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Year 6

Welcome to Year 6!

 

Mr A Longworth and Mrs Owen

Year 6 Teachers  

 

Welcome to Year 6. We lead a fantastic team of staff who are here to make 

Year 6 the most productive, successful and enjoyable year ever!

As Year 6 is the last year at St.Margaret's, working hard and embracing

all aspects of school life is something we encourage you to do.

We will help you develop your independence, confidence and skills in order for you

to move through the SATS and prepare you for high school.

YEAR 6 DIARY UPDATE...

Thursday 2nd July

Good morning everyone. Please can you all check your emails for the letter regarding the Year 6 Socially Distanced Leavers Assembly in the afternoon of Wednesday 15th July beginning at 1pm. There is also a copy of the letter for you to read in the Folder 'June 15th Guidance'. We cant wait to have all Year 6 back together for one last Hurrah, which they all fully deserve as they have been an amazing cohort. 

 

Finally there is new transition material, Be Awesome, Go Big, for you to complete: 

https://www.hachetteschools.co.uk/landing-page/hachette-schools/be-awesome-go-big-resources-for-year-6/

https://bit.ly/2ZducxN ( editable )

https://bit.ly/3dZkcfE ( printable )

 

Mr Longworth and Mrs Owen

PREVIOUS DIARY COMMUNICATIONS....

Sunday 28th June

Hello Year 6, hope you and your families are well. Well the weather has certainly changed, back to the usual cold and rain moving in to July! Hopefully those of you who are accessing work at home you have downloaded the transition booklet for Parrenthorn and are working through this as we have been doing in our bubbles. Also please look at the Parrenthorn website as there are lots of useful material for transition - for both you and your parents!

 

The Theme parks are coming on nicely in school and I hope yours are too as well at home. It will be interesting to see if we have a Lord Sugar amongst us! Some Year 6 have a very shrewd business head on them! Anything you have been completing at home, please email this in for us to have a look at.

 

Myself and Mrs Owen are very busy organising the Year 6 Leavers assembly, which will be obviously a lot different this year! Please keep the afternoon of Wednesday 15th July free or if you can change work shifts around this, it would be good as we are planning to have a socially distanced leavers assembly on the playground. More details will follow via a letter and email.

 

Friday 19th June

Hello Year 6. It has been lovely to see most of you this week in your bubbles, which you have all creatively named; Fantastic 9, Super Floaters and The Leaning Tower of unruly children!  You certainly have not lost your humour and creativity! A massive hello to Year 6 who are working at home and I hope that you are finding the work easy to access and complete in your own home. 

 

Thank you for your letters us to send to your new form teachers, they have been very informative about you and you have all portrayed yourself in a very positive light. We have started receiving photographs (sensible and silly) ready to collate for the end of year photograph. Please could we have all these emailed in by Friday 26th June, allowing us enough time to work our magic with these.  

 

Miss Hayward, head of Year 7 at Parrenthorn, wanted to let you know that on their school website there is a section for Year 6 transition. There is a lot of information on there that would normally have been received on induction day and induction evening. They have put together a transition booklet which Year 6 can work through covering a range of transition topics. This will be completed in our bubbles and for those working at home you can work through this. Here is the link to the booklet:

https://parrenthorn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Parrenthorn-2020-Booklet.pdf

 

Hope you and your families have a lovely weekend and that the sun will return soon! Please continue to stay safe and look after yourselves. 

 

Friday 12th June

Good afternoon Year 6. It has been lovely seeing you all on Zoom this week, with 14 of you attending today! We have all had a laugh each day and we can't wait to receive your selfies (sensible and silly) ready to be added to our own unique class photograph. We are busy collating the letters you have written to your new form teachers and will send them on to the Head of Year 7, Miss Hayward to distribute. 

 

It will be even better to see those who are returning to school in person next week in your bubbles! These are now safe and ready to go. Please look in June 15th Folder and there is a letter with all the details for the Year 6 return to school, along with a risk assessment. We have also uploaded the work that the children will be completing in class for those who will continue their home learning. Please keep looking in this folder for work that will be added to this. 

