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Autumn Term

Autumn Term 2014:  I’m a Survivor!

WEDNESDAY 16TH DECEMBER 2014 - SURVIVAL DAY
Well, just when I thought this term could not get any better, today Year 6 had their Survival Day as the 'Fabulous Finish' to their Autumn Topic 'I'm a Survivor'! The whole day has been brilliant. Under the instruction of our Year One teacher Mrs Bell (Forest School trained) and Mr Sutton (Scout Leaver) the children learnt how to safely light (and keep going) a campfire. They all helped to gather fuel for the fire; they prepared a range of food to cook over the fire and they learnt how to safely extinguish a fire. Whilst they were waiting for the fire to get going they sang a whole range of (very entertaining) campfire songs and then they thoroughly enjoyed getting stuck in to the eating of all our lovely food! This afternoon they took part in a 'maths treasure hunt' and eventually went home pretty exhausted! Unfortunatley we ran out of time before we could do the 'Photo Trail', but we will fit this in tomorrow! Mrs Hier and myself could not have been more proud of them and on behalf of both of us - and of course all of Year Six - we would like to say a massive 'thankyou' to Mrs Bell and Mr Sutton for all of their help! Please scroll down to have a look at some of the photos we took.

Many thanks
Mrs Farmer

ANGLO-SAXON/VIKING BATTLE (PART OF OUR FABULOUS FINISH FOR OUR TOPIC)
What a Fantastic afternoon we had when the Year Six Vikings went in to battle against the Year Five Anglo-Saxons! It began with both classes performing their 'Warrior Songs' (which they had written - in parts) themselves. Next we went on to the school field where they began the battle, armed with the swords and shields which they made in school last Friday! The re-enactment was amazing and the behaviour of every single child was exemplary! Please scroll down to see some of the photos we took!


Mrs Farmer


'I'M A SURVIVOR' DIORAMA PROJECT AFTERNOON AND EVENING
What a fantastic time we had yesterday! As part of our 'I'm a Survivor' topic, the children created Hunger Games themed dioramas - many with the help of their parents, brother, sisters and grandparents! It was an absolute pleasure to watch them show their understanding of this phenomenal book (written by Suzanne Collins) in such a creative way! Thank you so very much to all of those family members who gave up their time to come along and work alongside their child; reading their reflections today has certainly made me realise just how much they enjoyed this whole experience. The atmosphere in the hall was tremendous and we even manage to play some particularly 'cheesy' music from a host of decades to add to the brilliant atmosphere! Once again a massive thank you. Please scroll down to see some of our fantastic masterpieces! What a clever class we are!!!


Many thanks as always for your continued support!
Mrs Farmer


Viking Art Days
Over the last two weeks the children in Year Six have taken some time to work together to produce collages of some of the famous Viking Gods and Goddesses. This was a brilliant opportunity to further extend their learning in History about the Vikings and the effort they put in to these art pieces was truly amazing! As well as developing their artistic skills, it was brilliant to see them develop their team work and communication skills. These collages will soon be displayed in the school for all to see - but if you want a sneak preview please scroll down!!!


Many thanks
Mrs Farmer

FRIDAY 21ST NOVEMBER: LETTER ABOUT OUR FABULOUS FINISH
Please scroll down to read my letter about our 'I'm a Survivor' Fabulous Finish. This letter went home with your child today. I particularly need to draw your attention to our Survival Day on Friday 12th December when the children will need to come to school in their own (warm) clothes as we will be outside for most of the day. Also in the letter is information about our DT day (Friday 5th December), our battle with the Year Five Anglo Saxons (originally Tuesday 9th but now Wednesday 10th December) as well as an afternoon treat for my class in the last week of term when they will be given opportunity to watch The Hunger Games. (As this film has a 12 rating, it essential you let me know if you DO NOT wish for your child to watch it.)

Many thanks for all of your continued support.

Mrs Farmer

 


FRIDAY 8TH NOVEMBER: CLASS DEBATE
This afternoon Year Six participated in their second class debate of this year. Today they were debating whether school uniform is a good thing. The debate was chaired brilliantly by Laura Turney and whilst both sides put up some fantastic arguments, it was unanimously resolved that 'yes' school uniform is a good thing. Well done Year Six, a great debate in which you showed just how well you can articulate a point and maintain your viewpoint!

END OF OUR FIRST HALF TERM: OCTOBER 2014
Well, what a brilliant first half-term we have had! The children have worked incredibly hard and should be very proud of all they have achieved! I was so impressed by their wonderful Laches Wood assembly which they performed to parents and the rest of the school on Friday! Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments and feedback about this assembly! We did have a brilliant time away and it was great to see the children sharing this with you all!

