We’re the Macaws!
Welcome to our class
We’re lively and positive, brilliant and bright.
We fly high and make the most of every day!
“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.”
Peter Pan - JM Barrie
This year, the theme of Anti-Bullying week was Choose Respect.
We have been learning about the different types of bullying, including cyber-bullying and how we can help. In class, we made digital footprints and thought carefully about how we can use technology safely and respectfully. A digital footprint is a trail of ‘footprints’ that you leave behind you every time you go online.
STOP – Take time out before getting involved. Don’t share or like negative comments.
SPEAK – Ask an adult or friend that you can trust for advice. Use the report button for the social media it’s happening on.
SUPPORT – Give the person being bullied a supportive message to let them know they’re not alone. Encourage them to talk to someone they can trust. Give them a positive distraction from the situation.
At the start of the week, it was Odd Socks Day! It was a great opportunity for the children to express themselves and celebrate their individuality and what makes us all unique!
A big well done to Sophie and Tom who were awarded with a Special Mentions certificate for their hard work this half-term! You have both settled into Year 5 really well. Keep up the hard work!
In the last week, we enjoyed bringing in and sharing our homework with the class. We had all worked really hard on the activities for our homework. Well done, Macaws!
Today, Friday 26th October, a fantastic, musical-theatre inspired House Event took place. Each of the four houses entered a comedy act, a dramatic performance, a song and a dance. The standards were incredibly high and our three judges: Mrs Wilkinson; Mrs Gerry and Miss Barratt had a difficult decision to make when it came to the scores. They each awarded a score out of 10 to the acts, giving a maximum of 30 house points to each act. The Green House were unfortunately unable to enter their comedy act.
The scores were as follows:
A great big ‘well done’ to all the children who entered – they had a huge audience and we were all thoroughly entertained!
We had a wonderful assembly to celebrate Harvest Festival with a special visitor, Reverend Kim, from St Marks. Thank you to her and to all the parents and children for your fantastic support in making harvest donations this year in aid of the Harrogate Homeless Project. Your contributions make an important impact and the donations were gratefully received.
We are currently reading Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian as our class story. It links to our World War 2 theme which we are really enjoying. After half-term, we will be focusing on this story even more as part of our English lessons.
Willie Beech is evacuated to a tiny English village in the country just before the outbreak of World War II. A lonely and deprived child, he finds himself living with the reclusive, gruff old widower, Thomas Oakley. Although the two find it hard to adjust to their life together at first, they gradually develop a strong, mutual bond. Willie begins to enjoy life and make new friends in the village.
However, everything is thrown into confusion when Willie is suddenly recalled to London by his neglectful and abusive mother. After several weeks with no letter from Willie, Tom Oakley becomes concerned for his welfare and sets out to London in search of him.
We really enjoyed getting the opportunity to take part in a karate taster session. They learned about the discipline, skill and practise involved in learning karate.
On Thursday 4th October, we celebrated National Poetry Day. As a class, we explored The Piano animation and thought about the changes over time and his emotions. In groups, we wrote a verse of the poem focusing on the wife's spirit, the war scene, the birthday party and the present day. We put our verses together to form a full narrative poem!
Jemima and Eve brought in poetry books to share with the class and Joseph and Finn performed our class poem.
Last week, our Year 6 School Councillors and House Captains held a coffee morning to raise money for Macmillan. A big thank you to all those who attended and to those who donated amazing cakes, buns and muffins. We raised an amazing £404.76.
A big thank you to all the adults who came to open hour! We hope you enjoyed taking part in our Times Tables Rockstars challenge and working with the children to complete their jigsaw puzzles using their knowledge of rounding whole numbers and decimals to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.
We have had our first session at Harrogate Racquets Club learning to play Table Tennis. We practised rolling the ball across the table and then moved onto trying to get the highest rally! Finn and Kai were the champions of the individual rally challenge. A big thank you to all the adults who helped out with our trip.
This week, we have spent time electing our Pupil Voice Group representatives for our class. A big well done to all of the children who worked really hard on their speeches and gave a speech. They were all fantastic and the votes were very close!
School Council - Joseph B and Holly
Eco Committee - Eve
Digital Leaders - Abigail and Ferdy
Arts Committee - Penelope and Molly
Sports Crew - Kai and Georgia
Librarians - Sophia and Ethan
French Ambassadors - Luke and Lilly
We have started reading 'The Butterfly Lion' by Michael Morpurgo as our first class story for the next couple of weeks.
Here is the blurb...
"All my life I'll think of you, I promise I will. I won't ever forget you."
Bertie rescues an orphaned white lion cub from the African veld. They are inseparable until Bertie is sent to boarding school far away in England and the lion is sold to a circus. Bertie swears that one day they will see one another again, but it is the butterfly lion which ensures that their friendship will never be forgotten.
This week in Macaws, we have spent time getting to know each other better. We have made birthday cards, bookmarks and also worked hard on some lovely pieces of writing telling us all about our summer. We have also worked together as a class to write our class charter and thought carefully about which rules we think are the most important so that we can have a safe and happy classroom. We have had a busy but excellent start to the year!
Our P.E. lessons will be on Wednesday, when we will be going to Harrogate Racquets for Table Tennis lessons, and on Friday in school each week.
We will be going to the school library on a Thursday to change our reading books.