Our last day! We will let the pictures do the talking but as a staff we would like to say how proud we are of the children in year 6, they have exceeded all expectations and this evening during the talent show surprised us with undiscovered talents. they have been a joy.
Despite the hail and the biting cold we summoned our courage and took to the lake on our boats. The experience was amazing, as the wind caught in our sales and we flew across the lake, our shouts of joy could be heard echoing across the water.
The kayaking team were intrepid as they fought against the elements to navigate the lake and later demonstrated how great they were as climbers.
Enough of the talking, here is the important bit the pictures.
We have arrived! After a peaceful journey we reached the famous Waterpark gates. The weather was cold but sunny and everyone was excited for our first activity. We were shown around our rooms and the beautiful grounds, after a lunch of delicious soup and sandwiches. Not a crumb was left!
After we had been briefed by our team leaders, we went off into our groups and prepared for our first activity… ghyll scrambling!
For the first time, we all traveled together to Nibthwaite ghyll. We can’t begin to explain how cold it was! However, we all still gave it a good (but rather bracing) go. We climbed over rocks, waded through a waist-deep torrent and lept into to the icy depths. Our instructors were all so proud of us.
For tea, we had pizza and wedges. Afterwards, we played a game of manhunt in the woods. Torches at the ready! We found some great hiding places, particularly flat on our bellies in the mud. Don’t forget your Vanish Oxy-action for our return.
Our night finished with a few chapters from the story Skellig, in our pyjamas, with a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Bliss!
Here are a few pictures from our first day…
World book day at school was celebrated in year 6 with a plethora of creative reading and writing activities. We were delighted to invite into our classroom Mr Whyette and is guitar. Our magical day began with us coining new words to create a glossary of spells, considering intertextuality and pathetic fallacy, as we conjured magic from thin air!
Once our spells were complete we began to look at how poetry is reflected in song lyrics and how colloquialisms are used to drive the rhythm of the song. Mr Whyette introduced us to the music of the Smiths, Elvis, Otis Redding, Elton John , the Beatles ( we knew who the last two were) and Pilot. Singing along to his guitar music we mastered Pilots song; ’it’s Magic’. I’m sure if you ask we will give you a quick rendition!
After mastering the original, we were then given the task of writing our own piece of poetry which mirrored the rhythm of the original so that we could add ‘Pilot’s’ tune to our words. It was harder than we expected but we were happy with our results, which we are taking to ‘Water Park’ to perform in the talent show!
Assembly was a celebration of all the effort everyone had put into their costumes for world book day and we could clearly see the book characters and just how many books we read as a school! As we read so much Mrs Ormerod has entered us into the 200 million word reading challenge, we just need to record how many minutes we read each day in our reading record.
Finally our trip to water parks is here, please arrive at normal school time on Monday and enter school through the front door. Come in your own clothes and go straight to the hall. Please remember to bring your inhaler from home, if you have one, and hand it to Mrs Ormerod on arrival. If you suffer from travel sickness make sure you have taken your medication before arriving at school, and hand your return medication in with the relevant signed form.
Keep your fingers crossed that the weather will be kind and we will keep you posted on our adventures from Tuesday onward.
P.S. Please bring a pencils case with colouring pens, pen and pencil.
This week has been an extremely productive week, not only academically but holistically; with the children developing their resilience to achieve their goals.
On Thursday 7th March it is world book day, we will be celebrating all things magical! The children have been sent home with a blank book cover form them to write about the book character they have chosen to dress up as. This book cover must contain information about their character, as short synopsis of the book, their opinion on the text and who they think would enjoy reading their book choice. They can make their book cover as colourful and as creative as they wish. All book covers should be in school by Tuesday as they will be displayed in the hall on world book day.
We have an exciting day organised for world book day as we have a ‘guest’ coming to work with us on poetry, song writing and creative narratives. Hopefully we will be able to share our performance poetry with the whole school in assembly and post it on our blog next Friday, so watch this space!
