Introducing our brilliant School Councillors, Eco Team and Kindness Ambassadors!
Well done for settling in so well Year 6! We are all getting back into the swing of things now, looking at place value in Maths, biographies/autobiographies in English, WW2 in History and, very excitingly, starting to work on our Chromebooks across the curriculum.
Things to remember:
- Parent Meeting Wednesday 18th at 6.30pm
- Homework is set on Mondays and due the following Monday (with the exception of 6S Punctuation and Grammar, which is set on Fridays and due in on Fridays). Maths is on my maths; spellings and english (until we start our special books) in your homework book
- Please have PE kit in school every day!
- Please return all outstanding letters (we know there have been a lot!!)
We have started our science with thinking about the skills we need to work scientifically, but also having great fun with 'rocket mice'! Our main science topic this half term focuses on our health and looking after our hearts, learning about the circulatory system, so we have also been investigating the effect of exercise on our heart rate.
Welcome to a new year in Year 6. There will be many challenges over the year, some may be quite daunting, while others are very exciting. However you're feeling, we're here to help you get the most out of your last year at BCS. The year 6 team are: Mrs Thompson, Mrs Storey, Mrs Moss (Robinwood Residential organiser, 6S - Tuesdays, 6T - Thursdays) and of course our lovely group of TA's, who help us at different times throughout the week (but are also often busy around school as well): Mrs Latham, Mrs Brady, Mrs Griffiths, Mrs Asgari, Mrs Murray and Mrs Jones for food technology.
Please can we remind you that Y6 are not allowed mobile phones in school and all jumpers, PE kit and school equipment (including pens) must be clearly labelled with your name. Y6 School manager badges have been given out and these are to be sewn under the BCS crest on jumpers or cardigans. Additional labels can be requested from Mrs Storey.
Please see the link below to the Y6 curriculum page to see what we have planned for the forthcoming term! If you keep scrolling down you will see examples of the range of activities we manage to cram into the year. Of the delights in store, highlights include: visiting theatre productions , sporting fixtures, Bikeability, Crucial Crew, Little Life Savers, Y6 Enterprise Challenge, mock trials in a courtroom, Shakespeare, a myriad of visiting speakers and of course the Y6 residential activity centre - Robinwood!
In Y6 the children engage in a project called Enterprise Challenge for the last half term. Children are placed into 10 teams and are given the task to innovate and develop a product to sell in school on Thursday July 11th. Each team has chosen a personal charity to support and are working hard to come up with products that will sell!
The teams have produced a survey as part of their market research and we'd love for you to complete these and perhaps share on with other family members. This is an important part of the process for the children, who need to take on board the feedback and adjust their products accordingly. Click on the links below for each team. Thank you for your time and don't forget, the children will be selling an improved version of these ideas on July 11th !
TEAM 1 - FEARLESS https://forms.gle/2jarTdLJh95D9kyW7
TEAM 2 - MYSTIC MAKERS https://forms.gle/BNQmaDbTtKPUn61f8
TEAM 3 - RELAXIBLES (2 surveys) https://forms.gle/xn9D5pk3dPUrhsXh8
TEAM 4 - SUPER SIXES https://forms.gle/RXVA6JBcCT5xdPcG7
TEAM 5 - STORMZ (2 surveys) https://forms.gle/8EFd96NzMSdj7PHX7
TEAM 6 - FIERCE FOOD https://forms.gle/DSGjfQKUdJkyoN2F8
TEAM 7 - LEGIT STICKS https://forms.gle/RUXrHima9XeobQNJA
TEAM 8 - TITANIUM https://forms.gle/YArAMNfnXNkgd25q7
TEAM 9 - BOSS https://forms.gle/8Ea3g9VaxRPGfiv7A
TEAM 10 - HAVOC https://forms.gle/i14KcQ8jsrvbCAj3A
Well done to Y6, who made us so proud at Robinwood last week - you showed determination, resilience, teamwork and positive attitudes throughout.
We will be sharing photos and videos of each group in due course.
Have a wonderful holiday Y6 - you have earned it!
