We have had a fantastic start to the academic year in Meerkats! As a class, we have elected new representatives and spent time getting to know each other and our new routines.
The Yr 6 children had an amazing time at East Barnby last week and the Yr 5 children enjoyed ‘stepping up’ for the week.
We are all looking forward to a very busy, yet enjoyable first term in Meerkats!
This week we have been thinking about our playtime rules and how we can stay safe, be happy and have FUN! It was an extremely hard task to select just two winners whose entry's will be displayed in classrooms and around the school. Miss Weir presented certificates to the winners in celebration assembly and was most impressed by the creative high winning entry standards, especially children who composed catchy poems! Well done to all the children who took part.
Meerkats winners are..... Grace Bellis, Emma Trayford and Josie Robinson
On Thursday 7th December, the Year 5 children had a Victorian Day Workshop. It was to enable us to have a better understanding about Charles Dickens and the Victorian era in English. During the morning, we were visited by Her Majesty, Queen Victoria, Mr Fairfax (mill owner who always said ‘splendid’ and emphasised the p), Florence Nightingale (a famous nurse), Mr Obadiah Pitt (headmaster), Fanny (Chambermaid), Billy Sweeney, who taught us a few songs that Victorians sang to amuse themselves. Afterwards, we had a little break and then came back inside to do some drama. Firstly, we warmed up our bodies and then, we acted out being people in higher and lower society. In the afternoon, the storyteller told the story of A Christmas Carol and chose people along the way to act out parts in the story. To finish off all the excitement, we sang a last song that we learnt with Billy called Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay. Everybody really enjoyed Victorian Day - it was SPLENDID!
Madeline O’Connell and Evie Holding 5/6C Meerkats
Our Penpals in Hong Kong.
We are very excited to have joined up with Miss Doyle's school in Hong Kong to become penpals. We send each other weekly emails to find out about different cultures and ways of life.
Here is the latest email from Hong Kong.
Dear Mrs Coyne and the Meerkat class,
In our school we try to be aware of the world and different cultures; we call this international mindedness.
We are a Year 5 class from Anfield School, an international school in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is a busy and vibrant city. It is full of skyscrapers but you can also visit beaches and go on hikes quite easily. Our school is next to a forest and occasionally you might see monkeys and wild boars! Our teacher is Miss Rosie (you will remember her as Miss Doyle when she worked in your school, she said that you might find this funny!) and our teaching assistant is called Miss Miranda.
Our school day starts at 7:30 and finishes at 3:30 on a Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 4:30 on a Monday and Wednesday (because we have Extra Curricular Activities on those days after school.) We have one hour lessons, some of them are: Mandarin, English, Spanish, Maths, Music, PE, Topic, Science, RE and International Mindedness. Each child has golden time on a Friday if they have had good behaviour all week. We don’t have a swimming pool but in years 4 and 5 we have swimming lessons. There are 19 of us in our class and it is called Sri Lanka class (all of our classes are named after a different country.)
We all bring in our own lunch into school or our aunties or parents deliver it before 12. We do not have any fields outside of our school, but we do have a tarmac playground.
We would really like it if you could answer some of these questions that we are interested in finding out more about! How many children are in your class and school? What animals can you see from your school? What lessons do you have in your school? What sports do you play? Why do you have a bird in your logo?
What is your playground like? Do you have any fields? What do you have for lunch?
Thank you so much for reading our email and we hope that your reply to us soon!
Sri Lanka Class (5R)