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Dear Parents/Carers,

I have had a tidy up of our class page, please click on the rainbow to read daily messages, click on home learning to find timetables and activities and please take some time to read the new information under E-Safety.

 

Thanks

Miss Ballard

Easter

 

The holidays have arrived and whilst you may have had different plans to what you have now, it is still the holidays. Children do need a break from formal learning, they need to rest.  I understand that this year Easter is a little different, rather than uploading a daily timetable, I have tried to give you some ideas that you may want to try with your child over the Easter Period. Most importantly, have fun, have quality family time together and stay safe.

 

Wishing you and your family a Happy Easter!

 

Miss Ballard and Mrs Wright :)

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Celebration Assembly

 

Every Friday, in our Celebration Assembly, we celebrate our 'Superstars', who have been chosen by the school staff for a variety of reasons, such as being kind and helpful or for trying really hard at something. It would be lovely if you could continue this weekly at home. Why not as a family nominate someone in the household each and share the successes of that week. This could be anything from a small achievement to an act of kindness.

 

Let's take some time to recognise and appreciate the hard work of the people around us. I would like to say thank you to everyone for your understanding during these challenging times and a heartfelt thanks to our parents/carers, NHS and keyworkers, who are all working so hard to look after us all.

Monday 9th March

We have arrived and the children are in high spirits.

 

After leaving school, it was like being on a ‘Disco Bus’. The children sang all the way to Calais. Our coach driver was extremely accommodating and allowed the children to request songs with ‘Baby Shark’ and ‘Barbie Girl’ being firm favourites. When we arrived at Dover, we caught a ferry to Calais. It was very exciting as some of us had never been on a ferry before! We were very lucky that the crossing was smooth and the waves were not too choppy. From Calais, it was about an hour’s drive to the chateau. It was at least 5 minutes before the dreaded question “Are we nearly there yet?” The staff there were all ready to greet us and showed us to our dorms. We had a bit of time to unpack and get sorted before our first evening activity started.

 

Dinner went down a treat – the children enjoyed the lemon tart and chocolate eclairs for dessert.

 

 After dinner this evening, we took part in a scavenger hunt. We went all over the chateau grounds, finding lots of different things.

 

To the rooms and unpacking- this was fun. A definite gender difference here the girls rooms looked organised and the shelf ended up looking like one at boots, all of the boys room were less organised but they seemed to know where all their things were. 

 

Lights out was 9.30pm: most children were asleep by 11pm, after pacing the halls, polite tapping on doors, firm knocking on doors. But it’s all part of the fun.

 

Tuesday 10th March

We started the day with a fabulous continental breakfastThe children were very excited about the activities that awaited us today! 

 

We had archery, volleyball, obstacle courses and climbing! Everyone is having a fantastic time and behaving superbly! Every child has been a real credit to the school and their families. All we have heard from around 9am this morning is ‘When is lunch time?’ The fresh air and exercise really does heighten the appetite.

 

Our next stop for this afternoon is a local sweet factory followed by a visit to la Chocolaterie (the chocolate factory), where the children will learn about the chocolate making process and, naturally, tasted some samples.

 

The children have eaten like kings, and tonight night is no exception-  breaded chicken, mash potato, pork, salad, AND donuts which was a firm favourite.


Tonight’s after dinner activity was the Château Olympics, an ideal activity to work off all the food we have eaten today!

 

The children enjoyed literally rolling around in the mud and completing group competitions. Every child needed a shower this evening - we even opened up our very own 'hair salon' to dry their hair in time for bed.

