Here is our Y6 Summer 1 newsletter with all our important information and dates for this half term.
Awesome, enjoyable, fun- we have all had an amazing time so far during our first 2 days at Prince Edward Easter Extravaganza. In a morning, the children have been arriving from 9 o’clock to cook their own delicious chocolate-chip pancakes or to enjoy their crumpets and cereals whilst chatting to their friends. They have loved having such a wide variety of food and fruit juices available!
Reading is our first activity. It is so nice to be able lounge in our own clothes and chat to our peers about our current reads (especially when each table has a supply of sweets and treats.) Then, the ultimate Easter Egg times tables challenge! Todays winners were Scott and Ellie, well done you two superstars! We hope that you thoroughly enjoyed your Easter Egg prize! There are still lots more prizes up for grabs. Could you be our next winner?
Amongst our EGG-cellent SPAG revision and our EGG-citing maths booster classes we have all enjoyed a wide variety of activities. We all LOVED the bouncy castle obstacle course on Monday; competing against our friends for a record time was so much fun. We have also throughouly enjoyed baking Easter buns, making Spring crafts, participating in an around the school treasure hunt and competing in a general knowledge quiz. We are all waiting in suspense for the final scores on the doors tomorrow morning. I wonder which team will claim firs place and win the grand prize?
We can not believe there are only two action-packed, fun-filled days left! Keep up your excellent attendance Y6 to be in the final prize draw for free football match tickets, jump nation tickets, ice skating tickets and many more incredible prizes.
On Friday, Prince Edward pupils finished the half term with a real treat! To celebrate our Books at Bedtime competition, (which has been on going for three weeks), all the children and staff came to school in their favourite pyjamas. We had a special story time assembly with Andy Messer (which some of our parents attended too) and we all had a hot chocolate with cream and a biscuit to dip in too! Those who had completed their reading sheet for 3 weeks in a row were entered into the grand prize draw and were allowed to choose a fantastic prize! Well done to our Y6 winners: Tamzin and Mckenzie who both chose a series of novels.
Keep up the super reading efforts over the half term holidays Year 6 and we will see you all in one weeks time!
Happy holiday! 🙂
We couldn’t just choose two superstar mathematicians this week – so we have three! Congratulations to all three who have shown real determination, resilience and perseverance over the week solving some quiet tricky calculations.
Congratulations to Cole who is Opal Class’ Star Writer! Have a read of his amazing ‘Coming Home’ piece.
Coming Home by Cole
Snowy, cold, frozen – I need to get home before she notices I’m not there. The cold weather makes me blind and lost. I will get home, I will. On the outside, I feel cold but on the inside, I feel brave and determined. The snow on the floor is like a thick blanket.
I set off on the long journey to try and get home. If I wouldn’t have come over here, if I never went hunting, if I don’t get home, then I might die. In the cold, the huge mountains are like giant boulders that almost hit me. The snow hits me like rocks on my red breast.
The rain wets me but I’m so tired. I need to rest, need to rest. I dream, dream of home. I wake up. My throat is dry and I need some water. I went to the closest river where I drink some water and ‘oh my’… a HAWK! He tries to eat me as I sip the freezing, clear, cold water. I fly away rapidly. And the blizzard hits me in the face, hits me like a hard slap in the face. In the distance, I see a flock of birds who are persuading me to follow them.
I follow them until I meet the raging sea. I’m being battered; the wind is pushing me from side to side. I spot a boat and try to land on it. The boat is being punished by the sea. Suddenly, a wave knocks me out and all I see next is two big hands and two big feet then black…
Snug, warm, cosy – I wake up in the fisherman’s box. Kindly, the fisherman feeds me raisins. I flap and flutter my delicate wings – I have to be on my way. The more I think about home, the more fast I go. Happily, I see my town. I get butterflies in my stomach. In the distance, I see a mince pie so I fly to it but she’s not there. So I call for her and she comes. She asks me, “What took you so long”? And I said, “This and that”.
Yesterday afternoon, Year Six were visited by some wonderful ladies from ESCAL. What is ESCAL you say? Important, special, clever – ESCAL stands for ‘Every Sheffield Child is Articulate and Literate’.
