Welcome to Belstone Class (2018/2019)
Belstone is a Year 6 class which currently has 15 pupils and is being taught by Miss Charlotte Dorrington.
The House Captains and Prefects of the school are chosen from our Year 6 pupils, along with the School Council, Eco and Ethos Chairs, Sports Ambassador and Librarians. Belstone class take it in turns to lead the children during the morning DPA session and pride themselves in setting a good example to the rest of the school throughout the school day.
Belstone Class (2017-2018)
Belstone was a Year 6 class which had 15 pupils and was being taught by Mr Brad Skinner.
Homework- Set 19.04.18 Due 26.04.18
Maths standard level- Pages 26 and 27 ( Prime numbers and Square and Cube numbers)
Maths Advanced level- Areas that are missing / not complete within the book a minimum of 4 pages.
SPaG- Pages 34-37, 46-50 and 56-60
Belstone had a fantastic day. We learnt what it was like in a Victorian school; how they made rope and at what age children were expected to work and finally we travelled into the dark mine to uncover how they uncovered copper ore.
Belstone is a Year 5/Year 6 class which currently has 23 pupils and is being taught by Mrs Nikki Beazley and Mrs Mandy King.
The House Captains and Prefects of the school are chosen from our Year 6 pupils, along with School Council, Eco and Ethos chairs, Sports Ambassador and Librarian. Belstone Class take it in turns to lead the children during the morning DPA session and pride themselves in setting a good example to the rest of the school through all the school day.
Athletics - Teign School
Year 5 and 6 went over to Teign School this week to take part in an Athletics festival. They jumped and ran and threw their way through the fun session and had the opportunity to use equipment that they had not used before.
As part of their Lights, Camera, Action topic, Belstone children learnt all about Victorian Animation and how to make their own zoetrope. They then designed and made their own either individually or in a pair. They enjoyed looking at each other's work and thinking about what it was like in the very early days of animation before computers.
Maths Day at Dunsford Primary
A few Belstone children attended a Maths Day at Dunsford Primary along with Mrs Preston. The children had lots of maths challenges that they had to complete during the day and had a chance to let off some steam in the playing fields as well. All the children had a great time and although some of the challenges were harder than others they felt proud that they had tried their hardest on every activity.
Buddy time with Haytor
This week Belstone revisited Haytor classroom when they spent some time buddying up with Reception and Year 1 children. Belstone children supported the younger ones with their worksheets, 'Lifecycle of a Chicken' in anticipation of the hatching of the chicks early next week. They also read stories with them and supported them with their active learning.
Organic Food Tasting
Mr Stocks set Belstone Class a taste challenge on Friday when he selected a variety of foods and put the organic and non-organic side by side. The children did not know which was which and took part in a taste experiment, noting down on the board which they preferred out of the two. The organic food was the most popular but a lot of children said they would probably not buy it because it was more expensive than the non-organic but that it was tastier.
'The organic food was much tastier but I'm not sure I would buy it as it's more expensive' - Maya, Year 6
'The organic food tasted purer and we found out that it doesn't have fertiliser or pesticides put on it so I think that's why it tastes better' - Ava, Year 6
'I don't normally like eating strawberries but the organic ones were really tasty' - Oli, Year 6
Finding the best deals
Belstone children examined the magazines and newspapers to find out all the good deals that were on during the January Sales. Using their knowledge of percentages they worked out how much money they would save on each item trying to find the best bargain of the day.
Vincent Van Gogh
The children in Belstone had the opportunity to create some masterpieces this week during their art sessions as they learnt about Vincent Van Gogh, the post-impressionist painter. They recaptured 'The Starry Night' and then created a self portrait by copying their faces and painting them.
'I look like a green and yellow lizard' - Finlay, Year 5
'Mine doesn't look like me anymore' - Catriona, Year 5
'Your picture looks like you so much, mine does a bit' - Rhys, Year 6 (talking to his friend).