 

I hope you all have a lovely weekend - it seems that the weather will be good this weekend and going into next week. Please all keep safe and continue to social distance and will see some of you on Monday morning. Continue to have enjoy this time with your families and please keep safe. 

 

Sunday 7th June

Good evening Year 6. It was great seeing you all on Zoom meeting last week. Apologies to Monday and Friday group as I had meetings and couldn't be in two places at once! I will make it this week. Hopefully you are busy completing your letter that we can send onto your new form teacher, ready for Year 7. Thank you to those who have already completed these, they have been well written and sum you up perfectly.

 

Zoom meetings will take place every morning next week 9-10 am -please check the blog space for the codes and passwords. You are in the same groups as ;last week. Only the second group last Wednesday has moved to Thursday morning. 

 

As you know, those of you who will be returning to school on Monday 15th June, have been placed into a 'Bubble'. Each bubble has 8 children. Both Mrs Owen and myself with rota ourselves to ensure that before you leave in the summer that we will have been in and taught each bubble. You will have seen what the bubbles look like (look at our page) and I have placed your trays in each bubble. I spent a long time cleaning these and getting rid a lot of rubbish that you have collected in them. In there will be any personal belongings that you left e.g. books, pencil cases and put equipment for completing tasks and your Pobble book. 

 

For those who will not be returning to school, the work Year 6 will be completing in school will be posted on the Year 6 website, so you will be able to complete the same work as your friends. Keep on working through tasks that we have already posted on the site, especially South America project. 

Please look at the new task in the Wellbeing Folder 'Posting Positivity'. If you want, please write a letter to people in our communities that are isolated during the covid-19 pandemic. The idea is that we can help people to feel less alone in these strange times. Any letters can be handed in at Tesco's or emailed in. 

Please all keep looking after yourselves and your families, keeping safe and well. Hope to see you all soon and keep sending the lovely messages and photographs to the Year 6 email address. 

 

Sunday 31st May

Good evening Year 6. Hope you all had a lovely half-term, work free relaxing time with your family. I am hoping that some of you will have been helping parents around the house and hopefully learning some new life skills. The weather has certainly been good and I'm sure you will have made the most of being outdoors, making sure sun cream has been applied in the gallons.

Please can you all go and log into the Year 6 Blog to see your allocated day that you will have a zoom meeting with Mrs Owen, Mr Longworth and Mr Perry. Sessions will be either Monday 8.50 - 9.50, Tuesday 8.50 - 9.50, Wednesday 8.50 - 9.50, Wednesday 10 - 11 or Friday 8.50 - 9.50. We will be focusing on transition and will set you a task to complete for next week. You will need a pen and paper for this session, as you will be working ( hehe) . We are looking forward to seeing you all via zoom at some point next week - please let all your friends know to read this! 

In the meantime keep working at your South America project, completing Mathletic tasks and English tasks that are set. This will certainly prepare you well for independent learning in high school. Many thanks for those who send pictures of what you have been completing, whether it is what we have set or using your initiative and completing other tasks. We love them all. 

 

Wednesday 27th May 

Hope you all had a lovely bank holiday and enjoyed the sunshine. I have attached a link below to give you and children guidance and support to stay safe whilst you are on line completing work, gaming etc. Please have a read, it is supported by the NSPCC... https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/

 

Friday 22nd May

Hello Year 6, hope you and your families are safe and well. We had a lovely (and very long chat) with the head of Year 7 at Parrenthorn yesterday. Miss Hayward now knows all about you; subjects you like, what roles you had in Year 6 and your friendship groups. Hope you all clapped and cheered our amazing NHS workers again last night, this is growing with momentum on my road, as the bugle player now marches up and down playing with his other family members banging pans behind him!

Please can you keep checking the Year 6 blog page as Mrs Owen will be posting zoom meetings that we will be hosting from Monday 1st June. We will be inviting you in groups of 8 between 9 - 10 am on your specified day. This will be about transition to secondary school and there will be a task for you to complete before the next weeks meeting.  

We will not be setting any work for your to complete over the half-term holiday, just enjoy being around and supporting your family. Hopefully the weather will be pleasant to get out into your gardens. 

If you want a daily challenge, continue to use this website: https://www.morningchallenge.co.uk/ 

Please continue to keep safe, enjoy your time with your family and we hope to see you all soon. 

