Oh my goodness. What a busy and emotional week! Our beautiful butterflies given their independence and happily released into the wildlife garden with a bit of support and a last sip of orange before flying away; England getting into the finals and Year 6 preparing for their leaver's play.
The children have been amazing this week. Very different days to keep everyone safe meant a postponing of transition day and Year 6 being whisked out for play rehearsals wherever possible but, they have taken it all in their stride and coped incredibly well.
We are so proud of them all. Big thanks to Mr Bown for helping the children enjoy a morning of Summer Fun Day activities whilst keeping everyone safe.
This week in English the children have been looking at the features of a playscript using a scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream to look at what makes a playscript a playscript. They have LOVED a Midsummer's night Dream and were desperate to start planning and writing their own version of 'The Lover's Quarrel' play . Based on the fabulous acting skills they showed last week we are sure they will be fantastic and, given their enthusiasm for forming Shakespearian style insults we are sure they will be very funny and give Shakespeare a run for his money!
In Maths the children have been enjoying different active maths sessions. In shared reading we have been looking at The Globe Theatre. Tom brought in a fabulous book which the children loved. They enjoyed finding out about everything from the groundlings, quick costume changes, the throwing of food and drink and the tricks that were used to surprise audiences in Tudor times.
In DT the children made their salads with Mrs Williams. It was so good to see the children demonstrating the chopping, peeling and mixing skills that they have learnt over the last few weeks and the salads they made looked brilliant. If you do get a chance to complete the evaluation sheets that the children brought home with them that would be brilliant. We'd love to know what you thought.
In Geography the children looked at dams and how they can be beneficial for a countries economy but can also lead to problems for the environment, animals and humans. The children also had the opportunity to research a river and put together their own fact-file all about it. In PE the children had their final skills session in cricket and combined all their throwing, catching, fielding and batting skills in a cricket style obstacle race. The children also practised their rounders skills on Thursday with focus on the all important bowling and batting skills. Their teamwork was brilliant.
In RE the children continued their discussion on Human Rights and Year 5's had a great debate regarding which Human Right's they felt were the most important and which ones were vital for freedom and/or justice.
In R-Time the children discussed what their dream classroom would look like with incredible ideas produced such as Sleep School, Gardening Clinic and one where children interacted with robots and were shown how to play co-operatively.
In Thrive we 'reached into the future' and imagined where they would be in 55 years time if it really took that long for England to reach the finals of a major tournament again. We have shared some of their predictions below-some more upbeat than others but we loved discussing them with the children and it led to some fascinating discussions and a peek into their hopes and aspirations for the future.
We'd like to say a HUGE thank you to Lucia for the amazing Forest School session she provided for the children last week. It's fair to say they loved it and they got a huge amount out of it. It was lovely to see them running around den building, making mud pies, toasting marshmallows and looking for bugs(&teddies!).
It's given Mrs Williams and Mrs Young lots of ideas for our return to school in September.
Another HUGE thank you is to Mrs Wellicome for her phenomenal coaching and preparation for the Year 6 leavers play. She's coped admirably with the limited time and space and individual class preparations. We are SO lucky to have such a talented producer/director. Our year 5's had a sneak peek at two songs and the choreography was amazing! We can't wait to see it!
Finally, thank you so much to the parents who have returned the report slips and to those of you who have written such kind words. It certainly has been a challenging year but, the support we have received from you as parents has made it a true team effort and we truly appreciate that.
Have a lovely weekend. Everything crossed for tonight-it's gong to be an emotional evening.
Enjoy it with your children-a true once in a lifetime event.
Mrs Young and Mrs Williams