Welcome to Class 8's page!
We are Class 8, and we are really looking forward to a busy year ahead. Keep checking our page for updates on all of the exciting activities that we've been doing in our class.
22.04.16 - Carrie's War Play Scripts!
This week, Class 8 have been turning the story of Carrie's War into a play script! We've written our very own play scripts, using stage directions, scene settings, cast lists and prop list, and then we've worked at producing some incredible acting!
We used our coats and bags as props, built a train station, village hall and a kitchen out of chairs, and put our acting skills to the test. Class 8 are very talented children - watch out for us on the television one day!
Multiplication problem solving!
Today, Class 8 were given a tricky challenge! We were given a blank multiplication calculation, where the only numbers in it were one 0, and the rest of the digits were 2s, 3s, 5s or 7s. Our task was to find out what the calculation was! We needed to really test our resilience today, but we didn't give up!
After a lot of trial and error, a lot of scribbling out and shuffling of numbers, some of our superstars managed to find the solution! Miss Vickers was very harsh, not giving us many clues, but we managed to solve the problem!
Well done Class 8! Miss Vickers is very proud!
Today, Class 8&9 were evacuated during World War II! We thought about what it would be like to leave our families, created our own evacuation labels, packed our suitcases and were evacuated around the playground to the Village Hall.
Once in the Village Hall, potential foster parents visited us to see if any of us had suitable strengths to go and stay with their families, helping out with jobs around their houses and farms. At the end of the day, not all of us had a family to go home to that evening, and we had to spend the night in the Village Hall.
Despite having a real home to go home to, we thought about how it must have felt for the evacuees leaving their families in the War, and not having a safe place to go to during the danger.
16.03.16 - The Great Exhibition TASC Day!
Today, we have spent the day continuing our work on circuits by building our very own Robots! We spent the day in teams, working together to produce a robot that could be used as a children's toy for a child in Key Stage 1 or 2. We had lots of different ideas, which we then discussed as a group and then decided on the Robot we'd like to build.
Have a look at our photos below to see us in our creative action!
04.03.16 - World Book Day.
On World Book Day, Class 8 & 9 teamed up for lots of book-tastic activities.
Firstly, each person was given a character for a book, and without looking at it, had to place it on their forehead. By asking "yes" or "no" questions to others in the room, we had to try and guess who we were! We had some excellent questions!
After that, we wrote some fiction mash-ups - we chose two characters from in the room, and mashed their stories together. We had Dorothy and Darth Vader taking an adventure in Oz, and Horrid Henry and a Minion eating bananas and trying to steal the Moon! We then invited children from Class 3 and 4 to join us while we shared our stories with them - what a lovely morning!
01.03.16 - Practical Maths!
Today, we've been learning a new practical method to help us with our Fractions in Maths. To help us convert an improper fraction (where the numerator is bigger than the denominator) into a mixed fraction, Miss Vickers showed us how to use straws and counters to visualise what we can do, before we then draw what we've done on our whiteboards.
For example, if we were looking at the fraction 16/3. We would take a handful of straws, and split them into thirds using our whiteboard pens. Then, we lined our straws up side by side, as though they represented a number line. After that, we used 16 counters (our numerator, how many thirds we have) and placed one in each third on our straw number line. Once we'd lined up our counters, it was quite clear to see that we had 5 whole straws and 1/3 left over. So our mixed fraction was 5 1/3. We then used our whiteboards to write this method in a way that we could use in our questions. What do you think to our fabulous learning?
05.02.16 - A Roman adventure day!
Just before half term, we were extremely lucky to have a day with Mr Howarth, teaching us all about how the Romans invaded! Throughout the day, we followed the journey of the Celts, working through the seasons to grow grain, trade with other tribes, and even re-enact battles between ourselves (don’t worry, they were Rock, Paper, Scissors battles!).
Right at the very end, the Celts were invaded by the Romans, and we had to decide as a tribe whether to join the Roman Empire or not! What would you do?
