16th January

Date: 16th Jan 2017 @ 3:48pm

There have been lots of things going on in Year 6 since we have come back from our Christmas holidays and we have all been very busy. 

Today, we listened to a story about an ant and a grasshopper. Mr McConnell talked about the hard working ant who worked tirelessly to prepare himself for the winter months whilst the grasshopper watched him every day and laughed at him for working so hard. In the end, the winter came and the ant was fully prepared with lots of food stored up. However, the grasshopper came to realise that he was a little stuck because whilst the ant had been busy collecting food and working hard, he had wasted away his time. He had enjoyed himself at the time but now he had nothing and the ant was fully prepared. 

This story made me think about all of the hard work going on in Year 6 at this time of year. Some children are working tirelessly both in class and at home as well as attending morning clubs and after school clubs to boost their learning. At some point, they will certainly reap their rewards and deserve everything that they get! We have a very busy term coming up and I know that the attitudes of the children in the class alongside a positive growth mindset will really help prepare them.

In the first week back, we had a visit from Lorelly from Chemistry with Cabbage. Lorelly led a whole day of science and all the children absolutely loved their day. They made an indicator from red cabbage and used this to test whether solutions were acid, alkali or neutral. They also figured out how to change an acid to an alkali and vice versa as well as neutralising solutions.

Last week, we had a visit from Google Expeditions where we used 'virtual reality' to travel through the human digestive system as well as visiting the Great Wall of China and Mount Everest. The children absolutely loved this experience and we are looking at how we can incorporate this style of learning in the classroom more regularly.

Some of the Year 5 and 6 children entered a table tennis competition on Friday and were delighted with their silver medals. We are all incredibly proud of the hard work and dedication of the team and Mr and Mrs Gibson - they totally deserved it!

Today, we took part in a 'BBC Live Lesson' on creative writing. The children learned about how important it is to create a setting, develop characterisation and their plot in their writing. They now have the opportunity to write a short story and enter the BBC 500 words competition. Children are invited to work on their stories during break time if they have asked permission beforehand.

As you can see, we have been very busy and will continue to do so! We have our next homework quiz this Friday and the children will be tested on their knowledge of the 3, 6 and 9 times tables, finding equivalent fractions and common decimal and fraction equivalents. Children should have received their prompt and support sheets last week. It is so important that the children have extra time at home to consolidate these skills as they will be necessary for their SATs!

Thank you for your continued support.

If anyone has any skills they feel that they could offer within our class or the school, please do not hesitate to ask us if you can help! We are very appreciative of any help and support from parents!

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All Saints Upton Primary School

Hough Green Road, Widnes
Cheshire, WA8 4PG

Tel: 0151 257 2450

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