Hello! Welcome to Year 6!
HOMEWORK UPDATE: We now have an email address for the children to email their electronic homework to their class teachers. Please make sure the email contains the child’s name and the name of their class teacher.
An enormous well done to all the children who took part in this year’s production of Alice. All the cast performed brilliantly, they all worked extremely hard to learn their lines and songs. The choir sounded wonderful throughout the performances and the back stage crew helped to organise the show. Last but not least, a big thank you to the audiences who joined in with the performances as well. The children thoroughly enjoyed taking part and we are all very proud of them.
Key Stage 2 Sports Day Friday 24th June 2016
Thank you to all of the children for a brilliant sports day at the Berry Hill Park Athletics Track.
The children were excellent and showed great teamwork skills as well as working hard individually to earn points for their team.
Congratulations to this year’s winners…green team!
The results were as follows:
Well done Green Team, the Key Stage 2 Sports Day trophy will be wearing the green ribbons until we do it all again next year! J
Thank you to all of the spectators who came along to support the children, it was great to see so many of you there!
A BIG thank you to our volunteers who gave up their own time to help run the event; Mr Ian Clark, Mrs Sutcliffe, Mrs Hardy-Griffiths, Mrs Smith’s two daughters, Mrs Ellis and Mrs White.
Finally, well done to Mrs Kendall for organising another fantastic Sports Day.
As part of World Book Day, we held a competition where the children had to design a new book mark for their year group. We had some fantastic entries. We would like to thank school council for deciding the winners. A big well done to all of our winners:
Year 1 – Evie
Year 2 – Ava
Year 3 – Oliver
Year 4 – Isla
Year 5 – Evie
Year 6 – Rebecca
Keep checking for any more competitions.
Wow, what an exciting few weeks we’ve had! In year 6 we have had a fantastic time making pizzas; acting in workshops and writing creatively and exploring characters with author Toni Owen-Blue.
FRANKIE & BENNY'S WORKSHOP
THE HOBBIT BACKSTAGE PASS
On Friday, we watched a production of the Hobbit. After the performance, we were allowed a VIP pass to learn about how the production is put together, looking at how the sound system is used and how the lights are synced together. We were able to question the actors about how they get into character using their facial expressions, body language and voices, which was perfect as we are preparing for our own production of Alice in Wonderland.
AUTHOR TONI OWEN-BLUE VISITS!
On Monday, we had children’s author Toni Owen-Blue in school with us to explore how we can make our writing come to life on the page. We learnt about developing our use of figurative language and description to engage our audience, and we also generated our own characters from the different items given to us. Looking at each item, we were able to develop our characters deciding on their appearance, what they like and dislike and their personality too. We learnt lots, and we are itching to start writing!
On Monday, the 25th of April, the Year 6s celebrated graduating from the DARE programme. They put on a fantastic final performance demonstrating all that they have learnt and enjoyed during their DARE lessons.
We would like to say a HUGE thank you to Mr Vincent, our DARE officer.
Wow! What a busy half term it has been! We have been working incredibly hard this term, and we have really enjoyed learning all about crime and punishment in our ‘Hanging Around’ history topic. Have a look through our photographs to see what we got up to during our visit to the National Galleries of Justice in Nottingham.
We have also enjoyed working with Mr Vincent, our DARE officer, to learn about important life-skills. We have started preparing for our DARE graduation, and we are looking forward to showing our parents and carers what we have been learning about.
After the Easter break, we will be studying electricity in science and exploring meandering rivers in our geography topic as well as designing, creating and selling as part of our Enterprise project.
Watch this space for more information!
OFF WITH THEIR HEAD!
On Tuesday 29 thof March, we visited the National Galleries of Justice in Nottingham, and we had a fantastic day travelling through time learning how crime and punishment has changed. We met a Victorian Turnkey (jailer) who wanted to charge us to stay in her prison cells. Because we had no old money, she revealed that she would have to cut off our hair and pull out our teeth instead! We were all very relieved to learn that Elizabeth Fry had put an end to the corrupt ways of the Turnkey before she got the pliers out!
We also met the Matron who was extremely strict. She had us exercising in silence like the prisoners did in the 1800s. We weren’t even allowed to smile when exercising! We learn that the prisoners would have to wear a mask when exercising so that they would not recognise each other.
Jumping ahead a few hundred years, we took part in a mock Youth Court case where we played the roles of different people in a case of arson. It was really interesting to learn how crimes committed by young people are dealt with. We reached a fair verdict in the end after lots of discussion.
Have a look through our photographs to see what else we got up to on our visit!
After a refreshing Christmas break, we are raring to go! This half term in Science we are learning all about Evolution and Natural Selection and the changes that have occurred over millions of years! We will be stepping into the shoes of Charles Darwin to relive his HMS Beagle expedition as we learn about his discoveries.
Would you like to live in the Amazon? That is what we will be asking ourselves when we start exploring the Amazon rainforest and its ecosystems during our topic lessons. We will also be learning about climate change and the impact it is having on our planet.
Every Wednesday morning, Mr Vincent, our DARE officer, will be working with us to develop our life skills and to encourage us to lead safe and healthy lives.
Take a Bow!
The children of Key Stage 2 have been busy singing songs, making costumes and learning lines ready for our Christmas production the ‘Children of the World’. This year, the children have been learning about Christmas traditions from all across the world! We were taken on a journey of Christmas by some very interesting angels…
Castleton Residential 25th - 27th November 2015
WOW! What a fantastic time we all had at Castleton! The days flew by as we were so busy enjoying ourselves and breathing in the Derbyshire air! When we first arrived, we settled into our rooms before a busy afternoon doing archery, jumblies and fossil making. In the evening, we made our very own candles, and we enjoyed a hot chocolate before bed. We definitely needed our sleep ready the activities the next day!
On Thursday, we were up bright and early to walk into the centre of Castleton to visit the museum before walking all the way to Treak Cliff cavern where we learnt all about the mining of the precious Blue John stone. Walking across the fields back to the hostel, we learnt about the lead mining history of the area, and we were able to see some historical features in the hillside. After an exhausting trek across Castleton, we were all very happy to hear that it was time for dinner!
That evening, we worked in teams to build rockets to fly an egg to the moon! We had to think carefully about the dynamics of our rockets and we had to try to make sure that the egg survived! Miss Elliott and Miss Pickering scored us on our design, our team name – some of them where really eggcellent! – and the look of our rockets.
On the Friday morning, we launched our egg rockets. Have a look at our videos; some of them ended up on the roof!! After the rocket launches, we raced in an Anglo-Saxon boat (we really did!) and we become the different people who make up the Castleton community during our Hats game.
After a brilliant three day residential, we were all sad to leave Castleton, but we were all definitely ready for a good night’s sleep!
Have a look at our videos and photographs to see what we got up to!
We have been working hard this term learning all about the heart in our 'You Make My Heart Sing' topic, and we have also been learning about the Holocaust as part of our RE lessons.
At the end of October, we were able to visit the Holocaust Centre where we were fortunate enough to listen to the testimony of Bernard Grunberg, a survivor of the Holocaust. We really enjoyed listening to his experiences. The children were all mesmerised by his fascinating past, and they learnt lots whilst exploring 'The Journey' exhibition. Have a peek at our photos to see what we got up to!
This half term, we are diving back in time to learn all about the Mayan civilisation. We already know that they invented chocolate!
Watch this space!