Warner Bros. Studios

On Monday and Tuesday this week, the Year 6 children visited Warner Brother Studios, The Making of Harry Potter in Leavesham.

The children got to see and learn first-hand the process of taking an idea or ‘a 25 word pitch’ (as they call in the movie bizz!) and to turn that idea into a global phenomenon.

The Harry Potter series is one of the most well-know and celebrated literary pieces of the 21st Century and it made its debut onto the ‘silver screen’ in 2001 with the first in the seven part series – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

The children took part in a workshop at the beginning of their day called Script to Screen. During this workshop they got to see genuine props and costumes used during the filming of the celebrated movies and hear about the various roles that are needed throughout the production process.

After the workshop, we were then able to explore the sets used within the films themselves. It was amazing to see all the magic happen right there in front of us. We had the opportunity to imagine ourselves sitting by the fire in the Gryffindor Common Room, get a feel for the steely stare of Professor Snape during Potions Class or have some well earned retail therapy down Diagon Alley – not before visiting Gringotts Bank of course – for a few coins.

We all had a fabulous time being able to see how these fantastic movies were made and to experience some of the awesome visual effects. We were almost a little extra-crispy after a run in the Ukrainian Ironbelly.

Bear Grylls .. watch out!

This term, the year 6 children have been extending their learning of compass points and map reading (cartography) to find their way around the school grounds.

The children have developed an understanding of more than eight different compass points and how to interpret what the compass is telling them – along with reading various map symbols and references on Ordnance Survey maps.

As the children grow more confident with using these geographical pieces of equipment, they will then take their learning off the school campus to complete an Orienteering exercise later this time. The children will be dropped at a specific location and will use their compass and map reading skills to make their way back to school.

Bear Grylls look out .. there are some new intrepid explorers out there! @BearGrylls

Survival Leaflets

The children have been using their knowledge of Katherine Rundell’s The Explorer to inspire their latest piece of writing. Over the last two weeks the children have been learning about the non-fiction text type of leaflets. We have looked at the type of formality used in writing, the layout and the language features such as modal verbs and subordinate clauses.

South America

This week in Geography the children have been learning about the continent of South America. They have begun using their map reading skills to identify the physical regions of this vast continent. They have been able to identify all twelve countries of South America as well as learning about the importance of the Amazon river and how the Amazon rainforest is considered to be the ‘lungs’ of the Earth.

Have a look at some of the amazing map work the children completed this week using the link below.

Scan 4 Oct 2019

Also, can you find  and name the two territories which don’t belong to South America. If you think you know leave a comment below.