Year 6 spread themselves, in the summer sunshine, along the length of the school’s bamboo hedge and made beautiful monoprints of the bamboo, using the handle end of paint brushes and palette knives to scrape images of the stems and leaves onto an inky surface and then print onto white paper. Here are prints from Rayyan, Reaiah, Patrick, Faisal, Sonny, Sarafina, Nina, Olivia, Emily, Nathan and Sylvie.
We’ve been continuing learning about ways of thinking and living in China. Here are some of 6CM’s interpretations of ancient proverbs from the Dao De Jing.
The wise man is one who knows what he does not know
- No-one knows everything in the world so we should learn. (Nathan)
- If you think you know everything and don’t listen, you won’t know everything, because everyone has their own talents and life experiences, so everyone is worth listening to and an intelligent person will know that. (Emily)
- It means that you might think you know a lot but there is more you need to know. (Reaiah)
The truth is not always beautiful nor beautiful words the truth.
- It means the truth can be horrible. And not everything is good. It also means that just because something sounds the way you want it to sound, it does not mean it is true. (Jim)
- I think that it means that the truth can be anything; maybe you won’t like the truth, but you have to accept it. You can’t change it or shape it how you want it – it doesn’t have to be beautiful, but it’s still the only truth. (Sarafina)
- When someone tells you something, it won’t always come out how you want it. (Nathan)
Do you have the patience to wait until the mud settles and the water is clear?
- Sometimes your mind gets clouded up with things and feelings, which can be confusing, but if you wait, eventually things will settle and come clear and show you what to do. (Ellie)
A journey of 1000 miles begins where you stand
- Every journey has a beginning – no matter how far or how big it may seem, there is always a first step. (Nina)
Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt
- You can only do so much. If you keep trying so hard to make it good, it will turn bad. When you strive for perfection, it will never be perfect. Everything has balance. You do this; this will happen. (Sarafina)
- I think this means you should never have too much of anything, you should have the right amount of it and your life will be good. Also, if you try too hard to find perfection your attempts might turn against you, making your life worse. (Olivia)
When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.
- Just be yourself around other people and then they will like you because you don’t try to change who you are. (Faisal)
In our project on ways of thinking and living in China, we are trying to open our minds to new ideas and ways of understanding the world.
Is this a good or a bad place for a tree to grow? Ask your children to give you the Daoist perspective!
Here are some of the class’s thoughts on the unfathomable “Dao” and the yin and yang. They said the Dao is
– how we are all connected to nature and everything around us (Olivia)
– the rhythm of nature and Earth (Sarafina)
– the way of life and nature (Kaliyah)
– a big world, small people (Reaiah).
On Yin and Yang, that they
– show how even opposite things need each other…. how everything in life is linked (Olivia)
– are opposites but need to be in balance to be right (Ignas)
– are the balance in the world (Ellie)
– show how opposites cannot live without one another (Kyrell).
We’ve really enjoyed studying Macbeth. Here are some of the sililoquies that Shakespeare might have written… look out for Temmyyaa’s BRILLIANT AND HILARIOUS Scottish accent and some wonderful dramatic performances
Reaiah has an interesting collection of books on her bookshelf. She remembers your Year 1 teacher reading Mick Inkpen’s The Blue Balloon in a funny voice and she gives this book 5 stars. Who was your Y1 teacher, by the way? Perhaps you could ask them to record an audio version of the book for the website in the same funny voice. (Did you know that Ms Atkins was the first person to suggest The Blue Balloon for the 100 books?)
Another of the books that Reaiah has read and reviewed is Peter Pan. She says the story was “good and sad”. I have known the story of Peter Pan all my life, of course, but only read J M Barrie’s original book a little while ago and was taken aback by what a brilliant piece of writing it is. I thought it was funny, very thought provoking, and, as Reaiah says, sad. (I’ve put it as one of my top 5 books on my bookshelf.) I know that Jim has also recently read and enjoyed Peter Pan and I hope others of you will during the year – there are some difficult words and sentences but my advice is just to skip over these and enjoy an all-time great fantasy.
Science in Year 6 is going to be all about understanding how science works, and what it means to be a scientist, and doing experiments where we don’t know the answer before we start.
We’ve begun by asking ‘What is science?’ Here’s what some of the class said.
What is science?
“Science is a way to study the world,” said Olivia and Patrick. “Not the only way,” according to Nell, “but it’s certainly a good one.” “You ask yourself what happens if…., said Nina, “and then test out your theories.” And science is fun, several of the class pointed out.
Daisy and Nell got a little poetic. “Science is like our world’s own magic,” said Daisy. It’s when you explore the world, learning about it, and answer the unanswered questions in extraordinary ways” – Nell
Science and technology
Emily says, “Science gives humans extreme power over the world.” Reaiah, “Science gives people the power to destroy and to understand the world.”
“Because of science, some of us live in luxury. We have medicine, communications and all the stuff in our every day world. Without science we would have nothing – literally nothing” – Jim. (Is that true?) Eleanor says that without science “we would still be jousting in castles or building pyramids!”