Thank you to team ‘Tatton’ from Y6, who developed and presented the 4th BIG club assembly this year, focusing on the Beatitudes. They performed a modern version of the parable of the Unforgiving Servant to illustrate the importance of forgiveness. We’d also like to say a huge thank you to the dedicated team of parents and members of St Mary’s church, who come in each week to work with the children to explore aspects of faith and worship: Kirsten Wood, Katie Riley, Caroline Royle and Hilary Gartside. A reminder that Year 6 children are invited to attend ‘Underground’
Your Year 6 Teacher’s Vows:
We do solemnly declare that we, your year 6 teachers, shall not pressurise you, our wonderful year 6 pupils, about SATs. From this day forward, until lunchtime on May 16th, and indeed thereafter, we shall not subject you to stress and shall protect you (to the best of our ability) from Key Stage 2 testing.
We promise that we will strive to keep you stimulated and engaged, even as together we revise the difference between coordinating and subordinating conjunctions and why a sentence is active and not passive. We will be excellent teachers, for better, for worse, and we shall not continually mention that SATs are coming up. Instead, we will endeavour to equip you with the skills and knowledge that you need to succeed for the rest of your lives, until we are parted forever in the summer.
We pledge that we will respect, trust, help, and care for you, remembering that after all, you are only 10 and 11 years old. We will support you, in sickness and in health, not only to secure your academic success, but also your emotional wellbeing, social ability and general well-roundedness.
And when July comes, we promise to reassure you, in joy and in sorrow, that we, your year 6 teachers, believe that you, our year 6 pupils, have qualities that the tests could not test. We will be your champions, reminding you that you have the capacity to succeed in so many different ways.
And as the last day of school rolls around, and we are rent asunder, we will wave you off, confident that your sanity and happiness remain intact, as you look forward to the summer.
These are our solemn vows.
It has been a busy first week back for Y6 with our final set of mock SATs. Both classes have responded well to the challenges presented and behaved impeccably. We have also been enjoying the new running track and the outdoor classroom.
Remember, next week is Bikeability. The children know whether they are morning or afternoon riders and all relevant information was sent to parents/carers via Parentmail on Friday afternoon.
It may seem a strange mix but this week in Year 6 we have experienced a myriad of activities. On Tuesday we tuned into the BBC Live lesson to learn about the threat to our oceans through plastic pollution, overfishing and climate change. On Wednesday and Thursday we have been singing and dancing, joining in with the rest of the school with our ISING POP project - great moves Y6! And in the midst of all this we have been battling with spreadsheets, algebra and writing our very own Mr Men and Little Miss stories. Life in Year 6 is certainly never dull.
Mr Hamblett was a veteran of outdoor cooking in all weathers, so Y6 had a flavour of cooking over an open fire with Mrs Storey and Mrs Moss. Pockets of foil with potatoes, onion, carrot and mince (optional) were made and cooked on the embers; meanwhile we toasted marshmallows , trying not to burn them! So now you know why everything smelt of smoke. The day also included cricket, a Mr H style quiz, hot chocolate and dancing.
Christmas is a special time for all of us and in Y6 we've been working hard to bring joy to family, friends and the local community. Below you will find pictures from the famous Junior Carol Service and it certainly lived up to expectations with Y6 poems, readings and of course numerous songs. Y6 led the service from beginning to end: greeting people at the door; writing thought-provoking poems; reading with confidence and clarity; bringing the nativity scene to life; singing solos; leading carols in small groups; jingling bells (!) and at the end, wishing everyone a very merry Christmas as they donated to our Ugandaid charity.
The Y6 choir has also been singing in the local community, at a community lunch at St Luke's, spreading the Christmas message far and wide.
Thank you Y6; be proud of what you have achieved this term!
Mrs Moss, Mrs Storey and Mrs Thompson
Although Y6 usually focus on WW2 for their local history topic, due to the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 we have also spent some time focusing on these events. Our focus started with WW1 poetry and looking at the messages these poems have for us today. Y6 then wrote their own poems using the originals as inspiration. Artwork and drama followed, together with thought provoking discussions in RE lessons 'Is it ever right to kill?"
