Nicky from United Utilities came to visit us in Class 9 to teach us all about the natural water cycle. We were able to recreate the water cycle in order and then began to think about safety issues, particularly how we should never swim in reservoirs during the Summer time because of their depth and temperature. We carried out an experiment ‘toilet tissue vs wipe’ to understand why we should only put the three P’s down the toilet to ensure that they don’t get blocked. Additionally, we explored how much water we actually use on a daily basis and we identified a class water waster and a class water saver.
This half term in Class 9, we have focused on geometry in maths and we particularly enjoyed looking at symmetry in shapes. Here, we used mirrors to find various lines of symmetry in these 2D polygons. We then practiced using lines of symmetry to reflect images and patterns.
We have just celebrated Shakespeare week in class 9 and we explored his history, as well as some of his work. We focused on the idioms that we still use today that were invented and used in his plays. Additionally, we tried to create our own Shakespearean insults.
In Class 9 our science topic this half term is ‘States of Matter’ and we started off by comparing different temperatures of water. We noticed that our hands changed temperature once we has submerged our hands firstly in a cold bucket and hot bucket and then put them into a warm container. Additionally, we have carried out experiments to identify how the temperature of water changes over time. We then made chocolate cornflake cakes and our own ice cream. We melted the chocolate and butter and mixed with golden syrup before adding in the cornflakes. Then, we attempted to make our own ice cream in sealable bags, using ice (and some serious rubbing and shaking) as the mechanism to encourage our ingredients to start to freeze.
In Class 9 as we are studying the Romans, we explored the variety of Roman pots and pottery that existed during this period. Having analysed those that existed, we designed our own pottery based upon the styles that we had seen. We then each made our own Roman pot using a pinching method and then imprinted our individual design into the clay. Once these dried thoroughly, we painted the clay in a terracotta colour for authenticity and some children chose to embellish their design using metallic paints.
In Class 9 as part of our topic, we have been studying the Romans and as well as making our own Roman pottery, we then explored the Roman mosaics and how they were used. We then practiced printing repeated patterns through block printing.
Mr Kennedy joined us once again in class 9 to help us to understand what a play script is and the different features that they have. We used our class reader, James and the Giant Peach, as our focus text and we each became James, Aunt Spiker and Aunt Sponge. Having done this, we created a class play script as a shared write, discussing each of the features and why they are needed. We are now going to change a very well-known children’s story into a play script!
In Class 9 during our trip to the Museum of Science and Industry, we carried out a variety of experiments to consolidate our understanding of our Electricity topic in science. We focused particularly on conductors and insulators, predicting those which would complete the circuit and others where the electricity couldn’t flow.
In Class 9 we visited John Rylands Library to learn how books were made and make our very own. We used different tools including an awl and a needle and thread to sew and bind the book.
In Class 9 we began to think about the needs of elderly people and some of the difficulties that they can face during their later years. Here, we were trying to empathise with some of these difficulties that they can encounter.
In Class 9 leading up to St Patrick’s Day, we have all tried to learn how to Irish dance. We started by watching various people who can Irish dance-old people, young people, people all over the world! We then watched an Irish dancing display on St Patrick’s Day in a special assembly.
For our St Joseph’s Penny appeal, we decided to carry out a sponsored Irish dance during which we would try to keep moving for half an hour. It was difficult, but we managed it. We successfully raised money through being sponsored to complete this activity and we are all proud of our individual efforts.
In Class 9 we recapped our knowledge and understanding of fractions by using cubes to create number sentences of fractions using the same denominator. Initially we started using fractions less than one whole however we then applied our knowledge beyond one whole.
In Class 9 we have completed writing explanation texts based upon the theme of Wallace and Gromit. Wallace wrote to us because his blue prints had been stolen and he needed us to come up with some new inventions. We each created a new, useful invention and then thought carefully about how it would work. We wrote an explanation text to support our illustration and sent them to Wallace. We then created our own animations on the iPads to show how they could work.
In Class 9 we were very lucky to have some of the Manchester City coaches come in for a football training session. We practiced many different skills such as jumping, dribbling and shooting. We were even able to record the speed that we kicked the ball!
Class 9 had a very special visitor in the form of Ella the Elf from the North Pole. She stayed in the classroom for a whole day looking for exemplary behaviour. Everybody then took an ‘Elfie’ with her before she left.
Christmas came slightly early to Class 9 as we enjoyed our Christmas lunch on Wednesday 16th December. Everybody had the chance to decorate their own Christmas hats and placemats as well as pulling crackers with one another.
In science, we have been learning all about electricity and how to make a working circuit. At the end of this topic, we then had a visit from Mr Pilling who brought with him a copious amount of Lego. Using this Lego, we designed and built our own houses, flats and hotels before adding a circuit into them so that they would light up. We used our knowledge to connect the light-up bases using crocodile clips, wires and batteries as well as creating an electric train that we could move both forwards and backwards. Once our houses lit up, we put them altogether to make a Lego city.
A historian, Tony North, came to visit Class 9 to teach us more about the Romans which we are currently studying in history. We looked at a variety of buildings that exist in a Roman settlement and then made our own Roman settlement by using nets of 3D shapes. In the afternoon, we then learnt more about the army, some children even got to try on the armour and hold a sword! We each then made our own sword, dagger, shield or spear.
Class 9 joined in with an international live webcast which was hosted by children’s book publishers Penguin. During this time, an author, illustrator and caricaturist shared their expertise and helped to develop children’s creative skills. The children joined in a draw-along activity and acted out an extract from one of James Patterson’s books.
In our first half term, we were extremely lucky to be visited by Amanda Fleming and were briefed with designing and creating a moving children’s storybook. Children learnt how Levers and Linkages are used to make books move, as well as how they are used in everyday objects. By the end of the day, all children had successfully made their own Levers and Linkages, with loose and fixed pivots, to produce a page of a storybook with moving characters.
In Literacy this half term, we have been writing non-chronological reports about endangered animals. Mr Kennedy came in and all children had been invited to the ‘World Animal Expert Conference’. Children became experts about a specific endangered species and produced a presentation on this species.
We had a special visit from two professional artists, Jenny and Sarah, in which we studied Kandinsky’s artwork. The children chose their favourite buildings around the city and the emotions, shapes and colour they associate with these places. They trialled ways to mix primary colours to make secondary colours and explored creating textures before these skills were applied to produce their own versions of Manchester using watercolour paints.