 

 

Monday 18th May 

Hi Year 6 and parents, hope you all had a work free weekend and lovely family time. The temperature was certainly colder than the bank holiday weekend, but Mrs Owen went for a run and I completed two 12k bike rides with my children - cycling into the wind is very hard. Last week we cooked enchiladas and I forgot to take a picture for the South American folder. This week we have Taco's and I will try my best to remember to take a picture. Thank you for the WW2 pictures and accounts that you have sent in - please keep these coming as it is lovely to find about your family during the war. It is a pleasure to teach such a marvellous cohort, like you...it only feels like last week when we were at Dearne Valley facing fears and challenges and us getting to know you better.     

 

We want you to keep up the fantastic work and keep on working through the tasks we have set. Get what you can completed and we are sure they will be superbly completed. We are very proud of each and everyone of you. Continue to look in English / Maths / South America Folders for new worked that we have added.  If you want to have a little challenge each day, look at this website which I have been using with my son: https://www.morningchallenge.co.uk/ 

 

Mrs Owen has added a wellbeing task as it is Mental Health Awareness Week this week- see if you can complete the challenge- its located in the wellbeing folder.

 

Thursday 14th May

Hi guys! Hope you are all enjoying the alternative SAT's papers? We have been busy ringing around you all and checking in on you individually...it's actually great to hear what you've been up to and it  keeps us from eating cake, crisp and chocolate! ( That's mainly Mrs Owen btw!)  

I, ( Mrs O ) have been taking advantage if being able to go out of the house more than once to exercise , since Sunday- so Ted has his morning walk and I get to run in the evenings again!  Yipee! 

We hope you are trying to keep yourselves in some sort of routine and are being helpful around the house. My boys have learned lots of new things such as; how to use the washing machine and dishwasher, how to change their duvet covers ( we had races) and how to put their own clothes away! Its amazing how they have managed to up-skill themselves. Have you learnt anything new like that? 

As it should have been SATs week this week, we've got an alternative SAT paper for you to do too. Look in the block titled " Alternative SAT's" just for a bit of fun! Enjoy 

Please ask your parents to check their e-mails and respond to the questionnaire sent out .

 

Monday 11th May 

Hope you all had a lovely celebrations for VE day and social distanced - unlike some people shown on the TV! After Winston Churchill's speech a man down my road played the last post on his bugle and everyone stood at their gates with a cup of tea and cake and paid respect to all those who fought for our country. After lockdown has ended I will be able to get photographs from my Dad of my Grandparents and upload these into the Y6 folder. I will have to wait till then as he is not that technological - he has just worked out how to have a Zoom meeting! Please keep sending photographs of your grandparents / relatives involvement in the war and then I will upload into the VE folder to share with the rest of Year 6 and the school community.

 

As it should have been SATs week this week, we've got an alternative SAT paper for you to do too. Look in the block titled " Alternative SAT's" just for a bit of fun! Enjoy 

 

Continue to look in English / Maths / South America Folders for new worked that we have added. 

If you want to have a little challenge each day, look at this website which I have been using with my son:

https://www.morningchallenge.co.uk/ 

Please continue to keep safe, enjoy your time with your family and we hope to see you all soon

Mr Longworth and Mrs Owen

 

Wednesday 6th May

Both myself and Mrs Owen have been busy making calls to speak to you all, which has been lovely. Though some of you would prefer Mrs Owen phoning than me!! You have all been incredibly busy not only with your school work but lots of other wonderful activities with your parents - please keep sending in the photographs, they are truly amazing.

 

Thank you to all of those who have emailed their preferences of who they would like to be with when you move into Year 7. There are still a few who need to reply and please could you do this by Friday 8th May. We will be painting a great picture of each of you to the head of Year 7 and it is wonderful to see the amount of extra responsibilities you have all undertaken this year.  

