Welcome to Year 6
Tuesday 24th May
Today started with brilliant sunshine after yesterday's relentless rain. It didn't stay all day but at least when the heavens did open again, we were safely inside doing an indoor activity. Perfect timing. The children all reported that they had got a good night's sleep and they were raring to go.
After breakfast our morning activities were Jacob's Ladder and Archery. Jacob's Ladder was a climbing activity where the children supported each other to get as high up the ladder as they could. Every time they went higher the gap between the rungs got wider making it more and more difficult to reach the top. Every child who had a go did their best and many went higher than they thought they would. Some shown real determination and perseverance to get the top and it was great to see such an attitude. Archery required a slightly different set of skills. Time, balance and coordination were all needed to fire the arrows and hit the target. Every children got better and better as they had more goes and we even got a few bullseyes. Just like yesterday there may be some budding stars of the future and they all enjoyed the activity.
After lunch the children all took part in some team games as we avoided the downpour and all learnt some new games and worked hard as a team. This evening we have had robot wars where each group turned one member of their team into a robot using cardboard and sellotape. They showed great creativity! We now have some very weary looking children but they are still up for every challenge. Here's hoping for a good final night's sleep before our final activities tomorrow morning.
See you tomorrow!
Monday 23rd May
After a fairly good night's sleep, the children were awake bright and early for today's activiites. The children divided into their two activity groups and set off in different directions. Before lunch the two groups tackled the orienteering course and tried their hands at canoeing. The weather was not too kind to us, but this did not seem to deter the children. During the orienteering challenge, the children sped off in their groups trying to follow a map and find their markers quickly. A few quirky challenges were set along the way and if the children failed to stay together as a group, they had to go round the course holding a hoop to ensure they all stayed together. Many markers were successfully found by the children and I think they all did a pretty good job. Next was the canoeing. After a bit of time getting to grips with how to paddle and control the boats successfully, the children went on a duck hunt (I will let them tell you all about this). Clearly there was no need to get any wetter than the rain was making them, but given the option to be dropped into the water, the vast majority of the children jumped at the chance and so at the end of the session lots of very soggy children trapsed back to their rooms to get warm and dry!
After lunch, we had fencing and the giant swing. I was so impressed with a few children who were clearly nervous about tacking the giant swing as it hoisted you high into the air. The shouts and screams of delight (well I hope it was delight) rang out and I was proud of how some children had really faced a fear and conquered it. Fencing brought an entirely new skill to most of the children. This time they needed to display balance and coordination. We may even have a few budding Olympic fencing champions of the future, who knows!
The evening activity was another one which required a lot of running around. We are all secretly hoping that this will tire them out and they will go to sleep a little earlier than last night. Judging by the tired faces I have a feeling they will.
Sunday 22nd May
After an eventful start before even getting on the coach, Year 6 have have enjoyed their first evening at PGL. A campfire activity, full of singing and stories, followed by some well deserved free time. We hope all the excitement of the day will enable a quick and full nights sleep!
We will have more news tomorrow as we go canoeing, try our luck at orienteering and lots of other fun activities.
SATs week 9 - 12th May 2022
Please click here to read our SATs Week leaflet.
Here you will find advice on what to do before and during SATs week to help your child, as well as information on the free Year 6 breakfast club we will be running on these days and a timetable for the week itself. A hard copy has gone home with the children, but if you didn't recieve it and would like one just let me know.
Welcome back to the Summer Term
Please find here our parent leaflet for Summer 2022, letting you all know about the wonderful things your children will be learning this term.