Don't forget our Leavers' Assembly on Tuesday 24 July at 9.00 am ...
Well what can we say... Darwin most definitely rocked! It was an absolute joy and pleasure to see all the children give 110% during the dress rehearsal and evening performance of their Year 6 Production. The singing, acting, dancing, costumes, props, scenery all blew the roof off and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you to all the audience for the support and now we are starting to get the preparations underway for the Leavers' Assembly! This week, we were extremely lucky to participate in a laser lesson. This involved us using a laser to hit a target and work collaboratively in teams. We have also started looking at songs and scripts for out leavers' assembly. This is being held at 9.00 am on Tuesday 24th July and we hope you can all make it.
This week in Stirling we have enjoyed the glorious sunshine and continued last minute preparations for ‘Darwin Rocks’. We cannot believe how long we have been rehearsing for and how fast the performance day is creeping up on us! Preparations aside, on Thursday we all had our full transition day visiting our new secondary schools. We are all looking forward to moving on to our new schools and enjoyed our visits. These are some of the exciting things we got up to; inter-house sport races, science experiments, drama lessons, tutor sessions and food technology lessons. There are lots of enjoyable lessons to look forward to in September. We are all looking forward to the school Summer Fayre and have created lots of lovely posters promoting our ‘Estimation Station’ stall. You have to guess the weight of the bag of chocolate to be in the chance of winning the entire chocolate prize.
Note from Miss Wright: Last call for costumes! Please can you bring in any costumes on Monday 9th July to begin our dress rehearsals. If you have any queries or questions then please do not hesitate to speak to an adult in Stirling.
Rehearsals, rehearsals and more rehearsals!! Stirling Class is in full swing of production mode with lots of prop making, collecting costumes and fine tuning our voices. We are rehearsing every morning to ensure our production is of the highest standard (even better than The Lion King!!). Thank you for all the costume contributions and we hope you are just as excited as we are. Our last mindfulness session was enjoyable because we listened to a piece of music and used that to create a piece of art. It was really interesting to see the difference in both groups' finished pieces. We will definitely use all the movements and breathing techniques as we transition onto secondary school. Our PE session consisted of a mini Word Cup tournament between four countries and a referee. The sportsmanship and dedication between all groups was noticeable and all children volunteered to referee the matches (so the teachers could learn the rules too!!).
Note from Miss Wright: Please remember to bring in your costume contribution by Friday 6th July 2018.
This week Stirling has been very prductive and creative with penty of play rehearsals, mindfulness yoga and art! We had our first rehearsal with no scripts and the children are confident with knowing their cues and lines - keep it up everyone! Back in the classroom, we have explored the artwork of Vincent van Gogh and spent time focusing on brush stroke techniques influenced by his 'Starry Night' picture. Next week, we will move on and look at another piece of his work called 'Sunflowers'. As our rehearsals get closer and closer to the performance, we will be having a practice dress rehearsal on Friday to add in props and scenery to start bringing the production together. Everyone is working really hard to ensure it all runs smoothly.
Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the sunshine.
Note from Miss Wright: Please remember to bring in your costume contribution on Friday 29th June 2018.
This week Striling has been working hard with plenty of production rehearsals, mindfulness yoga and sports day practice. We are so impressed with how the children are developing more and more confidence as each week goes by and cannot wait to perform to an audience. From next Friday, 22 June, we would like all children to try rehearsing without their scripts! Back in the classroom, we have been busy making a small prop to wear during one of our production songs. Everyone worked hard to complete it and we look forward to you seeing it on the show night. Our Sports Day practices have been very enjoyable and the class is looking forward to taking part on Tuesday 19 June from 1.30 pm. We have been making it more competitive by timing children as they run the sprint and a large majority have been improving their personal best.
Note from Miss Wright: Please remember your PE kit for Sports Day - Tuesday 19th June.
The auditions have been and gone, the parts have been handed out, and we have dusted off our vocal chords which means one thing... the Year 6 Production rehearsals are in full swing!