 

If you want to have a little challenge each day, look at this website which I have been using with my son:

https://www.morningchallenge.co.uk/ 

 

As you all are aware, we will be celebrating VE day this Friday, unfortunately through social distancing. We thought we could share the achievements of our Grandads, Grandmas, and all relatives. It would be lovely if you could gather some information: photos; letters etc that you have about your relatives and take a picture of these and send in an email. My Grandma was a rat catcher in the war and part of the women's land army and my Grandad was in the Royal Air Force, with his true love - the Spitfire! My uncle was an evacuee and had to leave Guernsey during the war. This would be a lovely way to celebrate the massive achievements and sacrifices of our families all that time ago.

 

Speak to you all soon, keep safe and have fun celebrating VE with your families in your gardens. 

Mr Longworth and Mrs Owen

 

May 4th Be with You! 

Hope you all had a lovely weekend . It was great seeing so many of you on Zoom on Friday and we will be holding another one in a couple of weeks...you can't get away from avoiding myself and Mrs Owen that easy! Each week myself and Mrs Owen will be phoning you to see how you are doing, so please if there is a withheld number please answer as it will be us - we wont be trying to sell you PPI!! 

Mrs Owen has added a task to the Wellbeing block - please read and complete it. ( Its a really nice thing to do, honestly.) 

Also, anyone who still needs a copy of Journey To The River Sea, there is a copy waiting for you in the school office on Wednesday, between 9:30 am and 2:30 pm. Please keep to the safe distancing rules when collecting it. 

 

We informed those of you who attended the Zoom meeting on Friday that we will be having a Zoom meeting with Parrenthorn regarding your transition. Please could you email year6homelearning@st-margarets.bury.sch.uk with who you would like to be in your form with you next year and if there is anyone you wish to avoid. If you know someone who is going to Parrenthorn from another school you can put their name down as well. Also we need to know ALL the roles you have had this year, we have thought of many, but don't want to miss any!

Please can we have all this information by Friday 8th May as it will take longer than usual to collate all the information to put onto forms.  

 

Finally, (check out the use of a cohesive device!) keep looking in the English, Maths and South America Project folders as this is where your learning tasks will be posted. Plus you will have Mathletics tasks set each week. Keep sending in pictures of you doing your work, other activities, it really does make us smile and adds so much positivity into our households. Stay Safe 

Mr Longworth and Mrs Owen

Tuesday 28th April 2020

Hope you are well and enjoying the tasks we have set and not finding them too stressful. Building work has ceased at house, since Monday 23rd March so contrary to Mrs Perry's message to parents, unfortunately there will be no party at my house after lockdown!   I have read your 'Isolation letters' which you wrote and they are really amazing and can see they came from the heart with a personal touch. Thank you  However, spelling, grammar and presentation needs to be worked upon! Please make sure you send your email addresses to the Year 6 email...so we can get in contact with you all and making sure you and your families are well.

Mathletics

Hi guys, please make sure you are completing your Mathletics assignments AND submitting them properly. Quite a number of you failed to complete the tasks set last week. It's important to keep up with the maths and English tasks that are being set. 

Zoom

We will be setting up new zoom groups for Friday 1st May - so please check the Year 6 Blog page for times and groups. This will be good so we can see you all again. 

Please all continue to keep safe, washing your hands, which must hard for some of you! 

Mr Longworth and Mrs Owen

 

Sunday 26th April 2020

It has been lovely to receive emails from you through the week showing us work you have been completing and also fun activities which you have been up to; baking, coding games, painting glasses to name a few. Please continue to look in the Maths, English and South America Folders, for your main tasks, along with working through your SAT's revision books. Try and complete as many as you are able too, but again we want to reinforce this message: please don't stress yourself and your family out if you cannot complete them all. Enjoy your family time and try and have fun completing them. I hope you enjoy watching 'Race Across the World' series and then plan your own route.   

 

Why not try developing your computing skills by improving your touch typing speed and accuracy... https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2f9j6/articles/z3c6tfr

 

Please continue to use the class email  year6homelearning@st-margarets.bury.sch.uk between 9am - 3pm if there is anything you are unsure about regarding the work set or just to say hello!

 

Keep safe, look after yourselves and hope to see you all very soon

 

Mr Longworth and Mrs Owen

 

 

Friday 24th April 2020

Hi all. Did you all clap for the NHS workers at 8pm? Four doors down the road from my house a man and his son play the bugle - we now Whats App them requests to play! It is getting louder with all the pots and pans too. It was great watching 'The Big Night In' with my family and the amazing amount of money raised. Did you do anything extra to celebrate St George's Day yesterday - slay any dragons?! 