As part of school activities, we helped to paint the poppy boards at the front of school, sold poppies at the beginning and end of each day, baked scones for the community tea - where members of upper junior choir sang WW1 songs.
All these activities have developed a greater understanding and respect of the sacrifice of those who fight in the name of their country or personal commitment, but also respect for those who are affected by war or who choose not to fight.
We will remember.
We had a wonderful start to our day today. This half term’s Y6 Big Club team had planned a worship assembly for the school based on the Bible story of Jesus’ friend Lazarus who died and was brought back to life. Aidan was wrapped up as ‘Lazarus’ and then came back to life after Jesus’ prayers, bursting through the tissue paper! Prayers written by Y6 BIG club were read out and then we left the hall through a ‘prayer tunnel’. Thank you to Y6 Dunham team, Mrs Royle and of course Kirsten for your leadership and time.
Thank you to all those who helped to walk to church for the Harvest festival on Thursday and for all the harvest gifts. We are very proud of Y6 who read in church for the reading and their own poems.
It's been a busy time in Y6 but with most examinations now out of the way we can now settle into a more normal school routine.
In Maths we've finished revising place value and have been tackling reasoning questions involving negative numbers (hence the fun video below!). We're now moving onto multiplication and division, recapping basic skills and explaining our reasoning.
In English following on from biographical writing we are now tackling poetry. Comparing and contrasting a range of styles as well as looking at World War 1 poetry. Take a look on our Exciting English page for some stunning examples.
WW2 has definitely arrived in Y6, along with gas masks and replica hand grenades! (Thanks Theo!) If you have a family story about WW2, especially if it is connected to the local Altrincham area we'd love to hear from you.
We have now completed our science topic on classification, which included a biography on Linnaeus and we're moving onto How to Keep Ourselves Healthy. This week we are investigating if exercise lifts our mood or affects our concentration.
Challenge Y6 - can you create a sorting diagram to classify these hover flies? You'll need to look really closely!
Welcome back to the start of a new term and your final year at BCS! It will be a very busy year, full of exciting new activities and learning opportunities. There will be an important parents' meeting on Wednesday 26th September at 7pm to discuss the year ahead including expectations, transition to secondary school and the Y6 residential in May 2019.
We welcome Mrs Storey to the Y6 team, along with Mrs Thompson joining us from Y5. Parents can contact us through the school office for urgent messages, or by email for queries that do not require a 'same day response'.
Letters will be sent home regarding homework, but if this goes astray a copy can be found on the 'Useful information link' from this page.
We start the term focusing on biography and autobiography in English, WW2 in history and classification in science. DT and art are taught in 5 week blocks, alternating between the two classes; 6T will start DT this Friday so 1 group of 10 will need to bring in ingredients (please check with your child!).
Thank you to all those who joined us in church on Sunday for the blessing service and particularly to those who read from the Bible, read prayers or who greeted everyone at the door and took the collection; we are very proud of you!
Remember to check the 'Useful Information' page for dates and letters, as well as a few reminders about what you need to bring in. The most important thing is that EVERYTHING IS NAMED - especially your fountain pens and trainers! You will need your PE kit on Mondays (you'll have PE with Mr Lewis in the afternoon). Please do not bring in large PE bags - we simply do not have the space - a traditional drawstring bag with your name on is best.
How do we sum up Enterprise Challenge?
Lots of creative ideas, innovation, learning to work as a team, project management, learning about finance/profit/break even point, pitching to a panel of business experts, filming adverts, marketing campaigns, emails to charities, production, production, production, stress, FUN and selling!
A huge well done to: all 61 Y6 pupils, their parents (especially those behind the scenes), parents who came in to share their expertise, the rest of school who bought our products and Y6 staff. See below for a selection of photos taken on Enterprise Day!
In the midst of sports events and Oliver performances, Y6 are also fully immersed in their Enterprise Challenge. The children are split into 10 teams and asked to innovate a business in just 4 ½ weeks from start to finish. Leila Smurthwaite led a fantastic workshop on innovation at the start of the half term and each team has been developing their ideas, assisted by Y6 staff and parents who have come in to give talks and advice (thanks to Mr Burtinshaw, Mr Edwards and Mr Keeling).
