Today the sun was shining again and Year 6 have had a brilliant time pushing ourselves to the limit. We were suited and booted in wetsuits and helmets. Initially, we went around the Ultimate Assault course to familiarise ourselves with the different challenges. These included cargo nets, monkey bars, a waterslide, bouncing balls and many walls to climb over. The children loved it! "The best bits were the big red balls - just like Total Wipeout- and the ninga steps," reported Josh.
Another super day. A gorgeous walk along the coastal path took us to Westward Ho! Lots of stamina determination got us up many steep slopes. "I can't believe I have walked this far and I've got to see so many plants and animals," said Maddy. After lunch we pulled on our wetsuits and with the guidance of our very able instructors we caught some waves, some say they were 10 feet high! Off to a quiz now. More tomorrow.
Every day we've been having morning and evening room inspections. The children have been keen to tidy their rooms in order to be the first group in the line for breakfast or dinner. There have been monetary and food bribes offered (thanks for the sweets parents!) and one group even incorporated our Rainbow Values into their towel display by colour coordinating them! So far each inspection has seen a new group win, and hopefully the competition will keep the children keen and we'll see success for each group by the end of the week.
Year 6 had an amazing time bobbing around in the ocean and learning how to catch an awesome ride on the 10ft waves at Westward Ho! today. They learnt how to carry their surfboards safely to the sea, how to mount the boards without face diving into the water and how to kneel ride the waves. Once confident with kneel riding on the board, they progressed to standing up and surfing the waves into the shallows. All the children were exceptionally well behaved and safe in the water.
"I loved it when I rode the wave for ages but salt water in the eyes was a bit irritating after a while! I would give it an 8 out of 10!" Ben.
"I loved getting splashed by the instructor so I could then splash them back!" Tegan.
"I really enjoyed trying to stand up whilst doing it and the instructor gave me lots of tips for help." Mollie.
Today Year 6 used Skype to talk to Hassan who has gone back to Pakistan. The children were jealous to find out that he is able to leave school on Friday's at 12pm! The weather there is a mild 45 degrees. It was fun to talk and I'm sure we will do it again.
On Thursday we covered Journalistic Writing.
The children had to choose some objects that could go on "Strike" for our news article.
This came about because the class were focusing on a book called "The Day the Crayons Quit".
We (Eva and Ella) chose PE because there are lots of objects to use as examples.
Like the footballs that keep getting stuck in the trees and also the skipping ropes which twirl around and evetually get dizzy.
Here is a poster of our ideas.
Year 6 have been working extremely hard and have put in 100% effort to achieve maximum potential. This week we have completed a reading paper, a Spag test and 3 Maths papers.
" SATs was really quite easy and now I am looking forward to residential " said Thomas.
" Some questions were harder than others but I tried my best " commented Ella.
" I found SATs fun but challenging and I found different ways of completing the questions" remarked Kiya.
" I persevered to complete the paper and I am now glad it is over " echoed Mollie.
In Topic, Year 6 have been focusing on our Big Question. We discussed the meaning of the word legacy and what type we would be leaving behind. There were lots of suggestions, from helping to raise money for the outside classroom and timber trail to helping enthuse the younger children with reading.
We also looked at all we have gained from our time at school. There are so many different aspects we were quite amazed, such as friendships maturity, knowledge, confidence and thoughtfulness.
Take a look at our tree to read more of our thoughts.
French Day - Mardi le 10 Novembre
Bonjour – On Tuesday Year 6 were invited to dress up in blue, white and red (the colours of the French). We took part in a variety of activities, including a French pop song and yummy food tasting. A group of girls decided to make scale model of the Eiffel Tower. Betty (who helped make it) said, “It took all day, but it was worth it to see the end result”. We tried a variety of food including:
Goat’s cheese (fromage au chevre), baguette, hot chocolate (chocolat chaud), croissants, pain au chocolat. They were delicious!!
We all had a great time and learnt lots of new vocab and facts.
By Imogin and Taryn.
This week in Year 6, we have been looking at Algebra. At the start lots of us found the formula very, very difficult because we didn’t understand what the letters stood for. Eventually after lots of reasoning we realised that we could use the inverse to help us. For example if it was 4X + 5 = 21, we would work out that 4X = 16, so x = 4. We are now more confident and we are getting over our fear of Algebra!
Betty and Ben
This week we were challenged to use a compass and toilet paper to make a scaled down version of our solar system. We had a table on the board showing the planets, the distance between the planets and the sun and the size of the planets. We went in table groups to decide our scales and some of us started using the compass to create the planets. My groups scale for the distance between the planets and the sun was 1 toilet roll square:100 million km and the scale for the planet size was 1cm:20,000km. At times I felt that I was at the bottom of the learning pit but at the end I was helping people out.
Today Year 6 had a visit from Mrs Cowling who brought with her a treasure chest of brand new and exciting books. The books were sorted into Wild about Animals, Stories from the Past, Thrills and Chills, Fascinating Facts, Imaginary Worlds and Lucky Dip. We each chose two books from each section. We are looking forward to reading them over the term so please ask us for our recommendations!
We have been using the book 'The Day the Crayons Quit' by Drew Daywalt as the inspiration for some journalistic writing. In the book, the crayons go on strike because they don't like the way they are being looked after by their owner. In year 6, we imagined that all the stationery in our classrooms decided to go on strike too- just before our SATs- and we wrote newspaper articles about this dramatic event. We came up with some excellent headlines. 'Pencil Pot Panic' and 'Stationery Shutdown' are two of our favourites. We also tried to meet our literacy targets using adventurous vocabulary and embedded clauses in our writing. Come and have a look at what we have been up to!
On Wednesady, Year 6 spent the day on Dartmoor. It was a beautiful day- but very cold so we wrapped up warm. Our guides were Tom, Chris and Christine who took us on a trail to see some of the moorland features at Hay Tor. We explored the quarry and the granite railway (The Templar Way) and then had a picnic lunch near to the remains of the Bronze Age village at Smallacombe Rocks. After lunch, we walked to the top of the hill to see Hay Tor and admire the amazing views. We had a great day- interesting, informative and great fun!
In Year 6 we have been exploring formal and impersonal texts as part of our literacy sequence. We have been using an amazing book called 'Animalium'. We were challenged by Miss Vass and Mrs Sydenham to try and learn a piece of text about the Arctic Tundra using drawings and actions to map it out. We found that moving around and adding very specific actions really helped us to remember all of the specialist vocabulary and complex sentence structures. We hope that this will help us when we come to write our own texts this week!
A huge well done to our fantastic spelling hero. Spellings don't always come easily to everyone but with determination, a positive attitude and a helping hand at home, Sam has proven how this can be overcome. A huge well done on your 'can do' attitude and hard work. Mrs Browing commented to me that Sam's achievements and hard work gave her 'a warm fuzzy feeling'.