Author Archives: Mr G. Keilty

Science in Y6…week 9…8th Nov

Science in Y6…week 9…8th Nov

If anyone knows a better way to teach about transparent and opaque materials, and about different degrees of translucency, please let me know. Anyway, here’s the story.  Barbie needs a new bathroom window.  It can’t be transparent (obviously) and it can’t be opaque because she wouldn’t be able to see to put her make-up on. So she goes to B&Q even though other DIY stores are available in her local neighbourhood.  Confronted by a wide variety of translucent, frosted-glass windows she is unable to come to a decision as to which one would be best for her needs.  Not because she’s a girly blonde, you understand, as the same thing happened in Ken’s bathroom and he was just as stumped as she was.  Anyway, she enlists the help of our intrepid Y6 scientists.  A somewhat unlikely scenario, I agree, but it gets the children to set up a series of fair tests to gather reliable (though subjective) data from which to draw reasoned conclusions.  Better than watching a video or copying & pasting from the internet or even (heaven forbid!) reading about materials in a book. I’m sure you’ll agree.

  

Week 8 in Y6… Science, Maths and the NSPCC…October 25th

Week 8 in Y6… Science, Maths and the NSPCC…October 25th

The longest half-term of the year (I hope) staggered to an end this week with another hectically busy time in Y6.  We finished our work on the circulation system with a demonstration lesson for SCITT trainees then moved swiftly on to learn about the perils of smoking cigarettes.  Figures supplied by ASH (the anti-smoking organisation)…Read More

P.E. in Y6…orienteering…week 7…18th October

P.E. in Y6…orienteering…week 7…18th October

A hard-working week in Y6 without any distractions such as big assemblies, fund-raising extravaganzas or trips to the Lake District.  We continued working hard on calculations in Maths and on writing biographies in English.  We did some data handling in Science and started a new RE topic on Vocations.  We did Music and French and…Read More

RE, Geography, Food Technology …Y6 CAFOD Lunch…27th Sept

RE, Geography, Food Technology …Y6 CAFOD Lunch…27th Sept

With CAFOD’s Harvest Fast Day falling during our time at High Borrans this year, we brought the traditional Y6 CAFOD fundraising lunch forward a week.  A true cross-curricular extravaganza if ever I’ve seen one, though perhaps a shade too subtle for our special visitors to notice when we did exactly the same last year! The…Read More

Week 5 in Y6…High Borrans

Week 5 in Y6…High Borrans

A wonderful week in the beautiful Lake District with Y6.  I can’t say much more.  The pupils rose to every challenge set before them, despite some unpleasant weather on a couple of occasions.  They were resilient and good-humoured throughout – a pleasure to be with.  As, indeed, were the staff who gave up their own…Read More

Art & RE in Y6…week 2…15th Sept

Art & RE in Y6…week 2…15th Sept

Taking a very small amount of time off the relentless Y6 pursuit of excellence in Maths and English, we have extended our Geography topic (aka Creative Curriculum, if any OFSTED inspectors are reading this) on El Salvador to explore the work of world-famous Salvadoran artist, Francisco Llort.  Llort seeks to express the beauty and vibrancy…Read More

Science in Y6…week 1

Science in Y6…week 1

Hello and welcome back to all our readers. What an excellent start we have made to the new school year, turning up full of determination, liveliness and enthusiasm.  Even the teacher. As our regular readers will know, the first science topic is all about living longer by eating the right foods, doing the right amount…Read More

Creative Curriculum in Y6…more art & design…Dec 7th

Creative Curriculum in Y6…more art & design…Dec 7th

Well, as we bid a fond farewell to at least 25% of our readership, life continues as normal in Y6 as children immerse themselves in the yuletide creative curriculum.  We’ve made our clay gift boxes and have started to paint them.  Note, if you will, the child proudly displaying his model in front of a…Read More