Welcome to Year 6
A visit from Spirit of the Wild – Wednesday 15th January 2020
Today, year 5 and 6 were lucky to receive a visit from Spirit of the Wild. As part of our topic, The Rainforests, the children were introduced to animals from this type of environment. Ben gave us lots of information about these animals, lots of which will come in very useful in future topic lessons.
Some of the children were picked to handle some of the exhibited animals, which included: The Amazonian yellow-thighed parrot, The hissing cockroach, A millipede, The Brazilian black spider, An African bullfrog, The red foot tortoise, A crested gecko, A boa constrictor, A fruit bat and a python.
All of the children were excellently behaved throughout the two hour session and learned lots about the rainforests and the animals that inhabit these parts of the world.
On Wednesday 4th December, Year 5 and 6 visited the British Museum as part of our grand finale for our autumn topic - ancient Egypt.
We thoroughly enjoyed this visit as we were able to see so many Egyptian artefacts, including the Rosetta Stone, Mummies and examples of Hieroglyphics.
The children were all very well behaved throughout the day and were able to consolidate their learning from this very interesting topic.
Please read the following recounts from some of the children.
On Monday 14th October, Year 6 delivered their first school council meetings. In a change to previous years, groups of children went to each classroom and asked the questions for pupil voice. They were then able to feed back the responses from the children. Teachers commented that the year 6 counsellors were responsible and friendly with their groups. Well done year 6.
If you were unable to attend our parent's meeting yesterday (Monday 16th September), click here to see the powerpoint I shared.
I also shared some ways in which you can support your child at home, aside from homework. I hope you find it useful. Please click here to view this resource.
Termly Parent's Leaflets:
To find out about all we will be doing this year, click on the relevant termly overview
On Thursday 2nd November Year 5 and 6 visited the British Museum as part of their topic on the ancient Egyptians.
Although it was extremely busy, the children were able to see the Rosetta Stone, Egyptian mummies and many other ancient Egyptian artefacts.
They participated in a workshop which focused on daily life in ancient Egypt.
To find out more abot our day, please read a sample of the recounts produced by the children.
On Tuesday Year 6 launched our Autumn Term Topic, 'The Ancient Egyptians', by mummifying oranges .
The children matched their actions with the oranges, with those of the processes involved in mummification.
It was an interesting (and messy!) way to see a little of what mummification must have been like.
Year 6 have written some wonderful recounts about their residential trip to Knapp House in Devon.
Please click on the child's name to read their work.
Please feel free to come into our class to read some of the other recounts that are in the children's literacy books.
Today has seen a slight reprieve from the rain. Twenty eight tired children emerged from their rooms at the start of the day and headed to the dining hall for breakfast. After a hearty meal, the children headed up to the meeting point to start their morning session.
Half the children heading to the crate stacking area. After setting themselves a target of how high they wanted to get, they set about getting as high as they could. There were lots of squeals as the crates went higher and the children grabbed hold of each other even tighter. The best part was watching their faces as the crates collapsed and they were left dangling in the air. Later the group went off to the tunnelling. Every single child faced the challenge square on and went underground, the instructors were very impressed.
The other half went off to be hoisted into a tree. It required lots of strength, trust and team work to ensure every child made it to the top of the tree. Once at the top, the only way down was to abseil, using the skills they had learnt in the previous session. The children also had the challenge of traversing the pond via two ropes. Intense concentration was needed to get across safely and this was severely tested when a group of ducklings came underneath the ropes and were apparently the cutest thing ever!
After lunch we all headed off to Westward Ho! for surfing. After a quick run around on the beach to warm up and some instruction on how to body board and surf, the children headed into the water. The conditions were perfect, allowing all the children to have lads of fun. Even though it was cold, the smiles on the faces were fantastic and we even had a few children manage to stand up on the surf boards.
Dinner was well needed after all the activity and then Mrs Corke sprang into action as hairdresser extraordinaire. With the girls hair sorted and the disco outfits on, we were ready to tackle the disco. That is after the rooms are tidied and cleared in preparation for leaving tomorrow. Just one activity left, the week has absolutely flown past.
See you all tomorrow. We will send a message when we are about half an hour away. We are aiming for a return of about 6pm.
Today it has rained, it has rained and then it has rained some more! Despite this, we (well the children) caught an amazing amount of crabs and they were very impressed with their haul. According to tradition, they were all named with imaginative names like Dave, Geoffrey and Barney. Whilst crabbing, small groups of children went off for the boat ride of their lives, speeding across the water at ridiculous speeds. This was deemed awesome by many of the children.
After a break for lunch and to dry off, one half went off for their coastal walk whilst the others set about tackling the abseil and climbing tower. At this point, I have to say how impressed I have been with all your children. As the rain continued to fall, not once did the children complain or moan about being wet or cold. On the contrary they continued to support each other, cheer each other on and impress the instructors. A very proud moment.
This evening we have been pedal carting. Four teams racing around a course trying to avoid obstacles and each other. It was a real insight into their driving skills for the future and whilst some children excelled, others made me slightly worried at being on the roads in 6 years’ time when these children will have licences.
Finally the children have a chance to dry out properly and get warm. We are now praying to the sun gods that we get dry weather tomorrow but it is not looking good. Sorry there have been very few pictures, but for some reasons the images will not compress so they are small enough to be uploaded to the website. Don’t worry there will be plenty of photos for you to see when the children return.
Apologies for this not being posted last night. Due to the weather there was no internet connection at all. Hopefully tonight will be better. At least for now it is not raining!!!
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