Thank you Mr Howarth for such a wonderful day!
This week in Cooking Club, Class 8 has been working extremely hard to bake some triple chocolate cookies! Mmmmm… We worked so hard, we even helped to clean up afterwards! Take a look at us “helping” - would you like us to come and wash your pots?
Today, we created our very own creatures! We were given a TOP SECRET envelope, which contained a different habitat for each group. After learning about how animals adapted for different environments, we had to create a creature that would survive perfectly in our habitat, and provide it with different adaptations depending on what it needed to survive and beat the odds! These are some of the characters we created!
This week, Class 8 have been investigating bacteria in our classroom to see how disgusting we really are!
We took samples from the following places:
The tap handle
The soap dispenser
Miss Vickers’ computer mouse
We collected swabs from each place using a cotton bud, and wiped the swab on some jelly. We covered the jelly and left it for a few days, and after a while, the bacteria had grown into dirty, dark spots on the jelly! We used a microscope to take a closer look at the bacteria – don’t we look like real Scientists?
The cleanest part of Class 8 was Caitlin’s hair, but the dirtiest part was the plughole. I wonder what the dirtiest part of your house is?
Have a look at us in action!
This week we have been investigating microbes and bacteria - by growing our very own bacteria! Euww!
First, the Scientists in Class 8 carefully planned their investigation to investigate how the bacteria in yeast grows. We decided to grow 4 different pots of yeast - one with just water, one with a sugar solution, one with a salt solution, and one with an acidic solution (coke!). We wanted to know how the yeast grew with different solutions, so we discussed heavily how we could keep the investigation fair to ensure that we have the best results!
After our yeast had had time to grow, we observed that the yeast in the acidic solution and the sugar solution had grown the best - both of these solutions had overflowed the pots, and the tables were covered in yucky yeast! Our salt solution didn't grow the yeast at all. We realised that the yeast must need sugar as food to grow, which it found in the sugar solution and in the acidic solution. The day after, the sugar solution was still overflowing, but the acidic solution had sunk back into the pot - we think this is because the coke went flat, and the bubbles were helping to keep the yeast up! We had some excellent results - even if we did stink our classroom out for a day or two!
Take a look at our gallery below to see our experiments in action!
Last week, Class 8 and 9 spent some time re-writing popular Christmas songs using Yorkshire lyrics for our Enterprise project. Having practised the songs all week, we've recorded part of the album today - and Miss Vickers and Miss Danaher are incredibly proud of each and every one of us! Our album is sounding absolutely incredible - what talented pupils we have!
Our Enterprise project is an opportunity for us to produce, budget, advertise and market a product in order to raise money for our classes and for the School. Our Christmas CD made and written by the "Carolling Kids" is available to pre-order now, and will be available to buy at the Christmas Fayre on 25th November, and is priced at just £2.00!
A huge thank you to all of our children who have written and starred in the CD. We are so proud of you, and you'll remember this experience for the rest of your lives.
After a week in Condover, Class 8 are very happy to be reunited with Y5s, Y6s and Miss Vickers! And to make our first day back even better, these superstars have been awarded their pen licence! This means that these children have:
*beautiful, neat handwriting in all of their books.
*tall letters and short letters when needed.
*capital letters and full stops in the right places
*and consistently joined handwriting.
Well done to everyone who has achieved their pen licence! Miss Vickers has seen some more beautiful handwriting today, and I'm sure there'll be more licences awarded soon.
14.10.15 - Preparing our very own debate speeches.
Over the last two weeks, we've been looking at Balanced Arguments in Literacy. In a balanced argument, you need to give both sides of the argument - you need to provide facts 'for' the argument and 'against' the argument, so that you aren't biased and you allow the reader to make their own decisions from your information.
This week, our argument was "Should children have to pay to go to school?"