The aim of yesterday’s workshop was to encourage the development of our spelling abilities, as well as teach us some new strategies to help both spell unknown words and learn them!
We had a great time – the activities were SPELLTASTIC!
Some of us had to work out how many CLAPTASTIC syllables were in words, then spell them correctly; others had to spell different homophones. Each challenge came with the opportunity to win points for our teams: we loved it!
Here are some comments that the Year Sixes had to make on the ESCAL Workshop:
“Thank you for coming – I loved learning a lot of spellings. My favourite part was the ‘clapping syllables’ challenge”. – Katie
“Thank you for helping us spell longer words. Even though there were fun games, they helped us learn a lot more things.” – Scott
“I hope you come again and teach us more about spelling” – Lucyanne
“My favourite workshop activity was the contractions game. It was really fun and it made us use our brains”. – Crystal
Recently, Year Six have been learning about Black History Month and the Civil Rights Movement, which helped bring about equality for all, no matter the colour of their skin.
Macie has completed a fantastic piece of writing about Rosa Parks, who was one of the most inspirational people from this time…
You can read more of our fantastic writing in our ‘Writing Corner’. Just click on the tab above and read away!
Rosa Parks by Macie
Brave, fearless, determined – Rosa Parks stood up for her own rights and didn’t let anyone take her seat. Have you ever dreamed of being as amazing as her? Well, Rosa fulfilled that dream. Not only did she stand up for herself; she stood up for making the world a better place.
As the snow fell, Rosa McCauley came into the world on the 4th February 1913. She was born in America and, as a child, she became aware that people were treated differently because of the colour of their skin.
As a child, Rosa Louise McCauley began to notice that black people were kept apart from white people; in many buildings, they had to use different entrances. At the bus stop, black people had to stand in a line while the white people sat and waited on a bench. Rosa followed these unfair rules and she never made a fuss. Well, not until…
Tired and exhausted, fed up and fatigued, Rosa was on her daily commute, travelling home on the bus. A white male got on the bus and demanded that Rosa give up her seat. But she refused! Would you have done the same?
After this incident, she was arrested and fined $10. Parks’ bravery and her arrest acted as a catalyst for many peaceful protests and inspired others. Furthermore, black and white people boycotted the bus service for 381 days. Slowly but surely, people began to stand up for equality.
By refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a bus, Rosa Parks helped initiate the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. If she hadn’t stood up for herself, if she hadn’t been so brave, if she didn’t fight for equal rights, then the law against racism might not exist.
Congratulations to our two newest Mathematicians of the Week! These two have shown great determination over the past few weeks and challenged themselves to try extra tricky problems. Well done both of you!
This week, the whole school has been learning about Anti-Bullying Week.
We’ve discovered what the three main types of bullying are:
Interestingly, we’ve also been trying to look at bullying from the bully’s point-of-view. This might seem a little strange, however, we’ve discussed the reason’s why someone might become a bully – perhaps they too have been suffering in their own lives – and what advice we could give a bully to help stop and improve their situation.
Here is some advice that Tony has produced in order to help someone stop being a bully:
- Admit it – Firstly, you need to admit it to yourself that you are bullying someone. This can be one of the most difficult steps.
- Stop yourself – Next, you need to stop hurting people, either with your words or hands/feet.
- Think about why – You need to think about the reasons why you’ve been behaving this way. Is it because you’re upset or angry?
- Speak to a trusted adult – Speaking to someone you trust can help because they can give you some advise on how to not hurt people.
- Say sorry – Saying sorry to the person you’re hurting is really important. You could even try to make friends.
- Gain people’s respect – You could do this by being nice to them and helping them when they are stuck. This will make you feel better too!
- Speak to ChildLine – Calling ChildLine can really help you get over any problems which are upsetting you and can listen and give you advise about what’s happened in the past. The number is 0800 11 11.
In addition, in Guided Reading, some of our groups have been studying poetry about bullying from several different poets and from numerous points-of-view. Here are some of their performances of these poems:
We are currently completing the final rehearsal for our Class Assembly, which starts very VERY soon! We’re looking forward to seeing all the parents and children there to support us, listen and learn.
See you soon!
Our assembly is currently in progress. Thank you to all the wonderful, supportive parents and family members who have come to see our performance. We’re so so grateful and happy to see you all!