In Y6, we enjoyed a great discussion about our goals for the year. Not only did we talk about what they were, but how to get there as well. It was fantastic to hear such enthusiasm and ambition echoed all around the classroom.
Push yourself. Never give up. Keep being awesome! You got this, Y6!
Judo taster sessions
This week, every class will be taking part in a judo taster session led by a British Judo coach.
These sessions will take place on Monday and Tuesday so please remember to have PE kit in school and take earrings out on these days.
We look forward to learning some new skills.
What a fantastic start to the year we’ve had! Year 6 have really settled in to being role models in class and around school with their enthusiasm and behaviour both exemplary.
Our first topic is all about our class novel – Marianne Dreams. It’s a topic driven by Art and children will have the chance to produce an individual art project at the end of it.
As you can see from our topic display, we’ve been learning lots of new vocabulary such as shape, colour and pattern.
The first medium that we are exploring is pencil and we’ve been stippling, cross-hatching and creating gradients. Depending on which grade pencil you use, these are either dark or light, smudgy or precise. The Y6 artists have been using these techniques to create line, form and texture. Ask your child: “What’s the difference between a 6B and a 6H?”
We’ve also learnt about three well-known artists this week: Leonardo Da Vinci, Adonna Khare and Albrecht Durer. Other vocabulary we’ve learnt is realism vs surrealism. Challenge your child to tell you which category they think each artist fits into!
Next up – printmaking!
At the end of each year, schools are invited to apply for their School Games Mark. The School Games Mark rewards schools for their commitment to and development of competition, school sport and physical education.
We’re very proud to announce that our application has been verified and we have been awarded Platinum award.
Platinum award is open to schools who have achieved Gold award for the previous four years.
We have achieved this award due to encouraging a large number of children to participate in sporting activity; providing a variety of different sports; partaking in competitions; involving children in leadership activities and having many local links with external clubs and establishments.
Thank you to staff who have accompanied children to these events or run after-school clubs this year. Thank you also to Mrs Russell who provides excellent administration of our clubs and sporting events and competitions. Thank you as well to all parents/carers who have helped with transport and supported at our events this year.
Finally, well done to all pupils who have tried out a new physical activity either at an after-school club or as part of a competition or participation event and to those children who have represented our school so well this year.
KS2 fruit tuck shop
Our popular Key Stage 2 fruit tuck shop runs every Tuesday playtime and regularly sells over one hundred portions of fruit.
The dates for the tuck shop for this year are:
Autumn term Tuesday 24 September 2019 to Tuesday 17 December 2019 inclusive
Spring term Tuesday 14 January 2020 to Tuesday 31 March 2020 inclusive
Summer term Tuesday 28 April 2020 to Tuesday 14 July 2020 inclusive
This year we’ll continue with the pre-payment option so that you pay in advance for the whole year for your child to have fruit from the tuck shop. We know that some children like to buy more than one portion of fruit, either for variety or to top up their packed lunch and we can also offer the option of paying for two items.
As an incentive for selecting the pre-pay option, we’re able to offer you one week per term free. Therefore for this year, you’d pay for 31 weeks and receive fruit for 34 weeks. The cost for one portion of fruit for this year is £6.20 and the cost for two portions is £12.40.
Please note that payments are non-refundable and should be made via School Gateway. If you prefer your child to pay in cash on a weekly basis, that’s fine – we’ll continue to operate this system. Each portion of fruit costs 20p.
If you’d like to pay in advance for your child to visit the tuck shop, please do this via School Gateway, under the payment option, by Friday 20 September 2019.
Thank you for your support for the fruit tuck shop.
Living and Learning
As we return to school, we begin our Living and Learning theme with a focus on manners: I can greet someone politely.
We’ll then continue by thinking about the ‘8 Rs for learning’. This theme is about promoting good learning behaviour for your child.
Each week, we’ll focus on two different ‘Rs’. We use an animal to symbolise each ‘R’, which might help your child remember all eight – can your child remember which animal matches the correct ‘R’?
You can support your child at home – we’ve listed a few ideas to help you below. Ask us if you’ve any questions or comments.
I can show I am ready to learn.
Make sure your child is at school for a prompt start of 08:50.
Make sure your child has had plenty of sleep so they are alert and ready to learn at all times.
Encourage your child to ask lots of questions – that shows they want to learn!
I respond to feedback.
Ask your child if they remember their ‘stars’ and ‘steps’ in English and Maths.
I take a safe risk.
Talk about the difference between a safe and unsafe risk. At school, we want your child to take a safe risk by having a go at answering, even if unsure; trying something new and attempting harder learning.
I take responsibility for my own learning.
Provide time and space at home so your child is able to organise themselves: their PE kit, reading book, homework, spellings and tables… Don’t organise everything for them!
Make a link between rights and responsibilities: your child has the right to a great education, but needs to be responsible for their own learning.
I am resourceful.
Encourage your child to be organised so they can play with a range of different toys.
Encourage your child to try new ways to solve a tricky problem.
I am resilient.
Encourage your child to keep going! Set a tricky challenge or puzzle for your child to do.
Encourage your child to think of different ways of doing things.
Don’t let your child win when they play a game – they need to experience losing, too!
Celebrate mistakes as opportunities to learn – be happy that your child found some learning hard and encourage them to ‘bounce back’ and learn from the experience.
Make sure they have time to learn spellings, number bonds and times tables – a little practice daily is best.
Play memory games:
Kim’s game: show them objects for 30 seconds… can they remember all the objects?
Can they build up the sequence, ‘I went to the shop and I bought an apple’… ‘I went to the shop and I bought an apple and a bike.’… ‘I went to the shop and I bought an apple, a bike and a cucumber.’ etc … Take turns!
I reflect about my learning.
Talk with your child about what they’ve learnt, asking questions about:
how they learnt
why they learnt it
when they’ll use their learning
how they would teach this to someone else
what learning might link with what they’ve learnt today etc
As well as covering the 8Rs for learning, pupils will also learn about their rights and responsibilities.
Finally, we end the half term learning about democracy (one of the British Values). All children have the opportunity to experience democracy in our annual School Council elections. More details to follow.
Our full Living and Learning long term plan is available on the health pages and you can keep up to date with our weekly Living and Learning statements on the parent noticeboard in the playground and also on the school calendar.
Junior snooker summer holiday club programme
Northern Snooker Centre will be running six sessions to introduce snooker and billiards to young people aged 10-16 this summer holiday, coordinated by a WPBSA World Snooker Coach.
These fun and engaging group sessions are aimed at new players, as part of a new national programme funded by Sport England. Each session costs only £1 to attend.
The club is a member of the national club scheme, which means it meets the governing body standards of safeguarding and equality, as well as adopting a Code of Conduct to ensure the right setup for juniors, overseen
by a Club Welfare Officer.
This is a fantastic opportunity to try an inclusive sport in an exciting and dynamic environment.
Great fun bowling
Last night, Year 6 had a lovely time bowling. Thank you for dropping them off and picking them up promptly!
This week, as you may have noticed, Year 6 have been out in the playground after school raising money for the school charity and to contribute towards their leavers’ hoodies.
They’ve thoroughly enjoyed coming up with stalls to run and have had a great time working with customers. Our last day is today so come along and try out a stall you haven’t had a go at yet or just treat yourself to another ice cream!