What an amazing, and busy first half term we have had back at school.
The children have settled in fantastically and we have really enjoyed working with them and forming the Maple team. There has been lots achieved in this first term, well done year 6 you have made us very proud.
We have included some pictures below to show some of the highlights:
We are really pleased how the children have returned back to school. They have all started to get into our new routines and it has been wonderful to hear all that they have been up to over the summer.
Just to remind you
Miss Shelton teaches the class Monday - Wednesday
Mrs Mizon teaches the class Thursday - Friday
If you ever need anything you can either call the school and ask for us to call back or you can email us:
We look forward to working closely with you this year.
So impressed with last weeks home school learning. Keep working hard Maple!
Please keep reading daily, Fiction Express is a fantastic resource, daily spelling work from Spelling Shed and finally remember to check SeeSaw too- there are extra activities on there... some even have prizes attached upon completion!
CALLING ALL YEAR 6!!!!
Sports Leaders Competition!!!!
You have been sent the challenge to create a Tennis activity for the Virtual School Games. Students are asked to complete a session plan and to create their own 40 second challenge video. The closing date for entries is 12th June and the overall winner will have their video included in the final Virtual School Games Challenge. For further details please visit: https://www.northamptonshiresport.org/sports-leaders-competition Good luck and have fun!
Our new topic is the Great Barrier Reef, one of the Natural Wonders of the World.
Please find below an information sheet, Knowledge Organiser and Homework Grid to guide you in your learning. There are also powerpoints and details of some useful websites which you may wish to refer to.
If you come across any other websites that you think might be of interest to everyone then please post the details on Seesaw.
Please find below useful websites and activity sheets relating to countries of the World, the eights points of the compass and how to read Ordnance Survey maps.
(Please email me any pictures you would like me to add)
Just a reminder year 5's
Look on Sycamore class for your Maths home learning work.
Reflecting at the end of a very long and difficult day… Probably the strangest day l have faced in my teaching career. Saying goodbye to you all- my lovely class, was truly challenging.
Year 6’s exams may have been cancelled, but each and every one of you have grown in so many ways over the past years. I have taught some of you guys for three years, and you have been a massive part of my teaching career, I have enjoyed many happy moments and laughs with all of you.
I am very thankful to have worked with such a great bunch. I hope you are as proud of yourselves as I always have been.
I look forward to hearing great things from you all.
Take care all.
Keep in contact.
P.S I haven’t forgotten about the home learning… watch this space.
We recently held a special assembly to celebrate all the sporting activities the children take part in. Special guests were invited to join us including the Mayor, Jo Beirne and Josh Jones, a trampolinist who represents England.
We heard from some children who recalled their favourite sporting memories and Josh then spoke about his sporting career.
To end the celebration, Mrs Chapman was presented with the award for Primary Sports School of the Year by the Mayor.
Please find below information about our new topic, including the Knowledge Organiser and Homework Grid. We have already learnt a great deal about how to reduce our Carbon Footprint and save energy.
Here are a selection of photos that show how much our class enjoyed Tudor Day. We learnt some fascinating facts as well as impressing our visitor with our knowledge of this topic.
Congratulations to all the children that took part in the cross country we were really proud of you all!
An extra well done to Iona who placed first for the year six girls and Evie who placed second!!
Gold and Silver!!
Maple class enjoyed an exciting trip to Silverstone this week, the home of British motor sport.
We learnt about engineering and technology in the world of motor sport including the important part that friction and forces play in enabling racing cars to reach incredible speeds.
The exhibition included many hands-on activities and some of these can be seen in the photos below.
A special mention must be given to Colin who impressed everyone with his knowledge of Formula 1 racing.
Our thanks go to Mrs Ellwood, Mrs O'Reilly, Mrs Harris and Mrs Merson for accompanying us on our trip and helping the children throughout the day.
Jake and Libby
And our new Deputies
Rhys, Leyli and Evie
We look forward to working with you!
All children were fantastic at interview, it was a very hard decision appointing. I’m sure you agree such a wonderful experience for them and good practice for the future. We were so impressed with the applicants that we felt others deserved some responsibility too so we are currently agreeing some new positions. Watch this space for an update…
Thank you to our wonderful waiters and waitress' for their service with a smile. Well done Jake, Libby, Leyli, Harley, Heidi, Alfie, Molly and Samia.
We had a very exciting day today. Maple class was invited to the Castle Theatre, Wellingborough to help launch the pantomime season.
We got to take part in a workshop lead by two of the cast members- Jasmin and Aladdin. Some children were given lines to present the cast at the press release. We finished the afternoon having photo opportunities with the cast that included Atomic Kitten's, Natasha Hamilton.
A fantastic day, thank you for the invite we really enjoyed ourselves.
Also a huge thank you to Mrs Scola, Mrs Ellwood, Mrs Harris, Mrs Kerlin, Mrs Pike and Mrs Parsons for your support and help transporting the children and of course a thank you to Mrs Brown for thinking of us and putting us in contact with the Castle for such a lovely opportunity.
