Welcome to Year 6
…the oldest children in the school…
Have a look over the year as we complete our final year at Broad Oak – working hard and having fun with Mrs Benton, ably supported by Mr Petersons.
Have a look what we will be up to this term:
KEY STAGE TWO TESTS – DOWNLOADABLE PRACTICE PAPERS FOR PARENTS
Over the next term, we will be focussing on the National Curriculum tests for Year 6. If you would like to download a sample booklet for your child, please click on the link below which will take you to the EMaths website:
For more details of the new Key Stage 2 tests please click on the link below:
This week, the annual Celebration Of Friendship was held at the Preston Guild Hall with a programme of music and dance from sixteen local schools. Broad Oak were represented by thirty children from Years 3 to 6 who performed a dance routine to a medley of songs from The Greatest Showman. Despite the very long day, the children were an absolute credit to the school from the moment we left at 12.30, to us handing them back to their parents at 9.30 at night. They rehearsed on the massive main stage and watched all the other acts and we even squeezed in a trip to McDonalds before the evening performance. A huge thank you to all the staff, especially Louise Ross, their dance coach, and to the many, many parents who came to watch. I'm sure you will agree that the children were magnificent.
Today, Year 6 made fruit smoothies as part of their topic on Healthy Heroes. They thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and said that they really were the best smoothies in the World!
Today it was the turn of the upper juniors to have their party. Some of the games were hilarious and we even had a real live elf join us!
Year 6 had a great afternoon with Mr Petersons learning how to code using the Crumble software. The children built circuits to make flashing Christmas lights and had a great time. We have some budding computer wizards in Year 6!
International Languages Day was this week and so the juniors have been looking at different languages, cultures, flags and food. Year 3 learnt how to say 'Good morning' in different European languages and during their weekly French lessons, the juniors all tried croissants. Year 6 had a great morning at Penwortham Girls' High School and participated in lots of fun, language-based activities.
The highlight however, was today in assembly when Mrs Benton introduced the school to a French delicacy, garlic snails! Some lucky volunteers had the chance to taste them but by the look on their faces, the majority of them didn't seem too keen!
Congratulations to our Year 6 girls, Kaoma, Katie, Kyra, Madi, Nicole, Amelia, Libby and Aimee who became the South Ribble Schools Girls Cricket champions this year. The girls had a great day and went on to represent the school in the Lancashire final. Unfortunately, this final was on the same day as the Lancashire Girls Football final which some of the team had been due to play in and we had to split up the winning team. Despite this, the girls played extremely well and we are proud to say that Broad Oak are now officially one of the top 16 schools in Lancashire for both girls football and cricket. Well played girls. Congratulations also go to Mr Petersons who 'coached' both teams this year. (Well he turned up on the two occasions when they won the trophies!)
Day 4 saw more activities, with groups doing canoeing, orienteering on Beacon Fell and shelter building.
Time for day 3 and there was a mixture of pond dipping, archery, the low ropes course, Beacon Fell and more team building.
Day two saw a bit of team building, low ropes and a cracking game of rounders, which was very close thanks to a bit of cheating on the part of the staff! One group also went to Beacon Fell for an orienteering session. The weather was much kinder today but they still managed to get muddy and wet! Check out what your little darlings have been up to on day 2. There are more images on Twitter.
The children are having an amazing time up in Longridge and are enjoying every minute - even in the pouring rain! They have been in the indoor cave, on the zip wire and scaled a local hill on day one. Check out the photos below and also our Twitter feed.
Last week, the Year 6 children had a visit from STEM First who are currently touring schools encouraging children to get more involved and excited by science, technology, engineering and maths. This followed on from the tremendous success of Broad Oak in the Leyland Truck Trail competition in the Summer. The morning was based on various questions created by the seven sponsors of the Truck Trail and included lots of fun activities. The children were in groups and worked on developing skills such as teamwork, co-operation, communication, delegation, time keeping, creative thinking, resilience, planning and organisation and STEM knowledge. Each team had to overcome numerous challenges from complicated mathematical calculations to designing logos and building a Lego truck in order to score points. Our thanks go to Rachel Brickell of @careers_inspire and STEM First for the hugely successful morning which was thoroughly enjoyed by all the children and staff.
We have recently accessed a set of micro-controller devices, known as Crumble and the Year 6 children have had great fun building and programming them. Crumble introduces the children to electronic and electrical systems as well as computer programming. Mr Swithinbank set up a lunchtime club to teach the group how to make a mini robot and they thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Eighteen children form Years 5 and 6 recently took part in an athletics event at Penwortham Priory Academy along with eight other South Ribble schools. The children participated in both field and track events and were a credit to the school. Well done to all those involved.
This year, we are using some of our Sports Premium monies to introduce the children to sports that they might never have tried before. Our first junior after-school club was fencing and the children had a great time learning new skills.
On Friday 29th September, twenty six Year 6 children along with seven staff members, ventured down to London to visit Parliament. For the majority, this would be their first trip to the capital and the children were very excited.
After arriving at Euston, we then took the Underground to Leicester Square. The children loved the excitement of the tube, although it was a little testing for the staff! We then walked and walked, then walked some more taking in the sights and hopping on and off underground trains.
