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Mountain Lane School

Dosbarth 14 ~ Mrs Tomkinson                  Croeso ~ Welcome

CAERDYDD 2019

We had a fantastic time during our 3 day visit to Cardiff, please take a look at the photographs below to find out more about our visit.

Tymor yr Gwanwyn / Spring Term - 2019

 

During this term, much of the work carried out by Year 6 pupils will be used to inform End of Key Stage Teacher Assessments. This is therefore a very important term for the pupils, as information gathered will be passed onto their chosen High Schools.

Police Liaison Officer Mark Jones will be visiting our Year 6 pupils during the term to raise their awareness of Drug and Substance Misuse; this will then be followed up with work in class. The pupils will also be focusing on the topic of ‘Growing Up’ in their Personal and Social Education lessons during the second half of the term and therefore may wish to discuss issues raised in school with you at home. Further information regarding the delivery of Sex and Relationships Education will be shared before the half term break in preparation for these lessons.

This Term’s Science topic is Earth and Space.  We have asked pupils for ideas and suggestions for activities that they could complete this term and so far they have come up with some fantastic ideas from making rockets to creating space themed poetry to compiling a timeline of space travel!

In English lessons this term our work will be based upon the novel ‘Cosmic’ by the author Frank Cottrell-Boyce.  Throughout this aspect of the work pupils are encouraged to think about differences between adults and children and the changes which take place as children become adolescents.  In particular, pupils will consider the expectations that people have of them as they become young adults. 

In Geography we will be examining the National Parks in Wales and abroad and pupils will have the opportunity to ask and answer lots of geographical questions as well as develop their drama skills by participating in activities based upon real life contexts. Pupils will also have the opportunity to develop and refine their geographical skills such as using atlases and maps.

Our Year 6 pupils need their indoor P.E. kit in school on Tuesdays and Thursdays for gym and dance sessions this term.  Although lessons this term predominantly take place indoors, it is advisable that pupils also bring their trainers as they will be taking part in cross country running sessions after the half term break.

 

Homework

Please ensure that when reading targets are provided i.e. number of pages, pupils do not exceed these targets. If your child is keen to do more reading, then please encourage them to read their own books, magazines, newspapers, internet sources etc and remind them that they may use books and newspapers from class libraries to further develop their reading at home. May I also remind you about the importance of hearing your child read out loud. Even as pupils reach the Upper Junior department, it is still important to hear them reading and to discuss texts with your child. This not only helps to develop reading fluency, accuracy and expression, but also plays an important part in developing understanding and enjoyment.

 

Here is a reminder of the Year 6 homework timetable:

By Tuesday - All homework due in (including reading books and reading walls)

Friday - Home / school reading books / reading walls sent home and homework set

 

Extra Curricular Activities

An extra-curricular bulletin has been sent out to you detailing all clubs available to pupils during the Spring Term. Once again there are a wide range of extra curricular opportunities and as ever we encourage pupils to attend the different clubs to further develop their skills in the different areas whilst also developing their personal and social skills. It is also important that all pupils are reminded that inappropriate behaviour during the school day and / or during clubs may disqualify them from taking part in extra-curricular activities.

 

Christmas Activities

May I take this opportunity to thank all of the Upper Junior pupils for their behaviour and conduct during the Christmas period. The children performed admirably during the Christmas Carol concert at St Matthew’s Church and worked in a very mature and focused way when preparing for the performance. May I also thank yourselves for all of the support you gave to the children whether it was by helping them to learn their lines or by attending the performance itself. It is greatly appreciated and I am sure you all enjoyed the performance.

Our Christmas Craft Day was again a great success. Pupils were given opportunities to take part in a range of Christmas themed activities; the day was finished off with pupils watching a movie.  Thank you to all parents for the lovely Christmas gifts that we kindly given to staff. 

 

Important Dates at a Glance

 

  • Cardiff Residential visit information evening for Parents and Pupils - 12th February at 6.00 p.m. 
  • Half Term – 22nd February 
  • Year 6 Residential visit to Cardiff – 4th to 6th March  
  • Year 5 Science and Numeracy Workshop – 6th March at 1.40 p.m.  
  • Year 5 Residential visit to Nant B H – 13th to 15th March  
  • Pandemonium Theatre Company – 22nd March a.m.  
  • Year 6 Cycling Proficiency Course – week beginning 25th March (details to be sent home closer to the time)  
  • Year 5 Poetry Workshop – 29th March at 1.40 p.m.  
  • Parent Teacher Interviews – 2nd April at 4.30 p.m. and 3rd April at 3.30 p.m.  
  • School closes for Easter Holiday – 12th April

 

Here we are using Google Sites for the first time to create a webpage based upon Nicholas Winton and the Kindertransport.  We have inserted text, images and documents from our Google Drive as well as embedding links to related websites. 

Mantle of the Expert

 

We have completed our first Mantle which was based upon the Kindertransport during World War Two. We used drama to act in role as evacuees, parents and bystanders on the train platform.  We also thought about how the people's thoughts would differ from their spoken words. 

We have created a collaborative Google Slides presentation about the planets.  Each pair made a slide about a planet that they had previously researched.  

Slides included images, videos and hyperlinks.  You can view the class presentation below. 

Year 6 have had fun in the forest completing Christmas themed activities and eating and drinking treats!  We hope that you enjoy looking at the pictures ☃️❄️

During the last few days we have enjoyed working independently, with a partner or in a group to create our World War Two themed Design Technology Models.  Our designs ranged from Anderson Shelters to wireless radios to gas masks to lighthouses (based on our novel Letters from the Lighthouse about evacuation in WWII).  Some children even made the inside of Anne Frank's Secret Annex and a train; we hope that you enjoy looking at our photographs.

We have had a great time today during World War Two day, developing our knowledge and understanding of the war years through lots of exciting hands on and interactive activities such as role play, singing, dancing and putting out incendiary bombs. We hope that you enjoy looking at the photographs and videos!

 

We have been enjoying trying to create Lowry's colour palette by mixing pastel shades together.  We hope you enjoy looking at the photographs.

We have had fun in Science this week creating circuits of our own choice using different components, we then went on to look at circuit symbols and circuit diagrams.  We hope you enjoy looking at the photographs.

Working in our Witches' Chant groups to choose a suitable scary mp3 track for our imovie performances.

We had fun creating scenes from the Blitz during a drama session.  We listened to sounds from an air raid and read an extract from our guided reading novel 'Letters from the Lighthouse' before organising ourselves into groups to create our scenes.  

 

We hope that you like the photographs.

We all enjoyed our visit to Elfed High school where we took part in a music and dance workshop. Thank you to the staff at Elfed for arranging the event.

We hope that you enjoy looking at the photographs and videos.

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We had a fantastic time on November 8th at DangerPoint in Talacre where we learnt all about how to keep ourselves safe in the community and at home.  We hope that you enjoy looking at the photographs of our visit.