Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Week Commencing November 27th

This week, Year 6 have been getting to grips with their new writing unit on Newspapers.  We have been sampling different texts and looking at the key features before we start writing our own next week.  In Maths, we have been continuing to look at fraction calculations which has been challenging but fun!  As we near the end of our WWII topic, we have been producing multimedia art looking at the use and symbolism of colours and images.  Here is a small selection of some of the art so far.

Friday, 17 November 2017

All Different - All Equal. Anti-Bullying Week

This week has been Anti-Bullying week.  The children have all had assemblies and lessons on how we are all different, but we are all equal.  We have been encouraging children to reflect on their strengths, and to recognise the strengths of others.  We hope this will continue through the year and allow children to build more positive relationships with their peers following the school motto,  'Do As You Would Be Done By'.

Attached below is the link to the website that much of the material from the week is from.  We feel this may be worth looking at again with parents.

Anti-Bullying Alliance

We have also been looking at resilience and that how, if we believe in ourselves, it can help us stand up for ourselves against others. Please click on the link below.

How To Stop A Bully

Please do speak to your class teacher if you have any worries or concerns on this matter, or put a note in your class worry box.

Science Light Investigations

The Year 6 have been carrying out their science assessments on our unit, 'Light'.
This year they have been given greater independence and have had to work with small groups to 'show' what they have learnt through completing an investigation.  All the children did very well-here are some photos of their efforts.

Writer Workshop and Author Visit

Year 6 had the opportunity to meet and talk with Camilla Chester, a local author, today.  She discussed her passion for writing before involving the children in a workshop using everyday items to inspire stories.

Have a look at the photos below.  
Can you use your creative skills to write a short or long piece about any of the objects?  
We welcome stories of any length - please share them with your class teacher! 

Friday, 20 October 2017

Year 6 End of Half Term

Well done to Year 6 for all their hard work over this first half term!  They have worked really hard in all areas, including at home where they have produced some amazing pieces of homework.  Here are some examples of work from Class 2.

Friday, 6 October 2017

An Afternoon with Year 3

Over the past year, Year 6 have been supporting the children across the school in making and maintaining friendships through team games and in roles as 'Play Leaders'.  
The current Year 6 have now taken on this 'mantle' as part of their responsibilities within the school. The Year 6 children have been allocated buddies in Year 3 to help them settle in.

The following accounts have been written by the children.

Written by Katie B. Friendship Skills

On Thursday the 5th October, Year 6 started to teach Year 3 friendship skills that linked to what to do in the playground in different scenarios. 

Year 6 started off by thinking of the different skills that they were going to teach.  Once Class 1 had arrived at class 8 and Class 7 at Class 2, the buddies met up with each other and Year 6 started to teach Year 3 a few friendship skills and how to use them in the playground.

The buddies acted out different scenarios and how to react in them.  After this, all the classes met up and were sorted into groups of 8 to play games with each other.
Year 6 and Year 3 played a wide variety of games together that included 'Duck, Duck, Goose', 'Pass the Whisper', 'Splat' and many more.

It was a very fun and entertaining afternoon for all.

Written by Aimee S.  Dealing with Falling out

On Thursday the 5th October, Year Six partnered with their Year Three buddies to teach them how to react to playground problems.

Year 6 thought about ways to deal with children who say, 'No' to others who want to play their game. To help Year 3, it was decided to role-model the topic. 

When Year 3 came in, the children introduced themselves to each other and started with their activities. After a few minutes, some of the children agreed to show their role modelling to the class. It was clear that the children had really thought about this because they really knew how to act in these situations. Afterwards, the children grouped into eights (four Year 6 and four Year 3 children) to play games. The children all got on well together playing fun games such as It, Splat and many more. 

Both Year groups had fun and learned from each other today.

Written by Zara S.  Stay Calm, Stay Cool

Earlier in the week my classmates and I had a session with Year 3, who are new to the Juniors.  As we are Year 6, it is our job to help them create new games by communicating with other people who may be slightly out of their usual 'friend zone'.  By doing this we hope it will help them to widen their friendship skills.  We also wanted to encourage them to not be nervous talking to different people.

The teachers asked us: Do we see many people on the playground playing with members of the opposite gender? 
As a school, and as Year 6, we strongly believe that children should play with members of the opposite gender.  We know that this would benefit all and help to create a healthy environment for us all to play in.

Additionally in the afternoon, we were giving advice to the younger children on how to make conversations on the playground, reminding them to smile and introduce themselves.  Not only this, we were also helping them to solve possible arguments or problems: stay calm, stay cool.  We showed them how to do this by acting and role playing with them, in a way that no one would get upset.

We are trying to make the school an even better place.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Year 6 19.09.17-23.09.17

Following a successful Parent Partners, Year 6 wrote some amazing poetry around our World War II theme.  We were looking for progress in the use of imagery to provide powerful images and feelings for the readers.  The children were given freedom to use a writing frame or develop their own poetic form. 

We have been completely blown away with what the children have produced and hope you enjoy reading a few examples.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Year 6 Play Leaders

A big thank you to all this term's play leaders, who have helped make playtimes friendly and fun in both the infant and junior schools.