Please keep up the three book reading challenge as reading is extremely important to our progress in all aspects of literacy. As a class we are reading ’Skellig’ by David Almond and working on ‘scary’ stories to read aloud around the camp fire at waterparks. So please encourage your child to rehearse telling their story out loud once they have written it-the more expressive you are the better atmosphere you will create.
Congratulations to those children who performed with the Blackpool Symphony Orchestra and all those who have received music medals. We are so impressed!
The winner of the AR challenge last term was Leon, who will have a lunchtime treat with the winner of this term in May. So make sure you are reading, quizzing and recording your points on the class chart then you too could be a winner!
I hope you are all organised for our trip to waterparks in Coniston, we will have a fabulous time regardless of the weather!
I hope you all had a fabulous time over Christmas and are ready for the challenges of a new year and a new term.
Already we have started the term with enthusiasm for our group rotations and are finding working this way both fun and productive. Our art project is under way, so be ready to be amazed by our creative skills!
We will keep you updated with our achievements.
It has been a very hectic last week before we break up for the Christmas holidays, but no matter how busy we have been our hearts and minds are focused on preparing for the coming of our Lord. We hope that you can join us for our final Advent Mass in the hall on Friday morning at 8:15am .
Year 6 have worked extremely hard and enjoyed studying Charles Dickens Christmas classic, ‘A Christmas Carol’, each producing some creative writing and wonderful balanced arguments to convince Scrooge to join in with the Christmas celebrations. This Friday they will recreate Mr Fezziwig’s Christmas party complete with Victorian games and dances!
The Christmas bake off was a great success, the cakes looked amazing but the fun had making them was joyous to behold! i hope you enjoy eating them over the Christmas period, I know they taste amazing as the children made a huge cake for all the staff and guess what? Not much is left!
Finally I hope you all have a wonderful and thank you for the support you are giving your children during their final year at Our Lady’s.
Hold onto your hat Paul Hollywood because the Our Lady Great Christmas bake off took place today and your position as top baker could be in jeopardy!
Year 6 took to their mixing bowls and whisked up a storm to produce mouth watering Christmas cakes for their families to enjoy over the Christmas period. There will be a tasting competition; but not as you know it, the children will use their descriptive writing ability to recreate their cake in words, to express how delicious it is, the most mouth watering description will win the prize. There are three prizes available, so grab you amazing vocabulary, synonyms, metaphor, similes ready to describe the tastiest cake in the world! Good luck!
Watch this space for photographs of their creations!
This week, in class, we have been looking at the story of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. A story about a miserable man who hated Christmas. On Thursday, we were doing some freeze-frames based on Chapter 1, Scene 1. Along with that, we were asked to give a word or phrase for our word carpet e.g. ill-mannered, disfigured heart, stingy, callous and more. On Friday, we did Christmas Carol scenes in 20 minutes with different feelings for Scrooge.
written by Josh Owen, Gabrielle Darby, Sadie Hall and Francesca Yates.
This week has been memorable in many ways:
Firstly, on Friday, we led the whole school in a reflective worship to honour those who have died in war, for our country. We paid tribute to the brave men and women who went above and beyond in very difficult times and we stressed the importance of peace so that we never forget the horror of war, no matter how long ago in our history, so that as adults, we can maintain peace.
On Tuesday we were given the honour of watching the masters of performing Shakespeare, the RSC, as they brought the island of Ephesus to life in the school hall. Our joy of literature was evident, the atmosphere in the hall was electric as we laughed at the antics of Dromio and shared the other characters frustration.
We were particularly proud of Archie, Leon, Sadie, Thomas and Devon who became members of the RSC cast after many weeks of rehearsal. not only did they impress us but the RSC commented on how professional they were and what a joy it was to work with our young company!
This week has been an exciting week, not only did we have a VIP visitor but we gained a new member to our class.
