Y6 Bluejay Class
Welcome to Year 6 Bluejay Class
Welcome back to Autumn Term 2017-18. We cannot wait to get started with another exciting year ahead. We have so many things planned for the year ahead starting with our Autumn Term topic of World War 2. During this topic we will look at the life of the men, women and children in Britain and across Europe effected by the war. As part of this topic we will have a visit from a theatre company called Partake and we will visit Eden Camp. Over the term keep up to date with our learning by visiting this webpage or checking our blog at bluejay.norbridgeblogs.net or follow us on twitter @bluejay_class.
Dates for the Diary:
Monday 8th January- Children return school
Thursday 18th January- DARE Presentation
Sunday 28th January- Kingswood Residential
Friday 2nd February- Return from Kingswood
Spring Term is set to be a very busy term for Bluejay Class with a jam packed timetable, a residential visit and lots of hard work to be done so we are sure to be kept busy! This term our new topic is "Help! I'm a Year 6 Get Me Out of Here!" This topic is all about the great outdoors and survival techniques: we will compare two locations, Antarctica and Australia where will explore both locations and what we can find there, and we will also look at geographical features and complete map work.
Spring Term will see the start of our new Karate lessons with Sensei Dave on Friday afternoons which we are all really looking forward too. Bluejay Class will also get to have specialist art sessions with Mr Slaney on Friday mornings. Music sessions will continue with Mr Bellingham and Mr Oakton on Thursday mornings where the children have already started to learn "Despacito" and we are excited to hear the results. French will continue with Madame Walsh on Wednesday afternoons and Venture experts will continue on Tuesday afternoons until February half term.
Our PE session remains on Tuesday morning which will take place on the new MUGA outside. Please make sure children have appropriate outdoor kit to be able to fully engage with the lessons. Swimming sessions will start for Year 6 after February half term.
Kingswood Residential Visit
Our residential visit will take place on Sunday 28th January- Friday 2nd February. The residential visit is a highlight of Year 6 and is sure to be a great week. Miss Williams, Mrs Scott, Mr Scott and Mr Huthart will all be attending the residential visit. If you have any further questions regarding the visit please speak to Miss Williams before the visit.
Looking After Our Environment
In Bluejay Class we understand that as the oldest children in the school we must set a good example. We pride ourselves in making sure that we are being the 'Best We Can Be'. Today a group of children have helped look after our outdoor environment by picking up litter and encouraging others to use bins.
Over the past few weeks a select few children from Year 6 have been training hard ready for their Pop Lacrosse tournament. They have worked hard on catching accurately, throwing and being able to make the ball travel across the pitch fluently. They have all improved and gained confidence within the sport. After training hard they got the chance to show off their new found skills in a tournament against 6 other local schools in which they came 3rd – a fantastic achievement!
As 'The Beast from the East' hit Worksop, Bluejay Class wrapped up warm and got themselves ready for a fun-filled day of igloo building. They worked in teams to collect snow from around the playgroup and then made compacted snow bricks ready to build their very own igloo with Mr Huthart. Whist they were constructing their igloo a snow blizzard hit. They played and danced in the snow enjoying every moment with their friends.
Throughout the past 8 weeks, Bluejay class have enjoyed taking part in weekly Karate lessons with Sensei Dave. They are working hard to learn, progress and improve their moves and skills each week. We have seen children's confidence grow, skills develop and more importantly have fun.
Ruby says, "It's a really excellent activity that we get to enjoy every week. Sensei Dave makes it fun and enjoyable to learn."
Kingswood Residential- Peak Venture 2018
On Sunday 28th January Year 6 headed out on their most exciting adventure yet: our week long stay at Kingswood! The week promised to be an action-packed and busy week which was guaranteed to develop and challenge the children both physically and mentally and it didn't disappoint. The children took part in so many different activities during the day such as Problem Solving, Archery, Jungle Vines, Rock Climbing, Abseiling and the infamous 3G swing. All these activities tested the children's abilities to think rationally, solve problems, overcome obstacles and to work as a team. In the evening the children relaxed and took part in Camp Fire fun, Karaoke and a Disco on the final night. We were tested at times by the bleak weather in Penistone, snow, hail and rain all within an hour, but that didn't dampen our spirits. It was a joy to watch the children change so much over the week and really enjoy themselves. They are a credit to their families and the school. Well done Team!