We researched different kinds of education, and the positives and negatives of paying money to school. Here we are preparing our arguments in our groups.
13.10.15 - Acapella and musical instruments.
Last week, we listened to a range of old and new music – one of them was the first song ever recorded, called “Sumer is icumen in”. On this piece of music, there we no instruments – it was called an acapella song. Then on Monday, we had a go at singing some acapella using our voices and bodies to make sounds (such as clicking, clapping and stomping) and then on Tuesday we used some percussion instruments to create our own songs. We had so much fun trying out the instruments, and Miss Vickers was so impressed with our beats, synchronisation and our vocals.
Doesn't it look like we're a musical band?
In Literacy this week, we’re writing a balanced argument. Our question is “Should we hold a music festival at Darton Primary School?”, and we have to present both for and against arguments to send to Barnsley Council to make a decision. Here we are researching the local area to find out if there’s enough accommodation, transport and facilities to hold a successful music festival.
WOW! What a fantastic Class Assembly we had!
After 2 weeks of rehearsals, practicing, forgetting lines, and bumping into each other, we managed to produce an incredible assembly in front of the whole school and our parents! We had a few quiet souls who didn't want to speak at first, but braved their fears to stand up and read their lines with ease.
Well done to every member of our class involved in the show, whether you were part of our invasion history timeline, welcoming the parents, showing your fantastic work, or reading your amazing British History poems out loud. You are all superstars, and we couldn't be prouder of you!
Thank you to all of the grown ups who came to see us too!
After our poetry sessions this week, one of Class 8’s superstars loved his literacy so much he decided to go home and write some poems of his own! Miss Vickers was presented with 5 incredible poems – about the Romans, the Latin language, both World Wars and an amazing poem about Anger! What do you think to Noah’s poem below? We loved it so much, Ms Lancett even gave it one of her special Headteacher’s awards! Congratulations Noah! Fantastic work.
Anger – By Noah
Down in the darkness where the bats prey,
Lived a troll buried in dismay,
Every night he hunted his food,
And then very thoroughly, he chewed.
He was a sad troll and angry,
And occasionally drunk some brandy!
Stomping on the ground,
He made an earthquake and someone drown!
Running and running from the archers.
He smashed over the hidden creatures.
Crying and weeping for his life,
One of the hunters threw a knife.
The knife struck him and down he fell,
Down and down to horrible hell,
The hunters would have stories to tell,
About a troll whose life wasn’t well!
Today, we've been writing poems using similes and metaphors. Have a read of some of our poems below - Miss Vickers is so impressed with our work from today! Well done Class 8, fantastic writing!
Happiness is like a puppy, with somebody to play with,
Happiness is like a horse with someone to roll in hay with,
Happiness is like a dog being lazy, or a cat called Maisy,
Happiness is like Maisy going super, super crazy.
The sea is a pool of bluebells
The sea is a living hell
The sea has many stories to tell
The sea is a death bringer
The sea is a deadly singer
The sea is a cold stinger
Happiness is like a kid with a phone,
Happiness is like a dog with a bone,
Happiness is like a boy with a toy,
Happiness is like a mum with a baby boy.
The sea is a mean bully,
The sea is a lions roar,
The sea is a murder of land,
The sea only lets the palm trees grow,
but the sea can be calm.
The sea is a roaring beast,
it is a monster looking for a feast,
it is a death machine,
it is a giant you wish you hadn’t seen.
The sea is a bull charging,
The sea is a Mexican wave waving,
The is a fight fighing for victory,
The sea is a crying baby.
A shimmering diamond floats in the sky,
Shining so bright and soaring so high,
It sits all day in the sea of blue,
I think that you can see it too.
The sun was hot as a frying pan
On the sun you’ll get a lovely tan
The sun was a humongous light bulb.
29.09.15 and 30.09.15
This week, we’ve been extremely lucky to be working with the fantastic Mr Baldry! He’s been working in our class, supporting us as we create our poppies.