Our special visitor was the author Dan Worsley who told us all about his new book and then we were privileged to spend the morning developing our writing skills with him as the expert. Just as professional writers do, we did draft after draft, eventually producing a piece of writing we were happy with. In fact some of us are still working on it! But don’t worry once we are happy we will share our writing with you , so watch this space!
Congratulations to Luke who won our golden award this week and to Tieghan who won the writing award.
Next week is an important week for some of the children in year 6 who have been rehearsing act 1 scene 1 of ‘The Comedy of Errors’, along with other children from years 3 ,4 and 5, to perform with the actual RSC in school on Tuesday! This is such an amazing opportunity, so please buy a ticket and support your peers. Tickets can be purchase from the Grand booking office or on the night of the performance at school. So please do not miss out! Come and see us at 7.00pm on Tuesday 6th November in the school hall with the world famous RSC!
Thank you year 6 for a great start to the academic year. You have all worked hard and built your resilience so that you can achieve great things. Keep up the good work over the holidays!
Once again another busy week!
We have been busy writing our version of the Robin Hood legend, using our new vocabulary and our literary writing skills, to entice the reader into wanting more. In maths we are working on the speed of our mental arithmetic and tackling fraction calculations.
We would like to congratulate Ethan for receiving the golden award today-well done.
However, the highlight of our week has been, not cooking, but our trip to Hangar 42 where we experienced what life was like for the Air Force during the blitz. We were fortunate enough to sit in the actual cockpit of a spit fire, take part in parade, dress up, see the ammunition used but most importantly of all we realised the great sacrifice those brave men and women made for us and we will never forget.
Year 6 have worked extremely hard this week and their behaviour has been exemplary, that is why they won ‘star in the jar’. Well done!
Congratulations also go to Ethan and Charlie for being voted Head boy and Deputy Head boy, along with Jessica and Francesca, Head girl and Deputy Head Girl with Daisy as acting vice deputy.
We are still reviewing the applications for office positions and chairman, interviews will be held soon, but we can announce that the following children were successful in their application for a specific role:
Nathan - house points
Matthew - sound and lights
Leo - sound and lights
Archie- sound and lights
Gabrielle - library
Jack - P.E.
Congratulations to them all.
A reminder that our school trip is next week, Thursday 27th September, please if you have not paid can you send payment in as soon as possible. Also, if your child is not dressing up then they need to come in their P.E. kit. If it is raining it is essential that they bring waterproofs as we are walking. There will be a room available for them to take off their wet outer wear for it to dry ready for the walk back to school. Pack lunch is required unless you have received a letter from Mrs Wilson.
I hope you have an enjoyable week end.
Cookery was a great success!
It has been a very busy week this week and as a class we have achieved a lot!
This week we began our history topic and I am looking forward to hearing stories about family members experiences of WWII, as we work towards deepening our understanding as to why the war began and the impact the Blitz had on the country. We are all excited for our visit to Hangar 42 on Thursday 27th September.
I would like to say thank you to all those parents who were able to attend the year 6 meeting, it was lovely to see you all and your support is greatly appreciated.
Congratulations this week go to Thomas for receiving the Golden award and we look forward to finding out the results of the votes for head boy, head girl, deputy head boy and deputy head girl on Monday.
Also, don’t forget if you want to appear with the RSC in a Comedy of Error on the 6th November please learn your lines for the first round of auditions on Monday.
Have a great week end.
It has been lovely to see you all again after the summer holidays!
Already we have been working on our growth mindset, have become scientific investigators, begun to interrogate our class text, 'Carrie's War', along with trying to beat the clock with our times tables skills.
On Monday we will be presenting our speeches, in-front of the whole school, for the position of head boy and girl. Please remember to practice reading them aloud with clear voices over the week end and remember to emphasize in your speech the qualities that you posses that would make you an ideal candidate for the job.
Please remember to look at the homework page for a reminder of your tasks.