Y6 are now half way through the project and on Friday they visited Manchester to pitch their business plans to a panel of business experts, to be questioned on their usp, financials, marketing strategies and project management. Thank you to our ‘Business Angels’: Mr McDowell, Mrs Whiteley, Mr Thorniley, Mr Beazley and Mr Summers for their time and valuable input.
Y6 are currently in the process of buying materials, looking for sponsors, contacting their chosen charities and making their products. If anyone has unwanted items they wish to donate (Plain or light coloured plain T-shirts, old shoe laces, unwanted odd socks, teddies who need a new home, scraps of ribbon, any unwanted fabric paints, T-shirts with logos or football shirts, coloured tissue paper, plastic drinks bottles, plastic containers (eg Chinese containers), old cardboard wrapping paper tubes, corks, patterned fabric scraps), then we have a box in the front entrance.
The selling day in school will be Thursday 12th July - in school time for all classes and Y6 parents, but after school at 3pm for all other adults. If anyone would like to sponsor a small prize for a team or 6 or 7 children, please email Mrs Moss
Enterprise Challenge is well underway for another year! The children have had a busy week so far, learning about:
We would appreciate as many different people as possible completing our first surveys - please see the links below. This will give valuable feedback to Y6 in many different ways, so please be honest with your answers. Thank you!
Well, we've survived SATs and also 5 days in the Isle of Man! Well done to Y6 for your positive attitude, resilience and outstanding behaviour: we had lots of people around the island compliment us on your good manners and sensible behaviour once again. Below are just a few pictures from our fantastic week away, I hope you have now caught up on your sleep and are looking forward to our amazing Enterprise Challenge after the holiday. I can't wait to see what ideas you have for making money for charity this year in your teams!
A busy week for Year 6 to end the Spring term. On Monday, Year 6 had the chance to show their familys everything they had learnt from 11 weeks taking art in the Trafford Music Project, led by Miss McPheely. They presented an impressive collection of songs which included: 'Let Me Entertain You' and 'Just the Way You Are,' accompanied on the ukulele.
This week both classes have also visited St Mary's to take part in Experience Easter; organised by Mrs Brierley this has involved every class in school, many different parental helpers and members of St Mary's worship team. Children explored different themes in connection with the Easter Story including: Hopes and Dreams, Servant King and The Last Supper. St Mary's has offered the invitation to all Year 6 to join the Friday youth group, Underground after Easter, more details will come out through Parent Mail.
A few reminders to start the half term. We are visiting Manchester Cathedral on Wednesday and are still looking for parental helpers. We will leave school around 9am and be back by 3pm. Please can we politely request parents check ParentPay to ensure they have paid and given permission for the visit. Children will need school uniform, a suitable coat and their usual packed lunch. Children on school dinners will be provided with a packed lunch, but may bring a suitable snack to supplement if required.
Homework continues as per the timetable, but a reprinted spelling sheet has be given out to correct a couple of errors and to remind children about the quality of their spelling sentence homework. We still advise all homework is checked by an adult and corrected as required before returning to school.
Isle of Man final payments will be due by 28th February.
Tues 6th March - Y6 Important parental meeting in school hall 7pm
Mon 12th & Wed 14th March - Junior parents' evenings
Mon 26th March, Y6 ukulele concert 2:20pm school hall
Never was there ever a creature so cunning as the Talonorswing. This entrancing beauty may seem the most harmless, docile, pitiful being ever to have walked this foolish planet, but under all its grace and elegance lies an incandescent, gelatinous, shrivelled heart. - Bea
His gargantuan fluffy feet, which out matched any shoe size across the nine realms, made its mark in the weak, cracked stone. He finally reached his longboat of gnawed bones: that was bigger than any viking army. He had caught a few men tonight from that village that he left in ashes earlier that day. The monster crushed his pitiful meal with his hand that was a mighty bulldozer and plummeted the first petrified victim into his belly, followed by the other fearful warriors.
