Welcome to a new school year. One of the first things that we did was to taste some of the delicious fruit that has appeared in the Orchard over the Summer – prize winning apples for both flavour and appearance!
The Forbidden Corner
On Wednesday 12th July, Miss Judge and Miss Kelly took us to Forbidden Corner as an end of year trip. It was fun and exciting however a bit scary at times. I really enjoyed it and I’m sure everyone else in year 6 did too.
When we got close to arriving, we stopped off to get an ice-cream and I think the most popular one was definitely the chocolate fudge. After we had eaten, we jumped back onto the coach and resumed our journey to Forbidden Corner. Finally we arrived.
When we got there, we were split up into our groups, I was in Miss Whiteley’s group with my best friends : Charlotte and Eileen. Then, we got a sheet with the letters Forbidden Corner with circles underneath each letter. What we had to do was explore Forbidden Corner and while we were going along, look for brass circles and they had one of the letters in them. Then we had to get a pencil (or a coin – which is what we used) and scratch the brass circle onto the sheet. It was very exciting! Personally, my favourite part was the maze because it was very puzzling, however very fun.
Overall, I really enjoyed this trip and I would like to say thank you to Miss Judge and Miss Kelly for organizing this trip and for the ice – cream too!
By, Harneeka Duggal 6MJ
On Wednesday Year 6 attended the annual Leavers’ Service at Leeds Minster. This year’s theme took the strapline for the new diocese: ‘Loving. Living. Learning’ which we had to represent in a triptych, which was then left at the Church for display. Ours looked very decorative and interesting. The Service was an oasis of calm in a busy time and left us with food for thought.
If somebody told you that you had to jump off a 40-foot-high tower, would you do it? Well, that’s what happened when we went to Robinwood Activity Centre!
The activities were obviously the best, as that was what we came for! They ranged from archery (pun intended) and caving to giant swing and the (freezing) stream walk! Most of they were very exciting, but some of them weren’t. For example, the trapeze was exciting, nerve-racking and also filled you with adrenaline. We had to use a climbing wall to reach the pinnacle of a 12 metre high tower and then JUMP OFF and grab a trapeze! Your possibly wondering: isn’t this dangerous? The answer is no. This is because they have harnesses which prevent you from falling if you miss the trapeze.
Furthermore , the Knight’s Quest (which we did on day 2) took thought and reasoning, but also was a competition because the team who got the most coins (obtained by completing challenges and riddles) at the end would win. Amazingly, the two other teams each had 24 coins; we had 25!
My other favourite activity was definitely the Giant Swing because of the rush of excitement and adrenaline. The rest of my team had to pull on a rope which made me rise higher into the air. Eventually, they stopped – I was 25 feet off the ground! Suspended high in the air, I pulled on a teddy bear: whoosh! I felt a huge jolt in my stomach and soared through the air. It was awesome!
On Monday, Year 6 were lucky enough to go and see a Shakespeare play at Leeds Grammar School. The play that we saw was called “As You Like It”, a story about Orlando and Rosalind. We all loved it. To experience that was truly magical. It’s not every day you get to see a Shakespeare play! We all felt lucky and left with a smile on our faces.
Today we had a morning where we did maths and art in one lesson. Firstly, we got a sheet with many circles inside of each other split in sixths. We were told to draw lines connecting to the next circle to make a spiral. Then we started doing the same thing but on another sixth and in a different colour. Once we had done all six segments we ended up with a beautiful pattern.
Secondly, we drew a 16×16 square and marked down the middle of every side, then we connected the dots, making another square. Next we coloured in the bottom right triangle and marked the middle of the all the sides on the inside square and connected them. We carried on doing that and colouring in the right triangles until we couldn’t do it anymore. When we finished doing that we had one quarter done. All that was left was to do the bottom left, top left and top right triangles (in different colours)and we were finally done with our marvellous pattern.
Year 6 held their own elections today. Manifestos were written and debated with enthusiasm. There was even canvassing in the playground! Votes were recorded on ballot papers which were counted (2 spoiled ballot papers) and then the result delivered by Mrs Wake in her role as Returning Officer.
Well done Abdul for gaining the most votes for The Shnappy party – slogan – if you vote for the Schnappy Party, you will be a happy chappy!
Y6 Trip to The Deep
Yesterday we had a memorable trip to The Deep; memorable because of the many facts we learnt, exhibits we saw and emotions we felt. The tactile exhibits, some better than others were breath-taking, although some were intimidating.
Firstly we went to a river workshop which taught us numerous intriguing facts about rivers. One of which was that rivers pick up mud from their river banks and carry it along until it sinks down to the river floor. One of my friends said, “The facts we were told were interesting and I learnt a lot.”
In the Deep, The Ice Kingdom was my favourite exhibit as I love snow. There was a huge wall of ice that we slid our hands across, whilst making our way to the penguin enclosures. I was surprised when I saw a fact saying that some penguins live on the coast of South Africa , surprised because it is really hot in South Africa.
Smiles, laughs, squeals and shrieks were experienced on this memorable trip. Tayyeb, from Year 6, said it was a great fun, interesting, entertaining but informative trip.
This week we have started our work on Romeo and Juliet which will culminate in an end of year production.
The children are enjoying the drama sessions and are engaged by the storyline. The play also offers great writing opportunities in a variety of genres.
In the photo the group are reading through their script, before working on a series of tableaux, with speech interspersed.
This week has been full of anticipation, determination and anxiety. However, after finishing five stressful SATs tests, Year 6’s emotions have turned into joy, hopefulness and relief! Throughout this past month, we have been working hard to revise all of the things we have learnt, in order to do well in our tests. Furthermore, Mrs Wake and Mrs Walker took it upon themselves to kindly prepare us in the morning with breakfast, including toast and homemade jam at ‘Breakfast Club’! Consequently, they are another reason we have (hopefully) succeeded in our tests.
However, the wait and suspense isn’t over yet: we still haven’t received our results! The only thing we can do now is to hope for the best.