This week, we have been beavering away learning songs, lines and setting the show. Next week, the stage will be set for us to use and we will be making props leading up the the performance on Wednesday 11 July. Our afternoons have been spent learning about an artist called Andy Warhol who was a well known Pop artist. We enjoyed learning about his creativity and then created our own Pop Art influenced by his work. On Wednesday, we had an enjoyable educational visit to London and watched a performance of The Lion King at The Lyceum Theatre. The show was fantastic from start to finish with plenty of singing, acting and costumes, and animals that moved through the auditorium. We have set our standards high to make our production just as amazing.
Have a lovely weekend.
Note from Miss Wright: Please support your child at home to learn their lines and songs. We do give them time during the school day to practise and remember... practice makes perfect!
A huge well done Stirling for all of your hard work, effort and cooperation... we have finished the end of a hard week and leaving the class with smiles on our faces! You should be so proud of yourselves and deserve a lovely weekend in the sunshine. This week, we have spent our afternoons experimenting with our creative flairs by designing our own graffiti 'throwie'. We chose a word and designed the lettering, background and colours for four different designs before completing a neat design copy. This morning, we have all auditioned for parts for the end of year production called 'Darwin Rocks'. Now, it is time to learn your lines and songs before the rehearsal process next week.
Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the sunshine.
Stirling Class...relax, chill and enjoy your weekend in preparation for you SATs commencing on Monday.
Remember, SATs are just tests for Maths and English. They don’t show how kind, funny, creative or quirky you are – and all those things need to be celebrated! Your value and worth is much greater than your SATs results.
SATs don’t tell the whole story. Whatever your results are, trying hard is the most important thing. You should be very proud to have made it through the end of primary school and to be sitting these tests. It’s a MASSIVE achievement.
This week our favourite lessons were English and Art. In English, we planned and wrote our own narratives that included a flashback. Our week started with reminding ourselves of 'The Hajj' and remembering the different sentence types and vocabulary that we particularly liked. After planning our own stories, which were based on the structure of 'The Hajj', we then enjoyed the creative writing process of completing each part of our story. Our Art lesson was rather enjoyable because we got to draw, design and create our final mask design. Mrs Haines has enjoyed showing Miss Wright all of the wonderful mask designs and looking forward to moving the process on next week!
Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend.
Note from Miss Wright: Please remember full PE kits (white Tshirt and blue/black shorts and trainers) must be in school every day.
This week, our favourite lesson was Art because we got to express our artistic skills by designing our own masks. Our task was to draw between two and four different designs in our books whilst experimenting with colours. The next step is to choose a final design and think about the materials we need to make it. We are all really looking forward to continuing the art through the Summer term. In English, we have started to read and evaluate a story called 'The Hajj'. We had a big discussion about our thoughts and feelings towards the first two chapters and now look forward to innovating our own stories with a flashback.
WOW, WOW and even more WOW! On Friday, we had our last WOW Day and we all thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. Our task was to work as a group to improvise and perform a 5-10 minute play to Lulworth and Corfe. Miss Wright gave us our criteria of only using one prop, 5-10 minute time maximum and all group members had to be included in the play. Throughout the day, we wrote scripts, rehearsed our socks off and were ready to perform after lunch. Lulworth and Corfe were so impressed with the hard work that they continued their discussions about the favourite play, back in the classroom!
Welcome back to the last but one term in Stirling! We do hope you all had a lovely Easter break and enjoyed hearing about all the lovely things we got up to. This week, we have been working hard with our writing by planning, drafting, editing and publishing our very own newspaper articles. We chose lots of different stories to report on and it was lovely to see so many volunteers to read out their finished articles. We will display a selected few on our entrance hall display board so visitors can see our published work. Our main focus in maths has been understanding how to convert different units of measure and solving multi-step SATs style questions. We have been using our previous knowledge and understanding of measure to help us further our learning and tackle tricky problems! The class has been awarded two marbles this week for working together on whole class expectations and we were very proud when six children were awarded their pen licenses in celebration assembly.
In Science this week we have moved onto looking at diet and nutrition by exploring all the different types of food groups and how there importance has a huge effect on our bodies. This has linked in well with our previous Science Day experiment! We have also worked really hard producing persuasive letters, to send off to different supermarkets, encouraging them to donate food and drink towards our SATs breakfasts. It was lovely to see the enthusiasm and contributions from all the children through discussions and how we can persuade these companies to make donations. The letters will be sent off over the holidays - let's hope for a couple of replies!