This one was truly the worst of the worst. - Lachie
Splat! Slime dripped,oozing great globs of mucus : the beast was up! Getting out of his snow bed, he gave a huge yawn and glaring out of his cave window gave another yawn. The smelly beast was gone; he was hunting.
Without warning, he was off hunting for those two-legged delicacies. His teeth were as sharp as the finest diamond sword and his claws were as sharp as spears - no-one went near him. The stench of halitosis breath would have been overpowering - if anyone was alive to smell it! - Eddie
Moonlight flickered through the tree canopy making speckles dance on the lifeless floor. Mist enveloped the gloomy blackness like a deathly hug; owls hooted in their branches as the trees quietly whispered their secrets.
Like an icy shadow, the gnarled figure slipped unnoticed and unheard, his snake-like nose sniffing the poisonous cold night air. Suddenly, it stopped, tripping over it’s fatal ivy cape but it had heard something, someone… It twitched its nose and pricked its ears, trying to catch a scent or a sound. A stick cracked from underfoot, breaking the silence. The creature turned around: a splash of ginger could just be seen in the distance for the creature had nocturnal vision but it was hardly discernible for human. It quickened into a run following the orange. The Pixamort stopped as the colour stopped; it stared and realised that the colour was in fact a small boy around six years old. - Maisy
Huge rotting carcasses littered the vast opening. Hundreds, maybe thousands of bones were piled up in a corner, the blood licked clean from the remains. Satisfied with his daily massacre, Stalghar glided into a mountain of bones to rest. This beast’s body took up most of the room: its serrated spikes gently brushing against the coarse edges of the cavern. His intricate scales used to glow a pale green: after his killing, it was caked in dried blood.
Stalghar’s home was situated by the roots of Yggdrasil, the world tree. Every now and again, a hero would enter his maze in search of Mimir’s well. - Charlie
Each class takes it in turns to have design technology in a 5 week block. Everyone gets a chance to have 5 weeks each of cookery, making an electric buggy and designing a new product from unwanted items of clothing of fabric. The recent creations were very impressive and included colourful snakes made from unwanted socks, snuggly pillows, shopping bags, a teddy and a dream-catcher. Mrs Clarke was so proud of her group, who helped each other every week to create their super fast buggies!
A huge well done to Y6M for their performance of Cinderella. All scenes were written by each group in Mrs Sale's drama lessons, who then used these to produce and direct the show. Some real personalities shone through (as you can see from the photos below, but everyone put on a great character performance. This was a final assembly to remember!
We hope you have had a restful holiday and you are ready for another busy term. Letters have been sent home about events this term in Y6 and for homework. Copies of these can be found on the 'Useful Information' link page above.
In English this half term, we will be using the norse myths to inspire our writing and develop a wider range of punctuation in our writing, including colons, semi-colons and dashes. We will also be revising passive tense, before introducing the subjunctive and perfect tenses.
For science we will be continuing our exploration of evolution, starting with a Terrific Science investigation on our feet! If anyone has any fossils, then please bring them in.
Ratio and proportion starts our term in maths, so remember to complete homework tasks on MyMaths!
A reminder about the carol service tonight for all juniors. The Y6 meeting and greeting team need to be at church for 6:30pm ( or soon afterwards), ready to welcome everyone into church. The children in the tableau should arrive between 6:30 and 6:40pm to allow time to change in the vestry. All other Y6 children should arrive between 6:45 and 6:55pm. See below for some sneak preview photographs, taken in our rehearsal this morning.
"Macbeth was terribly anxious. His fists were tightening. Biting his lip he shook his sweating head at his now evil wife (the adrenalin was starting to run though his nervous body). " (by Joe)
"Macbeth was confused: scratching his head; pacing up and down; hands sweating. (On the inside he could fell himself falling for his wife's trap - to kill King Duncan.) " (by Shanzy)
"Macbeth stumbled out of the bloody bed chamber onto his knees: looking onto his shaking, shivering guilty hands; squelching the warm sticky blood that they were immersed in. (On the inside he was shell-shocked, apprehensive and nauseous), what had he done?" (by Lachie)
A busy week, we will be taking part in Live Science investigations to see if exercise has an effect on our brain power! We are also looking forward to starting Macbeth with a fantastic workshop led by the Young Shakespeare company. On Thursday we are off to church for Harvest Festival, some members of Y6 will be reading harvest poems and the reading. See below for any photos.
