End of Spring Term
It seems incredible that we are at the end of our second term already! The children have, as always, been an absolute pleasure to work with and I am very proud of all they have achieved. Particular highlights of mine include: the wonderful class debates we had when we were fortunate enough to have The Houses of Parliament Loan Box; the incredible writing the children have produced around our text Romeo and Juliet; and the fabulous last day of term, when the children wowed our production pianist (Mr Thorpe) when he came to work with them and recorded them singing the songs from Oliver - in preparation for the Year 5/6 production at the end of the year. With regards to homework over the Easter break, the children know what they are expected to do - and this is clearly set out on the 'Homework' section of our class page.
Miss Padgham and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support and we wish you all a very Happy Easter! See you in Summer Term!
On Monday 19th March, the majority of Year Six took part in a 'Bike Ride' which was delivered by the Bikeability Instructors. The children really enjoyed it and the instructors were so impressed with their behaviour and attitude to learning. Thank you very much to The Bikeability Team for giving the children this brilliant opportunity.
On Friday 16th March, Year 6 joined the rest of Key Stage Two in an Easter Workshop. The children engaged in lots of different activities to explore the true meaning of Easter. Our thanks to Mrs Way for coming in to school to deliver this - we really appreciate it!
Parliament Loan Box
Several weeks before Christmas, Year Six put in a bid to be considered for 'The Parliament Loan Box' which comes from the Education Service at The Houses of Parliament. We were successful and on 10th January the box arrived! It has a wealth of resources including: cloth backdrops of the House of Commons and the House of Lords; a clerk's wig; a mace to represent royal authority; a proposed Bill; the Speaker's rob; a despatch box and a division bell. We have had an absolutely brilliant time holding 'Live Year Six Debates'. Topics we have debated include: should primary school children be allowed mobile phones in school? Should homework be compulsory? Should shops be closed on Sundays? Should school uniform be abolished? Our next debate will be to consider whether parents should be allowed to take their children on holiday in term-time with no consequences from the authority?
This loan box had supported our work on 'Persuasive Writing' brilliantly. It has also provided children will lots of opportunities to develop their public speaking skills; it has enabled children to develop their understanding of British Values and Democracy and it has helped them to understand the role of Parliament.
The children have led these debate, not me, and I have been amazed by the strength of the Speaker each time as well as the fabulous opinions shared by the children during the debating process. Have a look below at the children in action!
Wednesday 24th January
Singers Hill Synagogue - Wednesday 18th March
Visiting Singers Hill Synagogue in Birmingham provided the children with a fantastic opportunity to link this year's learning with real experience and to extend their learning further. The children were impeccably well behaved - demonstrating fantastic respect for the beautiful building, the amazing artefacts and our wonderful tour guide. They learnt so much - a brilliant morning!
Wednesday 3rd January
Today, Year Six had the wonderful opportunity to watch a presentation by Jasmine Ellison (Year Six) which was all about 'Powerful and Influential Women'. Jasmine decided to research this (during the Christmas holidays) as she has an avid interest in Women's Rights. She presented it tremendously well and her presentation generated some excellent questions from the pupils of Year Six. Well done Jasmine! Her presentation is attached below for you to also have a look at.