THE 'SPELLBINDING' READING CHALLENGE HAS ARRIVED!
Year Six were introduced to their new challenge today: Cumbria Library Service's reading challenge 'Spellbinding'. Cumbria Library has selected ten of the best children's books from 2017. We are challenging our Year Six children to read as many of these as possible before the end of the Easter holidays. Today the children were introduced to the books and had time to explore and discuss them. Excitement buzzed around the room as children passed around and delved into our new paper arrivals! They then chose their first book to take home.
This challenge always enthuses our children to read for pleasure. Some children in previous years have read all ten!
Which book will be their favourite?
Who will enjoy their first book the most?
Which one will they read next?
Who will read more than five or even all ten?
We love reading in Year Six and this challenge is right up our street!
Evolution Investigation- Darwin's Finches
We have been learning all about Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.Today we learned about Darwin's voyage to the Galapagos Islands in 1835 in which he aimed to prove his theory. He collected a range of finches from these islands and researched them; he noticed that although similar, they had different shaped beaks due to the islands having different foods for the birds to eat.
Today we used different apparatus to replicate the different types of beaks (tweezers, tongs, pegs and pens). We had to investigate which beak would be the best adapted to eating raisins. We timed one minute and had to pick up as many raisins as we could in that time. We represented our results mathematically and made conclusions on our findings.
WW2 at The Beacon
As part of our WW2 topic, Year Six visited The Beacon Museum in Whitehaven. They took part in WW2 workshops in the morning. This included learning about the role of the ARP warden, evacuation, propaganda and rationing. We handled real artefacts from the war and listened carefully to lots of new and interesting information.
After lunch, Alan (our guide) took us on a walking tour of the harbour. He told us about how the harbour had changed over history. It was amazing to see old pictures and compare them to how the harbour is today.
We finished the day by looking at real skeletons which were being presented at The Beacon. We read about how these people had died- it was a bit creepy but very interesting.
Jennifer Carver Cooking Day
Today, the whole school took part in our annual design and technology cooking day. Year Six made carrot cake cupcakes this year. To begin the day, we researched and designed the toppings for our own cupcakes. Then we got right down to making them. It was messy and good fun! Once the cakes were cooked and cooled, we decorated them using a piping bag then added our icing decorations onto them. We decorated a huge cupcake stand to display our cakes on.
We had a brilliant day baking!
Imran Visits Us
Today, Imran travelled all the way from Bolton to tell us about his life as a Muslim. First he lead our whole school assembly where he told us all about the five pillars of Islam and what they represent. Year Six were also lucky enough to have a workshop will Imran to learn more about Hajj. Imran took us on a virtual tour of the pilgrimage in our school hall, explaining what happens at each of the stops. We loved listening to this information and found Imran's beliefs and way of life interesting.
At Bookwell, we have good British Values and understand the importance of respecting others who are different to us. We hope to see Imran again soon to learn more!
We have recently been learning about the fossilisation process. We have done lots of activities to help our understanding of this. Today we made our own fossils by making a natural mould of a shell in clay then pouring plaster of Paris into the mould. We discussed how each step of the process links to the fossilisation process. We then painted our fossils to help them to camouflage into sand. We plan on using brushes to excavate them like real palaeontologists.
We are reading ‘Skellig’ as our class novel this half term. We have really enjoyed the beginning of the book and wanted to use David Almond’s writing style to influence our own writing. We analysed how Almond created tension and interest in his fictional writing. We then used our ideas as a success criteria to continue the story. We went through a rigorous editing process to make sure that our writing was as interesting and accurate as it could be.
Science Show- Lakes College
Today we visited Lakes College to be part of an exciting science show, which had been brought to Cumbria all the way from London! The show was all about how our bodies break down food. We followed the journey of our food from putting it in our mouth all the way until it became faeces and 'exited' the body. We looked at real video footage of food in different parts of the body such as the oesophagus, stomach and rectum.
We loved all of the gory parts and found the whole show really interesting.