Have a lovely Easter break and we look forward to seeing you all back in school for the start of Term 5.
We have all worked extremely hard this week in all areas of our learning. On Tuesday, we had a whole day of Science (including two experiments!). We discussed and explored the question, 'What happens to our heart rate as our activity levels increase?' with lots of thinking and ideas flowing and we developed a suitable experiment to test our predictions. By the end of the experiment, it was interesting to compare our results with our class peers to discuss any similarities or differences. In the afternoon, we conducted another experiment investigating air resistance.
We have come to the end of consolidating our understanding of fractions, percentages and decimals. After the Easter Holidays, we will be moving onto measurement and revision lessons in further preparation for SATs.
Well done all!
A big thank you and well done to all in Year 6 for contributing so well on World Book Day. The day was an enjoyable one with lots of learning and discussions about what book character we all dressed up as - huge superstars!! We have had another busy week with lots of hard work, focus and concentration with our learning. It has been so great to see so many children taking more ownership with their learning and asking for support independently so please keep that going! Our English topic has moved swiftly onto writing our own explanation text. We have been feature detectives by reading lots of examples and highlighting features we can apply in our own writing next week. We have wrapped up our learning on fractions, percentages and decimals and next week will be exploring ratio and proportion before moving onto measurement.
Keep up the positivity Stirling :)
Stirling have been busy preparing for World Book Day, next Thursday, 1 March! We started the week watching short film clips of the BFG then writing our own stories and commentaries following Sophie's adventures. Throughout the week we have developed our understanding of including a relative clause, metaphors and similes to up level our fantastic writing. In maths we finished our topic on fractions and were introduced to our new area of learning on percentages. In Inquiry we continued to complete our research on the Stone Age before we begin moving onto learning about the importance of The Bronze Age. We had another fantastic dance lesson on Friday afternoon!
We have all worked extremely hard this week in all areas of our learning. Our favourite lesson was English because we immersed ourselves in story telling week and designed our own Mr Men or Little Miss Book. We started off the week by discussing why we tell stories and what features Mr Men and Little Miss books have by reading lots of books and sharing them with partners. Next, we created our own character, plot and setting which helped us plan and draft our own stories. After self editing and writing them out in neat, we illustrated our books and read them to Lulworth. It was a lovely reading atmosphere with lots of buzz between the two classes.
We have come to the end of consolidating our understanding of fractions. We finished with lots of maths talk and helping each other remember the different methods to add, subtract, divide and multiply them. After the February school holiday, we will be moving onto decimals and percentages.
Well done all! Have a lovely weekend!
This week, in Stirling, our favourite lesson was our afternoon of art because we got to be as creative as we liked by designing our own front covers for our art folders. We enjoyed being able to draw, create and design pictures and doodles to keep all of our fantastic artwork safe!
We have continued working hard on another week of fractions by developing our understanding and thinking of adding, subtracting, multiplying and (dividing next week!). Also, gradually building our speed and confidence to tackle arithmetic questions each day.
Our English focus has been completing our persuasive unit writing and we have written letters persuading people to donate money towards new playground equipment. The completed letters look very professional and well written - well done all!
By EW and KM
This week, my favourite lesson was English because we wrote thank you letters to our guides at the Lifeskills Centre. We all had an enjoyable time and learnt so many important skills about keeping safe. Our guides took us around the centre facing lots of scenarios like ringing the emergency services, how to give CPR and how to cross the road safely. We are now able to use these new skills to keep ourselves safe in the future. By GB
Note from Miss Wright: Thank you for those who attended the SATs Parent Talk last night. There will be a printed off handout sent home to those who were unable to attend.
Wow, wow and even more wow! This week, we had our WOW Day and we were challenged to produce our own Stirling newspaper in a day. We were split into small groups and took on specific job roles and then designed, created and made it. All of us worked together really well with lots of group talk and helping one another. The newspapers are now taking pride of place on our Inquiry working wall.
