Phew what a week! Christmas meal for all 61 completed. The children helped prepare it all (and ate it all) so it can’t have been that bad. The decorations were fantastic - thank you to those that made me a Christmas hat. We also had a beautiful service down at St James’ Church by the wonderful Rev Ruth (who reminded us the importance of sharing during this festive period as she generously shared her chocolates with us). We were all very excited for the Father Christmas visit and enjoyed playing games, watching movies and eating popcorn on the last day.
From all of us in Year 6, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you all back in the new year.
An enjoyable pantomime was just what was needed after a busy week of assessments. Thank you to the PTA for providing this lovely treat to us all.
As part of the computing curriculum, the children were tasked with creating their own game via coding with Scratch. The games were certainly unique and it was great fun trying out everyone’s different approaches. The games were also coded to include a high score, which naturally made everyone very competitive.
Oh and the classroom began to look a bit more festive...
The children rounded off their knowledge of the circulatory system by acting out how blood is transported around the human body. The children used different coloured bibs to represent the oxygenated/deoxygenated blood before transporting it to the muscles, lungs and heart.
This week Sycamore participated in Anti-Bullying Week. It was great to see all their funky socks on Monday for Odd Socks Day. This gave the children an opportunity to celebrate the fact that we are all different. As a class, we looked at what bullying is and how we could combat it.
Friday saw us all come into school in our non-uniform to fundraise for Children in Need. Some children showed their support by wearing their Pudsey ears and t-shirts! The children also took part in some maths themed Pudsey code-breaking activities.
This week children from both Mulberry and Sycamore class travelled to Perrott Hill School to participate in a mock trial event. The children did an exemplary job prosecuting against Hambridge School and came away successful with a guilty verdict. With the closest scores the event has ever seen, Preston came away in third place overall. The judges adjudicating the event expressed how impressed they were with each child's performance and understanding of the case. It seems possible that Preston might have some future lawyers in their midst!
Sycamore Class experienced a fantastic day of engineering provided by Leanardos. As well as various tasks set throughout the day (including making a raft and wind turbine), the children also had the opportunity to speak to a number of engineers, executives and pilots to discuss all things engineering! The children had to work together on design projects and then create them out of recycled materials. I am pleased to report that not only did every group’s project work, it surpassed expectations and definitely impressed some of the judges. It was even worth having my classroom resemble a recycling centre for the last week!
We were incredibly lucky that 18 of our students were able to have some invaluable experience of cycling on roads / cycling safety taught by a number of experts. Many of our children enjoy cycling as a main method of transport and will inevitably cycle to secondary school as they gain further independence. It gives me great pride to hear from the instructors that the children’s behaviour was exemplary and that they all achieved a level one qualification. There was even some time for some bicycle maintenance tips!
October marks the start of Black History Month in the UK and this year’s theme was ‘Proud To Be Me’. The children expressed the personal qualities which made them proud to be themselves and also created a biography about an influential figure from British or world history. Important subjects such as historic and modern racism stemmed from these activities and the children approached these difficult topics with great maturity.
Well that came around quickly! A great opportunity for Sycamore Class to show off their progress during their first 6 weeks of Year 6. Some fantastic results and I am extremely proud of the improvement and effort that everyone has shown!
Sycamore Class did their part to raise money for Young Minds mental health charity by dressing in yellow for the day. Alongside the fun of seeing everyone in one colour, important discussions were had regarding the importance of mental health and strategies to reduce negative mental health aspects. This is especially important in a year that notoriously can be quite stressful for our Y6 children as they prepare for SATs and head to secondary school.
Sycamore Class responded in mass to the call for non-perishable goods to support those less fortunate in Yeovil and the surrounding areas. These goods will make a huge difference to the community and I am incredibly proud of them all.
Sycamore Class enjoyed learning about the culture, traditions and of course languages of various different European countries (with a few countries from around the world thrown in for good measure). The children were tasked with creating a fact file, flag and performing a greeting / farewell.
The children worked extremely hard during their first (of many) assessment weeks. A tough few days was followed by a delightful Forest School Day at Preston Academy where the children learned about fire safety alongside producing habitats for local animals. I think everyone’s favourite was the s’mores though.
It has been great to see so many enthusiastic children returning to Preston C of E Primary school ready for their final year and I think the staff are just about there with remembering all the names. Alongside learning the routines and expectations that being top of the school brings, the children have worked extremely hard already this week in preparation for our first set of assessments.
A quick reminder that we have swimming on Monday and a Forest School Day on Friday next week.