The highlight of the trip was when we looked around Parliament. We got to see some of the highly decorative reception rooms, the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Unfortunately, we were only allowed to take photographs in one area due to security measures. After the tour, the children took part an interactive quiz to test their knowledge of the law making process. Congratulations go to Maddison, who showed great knowledge and understanding and who would make a great future Prime Minister. The children then had their very own debate, choosing to vote on whether we should have a three day weekend. (What an inspired idea that was!) The children had to come up with arguments for and against the motion and act it out like they would in the Commons and the House of Lords. In the end, the ayes had it but the Queen has yet to ratify their decision!
This trip was an amazing opportunity for the children and one which will stay long in their memories. They were an absolute credit to the school and must be congratulated on the way they conducted themselves throughout the very long day.
Year 6 are currently working on a piece of writing about surviving in a hostile environment. (No, not the Year 6 classroom!) To give them a better understanding of the sort of equipment they might need to take with them to survive on a mountain, Mr Bromley today brought in his enormous rucksack and the children had to guess what might be in there. They couldn't believe you could get that much equipment in one bag, although the trick might be getting it all back in!
The Year 6 children are having a great time at Hothersall Lodge. Their activities so far have included gorge scrambling, absailing, canoeing, zip wire, walking and caving.
You would think that some of these had never made a bed in their lives before!
Happy smiling faces:
You need to be very proud of your children as they ALL managed the caving and overcame their fears. Ethan even had that smile on his face when he emerged at the end of the activity. Apparently though, one of the caves has now been re-named 'The Cave of Screams' following their visit!
Three Rotakids went to Lancaster University for the morning. They took part in various activities and talks on polio, The National Trust and they tried their hand at First Aid. After a short break they went to a RSPB and Bee Keeping talk where they made crafts using recycled materials and helped to create a home for bees. They also met a man who works in Africa at the Bethany Project. This is a project where they help under privileged children by giving them an education and food. With the help of the Rotary Club, they even bring them to England to further their education. The children also got to make a bracelet with some very fancy beads and had a really good morning at the University. On our way out of the university there was an iron lung that the children could lie in and get a feel of what it would be like if they had to live in one in real life. Not a pleasant experience at all.
We recently entered a team of six Year 6 girls into a competition run in association with S.T.E.M. , Leyland Trucks and the Leyland Truck Trail. The idea of the competition was to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths in schools in an attempt to inspire children to take more of an interest in these subjects.
The team, which comprised of Annabella, Jess, Lauren, Emily Anna and Mia had to design and make a prototype truck and once through the first stage, the girls had to present their idea to a panel of judges in a 'Dragons' Den' scenario. The girls were supported throughout the process by Mrs Bush and Mrs Coulson.
This was their idea which was influenced by Broad Oak's strong ECO work:
The competition was open to high schools as well as primary schools and we had extremely tough opposition.
We were crowned overall winners at Leyland Festival on Saturday 17th June and we couldn't be more proud of the team:
The winning truck now has pride of place at the front of the school and looks absolutely great!
This week is Bike Ability in Year 6. The children have been round and about the Kingsfold area learning how to ride their bikes safely whilst on the roads. They are learning all sorts of new skills, left hand and right hand turns, stopping at junctions, u-turns and many more. The weather hasn’t been too bad, tad bit nippy on the fingers and legs but the children are enjoying it.
We are incredibly proud to announce that Broad Oak Primary School has been congratulated by the Minister of State for School Standards, for our outstanding Key Stage 2 Maths results for 2016. The results put us in the TOP 2% of primary schools in the country for attainment in this subject. Well done to all the staff and the children of the Class of 2016 for this amazing achievement.
You can read the letter from Rt Hon Nick Gibbs MP below:
A huge thank you to all the Year 6 children and school staff who raised money for Childhood Cancer charities in association with RotaKids.
The children cycled a total of 386.1 km, narrowly beating the staff who managed 385.8 km. Both exceeded the total needed to cycle to Buckingham Palace from school, which was a total of 367 km.
We raised £388.00 and to this Preston South Rotary Club added a further £250.00, making a massive
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
The children in Year 6 had great fun today creating colourful, comic-strip style posters to show different aspects of internet safety. These eye - catching images will be used all over school as well as being added as screen savers on the computers the children use on a daily basis.
Check out the Safer Internet Day website for further details: wwwsaferinternetday.org.uk
There is also a free digital 'Parenting Magazine' which can be accessed by clicking on the link below:
The Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board also recommend the following for children aged 8-1.
The focus for year 6, as part of our anti-bullying week, was cyber bullying. They looked at the dangers of posting images and texts on social media sites and the consequences this can have if they later decide that they shouldn't have been published.
On Wednesday, twelve of our Year 6 children, accompanied by Miss Barton, Mr Bromley and Mrs Roberts, were lucky enough to go to London for the day to visit the House of Commons and House of Lords. The children had been invited by Little Hoole Primary who had done this trip several times before. They got to go on a tour of the building and did a workshop to learn about how laws are decided. They found the experience fascinating and had a brilliant time. They also got to see Buckingham Palace, the London Eye and other landmarks and loved the Underground. (Although I'm not sure the teachers did - especially at rush hour!)
The children were a credit to the school and some might say, now know more about politics than a certain newly elected President! A big thank you goes to Little Hoole for the invite and we look forward to further adventures with you in the near future.
Take a look at our photos below and there are more on our Twitter account.