The sea calm and deep
The waves gently whisper
It sends me to sleep.
The hypnotic sea
Draws its enemies closer
It has no mercy
The waves will lift you away
To a bottomless chamber
Griffindors venture anywhere
Under table, or a chair.
By whomping willows, the window edge,
The forbidden forest, in a wedge.
With Moaning Myrtle , she will do
She could take you down the loo!
The chamber of secrets, fight the snake,
swimming in the dark, black lake.
All you'll need is gilly weed,
The room of Requirement for your need.
They love adventures, as you see.
Like Harry, Ron and Hermione.
Anywhere, they don't care.
Griffindors venture EVERYWHERE!
Thank you to all parents and carers, for sending in the multitude of reply slip recently! Please can we remind everyone that payment for homework workbooks (and if required revision books) should be made through ParentPay, so that we can hand out the first of the books to the children. We would like to be able to do this by Tuesday this week if possible.
The order for the set of revision books should also be paid for ASAP so that the school can order the required number of books.
Finally, I'm afraid the 1st deposit for the Isle of Man is also due to secure your place since the school has to send off a deposit to the School Journeys Association. The deadline is Friday 29th September.
On the bright side, there is no charge for next week's Macbeth workshop/performance in school on Wed 4th October. This will lead into a unit of writing for Y6 on Macbeth so be prepared for various quotes to come your way soon!
There is also a free internet safety talk and workshop for Y5 and 6 on 19th and 20th October.
Please keep checking the Y6 website for information and spare letters or homework information can often be found on the "Useful dates and Information" link page from the main Y6 page.
Any adult help to walk to church for harvest festival on Thursday 5th October will be gratefully received. estimated departure from school will be 10am approx and return about 11:30am (depending on length of service). A verbal message, written note or email would be much appreciated.
We are still looking for sponsorship for team prizes - please email email@example.com with any potential offers.
The aim of Enterprise Challenge is for Y6 to work together in teams to innovate a business idea. This includes conducting market research to be able to develop a successful product or service and raise money for their chosen charities. We would very much appreciate everyone's help in completing the ten surveys below to enable the teams to develop their ideas. Please be honest and thank you for your time!
There is now a 2nd survey from team 5 and team 1 - please complete this additional survey, thank you!
SATs finished (yipee!), Isle of Man and 91,682 steps towards my 400,000 step challenge (which equates to about 43.5 miles!) completed and now Enterprise Challenge to look forward to.
What are you interested in? What are your talents? Have you thought of a solution to a problem? It might be the spark of an idea for a new business.
On Monday 12th we need you (Y6) to bring in pictures of products that use one or more of the 3 rs ( reuse, reduce, recycle) so we can create a Pinterest board for our innovation day.
Also remember your IOM diaries and pictures if you have any: we'll need those to help remember all the great memories for your IOM project/scrap book.
We never stop in Y6 - 'hit the ground running' could be our motto!
I just had to share an extracts from our writing this week - it makes my weekend to discover these gems! We discussed the plot of Romeo and Juliet and then focused on the scene where Mercutio is killed by Tybalt, looking at the effect pathetic fallacy can have upon the scene. Enjoy - William's setting of the scene.
Danger, destruction and death. Yet the day started so well. And ended so horribly. Six boys woke up that
morning, all six would sleep - but two will forever.
The sun baked the golden sand of the packed beach. Two friends - Benvolio and Mercutio - were burnt
by the summer sun. Slowly walking, they both made their way to a dilapidated umbrella in an attempt to steal its shade. The sun-shield did its best, but sunlight navigated its way through the holes in the once-white canvas. Not a cloud passed over the sapphire sky, not even the lightest breeze to relieve their scorched skin of the blazing sun. Simply, it was hot.
LEPIDUS: What manner o' thing is your crocodile?
ANTONY: It is shaped, sir, like itself, and it is as broad as it hath breadth. It is just so high as it is, and moves with it own organs. It lives by that which nourisheth it, and the elements once out of it, it transmigrates.
