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We made it! A celebration of our time at Ryton Federation!

Evacuation Day - Discovering the events of World War II

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Summer has arrived!

Summer is here and 6AB are working really hard as always. This term we will be linking our science, geography and English studies and looking at animal adaptations, biomes around the world and writing a non-chronological report about a special kind of lizard. There are also plenty of art activities to enjoy as well as basketball and tennis in PE. We are learning how to discuss school subjects in our French lessons and finding out about Islam in RE. Our history topic, World War II, provides a fascinating journey into the past, with time to reflect on the bravery, spirit and sacrifice of those who played a part. It's going to be busy but hopefully lots of fun too!

More Forest fun!

6AB had a terrific time on Friday during their Forest School session. They loved learning to light fires safely, lounging in the hammocks and playing giant hide and seek. A camp fire and toasted marshmallows topped off the afternoon.

Spring has returned... and so have all of 6AB!

It is so lovely to have all of our children back in school for the second half of this spring term. We are currently busy studying biomes around the world in geography which links perfectly with our science topic on animal and plant adaptations as well as our English work - all about animals this half-term. We are currently writing leaflets on our specially created safari park and we will move on to writing an information page on endangered creatures later this term. Our art work also has an animal theme - nocturnal creatures, inspired by 'The Night Box.' Forest Fridays are back too, along with our outdoor PE sessions in rugby and orienteering. This term is shaping up to be just as much fun as the last!

End of term Eggstravaganza!

We have thoroughly enjoyed all our egg-related activities this week. Congratulations to our rolling and jarping champions, and to our winner of the decorated egg competition with their Harry Potter theme. The designs were very imaginative - you are such a creative class!

Comic Relief - Red Nose Day 2021

We had a superb array of red noses in class on Friday - one of each kind although missing that elusive golden tomato!

David Walliams inspires us to read more and never be afraid to write creatively.

We were delighted to have the chance to take part in a virtual meet with one of our favourite authors, David Walliams, this week. He was very interesting to listen to and just as funny as his book characters. We came away inspired to create our own characters from what we observe in the world around us and we thoroughly enjoyed his readings from some of his books.

Team work makes the dream work!

We love our Forest Fridays but our beautiful nature area needs to be looked after throughout the year so that we can all enjoy it safely. 6AB did a great job of tidying up the area, re-establishing the pathways and placing woodchip between the sections of our Ryton wheel veg patches. Great team work everyone!

World Book Day 2021

Snow fun - sledging and snowboarding!

We have been making the most of outdoor sledging and snowboarding during this wonderfully white week!

Snow Fun!

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Dress to Express - Mental Health Week 2021

Christmas Festive Fun!

We have had so much fun with our winter activities this term. We have been treated to a scrumptious Christmas dinner, had a ball at our Christmas party, enjoyed performing in our nativity Straw and Order and we even managed to squeeze in a pantomime on the last day. There have been some amazing art activities too: from cards to calendars, tree garlands and decorations, we have been very busy. The results were beautiful! The magical forest trail was the icing on the cake. Here are some photos of our festive fun!

Christmas dinner and party

Our snowflakes on the Festive Woodland Trail

Christmas Origami



Hot Chocolate Friday

Throughout each week, children are nominated for the recognition board for going over and above in their day to day school activities. On Friday, a winner is drawn from the recognition pot. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners.

Our amazing Hot Chocolate Friday Winners for Autumn 2!

Virtual Author Meet with Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The children were thrilled to meet with the author of a book we are reading in class 'A Secret of Birds and Bone.' They had prepared lots of fantastic questions for her in advance and were delighted to be addressed personally by Kiran and to hear all their questions answered. Kiran talked at length about how she discovers ideas for her writing and hopefully the children will be able to put this into practice next term. Thank you Kiran and Seven Stories - this virtual visit was truly inspirational!

Children in Need 2020

6AB have immersed themselves in Children in Need activities this week, learning about connecting with others, noticing the world around us and understanding the importance of being yourself and standing up for your beliefs. We have also been getting very active with Joe Wicks every day, promoting healthy hearts and healthy minds. Today (Friday 13th!!) we helped to build a gigantic Pudsey bear. The teamwork that went into this activity was phenomenal and I was so proud of all the children today. Although both the ever increasing wind and a shortage of time and yellow leaves meant that the full face wasn't finished, Pudsey still looked great and made it onto the BBC Children in Need show. Well done Ryton Federation - another great piece of outdoor art! You can see how the bear came together on the slideshow below.

Building a Bear! Children in Need 2020

Reading Champions!

We encourage the children to try to read every day. Every time they read, a stamp is placed on their record chart. These children have already received their Bronze Award meaning they have read at least 50 times since the start of the autumn term. Congratulations to them all! Keep up the fantastic work!

Homes for Hedgehogs!

This week, in our forest session, the children worked in teams to design and build a cosy home for a hedgehog. They thought about the shelter, access and how best to make it warm and comfortable inside.  I think their designs are brilliant and we hope that our spiky friends will soon move in and discover how lovely they are too!

Operation Christmas Child - Christmas Shoebox Appeal

Thanks to generous donations, 6AB have been able to put together a beautiful set of gifts for a little girl to enjoy. We have loved choosing and packing the gifts and hope that whoever receives the box likes them very much. I am very proud of the children and the way they have thought about how they can help others at this special time.

Keeping fit and healthy

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Launched in Health Week, 6AB have been making great strides to improving overall fitness and keeping their hearts healthy. Every day in October, we are trying to move a mile. We are so lucky to have such lovely surroundings which encourage us to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air. Hopefully our challenge will continue long after October has finished.

31 Miles in October

Our Ryton Rainbow

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This Friday, we worked in small teams to create one big project. Here is the result!

More forest fun - The creation of our Ryton rainbow!

Nature Art
This week, the children have created some fantastic nature art and built shelters. Their creativity, as well as their use of pattern, texture and colour, has really impressed and the results are superb!

Forest Fridays

We are loving our time in the forest area. So far there has been orienteering and giant hide and seek. This week, there was a highly competitive scavenger hunt and we used items found on the forest floor to create words. Can you guess what the children spelt out with their items? We have also started work on our nature art. Some fantastic imagination at work here!

Maths Investigation

Last week, we went round and round in circles! We explored the different parts of this shape and through our investigations, discovered the magical number 'pi' and how we could calculate the circumference and area using this special number. Here are some photos from the investigation.

Meet the Teacher Presentation October 2020

6AB have made an amazing start to the new school year. It has been wonderful to watch them all settle in so quickly and meet friends, old and new. This term we are learning about 'The Victorians' and incorporating a fascinating local element linked to the Emma Colliery. This links nicely with exploring electricity in science and The Salvation Army in RE. We are looking at the work of Picasso in art and of course there is always plenty of computing, French, PE and outdoor learning. If the last few weeks are anything to go by, we can all look forward to a fantastic year ahead.