Keep looking after yourselves, social distancing and washing your hands - properly!

 

Sunday 19th April 2020

Hope you all had a lovely Easter Break (indoors) with your families and ate plenty of chocolate eggs! We have updated the Year 6 page with new work. Please look in the Maths, English and South America Folders, for your tasks. Try and complete as many as you are able too, but please don't stress yourself and your family out if you cannot complete them all.  

 

We have added an NHS activity (below) if you want to have a go at completing these. There are some Science activities too - but these are IF you want to complete them. 

 

Monday 6th April

Good morning Year 6. Hope you had a lovely weekend and followed guidelines of social distancing.even in the lovely weather! I celebrated Alex turning 10 yesterday -  he will never forget that birthday!

Unfortunately, ZOOM meetings are now CANCELLED due to safeguarding issues being released. Your safety is paramount for us and we will not be scheduling any more meetings on this until we receive further guidance. Please continue to use the Year 6 Blog Page and send emails for anything you are unsure about regarding work. We have received some lovely photos of you all completing your work and home learning.

Continue to stay soon and hope to see you soon.

Mr Longworth and Mrs Owen

Friday 3rd April

Hi all.

I am sure you have been working hard through the tasks set over the past two weeks and in your home learning book we sent home. We will post new learning activities after the Easter Holidays, and then you can begin your South America project too. There is a fun 2020 Time Capsule if you want to complete over the holidays. As it is the Easter Holidays, lots of chocolate egg eating is required! Please email pictures of any work you have been completing, so we can see your creativity. Keep safe and look after yourselves and your families.

Mr Longworth and Mrs Owen.

Monday 30th March

Hi guys,

We will set up groups (around 8 per group) and will post the details for our Monday meeting on the Year 6 blog page.  I am sure you are working hard with what we are posting on the Year 6 webpage, and ensure you have your daily exercise as well! Please all keep safe and look after yourselves and your family. Keep washing your hands! Look forward to seeing all the smiley, happy faces again next week - you keep us going.

Mrs Owen and Mr Longworth

Year 6 Class News 

 

Please see the curriculum overviews in the relevant term below for details of what we are doing in the curriculum. The weekly spelling words can also be found there. There are ten spellings each week, plus an additional five words from the National Curriculum list of spellings that children are expected to know by the end of Year 6. This full list can be found in the Autumn Term. Please encourage and support your child in learning these words throughout the year.

 

They all seem motivated and eager to embark on this new term and have begun with enthusiasm to do well. We have extremely high expectations and will expect all children to work to the very best of their capabilities. Concentration and hard work will be the key to achieving their very best throughout the year. They will be expected to set good examples of behaviour for the younger children to follow. They will need to take on extra roles and responsibilities in and around school and when in class be prepared to work with even greater periods of concentration.

 

We would welcome your support with encouraging your child to complete homework and in handing it in at the appropriate time (Maths on Monday and English on Wednesday). We will ensure that the children know what the homework is but it will be the children’s responsibility to make sure they take it home at the time it is given and bring it back accordingly. This will help the children become independent learners. It would also be helpful if you can ensure that your child reads each night, to build up their fluency and vocabulary. Ensure that they read a variety of fiction and non-fiction and the texts reading will be a challenge. 

 

We look to meeting you throughout the year,

 

Mrs Owen and Mr Longworth

 

Week beginning 

16th March 2020

 

Well Done to Kuiama, our star of the week for her excellent attitude in every lesson, great role model around school and always producing wonderful writing!

 

Reading logs: 

Please make sure your reading records are signed and in school each Tuesday and Friday please. You need to aim to read for around 15 minutes minimum each night.

 

This week:

Maths: We are working through reasoning paper style questions with Mr Longworth

             We are calculating algebra and using and interpreting statistics.

English: Mr Longworth - The Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling

              Mrs Owen -  Stormbreaker By Anthony Horowitz

 

Homework:

English - specific page in Revision book each night

Maths - specific page in Revision book each night

Spellings - tested each Friday .