Year 6 had their very first Blogathon this week and had great fun. The children took part in a variety of activities which ranged from Pizza Making, a football competition and lyric writing in the evening. This all followed on from a brilliant morning which was spent at Hodsock Priory where we met George who gave us a tour of the house (which was starting to be decorated for Christmas) and then we were allowed to explore. We read Legends, made tree spirits, made natural art and played in the woods. The children and adults had a lovely time being outdoors and exploring.
Have a look at our class blog bluejay.norbridgeblogs.net to see what we got up to during the event- we would love it if you left us a comment.
November 23rd was the first Blogathon for Bluejay Class and we had a great time. The Blogathon is a 24 hour Blogging event which takes place from 9 am Thursday morning and lasts through to 9am Friday morning. The children take part in a variety of activities which we then write about throughout the day and evening and then they sleep over in the school hall. This year we took the Blogathon on tour to Hodsock Priory where we met George, the owner, who gave us a little tour of the stunning building and then we were allowed to explore the beautiful grounds. On the chilly but stunning day we spent the morning outside making clay tree faces for our Hodsock Legend, developing story ideas for Mystery at Hodsock and then (the best part) we were allowed to play in the woods! We then returned to Norbridge and we quickly got to work on blogging about the events of the morning. The evening then saw us lyric writing, pizza making, eating marshmallows around the camp fire and watching a Christmas film in our beds! Please take the time to have a look at our blogs from the brilliant Blogathon at bluejay.norbridgeblogs.net and leave us a comment or two.
Yesterday, Year 6 experienced in depth history of WW2 during our trip to Eden Camp. We made our way around 24 huts which were packed full of interesting facts and information about the different topics in war history. The children were mesmerised by the Blitz Hut as they got the chance to experience the sights and smells of WW2. Fun was had by all children that got the chance to visit this incredible museum.
During our trip to Eden Camp we took part in the Remembrance Rocks event. Firstly we chose rocks from school to create our own remembrance designs of poppies on. We took a moment to pay our respects and lay our rocks at the memorial to remember the sacrifices made by all members of HM Forces, past and present, in maintaining our safety and freedom.
Bluejay have really enjoyed taking part in Music Day at Norbridge. We had a full day off timetable and took part in a wide range of musical themed activities which enhanced and developed our musical talents. The activities included; Samba Drumming, Lyric Writing, Garage Band and Body Percussion to name a few. Have a look at the video above to see how we developed our skills during that day.
Our First Day as Bluejay Class
Today was our first day as the new Year 6 class at Norbridge Academy. We spent the day getting to know one another and getting to grips with what Year 6 is like. We played some team building games which helped us to start to communicate with one another, listen to others ideas and problem solve. We also looked at what it is to be a team to fit with our theme of the year "The Team Works!"
It was great to get to know the class today and I can't wait for the rest of the year.
During Art this week, two historical figures have been the main topic of our lesson - Adolf Hitler and Winston Churchill. We have studied the faces of these two men and used charcoal to create their portraits. Shade was the main focus as we carefully created the main features of their faces looking at how shading can enhance different features. Artistically we used a variety of textures of charcoal to produce some fantastic pieces of art.
As part of School Fitness Week we took part in the HIIT Workout. We worked our muscles, some that we didn’t know we had, hard by jumping, twisting, running, lunging and stretching our way through an exhausting 20 minute workout. As well as working extremely hard to complete our workout we had lots of fun taking part. We spoke about why it is important to be healthy and this year we will endeavour to keep our bodies as active as we can.
The year started off with a music lesson with Mr Bellingham and because we are in Year 6 now he decided the class needed a challenge. As a class we worked together to solve the music notes and work out parts of the music piece. We had a great lesson and we are looking forward to more!