 

WARNING!- All children will need a good hose down on return. Might be worth checking your washing machine insurance, as clothes will be returned caked in mud. HeHe :)

WARNING!-  All children will need a good hose down on return. Might be worth checking your washing machine insurance, as clothes will be returned caked in mud. HeHe :) 1
WARNING!-  All children will need a good hose down on return. Might be worth checking your washing machine insurance, as clothes will be returned caked in mud. HeHe :) 2

Wednesday 11th March

So after a great nights sleep, it seemed almost too mean to wake them up this morning- obviously I had to and I did it with care compassion and of course a rousing chorus of "Follow the Leader”

 

Each day the children’s appetite is increasing. Their breakfast trays now consist of multiple bowls of cereal and pastries, with coco pops being very popular. Stock up your cupboards ready for their return!

 

Well it has to be said, it’s a bit wet, cold and smelly here today (not just the boys’ dorms I hasten to add) but the rainy weather has struck! Boo! But.has this dampened our spirits? No! Not one bit!

We hope our parents are doing well and not missing us all too much. We are having such an amazing time here the days seem to be flying by. After another brilliant nights sleep we started our many activities today including the zip wire, fencing and orienteering.

 

This evening we look forward to another hearty meal, followed by our camp fire! The children will have the opportunity to sing songs and play games. We then will be toasting marshmallows.

 

 

We are now officially known as the group of 'tooth thousand and twenty'. The tooth mouse in France has been extremely busy this week - 5 teeth have fallen out.

We are now officially known as  the group of 'tooth thousand and twenty'. The tooth mouse in France has been extremely busy this week - 5 teeth have fallen out. 1
We are now officially known as  the group of 'tooth thousand and twenty'. The tooth mouse in France has been extremely busy this week - 5 teeth have fallen out. 2

Miss Ballard being a residential novice really should have purchased waterproof footwear.

 Miss Ballard being a residential novice really should have purchased waterproof footwear. 1

Thursday 12th March

WOW! What a full day here we have had!

 

Today started with another wake up song ‘ Fast Food Rockers’

 

We then began our Rue town tour, the children were able to visit a French café and practise ordering drinks in French. After this, we visited the supermarket where the children have bought enough sweeties to open our own sweet shop.

 

After another delicious lunch, we have now began our afternoon activities.

 

It has been a pleasure to bring the children away for the week and the number of compliments they have been given by the members of staff here has been astounding. They have made me very proud and I know they are also proud of the young people they are developing into. Thank you again for letting us have the privilege of taking your children from you for the week and getting to spend quality time with them away.

 

All that is left to say is that we will see you tomorrow- muddy and exhausted but happy with memories that will last a lifetime.

 

PS- please stock up on washing powder ( Rain and very big puddles!)

Drop Everything and Read (DEAR)

 

DEAR takes place every day straight after lunch. The idea is everyone drops what they are doing and picks up a book and reads. This will last between 10-15 minutes and all you will hear is the turning of pages throughout the school while everyone enjoys their book including teachers!

Residential Trip to France 2020

SATS parents meeting

 

In Year 6 regular homework is set. Homework is set on Friday each week and must be handed in on, or before, the Wednesday of the following week. The following activities are set each week:

 

  • Weekly spellings
  • Mental arithmetic questions covering the four calculation methods, fractions, decimals and percentages
  • A short text and reading comprehension questions
  • In addition, this term we would like all children to regularly practise their times tables using Times tables Rocks Stars https://ttrockstars.com . Children should know their individual log ins/ passwords. 

 

 

 

Reading information

In Year Six, we encourage independent readers and the expectation is that pupils read at home every day. It is your child's responsibility to choose either a book from home or the classroom to have in school. We recommend that they choose a variety of genre. They are required to record the details of what they are reading in their reading records. In order to succeed at school, children need to be able to read fluently, have varied and rich vocabulary and fully comprehend what they have read.

Reading Question Prompts

SATS

The key stage 2 tests are timetabled from Monday 11 May to Thursday 14 May 2020.

 

Year 6 Homework Help

Here, you will find a list of suggested websites and documents to support you in helping your child with their SATs revision.

Please check these sites before allowing your child to access them; reviewing the sites ahead of time will also ensure that you are able to help your child find the best resources available within the site.

Help with fractions

Help with four operation

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