LEPIDUS: What colour is it of?
ANTONY:Of its own colour, too.
LEPIDUS:'Tis a strange serpent.
British science week is a great excuse for Y6 to get their sleeves rolled up and 'play with water' once again. We all had to predict which fruits and vegetables we thought would would float and which would sink before investigating. We measured the weight of each item and the water that was displaced: hence calculating the volume and density of each. We had some surprising results including a rogue blueberry that floated, while all the others sank!
We also discovered the trick about how to get raisins and grapes to dance in fizzy water! Why not continue your own investigations at home?
It seems a long time since Monday, when we started the week with a visit to ABGS to listen to a presentation for World Book Day by three authors. Each author gave an insight into how they came to be authors, what inspired them and advice for prospective writers. During the week our own writing has been based on our current class text, The Jungle Book, and has included: character comparisons, persuasive arguments using the subjunctive tense and character dialogue.
Meanwhile in maths we have been studying algebra, sequences and the nth term and on Wednesday the air was filled with falling paper spinners, as we investigated the different affects of changing the paper, size and weight.
As a conclusion to the week most of Y6 were sent off to read treasured stories to Reception and Years 1 to 4, Jackanory style. They came back to class full of their own stories about the younger children's positive reactions, a positive experience all round.
The week started well with over 50 bicycles of varying sizes arriving on site. the first session on Monday consisted of carrying out important safety checks and ensuring everyone had full control of their bicycle - even when putting one hand on their head!
The following sessions were on the road, becoming accustomed to road markings, road positioning and light traffic. Even storm Doris couldn't stop our intrepid cyclists on Thursday, braving rain and wind. The instructors were impressed with their behaviour and tenacity.
Year 6 - Please remember if you decide with your parents to cycle to school that you must continue to follow all the safety advice and wear visible clothing and a bike helmet. Please also wheel bicycles across any school path or playground for the safety of younger children. Bicycles can be locked in any of the three bike sheds on site.
Well done to all of year 6 for creating and performing your pantomimes. They were enjoyed by all and we certainly saw a different side of many of you! Now the performances have finished we are looking forward to focusing on our learning targets for the Spring term.
Don't forget to return the BBC consent form for Live Science. We need them back by Wed 25th Jan, so we can send them to the BBC, ready for our visit on Tuesday 31st January.
Remember ukuleles need to be in school every Monday (along with homework books!) and please can the ukuleles be named, so they can be easily identifiable in school - thank you.
Who knew that school was such a 'dangerous place'?! Year 6 have been creating their own Cluedo characters and then playing cluedo around school - inspiring a multitude of crimes for our writing. Some staff members have even been implicated - clues are all around if you look for them!
Shakespearean insults, plots to kill the King, weird bearded women and ghostly daggers, it can only mean one thing: Year 6 are studying Macbeth.
It was a ghostly desolate landscape. The icy wind, which stung the ground like wasps, blew over the grass that was leaning towards the hard ground to try and escape the wind's long, icy fingers. The trees cast ghoulish shadows in the mist. Footsteps beat on the cold, hard ground like drums.
Then, as if by magic, the trumpets - which were blown by people doomed to die - chorused their mournful song of war and the forest turned into men.
With a focus on Geography and our climate topic this week, we've been busy considering what it would be like to live in different parts of the world. After some initial research we all decided where we'd like to live and designed a house to cope with tha particular climate. We have some budding architects, judging from some of the detailed designs. 'Grand Designs' here we come, we just need the financial backing! Well done to Eloise for this fantastic design for a house in Venezuela.
We are not setting specific half term homework, although Year 6 should finish reading their group reading books if they have not yet completed their book, and complete the usual Mathletic tasks set for this week. Year 6 may wish to work on their individual history projects- these are due by the end of the Autumn term- but there is not an expectation to do so.
We hope all of Year 6 have a restful and relaxing half term break and return refreshed and ready to tackle a busy 7 week run up to Christmas! (I hope Y6 notice the alliteration there!)
We are looking forward to meeting all our parents next week, and thought the following information might help us to keep to the allocated appointment times during the busy evenings.
