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Summer Term 2022

Summer Term 2022.

Time has flown so quickly as we now enter into our final term. Our Year 6 will be thinking about SAT's, transition and moving on, whilst our year 5 prepare for their next role around school - being the eldest pupils.

 

 

Every MONDAY

Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 pupils will be involved in an outdoor curriculum. All pupils will need suitable outdoor clothing to take part in activities on both the School Field and Forest School Area. 

 

Every Thursday will continue to be Home Learning set and due in, completed by the following Thursday.

 

Every Friday will be celebration assembly, Spelling Test day and also PE.

Pupils should come to school dressed in their PE kit and wear, if necessary a school cardigan or jumper.

Last Day - DT Day

On our final day we decided to showcase some of our DT work from our electronic game unit of work. It was great fun sharing our games with the whole school. Inspiring young engineers is essential but also sharing learning.

Year 6 A special treat, just for you.

Today Year 6 pupils travelled over to Shrewsbury Jump In centre for Trampolining fun and Food. Events such as this mark the end of a wonderful year of hard work and deserved reward.

Y6 went pond-dipping and discovered dragonfly nymphs.

All aboard for The Cambrian Railway.

It is essential to link learning and experiences. Our History topic this term has focused on Railways. As part of our Local Heritage Study we wanted to find out about what used to be a local railway line. Travelling over to Oswestry and The Cambrian Railway was amazing. From viewing the ticket office and waiting room, to looking at artefacts in the museum through to all aboard for a train ride. A huge thank you to all the team at The Cambrian Railway.

STEM workshop.

Today we welcomed all of year 6 from Cockshutt CE Primary to work with our year 6 and Leeann from STEM. The project was to design and make a working model car. As design engineers the pupils needed to work precisely to ensure their model would work. As the morning progressed the children went on to build an electronic circuit made up of a motor, motor clip, a pulley, wires and batteries which made their model cars move. The afternoon continued by using Crumble programmable devices and laptops to control the vehicle motors and also sequence lights.

Off we go !

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Crumble controlled vehicle

Merefest 

Tonight is a huge celebration involving the whole community. Criftins celebrates 90 years since it opened. Tonight is about gathering at The Parish Pump and being entertained with stalls, live music, food and fun. Some of our Year 6 have been working hard producing posters to advertise some of the events. A super effort, thank you.

Good to be Me !

Today was a special day to celebrate those people who have a significant impact on us. The whole school dressed up as book characters, doctors, nurses, athletes and stars. A super effort from class 4 and the whole school, thank you.

Tom Percival - author and illustrator.

Today the whole school gathered as we met and were entertained by Tom Percival. It was inspirational to find out about the work of Tom but also he brought passion , entertainment and humour. Later into the afternoon we worked again with Tom for a question and answer session. It was wonderful to hear about Tom and how he became involved in illustrating and making books.

We studied the life cycle and body parts of dragonflies.

Class 3 and 4 worked together to produce history displays about the Cambrian Railway

Natasha from Virgin Money

Today we worked together as year 5 and year 6 to talk about an exciting Business project to commence in September. Finding out about money, finance and currency is important as these are life skills and building understanding for the future. Natasha talked us through the project and how we will find out about looking after money and spending it! 

Exotic Animals.

Today was great fun as we worked with Simon Airey from Exotic Animals. We linked our Science topic of Habitats by finding out, seeing and holding all sorts of amazing creatures.

Pond Dipping: we found a dragonfly nymph, stickleback, diving beetles, ramshorn snails and a newt!

In Science, we studied the life cycle of dragonflies and damselflies.

Year 6 Celebration

Today we opened up school to welcome parents for our weekly Friday Celebration. The difference today was it was led by our year 6 pupils and school Ambassadors. Each and every Year 6 involved today had an important role to play, from meeting and greeting, to creating the PowerPoint of songs and slides to speaking and leading the prayers. Days and events like this make me so proud.

Arts Ambassadors and fellow artists create a public mural on Dudleston Heath high street

Artist Darrell Wakelam.

We have had an amazing week as Artist Darrell Wakelam worked with the whole school to create something very special. Known as the cardboard king Darrell worked with groups of children which has meant every child in school has contributed towards a whole school project. Amazing fun whilst developing new skills. A huge thank you for what will be a very memorable experience.

Geography Mapping

Today we continued to focus on examining a range of maps. It’s important the all of us develop the skills of using maps beyond GPS mapping that all too often is used for us to navigate. Today was about using large scale OS maps and examining how they key is used to represent features.

Celebrate.

It is always a special time of year when it is a birthday. How wonderful to be in school, with friends. A time to sing, have fun and eat cake.

Rest Easy Ambassadors 

Today our very special badges arrived and were presented to our C4 Rest Easy team leaders. Rest Easy is all about supporting pupils with mental well being. A wonderful project involving pupils helping pupils.

Shropshire Community Health

Today we welcomed Jacqui and Kelly from Shropshire Nursing Team to talk to our pupils about Mental Health and well being. It was good to be able to think about us as individuals and how we have coped with the many changes that have occurred. Some of these changes are in response to COVID but also how we cope with every day. Some times life can be a challenge and it is important to develop strategies to enable us to be able to cope.

Hoodies for Year 6.

Time has flown already and our Year 6 special Leavers Hoodies have arrived in school. Our year 6 have been a wonderful, hard working group. We are all so proud of you. Enjoy wearing your Hoody top and enjoy the rest of your time here at Criftins.

Ellesmere Music Festival.

Today the whole school joined together to produce Bunting for our forthcoming Summer Festival. We used old and outgrown T shirts and then designed bunting triangles using the theme of music, Ellesmere and Criftins. A huge thank you to our hard working PTA who have offered to sew all the triangles together. A great team effort, thank you.

Science : Habitats and Incubation.

Today we took the opportunity to find out more about the development of duck embryo. Having an incubator in school was exciting especially as it contained 4 live duck eggs. We soon realised how an incubator attempts to copy the process of incubation which would naturally occur in the wild. We hope one or more of the eggs hatches into a baby duckling. Incubation temperature is around 37.5 degrees Celsius for 28 days.

Art : Contemporary artist Jane Perkins.

Finding out about the motivation of what inspires an artist is exciting. This term we are studying the work of Jane Perkins. This week we began to create our own mood board of inspiration.

Last chance Electrical Kits.

Our DT and Science unit of work last term prompted so much enquiry. We wanted to find out more about metals conducting electricity. We knew that metal does conduct heat and also electricity, but are all metals able to do this ? A huge thank you to Lakelands Academy for loaning their electrical kits for us to use.

Physical Education - Tennis.

It was a beautiful day as we gathered in the playground to develop the skills needed for tennis. We learned about hitting, bouncing and serving the ball. Great fun !

History

Our History topic got started this week with some great research and fact finding on our topic of Railways.

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