Miss McIntyre and Mrs Turner
Friendship week this week has found us thinking all about our friendships and how we can ensure that we are friendly to everyone, so following the example set by Jesus. Year 6 have specifically been thinking about our online interactions and how we talk to other people on social media like Instagram, What’s App and Musical.ly. We discussed how it is important to know exactly who we are are interacting with, why we should be positive in our comments and what we should do if we feel uncomfortable with any interactions we are having. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk is a really useful website that we can use to help us think more about how to keep safe online and tells us how to report something if we feel the need.
Every week is friendship week really and we’ll be continuing to look at relationships and online safety regularly throughout the year.
Today was Children in Need day and Year 6 really demonstrated what mature young adults they are becoming by organising activities for the house teams in KS2 this afternoon. Bun and biscuit decorating, party games, scavenger hunts and movie making were just some of the activities that took place for our Spotty Afternoon. Well done kids - it was a great success!!
This week in Year 6 we started our new RE topic ‘Justice’. We began by looking at the banana trade and how fair the distribution of profits are. Then yesterday we pledged our support for CAFOD’s ‘Power to be’ campaign. You can find out more about this at https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Power-to-be/Energy-campaign.
In Literacy we have starting reading a new text called ‘Streetchild’ by Berlie Doherty, which is about a poor boy in the Victorian times. In order to try and empathise with the characters involved, we did some role play activities in pairs to imagine how we might feel being left to work in a rich person’s house.
Our Maths lessons have been all about fractions and we’ve shown some excellent knowledge of factors to help us simplify fractions.
Science has been continuing our work on classification. This week we used the iPads to help us to classifying different animals and work out their scientific names. We also set up our mould investigation. We’ll make sure that we take plenty of photographs what happens!!
We’ve also got some new homework books! The pages to complete for next week are: Arithmetic pages 1,2,4 & 5 and Spelling pages 4 & 5.
First of all, thanks to all the parents who made it to the assembly. We didn’t have very much time to practise it, since we had a training day on a Monday and mass on Wednesday morning, but the whole class did really well. It was also lovely to meet so many parents at the parent’s evenings on Wednesday and Thursday - thank you for taking the time to come in and discuss your child’s progress and look at their work.
Back in the classroom, we have been revisiting factors, multiples, prime and square numbers in Maths. Out in the playground, we had our first PE session with Dan from Leeds Rhinos. This week we started with some games inspired by rugby.
We would also like to welcome Miss. Cruickshank who will be working with us this half term.
Well, it's been a wonderful week at Buckden for Year 6. Another lovely morning had us outside building dens and creating some natural art before we hopped on the bus back to Alwoodley. Don't forget, our assembly is Thursday 2nd November, when we'll be telling you more about our adventures!
A bit wet today unfortunately! So damp conditions in the afternoon. But everyone still scrubbed up well for the disco in the evening (especially those who visited Miss McIntyre's hair salon!).
What beautiful weather we've had today! Two lovely walks from Kettlewell in the glorious sunshine; high ropes; low ropes and another gyhll walk. Tonight Mrs McGurk is entertaining the groups with games galore!
Today has been a bit blustery but fairly mild and no rain thankfully!
Buckden has been on our brains this week! That and assessments! But in the middle of it all, we've had some time to nurture our artistic side which you can see from our musical performance in the video below.
Thank you to all the parents who attended the meeting about Buckden on Thursday. It was lovely to see so many of you there! If you could return the forms as soon as possible then that would be really appreciated.
This week we've been learning more about the art of persuasion in preparation for us to persuade Mr Bowker to agree to some things we think would improve the school and our education! In Maths we've been using written methods to divide - not just by one digit but by two! As usual, the whole class has risen to the challenge and worked really hard with great success!
Father Josh paid us a visit this week and very kindly presented us with our Miraculous Medals. We have been learning about St Catherine Laboure, who saw a vision of the Miraculous Medal in 1830, when Our Lady visited her. A teacher from St Vincent de Paul RC Primary in London (who have the back of the Miraculous Medal as their school badge), kindly had a set of medals blessed and then sent them to us.
Father Josh also answered our questions about what inspired him to become a priest; what his favourite thing about being a priest is and why he came to our parish.
It's been a hard-working but enjoyable week.
In Literacy we have continued reading 'Wonder', considering the theme of kindness and try to empathise with different characters. One of our favourite quotes from the book is: “If every person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary - the world really would be a better place. And if you do this, if you act just a little kinder than is necessary, someone else, somewhere, someday, may recognize in you, in every single one of you, the face of God.” This is something we are adopting as a class motto.
We also had a great lesson in Science this week - we were classifying sweets! Yum yum!