I was just sitting in the classroom during breaktime when I looked at the classroom and thought what a wonderful example of work the tables show. Writing plans, books, dictionaries, thesaurus' strewn all over the place! The children are working really hard to produce their guides - they're looking at including many aspects of information texts including...
I usually don't like a messy classroom but this is a fine example of a working classroom where the children are using a range of devices to help in the writing process.
This morning, Year 6 have been busy honing their Discus and Shot Putt skills to ensure they are at their peak competitive level for sports day. They've listened well and are putting into practice the techniques required to throw the discus and shot putt further and further.
Last week year 6 went to Hindleap! We were split into 5 groups and ready for an adventure! The activities were so much fun- we climbed high towers, navigated the forest during ‘Map Reading and Orienteering,’ crawled through underground tunnels and jumped into muddy streams. A lot of us faced and overcame our fears. We made ourselves look pretty with ‘Hindleap Mud Masks’ and enjoyed our favourite game- Hindleap and Seek!
After tiring ourselves out for the last 3 days, today and yesterday we spent relaxing in our classrooms making bath bombs, making and cooking pizza, designing and making our very own t-shirts and making bird feeders (although they were a little smelly!).
We've had a great week!
Our second castle visit of the week but this time we visited the very elegant Leeds Castle. After the long walk to the castle, where James nearly got nipped by a goose, we entered the castle and took in some extraordinary information. One room, the library room, has served as a library (obviously), a school room and a hospital ward for WW2 soldiers who were injured and brought back to England. We also learnt about how Henry VIII had visited the castle. Interestingly, Henry spotted the original painting of HenryVIII's embarkment to see Francois I of France for a sports tournament - the same painting was at Walmer but etched (well spotted Henry).
The children then visited the maze and the playground where they had lots of fun getting lost, however, at one point they ran away from Mr Marston who then got lost for ages in the maze!
Right at the very end of the day, the children got to stroke an Eagle Owl and see part of the falconry show.
Today we visited Walmer Castle. The weather wasn't too kind to us so whilst it was raining we explored the castle. Mrs Wish knew a lot about the castle - she was our tour guide. Mr Marston wanted to buy the castle as he said it was, 'homely'. In the afternoon we ran around the gardens, hiding behind ancient trees and hedges and making the most of the relatively dry weather.
Today, the first day of our Activity Week, we visited Howletts Animal Park. We saw many weird and wonderful animals as well as ones that we hear about all of the time. We saw gorillas being fed celery, tigers bathing in the sun, elephants plodding up and down and baby macaques showing off! We also spent time at the playground, eating, buying ice creams and pointless little toys from the overpriced gift shop. We had a great time; it was nice to saunter around without a care in the world. Tomorrow we are going to Walmer Castle - apparently, according to Henry (our very own weather forecaster) it is going to rain and bring and thundery showers - we'd better pack our anoraks!!
Year 6 wanted to show their support to the people of Manchester following the terrible attack on Monday evening. Inspired by the poet, Tony Walsh, they have written poems with a supportive message. The children showed great empathy and understanding whilst writing these.
We have written the poems in neat and have sent them by post to The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Mr Andy Burnham. We all hope he reads them and gains strength from knowing that we will always be there for Manchester and any place or person that needs help at such desperate times.
At school we have a new area outside the year 6 classrooms called the ‘Prayer Space’. It is a nice, calm area with benches and a cross in the middle to remind us all of God and that he is always with us. When it was being built, just before Easter, every class were invited to put stones in the cement to form the cross shape on the floor.
Minster Primary School has been working alongside 3 other schools. However, it’s not just the adults doing the work from each school as our Christian Ambassador Pupils are sharing ideas to improve the Prayer Space too. Did you know only ¼ of schools today have a calm area for prayers to travel to God? Our new Prayer Space will help the children to relax and speak to God and it’s a nice feature to have in the school.
We would like to say a special Thank you to Mr Higgin and Mr Hall for building this lovely, calm area that all the children at Minster CE Primary can enjoy. We are looking forward to June when our Prayer Space will be opened officially by the Bishop of Dover.
By Alex and Josh
Lots of hard work going into our observational drawings ready for the competition...
