Battleships!

Year 6 have been busy in maths today describing and plotting positions on a full co-ordinate grid!

Team Hartwell and Team Quinn got very competitive whilst demonstrating how to play the game before the children partnered up and battled it out to sink eachother’s ships!

Our classroom quickly became very noisy as the children triumphed with their victories and cried when they came under attack but it was great to hear so many co-ordinates being shouted across the tables!

Year 4 Art

This afternoon, Year 4 have been sketching portraits of our class Saint, Padre Pio.  I’m so impressed with how their art skills have already developed this year and was blown away by their efforts.  Have a look at a few of them below.

3pm: Year 6’s favourite time of the day!

We are absolutely loving our 15 minutes of class reading at the end of every day!

We have just finished our first text – Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman.

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Ask the children some questions about it:

  • What is the book about? (Don’t give too much away though!)
  • Did you enjoy it and why?
  • Who was your favourite character?
  • What was your favourite part?
  • Would you recommend this book? Who to? Why?
  • What rating would you give it?

 

After counting up the class votes, we have started our new text – Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

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Ask the children:

  • Are you enjoying the book so far? Why?
  • Are you looking forward to reading the rest of the book? Why?
  • What do you predict is going to happen next?

We Will Remember Them…

Today, Year 6 attended Coventry’s Service of Remembrance at the War Memorial Park with the gathered forces, dignitaries and children from other schools across Coventry. During this beautiful service, the children were able to share some of the poems they had recently written and lay a wreath that we had made.

DYM Reminders

Four days to go!

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With just a few days left until the much anticipated trip to DYM, I thought it would be a good idea to send out a few reminders:

– The coach is due to leave our school on Sunday at 1.45; therefore, we ask that children are dropped off from 1:10pm (certainly no later than 1:30pm as we have bags to load and checks to do)
– Children must wear their full All Souls tracksuit for the journey
– Children will be supplied with a snack and drink during our stop at the service station where they will have a chance to stretch their legs and pop to the toilet. However, they may bring a SMALL packet of mints/hard boiled sweets to suck on throughout the journey to reduce travel sickness. No other food or drink will be allowed to be consumed on the coach and we ask that the food they eat before they leave is carefully considered as the roads leading to the house are very winding and often result in a wave of motion sickness (even to children who have never experienced this before!). Children should also ensure they drink plenty – and go to the toilet – before getting on the coach as their next stop is a couple of hours away.
– I will update our social media accounts to let you know we have safely arrived as soon as possible. Please be aware though, that the signal is limited and ensuring the children are safe and settled will be our first priority so always remember that no news means good news!
– Children are allowed to bring a small carry on in which they could take on the coach something to keep them occupied (e.g. playing cards, notepad, book, etc.)
– All sickness tablets should be in a plastic bag clearly labelled with the child’s name, if and when they last had them, and if and when they next need them for the way there and the way home. Please ensure these are handed to me when dropping your child off or before hand should you wish. Children should have no other medication in their possession that we do not know about.
 – I must have a labelled inhaler for each child named on our asthma list – without this we will be unable to take your child on the trip.
– Please double check the clothing list – the more spares the merrier (particularly spare footwear!) although the children should be aware that they will have to transport their own cases to their rooms so equally need to pack sensibly!
– Children do not need to bring any form of bedding with them as it is all provided by DYM although they will be expected to make their own beds. This is always interesting to watch!
– Children will find out who they are sharing a room with and their activity groups upon arrival at DYM
– Children are not allowed to take any food or electrical items with them in their case to DYM – these are DYM’s rules, not ours, and they are very strict with this for health and safety reasons. Any items found will be confiscated.
– If the children earn their stars, there will be a tuck shop open in the evening to give children the chance to buy treats and on the last night they will have the opportunity to purchase their gifts too.
– Finally, we return to school on Thursday at 1.15pm. Please be aware that if we are delayed for any reason, I will update you through our social media accounts. You are more than welcome to collect your child at this time (and any other siblings if you so wish) or they can be collected at the end of the school day if this suits more. If you would like your child to stay at school until the end of the day, please let me know so arrangements can be made.
I hope that answers any last minute questions you might have and that you are all as excited as we are! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or pop in and see me at the end of the school day.
This really is a fantastic opportunity for children where they really learn a lot about themselves, conquer fears, enhance their friendships and create memories that they always look back on fondly. I can’t wait! 😃
Mrs Hartwell

A really ‘odd’ day

It’s been a really odd day in many ways – but one way in which it has been especially odd is by the children across the school wearing odd socks.  This is part of a national campaign for Anti-Bullying week, and has demonstrated how we’re all different and little odd in our own ways (especially the teachers)!

Here are some pictures of Year 4 in their odd socks.  See if you can work out which ‘odd’ pair belong to which ‘odd’ child.

Anti-Bullying Week – Odd Socks Day!

Anti-Bullying Week – Odd Socks Day – Tuesday 12th November

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This week is Anti-Bullying Week. As a whole school we will be exploring this from many different perspectives. One of these is that we must respect the fact we are all different. To celebrate this, we are joining in Odd Socks Day and inviting children to come to school in odd socks on Tuesday 12th November. 

We encourage children to get creative and remember the brighter, the better! They can
be worn over trousers, one long, one short, however you please!

The important thing is that the children think about the fact it is ok to be different and that we should treat each other kindly.

Service of Remembrance – 12/11/19

On the 12th November 2019, Year Six will be attending a Service of Remembrance at the War Memorial Park.

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In preparation, the children have been busy writing Ottava Rima poems. Some of the stanzas chosen were put together to create two readings which we will be read during tomorrow’s service. We will also be laying a wreath that we have made.

Parents and grandparents are more than welcome to join us at the service which will be begin at 10.30am.

***Please note children should bring wellies to wear and have a warm, waterproof coat, hat, scarf and gloves as we will be standing outside for quite some time – even if it rains! Please also ensure that children are wearing their poppies. ***

Remembrance Day

We joined together today to commemorate Remembrance Day.

To mark the day World War One ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918, we shared in prayer before holding a two minute silence  to remember those who have died in wars.

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Thank you to the children in Year Six who led us in prayer beautifully and reverently.

Peace and Reconiliation

Today, on behalf of Year 6, Niamh, Izzy and Simeon attended Coventry Young People’s Peace and Reconiliation Conference 2019.

The Coventry Lord Mayor’s Committee for Peace and Reconciliation invited teachers and home educators to bring up to 3 students from years 6 to 9 to talk to peace activists and organisations fighting crime and violence at Coventry’s Council House.

They sat with the peace activists in facilitated circles in which everyone had an equal right to speak and be heard. The young people were given the opportunity to be able to explain how they feel about violence, knife crime, gangs etc. They discussed what problems young people currently face and what they think needs to be done about it.Teachers, Police, PeaceMakers, Restorative Justice facilitators and members of the community talked about what they are already doing to promote safety and peace and what challenges they face.The children then helped to brainstorm what more can be done to reduce violence and conflict and increase peace, justice, forgiveness and reconciliation.

The event ended with a summary of the ideas raised and Coventry Lord Mayor’s Committee for Peace and Reconciliation announced how they will be helping young people, schools and peace activists put their ideas into practice.