Saturday, 29 June 2013

We have had a really busy week celebrating different aspects of China.
On Monday we began with an introduction to China- where in the world it is, major cities, etc. Elm went on to discover the Terracotta Army whilst Elder made colourful dragons.

Tuesday brought Rui Liu from St. George's, currently on secondment there from China. She spent some time teaching year 6 how to introduce themselves in Mandarin and then they all learnt an amusing song in Chinese- ask if they remember any of the phrases.
Alongside learning Chinese, the whole year group also took part in the construction of a fantastic dragon, now flying around the hall!

Wednesday saw the return of Rui Liu who taught us all how to write beautiful Chinese calligraphy using brushes and special Chinese ink.
Elm went on to play Chinese games of strategy and Elder to paint in the Chinese style.

On Thursday the activities continued combined with watching the story behind the names of the years of the Chinese calendar. Everyone now knows which year they were born in and have made a decision as to whether they have any of the characteristics from that year. I wonder if you recognise any listed here in your off spring!

Snakes are deep thinkers and tend toward the mystical. They are intelligent but can be secretive. They are good communicators and can put others at ease with just a word.

Horses are warm-hearted and interested in improving themselves. A horse is the spotlight of his community and likes to help others. They like to stay active and are kind to most people that they meet.

The culmination of the week was the building of the Great Wall of Crabtree, built in the hall due to the traditional summer weather. It was great to see all those parents who were able to join us on Friday afternoon- for those who were not everything will be available to view on the evening of 10th July, our annual open evening.

We now look forward to our school visit on Monday- keep your fingers crossed that the weather  lives up to the forecast!

The Year 6 Team

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

The children are now well into their cycling proficiency activities and are all progressing well. Let's hope that the dry weather continues to hold for the duration of the week.

Wednesday sees the inter school rounders competition with a group of children from year 6 representing Crabtree over at Redbourn Junior School. We wish them luck.

The week of the 24th June is our school Multi Cultural Week- the focus of our week will be China. we would like all the children to bring in an empty shoe box with lid for one of the activities that the whole school will be involved with- we intend to try and create our own Great Wall of Crabtree!

Many thanks to all of those parents who came to the meeting earlier in the week about school journey and the planned sessions with the school nurse. if you were unable to make the meeting and have any questions regarding either topic please see one of the year 6 teachers at the end of the day.

The Year 6 Team

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

The Final Countdown!

As year 6 enter their last half term at Crabtree Junior School the pace of activities keeps going.

This week sees the return of Mrs Renier- Elm were very excited to  see her on Monday morning.

We have begun our new topic; rainforests and deserts with the creation of classroom rainforests, dry versions only! Alongside this topic the children are also preparing for their cycling proficiency next week, highway codes for this should be coming home this afternoon via pupil post- a little bit of homework prior to the practical sessions. If you haven't yet dusted off those bikes and helmets now is the time. Let's hope that the good weather holds. On that note; please ensure that children do have waterproofs, gloves and trousers for cycling if needed.

Please remember the meeting next Monday in Elder regarding school journey and the fast approaching sessions with the school nurse. There will be an opportunity to preview the DVD that the children will be watching and raise any questions you may have.

The Year 6 Team
A message from Mrs Carter

I just wanted to say a BIG thank you to the parents and children of Elm for their lovely card, plant and chocolate (Thanks to the delicious chocolate, I am still well protected from those desk corners!).

It really was very thoughtful and I was very touched. I very much enjoyed working with you all and was very proud of how hard you all worked in the build up to your SATs. You're a great bunch!

Mrs Carter