Today is Election Day! This week we have studied the manifestos of all the major parties and debated their priorities. We have written persuasive manifestos focussing on issues which are important to us. Now we are casting our votes in our very own polling booth. We eagerly await the results.
Expelliarmus! It's time for a wizarding duel.
The wizards are at work in Olivander's Wand Shop.
Penalty shoot out with Barnsley Football Club
Today we received our invitation letters to join Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Then we were sorted into different houses using the sorting hat! Magical!
We are so proud of year 6 for their fabulous attitude and hard work this week. Now it's time to party!
Happy Easter from Class 9, can you spot who is who? Can you spot the teachers?
We find that working with peer marking buddies helps improve our writing. Teamwork in action!
Comical class 9!
Afternoon reasoning about circles!
When the plague hit the village of Eyam in Derbyshire in September 1665 the village council, led by the Vicar, Rev. Mompesson, made the difficult decision to quarantine the village. Today we have become the village council, imagining what we would do, questioning our motives. We are making a 'disaster plan' to stop the spread of the contagion.
Messy maths time! We are exploring ratio by enlarging by scale factors.
Today we have explored algebraic sequences, reasoning about patterns and then acted in role as villagers from Eyam, the plague village.
To celebrate World Book Day, class 4 have come to help us with our reading. We are very impressed.
Finally, the moment we have been waiting for - making 'Elephant Toothpaste' using real chemicals. Our reactant was Hydrogen Peroxide and our catalyst was dried yeast. We produced an exothermic reaction which made coloured foam!
This week the Mad Scientists have made colourful lava lamps using different chemicals. Check out our videos! You could make your own using: water, food colouring, vegetable oil, salt and dissolvable vitamin C tablets. Science Bob will show you how: https://sciencebob.com/blobs-in-a-bottle-2/
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Lava Lamp 4
Lava Lamp 3
Lava Lamp 2
Lava Lamp 1
Live Literacy: today we are performing verses of Wordsworth's famous poem: 'The Daffodils.'
We used cereal to show how particles behave in different states: solids, liquids and gases.
Here we are showing how particles have different states: solids - where particles are tightly packed together, liquids - where particles take the shape of the container and gases - where particles are spaced apart and flow freely. Can you guess which is which?
Today we became Mad Scientists! We have investigated how materials change state - here we are making water vapour condense on a cold surface.
Class 9 have really enjoyed their street-art project, thanks Mr. Hanson for the help and inspiration. Our art and poetry will be exhibited at Darton College, join us at the launch night on 14th February!
Today we are participating in a BBC Live Lesson to launch the 500 words writing competition. How exciting!
Time for Jelly Baby Genetics! We are using jelly babies to demonstrate how characteristics are inherited by offspring and passed down generations.
Today, we are learning about evolution and inheritance inspired by Charles Darwin and his journey to the Galapagos. We will be roving reporters on board the HMS Beagle, charting the discoveries. When researching, Darwin's 'Beard of Knowledge' is always helpful.
Today has been as TASC day: thinking actively in a social context. We have researched Chinese New Year and created an object to share our understanding.
Class 9's got talent!
Who needs musical statues when you can do the mannequin challenge?
Christmas play rehearsals are going well!
Building a Buddha.
This morning we are acting in role as Ebenezer Scrooge, "Bah humbug!"
How many different fractions can make up this hexagon? We are using our reasoning skills.
Have we managed to persuade you yet? CDs are available from Class 9.
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Radio Advert 4
Radio Advert 3
Radio Advert 2
Banter Clauses radio advert 1
Today we are writing persuasive adverts for our Christmas CD.
Christmas has arrived early in class 9. Buy our spectacular Christmas album.
The Christmas elves have been hard at work producing our sensational Christmas Album, The Banter Clauses.
We recorded our CDs just like a professional choir!
Our 'crime and punishment' topic has led us to think differently about the vandalism of school earlier in the year. We are considering fair and appropriate punishments that fit the crime. This will lead to designing our own justice system and a mock trial.
We are considering the following options: prison, community service, compensation, rehabilitation and a public apology.
Class 9 rock at choice time!
Live literacy! We love drama and are using hot-seating to explore our child-detective characters.
In our class assembly we taught the whole school our CSI techniques. We would like to thank all the visitors who watched.
Year 6 have taken over the book fair - maths in action and excellent customer service.
Messy maths Monday!
Can you use your knowledge of the order of operations to make the magic number? Class 9 can!
Well done CSI Darton, mystery solved!
These two pens look the most likely type to have written the note. We have used chromatography to see which inks are used in each pen.
A mysterious substance was discovered at the crime scene, this is called trace evidence and might have been brought in by the suspect.We are testing this chemical to see if it reacts with acid.
Who could these finger prints belong to?
Welcome to CSI Darton Day! A mysterious crime has been committed; a precious trophy is missing! Will CSI Darton be able to solve the mystery? We are using chromatography, chemical analysis and fingerprinting to track our prime suspect. Who could it be?
This week we are exploring the Paralympic values: friendship, respect, inspiration, determination, excellence, equality and courage. We think they should be the basis for our class values! Taking our inspiration from team GB stars we are writing biographies of paralympians and even trying out some Paralympic events such as seated volleyball.
How many ways can you make 10 million using the digits 1 and 0? How do you know you are right?
Please bring your P.E. kit on a Monday in case we have the chance to do extra sessions.
Homework is given out on Friday and is due back in on Wednesday. If you have a question about your homework please bring it in and ask us on Monday, so that we can explain and help you in time to complete it.
Additionally a book of important spellings will be sent home for regular top-up sessions, these will match the spellings taught during the week.
Reading is especially important, so please complete your reading record regularly showing us which books you are reading from home and school.
If you are absent and miss a letter, spare copies will be left in the folder on the cloakroom notice board.