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The Unsworth eWarriors are coming!

In September our Unsworth eWarrior Digital  Leader and E-Safety group will launch. This new group will be made up of 3 children from each class from Y2 upwards and will aim to empower our children to help develop and shape our digital curriculum.

Children who are interested will have the chance to apply for the year long posts, if they feel they have the skills and would like to commit to the responsibilities that the eWarriors will have.

The eWarriors have their own webpage on our website that they will be taught to update and develop as the year progresses, which can be found if you click here. Also, they have their own blog, which they will take turns to create together and this will update the school community on their work and comments.

We can’t wait for our first eWarrior team to start work, so let the adventure begin!

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Mobile Friendly

Over the summer our website has been optimised for mobile devices to make it easier to view. It is still exactly the same website, but when accessed on mobile devices it displays slightly differently so that it is easier to access the menu and items load faster. You can view the usual “desktop” version of the site by scrolling to the bottom of any page and clicking “Desktop”.

The banner at the top of mobile version displays the 5 latest blogs and in the top left hand corner you will see an icon that has 3 straight lines. If you click this icon you will open the menu, which is normally horizontally across the top of the main site. Once you find the item you are looking for you can click it or on the arrow at the side to further expand the item to find the exact page you want. Click on the item or specific page and it will take you there.

Our aim has been to make the site as accessible as possible, so hopefully the mobile version of the site will do this! We would love  to hear your feedback about the mobile version of our site, so if you have any comments, scroll to the bottom of this post and fill in the comment form, all you need to do is fill in a name and a comment.

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Goodbye, Y6

Every year, at this time, we wonder at how quickly the school year passes. For those of us who work in the school, this is a regular occurrence. For our children it can be both an exciting and a difficult time. Some children look forward to the adventure of a new class whilst others worry about the change. For our Y6 pupils this week is the start of a momentous change in their lives; the step from primary to secondary education.

On Monday morning, they will be inviting their family members into school to see their final assembly. They have been working hard with their teacher, Ms Sinclair, in order to plan what they want to express as they leave our school. It is always a very emotional experience for everyone and one where all the adults in their lives, both at home and in school, feel incredible pride when they see who they have become as young people.

We hope that as they leave the school this week and as they develop in the next few years into young adults, that they carry with them the values we have promoted in partnership with our families. If you speak with any one of them you notice how able they are to articulate what it means to be part of the Unsworth community. They can talk about ‘Together We Build Understanding’ and what it means to them. They can talk about our core values, recently selected through a democratic vote. They have been successful in terms of their academic achievement this year but their qualities as people and the values they hold and demonstrate every day will stay with them in their future. It is that which gives us the most satisfaction.

Someone once said that to achieve excellence you should:

 

“Risk more than others think is safe.
Care more than others think is wise.
Dream more than others think is practical.
Expect more than others think is possible.”

 

Taking safe risks, caring deeply, dreaming about possibilities and having high expectations of yourself and others is what we are all about. Our wonderful Y6 pupils are equipped to move on to the next part of their lives and we wish them well. Good luck, Y6, we will miss you!

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Olympic enquiry fun!

It’s been such a busy time with so much going on in school. The children have been working incredibly hard…creating amazing batik artwork, writing persuasive letters to Mrs Reynolds and thinking about our Olympic enquiry.

We started the week with writing letters to Mrs Reynolds persuading her to consider replacing exercise books with iPads and allowing the children to record their work digitally. The children had very strong views why this would be a great idea and were able to confidently present the point of view through their letters. The children will present their letters to Mrs Reynolds over the next week and we are eager to see if we can persuade her with our letters!

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Our whole school enquiry has also begun  and we spent some time discussing what the Olympic values are. We attended the opening ceremony which was an exciting affair for everyone. The children enjoyed taking part in the singing and listening to the teachers playing the samba instruments!

Y5 were given the value “equality” to consider as part of their enquiry work. Initial discussions around “what is equality” raised some interesting thoughts. The children come up with some excellent ideas as to how they could represent equality through various mediums, including photography, drawing and music. We spent the latter part of the week creating some lovely work including batik flags, photo montages and writing our own acrostic poems.