We learnt lots of new vocabulary, such as “drawing the eye to the centre” and “breaking up the background”. We’ve used a range of colours to create compliments and contrasts, and we’ve also used highlights and shadow to create effect.
Our poppies are beautiful – what a creative class we are!
If you’re interested in Mr Baldry’s work, please visit his website for more information: http://www.peterbaldry.co.uk/
29.09.15 - Using personification to write part of a poem.
This week in Literacy, we're looking at poetry. One of the key features in poetry is personification, which is giving a human-like action or emotion to an object that can't think for itself.
What do you think of our examples of personification? We think they're fantastic!
"The grave stood proudly in the depth of the night." By Noah
"My toga waved in the wind at midnight." By Courtney
"My teddy stood on my cosy bed proudly in my colourful bedroom." By Keira
"The sword sliced through the air." By Holly
"The sharp wooden arrow grinned as he soared through the dark moonlit sky." By Jack P
"My armour shook in fear." By Sydney
"The sword loomed over the man." By William
"The house stood to attention on top of a hill." By Callum & Daniel W
"Hauntingly the armour shivered on its stand." By Lauren
"Every waterfall here dances into the clear ponds." By Ellie-May
28.09.15 - Forwards and Backwards rolling in Gymnastics.
We learnt some important tips for completing a forwards or backwards roll.
1. You must have your head tucked into your chest so that it curves your spine to help you roll.
2. Use your legs to give yourself some momentum going into your roll.
3. Use your arms to help you keep your speed and push out of your roll.
Take a look at us in action below. Are we showing you any of the tips above??
Basketball with Mr Hayes
For the past few weeks, we've been learning the "3 man weave" in Basketball. A few weeks later, and with a lot of dodging, ducking and bumping into each other, we finally managed to complete the complicated drill, and even progressed onto shooting! We had some excellent chest passes, fantastic weaving in between each other, and incredible shooting skills to score in the basketball net! Well done Class 8!
As part of our topic "A Taste of Britain", we looked at some of the different languages that have been spoken in Britain over time. One of these languages was Latin, and this week we looked at reading latin words and phrases, and then we had a go at writing our own!
We also had a look to see if any of our names had Latin translations - there was only two of us in the whole class!
Holly translates to "aquafolia"
Ebonie translates to "ebenum"
Do you know any Latin words? See if we can remember any!
In Tuesday's Literacy lesson, we looked at a range of different fantasy settings, such as Diagon Alley from Harry Potter, and Narnia from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Towards the end, we acted as though we'd just entered these fantasy lands for the first time, and were both shocked and amazed at the lands that we found. What do you think to our freeze frames?
On Friday, we learnt how to be professional photographers and how to take the best photographs. We also learnt lots of new photography vocabulary, such as subject, frame and composition.
We learnt that there are 5 key things to being a good photographer:
1. Making sure that the subject's head is towards the top of the photo, and there isn't much head space.
2. Experiment with different angles - maybe try taking photos from up high, down below, or from the side.
3. Have the focus not in the centre of the frame.
4. Use a contrasting background to make sure the subject stands out.
5. Find an area to take a photograph that has plenty of light, but so that the sun isn't hitting the lens.
Take a look at our photos below. Do you think we could be professionals?
Below are some examples of the blogs we've been writing in Literacy today. We chose things about our summer that we could blog about, adding in rhetorical questions, feelings and adventurous vocabulary.
The rest of the blogs can be viewed online - over the weekend I will be adding personal passwords to the blogs so that the children can show their grown ups at home. Please bear with me - we wrote 52 blogs today!