My favourite lesson was Science because we got to play with electrical circuits and our task was to make a circuit as well as predict what might happen if we added more bulbs. Next week, we are going to learn and draw the conventional symbols that scientists use.
In English, we have started to write, first draft and edit our own piece of persuasive writing. We have learnt lots of key vocabulary to include in our writing and enjoyed reading work out to the whole class.
In Maths, we have started to tackle fractions and especially ordering them smallest to largest and largest to smallest. We will be moving on to adding and subtracting as well as finding fractions of amounts.
Note from Miss Wright: A small reminder… it is Group 2's last swimming session next week (Friday 19 January)
We have most definitely hit the ground running in Stirling!
This week, our favourite lesson was Science because we used the electrical circuits to design and make a circuit - that works! Did you know four batteries can make a bulb glow so brightly it appears white? Also, in English, we have enjoyed writing our own persuasive piece of writing about a topic of our choice. We have been using our key vocabulary as well as magpieing wow words from other examples. Our main focus in Maths has been recapping and refreshing ourselves with SATs styled questions, taken from our most recent mock SATs papers. Mrs Lavelle and Miss Wright have been talking through methods and short cuts about understanding how to solve the questions - there were certainly some light bulb moments!
Next week, we are looking forward to our penultimate week of swimming. By RB and MM.
Week 7 ...
Stirling is on the final countdown to the Christmas Holidays!
My favourite lesson has been English because we watched a short film clip of 'The Chronicles of Narnia' when Lucy walked through the wardrobe and entered the magical world. Our story focus was to write what happens at each part and then predicting the ending with a cliffhanger...!!
Mrs Haines taught a brilliant Science lesson where we made our own periscopes using old pizza boxes, templates and mirrors. It was great to see everyone's final creations.
The whole class are looking forward to performing our Christmas Songs on Monday 11 December and getting into the Christmas spirit with lots of creative activities. By JB
Note from Miss Wright A small reminder… Please can you remind your child to take their PE Kits home this week.
This week, our favourite lesson was PSHE because we were learning about what friendship is and how we offer friendship to others. Our creative task was to design a poster that helps people gain friendships. We also listened to a song, by Bruno Mars, talking about the importance of friendship.
We have been cracking on with our 'Mock SATS' week to prepare us for the real thing in May. On Wednesday, we did a cheeky bit of pre-Christmas crafting! We have been designing our very own wrapping paper. Next week, we will be beginning to make them for real!
There has been a lot of construction happening on the main playground. They are now working on an alternative entrance before they make a safe route for vehicles to get to the construction site.
Finally, on Thursday afternoon, Key Stage 2 watched Aesop's Travelling Theatre Company perform 'Robin Hood Saved the Forest'. It was paid for by The Friends of Castle and we want to say a huge thank you to you all because we throughly enjoyed the marvellous show! By RG.
We have had another jam-packed week in Stirling!
Our favourite lesson was Science because we were working in small group using torches and pendes to make different sizes when we moved the light source - how interesting! We continued our extended writes about 'The Iron Man' and really enjoyed exploring our imaginations and developing ourselves as independent writers. Our best day has been today (Friday!) because we earnt two marbles for brilliant behaviour in Maths, English and Swimming. Next week, we are looking forward to our Science and Maths lessons because those are our two favourite subjects and we learn lots! By RW and JG.
This week in Stirling our favourite lesson has been PSHE. We discussed and explored the topic of anti-bullying and how important it is to us all. Our final creations were designing and drawing blue hands to stick on a poster and think of the five steps to prevent bullying. In English, we have been re-writing our own versions of 'The Iron Man' and really focusing on including expanded noun phrases, adverbs, prepositional phrases. We have all seen a huge improvement from September so let's keep it up! The class are really looking forward to the Winter Disco tonight. By AG and SD
This week, in Stirling, we have really enjoyed our Maths and Writing lessons. We have moved on to explore 'The Iron Man' and developing our own bank of words to help up-level our own writing. Our challenge for next week is moving on to multiplication and division so we need to keep up the good work of practising our times tables.In Science, we investigated the different parts of the eye and how it helps us to see and react in different ways. We are really looking forward to our next Science and PE lessons, next week! By MM and GS
Note from Miss Wright A small reminder… Group 2 Swimmers will be having their first swimming lesson next Friday (17th November 2017) so please remember your kits.
