This year we have a big focus across the school on the Gospel Values. Each class has been given their own Gospel Value, which they will learn more about as the year goes on. In UKS2 our Gospel Values are: Simplicity (Year 6), Humility (Year 5/6) and Truth (Year 5).
Year 6 Trip to the Briars
We are very lucky to have the opportunity to visit the Briars Catholic Youth Retreat Centre on our first week back after the summer holidays. It gives the children and teachers a great chance to start the year working together as a team.
Our Year 6 children had a fantastic first week back, getting to know their Gospel Value as well as every other Gospel Value associated to other classes in the school. Each group explored the theme of Gospel Values through boat making, CAFOD den building, prayer, music and silence.
Mid-way through the week, our children had the opportunity to be involved in a range of activities, which included: canoeing, scrambling and fire making. All children showed great team work, courage and bravery whilst partaking in such activities but had a wonderful time.
Take a look at the Briars' blog: https://ndcys.com/english-martyrs-start-the-year/
Welcome back Year 5 and Year 6!
We hope you've all had a fantastic summer and are ready for the year of learning. We are really excited to kick start our year with a brand new topic:
How are you a wonder?
We will be exploring the book 'Wonder' by R.J.Palacio, of which we have bought a copy for every child in year five and six to support their learning. We will be developing our knowledge of genetics and inheritence in science, our knowledge of America in geography and a variety of different skills in music, art, PE and computing.
One of the main aspects of the story is the use of precepts and we learn very quickly the importance of being kind to one another. Therefore, we will be taking every opportunity to develop our thoughts and actions towards other people in our community, incorporating our class Gospel Value in everything we do.
"When given the choice between being right and being kind, choose kind."
Rainforests: A Fight For Life?
We can't believe it's our final term in our classes this year. Pentecost 1 was full of learning: Year five learnt all about where we've come from, and Year six tackled their SATs tests with so much enthusiasm, they made us all so proud! We ended our topic learning about another faith - Sikhism.
This term we are studying the rainforest. We have started the term with a research day, where children learnt all about the different layers of the forest, tribes and plants/animals. Throughout the topic we will be looking at how the rainforest is being destroyed and what we can do to help. Of course, it goes without saying, that we are super excited for our end of year production - Madagascar! Keep an eye out for tickets and dates of our production.
Lent 2: What makes Long Eaton special?
We are excited for our Lent 2 term because it's all about our local town: Long Eaton. We will be exploring how our locality has changed over time, looking at maps and grid references, whilst learning about different artists.
As we move closer to the end of the term, Year 6 have been working hard preparing for their SATS. Keep up the good work Year 6, you are doing so well.
Happy New Year
Welcome back to all our children - we hope you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Before we start our next topic, we want to thank the children for their hard work in our topic before Christmas. Children thoroughly enjoyed learning about WW1 and WW2, and especially loved our WOW day! Well done to everyone, we have seen some great pieces of writing, art and homework projects. Keep it up!
We are excited about our topic this term - What remains of our early settlers? - where children will be learning about the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings. To add to our teaching and learning, we will be taking the children to the JORVIK Viking Centre on January 31st, which will be full of great learning opportunities and fun. Keep an eye out on here for the latest updates on children's work.
We would like to wish our Year 5/6 children and parents a very...
WW2 Homework Project
Year five and six children were given the opportunity to choose their homework project this term. They had the choice to: research a tank/aircraft ship, to make a model or draw it; design a WW2 game, for the rest of the class to play, or make their own model of an artefact from WW2, such as a gas mask, rationing book, soldier's helmet etc.
As always, our children put their heart and soul into their homework projects and we were able to look at some of their wonderful work during our last week of term, before breaking up for Christmas. Take a look at some of the pictures below that show the wide range of projects children decided to complete.
Victory in Europe WOW Day
Friday 7th December was an exciting day for our Year five and six children. As part of our topic, we celebrated VE day, like the people of Europe did all those years ago. We were lucky enough to have some visitors in school to share their stories of family members who were in WW2. During the afternoon, we invited parents to our Victory in Europe afternoon tea party, where they were able to have a look at some of the wonderful pieces of work completed by the children this term. Many children shared their own artefacts that their family members had allowed them to bring in. It was such a great day and learning experience.
Advent 2: Who had to keep calm and carry on?
We kick started the term with a blast! All our year five and six children had the opportunity to go to Nottingham County Football Club for the WW1 Games of Remembrance because it has been 100 years since the guns fell silent on the Great War. The Games of Remembrance 2018 was a campaign to mark the Centenary of the armistice harnessing the power of football to ensure the memory of WW1 lives on. The Games were a football themed tribute - to capture the imagination of the UK including two of the UK's most important First World War centenary commemorative events in 2018’s Remembrance Week. We had a great time!