 

PE- remember full kits please for Thursday and Friday PE sessions . Also tie long hair back.

Fridays' Lesson is Yoga, so if you'd like to bring a yoga mat into school ( if you have one) you can.

Uniform- Please remember to wear correct footwear for school. No nail polish.

 

Year 6 Science - Being Human

PE - Yoga and Handball this term

PE - Yoga and Handball this term  1 Working on our throwing and catching skills
PE - Yoga and Handball this term  2 Using the three second rule of passing.
PE - Yoga and Handball this term  3 Breath work.
PE - Yoga and Handball this term  4 Downward Dog
PE - Yoga and Handball this term  5 Child's pose.

How to support your child with Mathletics at home

Useful maths websites to support learning at home:

Mathletics - challenge yourself against other Y6 pupils and revise Y6 curriculum. Some homework will be set on this and it is great to practice your Maths skills'

www.uk.mathletics.com

 

Maths for kids age 10-11

http://www.math-exercises-for-kids.com/learning-mathematics-9.htm

 

KS2 Bitesize

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z826n39

 

Topmarks

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/mental-maths

 

Mathematical activities for Year 6

https://www.echalk.co.uk/maths/primarynationalstrategy_yr6/dfes-mathsactivitiesforyear6/

 

My Mini Maths

https://myminimaths.co.uk/year6minimaths.html

Y6 Objectives in Reading, Writing and Maths

DEARNE VALLEY BLOG - September 2019

Day 1 - Monday 9th September (9.40 pm)

The above sub-heading has to read in a Geordie accent like Big Brother! Departed school at 12.15, in the rain, and arrived at Dearne Valley at 1.45pm, in even heavier rain! But it did stop about 8pm and weather looks ok for the rest of the week. Realisation (and shock) hit the children that there were no parents to carry the suitcases, but they are now trained for when you next go on holiday! Had a wonderful welcome committee meeting the coach and whisked straight off to the first activity - Climbing Wall. It is safe to say that there are many natural climbers and some shot up there like Spiderman! Great to see so many achieve their personal goals and exceed them. Quickest to the top was under 30 seconds, even the instructors were impressed. Next, was dorming - my favourite activity of the week, where children have to make their own beds (bed sheet, duvet covers, pillow cases). They are now well trained in this and all passed the room inspection. Detective Longworth soon uncovered contraband during room inspections and ate well before dinner! Moving on to dinner which consisted of; sausage / chicken pie / veg pie and mash with a lovely chocolate brownie for desert. Refuelled and ready for the final activity of the day - Trial of Mystery. This involved children finding out which suspect had kidnapped Kingsley the Squirrel (Dearne Valley Mascot). All teachers were shattered after 90 minutes of interrogation - there are going to be some amazing lawyers from this class. I will get revenge in Maths next week and interrogate some of them like they did to me. The culprit...Mrs Hadfield! Don't know if there is enough in school funds to bail her out!! I left children talking 'quietly' in the dorms to write this and will post again tomorrow, hopefully after a dry day and lots of exhilarating activities and good food.  

 

Day 2 - Tuesday 10th September 2019 (8.00pm)

Good evening all...The sun has got his hat on, hip,hip hooray smiley Been a long day! Finally got to sleep around 02.30 am. Children and adults now feeling the effects. Hoping they will sleep better tonight. Day begun with a 6.30 alarm call and down for breakfast for 7.30, which was a superb full English, cereal and toast. This was what the sleep deprived adult bodies needed. Then came our first full on day of activities. Abseiling was an adrenaline rush and children's confidence grew throughout - some had multiple goes and went from some looking like Tom Cruise in mission impossible to the more Mr Bean approach! Fear was conquered on this high imposing tower and resilience shown. Orienteering was great fun watching children run off looking for posts and realising they had the map the wrong way round! Thank goodness that Sat Nav is available! They are like sheep and the flock returned to their leaders, with most posts located. Bushcraft saw the children transform into Bear Grylls, by making there own fire and learning about survival in the wild. We just needed the Prodigy song 'Firestarter' in the background to make this complete. Lunch arrived, which was a lovely selection of soup, sausage roll or jacket potato. Fuelled up again and off to complete more activities involving archery, problem solving and vertical play pen (depending on the group). Then it was dinner and the theme was America...burger or hotdog and chips, with donuts for desert! As I write this children are next door completing the scrapheap challenge. Weather looks good for tomorrow and hoping to get a better nights sleep. Hope you are enjoying your peace and quiet. Post again tomorrow, signing off from Dearne Valley.

