The Year 5 and Year 6 children took part in a special one-off lesson based around the BBC Blue Planet TV series this week. The children joined thousands of other children around the UK as they watched a live lesson on BBC iplayer and completed some activities based around the environment. The children considered plastic pollution in the worlds oceans and the impact it has having on marine life around the world.

 

We have signed up to another Terracycle recycling scheme, this time with the chance to win a recycled playground makeover worth £ 10,000!

Participating is easy! The school that sends in the most accepted waste between the 25th of March 2019 and the 5th of July 2019 will receive a recycled playground makeover worth £10,000, on top of points earned by the shipment weight.

The winning school will be able to choose from a selection of play equipment or gardening equipment made from recycled material worth £10,000. Depending on the prize selected, the overall area required to install the prize could be up to 25m x 3m.

There is a recycle bin allocated for these items at the front office in school. Please see the attached link below to see what is acceptable waste.

Let’s work together to look after our amazing planet.

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Science Week

Thursday in Year 6 was science day. We began our day looking at light and how we can see. The children worked in groups and used wool to help them see how rays of light travel; they only ever travel in a straight line.

Next, once we understood that, we looked at how light is reflected. Using mirrors, card and a torch, we were able to create an incident ray and a reflected ray. We realised that because of the law of reflection, the angles were identical.

After break, we then had the challenge of making our own periscope. Although it was tricky and some instructions were quite vague, all of the groups managed to work together to make their periscope successful. Excellent job everyone.

Our final activity of the day was to do with refraction. We had glasses of water and a variety of images and lines. We noticed that when we put the empty glass in front of the line, the line appeared to jump up. However, when we filled the glass with water the line moved down. We learnt that this was refraction. We then put the image below the glass and filled it with water. We could still see the image. Next, we put a book on top of the glass and suddenly the image was gone! We then realised that, that was because we had taken away the light source which meant that we could no longer see it below the water.

Puzzles

Before lunch, Year 6 had some down time as they enjoyed reading and completing puzzles. This is a great way to stimulate the brain as well as helping the children to relax after a crazy morning in Year 6.

World Book Day 2019

Overnight, Year 6 had been transformed into Hogwarts for the children to enjoy a magical day filled with all kids of wizardly. We began our day with some magnificent setting descriptions inspired from scenes from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. This was followed by a trip to Gringots and some time working out everyone’s vault balance. After the parade and lunch, we got our creative hats on and began our own Sacred Heart version of a Marauders Map. As well as this the children had the opportunity to make their own wand and golden snitch. We all had a fantastic day and Miss Reid was blown away with some of the costumes some of the children had made themselves.

This week in Year 6…

We’ve had a crazy week this week in Year 6, so much has happened.

To begin, the children were asked to “create an animal” during half term for us to use in our Liturgy. Some of the creations that we had in were incredible and it was clear that some of the children spent an awful lot of time focused on getting their animals complete.

On Wednesday we had our Liturgy and there was a fantastic turn out. Parent’s came to see the children in their last Liturgy in our school hall. The whole thing (including script and booklet) was prepared for and organised by the children. They have been inspired by our latest Literacy book, The One and Only Ivan. The book is based on a gorilla called Ivan who lived in a circus at The Big Top Mall in America. During Literacy the class have done research on animals in their natural habitat and in captivity. This seemed to spark a great passion in the class which is what led us to our Liturgy topic. Once they decided their topic they could pick a relevant piece of scripture, gather, respond and go forth.

In numeracy this week, we have been looking at converting different units of measurement. We’ve had such a successful week that it felt like we had 35 teachers in the classroom!

For our weekly booster sessions we decided to go outdoors on both Wednesday and Thursday night.

Edit and Improve

Today, Year 6 took responsibility with marking their own assessments in Literacy at our Edit and Improve Stations. Each station had a specific theme that the children had to focus on: Spelling Stop; Punctuation Place; Grammar Grove and Synonym Station. Using the resources that Miss Reid had provided, the children worked through their work together showing great team work. Great independence Year 6, well done.

Thank you

Before Christmas, the children wrote some beautifully kind thank you letters to some of our local emergency service in the area. Recently, we received a few thank you’s back. The children were over the moon and it made them realise how much their own letters actually meant. Amazing job team, you should be very proud of yourselves.

Year 6 Booster – Night #1

So today was the first day that Year 6 stayed back at school with Miss Reid and Miss Dodd to participate in their SATs Booster session. The children were all eager to see what we would be doing during our extra special hour in school. Before the session, most of the children were filled with dread that we would be spending the time repeatedly going over past SATs questions. Luckily, they were wrong. The thoughtful teachers had organised a range of SPaG and reading tasks for the children to complete alone and within pairs, as well as milkshakes and biscuits to keep their brains going. Tomorrow we have numeracy and Mathopoloy. Let’s see what they make of that.

Well done everyone.

Mini-Vinnies food collection

Thank you to all the school community who donated food for our collection in the Autumn term. The Mini Vinnies collected all the food and made a note of the items donated from each class. The winning class was Year 5 with 56 items donated who received an extra break in the final week of term. Well done! The Mini Vinnies met Frances who collects food for Stanley Food Bank. We brought all the food over to Church where we helped Frances count and move the food into her car to drop off. This will make a real difference to lots of families this Christmas.