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Learning today to shape tomorrow

Dysgu Heddiw Er Mwyn Llunio Yfory

Derwen Year 6 - Mrs Smith 2021-2022

Croeso i Dosbarth Derwen! 


Our STEM Workshop

More photos of the day!

Our Trip to Redridge Activity Centre!


On Friday 18th March, we visited Redridge Activity Centre in Welshpool for the day. We had a fantastic day and carried out lots of exciting activities including: rock climbing, abseiling, kayaking, zip wiring and caving. It was an action packed day and the children behaved fantastically. We were very proud of them all! 

Here are some photos and videos from our trip! 

Our trip to Redridge Activity Centre!

Zip wire fun!

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Fun on the water!

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More zip wire fun!

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Our World Topic


We have started our new topic, ‘Our World.’ The pupils planned ideas and activities and then sorted them into the 6 areas of learning from the new curriculum. 

Our Sponsored Run

After watching Newsround and learning about the devastating situation in Afghanistan, the pupils decided they want to do something to help. One suggestion was to carry out a sponsored walk/run using our new school track. This will take place on Friday 11th February throughout the day where the pupils will have regular breaks and rests.


The children have set themselves a target of completing between 50-100 laps (which is between 10-20 miles). We have set up a Just Giving page; if anyone would like to donate, please see the link at the top of the page.
No matter how small, it will make a huge difference to the people of Afghanistan. Thank you! 


Our Work Displays

We have been really busy in Year 5 and 6 this term. Our literacy work so far has been based on the novel ‘Wonder’ by R.J Palacio. The main themes in the book are friendship, kindness and accepting people for who they are and not what they look like.

The children have completed some fantastic work including character descriptions, persuasive letters, debating, poems about what they perceive to be beautiful and poetry about what they love best about their own bodies.


Here are some pictures of their excellent work. They have worked so hard and we are really proud of them! 

Literacy work displays

Our Egyptian Day - Friday October 22nd 2021


Today we had an Egyptian day to end our the topic for this half term.

We started with a numeracy and literacy hunt outside on the playground with Year 5/6. There were 10 questions which covered some of the work that has been taught this term. In mixed ability teams, the pupils had to run to each question, answer it and then unjumble 10 letters to reveal a mystery word! (This word was ‘friendship.’)

After break, the children baked Egyptian cookies in small groups and then carried out a mummy wrapping competition!

In the afternoon, we had an Egyptian quiz in the hall and ended sampling our Egyptian cookies in class with a film and popcorn. All in all it was a busy day and we all had a great time! 

Our Egyptian Day!

Egyptian Crafting with Mrs Fairclough!


Wednesday September 29th 2021


Today we were lucky enough to have another workshop - this time with Mrs Fairclough!


She brought some beautiful Egyptian artefacts and crafting materials and the children were taught how to make journals. Some children painted and drew artefacts, some wrote their own diary extracts and some had a go at collaging with different Egyptian pictures! 

They have made a great start and will continue to work on them in class so they can bring them home at the end of this half term! 




Pictures of our journal creating!

Our Egyptian Workshop! 

Tuesday September 28th 2021


Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed our Ancient Egyptian workshop today from ‘Past Productions.’
We carried out a range of activities, beginning with an introduction to Ancient Egypt, making our own Egyptian jewellery using dried pasta and glue, drama activities based on Egyptian pharaohs and a range of Egyptian team building tasks in the afternoon.


Here are some photos from our exciting day!  

Photos from our Egyptian Day!

Our Egyptian Masks! 

We are making Egyptian Pharaoh masks. To begin, we had to cut strips of newspaper ready for papier-mâché. Then we cut out a pharaoh template from thick cardboard and attached our masks to the template using masking tape.
Next, we began to papier-mâché strips of newspaper coated in glue and water onto the cardboard and mask. This is how far we have got so far! 

Our Pharaoh Masks!

Egyptian Archaeology Update! 


Today, we used pottery tools to dig up the plaster of paris moulds we left out on Friday. It took quite a while to dig out each symbol and we had to be careful so that we didn't rip any. 

Eventually, we found the hieroglyphics symbols and were able to unjumble them to spell out a name of someone in the class!

Digging up the plaster of paris!

We are starting the Autumn term off with our new topic, Pharaohs! We have already made a good start, creating cover pages and mind maps of all our ideas using IT. 


We also learnt about Egyptian archaeology and what discoveries were typically made. We then decided to make our own Egyptian mystery!

First, we wrote our names on paper using Egyptian hieroglyphics (this was a lot harder than we expected!) Then we laminated them and cut up each symbol. Next, we worked in pairs to hide the cut up symbols in a mixture of plaster of paris and warm water and left them to harden. Next week, we will dig them up in pairs and unjumble the symbols to work out whose names we have found! We will have to use tools to chip away at the plaster of paris so will feel like real Egyptian archaeologists! 

Here is one of the fantastic mind maps made by Holly!

Our New Running Track!


We tried out our new running track for the first time this week! We will be having a 15 minute slot every morning and will be keeping track of how many laps we do each day!


During our 15 minute slot, we can run, walk or just watch others have a go. This week, everyone decided to run and we all did amazingly! 

The most laps completed was 14! Mrs Smith and Mrs Palmer were super impressed! 

Our first run on the track!