Tom Palmer Webinar

As part of our remembrance work, we attended a webinar with Tom Palmer. Tom is a Leeds born author who writes predominately about football and wartime. The discussion centered on his new book ‘The Barnbow Lasses,’ which is based around a fascinating piece of local history. He also spoke about his passion for writing and his inspirations. 

Tom Palmer Webinar

As part of our remembrance work, we attended a webinar with Tom Palmer. Tom is a Leeds born author who writes predominately about football and wartime. The discussion centered on his new book ‘The Barnbow Lasses,’ which is based around a fascinating piece of local history. He also spoke about his passion for writing and his inspirations. 

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.

Where?

Where

What will we be doing?

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

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

EXAMPLE TIMETABLE

Accommodation

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.

Transport

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).

Staffing

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

Medical

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

The Little Suitcase: the story of a refugee in the Second World War

On Thursday, we were visited by Judith Rhodes who is the daughter of Ursula Michel, a refugee who came from Nazi Germany to England in 1939, on one of the last Kindertransports. Ursula’s parents and younger sister were unable to leave Germany, and they perished in the Holocaust.

Judith told us the story of her mother’s experiences. She showed us a documentary film, which used family documents and photos interspersed with archive images and historical narrative. She also showed us her mother’s original Kindertransport suitcase, and some of the items she brought to England in 1939. We were then able to ask questions which really helped our understanding.

Your country needs you …

This week, we have continued our World War Two learning. In English, we channelled our inner Churchill and looked at speeches. We learnt lots of different techniques that speech writers use to hook in their audience and persuade them to their way of thinking such as: the power of three, rhetorical questions and persuasive openers. 

In History, Mr Kay taught us that rationing was brought into Britain due to ships being unable to bring in supplies. We learnt that it lasted till 1954, which was 9 years after the end of the war. We also learnt about other ways British people supported the war effort. We used our chromebooks to research these ways and used this knowledge to create Adobe Spark presentations.

We also learnt about the Blitz and discussed the places that were affected by the successive campaign of bombing by the Luftwaffe (German air force.) We used our knowledge to create presentations on Google Earth pinpointing the areas that were targeted during the bombing.

In Maths, we began the week by looking at factors and multiples. We then moved on to discussing prime numbers where we learnt that 2 is the only even prime number and that 1 is not a prime number because it only has one factor, 1. Finally, we looked at squared numbers and cubed numbers. We used counters to help us realise that squared numbers will create a square when displayed. 

In Music, we finished our remixes of Nina Simone adding a drum pattern to the vocal samples we had already created. We used Bandlab to create our pieces and I have been incredibly impressed with the way the children have been able to navigate such an advanced piece of musical software.

Lawand’s Remix
Lloyd’s Remix

Useful links

Thank you for joining us at parent consultations this week; it was great to catch up on your child and how they have settled into Year 6. Recommended websites and resources on how you can further support your children at home were discussed – we encourage you to use the following: 

To support with Reading

https://www.lexiacore5.com/register

https://www.getepic.com/

https://ihub.firstnews.co.uk/pupils

To support with Maths

https://ttrockstars.com/

https://www.sumdog.com/en/

http://myminimaths.co.uk

https://mathsframe.co.uk/

To support with Writing and Spelling

https://www.pobble365.com/

https://spellingframe.co.uk/

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