The children also visited Y6 this week on their official move up morning. Although the children have been working with Miss Sinclair over the last few week on various guided reading activities, they were very excited about being Y6 for the day. From sitting on the benches in assembly to being prefects at break time…the wait is nearly over for our Y5s and they’ll be off being our next Y6 class!

 

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What a trip!

Year 2 visited Martin Mere today to find out more about different habitats. When the children arrived they explored pond habitats in the raised pond beds and then walked up to Plum wood to find out all about woodland habitats. It was great to see the children exploring the different habitats and finding different animals to look at. Bobby even discovered a toad in the woods, which got lots of gasps! After lunch the children let off some steam in the play area and then went off on an hour walk around the wetland paths. During their exploration of the Mere the children experienced the “Wild Walk”, stepping stones and Weird but Wonderful bird zone. All of the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were a credit to the school. Have a look at our trailer below to see our trip brought to life or clickMartin Mereto find out more  about Martin Mere!

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Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.

On Friday, we had the privilege of inviting a second group of Bury school leaders into our school to start another of our leading assessment programmes. During the morning, they visited our classrooms with their Y4 guides to see assessment in action. Whilst they were visiting classes, I spent a half hour in the hall with Y2 watching their gymnastics lesson. I was so impressed with their skills and the quality of teaching from Mrs Darby and support from Miss Hackett and Miss Lloyd. During the session, the children were practising gymnastic sequences. At the same time, they were filming each other using iPads and then reviewing their attempts immediately and improving their next attempt. In addition, Mrs Darby used her iPad projected on the big screen in the hall to help individuals and groups assess the accuracy of their movements. Fabulous!

As I sat watching this, I listened to our Y4 guides explaining to our visitors about how peer assessment is done in PE lessons. They were so articulate and confident. I felt really proud of our children but also of our staff. We have worked very hard over a long period of time to improve all aspects of our curriculum, including sport and PE. This is reflected in the increased numbers of opportunities for extra curricular sport; an example being the cricket tournament we entered this week at Stand Cricket Club. Our Y6 team were delighted to return to school after winning through to the Bury finals later this term.

In the next couple of weeks we will be holding our Infant Olympics and our Junior Sports. Every child in the school will take part in these events and parents and carers are very welcome to attend. The idea of the Infant Olympics is participation whilst the Junior Sports introduces the concept of competition. Our younger children spend the whole afternoon active. They move from activity to activity in mixed teams. Each activity practises a different skill. They skills demand concentration and effort but mostly are designed to be fun. It is important that young children see physical activity as enjoyable and are not put off by the addition of competition.

By Key Stage Two we introduce an element of competition. We do, however, stress to all of the children that taking part should be fun. When we stand on the finish line for the races we make sure we encourage and congratulate every child no matter where they finish. Some individuals struggle with the idea of not winning but it is often the way adults respond that helps them to come to terms with it. If we are still smiling and clapping at the finish whether they are first or last, if we tell them how much we’ve enjoyed watching them run, then they manage to have fun regardless.

We have also recently joined a limited number of primary schools in Bury in the I Will if You Will initiative. This is designed to encourage children and families to be more active. One of the activities is the WOW (Walk Once a Week) initiative. Some of our children initially thought that walking from the car at the end of Blackley Close constituted a walk to school! We have spoken to the children to encourage them to try a longer walk, at least ten minutes, just once a week. This is very dependent on parents and carers making the extra effort to do so. Not only would this increase health and well being but it has the knock on effect of pleasing our near neighbours who are regularly disturbed by inconsiderate parking at 9 and 3:30! We realise that this can be difficult for parents but it is well worth leaving home just a few minutes earlier on one day when you see the children’s delight when they achieve their WOW badges.

If you would like to read more about our PE curriculum or about how we use our Primary Sports and PE grant please take the time to read Mrs McLoughlin’s impact report under the Key Information tab. Also, keep a look out for information about our upcoming whole school enquiry based on Olympic and Paralympic values, due to start on Monday, 4th July.

“Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.” Michael Jordan

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Musical Impressions

Today I had the pleasure of shadowing the talented and charismatic Mrs. Geelan at Unsworth Primary School. As an NQT about to start his career as a secondary music teacher, I was astounded by the level of understanding of key terminology and musicianship that Mrs. Geelan instills in her pupils across all age groups. This, coupled with the respectful and inclusive nature of the school, provided a thoroughly enjoyable and welcoming day.
I would recommend a visit to all who are thinking of getting into teaching, or anyone else for that matter.

Thank you!

James Withington

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Getting creative

Another busy week in Year 5 and as always I have been impressed with the children’s attitudes towards their work.  We have enjoyed creating some lovely artwork inspired by the artist Hundertwasser which is now on display along KS2 corridor. Why not pop in to have a look.

Over the last few weeks the children in Year 5 have been immersed in stories from different cultures. They have enjoyed reading and a range of short stories, some of which are traditional tales from distant places and others are more contemporary. We have listened to some of the tales from Arabian Nights and discussed the descriptive detail which brings the story setting alive. We have focused on writing our own description, created out own synonym word bank and used these on complex sentences.  We are also using these stories as inspiration and have been creating ideas for our own stories. We will be planning and writing these story over the next week.

In science we have been closely watching the various seeds we have planted. We moved the seedlings planted indoors to the edible garden. It has been a nervous week waiting and watching what will happen to the young shoots. We’ve been very diligent and watered regularly. However we did not catered for the hungry snails, who have enjoyed munching away at our cauliflowers and wiped out any growth! Maybe we will have more success with our other vegetables.

The children enjoyed working on their D&T project, which was to create a moving toy. They examined and made a simple cam mechanisms, using axels, wheels and snail cams which moved different parts on their toy (creating linear and circular movement.) Some children did find some aspects quite difficult and it was great to see how they helped each other to overcome problems with their designs. Our finished products are on display in the hall and you are welcome to come in and have a look.

We have started our next geography enquiry and have been finding out about volcanoes and earthquakes. The children have already shared lots of great facts and information about volcanoes. We mapped out where volcanoes can be found and identified the ‘ring of fire’ which is located around the Pacific Ocean. The children shared interesting facts about earthquake zones and discussed where recent earthquakes have taken place.

Over the next few weeks the children will be focusing on the link between decimals, fractions and percentages in maths. They will be identifying fraction and percentage equivalence and using this information to solve simple problems. Why not point out where percentages can be found in real life situations and what they mean.

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Spring has sprung

Spring has sprung the grass we planted has grown and the flowers in the garden are looking gorgeous. This week the children have really enjoyed drawings ‘observational drawing’ of the beautiful blossom tree outside our classroom. They will be displayed in the conservatory , shortly. Over the last couple of weeks we have been talking about ‘special places’ it would be lovely if you could talk about yours to your child and encourage them to talk about theirs. Thank you to all those parents who made comments on the Maths homework they have been very helpful. It was good to hear that children were using lots of different strategies to solve the problems. Have a fabulous weekend. Regards Michelle Duckworth

 

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Nurturing creativity

Nurturing and developing children’s creativity is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a teacher. This week has been one of those weeks where children have been given a range of opportunities to be creative through using a range of different mediums such as art, music, drama, play and writing. It is through these different activities that children get an opportunity to make their own decisions and allow their personality to be expressed.

As a school we celebrate imagination, innovation and individuality through our daily practice. For us, it is so important that our classrooms and communal spaces are filled with children’s thoughts, ideas and own original pieces of work.

Reflecting on the different tasks that Y2 have done this week has been a real pleasure, as every child has shown how creative they can be when given the chance to share how they feel or experiment for themselves. For me, it is so important to provide children with opportunities to shine, to develop their own line of enquiry or make choices that reflect their own ideas. It is so rewarding to step back and reflect on how independent Y2 have started to become and also how imaginative they are when it comes to creating something for themselves.

The Aboriginal art work they have developed this week both indoors and outdoors is one of example of how hard the children have worked to produce their personal best. It is so important to put creativity at the centre of a school curriculum. Giving children and adults the space to innovate and be original allows for fresh perspectives, new ideas and a means by which to continually evolve. It also gives a space for expressing feelings and emotions.  The work below highlights how Y2 have expressed themselves this week through colour and imagery.