On Thursday 24th May, RAF Halton opened their gates to our Year 6 children for the most memorable STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) day I have ever attended!
We were treated to a talk upon arrival from Captain Mark Manwaring MA RAF about his one man flight around the world next year. He has built his own aircraft in his garage that he will be flying. Follow his journey and read more about the Flight of the Navigator here.
We then split up into groups and were whisked away by our very own RAF Engineer trainee to various activities around the base. Due to the base being so large we were also bussed to the hangers! We took part in Pilot Training with the Halton Aero and Microlight Club. They also treated us to drone flying!
We engineered our own designs and made them during the STIXX activity.
We flew the flight simulators and learnt about the principles of flight. We sat in aeroplanes! We made and raced our own racing cars and so much more I am struggling to remember it all. The day was jam packed.
The children learned lots and I hope opened their minds about another type of career. As always, they were impeccably behaved and it was a pleasure taking them out.
James Boffin Secret Science Agent!
Today we were visited by James Boffin and the term really did start with a bang! We were treated to an hour long exciting assembly where we saw more experiments that Mrs Brown would care to count! Furthermore, we then got to make our own goo using chemicals. This will hopefully mature into a hard ball then we can bounce in a couple of days if we did it correctly.
Later on this afternoon we will be launching our own rocket on the playground. Hopefully the parents managed to get a closer look inside the car on the playground, I wonder what you discovered inside there...
If you would like to know more, please visit http://www.jamesboffin.com.
End of Term Party
As part of this terms whole school topic, the children of Willowcroft have all won a class reward for reaching maximum house-points. The Raven class have decided they would like to spend their treat on a PJ party. This will take place in class on Thursday 8th Feb. The children will need to come to school in full school uniform (and remember their PE kit for Yoga). They will then change into their PJs after if they want to. Please bring a teddy or a blanket to cwtch up to when we watch our film. Mrs Brown is yet to decide what that will be.
Would it be possible for each child to bring something in to share? We don't mind what it is, sandwiches, fruit or crisps for example, as long as it does NOT contain nuts as we have a serious allergy in Year 6. I will go shopping for popcorn and juice, but it will be much more fun if everyone brought in something to share.
Many thanks in advance.
Mrs Brown and the ravenous Ravens.
Today we got our coats on, got into the minibus and drove off to Abingdon Hospital. The children didn't really know what was in store for them but they soon found out! We were split into groups and then sent off to experience what it was like to be admitted into hospital, visited the accident and emergency room and spent some time looking at the unfortunate x-rays of other people. This was a little squeamish for some and hopefully made us think twice before we got on a trampoline with our friends.
We all got our fingers plastered and were taught life saving skills on our own Mrs Greens (please ask your children about this). We gave CPR and have all learnt how to use an AED. This really is an invaluable school trip and the children have gained so much from it.
Who was that man again Mrs Brown?
This is the Raven class so anything can happen. Today it did. We were having a normal literacy lesson when someone asked...who is that man again? So we dropped the plan, and followed our learning. We ended up researching Nelson Mandela, which lead us to a new word apartheid. This lead us on another journey and we finished off by listening to Eddie Grant and singing "Give me hope Joanna". The children really delved into the meaning of the lyrics and gave some thoughtful and insightful responses. Please question your children on today's learning, it really has been an interesting day.
Wow, what an amazing week! The children have been so open to trying everything and I can honestly say they have blown my mind with their hidden abilities. Who knew Amy could rock climb quicker than Spiderman! Who knew Jamie could steer a canoe without being told how? I could go on and on! The children have all learned something new and most importantly they have learned more about themselves and each other. They have tried new foods, been independent in organising their equipment every day, faced some huge fears and grown that little bit taller. I am eternally grateful that I was allowed to come on this journey with them and can't wait to see how they put all these new skills into practice over the coming year.
Today Year 6 had our first Yoga lesson. We were taught how to breathe and played some fantastic games to regulate our breathing. We have learnt how to pose and move from warrior 1 to downward dog. We are very excited for next week.
We didnt realise how tired we would be afterwards and some of us fancied a sleep!
According to the Met Office, the red sun is caused by winds pulling up Saharan dust.
This dust is then reflected and refracted in longer wavelengths, giving a red appearance to the sky. Some areas have been forced to turn on street lights in the middle of the day as the dust partially blocked out the sun.
This then led to a very interesting lesson on air pollution where we mixed food colouring that represented the different types of air pollution we had been responsible for in the last 24 hours. We hypothesised that our water would be clean… this was the result.
Diwali Thursday 19th October 2017
As part of our One World Topic, the Ravens and Falcons have been coming up with ideas about how to save our planet, but more specifically we have started looking at the differences between India and the UK.
With the upcoming Diwali Festival, we would like the children to celebrate India and all that we have learned by having a sharing day. We are asking the children to dress up and come in and teach each other all they have learned. Could I please ask all children bring in something in to share. It could be anything from an onion bhaji to an Indian ready meal. I will provide a selection of Indian foods, but the day will be more successful with your help. I will have the oven all day and will be cooking. Anything is appreciated, we have 48 hungry mouths to feed in Year 6 and I want them all to have a taste of something. Please remember we are a nut free school. Can you ensure you check the packaging for nuts and nut oils.
Furthermore, I am delighted that Mrs Manoj will be joining us for the day and will be decorating our hands with traditional Henna. The Henna will last around 1-4 weeks but that is dependent upon how often your child’s hands are washed. The Henna will fade and this can be aided with the help of an exfoliator.
For Health and Safety reasons I will need permission from all parents who wish for their child to have henna applied to their hands. Without consent, your child cannot have Henna applied. Please pick up a consent form from the office.
If you have any questions about the day, please come and see either myself or Mr Doman.
