End of Autumn Term
With only a couple of days left in this term I wanted to take the opportunity to say a massive well done to the whole of Year Six for all of their hard work during this first term. They have really pulled together as a class and we have shared many wonderful learning opportunities.
I will share my reflections of this first term with you at the start of the Spring Term - both on the website as well as in my 'Welcome Letter'.
I know that the children are tired and are in need of a well earned break. I have explained to them that I shall not be setting homework over the Christmas period as I think it is important that they are able to fully enjoy time with their families and have a break from learning. However they do know that if they are still not secure with their recall of the times tables (up to 12x12) and their associated division facts that they need to keep practising these. In addition to this they have been learning their recall of equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages (previously set for homework and posted on the website 26th November) so once again, if they are not yet secure then they need to keep practising. Finally all of the children know that it is really important that they keep reading regularly during the holidays. I will of course be looking at their diaries on their return to school.
I would like to extend a massive thank you to all of you as parents and carers - without your support the children would not have been able to have achieve all they have done - so thank you all!
Finally I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a peaceful and happy new year.
Friday 11th December - Survival Day
We had an amazing day today celebrating the end of our Autumn term topic I'm a Survivor'. The children made waterproof kneelers; they made frames for washing up bowls and bins; they wattled twigs for roasting their food on; they watched how to light a camp fire and keep it going! We all really enjoyed eating our lovely lunches outside - which were mainly cooked on the fire (hot dogs, jacket potatoes and chicken curry). Finally we all got chance to toast marshmallows! It was particularly lovely when Year Two came out to join us for marshmallows and campfire songs! None of this would have been possible without Mr Sutton, Mrs Bell and Mr Knapper - who directed all of these brilliant activities. Thank you so very much! Scroll down for some photos of us on this brilliant day!
Tuesday 8th December
This afternoon Year Six took part in the first of their 'I'm a Survivor' Fabulous Finishes! They went in to battle as Vikings - fighting against the Year Five Anglo-Saxons! They were armed with the shields that they had made last week and started the afternoon off by performing their warrior song 'I will survive' (using the melody from the famous Gloria Gaynor song - rewritten using their own Viking themed lyrics!) It was a brilliant afternoon. They are now looking forward to the second of the Fabulous Finished - their Survival Day which takes places this Friday! Have a look below at some of the great photos of today's battle!
School Nurse Visit - 12th November
This morning the school nurse came and talked to Year Six about 'Puberty and Growing Up'. After some initial (and quite understandably embarrassed) giggling - the behaviour of the children was impeccable! They learnt lots and asked some very relevant questions. Thank you to all of you for allowing your child to be part of this very important educational visit.
Laches Wood Celebration Assembly - Friday 6th November at 1.30pm
A letter has gone home with your child today about our Laches Wood assembly - which will be taking place at the slightly earlier time of 1.30pm. I look forward to seeing you there.
Laches Wood - What a week!
We had a truly amazing week at Laches Wood. The children participated in some fantastic activities including: bmx-ing, caving, climbing wall, high ropes (Totem Pole and Power Fan), bushcraft and archery. In addition to this we had a brilliant World War One themed day out on Cannock Chase on the Thursday. On our last night - our children performed in 'Laches Wood has talent' in true Parkside style - much to the entertainment of everyone watching! I was incredibly proud of each and every one of my class and would also like o say a massive thank you to Mrs Hier, Mrs Fullegario and Mr Chesters for giving up their time to come with us! As soon I have got them sorted, there will be lots of photos for you to look at on this page of the website. I will also (in time) provide each child with a disc of all of the photos for them to keep.
Finally a reminder that it is our Laches Wood celebration assembly on Friday 6th November at 2pm. I hope that you are able to join us for what always promises to be a really entertaining assembly!
Thank you for your continued support
Parent Consultations - Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th October
Your child has been given a slip today which tells you the appointment time for your parent consultation next week. Many thanks.
Laches Wood (Monday 19th October)
With only a week to go, the children are getting very excited about going to Laches Wood. They have all been given a medical form today
which must be completed and returned to school next week. Some will also have consent letters and swimming skills letters which must also be completed and returned. Without these forms I am not able to take your child away. Many thanks.
Goodbye Mrs Gumm
Today Year Six joined the rest of the school in saying goodbye and good luck to Mrs Gumm. In true Year Six style they performed their own version of 'You're the one that I want' from the hit musical 'Grease'. They had re-written the lyrics to express their feelings and gratitude to Mrs Gumm. They thoroughly enjoyed raiding our costume rail and dressed in various Grease costumes (of their choice I must add)! They performed brilliantly and as always, Mrs Hier, Mrs Fullegario and myself were extremely proud of them! Lots of entertaining photos are below for you to enjoy looking at!
Promoting our school value 'to care'
Thank you so much to the 'caring' child in my class who brought me in a healthy cake decorated with grapes as he knew I would not eat sweets. How thoughtful. A massive thank you to him and his family! It was absolutely delicious!
Science: the circulatory system
Year Six have had a fantastic week this week including their investigation about the circulatory system! They found out how long (approximately) it takes their blood to travel from their heart to their toes and back again! Scroll down to the photos to see them in action!
Topic Launch Day - 'I'm a Survivor'
On Friday 11th September we launched our Autumn Term topic 'I'm a Survivor'. The children worked in teams to erect large ridge tents. I was amazed at their skills in teamwork, communication and support - they truly were a credit to themselves. Alvin the Adventurer also joined us outside - much to the amusement of the class! Once the tents were successfully erected, we sang some campfire songs before the children returned to their tents to write their own song to perform! In the afternoon they took part in a 'maths themed treasure hunt' - this once again allowed them to show off their brilliant skills in team work. Finally they had to take the tents down and get them back in to the bags - quite a challenge in itself! The weather was fantastic making our day even more enjoyable. A massive thank you to Mr Sutton who provided the tents and instructed us so brilliantly! Scroll down to see some of the many photos we took on this day!