17th July 2017

Our attendance this week was 96.4% 

This week our focus has obviously been on our final production at Carr Hill.  After several rehearsals both with the Year 5 singers and without, Thursday loomed large and we put on a very successful dress rehearsal, despite a hiccup with the technical side (the music stopped working because the computer overheated!).  This meant we were in a very positive frame of mind for our first performance to parents which seemed to suffer from similar gremlins causing the nerves to kick back in.  However our final performance on Friday evening was the success that we all deserved.  Everyone worked incredibly hard to pull together the most successful of all the performances leaving Mrs Hilton and Miss Footitt with huge smiles on their faces and lots of positive comments from those parents, friends and family members that were in the audience.

We also managed a very successful transition session with Mr Bell where we were using drama to explore some of the conflicts that we are currently facing with our friendship groups and others that we might face in the near future.

This week, our handshakes total was 24 and we managed to win the Class of the Week trophy by one handshake leaving 6MLK very disappointed!

Our Stars of the Week this week are Molly and Georgie for the superb work they did back stage during the performances.  All the backstage crew were great, but the two girls knew exactly what needed doing and at what time and were able to perform their tasks (and sort out the boys’ tasks) without needing to be asked by a member of staff.  Thank you SO much girls.

Here are two of our role play dramas that we created with Mr Bell.  They enabled us to discuss how to resolve the conflicts that we were given.  In the one the Mum deals with each boy in turn and we discussed how this was one solution to the problem.  In the other, we discussed afterwards how the conflict could have been resolved by the group of four going to have a game of football or something that would include all members of the group.

10th July 2017

Our attendance this week was 96.8% 

This week we have all been to visit our new secondary schools for September.  Two of us went for the whole week, one just went for a day and the rest of us went for four days.  We have all come back with very positive experiences and are looking forward to the move in September.

This week, our handshakes total was 25 thanks to Charlotte and Isabelle.

Our Star of the Week this week is Charlotte for all the hard work she put into creating props for the play.  Thanks Charlotte, I don’t know how we would have done it without you!

3rd July 2017

Our attendance this week was 89.6% 

This week, strangely enough, our focus has been on our end of year production – A Glint of Gold.  The children have so far worked really hard to learn their lines and create a performance ensuring that when you come to watch it, you will have an evening to remember when you come to watch it.

We have also been continuing with our work on our theme parks in maths.  We are now just coming to the end of our first year in business and are trying to work out our profit (or loss) for one month which we are using to calculate the profit for the year.  We’re really looking forward to continuing as we can improve our parks now with additional spending based on our earnings for the year.

This week, our handshakes total was 3.  

Our Star of the Week this week is Leo for the effort that he has given to learning his lines and performing as   a hieroglyph.  Well done Leo and continue to perform confidently both on stage and in class.

23rd June 2017

Our attendance this week was 96.8% 

This week we have been focusing on our story writing.  We watched a film from The Literacy Shed called the present where a young boy receives a dog with just three legs as a present from his mum.  He is not impressed and throws the puppy to the floor while carrying on with his computer game.  Eventually the puppy persuades the boy to interact with him and they go out to play together.  It is only at this point that we discover the boy has had the lower part of his leg removed and uses crutches to get around.

In maths we have continued to work on our Theme Park project.  So far we have decided on the price of the tickets and used this to calculate our profits (and losses) based on different numbers of visitors.  We are almost now at the point of entering the second year of opening when we can start to add extra rides and things by investing our profits into the business.

This week, our handshakes total was 6 but we have already received one towards next week’s total!

Our Star of the Week this week was Charlie for the way he has worked on his presentation of the role of Lord Carnarvon in our Y6 end of year production, Glint of Gold.  He showed super confidence performing his lines and has thought carefully about how the character might move and behave.  Great work.

A huge thank you to everyone involved in the performance though because you could all have been this week’s star – you have worked incredibly hard to learn lines and dramatization.  Well done!

19th June 2017

Welcome to 6 Nelson Mandela Blog (Mrs Hilton-Loom’s class)

In English this week we have watched a film about a boy who is given the gift of a puppy who is very friendly and keen to play. However the boy isn’t impressed as the puppy only has three legs so he throws it to one side. The twist to the story is that the boy has lost his lower leg and so the puppy reminds him of himself. We are showing off our descriptive skills and dialogue skills when writing our short stories.

In maths we have talked about the properties of numbers and shapes - working with a partner we had to decide what the links between a set of four numbers (or shapes) were. Once we had decided on their similarities, we had to describe them using the terms All, Some and None. Some were most definitely easier to spot than others. We were also given the sets and had to decide what numbers fitted the criteria which we found a little bit easier.

The other main focus of our week this week was the play – we had lots of fun auditioning for the different parts and Miss Footitt, Mrs Bradley and Mrs Hilton-Loom were really impressed (and often surprised) by some of the auditions.  Well done to everybody, let’s work together now to make it a fabulous performance on 14th July.

This week, our handshakes total was 6 – a much better achievement than last week’s efforts!

Our Star of the Week this week is Corey for the heart and soul he puts into every performance task that is given. Within a group this week, he has performed a super extract from a poem about mummification and his audition was fantastic.  Well done and continue to use this aspect of your personality whenever possible.

12th June 2017

Partake Experience:
On Monday 6th we took part in an Egyptian information lesson run by a man called Mr Adby. In the first lesson we had a look at and smelt a range of spices which include: cinnamon which was used to sweeten the bread; frankincense was used for soaps because of its powerful smell and there was cumin which was also used for food.
After that, Mr Adby chose one of the girls to do there makeup and dress them like a High Priestess. First he applied goose fat and chalk powder (white face paint). He then made the eyes look like the Eye of Horus which was to ward off evil spirits using a black rock called fool’s silver (black eyeliner) and crushed blue agate (blue eyeshadow).  Finally he applied crushed red ochre (red lipstick) mixed with goose fat to the lips.  This would have moisturised the lips in the heat of the day.
In the afternoon, we completed a dramatical retelling of the burial of Prince Seti, the younger brother of the Pharaoh.  He was just 12 years old.  We had to dance around and say prayers to prepare him for the afterlife.  We also had to pretend to carry out the mummification of his body.  Finally we sailed his body down the Nile to his tomb where he was buried with all the objects that he would need in the afterlife including a hippo toy, his mummified hawk and the canopic jars with his organs in.
It was a fabulous day and we learned so much about the Egyptians because of it.

This week, our handshakes total was a dismal 0.  We are aiming for more next week.

Our Star of the Week this week is the person who was the High Priestess during the Partake visit.   This is because you were the brave person who volunteered to become the model for the Egyptian make-up and consequently the High Priestess during the funeral procession – well done for being brave enough to volunteer.