Year 6 2016

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Forest School – Week 2


Oak Class had another fantastic Forest School day yesterday and this week the sun was shining for us! It’s so good to be able to learn so many new skills in our wonderful, natural environment. Please have a look at the photos below to see all of the fun and challenging activities we got up to. Another big thank you to Mr Cross for such a great day. He said that both groups were fantastic, our behaviour was exemplary and he was really proud of us!

We can’t wait until next week!

Cultural Awareness Day


Today we have had a very special visitor in school – Prags has come to lead a Cultural Awareness Day. She began the day with an informative assembly about the Hindu religion and lots of their cultures.

Throughout the day, she is working with each class, teaching them Indian dancing. Half of Oak Class had their session this morning. The other half (who were doing Bikeability) will be having their session this afternoon.

The dancing was so much fun, the music was great and we all loved joining in! A huge thank you or dhanyavaad to Prags for such a wonderful experience!



We are all feeling very excited about our Bikeability sessions which will take place next week (Monday – Thursday). This afternoon, we had our bikes checked by Dave. A few of us have small things that need to be fixed before Monday – we need to remember to get them sorted this weekend.

Other things to remember:

  • Bring bikes and helmets to school on Monday morning
  • A waterproof coat in case the weather is bad
  • Sun cream if it is very hot and sunny

Forest School


We had a fantastic first Forest School session on Thursday despite the torrential rain! We did all sorts of fun things including:

  • Making up our own games using sticks
  • Learning the safety rules of the fire
  • Toasting brioche (and eating it – yum)
  • Making and eating delicious fruit kebabs

A huge thank you to Mr Cross – our Forest School leader. We can’t wait for next week’s sessions and hope that the weather is much better so that we can take the iPad out with us and get some pictures. Watch this space…

RE – Change the World


Our new RE unit ‘Change the World’ links to the Christian Values of Justice, Hope and Responsibility and is challenging us to think about some really challenging questions:

What matters most to me?
If I could change the world what would I change?  Why?
Can I make a difference? How can I make a difference?
How could I change the world?

The aim of this unit is to give us the opportunity to think about the world in which we live and to discuss what changes, if any, need to be made in order to make it a better place.

Mrs FitzGerald challenged us to generate questions using the question words what, how, where, who, why and when. We came up with some excellent, thought provoking questions:

We then split into small groups and chose a question that everyone in our group was interested in. These are our chosen questions:

  • How can we stop terrorism?
  • How do we stop water pollution?
  • What if there was another world war?
  • Why do terrorists behave as they do?
  • How can we protect our endangered animals?
  • Why have we not found a cure for all cancers?

We began to produce a mind-map of all our ideas. Over the next few weeks, we will produce a PowerPoint presentation which we will deliver to the rest of the class about our chosen question.

We are really excited about our projects.

Welcome to the chicks!


Yesterday, ten perfect eggs were delivered to school as part of the Hatching Experience that we are taking part in. As we were told that within a few days they would begin to hatch, we were extremely excited to arrive at school today to find that four of them had hatched in the night and that another one was in the process of hatching. Some of us even got to see it come out of its shell! Since then, another has hatched and the remaining four have all got cracks on the shells and so are likely to make an appearance today.

We are all very excited and can’t wait to learn more about the chicks!

Count on me!


In Oak Class, we all recognise the importance of friendship and are thoroughly enjoying this being our Christian Value focus for this half term. This week in particular, we have a really needed the support of our friends.

In Worship this morning, we listened to the Bruno Mars song, ‘Count On Me’ – one of our favourites.

We really got into the spirit of the song, singing along together and behaving like true friends.

We know how lucky we are to have such amazing friends and we are determined to make the most of the time we have left at Ellel!

Well done Oak Class!


A huge well done to everyone in Oak Class for their hard work and maturity during SATs week which took place this week. Every single one of the children conducted themselves brilliantly, kept calm and worked to the best of their ability. We are all immensely proud of them!

It has been beautiful weather this week, and the tests meant that the children we not able to enjoy the weather. Once they had finished their final test yesterday, we went outside so that they could relax, have fun and enjoy the sun…


SATs weekend homework


As you know, it’s now the last few days before SATs and so it’s vital that you use your time this weekend wisely. Your homework for this weekend is listed below. Try to do as many of the following as possible and tick off the ones you manage to do:

  • Enjoy the sunshine
  • Have a lie in
  • Eat lots of your favourite foods
  • Talk to your friends and family
  • Watch a film that you love
  • Get some exercise – go on a walk/bike/scooter ride
  • Laugh
  • Spend time with the people you love
  • Relax with a good book
  • Sing along to your favourite song
  • Play with your Fidget Spinner – because you can
  • Dance
  • Keep calm

If you feel like you have to revise, please try to keep this to a minimum and spend the majority of your time doing things that make you happy.

Remember – we are all extremely proud of you!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Mrs FitzGerald

Oak Class Lent Collection


A very happy Easter to you all!

As a class we worked really hard all through Lent to collect items for Morecambe Food Bank and we are so proud of how much we’ve managed to collect!

A huge well done and a very big thank you to everyone who contributed!


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