Owls are creatures of great integrity. They are also serene and wise, using all their senses to adapt to their surroundings. The wisdom of an owl enables them to be unafraid and tackle any challenges they may face.
Please ensure that a PE kit is brought into school on a Monday and taken home on a Friday. All items of PE kit (and school uniform) should be labelled with the child's name and class.
We will ensure that they are sent home at the end of every half term
All home learning is to be completed in your Home Learning books and will be given on a Friday to be completed for the following Wednesday. All pupils in Year 6 are expected to complete their Home Learning to a high standard and be handed in on the due date. Those pupils who have not completed the task will be expected to stay in during the first twenty minutes of Thursday lunchtime.
Monday 6th January 2020 - First day of Spring term
Monday 27th January 2020 - Parents Evening
Thursday 30th January 2020 - Parents Evening
Friday 14th February 2020 - Last day of Spring 1
Monday 24th February 2020 - First day of Spring 2
Thursday 19th March 2020 - Learning Celebration 2.30-3.00
Friday 27th March 2020 - Last day of Spring Term
Wednesday 15th April 2020- First day of Summer Term
Friday 8th May 2020 - May Bank Holiday
Monday 11th May 2020 - SATs - SPaG Paper 1 and 2
Tuesday 12th May 202 - SATs - Reading
Wednesday 13th May 2020 - SATs - Maths Paper 1 and 2
Thursday 14th May 2020 - SATs - Maths Paper 3
Friday 22nd May 2020 - Last day of Summer 1
Monday 1st June 2020 - First day of Summer 2
Tuesday 2nd June 2020 - Friday 5th June 2020 - Year 6 Residential
Tuesday 21st July 2020 - Last day of Summer Term
Thursday 5th March - World Book Day
Today was World Book day. We dressed up as some of our favourite book characters. This morning we went to Year 2 and shared a story with them and in the afternoon we followed the book trail around the school. We also tested our book knowledge by getting in teams and completing a quiz.
Friday 28th February - Music
Throughout the previous half-term, Owls have been learning and practising specific chords on the Ukuleles. They were very proud to perform a song in Assembly in front of the school, celebrating their learning in music and - in some cases - conquering their nerves to perform in front of a live audience!
Tuesday 11th February 2020 - Science - Electricity
As part of our Science learning this term, Year 6 have been learning about electricity and how to built complete, successful circuits. They carried out an investigation to answer the question, "How does the function of a component vary in different circuits?" They completed a set of five tasks, where they changed the number of cells to see if the voltage made a difference to the performance of a light bulb, motor or buzzer.
Monday 10th February - Art - Drawing
The children are really improving their drawing skills this term - they have used various techniques to represent real objects around them using only line in pencil, pen and graphite, inspired by the drawings of Steven Wiltshire and Charlotte Mann.
Wednesday 5th February - Maths
In Maths the children have been learning how to calculate the Mean Average of amounts. By adding together everyone's height in centimetres and then dividing the answer by 30 (the number of children in the class) they were able to find the mean height. Today, they discovered the mean height of the class was 144cm tall.
Thursday 30th January - Fire Safety
Key Stage 2 children were visited today by some real-life Firemen! They talked about how the children can be aware of fire safety and what to do in the event of a fire emergency.
Wednesday 22nd January 2020 - History / Speaking & Listening / Science
As part of our historical and scientific learning, Year 6 have been looking at the invention of the light-bulb. By writing and presenting arguments, the children have used their speaking and listening skills to debate whether the true inventor was Swan or Edison. They have researched and examined historical sources to inform their arguments and written persuasively to present their opinions and attempt to persuade the opposing side to change their viewpoints.
Wednesday 15th January 2020 - Music
This term, Owls are practising their Ukulele playing, focusing on a Specific song: Nothing More by Alternate Routes. This week they have learnt the four chords required to play the song - Am, G, F and C. They have also begun to master the transitions between chords; finding out it's not an easy task!
Friday 10th January 2020 - Art- Drawing
This term our topic for Art is 'Drawing' we are going to look at how artists using different drawing techniques and equipment to have an impact on their audience. We were given the task to draw our shoe. We did this in different ways. First we drew from observation, then we had to close our eyes. We also used our less dominant hand and even had a go drawing with our mouth! Then, we began to look at the drawings of the Artist Stephen Wiltshire.
Tuesday 10th December - Science
Today, Year 6 looked at Blood as part of their learning about the circulatory system. They investigated the components and functions of the blood and made a 'blood smoothie' replacing the red blood cells with raspberries; white blood cells with marshmallows; platelets with sprinkles and plasma with pineapple juice.
Wednesday 4th December - Science
Year 6 are studying the circulatory system in Science, and as part of our learning about the heart we were able to watch the dissection if a sheep's heart. By looking at and examining the hearts we were able to contextualise our knowledge of the parts of the heart and how they function in preparation for writing a report about the heart.
Thursday 28th November 2019 - Art- Year 6 Learning Celebration
Today, we held our learning celebration, in the hall, for this term's topic, 'The same but different.'
Each class in Upper Years, had a large canvas, which we turned into our own piece of artwork. We all prepared our sketchbooks to help us develop techniques and think about our use of colour. We were inspired by the artist Chris Ofili.
Thank you for all those who were able to attend, but don't worry if you couldn't come, here are some photos to show you what we did.
