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Starting on our very first week in Year 6, we are embarking on a new challenge - The Daily Mile! The aim of the daily mile is to improve the physical, emotional and social health and wellbeing of our children. We'll be doing our mile first thing in the morning and we've already found that some physical exercise as soon as we arrive at school helps wake us up and get us ready to face our challenging Year 6 curriculum.
So far, we've completed three brisk walks around the perimeter of the school, we've timed ourselves everyday and look how much we've improved in just a short amount of time...
This week, we've been talking about our summer reading challenge and testing our knowledge of children's literature with a tricky tarsia!
This morning, Year 6 were visited by members of our local Fire Service who delivered a workshop about keeping safe on bonfire night. As well as giving us facts, figures and safety tips, they also told us about life as a firefighter and answered all of our questions. We even got a chance to have a look around their Fire Engine. The firefighters told us how important it was to work hard on our maths and English; they showed us how mathematical skills were vital for being a firefighter, things such as calculating the area that a fire has spread and knowing the volume of the water tanks.
It might only be October but we've been getting festive and making Christmas cards to enter in to a Tameside competition. We combined different art techniques and skills to create our masterpieces, including marbling and silhouettes. The marbling was the highlight of the session. We loved creating funky backgrounds and experimenting with colour and pattern to produce the perfect setting for our snowy scenes.
Year 5 & 6 have been working together to journey back to WW2 and create a film about life during The Blitz. We used our Green Screen equipment to film several pieces of drama where we explored what it would have been like to live on The Home Front. We then showcased our writing by performing poetry and reading newspaper reports that would feature in our documentary style film.
We all looked fantastic in our authentic clothing and the film that we have produced is fantastic, it will be featured in our assembly next half term!
As a special treat on the last day of term, we put on our walking shoes and enjoyed a brisk walk up to Hartshead Pike. We were all really pleased at how much quicker we managed to reach the top and how much fitter we are after all of our walking this half term.
During this visit to the Pike, we discussed what it would have been like to be here during WW2. Hartshead Pike was a Home Guard post and it would have been used to watch for enemy planes heading towards Manchester and Liverpool during The Blitz. We talked about it's geographical location and it's importance during the war as well as what it would have felt like to be on duty here on a cold night and watch as the towns and cities in view were bombed...
We've been using our dictionary skills to find definitions for new and unfamiliar vocabulary from The Highwayman, a poem written in 1913 by Alfred Noyes.
We're all taking part in 'paired reading' and are enjoying our new class novel, There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom by Louis Sachar.
Remember, every twenty minutes of reading you do at home will earn you a token for your team's reading cylinder.
Make sure you get your planner signed when you read!
It is safe to say that we picked one of the windiest days of the year to go on our sponsored walking adventure but we worked hard and challenged ourselves! By the time we made it back to school, we had walked 5.38 miles! We are aiming to raise as much money as possible to put towards our London trip in May - thank you to everybody that sponsored us!