End of a Successful Term

A very good term to begin Year Six from the children of Mandela!

One thing that we’ve spoken a lot about in school recently is the use of manners and being polite; I have seen a great improvement in the use of manners over the last few weeks and I am very impressed! It has been a busy term but lots of learning has taken place.

Microsoft 0365 Logins

Mandela class have been provided with their password to O365 today. They have been given their passwords and can login in at home if they want. Once logged in, they have to update their password immediately.

On OneNote in the Collaboration Space, I have put a small table: please fill this in if you manage to get onto the Mandela Onenote!

Key Skills:

Reading: 

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Maths:

Some children had a word/story problem entitled “A Titanic Problem!”. This required a lot of reading and understanding before the questions. The attitude within the lesson towards this was fantastic. This needs to be completed.

If they didn’t start the “Titanic Problem!” then you need to complete this in your Key Skills book:

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Thank you for a great half term, Mandela. Enjoy your week off and I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 1st November!

A Visit from George North

We were very fortunate this afternoon to receive a visit from the international rugby star that is George North! We intensely interviewed him around his life for a good forty minutes and left no stones unturned… A very inspirational man with many great things to say.

We will be using all of this first-hand information to write a biography on him. The biography that has the most effort and thought put into shall be printed in the school newsletter and also sent to be used by the Saints. Therefore, watch this space…

Here are the children with the man himself in their house groups:

The Knights

The Knights

The Unicorns

The Unicorns

The Dragons

The Dragons

The Wizards

The Wizards

Wiggins

Wiggins

 

Thank you to Year Six for the great questions and a big thank you to the Saints and George for making the afternoon happen!

David Rose Trophy

A fantastic day at the Saints rugby ground and facilities in memory of David Rose.

With the local cluster schools, Simon de Senlis took part in a day of training, stadium tour and a tag-rugby competition in the afternoon. Thank you to the Saints staff for providing us with a fantastic day!

Out of 7 schools, Simon de Senlis managed to finish a successful 2nd place. In the lead up to this we were unbeaten! Winning 3 and drawing 3 games.

As it is only the beginning of the season, the school is excited about future games as the team looks great! Many skills were on show this afternoon aside from the generic passing and throwing: sportsmanship, spacial awareness and tactical play being at a high standard.

Thank you for a great day to the sportsmen and women who attended! Below are some pictures I took throughout the day…

Mr Prosser

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Potentially the most windswept team photo!

Potentially the most windswept team photo!

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Design and Technology Key Skills 17th June

This week’s key skills is on Yammer – it is also on the blogs (as you can see!) for those who cannot access Yammer at home. If there is no access to either, complete paper-based and Mr Prosser will put it online next week. Part 1 is still achievable as everyone received a paper-copy of the key skills.

Next week we are making our moon buggies as part of our Space/Design Technology project!
1) Therefore, at home we want you to collate any materials that you can think of that you could donate to the project either for your own use or a different group’s. Some examples are as such:
– Lego
– Meccano
– K’nex
– Yoghurt pots
– Plastic bottles
– Cardboard
Please understand that due to glue and other materials, non-disposable materials (such as Lego) may not be able to be sent home at the end of the project.

2) There are examples of motors being used in mini-cars shared below; they show how they can be made. Watch these and have a think how you could create your own. Comment with a reply: which one do you think was the best? Which one would you prefer to use? How could you change the model someone else has used in the video? Ideally reply on Yammer – but replying here is fine.

Again, if the videos are not accessible at home, we will sort this out next week.


Thanks and have a great weekend,
Year Six Team

Music

This term, we are working on The Four Seasons by Vivaldi. After listening to the piece, we listed everything that we could visualise. Please research Vivaldi’s work and post some interesting facts. Today (30/6/16) we listened to the piece again and then shared our thoughts on the mood of each section. Using various instruments, we created a contrasting piece of music –  one season moving into another. Which seasons did you choose and how did you create the contrast?

Prayer Room

Year six were welcomed into the prayer room, at Weston Favell Primary school, which is a space where you can think about your beliefs and have time to reflect. It gave everyone a chance to stop and think about others and their place in the world.
There are many different ways to engage in prayer; everyone felt relaxed and used the areas, independently, to think about: their hopes and dreams, changes ahead, forgiving others, letting go of worries, positive images and so much more. It was a positive experience for all – here are a few of the children’s comments:
It is therapeutic.
I like how it is calming and it’s cleared my mind.
This helped me to let go of bad things.
I had a lot on my mind and now I fell I have less worries.
The empty chair has helped me with losing people I miss.
Areas like this would be useful in school for times of pressure.
It makes me feel positive
I may do some of these exercises at home.
I enjoyed the tents because they are a good space to think in.
I liked the fizzy forgiveness activity because I could visualise it and express it better.

Please post comments about your experience of the prayer room. What did you find helpful? How did it make you feel? What would be useful to have in our school?