A great start!
The new Year 6 class have made a fantastic start to the year. They have all been working hard and showing a real enthusiasm towards their learning.
Building Bird Boxes
On the 18th September, Dartmoor Ranger, Ian Brooker, came in to work with some of the children to build a new bird box. This has now been placed on the wall under the new Year 2/6 canopy; the birds are already making themselves at home.
Junior Life Skills
Junior Life Skills took place on Tuesday 25th September. This provided an opportunity for the children to learn some important skills such as basic resuscitation, water safety and understanding the role of important services like Fire and Rescue. It was a great afternoon!
Young Sports Leader Training
Young Sports Leaders will soon be leading activities with the younger children now that Year 6 have received their training. On Thursday 27th September, Jackie Jarvis came in to work with the whole class; she demonstrated different activities and encouraged the children to think about how they could be adapted for the younger children. Year 6 will soon be out on the playground, at break times and lunch times, to lead and encourage the younger children to join in with different activities and games.
Year 6 Residential - Brecon Beacons
Year 6 were incredibly fortunate to begin their final term with their long-awaited residential trip. It was a fun-packed week which the children thoroughly enjoyed. On Monday we visited The Big Pit and had a tour around a coal mine. Tuesday was a very active day with real rock climbing and a walk around Dinas Rock. Despite the numerous mosquito bites, the children worked brilliantly together and were commended on their excellent behaviour. Wednesday took as to St Fagans National History Museum - another hit with the children! The 'living' museum is a host to different achitecture from all over Wales. Whilst their the children also took part in a Victorian school experience.
Life-size model dinosaurs and natural caves created much excitement on Thursday, before visting the Brecon Beacons National Park visitor centre and returning home on Friday.
The children behaved brilliant and were a pleasure to take away for the week; hopefully they have created lots of memories. Thank you to Ms Layourn, Mrs White and Mrs Bazeley who gave up their free time to accompany us and help look after the children.
Year 6 Breacon Beacons - Day 2
As you can see from the photographs, it's been a very active day in Wales. The children have been walking in the hills this morning, climbing this afternoon and are now playing cricket.
John Muir Award
Year 6 have been exploring Dartmoor with Orlando - a Dartmoor ranger. They began with a walk along Cosdon Beacon. Whilst learning about the moors, they practised team building skills, took part in problem solving activities and found inspiration for their own Dartmoor poetry. Our second walk took us to Shapley Common. The weather was incredibly kind to us and the children thoroughly enjoyed the day. In groups of 5, they worked together to take sets of measurements along the river. For the third session, year 6 will be building bird boxes and bee motels with Dartmoor rangers.
As part of their poetry unit, year 6 read, performed and listened to the poetry from the Book ‘Cloudbusting’. Written by Marlorie Blackman, it tells the story of a young boy and his experience of starting a new school. The children had the opportunity to explore a wide range of poetry and experiment with writing their own pieces. Their favourite pieces were then selected, decorated and used to create our colourful, classroom display.
During this week, 9th October, all of the year 6 pupils have been doing Bikeability with three professionals: Carly Jez and Sarah. We have learnt many useful skills for safety and riding on the road.
We started our course on the playground, not knowing that much, and by the end of the week we were doing circuits around South Tawton on our bikes. It's been great fun! By Alice and Lani, year 6.