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Summer Term 2021

Welcome to our Summer Term Page. Each week we always try to upload new content and photographs to share what we have been doing, so please pop back soon.

In Forest School we learnt to do a clove hitch, square lashing and flapping to tie two sticks together to eventually make a frame.

Art : Alexander Calder.

Today we began the process of finding out about our art focus for this term. We are studying the work of American Sculpture and Metal Mobile artist Alexander Calder. This incredible artist was born during Victorian times and died in the 1970s. After watching an exhibition in the Tate Modern, London on YouTube, we began looking more closely at some of his work.

English : Hot Seating Drama with Jacques Cousteau.

Bringing English alive is so important. This term we are enjoying our new Pathways text and the story/ biography of Jacques Cousteau. Using what we know, we interviewed one of our pupils who responded to questions posed as though he was the famous deep sea diver from the book.

Science : When Acorn came to visit !

It was exciting when we found out Mr. Wesley was in school and he had brought with him his class pet, Acorn the tortoise. We all had a look at this incredible creature and also learnt about his habitat and diet. It was fascinating to be able to link the visit with our Science Habitat work. Such an adventurous little animal and such fun for all of us to see.


This term we are focusing each week on the News and current events. Using the Weekly Picture News we spend time thinking about the news event and responding to it. It’s important we know about the World we live in and also think about the contribution we can make.

Rugby League Challenge Activities - Getting ready for virtual inter-school competitions.

Bike Safety and Bike-ability.

Today the sun was shining as groups of pupils each had expert tuition and support in completing tasks associated with riding a bicycle safely. Once pupils have mastered control, safe handling and correct use of brakes it was time to practise beyond the playground. Riding a bike is great fun, great exercise and a great way to travel around whilst keeping fit and healthy. Tomorrow and Wednesday of this week will continue to develop our year 6 in both confidence, ability and knowledge of how to stay safe whilst on the roads. 


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Mastering two wheels.

Brave first Steps Mastering Balancing !

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Daily Mile Benchmark.

Today was an important day as we ran as many laps as we could in 15 minutes. Daily mile is an important part of the day. It focuses on daily activity to help is remain fit and healthy. Today we each ran as far as we could and as fast as we could recoding our laps. Next week we will see if we can improve on our distances. 

English - Literacy Pathways Manfish.

This week we began our new text which focuses on the biography of the famous deep sea diver Jacques Cousteau. Have a listen to our short poem examples which capture a little of the magic of underwater life.


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Bubbles under the water...

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The Flying Scotsman.

Today we were honoured to see a model of the famous high speed train - The Flying Scotsman. Our year 6 pupil had brought this in from home to explain how this famous train had been a former World Record Breaking train and had been recently restored. Bringing our topics alive through models is a great way to imagine and also discover more. 

Music - ukulele.

What a great first week back as we welcome our new music tutor from Shropshire Library Service- Mr. Tim Kitcher. Over the next few weeks we will continue to learn about rhythm and also both playing and singing. Sounds fun !


Today we introduced a new initiative based on helping pupils to resolve problems and promote healthy approaches to managing behaviour. SUMO is a great series of learning workshops to provide each of us with strategies and techniques to deal with life and healthy relationships.

SUMO - Hippo Time.

Today we worked together on one of our forthcoming videos on SUMO. You will be able to watch the video in the next few weeks. All SUMO link videos are stored on the main homepage under our Video Resource Library. It’s well worth a visit as it contains lots of exciting links and videos created by staff. 

Aerial Hippo Time

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Get set....Go !

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Learning Outside the Classroom - Maths Measurement.

On our first day back we took advantage of the gorgeous weather to find out about measures and distance. Our new unit of Maths will focus on converting units of measuring. To be able to convert we need also to be able to make sense of distance through practical work.

History- Railways.

It was fabulous today when we were able to see a railway set from the 1960s and 1970. Each of the model pieces were representations of the old steam powered trains and the more modern electric or diesel locomotives. It was great listening to how these toy trains had buildings and figures to accompany the whole experience.