As the class teacher I am looking forward to meeting parents on Wednesday 12th September at 3:45pm for an introduction to what year 6 entails. I hope that you can make it.
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals School Nursing Service have developed a Health Needs Questionnaire for Year 6 pupils, this is to identify the Public Health Needs of the school population.
The questionnaire is strictly anonymous, no personal identifiable information will be collected. However the information collected will help the School Nursing to understand the health needs of the local area and target resources accordingly.
It will take the children around 10 minutes to answer a series of questions relating to healthy lifestyle and emotional health. Our school nurses will be on hand to chat with the class and answer any questions they may have after completing the form.
You are welcome to call into the school office to see a copy of the questionnaire or if you would like a copy sending home please let us know
We've had yet another busy day at Waterpark today. Again, we have been pushing ourselves to new heights (literally in some cases!) and are showing just how perseverant we can be!
The day started with sandwich making before having a hearty breakfast of bacon sandwiches. Some of us chose to have cereal or toast instead to set us up for the day. Afterwards, we all got into groups for our daily briefing.
Swirl How (Mrs Murray and Mr Whetnall's group) had a very exciting, and incredibly wet, day! We travelled by minibus to Church Beck Ghyll in our waterproofs and buoyancy aids. There was lots of scrambling and climbing over slippy rocks and crags but we kept our composure (despite being soaked to the skin!) and travelled upwards along the water. Along the way, we had to crawl under fallen tree branches, climb up fast-flowing waterfalls and scale tall rock faces. Every single one of us gave one hundred percent effort and we all overcame each challenge. It was lovely to see so many helpful children showing kindness and support for their classmates. When we came to the end of the ghyll, we reached a rock face which led to a pool of water so deep that we couldn't touch the bottom! We took turns to jump into the water and swam back to our friends. When we returned to Waterpark, we sat down to have our lunch. We were given a choice of a wet afternoon kayaking or climbing the high ropes. Kayaking won by a landslide! We had to help our instructor to get the kayaks to the shore and climbed inside ready to go. We practiced paddling along, making rafts by joining up with other boats and even had a go at trying to stand up on our kayak. Afterwards, we were given free time on the kayaks and the girls managed to fit four of them on a kayak and paddle along. The boys obviously tried to one-up this and managed to squash five of them onto their kayak, however they were doomed from the start and soon capsized into the chilly lake! Some of us made a double decker kayak and tried to paddle along on this but it was very tricky. Finally, we took turns to jump off the jetty and plunge into the water. A favourite, as always!
Coniston (Mr Smith's group) had a very busy and tiring day as it was journey day! It all started with a three mile walk, taking in some of the fantastic scenery that the Lake District has to offer. Along the way we reached a slate quarry and had to tread carefully. We then found ourselves in somewhere very dark, very damp and much larger than we expected. A cave! A forty foot high cave. This cave is nicknamed 'Cathedral Cave' and apparently lots of famous movies have been filmed there. We were given candles and walked around inside with only the slight candle light to guide our way. We then blew our candles out and used fantastic teamwork skills to feel our way along to the back. You won't believe how amazing and brave we were. Afterwards, one of us had a lovely surprise. We all sang happy birthday to Harvey with our candles relit. After leaving the cave, we went on another walk up to a nearby ghyll and had a splash and a dive in the icy cold water. We all enjoyed this.