Celebrating our RE topic
On Friday 5th October, our Year 5 and 6 classes gathered together for an 'End of topic' Liturgy celebration. Each RE class took part by either planning the Introduction, The Word, the response or the mission. We were very lucky to invite Mr David Boott, our Chair of Governors, to celebrate with us. Well done to all children involved!
Year 5 and 6 WOW Day - Where in the world have you been?
Thursday 27th September was World Tourism Day and we celebrated this by becoming travel agents for the day. In small groups, we chose a destination and had to work together to create a small stand advertising and persuading people to visit out location. We researched our places using the iPads and laptops, before creating posters to advertise what the locality is like, fascinating facts about the place and tourist attractions. Some groups also made tickets, special offers, leaflets, voting panels and prompts for their stalls.
In the afternoon, we visited each of the stalls in different classrooms, exploring the different locations and booking our holidays. It was an absolutely amazing day, where the children learnt so much. Congratulations to the stall winners, who managed to get the most bookings from their peers!
A big welcome back to our Advent 1 term.
We all hope you've had a fantastic summer. We have already started the year with a bang! Year 6 were lucky enough to get the chance to go to the Briars during our first week of term, whilst our Year 5 members spent the week learning and promoting our mission statement: LIGHT.
Where in the world have you been?
During Advent 1, we will be exploring a range of skills across all curriculum subjects, hoping to answer the big question: Where in the world have you been? Children will have opportunities to learn about different countries, continents and cultures. They will begin thinking about the resources needed in order to plan a journey to another part of the world, as well as the physical and human features of different countries.
In our Literacy lessons, we are reading 'Kensuke's Kingdom' by Michael Morpurgo, which the children are already enjoying and putting their own mark on the story as they retell different parts.
Lion King rehearsals are well underway.
We have almost learnt every song and have started to put in some dances. Emotions are riding high as the children impress us every day with their performing abilities. This is going to be a show not to miss!
Summer 2: Can you journey to Africa?
Welcome back for our last term together! Well done to all our year six children that took SATs week in their stride; you made us all incredibly proud!
We are extremely excited for our final term - exploring all aspects of Africa. Keep an eye out for our newsletter and any notes in diaries to find out what's happening over the next few weeks.
Good luck to all our fabulous Year Six children for their SATs tests next week!
We hope you all had a lovely Easter break and are now ready for the Summer term. We start this term with a fantastic topic: 'Does the punishment fit the crime?'
Over the next few weeks we will be exploring different crimes and different punishments over a range historial periods and comparing it to what we experience today. Year five have a fantastic trip to the National Justice Museum coming up and we can't wait to hear all about it!
Meanwhile, the year six children continue to impress us with their enthusiasm and work ethic. Keep going and all the hard work will pay off!
Safer Internet Day!
Our Online Safety Guardians had the opportunity to teach some year three children about how to stay safe online. Along with this, they presented their own assembly to the rest of the Key Stage 2 children.
We have had a fantastic half term answering our topic question: "Are all medicines marvellous?" The children have been really enthusiastic and learnt so much about the human body, our digestive system, medical pioneers and medicine in general!
To end our topic on a high, we had a health and wellbeing WOW day. We invited our parents to join us in a Joe Wicks HITT session, followed by a ‘Relax and Read’ session with healthy pancakes. We have also been fortunate enough for some of our parents, who have careers in medicine, to visit and discuss with us what they do and why.
Year 5 & Year 6
Welcome to Year 5 and Year 6! Here you will find information about what we have been doing in classes during different topics. Our current topic is Egyptians: Awful or Awesome? The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about life in Ancient Egypt and have produced fantastic work this half-term.
On our WOW Day, we spent the day celebrating life in Ancient Egypt. We built our own pyramids, designed our own Horrible History pages and built pyramids out of straws. Here are some of our best bits!
Problem Solving at Trent College!
On Wednesday 22nd February, Levon, Matthew, Alicja, Amelia, Erin, Patrick, Tom and Tess represented our school by taking part in a problem solving afternoon at Trent College. The problem was simple: Build a bridge over a gap using materials provided – or was it?! Every item came with a price – plastic cups were a whopping £1000! The idea was that there would be two winners, one for the strongest bridge and one for the most cost effective. Although we didn’t take the winning prize, our bridges collaboratively held 9kg and Mrs Jones even sat on one and it remained undamaged. We had lots of fun and we even got to wear the ‘groovy glasses’ as we danced the most to the music: Doesn’t Erin look great!