Year 6 have been reading the famous Victorian tale, ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens. The children have written some amazing newspaper articles about Jacob Marley’s visit to Ebenezer Scrooge on Christmas Eve. They have used a variety of journalistic phrases to make their work authentic.
Look out for these astounding articles on Pupil Progress Day!
Each class, from nursery to Year 6, has been involved in planting trees delivered by the Woodland Trust. We’ve planted them in our yard, in the far field and around the car park. It has been a wonderful opportunity for everyone to work as part of a team and to help the environment. Toffee even joined some of the children. Can you spot him?
We can’t wait to see the trees grow!
Larceny, arson and murder are just some of the crimes 6A were arrested for during our Crime and Punishment workshop on Thursday. Their ‘mug-shots’ were taken to be stored in the event of future crimes they may commit. As a punishment, they were set to a five-minute stint of ‘soft-labour’ – separating rope into the thinnest strands to make stuffing for mattresses. Some of them quite liked it!
Rehearsals have begun for our Year 6 Carol Concert, which will be held on the morning of Thursday 21st December (times to follow in a letter soon). The children have been busy learning some new carols using different singing arrangements. There has been a lot of interest in our solo singing parts – which may have to become duets as the standard of hopefuls is so high!
The children have also been writing the scrips and readings that will link our carols together and tell the story of the Nativity. It’s going to be another difficult task to choose whose work will be used.
This year’s anti-bullying week got off to a fantastic start with our school’s involvement in Odd Sock Day , organised by the Anti-bullying Alliance.
First, the children were involved in an assembly, where their views on how they are kept safe in school and suggestions for developing this further were taken into account.
After taking some ‘creative’ photographs of the vast array of children’s socks, we talked about being unique – All Different, All Equal.
We will be entering our photographs in an Odd Socks Day Competition on Twitter – we are proud to be All different and All Equal.
Year 6 Carol Concert will take place on Thursday 21st December at 10 a.m.
More details to follow.
Preparing Our Poppies
On Thursday 9th November, we will be having a Remembrance Day assembly for the whole school. In order to prepare for this, Year 6 have made poppies out of clay. They will join the poppies made by the rest of the school in our assembly.
All of Year 6 enjoyed moulding the clay and getting messy making the poppies, although it was a bit tricky smoothing out the edges and getting the leaves to stick. When they were dry (thanks to the underfloor heating) they were painted ready for display.
We hope you like them, they’ll be coming home soon!
This half term, Year 6 are learning all about Light in Science.
This week we have identified different light sources. We recognised that there are two different types of light:
Later in the week we have been learning about our eyes and how they help us see. We have labelled diagrams of the human eye and identified what each part does.
Our pupils control the amount of light we let into our eyes, we carried out a fun investigation where we closed our eyes for 30 seconds, then quickly looked in the mirror. We were amazed at how our pupils went small very quickly as there was too much light!
This half term we have been reading the novel “Goodnight Mister Tom” in our English lessons and in some of our Guided Reading lessons. The story is set during the Second World War. We have identified what we have learned from the book about different aspects of war during this time and we have conducted some research and made notes to help us write a non-chronological report.
Our reports will include information on:
On Thursday 12th October, all of Year 6 went to South Shields Community Fire Station to take part in R.A.P. (Reducing Accidents at Play). The aim of the half-day visit was to give the children the skills and knowledge to deal with different situations they may encounter as they become more independent.
The morning was split into six short sessions, where different agencies showed the children scenarios and told them what to do if they found themselves or a friend in a similar situation.
The scenarios were given by:
The Coastguard – what to do and who to get help from in the sea or at the beach.
Nexus – the dangers of going on metro tracks.
Northern Gas Networks – what to do if you smell gas.
Electricity – the dangers of high voltage electricity and who to contact if you see a problem.
Road Safety – identifying different features that will keep you safe on the road.
School Nurses – dangers of drugs and alcohol.
Finally the firemen showed us what happens if you put water on a fire, and explained what we should do if we found a fire in our house.
All of the children had a great time and discovered lots of things they can do to keep them safe…I’m sure none of them will accept sweets from someone they don’t know now!