Many thanks for your continued support and I hope the children really enjoy the day we have lined up for them.
Welcome to Raven Class
This year the Ravens will be taught by Mrs Brown and supported by Mrs Epton. We are a Year 6 class and Mrs Brown has an exciting year ahead planned for us. We have an open door policy and if for any reason you need to talk to either myself or Mrs Epton, you will always find me outside class at 8.30am. Please come and have a chat and say hello.
I will hand out spellings each week and I expect the children to make a real effort to learn them. They will have a spelling challenge at the end of the week and we always try to up our scores. My Maths homework is set every week. If you lose your log in, please come and see me and I will print you out another. The children count daily, and I would really appreciate your help with their times tables. The more they count at home, the easier it becomes in class. Alongside My Maths, there are some excellent resources available on BBC Bitesize. I have attached the link to the bottom of this page.
Term 1 - One World
We will be thinking about recycling this term. Our topic will be based in the UK and we will make comparisons with India. Mrs Brown has organised a trip to see how we waste and reuse our water. More details will follow at the beginning of term. We have a Bollywood day planned for the second week of term and I cannot wait to see the children (and Mrs Epton) throw some new shapes!
The children will be thinking about how as a school, we can re-use the everyday items we throw away. This is a whole school challenge which will be judged at the end of Term 1.
We will be making our own items of clothing during DT and wearing them to make sure they are fit for purpose! It will be a brilliant start to a very busy year.
Term 2 - The Victorians
Term 2 will be all about the Victorians! We will live, eat and breath Victorian Britain. We will be looking at the art, in particular William Morris and if we have time,
L.S Lowry. We will be creating our own patterns and the finished product should be outstanding. We will be thinking about the Victorian school day and nearer the end of term the children will get to recreate it. The Year 5 and 6 teachers are very excited about this! The children will be in for a huge shock...
During Literacy we will focus our reading and writing on "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. As well as reading the book we will be writing our own chapters and taking a deeper look into the themes that run throughout it.
During Maths we will be looking at multiplication and division and how we solve word problems.
It should be an exciting term, with the added extra of our carol concert. We will be performing this on Thursday 14th December at 5:30pm. Ticket details will be released nearer the time.
This terms whole school topic is "The Future is Bright". We want our children to aim higher and we thought there is no better way than showing them what is out there! We have lined up visits from Olympic athletes, scientists, authors and vets, plus many more. We are always on the look out for more, so if you know anyone with an unusual job please let me know.
During Maths we will be thinking about fractions. As always we will still concentrate on our 4 main methods but two thirds of our learning will be focused on finding the correct fraction.
Literacy will be based around autobiographies. We will mainly be looking at the rise of athletes and what it took to get them where they are today. Although the term is short, as always, it will be jam packed full of learning!
Its all about new life in T4. Our topic this term is "Eat, Sleep, Hunt, Repeat". We will be blocking our Science and having 2 full days to get the garden ready for planting. We have our potatoes ready for our Yr6 in house competition (of course the Ravens will win). Once the garden is ready we will be planting lots of new seeds and bulbs and even pulling plants and flowers apart to learn everything about the life cycle. As well as all of the above, we will be classifying animals and learning more about what is needed to survive in the wild.
Our Literacy this term is based around "The Jungle Book". Maths will be data handling, space, shape and measure. We will still be working on our main methods and mental maths on Fridays, so please continue to work on this at home.
This term we will be thinking about an English Country Garden within our whole school topic. Year 6 will focus on some fantastic artwork by Emil Nolde and use an image to sketch, paint, draw, and finally up-skill to canvas. As you are all aware, SATs will take place during the week of May 14th. The children are prepared and it will just be another week of learning. If you do have any concerns though, please don't hesitate to come and see me. Maths during term 5 will concentrate on shape, space and measure. Literacy will be story writing based on our whole school topic.
I am taking the children to RAF Halton, so please ensure you have signed the permission slip and returned it to me.
After a very busy and exhausting year we are finally entering Term 6. The work doesn't stop here though and we have yet another busy term ahead. Our topic this term is all about Creation and Destruction. How something beautiful could actually be quite deadly. Sometimes looks really can be deceiving and things that we thought were good for us, truly are not. We will be thinking about how we can be lulled into a false sense of security, like the villagers of Pompeii. These are all things we will explore in Term 6.
We also have the end of year production and graduation taking place at the Cornerstone Theatre. This year we will be performing the Lion King.
Dates for your diary -
Monday 4th June - Individual photos for Year 6. The chick eggs arrive!
Friday 8th June - Basketball and Cricket after school clubs start. Year 6 given priority for both so please sign up.
Monday 11th June - KS2 Sports Day. 9-15am - 11am.
Tuesday 12th June - Theatre performance in school for Year 5/6.
Wednesday 13th June - Cotswold Trip for selected children.
Thursday 28th June - School Nurse to visit us.
Friday 29th June - Summer Fayre.
Tuesday 3rd July - Transition Day.
Wednesday 4th July - Cycle Test for selected children.
Thursday 5th July - Legoland.
Tuesday 10th July - Lion King and Graduation at the Cornerstone Theatre.
Thursday 19th July - Year 6 Sleep Over!
Im sure much much more will be added to the list so keep checking back.
PE this term will be on a Wednesday afternoon with Mrs Parish. The children will need to be prepared to be on the field, so I advise you to pack them with indoor and outdoor trainers. In the colder months we will still go outside where possible so please include track suit bottoms and a jumper.
On Thursday afternoons we are continuing yoga and mindfulness lessons. I hope these will be invaluable to the children's well being and I will keep you updated on our progress.
I do love to take lots of photos, so please pop back to our page as often as possible to see what we have been up to.