During the next half-term, continuing our them of 'Survival', in literacy we shall be looking at how soldiers of World War One tried to survive - with a particular focus on some of the wonderful poetry which was written at  that time. They shall be reading, analysing and reciting some of this poetry as well as writing their own similarly themed poems. We shall be continuing with our learning about The Vikings before we move on to our geography in which we shall be learning about Natural Disasters (including the devastating effect of these and the ways in which communities try to survive).

Please remember also our 'Parent Project Workshop' which is taking place on the afternoon and the evening of Monday 24th November. I hope lots of you can come along and join in with this. The children (and you) will be creating a Diorama of a scene form our class text 'The Hunger Games'. Please scroll down as I have attached a copy of my letter which was sent out to you last week.

As always, I must take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support!


Many thanks
Mrs Farmer


LACHES WOOD - What a week!!!
Well what an absolutely brilliant week we had at Laches Wood - despite the very wet weather! The children took part in BMX biking, climbing wall, boulder room, Power Fan jump, canoeing, search and rescue, shelter building, orienteering, photo trail, indoor caving and archery. In addition to this we travelled out to Carding Mill Valley on the Wednesday where they took part in a stream study before going on a walk through the valley - which unfortunately had to be abandoned due to the dreadful weather! The children faced lots of challenges - for some it was the first time they had been away from home for more than a couple of nights - and they should all be extremely proud of everything they have achieved! We also celebrated a birthday while we were away - a massive thank you to the generous and thoughtful parent for providing us with such a lovely cake! We are doing some follow up work this week and then next week we shall be spending our afternoons in the hall - putting together our Laches Wood assembly - which all parents are invited to come along to (Friday 24th October 2.30pm - I shall send out a letter). On behalf of myself, Mrs Hier-Daly and Mr Chesters, I would like to say a massive well done to all of the class and thank you so much for supporting them in this wonderful experience. Our goal was to work as a team - and we have certainly achieved that! I have attached some photos but as promised, I shall provide each child with a disc with all of the photos on so that they have memories to keep and of course share with you!

Mrs Farmer


FRIDAY 3RD OCTOBER - Year Six Poem of the Week
This week's poem  was Daffodils by William Wordsworth! The poem was inspired by an event on 15 April 1802, in which Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy  came across a "long belt" of daffodils. It is written in six-line stanzas with an ababcc rhyme scheme and is generally considered Wordsworth's most famous work. It was performed brillianty by Zoe O'Keef, Tom Davies, Ashleigh Hopson, Callum McClymont and Ellie Pearson. Scroll down to read the poem and see our wonderful poets in action!

Mrs Farmer

FRIDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER - Year Six Poem of the Week
During Year Six, the children will be developing their skills in spoken language through many opportunities but maybe the most exciting of them all - through poetry. The children will be introduced to a new poem each week. They will analyse it (language, rhythm and rhyme) and discover (where possible) what inspired the poet to write it. They are already working within poetry groups and each week one group will be chosen to recite (learn by heart) the poem and perform it to the rest of the class on a Friday.

Today we had the pleasure of watching our first 'poetry' group' recite our very first 'Poem of the Week' which was 'From a Railway Carriage' by Robert Louis Stevenson. Our wonderful reciters were: Ben Holland, Jamie Clifford, Jay Moore and Thomas France. Credit also needs to go to Nathan Robinson who worked with the group throughout the week but unfortunately was poorly today and absent from school, therefore unable to be part of the final recital! Please see below for a copy of the poem and our boys in action!


Thanks for all your support.
Mrs Farmer

THURSDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER
Please see attached below an important letter which will be sent out tomorrow regarding both 'Life in Year Six' as well as 'Laches Wood' information.


Many thanks
Mrs Farmer


FRIDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER 
Well, what a fantastic week we have had in Year Six! The children have been engaged in some really challenging maths. Most were multiplying decimals by different powers of 10 and some were multiplying and dividing decimals by 0.01 and 0.01! Great learning!

Yesterday we had our first extended writing morning of the year and the outcomes were phenomenal. The children read part of The Hunger Games, they engaged in drama in groups and they worked together to write a fantastic opening paragraph. They then worked independently to retell the events of Reaping Day from Katniss's (main character) perspective. It was brilliant!

On Wednesday in Science the children were investigating how long it would take their blood to travel from their heart to their toes and back again. This was part of their learning about the Circulatory System. Scroll down for some great photos of them outside, drawing around each others bodies.

To finish off a really great week, Year Six were awarded the 'Tidiest Class Room' award (never received before!!!) and we also won 'Class of the Week'. Wow! What more can I say except that they really do deserve a good (and restful) weekend!

