used lots of different ingredients like: garlic, onions, courgette, turkey mince and a spice called Harissa!
Before we could begin, we had to clean the tables and then wash our hands, so that we didn't spread germs. Next, we chopped our vegetables (onions, garlic, courgette) and put it into our group bowl. Then we mixed in the mince meat and made small balls.
They burgers went down to Dan so that they could be cooked.
Later in the afternoon, we put them into pitta bread and ate them; they were delicious.
Our favourite part was when we got to cut the vegetables as everyone started to cry from the onions!
By Lily and Kaydi.
OUT OF THIS WORLD
To launch our new topic - Out Of This World - we created our own constellations based on animals that we felt represented us as individuals and learners. It was a fun session and a very different way to launch our topic.
The Just Enough Group
As part of our ongoing work in PSHE, St Martin's class hate a brilliant workshop on Hate Crime delivered by a charity called Just Enough Group.
In the session, everyone learnt:
-what hate really means
- the groups of people that can be effected
- the ways that hate crimes are committed
- how to help stop hate crime
It was a really powerful and insightful session, one that certainly got everyone thinking...
British Museum Trip
This trip was one of the strangest trips we have ever been on and as a class we will not forget it!
Right from the start, there were lots of problems (rain, bus delays, bus cancellations) yet we were determined to get to the Museum, so after an hour's wait...we finally squeezed onto a bus. We thought we would ride smoothly there but then the tire on the bus burst! It was like being a movie. So after lots of pleading, the lovely staff at TFL let us on the tube and we finally arrived at the museum.
When we got there, the museum was packed full! We managed to squeeze through the gaps and the tourists to find the Ancient Greek area - which was actually really cool. We saw some real life Greek pots - one even showed us the picture of Hercules defeating Hydra - which we had studied - so we were really impressed. After the pots, we went onto visit the Ancient Greek walls and temple area. There were some HUGE statues!
After we'd seen all of the key exhibits we had lunch and then had to head back.
It was such a good trip and we will have to go back another time.
By Megan S + Alicia
During our trip to the CLC we had a brilliant session creating our own virtual worlds. Within each world, we were able to add opening and closing doors, cages and even windows! Some of us chose to add some other unique features to our world/game such as exploding items or puzzles that you had to solve before you could move onto the next stage. We used a program called Mission Maker and we really did create some awesome missions.
The highlight of the whole trip was at the end though when we got to play each others games and step into the different worlds.
Using Formal and Informal Language
This week, we practised our use of formal and informal language by interviewing different Greek characters from the myths we have been studying. In groups of three, we worked together, taking on different roles, so that we could practice using both formal and informal language. Lots of us realised in this lesson that MOST of the words we use each day are actually slang and informal. We rarely use formal language in our every day lives and so at first, we found it really tricky to take on the more formal roles as the interviewer or character because using formal language in context is not easy. However, after some shared learning and shared language banks, we were able to produce some comical and accurate shows using both types of language; some of us were even able to use colloquial language for effect too.
See if you can test us today - ask us about our knowledge of formal language.
GAV - Growing Against Violence
On Friday - we had a special guest into our school to talk to us about Gangs and how to stay safe. As a class, we looked at the difference between our actual friends and people being friendly to us. We learnt about the different techniques an 'elder' might use to try to initiate us into a gang and how to avoid them. It was a really interesting session and we certainly learnt a lot. Some of the most shocking points were about how gangs made their money and how they treated women in gangs. It was scary to think that we could be targeted and so we thought carefully about the people around us that could help us to stay safe.
Here is what some of us had to say,
"I was impressed by all of the information we learnt like how many gangs were around us and what a gang member might look like. I learnt about grooming too - that was really surprising - I didn't know that people being nice to you could end up with you being in trouble." Millie
"I really liked the session because it was really useful. I learnt about how to avoid being in a gang and I learnt about why I don't want to be in one." Sammy
The Learning Pit
At St Dominic's we have some great strategies to help us get through tricky problems and questions in each and every lesson. One of the ways we can help ourselves is by thinking of the learning pit.
Here is how we use it:
1. First of all, you're giving a problem by your teacher and you see yourself standing on the edge of the pit.
2. You read the problem and slide down into the pit as you just don't know what to do.
3. Sometimes you sit at the bottom of the pit for a minute or two. That's ok - sometimes you just need to take a moment to realise that it's tricky. But then...
4. You start to use the strategies that you know that could help you - like looking through your book for your previous learning, or working with a partner, or trying to break the problem into different steps.
5. Before you know what's happening, you're climbing out of the pit and getting closer to the top.
6. The last part - when you're free of the pit - is when you've done it - you've solved the problem.
Welcome to Year 6 2019-2020
This is going to be the best year yet for all of us in St Martin's class, as we've got lots of exciting projects, topics and trips booked in already. We've hit the ground running too as we've started our new topic of Greece Lightning.
Stay tuned to find out more about what we are up to...