Wednesday 20th November 2019 - RE- Buddhist
Today, Year 6 had a visit from Jeremy and Jeanine Woodward who are Buddhist. As part of our Religious Education learning, they talked to us about the Buddhist faith. Some of the main precepts of Buddhists is to be kind, to treat each other with respect, not to kill, and not to tell lies. We came up with some of our own precepts. We also looked at a map to see where the Buddhist faith originated and how the faith spread around Asia.
Our visitors explained to us what Karma means to Buddhists. They explained that doing something with intent comes back to you. Doing something kind can have a positive impact just as doing something unkind with intent may have a consequence. They explained that they believe that everything in life is interlinked.
Jeanine showed us a piece of paper and got us to think about how making the piece of paper is interlinked. From the people who cut the trees down, to the lorry drivers who transport the paper, she explained that we need all the links to work together.
As Buddhism spread throughout Asia, there became different strand of Buddhism. They have different artefacts too. A statue or ornament of Buddha is there to remind them of the first Buddha. It is not who they worship. Prayer wheel, they put mantras inside and you then spin it so that they prayer are set throughout the world.
Prayer flags have the wind horse in the middle and they have mantras written around them. They are left in the wind. They are just left them for the mantras to spread even when they get tatty. Each colour represents something: Blue- Sky, White – Air, Red – Fire, Green – Water and Yellow – Earth.
Friday 15th November - Children in Need
The Big Morning Move is the perfect activity to kick off your day of fun-filled fundraising. The children will feel fresh and focused after taking part in this specially tailored activity session. Year 6 donated £1 each and participated with the live stream if Joe Wicks and his Big Morning Move especially for Children in Need!
Tuesday 12th November 2019 - PSHE - Anti-Bullying
Today, Eagles wore odd socks to school. This is to raise awareness of Anti-Bullying Week. As a whole school, we completed video which is going to sent to Breeze FM.
Wednesday 6th November 2019 - PSHE
Today, Owls had a visit from a member of the Humanist UK society. As part of their Religious Education learning, they were introduced to the belief systems of Humanists. Humanists believe that this life is the only life we have, that the universe is a natural phenomenon with no supernatural side, and that we can live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity. They have trusted to the scientific method, evidence, and reason to discover truths about the universe and have placed human welfare and happiness at the centre of their ethical decision making. This visit will help Year 6 children to consider all manners of faith and belief systems and further visits from members of other faith societies will enrich their knowledge of the various cultures and faiths that make up our diverse country.
Tuesday 16th October - Maths
As part of their Maths learning about Fractions, Owls have been exploring the value of fractions when expressed as decimals and percentages as well as fractions. They have also shown their understanding of the size of fractions below one whole by placing them on a numberline. Doing this practically on the tables really helps their understanding and fluency.
Monday 14th October - Jewellery Design Workshop
John Doble, of Doble's Jewellers, came to visit today to launch Breeze FMs Young Designer of the Year 2019.
They are asking children aged 12 and under to design a unique piece of jewellery for a loved one this Christmas. The Breeze and Doble Jewellers will judge all of your wonderful entries and a winner will be selected to have their creation beautifully crafted in Doble's workshop, using materials to the value of £500!
The last time the competition was run, a White Rock Pupil won, so let's keep our fingers crossed!
Monday 14th October - Hinduism Workshop
We met Ravi this week, a practicing Hindu, who taught us the customs and beliefs within Hinduism. Some of us even got to dress in typical Hindu dress!
Wednesday 9th October - Dance - Zamble African Dance Company
This morning, Zamble African Dance Company visited the school and performed Assembly with all the children. They were involved in traditional African dancing and chanting.
Friday 27th September 2019 - Drama - Paddleboat Theatre
Today, we got to watch a performance from The Paddleboat Theatre about the life of a famous journalist called Clare Hollingworth. She was the first person to report the start of World War Two. We were all very interested in finding out about her life and all amazing things she did.
In the afternoon, we also did a workshop with the actors. We had to think about all the characteristics you would need to be a good journalist.
BBC Music Day
Thursday 26th September 2019
BBC Music Day is the UK wide, annual celebration of the power of music to change lives, with two thousand events across the UK and a hundred broadcasts on TV, Radio and Digital.
This year BBC Music Day takes place on Thursday 26th September with events and broadcasts across the week.
The theme this year is music and wellbeing; the power of music to inspire, bring us together and make a positive impact.
Owls had an amazing time singing at Primley Court Nursing home to celebrate BBC Music Day.
Friday 20th September 2019 - Computing - Self Portraits
Owls are using the purple Mash programme to produce self-portraits. This is part of ongoing Computer Design session where the children design a self-portrait to add to their portfolio of portraits generated every year at Primary School.
Thursday 12th September 2019 - Maths - Place Value
Today, we looked at large numbers and talked to each other about the different values of the digits. We then went on to multiplying by 10, 100 and 1000. We used the Maths equipment to help us show our understanding and played Maths games to embed the value of numbers up to 10 000 000.
Wednesday 11th September 2019 - PE - Reach Outdoors: Coasteering
Coasteering is an exhilarating, combined rock and water activity that Year 6 have loved! Catered to every individual level, this activity is suitable for those with no fear of heights or water as well as those who may not be quite so confident. During their Coasteering trip, Owls experienced rock climbing and scrambling techniques, as well as how to jump from heights into the sea safely. Wearing sturdy footwear, wet-suits, buoyancy aids and helmets, Owls traveled along Fishcombe Cove section of coastline; sometimes swimming in the sea, sometimes scrambling on rocks and jumping from rocks into the sea. They all had a fantastic afternoon!