Miss Jones & Mrs Slusarczyk
PE Kit: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Shirt signing: Thursday
Click on the image to view a gallery of this morning's Year 6 Sports Day. We skipped, ran the relay, threw the vortex, dribbled footballs, aimed beanbags into hoops, hurdled and competed in the Langrish favourites of the water race and tunnel ball! It was very hot and we missed having our families to cheer us on but the competition was still fierce and we had a lot of fun!
What a fantastic day! Year 6 worked tirelessly to set up and run their stalls for the rest of the school, raising a whopping £800 to be spent on something for the future cohorts in their name. Pupils and staff were in admiration of their hard work, kind, welcoming attitude and generosity. The Bake Sale looked and tasted ready for the Bake Off tent; our splatted students kept smiling even as the cream pies mounted and the sponges kept flying; the various sporting stalls kept up their energy levels as they coached and dodged their way through the morning and the customers loved getting their hands dirty with the encouragement and patience of the stall holders. Well done Year 6 and thank you to everyone who helped and donated.
Water colour animals
Mrs Hall came back to work with us this week and helped us use the watercolour pencils to create these beautiful close up pictures of various animals. We are really proud of how they turned out.
Inspired by our work so far on WWII, we created these pieces of silhouette art. Everyone created their background first, blending the paint colours gradually to create a sunset. The next day we used images of WWII aircraft and uniforms to help us draw our ideas onto black sugar paper, which was then carefully cut and stuck over the top to create these finished images.
Who was the boy king?
This half term, our history has been focussed on this enquiry with all of our work going into project books which show our journey. This week we have finished these off by creating Tutankhamun death masks out of paper mache! These have then been painted and stuck on to create our front covers.
Athletics - just keep jumping!
Year 6 felt strongly that Cressida Cowell's appeal, for all schools to have a library and additional protected funding for this, should be backed by the government. Olly thinks that children shouldn't have to travel in order to visit a library; Kayleigh made the point that where families can't afford or don't choose to spend money on books, this should not disadvantage their children and Grace explained how having a range of books available for children can help them to find a love of reading. Year 6 identified the importance of reading as a life skill but also a means of escapism and the crucial role that school libraries play in supporting children to access both of these. While they had many positive comments about our own library, they also keen to extend our provision to the newly developed outdoor area and to create a display in the library where children can recommend books and authors to others: watch this space!
This week Year 6 have been getting ready for their secondary commute by earning their cycling proficiency awards. After learning about basic bike maintenance and safety checks, they worked on traffic awareness, signalling, using junctions with care and their position on the road; the new housing estate was of real benefit in providing a safe, local environment to practice in!
David Hockney - Joiners
Time to write - Eye of the Storm
Drama, drama, drama!
Year 6 have been using a short animation called 'Eye of the Storm' to stimulate their writing this week. Today they put their pens down and spent some time imagining how it might have felt to be the main character, navigating his ship into the eye of the storm. The children considered how their movements would need to echo the mood of the storm and the inner monologue of the navigator.
Year 6 voted to leave their school uniform at home and wear red to show their support for Comic Relief. Good effort folks, I particularly liked the noses!
World Book Day
St David's Day Bake-off
World Faith & Philosophy - What is Peace
Great range or artistic responses to the question 'What is Peace'. This was the end of our unit, which included contextualising the concept of Peace within the Islamic faith, considering how fasting helps Mulslims to feel peace.
12 Days of Christmas Wake & Shake
This month, Year 6 have been taking part in the Hampshire Games Advent challenge, completing our daily 'Get Up and Go!' to the 12 Days of Christmas - we make pretty good reindeers but that 10 second silence was quite a challenge!
Thursday was Technology Day in Year 6, when the children worked hard to turn their fairground designs into working models. Everyone managed to achieve their aim by the end of the day (see Seesaw videos) and some of the practical, problem solving skills on display were fantastic. I'm not sure I fancy all of the rides, especially those where the rider has to be sellotaped into their seat, but it was great to see the application of electrical skills and taught earlier this term and the creativity of some of the groups.
World Faith: Interpretation
This week we have begun our new class reader, 'My Brother's Name is Jessica', by John Boyne. We are using this book as a discussion prompt for our PSHE unit: Celebrating Difference. As its name suggests, the book centres around a 13-year-old boy who tries to make sense of what is going on with his family, when his older brother comes out as being transgender and identifies himself as being female. This is far from the only issue the story raises and already we are enjoying some great discussions about how the reactions and word choice of others can affect us, for the better or worse.
