Year 6 have had a rollercoaster week, this week. There has been an awful lot going on and the children have definitely shown that they’re ready for the challenges ahead.
This morning Year 6 paid a visit to our new reception class on their first full day at school. Year 6 were very excited to meet their new buddies which had been picked for them by Miss Reid and Mrs Gritton. After an introduction in the classroom we went outside to play with our new friends. All of the children got along brilliantly and they are already looking forward to the coming weeks, making sure their buddies settle in well to school.
This week our new Year 6 children have been settling back into school life nicely with Miss Reid.
We managed to get outside and take a class photo today. Sadly we did have 1 child absent so we will be taking another photograph when we have 100% attendance, which will be proudly posted for you all to see. The girls look very smart in the new design school skirts and pinafores.
Since it was not raining this morning, we managed to get outside to play a spot of classmate bingo. This involved the children trying to find a child in the class that had, for example, a younger sister, a pet hamster, blue eyes etc. As always, the children were highly competitive and there was a lot of debate as to who won. After checking the first 5 finished, it turned out that our 6th finisher was the only one who had filled their bingo card accurately! Well done to all of the class for taking part and making it such a tough competition.
This month includes Sea Sunday (8th July) when we pray for those at sea. The children learned about the work of the Apostleship of the Sea. They watched a video with workers at sea being interviewed which gave them a sense of the difficulties that these workers face in their daily lives. Next, they learned about how the Apostleship of the Sea help these people by providing somewhere to stay when they dock and internet connection to contact their loved ones. The children then made a hand print and wrote a prayer for seafarers all around the world.
The Year 6 children were given a pleasant surprise this week as they walked out onto the school yard; they had their very own leavers plaque! This is a tradition started in 2016 and ensures that the current Year 6 leavers will forever be remembered with their names proudly on display. Thank you to the families of our Year 6 children who raised the funds to buy the plaque. The children really appreciate it.
The theme for the Year of Mary – June was the persecuted. We discussed what this meant and focused on Mary’s love for us all, especially those who are in trouble or persecuted in some way. The children then thought about those people in trouble, in war zones or those who are refugees because they are escaping persecution. They wrote some prayers on a heart template which will be kept on the class focal point. To finish, we said a prayer together.
On Wednesday, Year 6 took part in a tri-golf tournament. They competed against 20 teams and represented our school superbly, receiving bronze medals for 3rd place. Well done!
The Year 6 class had a fine day on Wednesday when we visited Bill Quay farm and South Shields beach. The children used the bus and metro to get to Bill Quay farm where we met several animals including reptiles and baby goats. From there we jumped back on the metro to get to South Shields beach. The children were hungry so we called in on Colemans on the walk for some lovely fish and chips. We continued onto the beach where the children played tennis, football and some even dared to get their feet wet in the sea! Eventually, we headed back to school and bought some ice creams for the journey.
Year 6 finished the week with another trip out; this time to Saltwell Park. The weather was slightly warmer than Wednesday and the children enjoyed playing in the park. We brought along left over treats from our Movie afternoon earlier in the week and enjoyed them very much. It was a great way to end a brilliant week!
On Monday, eight of the Year 6 children took part in a Kwik-Cricket tournament at Felling Cricket Club. The weather was glorious and the children had a brilliant time playing cricket all day long! Despite the fact that they had no subs, the children worked extremely hard and finished in a respectable fourth place. A big thank you to some of the Year 6 parents who provided transport and made the event possible.