Belstone children became the circulatory system as part of their science this week. They took it in turns to move blood cells round the body that had been set up in the hall, exchanging oxygen or carbon dioxide returning it to the heart and lungs.
'It was good to see how it all works' - Jack, Year 6
'I ended up with lots of oxygen in my blood cells, when I was being the brain. That's a good thing!' - Oli, Year 6
As part of their Chocolate Topic the children in Belstone class chose a chocolate bar then recreated it using clay. Some of them were quite lifelike although no one was tempted to have a taste!
Bradley Bends Housing Visit
Belstone children were invited to the housing development at Bradley Bends, Bovey Tracey and went inside the Show home to have an explore. They were asked to draw a picture of an item in the house that they had been inspired by to be entered into a competition to win a voucher. The winner of the voucher was Charlie who was presented with the voucher in assembly. Well done Charlie!
Belstone children have been learning about blood and how the heart works in science over the last couple of weeks and made some Blood smoothies with different ingredients representing the different parts of the blood. They then had the opportunity to watch a heart dissection where they could actually see the working parts of a heart.
'I loved doing the smoothies, it was really interesting to see what blood is made of, it helped me understand more clearly. The smoothie was delicious too!' - Oli, Year 6
'I wasn't sure whether I would like to see the heart dissection but it was really good to see what your heart is made of. You don't realise what an important job it does.' - Primrose, Year 5
Teamwork at Christmas
Belstone children were visited by children from Kestor and Saddle Tor during the run up to the Christmas holidays as they made their Christingles together. They encouraged them to be careful when using the cocktail sticks and there was more than one reminder to the younger pupils about not eating the sweets until after the Christingle Service taking place later that day!
Belstone pupils have been looking into the speed of light and reflectors this week in Science. They had a practical session with some cheese and a microwave to explore the speed of light and to take measurements to find out the results.
'It was really good fun to see the cheese melting and measuring how far the bubbles were away from each other.' - Faith, Year 6
'I didn't realise that you couldn't see reflectors unless a light was shining on it, it was very interesting.' - Oli, Year 6
Maths Marathon Day -Shapes
Belstone children explored shapes as part of their Maths Marathon Day in September. They looked at 2D and 3D shapes, challenged each other to work out which one they were talking about and even made some of their own using the polydron pieces and paper nets.
Equipped with just 25 paper art straws and a roll of sticky tape Burrator and Belstone were challenged to make the tallest tower they could that would support the weight of a toy car. The small groups demonstrated fantastic teamwork, building skills and an understanding of forces to build some truly impressive towers. The competition was extremely close with the eventual winners producing a tower that supported the car’s weight at a height of 34cm!
Well done to the children from both classes!
Tag Rugby Festival
Belstone children attended a Tag Rugby Festival at Teign School during the week. The afternoon session was designed to allow the children to learn new skills which will help them during their Tag Rugby games. The cold weather went unnoticed with all the throwing, catching and tackling skills being practised. The children enjoyed the sessions with the Teign School pupils.
'It was really good fun, I enjoyed doing all the activities' - Faith, Year 6.
'I love playing rugby and it was fun to do the skills with my friends at school' - Harrison, Year 4.
'I think it will help us when we play Tag Rugby games for our school team' - Daniel, Year 6.
Belstone pupils explored shadows this week and using a variety of objects they measured the shadows that were created by the objects. With the sun shining it was hard to find darker areas of the classrooms to create their torch shadows but the children were very inventive and were able to find their own spaces to carry out their experiments.
Belstone children have been perfecting their sketching skills with past and present monarchs as their subject. After completing a first drawing they then worked to see how they could improve their sketch the second time.
As part of their science children in Belstone made their own gloop and examined the strange consistency of it. Thinking it was going to be liquid but then discovering that it went harder with pressure caught the children unawares. There were lots of smiles during the session as the children relived memories of their time playing with gloop in Haytor!