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Miss Bottomley - 6AB

WELCOME TO 6AB!
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.

Meet the Teacher Presentation October 2020

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.

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!

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!

More forest fun - The creation of our Ryton rainbow!

Our Ryton Rainbow

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

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

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.

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!

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!

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

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!

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

Calendars

Decorations

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!

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