What is Fair Trade?
This week we started our geography topic by discussing what we mean by trade; there were some surprises when we looked at why a country might import and export a particular product. To help the children understand the concept, we then played a game: each 'country as given limited cash, tools and resources then challenged to make as many perfect shapes - to given criteria - as they could in the time. It took the children a long time to realise that, sometimes, trading tools and raw resources can be more valuable than simply paying for goods. Why not play a game of Monoploy this weekend to help embed the concept - who gets the hang of trading properties for those required rather than just spending money?
Bring Your Pet to School Day
We made it through isolation and, to celebrate, we brought our pets to the final Teams meeting of the fortnight. Some were better behaved students than others (Dobby apologises for her bout of sickness), some more confident while others made better listeners, but it was a pleasure to have them all along for the ride!
Children in Need - Mad Hair Day
Year 6 may have been forced to isolate this week but that didn't stop them joining in with Children in Need from home. Taking a break from their home learning schedule, they sprayed, back combed and gelled their hair for a slightly brighter, crazier Teams meeting on Friday morning - well done Year 6!
Take One Picture Week
This week we have used a technique called batik to recreate the focus image. We had to really concentrate, which was rather tricky for some of us! To start with, we had to copy the chosen picture, then we traced it onto the fabric using carbon paper. This was tricky too as the picture is very intricate and if you moved the picture it would all go wrong! Once the image was on the fabric, we used glue or white oil pastel to go over the pencil lines; this meant the acrylic paint would not bleed together when added. The fabric is now drying before it will be washed or ironed to remove the glue/pastel. Next week we will use black pen to add the final details. It was brilliant fun and I think everyone enjoyed this week. Written by Hettie & Saffron
Rights Respecting Charter
Each week we have a Rights Respecting Assembly which gives us a chance to discuss different articles in detail and consider how these are affecting the lives of other children around the world and our own life here in Langrish. We have used these discussions to help us complete this year's Rights Respecting Charter reflected in this display. Every child has either decorated a leaf or provided the wording for an article; see if they can explain which 3 articles they have chosen this year?
The stunts are getting higher...
Week 3 of our cheerleading coaching and things are progressing nicely: our routine is coming together, the spirit is building and our stunts are climbing ever higher!
World Faith & Philosophy: Ritual
Through the Islamic ritual of wudu, Year 6 reflected on the concept of ritual this week. They discussed the symbolism of water in religions, drawing on their own experiences and previous learning to compare wudu with baptism in the Christian faith. Their learning culminated in a debate around the statement: my rituals make me who I am.
Orphans of the Tide
We have finished writing some fantastic myths and legends based on our class reader this week. Today we even had a go at storytelling by thinking carefully about the plot and structure of the story and just using notes to support us. Have a look at Seesaw over the weekend to see your child's efforts and discuss any next steps identified.
Some great work today applying this week's learning. Year 6 had to find a way to fit the 10 labels and 25 numbers into the grid so that they were all correctly sorted. Lots came close but only 2 pairs found a solution; congratulations to Noelle, Sylvie, Brodie and Reuben.
Pom poms and pyramids!
As a result of our commitment to sport, we have been gifted six week's of cheerleading sessions! Gemma joined us on Wednesday for our first class and took us through the basics: our first positions, tuck and pike jumps, formation and, most importantly, spirit! The routine is already building up beautifully, we look forward to sharing a video once we get a little further.
We have started to display our self portraits which aim to share our characters in a visual form. The children used watercolour paint to create their background, selected the ose they wanted to be in and then typed some statements about themselves to complete their mixed media projects!
Please keep the wellies coming in. We now have our own class rack on which these will be stored Monday - Friday, hopefully making access to the outside space smoother as the weather continues to change!
We are sitting in rows now to minimise face to face contact during lessons. When we use the ICT Suite, we split into 2 groups so we can have a computer each, avoid crowding and sharing keyboards/mice. To help reduce cleaning, we are bringing our own headphones from home.
As we wash our hands when we leave/enter the classroom, we have created an extra hand washing area outside our door. It's set up and maintained by a class monitor.
How will we be successful this year?
We reviewed what it means to be successful in our learning and have changed the existing display by adding to or modifying the wording. Through our discussion, we considered the different strengths we would need this year as we return to school after so long and prepare for the challenge of secondary school next year.