On Wednesday 19th April, PCSO Nicolas Simmons visited our school and asked us what we think of the internet and if we feel safe on the internet. We played a game called ‘Friend Request.’ We had to decide if we would accept a friend request from lots of different people based on their profiles. From this, we learnt that sometimes there are bad people on the internet- even the ones you wouldn’t expect, for example ‘Footie Mad 11’ was really a 42 year old bad male. Luckily we all agreed that we wouldn’t ‘friend’ him because we didn’t know him in real life. Our class learnt a lot from this safety talk and it was a fun task. We learnt it is really important not to share personal information online. After our session we mind-mapped what we had learnt. you can see this in the photo below.
By Alex and Josh
This year’s Rotary Art Competition is entitled ‘The Simple Pleasures in Life.’
We have chosen the best simple pleasure- Chocolate! Here are our first draft sketches.
Congratulations to year 6 who came 1st out of 11 schools at this year's Salus Safety in Action Trip. On 27th March, the children were awarded with a trophy and certificate by Martin Carter (Event Organiser). The children presented the school well and were able to show the best knowledge of what they had learnt - we are so proud!
Check out some of Year 6's wonderful opening paragraphs to their short stories.
Darkness surrounded them; leaves and twigs scratched their faces as they strode on into the woods. The scorching sun beamed on to Joey, Amber's and Oliver's pale faces. Guarding the enormous house, a bush stood strong like a soldier guarding a palace. The three children (who I must say were very curious in all that matters) decided to go through the bush without considering the dangers! As they walked through the bush and closer to the house, everything fell silent. Everything went dark. All the trees whispered, warning them not to go a step further, to the house...
Silent. Dead silent. The trees were swaying - all you could hear was the crispy, dry leaves as they fell to the ground. As it got closer and closer to the next day, Perrie and Lauren were getting nervous to what lay ahead of them.
Trees towered over them; the branches were like claws reaching out to grab them, pull them in almost. Dashes of sunlight shone through the tree tops onto the young children's faces. Olly, Amber and Joey continued through the mossy, desolate forest. Joey (the youngest of the three) flinched at every snap of a branch or movement in the bushes. He was scared of being alone. He often dreamed about being alone in his house - no-one with him. He would cry, cry and cry uncontrollably until he woke himself up. No-one at school knew, but Olly, his oldest brother and Amber, his older sister. But even they didn't know that their trek through the woods would change their lives forever...
Sunlight reflected off the glass of Wingham Wildlife Park's Tropical House, creating the illusion that the Flamingo Lake had transformed into diamonds. James glanced around at the cloudless day, taking in the brightness of the sky and feeling the heat on his cheeks. Without warning, a colossal image of a bat loomed; casting a shadow over the walkway and causing James to yell and run away.
"Why did it have to be bats?" he moaned whilst still sprinting away.
His best friend, Michael, and little sister, Evie, headed forwards to read imprinted on the photograph: 'New Bat Cave! This Way!' Despite not having a fear of bats, like James, Michael had to admit that the oversized image sent a prickle down his spine. Thinking hard of James' fear, Michael headed off after him...
Year 6 have impressed us this week with their amazing writing on building tension. Take a look at these!
Computing club has got off to a good start! We enjoy playing with the robots and programming them to move around, race, launch balls and talk to each other (using our own voices!) We also tried to spy on our teachers with them and made a member of staff jump when we zoomed into a classroom without warning her. This week we will learn to program the robots to play the xylophone!
As part of our Science topic on Evolution and Inheritance, we have been learning about fossils. We learnt that palaeontologists need a lot of patience and resilience to successfully remove fossils from hundreds of layers of rock and mud. We also learnt that some fossils are made over thousands of years and go through lots of stages and about Mary Anning (a famous palaeontologist) who specialised in poo fossils! Did you know that animals without skeletons do not fossilise?
On Monday 13th March we went on our school trip to learn about some of the dangers we may face as we become more independent and prepare for Year 7 and beyond! This included learning about road safety, fire safety, e-safety, anti- bullying etc. We learnt about the recovery position and what to do when you see someone in need of medical help. We really enjoyed our morning! Below is the website for more information.
