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Buddies and Blossoming

Buddies and Blossoming

Well each of our Year Six children have met their buddies, made them a special welcome card ( containing  their own personal message) and presented them in assembly on Thursday, where Reception were officially welcomed into the ‘Unsworth Family’ – our school community.  Sometime is spent carefully matching each Y6 and Reception pupil.  This is definitely a highlight of the school year for our Year 6 pupils and it always a delight to see the care they show towards our youngest pupils.  It is also a very responsible job, which always has a positive effect on our older pupils, who relish the challenge and seem to blossom in both maturity and confidence.  There will be a number of opportunities for the buddies to meet throughout the year.  All of Y6 made us very proud on Thursday, especially when they introduced themselves to parents and carers after the assembly as well.  Our first piece of homework was returned this week and I was impressed with the quality of homework that was produced.  They will use the information gathered to create their own biographies, which will be published and shared at parent’s evening, later in the month.  I know the children are eager to impress and show off their writing skills!  The children have been set a new piece of homework this week, linked to our History enquiry ‘The Battle of Britain’ and they have the opportunity to decide which area they would like to focus on. Each member of class has also been allocated maths games in their Bug Club and Maths Abacus account, which they may like to visit to practise reading larger numbers.  We are still awaiting delivery of our homework books and these should be here hopefully for next week. This week, we will:   find out more about Dunkirk and using historical sources; as well as learning the differences and similarities between viruses, fungi and bacteria; develop our ability to write in a formal biographical style and build on our understanding of place value including rounding and some decimal work. The following are just a few of the pictures from our recent DT topic ‘ War Time Inspired Cooking’.  The children created their own potato scones and various mashed potato spreads for sandwiches as well as some rather delightful salads. This was all shared at our ‘War Time Tea Party’!   It was agreed that most of the foods, smelt or looked better than they tasted.  Our DT floor book showing all the learning that took place in this unit will again be available for viewing at Parents Evening. It's only fair to...

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A huge thank you!

A huge thank you!

A huge thank you to everyone who visited our Book Fair this week and who got involved in celebrating  Roald Dahl’s Birthday on Wednesday by bringing a prop, a book or wearing an entire costume!  It has been lovely to see so many children excited about buying and looking at the books on sale.  The fair and ‘Dress up for Dahl Day’ has been a fantastic success in creating a buzz around books and promoting reading for pleasure, with over £800 worth of books having been sold throughout the week.  Your generosity and support has meant that the school will receive nearly £500 worth of free books for the school library!  Our school library will be open from next Friday lunchtime and our newly appointed librarians or ‘Word Warriors’ as we like to call them will be on hand to help out!  Congratulations as well to our five raffle winners, ( from Reception, Y1, Y4  and Y6)  who all received and cashed in a £5 gift voucher today.    It's only fair to...

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The new school year has begun

The new school year has begun

Well Year Six have begun to get into the swing of things this week, with their first full week. They have all been given jobs of responsiblity around school and are now eagerly awaiting meeting their ‘Reception Buddy’. Our first writing unit of the year has begun and we have started to read a selection of biographies this week, about Usain Bolt, Martin Luther King and of course Roald Dahl ( it was his birthday on Wednesday after all). The class have been set their first homework task, which is to find out some facts about someone who has or has had an interesting life. We have also begun our Battle of Britain topic as well as our science topic where we will begin to learn more about micro-organisms. The class have also had their first session with a gymnastics coach and lots of stretching and balancing was done by all. On Thursday, the class worked with a partner checking the spellings that they had been learning over the past week. I was impressed with how organised the children were with their home spelling books and how well they did. There was of course a great finish to the end of the week with the children being ‘evacuated’ to the safety of Stockport with Mrs Darby. Pictures to follow in a future blog……….. Next year, there is lots to look forward to. Of course there is the trip to Robin Wood for many of our Y6 pupils, with Mrs Ali, Mr Garside and Mr Evans and as well we will be working on our DT food skills, by preparing some war time inspired potato scones, salads and mashed potato sandwich spreads! The children will be able to wear their costumes again on Tuesday if they wish as we prepare our War time ‘feast’ and have a ‘ 1940’s Tea Party’ on Tuesday afternoon. Year Six is definitely a fun, busy place to be! It's only fair to...

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Learn to Succeed

Learn to Succeed

Year Five and Six had a fantastic time on Friday with Tim Hall, who ran a workshop throughout the day all based around ‘Learning to Succeed’.  Hopefully, you managed to see the various tweets surrounding the events that were sent through the day. The whole day explored some important ideas: Why did you come to school today? You can learn anything if you want to! EFFORT always leads to results We learn through following a process Life is a lot easier if you get on with everyone All of this was done in a fun and highly interactive way.  The children participated in building teepees, taking part in a name game, recording their thoughts about what success means to them, making paper aeroplanes, learning the steps of how to juggle and the ‘pen trick’.  The children as usual were a credit to the school and Tim commented on the high levels of perseverance and listening skills of the pupils that took part.  Thank you very much to the PTA, who funded this experience for our pupils. It's only fair to...

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Great start back Year Six!

Great start back Year Six!

Well Year Six have made a great start to the spring term.  It has been great to see so many children feeling confident and happy to share their knowledge of fraction equivalences; they have clearly been working on learning those facts.  Thank you.  Learning number facts is key to confidence and achieving within mathematics.  These facts have really helped the children this week as we have begun to move onto comparing, converting and adding some fractions.  Some children have also moved onto multiplying them as well.  This week our class was also presented with an attendance certificate as we had the highest attendance in December! The certificate is displayed with pride on our classroom door.  We have all agreed to try to win it again this month and are hoping for a healthy 2017.  In Literacy, we are continuing to work on creating warning stories and to explore how writers create suspense in stories. Part of this has involved carefully looking at the different types of words that writers use.  The class have been asked to think about this also when they  are choosing books to read independently at home.   This week, the class have also been experimenting with an app called ‘Explain Everything’, which they have used to explain a suspense scenario.  As well as being good fun ( especially when recording sound such as creaking doors) it really reinforces our learning in literacy. The class have also been working on improving fitness levels in our dance topic of 1960’s steps such as : the swim, the twist and the mashed potato.  We will also be looking at: the funky chicken, the monkey, the pony and shaking our tail feathers. Eventually, the children will create their own dance inspired by 1960’s dance steps.  Over the next few weeks, different children will have the opportunity to lead our warm ups at the beginning of the session.  I had a number of volunteers keen to create something to share and  I am excited to see how they get on……… It's only fair to...

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Thank you and Happy Holidays

Thank you and Happy Holidays

What a fantastic end to the term with the junior performance of Sleeping Beauty.  The whole of the junior department including pupils and staff really threw themselves into the performance with fantastic results.  The effort and support from parents and carers regarding costumes, learning lines and practising acting skills is  also greatly appreciated.  It was definitely a team effort and all the children really ‘sparkled’.  Undoubtedly,  a proud memorable event of 2016! Thank you and great job to everyone involved both at home and in school. I would like to wish everyone a lovely holiday and hope you have lots of reasons to smile over the festive break.  Take care and I look forward to seeing you all in January Miss Sinclair It's only fair to...

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