 

Day 3 Wednesday 11th September 2019 (8.20 pm)

A much better night's sleep last night - staff feel human again!  Breakfast was very good again and fuelled us for the day ahead.  We all participated in the zip line in very blustery conditions which made the zip even faster - we even thought we would end up in Doncaster!  Low ropes saw all children develop trust, perseverance and team building.  This was very rewarding to see the children grow and conquer the course in front of them.  Lunch was jacket potatoes or baguettes - plenty carbs as energy levels were running low.  After lunch the vertical pay pen awaited them.  This was a very challenging obstacle course involving, logs, tires, nets and bars - climbing ... vertically!  All children rose to the challenge and exceeded their expectations.  Confidence is now soaring out of them.  Staff felt more confident facing a toddler playpen!  They were all brought down to earth with a big bump with the night line.  This saw children blindfolded, following a rope (or wandering off into the forest!) with a variety of obstacles in front of them and teachers scaring them along the way with twigs, leaves and feathers.  The staff enjoyed this one immensely - the children not so.  Dinner was an Italian theme, lasagne and garlic bread with ice cream for desert.  Children were eager to return to their dorms for the impending room inspection - oh dear ... Rooms 17 and 19 were joint winners (one baby wiped the window sills and windows clean) and the other made the beds like a hotel room.  You have your work cut out at home now!  Judges were bribed with sweets along the way.  Evening activity saw up sat around a camp fire singing 'Ging Gang Gooly', telling ghost stories and toasting marsh mallows.  Children looked ready for their beds in their immaculate rooms.  Had another glorious day with the weather and no rain at all - hopefully this will last for the rest of the week.  Off canoeing tomorrow.  Enjoy your penultimate evening of peace and will blog tomorrow.  

 

Day 4 - Thursday 12th September 2019 (9.10 pm)

My final good evening to you all! Writing this after our evening hill walk, which was 1.5 mile up (hard) and 1.5 mile down (easy). But we had music and energetic instructors so it was more of a disco walk. However, you will need to educate your children on their taste (or lack of it!) in music. Legs are ready to drop off, so good job I don't need them to type this. Wonderful views of Connisburgh. 

Rewind to the morning and woke to glorious sunshine - even had to put suntan cream on today. Children are now calling our accommodation a hotel so it can't be that bad. They had another good nights sleep - or they were whispering so quietly we couldn't hear them! Same wonderful breakfast and will miss these next week, back to eating toast in the car. Staff succumbed to their inner child today and had some coco pops today - and they do turn the milk chocolatey! Today's activities included the wonderful canoeing. Children took to it like a duck to water, staff took to it like the chuckle brothers - we learnt how beautiful trees and shrubs by the river are. It was beautiful scenery to canoe down the river, sometimes in the wrong direction, and we played some wonderful games. Instructors were lively as ever and they must have Red Bull in their cereal! Session ended with a good old fashioned dunking in the water. The second group found this more challenging as the wind had gotten up and paddled upstream against the current and the wind - good upper body training. I'm sure there will be stiff muscles tomorrow. Other activities included lazer quest and aeroball (trampolining and basketball fused together). These activities were also very strenuous and tiring on the legs. The other activity was high ropes - which are high! This did not put the adventurous Year 6 off and they smashed this out of the park. Confidence has grown and resilience and  determination is another quality which I have seen a massive improvement in. To finish off with - food! It was hunters chicken or pork loin with apple crumble. Equally as delicious as previous meals - we have been well fed this week - but have walked it off, averaging 16,000 a day. 

It will be strange not blogging tomorrow night - but I need my bed! We will be aiming to leave here at 1.30 and getting back to school for 3pm. I will text school when we have left. Hope you have had a lovely week and the children will be ready to share their wonderful adventures they have had (you might need to shower them first though!) Hope you have enjoyed the blogs. See you tomorrow. 

 

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