My Camping Trip in Sunderland - By Ellie-May
Have you ever dreamed of going camping? That's where I went on the second weekend of summer! I went with five of my friends and there parents, my sister, her fiance, my brother and parents. We traveled in our car because we we’re going to the beach the next day,the car trip took three hours because when we were going through York there were traffic on the motorway for the races. On the camp site was a park so we played there until we got bored then we went into the woods next to the tents and made a epic den but unfortunately Roman destroyed it with his friends. The next day we got up early to go to the beach. The red arrows were on so we watched them from our seats next we had lunch and watched the rest of the air show from the water after the air show had finished we packed up and spent five pound in the amusements. Then took the 2 hour drive home.
Son Bou - By Noah
I woke up rapidly on an unbearably hot day in Son bou ,in beautiful menorca. I grabbed my swimming trunks and ran from the cool apartment ,fitted with fans, to the red hot beach baking me alive. Unfortunately I didn’t have a snorkel but that was fixed instantly. The snorkel was expensive but affordable I dove in and it was like I was instantly got teleportated to a newer more beautiful world. The rocks were piled high forming caves that made a wonderful environment for the fish and a briliant sight for me. In the shallower waters the fish were relatively small but they were equally magnificent. I emerged from the water and summoned my family to come and share the fun we swam deeper and deeper and even theo came with my dad. I couldn’t stand up but this meant big fish, I looked down and spotted a nearby cave and I darted for it. Fish were pouring out of it like a kettle pouring out a boiling water. I quickly grabbed my camera and snapped a perfect shot. On my way back to my masterpiece ,my sand sofa, I saw a jellyfish and I didn’t want a repeat of last year so I dodged it, a stroke of luck had struck me due to my lucky bracelet. I layed on the sofa and fell asleep because of the comfiness of it. Then the biggest crab ever appeared from no where and punched me violently on the leg so I gave it a home in the crab prison I made. I loved it, would you?
Lake District - By Lauren
Have you ever swam in Windermere ? Well that’s what I did in the summer holidays! We arrived in the Lake District at about 9:00 so I was extremely tired. In the morning I did cliff jumping we had to paddle across ulswater in the freezing cold! Jumping off the cliff was really funny because everyone started splashing each other . As we were paddling back I felt very cold but quite proud of myself for swiming in the lake. After a week of camping near ulswater we drove to another campsite in Harkshead. While mum and dad were putting up are giant tent me and my sister Beth rolled down a huge hill and did gymnastics on the soft, green grass . On Monday we drove to go-ape it was very fun but slightly scary . We went down to the lake and noticed that they were doing swimming in Windernmere so we had a go . It was extremely cold at first but it warmed up as we got deeper . We learn’t how to stay safe in the water if we were in an aciedent . I loved my trip to the lake district I hope you enjoyed my blog.
Flamingo Land - By Brodi
Do you wish could go on a ride that makes you get butterfly’s in your stomach? Well in flamingo land I went on all! Of the rides however at the first I was scared to go on all the rides the most scariest ride,the one that I was nearly crying at, its called cliff hanger that one makes your belly tickle. There is a place called dino stone with lots of phenomenal dinosaurs . When we went back to the place that you meals and we had stake and chips it was delicious .at night the entertainment was absolutely great, at the end of the night me and my dad had a yummy pizza.
Trip to Blackpool - By Jack P
Have you ever been to Blackpool? Well I arrived last week, and this is what we did-Firstly we wheeled our suitcases to the tall doors of the massive hotel.
The first thing we did was head down to the swimming pool to see that it was completely empty we jupped in the pool and had a swim before going in the hot tub for ten minutes soon after we got out to go to the room and unpacked our cases.
We also visited the circus and the Blackpool tower dungeon and it was supremely scary!
On the second day we traveled to the pleasure beach by tram first I rode the big one which is 335 feet high after we went on revolution we rode on every single ride.A few hours later we rushed to the gift shop before the park closed.
We entered the zoo and I saw the tortoises and one was having a piggy back ride on the other,the Tigers and lions jumped up at the cage and roared! And also one of the baby gorillas did role polys! After a while we walked to the sea lions show and there was a 6 month old sealion. We had a good time but we had to go back home .