Thank you so much for all of your continued support!

Barclays Bank Enterprise Project

Today Year Six were given the opportunity to work with two colleagues from Barclays Bank as part of their learning about enterprise. They engaged in various activities linked to the theme of 'Money Skills'. They considered the sorts of skills and tools different people need to do different jobs; the children also considered what they tend to choose to spend their money on and they identified the cost implications of running a home. Finally they were given a list of items and they had to decide whether these were things they needed or whether they were things they wanted - this proved to be quite a talking point! Many thank to the ladies from Barclays and we look forward to seeing them again in December!

Mrs Farmer


I'm a Survivor: TOPIC LAUNCH  (Wednesday 10th September)

Today we launched our topic by taking part in some rather challenging tent building. The children worked in teams to erect large ridge tents! It was absolutely brilliant to watch them working together and supporting each other. Every child was fully involved and they were most definitely very proud of their achievements! Once inside their tents, they wrote their own 'Survival Songs' before performing them to each other. On behalf of myself, Mrs Hier-Daly and the children, I would like to say a massive thank you to Mr Sutton (our school janitor) who not only kindly provided the scout tents for us, but also gave up his own time to stay and work with us - modelling to the children the correct way to erect the tents! I have attached some photographs below of this wonderful a morning. A fantastic start to what I know is going to be an equally fantastic year!

Many thanks for your continued support

Mrs Farmer


Welcome Meeting: Tuesday 9th September

Thank you so much to all of you who were able to attend our Welcome Meeting yesterday. It was lovely to see so many of you there and I hope that you found it interesting and informative.

For those of you who were unable to attend, I am inviting you in to school on Monday 15th September at 3:30pm so that I can give you your packs and go through the information shared at the meeting with you - including information regarding our trip to Laches Wood. I hope that you are able to come along, it will only last about 20-30 minutes.

Many thanks

Mrs Farmer


SEPTEMBER 2014
Dear Parent/Carer
Welcome to Year 6.  I am really excited about working with you and your child over this next school year. I am particularly looking forward to our visit to Laches Wood Outdoor Education Centre (Monday 6th October – Friday 10th October 2014). At Laches Wood your child will learn new skills and develop teamwork. This experience will give your child so much confidence to help them face the challenges of Year 6. This outdoor educational trip really will positively impact on your child - please ensure that any outstanding money, along with the consent form is in school by Friday 3rd October at the latest. You will also be required to complete a medical form for your child which will be sent out to you approximately one week before the visit.
 
I know that this year will present exciting opportunities to watch your child develop in a productive and caring learning environment. I, Mrs Hier-Daly and the children will constantly refer to the school motto, ‘Care to learn and learn to care.’
 
There is no doubt that Year 6 will be challenging and hard work. It is important that your child embraces the journey that will take them on to High School next September. I will be with them every step of the way to ensure that they are fully prepared for this important stage in their lives.
 
I am particularly excited about our Autumn Term Topic ‘I’m a Survivor’! On our ‘Launch Day’ we will be working in teams to put up tents. We will engage in a project part way through the term (working with you and your child) to produce a diorama, depicting a scene from The Hunger Games. Our ‘Fabulous Finish’ will be a survival day (in school) where the children will be taught by qualified instructors how to safely build camp fires and successfully construct shelters. We will cover a huge range of skills during our learning through this topic – of which a brief overview is given below.
 
During their time in Year 6, every child will be expected to take on additional roles and responsibilities around the school. The children wrote letters of application for their preferred roles during their transition days with me. They will be informed of their roles at the beginning of term. With regard to the KS2 SATs, you and your child will be invited to a meeting after Christmas when Mr Compton and I will discuss these with you in more detail. Whole class revision classes will begin after Christmas and these too will be discussed at this meeting. For your child to be successful in Year 6, all children will be given homework. On a Thursday they will all have one piece of Literacy homework and one piece of Numeracy homework. Both of these need to completed and returned to school by the following Monday. All children will also be expected to read and practise set spellings every night. I have already talked to your child about the expected standard of presentation and it is imperative that all homework is completed at this required standard – parents, your support in this is very much appreciated.
 
As always I will reward children for displaying good attitudes to learning as well as to each other.  Learning works best when it is a partnership between the school, the parents and the pupils.
 
Attached below is a broad overview of our areas of learning for this first term.
 
I hope that you have found this information useful and would like to thank you in anticipation of the support you will give to your child over this next school year. If you wish to talk to me about any aspect of your child’s learning, my door is always open. We will ensure that we ‘Care to Learn and Learn to Care’ together.
 
 
Many thanks
Mrs Farmer and Mrs Hier-Daly

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