Wind in the Willows – in rehearsal

Year 6 have just finished performing their 4 show run of ‘Wind in the Willows’.  There were two performances in school for children from Nursery to Year 5 and two for families.  The entire production took just under two weeks from first rehearsal to first performance.  Year 6 children made scenery, and our backstage crew worked as stagehands and lighting, sound and electronic backdrop operators.  Year 6 children also designed the tickets and programmes.

Here our some of our ‘In rehearsal’ pictures.

We started with scripts and ‘blocked’ the show so that everyone knew where to stand and their entrances and exits.

Children also spent lunchtimes, practising and perfecting face painting ready for performances!

Then we were finally ‘off book’ (no scripts) and it all began to come together. We did a dress rehearsal in full costume and began working with props.

Year 5 and 6 Sports Day

We chose Wednesday 27th June for our Year 5 and 6 Sports Day.  It started overcast and with a chill in the air but ended with clear blue skies, glorious sunshine and was really rather hot!

As a phase, we take part in 6 events: 40m sprint, endurance shuttle run, shot putt, discus, long jump and triple jump.

Children have been practising in PE lessons and improving their ‘Personal Bests’. In the selection of photos below, you will see some of the children competing, as well as some of our adults and Year 3 and 4 helpers!

Many children managed to beat their PBs on the day, earning them bonus points in that event.  Points are being added up and sports day winners will be announced at the sports awards at the end of term.

Learning to write a précis

Year 6 have been learning to write a précis. First, they had to choose a book.

 

Then, they had to count the words! A précis is a summary and is approximately a third of the length of the original text.  Children therefore had to calculate how many words they would need to write.

Then, they were ready to have a go. Some chose to write and others chose to type.  Some chose to work on their own and others chose to work in a group.  They needed to write in their own style rather than copy the original.  A précis uses the past tense, third person and reported speech.  Some found it easier than others!

 

Mallydams Visit 2018

Diamond Class have just got back from our residential visit to RSCPA Mallydams Wood.  Here are a few of the photos from our trip.  Please note that all of the following post has been written by the children themselves.

Mallydams is a fun, educational environment with lots to do.  Year 6 stayed for two nights.  The days were packed with activities such as: a hedgehog trail, den building, making a fire, badger watching, roasting marshmallows, surviving in the wild, bunny agility course, track and trail and the clay pit.

On our first day, we visited the clay pit. We made little hedgehogs and got some clay even onto our faces.  I enjoyed making my cute little hedgehog because it was messy and really smelly! My hedgehog had a pointy nose and spikes on its back made out of little twigs.  It was so good making the hedgehogs.

On our first night at Mallydams, we did a badger watch. We made them some food to eat so they would come (badgers have amazing noses).  Their food was made up of peanuts, dog biscuits and cat food.  We had to wait for a while patiently because badgers can get scared of humans.  On the badger watch, we managed to spot two badgers! Some people even managed to see foxes!

When we were at Mallydams, on Tuesday, we made leaf hats as part of our camouflage. We were told by Sam (our guide) that animals needed to camouflage to survive, so we all put face paint on and made hats.

Also, as part of survival, we built dens. We used big, wide sticks to build the structure and then added leafy twigs and sticks.  We even created sofas inside our den by using logs and laying our jumpers over to make them more comfy.

We found different types and sizes of wood and then took it in turns to build an upside-down fire.  Once we had lit the fire (with Vaseline wrapped in cotton wool on top of a shell), we roasted marshmallows.

On Tuesday, we roasted marshmallows and they tasted really good.  I loved the experience of baking it ourselves. The marshmallow I baked got burnt a bit but the inside was really creamy and delicious! We put the marshmallow that we baked in between two chocolate biscuits and I loved it so much.  It was great fun doing it with my friends!

We were holding skulls of different animals such as a horse, fox, rabbit, badger and swan.

After gathering for a group photo at the end of our visit, we went for a lovely nature walk back to the house to get ready to come back to school.