Wetherlam (Miss Dixon's group) have been doing a bit of everything today. It all started, of course, by getting wet. One of our favourite things to do at Waterpark! We walked down to the boat house and heard that we would be going kayaking. We worked hard together to get our kayaks set up on the water. We then learned the basic skills and got used to travelling around on the lake. We played games, such as racing, floating and rafting skills. After we had mastered these skills we got to play pirates! We became buccaneers and had to rescue lots of floating treasure from the water as quickly as we could. Apparently, Miss Dixon was very close to becoming the winner! When we had finished kayaking, we got to jump of a rather large jetty. We leapt into the water, pulling a number of fantastic poses as we plunged into the lake. The whole morning was finished off with a wild swim on Lake Coniston. Great fun! In the afternoon, we managed to shed our wet clothes and tried something a little drier. We spent the other half of the day climbing. We began by climbing the platform pole. Basically, we had to scale a tree trunk with a square platform placed on the top and try to pull ourselves up. It isn't as easy as it may sound! We even managed to get three of us stood on the top at one time, although this was very wobbly. Our last climbing activity of the day was the leap of faith. We scaled a tree carefully and then had to jump! There was a giant ball swinging between the trees and the aim was to reach it when jumping. Tricky! We showed real perseverance and team spirit to achieve our goals!
This evening started, rather sadly, with us having to pack ready to see you all tomorrow afternoon. We have kept the changing rooms and our bedrooms spotless. Our teachers have been surprised and very impressed! Tea today was sausage, chips and beans; followed by jelly and ice cream. It is safe to say that we really enjoyed this!
Our last activity of the day was our talent show and I really couldn't believe just how gifted our children are. The wonderful Joshua, Kai and Lawrence took the role of compares on and kept us entertained whilst introducing the acts. Ant, Dec and Stephen Mulhearn eat your heart out! Oliver impressed us with his magic tricks. Gracie and Roisin managed to make music and sing at the same time with their cup songs. Daniel then relaxed us with his self-taught piano skills. Chloe then performed a brilliant gymnastic dance. Lewis showed us his brilliant flute skills with a wonderful medley. Joseph was able to impress us with a piano master class. Thomas followed suit with a piano ensemble of his own. Lottie, Anabel and Chloe sang a beautiful rendition of 'Friends'. Henry then took a turn to tinkle the ivories, showing us his own self-taught skills on the piano. The whole talent show ended with Mr Smith and the Midgettes (Bethany, Lydia and Gracie) performing a rendition of Ghostbusters aptly titled 'Midge Busters', complete with a hoover. You will understand the importance of this song when the children arrive home. We were so impressed with everyone and they all did themselves proud. Well done everyone!
Tomorrow is our last day and we will be sad to leave but excited to see everyone at home. We have some morning activities planned tomorrow and we will be sure to let you know how we get on.
Tonight's blog has been written by Mr Whetnall as the other children have been so busy with the talent show and are now settled into bed. We hope you've enjoyed our daily updates!
We have really enjoyed our first full day at waterpark. All 3 groups have really pushed theirselves and created some fantastic memories. The children are excellent at keeping their rooms, shower areas and drying rooms neat and tidy.
Weatherlam have canoed as a group across Conniston lake then dropped the boat at shore and had lunch. Then we started a walk on our own following a map and clues, it was tricky but we all pesevered towards the ice cream place then we had one. Then we sailed back to water park.
Swirl How have driven to the other side of the lake. We had an ice cream and then started our adventure. We walked 2 miles down the lake and finally found the boat that we were going to sail back to water park. Then when we got back we went on the high ropes.
Today, Coniston group leaders decided to take us rock climbing. To get there we had to canoe across a lake, it was a hard task but as a team we managed to get there. After the canoe we had to walk a long way up a colossal hill and at the top was The Crag. Each of us had a go (even Mr.Smith) and all loved it. Then we had lunch with a beautiful view of the mountains... Later on (when we had finished Lunch) each of us were taken to get changed into huge wet-suits so that we could go kayaking in the lake. We played multiple games and slowly but surely got used to the water.
This evening everybody went outside to the bonfire. The children told ghost stories (most being teletubbies related!), 3 children received their child of the day awards, we played the clapping game and we then we played a game of zombie. The children have enjoyed a hot chocolate before bed and they are ready for a good sleep for our day full of activities tomorrow!
Written by Chloe, Lydia, Bethany and Olivia.