Knowlwood Road, Todmorden, Lancashire OL14 7PD
Every Child, Every Chance, Every Day
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In topic we have been learning about mountains and Mountain Rescue. The Calderdale Mountain Rescue People came in to show us equipment and how they rescue people. This fits in with our story where Mrs Brown is stuck on a mountain and we have to figure out a plan where we have to get her down safely. As well as doing this we looked at how mountains are formed. We used a mars bar to show how the Earth's plates move together.
We really enjoyed our visit from the Search and Rescue Team. We were able to assist in "rescuing" one of our classmates. The inflatable stretcher was impressive. Meanwhile, Pepper was making herself at home in the staff-room!
We have been enjoying our walks in the local area, which are going to form the basis of some creative art work using views and images we have seen. The children showed great resilience in the first week, when the heavens opened just as they were at the furthest point from school! Luckily the next walk was to an indoor venue – Todmorden Town Hall. We had an excellent time there, which included acting out the democratic process of a criminal trial, as well as finding out about a secret living area above the ceiling of the main staircase. We managed to capture some stunning images of the architecture and decoration of the building too, which some of us are going to use in our artwork. Above, you can see some of the images the children took on our walks.
We have also been learning ways in which we can live healthier and happier lives. The Better Living Team from Calderdale presented and led workshops and activities to help us understand what ‘well-being’ means, why sleep is important, and - our class favourite activity – we learned some yoga breathing and moves. We are creating personal action plans to improve our feelings of well-being.
We have had some very busy times in Year 6 recently! One of the highlights has been our 'Parents in School' week. As you can see from the slides, we had a theme of 'Make do and Mend' to fit in with our World War Two topic. We had a lovely time making rag rugs, cooking with wartime rations, digging for victory and sewing a teddy for an evacuation suitcase. Thank you to all the parents who came along to help us.
At the moment we are reading a fantastic book in English, 'There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom'. It is the funny, but sad story of a boy who finds it difficult to form relationships at school, and who often makes the wrong choices, which get him into trouble. We have found so much to discuss and write about, and we can't wait to find out how the story will end.
In Maths we have been learning all about Fractions, and we are becoming experts at calculating and Problem Solving with them. We will continue this topic until Christmas, bringing in some work on decimals and percentages too.
Over the next few weeks we will be decorating the school ready for Christmas, a very special time to be in school. We hope you can find some time to come and visit.
You should receive a leaflet with details of Christmas events in school, including our Christmas Performance at St. Mary's Church, which we really hope you can come to.
Finally, Learning Logs are due in during w/c 5th December please.
Well done Year 6 for settling into a new class so quickly after the Summer Holiday. We have become a really happy and busy class.
At the start of the second week we had a brilliant time on our trip to Merton Park Living History Centre, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the 'Evacuee' experiences. The children worked really hard in the kitchen - baking, washing very dirty shirts in a dolly tub, scrubbing them on a washboard and helping the teachers with the mangle! They polished horse tack with saddle soap and made some very colourful rag rugs. They even put out a blazing incendiary bomb!
The staff at the centre praised the excellent behaviour and motivation of our children. Well done Year 6.
On September 30th, we held our Year 6 charity event - the Macmillan coffee morning. It was a great success with over £180 being raised. Thank you so much for the wonderful cake donations and for visiting our cafe in the hall. We couldn't have done it without your fantastic support.
We are continuing our work on Carrie's War in English - it is getting rather exciting now as we have just heard the story of the 'Screaming Skull'! This novel fits in really well with our World War 2 topic, which is also the focus of our Learning Logs this term.
Parents' Evenings this term are on Tuesday 11th October and Thursday 13th October. Please check your child's bag for a letter!
Music with Mr Simpson - please have a listen