Winter Wonderland

We just want to to share with you what me and Lilly have been up to this weekend.
My Mum has organised a Christmas wonderland trail in our local woods for the community to come along and walk the trail and see all the wonderful Christmas attractions then up to see the Santa.
I asked if I could be an elf on the day and roped in Lilly to help too. We took charge of an area and made sure the attractions were safe and were looking good, while handing out gingerbread man to all the children who came to see the trail ( we had over 300 children attend ). 
My Mum and the rest of the volunteer from the charity ( Moortown West Community Association) are extremely proud of the our behaviour and attitude on the day. This day included : candy cane lane , Santa , The Grinch , The Gingerbread man and Ice Queen and most of all there was elf’s helping around and also helping Santa . There were activity table and hot coco . Here are some pictures :

From ,Sophie and Lilly .

How Stean Gorge Y6 Residential

The residential runs from 13th – 17th June 2022, although children will only attend for three days of this: either Mon-Wed or Wed-Fri.

The residential is based at How Stean Gorge near Pateley Bridge in the Yorkshire Dales. We will stay at How Stean Gorge for the duration of the trip.

The catering provided by How Stean will cater for your child’s dietary requirements. The children will use the large dining area to eat.

We will have 4-5 members of staff at all times. This staffing will be supplemented by members of staff from How Stean who will lead the activities. These are trained professionals that are all first aid trained.

Kit List – What should we pack?

We have put together an example kit list below, as we know that the more time you have to begin collecting the items the better. If we hear that any additional items will be needed, we will notify you immediately.



What will we be doing?

  1. Via Ferrata High Wire and Abseil
  2. Gorge Walking / Ghyll Scrambling
  3. Caving

The exact details of our 3 day package is to be decided but it could look something like this:



Children will stay at How Stean Gorge, where there are fantastic facilities. The centre will be providing tents. Boys and girls will be separate. We do our best to ensure that children are with one of their friend choices. There is a café with a large dining area where your child’s dietary requirements will be fully catered for.


We will travel by coach. Wednesday will be ‘change over’ day.

What do we need to bring?

Exact kit list to be circulated at a later date but all specialist equipment for the outdoor adventurous activities is supplied by How Stean (helmets, harnesses etc).


Exact staffing to be confirmed nearer the time. There will be 4 school members of staff (male and female) on site.


School staff attending the trip will ensure your child’s medicine is taken at the correct times. Each group leader will be aware of the needs of the children within their care.

What next?

School will prepare the appropriate paperwork for the LA to approve the trip. Documents will include: risk assessments, itinerary, kit list, staffing, emergency contact details etc.

We are extremely excited to be holding our first residential in two years. We believe we have chosen a package that is excellent value for money. To give a comparison, other providers we looked at were priced up to £250-£300 per child for a three day residential.

We hope to take as many of you as possible to How Stean Gorge – please sign up before Friday 26th November.

The Year 6 Team

Eden Camp inspired home learning project!

We are excited to announce that we have a brilliant home learning opportunity for you to tackle between now and Christmas!

Use your artistic skills to create a scene from WW2. This could be created in a shoebox or similar, here are some ideas: 

London during the Blitz – A trench – Railway station – Garden with bomb shelter – Submarine

We are looking forward to what you come up with, good luck!

Mr Kay & Mr Ash

And so the adventure begins…

We enjoyed starting our Woodlands topic this week, being ACE Readers learning all about trees from around the world. We then became ACE Scientists learning about classification and how to sort living things. In writing, we looked at ‘Wind’, a poem by Dionne Brand. This focuses on personification – please quiz your child on this!

In the coming weeks, we hope to explore our school grounds to look at the Woodlands in more depth.

This week, some of us got to meet our reception buddies and over the next couple of weeks everyone will get that opportunity. It was brilliant to receive several positive comments and emails from EYFS staff who highlighted just how amazing the Year 6 children had been in supporting their younger counterparts.

It is too difficult this week to pick out a learner of the week as all the children’s behaviour was exemplary and they all threw themselves wholeheartedly into their new learning.