Year Six have so many skills!

Year Six have so many skills!

Well last week was full of drama and excitement!  We started off the week with a visit to Bury College  with Year 5 where the drama students produced an excellent performance of Snow White.  As well as being great fun this is also a really good opportunity for the pupils especially in Year Six to reflect on their own perfomance skills.  It clearly had an impact on the class as the dress rehearsal, which took place was great and the children really gave it their all impressing staff and the infants, who were our audience. We are now looking forward to sharing it with everyone at home too!  We also had Christmas dinner, Christmas sing song  and a ‘Christmas Selfie’ in class while we waited for our turn to go into the hall.  Over the week, we have also tried our hardest to still include daily activities that develop our basic skills in literacy and numeracy.  We have completed some work on rules of divisibility and completed a multiplication and division quiz to check the new skills we have accquired.  We have discussed as a class that it is important to keep practising using written methods regularly both at home and at school so we keep our skills up or as we like to say in Year Six our ‘tekkars’!  Within literacy, we completed a quiz to check whether pupils could identify different types of words such as verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns and conjunctions.  We will continue to work on these areas next term as well as introducing other words such as prepositons and determiners as well.  Everyone also updated their spelling grids in their literacy books and it was great to see how many pupils had been trying hard to learn their spellings weekly.  Each child has their own home spelling journal and  has their own set ot spellings that they are working on each week.  Whatever Year Six are doing, whether it is acting, singing, writing, investigating, playing sports, reading, calculating,  creating or researching we aim to enjoy ourselves and to try our best! ...

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Canada, Christmas and Keeping Calm

Canada, Christmas and Keeping Calm

Well we will be starting on acting rehearsals for our production of ‘Sleeping Beauty – the Ugly Truth’ next week.  The stage is up and it’s time for Y6 to start treading the boards and to add dramatic flair to those lines, which they have been hopefully learning.  There children took home ideas for costumes on Friday and should have shared these with you.  A number of the children had clearly already thought about their part and were quite organised with what they are planning to wear.  If anyone has any issues or problems with costumes, please let us know we have a limited supply of outfits in school but we will be able to arrange something.  Staff are also known to collect items out of their own or families wardrobes if needed!   Costumes need to be in for the 8th December as all the juniors will be getting together for their Dress Rehearsal. In class we have started our new geography topic about Canada and the children had good fun carrying out a memory mapping activity to draw and label the continent of North America.  They have also shared some interesting ideas for things that they would like to find out and also shared some interesting facts that they already know about the country.  I would also like to thank all the children and family members who sent in items for our class display linked to our last topic about the  Battle of Britain.  Any items that the children send in linked to our topics are always appreciated. In our PATHS lessons, over the past couple of weeks we have been looking at ways to keep calm and thinking about problem solving.  We have been exploring why it is important to take time to calm down and think about a plan before acting when we feel upset or stressed rather than losing our temper.  Next week, we will consider how our bodies react when we feel upset and ways to keep calm, including practising breathing techniques.  Last week, in literacy the children have been working hard to produce extended pieces of writing on their individual biographies and portraits of their chosen people.  We have had a wide selection of people including grandads, uncles, famous actors, singers and You Tube sensations to name a few.   The finished work will make an excellent display along our Junior corridor.   Within maths, the class have been working on developing formal, efficient methods for multiplication and division.  It is really important to have a good grasp of multiplication and division facts for this if they are to be confident and accurate when working independently.  The class will be looking at a maths website this week http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/ , which is full of maths games for across the curriculum and is a great resource to access at home to support and reinforce learning from class.  Maths homework slips will be handed out this week as well explaining this further.  As I hope you can see the Year Six classroom is an interesting and busy place to be!  ...

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Experiencing Evacuation

Experiencing Evacuation

Our visit to Stockport Air Raid shelter, yesterday was a great opportunity to experience first hand (in a small way) the impact of World War Two on the lives of so many children and to gain some understanding of evacuation.   The staff at the Story Museum and the Air Raid shelter spent the whole time in role and the children (and staff) also played along.  The day was spent learning how to become ‘Good Evacuees’ before they then visited the town hall where they would be hopefully selected and given new ‘billets’ (homes) .  The children spent the morning learning all about how to put on  Gas masks quickly, finding out about the black out, sounding sirens, rationing and about different tasks that they could do around the home to help. After lunch, we headed into the sandstone tunnels of the air raid shelter to think about what it would have been like to spend nights there with possibly another 4000 people.  The children also had a few seconds experiencing total darkness!  Finally, as we were ready to leave our guides brought us back to 2016 and explained how everything they had seen and heard about that day was real however they themselves had been acting as characters.  we spent a little time thinking about how we were lucky to be returning back to our families that evening unlike the many children, who were evacuated.  The  class agreed  that we were lucky to be returning back to our families that evening unlike the many children, who were evacuated and extra hugs were to be handed out when they returned home.  Hopefully, you got yours! Thank you very much for supporting your child either by sending money for the trip,  helping with clothes, making labels or gas mask boxes or preparing a ration packed lunch.  I know some people did all of these things!  This is greatly appreciated and really adds to the excitement of the day. I would also like to thank our two parent helpers Mrs Kelly and Mrs Hayward as well. Next week, will be another exciting week as we begin the week with meeting our Reception buddies for the first time!  We will also be thinking about our parts in the class assembly and of course there is the trip to Robinwood.  It’s great to be in Year 6!  ...

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Getthing into the Groove!

Getthing into the Groove!

The whole class have made a good start to Year Six and  are proving to be a lovely, really helpful bunch!  Various jobs have been handed out and the children have also chosen the days they would like to help out at lunchtime, in the Huff and Puff Shed.  They are looking forward to starting this next week. The children were asked earlier in the week, about the things they might need to do to stay ‘Good to be Green’ each week.  They gave me lots of ideas and actually came up with every single thing, which was on my list!  I was very impressed. We have also done some work this week on thinking about the good habits that help us to make the most of our learning opportunities.  . Being organised with homework tasks is an important part of this and all children brought home their mathematics booklet  this week as well as their learning log.  Reading regularly is one of the other ‘good habits’ we identified and discussed the idea that a person who reads can live a thousand lives whereas the person, who never reads only lives one! The class all wrote me lovely letters this week where they shared interesting things about themeselves and some of their hopes for the year.  Hopefully our  brains are all now warmed up after our first week and we are truly into the Year Six Groove  ( trying our best, learning lots and having fun).  We will certainly be having fun next  Friday when we spend the day visiting Stockport as...

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Sports Relief 2016

Sports Relief 2016

  On Friday 18th March, each class took part in a sponsored race outside. The children were given a time limit to complete the events as a class. Events included skipping, press ups, hula hooping, bench presses, sit ups and ladder jumps! Music was also played to keep the children motivated. Some children even managed to surprise themselves with just how long they kept going for! It was a great day had by all, including me! The ladies in the office counted up all the money that had been collected over the past few weeks and we managed to raise an impressive £500.72! Thank you so much to everybody who contributed towards this...

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The Sports Crew so far…

In February, a few Y5 and Y6 children have been planning and creating a new sports crew available to Y3’s. Sports like Netball, Football and some invasion games have been taught over the past 4 weeks. This club was created to give some of the younger children a chance to play different sports after school. Over the next few weeks,infant classes will be invited to join us and play some new exciting sports after school on a Wednesday night. Letters will be sent out to parents for further details. We hope to see you at Sports Crew! Ryan & Matthew E...

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