Can we take this chance to wish our very own shining star Elliott good luck for his part in the Aladdin pantomime, we know you will be amazing and we can’t wait to hear all about it. Don’t forget to go see him if you have a chance!
Congratulations to Kyla for being voted our year 5 school council representative.
We are pleased to say we have had such a lovely first week back with the class.
The children have really impressed us. There has been a lot going on some amazing writing, marvelous maths and I am proud to say a class of little book worms.
Well done this week to all the children for their hard work it has been a pleasure we are excited for the term ahead.
Avalanche Shelter design competition
After the previous week's lesson on strength from triangles in engineering, using only one sheet of card, art straws and PVA glue, the class were challenged to make an avalanche shelter that cold protect the girl from weights of up to 1kg, dropped from 1 metre above.
Four pairs reached 500g, but only one survived to 1kg.
1st: Ross & Issy
2nd (equal): Fynn & Heidi / Matthew & Tayla / AJ & Abi
3rd (equal): Emily & Samuel W / Alanna & Harley
That's 2 design competitions this year, and both times Ross has been on the winning team. Looks like we have a future engineer in our class.
I'm sure you've all seen the handsome science work USA children brought home tonight. It was all-hands-on-deck as we had a special visitor from Wrenn Academy delivering a science lesson on the human skeleton, a topic that goes hand-in-hand with some of our human body work this term. Some of the children needed a helping hand with the more tricky bits, but I was there to lend a hand to those who struggled to assemble the tendons, carpals and phalanges. The bone names were difficult to remember in the theoretical part of the lesson, but a more hands-on approach was hands-down more memorable. At the end of the afternoon, a show of hands was a weird sight; on the other hand, shaking hands in the cloakroom would have been odder.
MUSEUM OF ANCIENT GREECE
Some photos of the afternoon are below.
Well done to the winners of our photo quiz this afternoon, guessing the Greek inventions on our class display, and thank you to all who took part. The correct answers (that have names on) came from:
Water clock - Colin's dad
Jumping weights - Sarah
Toothbrush - Kat
Automatic doors - Jens N
There were lots of other correct answers, but they either have no names on them or the name was illegible (come on parents - you're worse than your children!).
End of WW1 Centenary - 1918 - 2018
Our class have been studying WW1 war poets this week, and inspired by what they have read and learned, each of them has written a poem in tribute to those poets, and all who lost their lives or loved ones in the Great War. The book can be downloaded below, along with the original poems we studied all week.
I am hugely proud of their efforts, and how respectfully and seriously they all undertook this task.
Parents' Evening follow-up (8/11/18)
Here are a two of the documents some of you asked me about last night at parents' evening meetings.
The Maths curriculum map shows the order each class is studying different areas of maths this year. The 'Reading Support' one has some suggested questions / prompts which would be good to promote discussion when reading to or with Y5/6 children.
If there's anything else you need, or have thought about after our meeting last night, please contact me by email or see me after school (from next week - I still have a few individual appointments this week).
Today the children worked to design and build a working clepsydra (an ancient Greek invention, a water clock) to accurately measure 1 minute. The results were impressive, with 6 pairs measuring a minute to within 4 seconds, three of them being within 2 seconds. The winners were:
1st: Ross & Amy - 1 minute 0.66 seconds
2nd: Lily & Harley - 58.39 seconds
3rd: Fynn & Samia - 1:01.90
4th: Dougie & Emily - 1:02.22
5th: Jake & Alanna - 1:02.96
6th: Abi & Mavi - 1:03.99
Well done everyone. Some pictures of the fun and learning are below.
New school year, 2018-19
Great Doddington Primary School
11th & 12th July 2018
Tickets available now.
YEAR 6 BIKEABILITY GROUPS
Everyone who returned their form will be doing Level 1 Bikeability on the first morning back, Monday 4th June. This will go ahead whatever the weather, so dress for the conditions on that day (you can come to school in your PE / cycling kit), and remember to bring school uniform to change into for the afternoon.
I have worked out groups to avoid clashes with the cricket teams on Wednesday. If you pass level 1, you will be doing level 2 as follows:
Tuesday 5th June, 9am - 3pm
Archie B, Archie L, Joseph, Baydon, Max, Lauren, Stefanie, Katy M, Amelia W, Phoebe
Wednesday 6th June, 9am - 3pm
Kieran, Amelia C, Konstantin, Rylee, Isaac, William, Charlie, Clinton
All cyclists will return to school between 12:10 - 1:10pm for their usual lunch hour. Any hot dinners booked are unaffected.
Maths SATs Morning Booster Classes
In the weeks between Easter and SATs, I will be running morning booster classes in Maths for year 6. They are optional, but can really make a difference, with the chance to work in smaller groups and tackle any specific problem areas or worries they might have. If your child encounters an area of Maths that they find difficult in their revision books, this is the ideal time to bring them in for some extra individual support.
Booster classes will take place in class USA from 8:00am to 8:45am on the following dates:
There is no need to sign a permission letter, or to attend every one; if you can only make one or two of them that’s better than none at all. Just turn up with your Maths revision books between 7:55 - 8:00am (please be prompt – arriving after 8:00 is really disruptive for everyone else) with your Maths brain ready to go.