Class Teacher: Mrs Loader and Mr Curran
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Causebrook, Mr Rickard and Mrs Thomas
Have a look below to see what we have been up to!
On Friday 10th November we welcomed a Police Community Support Officer who came in to speak with our Years 3-6 children about bullying, the impact it can have on individuals and what to do if you feel you are being bullied. Here are some quotes from a few of our Year 6 pupils: “Everybody is the same on the inside” – George; “Everyone is as special as everyone else and deserves the right to be respected” – Daniel; “Everyone has the right to feel safe” –Lucy; “Even if people look different and believe in different things , they still have a heart” – Ollie.
The workshops have been arranged for Anti-Bullying Week where following a special assembly children will complete work in class on how to be a good friend and what to do if they feel unhappy or bullied.
Skateboarding for Year 6
On Monday 26th June it was the turn of Year 6 to experience a day of skateboarding. Everyone had the opportunity to have an hour-and-a-half session with Hamish outside on the playground. Hamish began the session with a safety talk explaining how to put on the safety equipment and how to get onto the skateboard without it whizzing away! Then the children learnt how to get on and off the board using a push to get going. After this they learnt how to turn safely. By the end of the session they were whizzing all around the playground.
A huge thank you to the PTA for supporting this fantastic day financially – Year 6 enjoyed every minute of it.
Avon Tyrrell Residential Trip
Year 6 had an incredible 5 days at Avon Tyrrell with wall to wall sunshine and 4 different activities in each full day. Activities included zip wire, kayaking, bushcraft, high ropes, abseiling, adventure course, shelter building , canoeing and orienteering. All the children slept well and enjoyed their accommodation in the lodges with 3 cooked meals a day taken altogether in the dining room of the house. In their spare time they could play football, visit the play park or just sit and chat and of course eat tuck!
General Election 2017
Year 6 have been looking at the 2017 election in great detail. We began by discussing how Parliament works. We then looked at the 4 main parties. We discussed what the major issues were and which ones we thought were the most important.
We decided that the things which meant the most to us were:
Security and Defence
Care for the elderly and homeless people.
Then we had the chance to write our own manifesto. We had to think about how we would fund any changes and where savings could be made. This week we then divided the class into 5 groups one for each main party. Each group was responsible for preparing a presentation on that particular party’s beliefs and manifesto.
Before we started on the presentation we ran through what various things meant for example: bedroom tax, zero hours contract, foreign aid and income tax! Finally once our presentations were ready we assembled in the hall and each group presented in turn to our class and Year 5. Each group took any questions from the floor.
Once we returned to class we had the opportunity to visit the “polling station” and vote for our chosen party having made an informed choice after listening to the presentations. Mrs Dunn had explained we could vote for whoever we wanted and did not have to vote for the party we talked about.
Once the voting was finished, we had the count. The votes were checked and verified and the results of the Year 6 election 2017 were as follows:
35 children voted today:
Green Party 12 votes 34% of class
Labour 11 votes 31% of class
Liberal Democrat 6 votes 17% of class
UKIP 5 votes 14% of class
Conservative 1 vote 4% of class
The children all agreed they learnt a lot from this experience and found it a really interesting thing to do. We have included lots of photos to show what we have been doing.
Each year children are asked to design the new Christchurch Sports Trophy, and this year’s theme has been Active For Life. Each school was asked to provide 5 entries and The Grange sports leaders judged the competition. We are delighted that our Year 6 pupil was overall winner of the competition and his design has been made into this year’s trophy which will be used in all the Christchurch competitions this year.
Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed making their Easter crafts which were kindly donated by the PTA.
Cross of Life
Our Cross of Life raised flower bed is looking beautiful and all the hard work the children put in last autumn has really paid off. Already we have seen crocuses and daffodils with alliums and tulips still to appear. A huge thank you to all parents who donated bulbs to add to our wonderful display.
World Book Week
Year 6 had a brilliant time last week and worked so hard during Book Week. Here is our round-up of the activities we enjoyed during the week. Please click on the link below.
Key Stage 2 SATs
On Monday 9th January, parents were invited to attend a Key Stage 2 SATs information evening at St Joseph’s. Please find below a presentation explaining the Key Stage 2 SATs.
Year 6 Cake Sale – we raised over £90!
On Friday 2nd December Year 6 held a cake sale after school. The class decided to hold this cake sale to raise funds for some new boot scrapers to use at the end of playtime to scrape all the mud off our trainers. The children researched how much we needed to raise and our target was £35.
Lots of the children in the class brought in a fantastic range of cakes and cookies and we can announce we raised enough to buy our boot scrapers and to purchase some vouchers to help those people who need our help at Christmas. The total amount raised was £91.05
A huge thank you to all the children and parents who supported Year 6 by making or buying cakes.
This week is about raising awareness in keeping children and young people feeling safe. The Police E-Safety Team visited on Tuesday to deliver anti-bullying workshops to our Years 3-6. In the Year 6 workshop we discussed different types of bullying and the impact it can have on your future life if bullying gets out of hand and the police have to become involved. We then went on to look at cyber bullying and the importance of checking your online content. We also learnt that even if something is deleted the content can always be found online.
The police will be returning in the Spring term to deliver our annual e-safety programme – remembering that comments made in text and on-line can cause so much harm and upset.
The Cross of Life bulb planting
As part of our Curriculum Enrichment week we have planted our new raised bed with a variety of spring bulbs including tulips, alliums, crocuses and narcissi. Representatives from all the classes came out and planted bulbs in their section of the flowerbed. Our new flowerbed has been named by Ebony and is to be known as The Cross of Life. We look forward to seeing all the beautiful flowers in the spring. Thank you to all the Year 6 helpers who were so patient with helping all the children to plant their bulbs correctly.
Year 6 studying Van Gogh
Year 6 have all settled in very well to the new year and have been busy studying Van Gogh. We have looked in detail at his sunflower paintings and have tried to recreate our own versions using a variety of different media.