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Welcome to the Year 5/6 Class page. Each teacher has again chosen an influential figurehead (a courageous advocate) as our class name. This year I have decided to go for an inspirational couple. As a Church of England school, we feel that is important to give the children inspirational people to aspire to; people who have challenged the ideals of others and people who have made an impact on the lives of many.
The Y5/6 courageous advocates are Michelle and Barak Obama. We will be known as The Obamas.
We had a fabulous residential trip to Manchester where the children experienced city life to the full.
The journey started with a train ride from Grindleford to Piccadilly Station where we walked down to the bus stop and travelled to the Youth Hostel. From there we went to the Museum of Science and Industry where we learned about textiles and the industry through history and saw lots of pulleys and axles which linked nicely with our DT topic this half term. Some of the children were able to lift a mini (car) thanks to the use of a pulley system. We also visited the Amazonia exhibition which the children found fascinating. After the MOSI we went back to the hostel for some fun and time to do our own thing. After dinner we walked through Manchester to the Printworks where we went bowling - this was great fun - lots of spares and strikes and some very loud music! We walked back through the city - no splashing went on in the fountains, honestly!
The night was hot, hot, hot and the city sounds kept many of us awake. The cargo trains started around the same time as the geese started honking (about 5am) and there was a general buzz of noise all through the night. Despite little sleep, everyone was raring to go the next morning, they all filled up on a cooked breakfast then we caught the bus to Old Trafford where we visited the museum and had a tour of the stadium, the tour was topped off with an educational session on the 3G pitch with a coach, where everyone had the experience of playing football at Old Trafford.
We made our way back to the YHA for lunch and a quick rest, then caught the bus to the station just in time to get the train back home.
The trip was educational and so much fun. I laughed until I cried at the shadow dancing in the MOSI, danced and sang at the bowling, kicked a ball at Old Trafford and enjoyed the company of some amazing young people.
The behaviour of the children was exemplary and I was so incredibly proud of them all. We were praised very highly by the staff at Old Trafford, several times and were stopped by a family as we got off the train to say what wonderful, polite children we had. I couldn't agree more.
Huge thank yous to Liz Wheeldon, Leanne Bramley, Mrs Cottle, Miss Sutton and Mrs Wyer who came and assisted with the trip. It was one I shall not forget.
But the biggest thanks needs to go to the children, who made it so much fun. They are a pleasure to be with.
I recently tweeted some of our poetry to the well-known children's poet, Brian Moses. He was really impressed with all the work, but made a specific comment about Noah's poem, saying it was "a particularly fine piece of poetry.'
Above is a piece of Y5 writing showing juxtaposition following a study of Brian Moses' poem on love and hate and then Noah's poem which was written following a study of Brian Moses' poem entitled 'a to do list.'
A fabulous start to our Summer sporting events: a group of Y5/6 children won the cricket event held in Youlgreave. What a fantastic trophy and a wonderful team effort.
I am really proud of all the Year 6 children, who, at the start of the academic year, created a playground rota for all the juniors so that play-times are fun and physical. They are in charge of getting out all the equipment and setting the games up.
Everyday, they get out lots of equipment for all the infants to play with, this equipment promotes physical and co-operative play. The Year 6's rotate throughout the week to come and play with the infants too. On Fridays, the Year 6 girls have set up a fabulous Craft Club. They plan activities which they organise and set up themselves.
There also opportunities for those who do not want to do the activities. In the wonderful grassy areas around the playground, the mini-beasts are kept very happy with the number of bug houses created.
And now we have the trim trail!! The trim trail is used daily and there is a rota so that everyone gets their fair share.
The atmosphere at playtime is wonderful and it is so lovely to see ALL the children interacting so well.
In maths, the Year 6 children have be learning how to multiply fractions. We had great fun making our maths fun and active by introducing balloons! There was some great maths completed and they all learned how to multiply a fraction by a fraction (including multiplying a mixed number by a fraction and simplifying our answers).
We have had a fabulous polar bear maths challenge today, which really tested our thinking. It was lots of fun and the answers were really simple once we had worked out the solution!!
Year 5/6 ICT
In ICT we have been creating digital scrapbooks for our new topic on the polar regions. The children have done a really amazing job.
Click on the links below to see some of their slides and hard work.
I am so proud of my class; their behaviour and manners were exemplary, such a credit to Rowsley C of E Primary. They showed tremendous spirit, pushed themselves, encouraged each other and smiled all afternoon. Thank you to Mrs Booker for all her hard work.
Copy or click on the link below to see the football champions' celebrations! https://www.amazon.co.uk/photos/share/mobrx4tqJPRniD5tf34YzPoS1Lpsdw76WNpUejhZ6oV
Sometimes a photo just catches the fun!
In our Autumn term topic on Creation and Science - we looked at the theories of cosmology and evolution and how they could work alongside our Christian faith. The children were amazing and had some really thoughtful and in-depth ideas and questions.
Following the reading of Psalm 8 we created poems about Creation.
I see the moonlight shining on the children and infants, blessing them,
I hear angels singing in the heavenly sky,
I smell the fruit God put on the earth, sweetening our souls putting peace on earth,
I feel the ocean, leaves and ground guiding me back from evil,
I taste the nature around me, fulfilling my hunger,
I wonder if there’s other life out there thinking we will come.
The School Day
The school day starts at 9am but the gates and classroom doors open at 8:50am, after 9:00 the children will be expected to go to the office to be registered.
School finishes at 3:30.
Children need to come to school in school P.E kits and Woodland kits on their respective days.
Woodland days for all Juniors will be on a Thursday and P.E will be on a Friday.
The Juniors will also be swimming on a Friday so need their swimming kits on this day.
Please send your child in with a named water bottle and a healthy snack every day.
Navy blue/black shorts or joggers/leggings
White/Royal blue t-shirt
The children can wear their school jumper or alternatively a navy blue jumper or hoodie
Children must wear long trousers (jeans/joggers/leggings), a t shirt and a long sleeved pullover. They must come in trainers and bring either wellies or walking boots. They will need a waterproof coat and waterproof trousers and, for when the weather turns colder, a hat and gloves.
Please note that the children will go to the woods in all weathers except for high wind so must have the correct clothing in school. The woods are very shaded so even on a seemingly warm day, they can get chilly.
The children's safety and well-being is of paramount importance to us.
Our Designated Safeguarding leads are: Mrs Hewitt and Mrs Wyer
Our Safeguarding Governor is Mrs Rachel Allen-Ashcroft.
If you are feeling stressed or anxious please talk to one of us in confidence or you can go to:
Spellings will be set on a Friday and tested the following Friday. The children will be practising their spelling in class but will be expected to practice at home too.
Maths homework will be set on a Monday and expected back in the following Monday.
Reading records will also be taken in every Monday. The children are expected to read at home at least 4 times a week. Please make sure that their reading record is signed. There will be a new reading challenge that we will explain to the children in September.
See the 5 SMART ways to stay safe online poster below for ways to keep your child safe online.