This week, in Stirling, we have thoroughly enjoyed our philosophy session on Wednesday afternoon. Mr Miles is coming in, once a week, to discuss deeper thinking questions and investigating optical illusion pictures. In Science, we learnt about the interesting way light travels and how we see light through our eyes. We have moved onto a new unit of learning, in English, focusing on writing a narrative for the film 'The Piano' (this is a '15' film but the small clip we are using is appropriate for a 'U' certificate). We generated lots of discussions and bank of vocabulary by 'hot seating' the man from the film which will help us extend our writing. We are really looking forward to tackling more addition and subtraction challenges, next week! By KS and EW
This week, in Stirling, we have been challenging ourselves with lots of problem solving tasks and in English we wrote thank you letters to Mrs Haines and PGL. We think English went well because everyone had lots of positive things to share about the previous week. Our favourite lesson was Circle Time because we were discussing how to say nice things to everyone. We are all looking forward to having a break next week. Written by KW and CP
This week, in Stirling, we have been writing our own newspaper articles, either about Mrs Lavelle's cat being catnapped or Miss Wright's chickens being stolen... We do hope both problems get resolved soon! In our opinion, we believe that Maths was the best lesson because we have been using column method to solve calculation problems. Column method is everybody's favourite method. The thing that went well was that we earned five marbles this week! Our class marble reward is going to be a well deserved afternoon of sporting activities. The one thing that lots of us are looking forward to is Year 6 camp! The children who are not going are staying with Mrs Haines and Mrs Lavelle for a week of exciting base camp activities. Written by JM and JB
This week, our favourite lesson was English because we have started exploring a new unit of learning about Newspaper Articles. We have looked at the features and structure of an article as well as developing our own headlines for a newspaper! In Maths, we have tackled a tricky unit of learning about how to round large numbers. We have looked at practising our new learning, applying it in different ways then challenging ourselves with deepen tasks - we've really enjoyed it! The whole class are really looking forward to either our time away at Little Canada or the exciting activities Mrs Haines is planning for those staying at base camp. There are lots of fun things to look forward to. Written by AT and LM
This week, our favourite lesson was Science because we got to do fun things like finger printing and we had Mrs Haines teaching us. We’ve been working hard practising our ‘Cracking Times Tables’ and 'Club 78’. It is hard when you first try but when you do it lots of times… you get it! We have earned a lot of marbles this week for good behaviour and setting the example in assembly… let’s keep it up. Next week, we are excited to explore our next steps in Science and learning more about inheritance and evolution. Written by LK and AM
Note from Miss Wright A small reminder… all permission and medication forms for camp must be handed into the office by Wednesday 4 October.
Another busy week in Stirling!
This week we have been exploring and identifying features of autobiographies and creating our own timelines in chronological order. We enjoyed sharing our past memorable experiences and events!
We have started revisiting and revising reading and writing numbers up to 10,000,000. Some of the numbers have been getting us slightly tongue tied! Everyone is working hard to crack those times tables and it is showing in our weekly ‘Cracking Times Tables’ and ‘Club 78’ scores – keep it up!
Our WOW Day was thoroughly enjoyable and busy. We tackled the challenge of building our own suspension bridges out of different materials using a set budget. Everyone worked collaboratively and the team work shone through in every group – well done all!
A note from Miss Wright ... Homework has been given out and is due in on Wednesday. Please let us know if there are any problems or queries you may have.
A Super Start from Stirling!
This week we have all worked really cooperatively settling into life in Year 6. It has been great getting to know each other and taking on responsibilities around the classroom and school environment.
Next week, we will be having our WOW Day and exploring our Inquiry for the term (nobody knows when it’s going to happen or what is going to happen…!!).
Stirling signed off for the weekend. By J
NB from Miss Wright – Please can I remind you that PE kits (including trainers not daps) must be in school every day but we will usually have PE on Wednesdays and Fridays. Swimming lessons will start next week for children in Group 1 (if you didn't receive a text, please contact the Office) so please make sure you have your swimming kit with you.