We will be sharing examples of your child's writing with you, but we do not put out all their work on this occasion. The emphasis will be on how your child has settled into the expectations of Y6. Since we are all still waiting for the results of school entrance tests, it is not productive to spend a long discussion on "What will happen if?" Please be reassured that we will be looking out for the best interests of your child at all times and we can be contacted for advice once the results come out. We have a lot of experience supporting families and we can guide you to make the right choice for your child.
Please keep to the 10 minute appointment system for the benefit of everyone during the evening, some might even be complete in 5 minutes!
One more piece of advice - reading is still essential for your child's development of both reading and writing skills. Encouraging your child to read everyday and discussing what they have read on a regular basis is key to future success. Below are 3 different reading lists to help inspire the reluctant reader and book worm alike!
From long division to 'Spiderman Exciting Sentences' Y6 have been weaving their magic this week. We have been focusing on relative clauses and developing complex sentences, with a few metaphors here and there. Can you spot any literary features in the following examples by Will, Jake and Rhys?
Peter Parker, who was as famished as an emaciated wolf, devoured the meatloaf and macaroni cheese.
Peter, who looked like an ordinary teenage boy, suddenly caught a pesky, small, annoying fly in an instant, like he was in England's cricket team.
Peter, who had an extreme sense of hearing, heard the small spider slowly crawl along his long, painted skateboard, as he was sitting , staring into space.
Linking to the spider theme we have also learnt about how search engines work - making an index using a program called a ‘web crawler’. This automatically browses the web and stores information about the pages it visits.
We have also been finding out more about 1940 and the affect bombing had upon ordinary people; we will now focus more upon wartime Manchester and the local area. Parents please note, information regarding the WW2 projects has been sent out and we expect Y6 to now spend some homework time each week researching their chosen aspect (this runs alongside usual homework). We look forward to reading the projects at the end of term and hope that different family members might be able to help with memories and anecdotes. If anyone has a relative, who would be willing to face 60 eager Y6 faces in a Q and A session, please get in touch.
In Geography, we have been looking at factors that influence climates around the world, and how climate differs from everyday weather. If anyone hasn't brought in their postcard/picture yet, please don't forget.
Well done to all those in Year 6 who helped to organise and contribute to the cake sale on Friday. Despite the rain that appeared from nowhere at 3pm, it was a great success. Particular thanks go to: Lily, Maisie, Rhys, Abbie, Beth, Niamh, Georgia, Erin, Matthew and Ben. An amazing £250 was raised, a fantastic achievement on a wet Friday!
Following on from our visit to the Royal Exchange we have been continuing to study a variety of poetry, including 'If' by Rudyard Kipling. The first line in particular seems quite apt for Y6 and teachers alike:
'If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,'
We have also written our own collection of animal poems using a range of free verse, limericks, haiku, acrostics and rhyming structures. Great fun has been had by all performing poetry in the classroom!
Today we had a unique opportunity to watch an exuberant and interactive poetry performance by Valerie Bloom. Valerie is an outstanding performer who delights in being on stage. We found ourselves learning about life in Jamaica: bargaining Jamaican-style for groceries and balancing an imaginary tray on our heads, swaying as we sang the cake seller’s song. Think ripe bananas and fresh callaloo, jerk chicken and rice an’ peas. This performance was certainly full of fun and flavour!
We also had a tour of the Royal Exchange and a walking tour of Manchester, learning about how war has shaped this vibrant city. Thank you to all the parents and helpers and of course the children for keeping up with the fast pace!
A lovely way to help us remember a special friend, who will forever be in our hearts.
Pi is such a wonderful number that mathematicians and scientists actually celebrate Pi day. It's held on the 14th March because Americans write this date as 3.14 meaning the third month and the fourteenth day. It also happens to be Albert Einstein's birthday - making it an excellent excuse for a celebration.
In Year 6 we used Hula hoops and Cheerios to calculate Pi.
Many thanks to the parents who helped on our visit to Manchester Cathedral. The Cathedral staff were very impressed by our children's knowledge and behaviour throughout the day.