We had a fabulous time on our year 6 trip! We look forward to seeing you all at the year 6 performance on Thursday 18th July at 6pm.

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We have had a fabulous first week back in school!

Year 6 have started their exploration of Shakespeare’s play: ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ and have been active in our approach to the text. We have discussed some of the themes of the play; such as favouritism within families and how this might effect your behaviour, power struggles and how the roles of men and women are perceived in society today. Our discussions have been in depth and informative allowing us to enter into the world of the Minola family to best understand Kate and Bianca.

Also, this week we are very proud to announce that in our class we have amazing musical talent: so well done to Leon for winning young musician of the year by wowing the judges with his stunning drumming skills, and to Jessica for winning Pop Idle with her melodious vocals. Great job, we are all so proud of you!

This week we also began the rehearsals for the year 6 performance! which will take place on the 18th July time to be confirmed later.

Just one more date for your diary, on the 26th June, on the school field, we are holding a Summer Shakespeare Fair from 4:30pm to 6:00pm so please come along and support our class; have a go on the stalls, listen to the music, watch the performances , eat drink and be merry! Spread the word the more the merrier.

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Well done to year 6 for all their hard work this week and their amazing positive attitude, we were all very proud of you! You all deserved the Golden Award!

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Thank you for sharing our Easter reflection today.

We hope you have a lovely Easter.

Year 6

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Thank you to all those who supported our tree planting on Mother’s day; we successfully planted 50 trees, many of which were dedicated to loved ones. we look forward to watching them flourish.

This week we have been preparing for our Easter assembly which we are to share with the school on FRIDAY. We have chosen to look at the Resurrection of Jesus through the eyes of a court Judge trying to understand the mystery of Jesus’s missing body. We have a lot of lines to learn but we are sure that by Friday we will be word perfect.

We are very proud of ourselves this week as we achieved a mammoth 18 stars for behaviour when lining up. For next week we have set a target of 20, so we will let you know how we do!

Congratulations to Gabrielle for winning the golden award and to Sophie for winning the writing award.

Parents please make a note in your diary to attend the year 6 meeting on Thursday at 5pm in the hall.

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This week we have been working extremely hard in improving our Maths and English skills in order to improve our own personal best.

Please remember to come and support our Mother’s Day tree planting on Sunday and on behalf of year 6 we would like to wish all mothers a wonderful special day.

Year 6

‘The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the love of a Mother.’

( St Therese of Lesieux)

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Well done to everyone for working so hard this week after your busy time in the Lake District, it has been lovely to se you applying your newly found skills and confidence to your school day. Keep it up!

Congratulations to Jessica for achieving the Golden award and well done to those who beat their individual target on their arithmetic.  

Keep up the hard work and be thinking about your descriptive writing about being in a cave, ready to write next week.

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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.

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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.

Coniston

Wetherlam


Swirl How

Brown Pike

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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…

Wetherlam

Brown Pike

Swirl How

Coniston

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Bah Humbug!

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.

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