This afternoon we were challenged to make an electrical circuit using: light bulbs, cells, battery packs, wires and switches.
Here's what Megan learned:
"Electrons flow through wires to create electricity if wires are connected to a battery pack. When the bulb and the switch are connected and the switch is pushed, the electricity pushes through the wires to light up the bulb. If the battery pack is flat, the electricity won't work."
We talked about electrical conductors and insulators, how phone chargers work and why phones can get hot when they are being charged.
Angel making a circuit
We made a light bulb light up!
Thursday 15th June 2017
Yesterday, Shirley Primary School took part in Joe Wick's Body Coach video; they gave us a shout out!
Friday 9th June 2017
This week, Year 6 have been taking part in Economy Week. We looked at a variety of different money scenarios including budgeting and saving.
Yesterday, we had a visitor - Andy from Santander - to talk to us about how to think smart with purchasing what we need rather than what we want.
Here's a video that we made for Sharing Assembly.
Wednesday 7th June 2017
In 6TF's maths class, we've been looking at solving fraction problems - we've given you some problems to solve.
All these shapes are identical. Can you find the missing segment? If you want some help, come and ask us!
Thursday 25th May 2017
Have a look at Mr. Sears modelling how to hit a ball with a bat.
What do you think about his technique?
Thursday 25th May 2017
We are just finishing off our diary entry - hear are two pictures of our children working incredibly hard!
Wednesday 24th May 2017
Today, in year 6, we were hot-seating (interviewing) members of our class as we were pretending to be robots. Here is our best highlight before we start writing our diary entry tomorrow.
We are developing our counting skills too... take a look!
P.S. We are using the "Origins" story for our inspiration:
Over the weekend, two of our pupils went to mock graduation at Anglia Ruskin University - they had a lot of fun! Have a look at some of the photos!
Friday 24th March 2017
Happy Red Nose Day!
Today was a great opportunity to raise money for charity; we are looking forward to seeing how much money we raised.
Friday 17th March 2017
Yesterday, we were visited by two local scientists, Liza and Carol (who have visited us before to teach us how to extract DNA from a strawberry). Liza taught us to make Aloo Paratha (which is a bit like a spiced pancake), a local recipe from her home town in Nepal, with the help of Carol (who is from Brazil). We had so much fun making the dough and tasting delicious food! Hopefully ,Carol will visit us another time so that she can teach us how to prepare a Brazillian dish. We will be writing this recipe up in our topic books and Liza and Carol are going to judge their favourite.
The ingredients are listed below if you would like to make Aloo Paratha at home:
For the paste:
1 tablespoon of Cumin Seeds
1 teaspoon of Garam Masala
1 teaspoon of Turmeric Powder
3 onions (finely chopped)
1 tablespoon of Ginger Paste
Salt as required
For the dough:
Half a cup of plain or wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon of salt
Water as requiredOil to fry
Butter to serve
We are looking forward to hearing all about the cooking you have done at home!
Thursday 16th March 2017
Yesterday, Year 6 took a trip to Anglia Ruskin to see what university was all about! Starting with a tour, we were able to experience elements of what it would be like to live as a student. We were challenged by the student ambassadors to think about what we could want to do in 10 years time and the necessary skills we would need to achieve this.
Take a look at some of our photos from this exciting trip!
Monday 6th March 2017
Today, Year 6 were experimenting with lollipops and sugar in Science. We carried out an experiment to see what would freeze quicker: a lollipop with sugar, or a lollipop without sugar.
We'll find out the results tomorrow!
Friday 20th January 2017
Today, we were honored to meet Kate Richardson-Walsh (an Olympic gold and bronze medalist). We were lucky enough to hold her medals and we even got a signature!!!
We learnt a lot about resilience and how important it is to set goal; in the words of Kate, "Feel the fear and do it anyway!"
Monday 16th January 2017
Today, year 6 have been learning about which materials are the best insulators (does not easily let heat through it) and which are the best conductors (lets heat easily through it).
We ensured it was a fair test by making sure only the material changed and everything else stayed the same.
If YOU wrapped ice in either of the following materials, what is your prediction of which would melt the quickest/ slowest out of the following:
Aluminium foil, cotton wool, newspaper, fabric and baking paper.
Thursday 8th December 2016
In maths, 6TF have been learning about shapes - here are some of our 3D designs:
Monday 28th November 2016
Year 6 have just been creating their very own beetles! Here are the children creating their incredible bugs.
Friday 18th November 2016
Today, Shirley School raised money for Children in Need by coming to school with crazy hair; take a look!
Wednesday 5th October 2016
Today, we were fortunate enough to have two different visits: Kettle’s Yard and The Fitzwilliam Museum. Our first session was led by Kettle’s Yard where we discovered and learnt more about plants and living organisms. Set out on the table were plants, shells, pebbles and shiny conkers to explore. Following this, we transformed into botanical experts as we were asked to draw (with precision) our plants.
Our second session took place in Shirley School’s Nature Area. This is where we discovered the formation and patterns of leaves and bark by placing paper onto the object and going over it with colouring pencil or crayon (otherwise known as, “leaf rubbing,” or, “bark rubbing”).
We thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to our next visit from The Arts Award.
Tuesday 27th September 2016
Yesterday, we were visited by three scientists from the University of Cambridge. In one session, we decoded strands of DNA and built models out of straws and Plasticine. Did you know that the human body contains 37.2 trillion cells? Inside each one of those cells is 2 meters of DNA all curled up in a helix!
Experimentally, we extracted DNA from a strawberry - we actually saw it with our own eyes!
Can you think of when you might use negative numbers?
Friday 9th September 2016
Yesterday, Year 6 were lucky enough to receive a visit from the Raptor Foundation. The Raptor Foundation is a charity which takes care of injured birds (in order for a bird to be called a raptor, it needs to have talons). Dave, the visitor from the Raptor Foundation, gave us a small talk on the owls and the hawk that he brought; we learnt a lot of information! Not only did we dissect owl pellets and identify the bones, we were privileged enough to hold a little owl named Goliath (ironically). At the end of the session, we got to see Dave fly some of the owls and the hawk by using chick legs as bait; even the teachers had a go! We are looking forward to exploring more about our topic, “Out of Africa.”
Wednesday 7th September 2016
Today, we have been creating our Class Charter (a list of rules to help us maintain our positive learning). In addition to this, we have been learning about how to have a growth mindset using the illustration of dunking two different types of biscuits. Which one do you think was dunked the most without breaking?
Our Class Charter
Tuesday 7th February
Year 6 created a film to help us think smart about using the internet.
Friday 23rd June 2017
Auditions have come and gone and we have been busily rehearsing for our production Porridge. Mrs Leach has asked us to write a summary of what we have done so far - Britain's Got Talent Style - so that we can keep everyone updated about our progress - see below.
Friday 23rd June 2017
We have been enthusiastically rehearsing for our production Porridge! Auditions have come and gone and we are beginning to feel quite confident in our singing - we nearly know all of the words! We have done some writing - Britain's Got Talent style - to keep you updated.
Privacy and cookies policy
Part 1: Personal information and privacy
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Part 2: Cookies
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We use both session and persistent cookies on our website.
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