Year 6 have been working hard on their Celebrity Biographies. Mrs Jezzard has even pinched some for the Display board!
Following our Topic 'Who We Are and Where We Come From', year 6 have been investigating and exploring Ordnance Survey Maps looking at grid references, symbols, compass points and keys.
As part of our Ancient Maya topic, year 6 have designed, sculpted and painted their clay Stelae. Don't they look fantastic!
Orange Class were lucky enough to receive a special visitor yesterday afternoon. Harrison's Grandad, who lived on the outskirts of London during World War 2, came in to answer the children's questions about life during the war. His interesting stories engaged the children (and teachers) who loved hearing about it first hand.
Year 6 have worked hard this Art lesson using sketching techniques and watercolour paints to create their WW2 aeroplanes.
A big well done to eight of our year 6's who challenged themselves at the annual Maths competition, Sir Roger Manwoods. Great teamwork and resilience! Smile for the camera :)
Well done to our year 6 Basketball team who showed real teamwork, resilience and sportsmanship at the recent Basketball Tournament at Ursuline College.
The creative day has arrived! Get your aprons on as its about to get messy !
Today, year 6 children brought in materials for DT day – we made Anderson Shelters and brought in moss, mud and furniture for the models’ interior. We learnt how to use hand saws glue guns and much more. My favourite part was making the furniture!
Year 6 have been making Anderson Shelters!!! We’ve had lots of fun and everyone has been creative. We have had to plan it all but, as the days have passed by, its all worked out! For the exterior of the model we had to use a handsaw to cut our frame and then used glue guns to create the structure using corrugated card. Also we painted our final project in WW2 themed colours! For the interior we brought in our own materials such as: mud, grass, stones, rocks and twigs to give the shelters a bit of decoration!
Did you know that Leonardo Da Vinci wrote all of his theories and notes in mirror writing?
Year 6 gave it a go during a Maths lesson on reflective symmetry.
During the last week of term, we looked at the Jewish festival of Passover (Pesach). We learnt that the items of food on the Seder plate are all symbolic and make us think about what it means for Jews today. For example, the Charoset (a mixture of ground apples, ginger, cinnamon and grape juice) looks and feels like mortar and symbolises the bricks and mortar which the Jews were forced to use when they were slaves in Egypt.
This week, year 6 have been reflecting on the Jewish celebration of Passover and the feast known as Pesach. During this time, Jews recall the story of 'The Escape From Egypt' and think about their freedom today.
Below are some posters from Orange Class about what Freedom means to us today.
On Wednesday 14th September Orange Class went to Forest School at Quex park .We were picked up at school by a mini bus. The ride there was good fun- we even sung ‘Let It Go’. When we arrived, our Forest School leaders (Jack, James and Stuart) split us up into three groups and took us into separate activities in the woods.
The first activity was the fire and the hammocks. We sat and discussed the rules of the fire and even got to toast a marshmallow each! Some groups told spine-chilling ghost stories around the camp fire. The second activity was the farm and the Zip wire. The farm was very smelly but the animals were really cool. We were allowed to stroke and groom the pigs and learnt about life on the farm. The Zip wire was a big line going into the tree- it was so much fun! Some groups had competitions to see who could scream the loudest as they travelled down the wire!
At lunch, we sat at the picnic area. Ben got a whole bag of Doritos so he shared it with the class. There was a wasp flying around which Mrs Haswell hit with a sandwich and got stung. Luckily she did not have an allergic reaction- but every one ran away from that wasp. Now we know to leave them alone!
After lunch we had tools to make things like swords and spears. We also made and decorated ‘wood cookies’ which we chopped from a large piece of wood. Inside the large canopy tent, some children made tee-pees. After our long day we went back to school. It was a great day in the glorious sunshine :)
(Alex, Finley, Milly and Issy)
Year 6 have been busy learning all about recounts. Through the book, Private Peaceful, they have identified the key features of recounts including...
With this knowledge, the children are now busy planning their own recounts about their first ever day at school. Most of them are about blubbering parents and vicious teachers (who are really not vicious I hasten to add). They're planning by using a story map and identifying the different stages of their event. Once this is done, they will be thinking of appropriate vocabulary and sentence work which they will add to their story map.