Good morning Year 6, Mr Purdie here for your daily update. Hasn't that first week back after half term gone quickly! Thank you to everyone who has sent work in to the office email so we can give you a 'shout-out' on the neighbouring page. If you haven't already, please do send some photos of your work in to us, it's really fantastic for us teachers to see what you've been working on. I'd like to give a special thanks to Eva and Georgia Wylie, who have been consistently sending us pictures of their wonderful work every day. Thank you girls, keep up the great work!
Don't forget that this week your English creative writing task (set on Thursday, and repeated on Friday's work documents) is due in on J2E please. If you're not sure how to upload work to J2E, there is also a handy guide attached by the work pdfs as well.
Head over to the Science- Latest News section of the website to try out a Balloon Rocket investigation! Sounds explosive!
Lastly, I thought I'd show you what has been going on in school this week! I'm sure lots of you at home will enjoy seeing your friends at school, as you maybe haven't had chance to meet up with them up to this point.
Have a good day today, send us some pictures of your work, then have a great weekend. See you Monday!
Thursday 4th June
Good morning year 6 Mrs Adey here!
I can’t believe it’s June already-the start of the summer months. The summer is my favourite season. I love walks in the sunshine, eating ice cream and going on holiday. I’m a keen explorer and love visiting new places. Even though we’ve not been able to venture far recently, I’ve still managed to find new places to explore and things to see during my daily exercise around my local area.
One of my favourite things to visit has been the open-air art gallery along the River Severn in Worcester. It changes regularly as people add their pieces of artwork to it. As you can see in the photographs below, the gallery contains lots of different styles of art by people of all ages. I don’t know who started it but it is certainly a great idea and has given many people a lot of pleasure.
If you’ve created any artwork you’ve not yet shared with us, why not send it into school? We would love to see it.
AR Weekly Update
A huge well done to all the people below who have been busy reading and taking quizzes:
6CA-Oliver C and Stephanie L-R
6HM-Fern C, Lola W and Eva W
6MP-Annabelle B, Evie M and Henry C (Henry has taken 3 quizzes and achieved 100% on all of them!)
6RA-Rosie B, Lily G, Erin K, Eva M and Zac T.
And finally…a huge CONGRATULATIONS to Drew H in 6BP who has read over 1 million words! Yes-over 1,000,000 words!! Well done Drew a great achievement-we’re very proud of you.
Good morning Year 6! Mr Purdie here. Well, it looks like that fantastic run of warm, calm weather has finally changed a little, I am waking up here to very grey skies and it looks like it may even have rained a little! As a keen Geographer, I always like to keep an eye on the patterns of weather we've been having, especially as weather in the UK can be so varied day to day.
Even though we are in the midst of a global pandemic, it's important not to forget the other issues in the world that won't go away or put themselves on hold just for us. Our weather patterns for 2020 have been strange this year, and it could be attributed to climate change from global warming. Did you know that in February this year, the UK received three months worth of rain in just one month (causing reservoirs to overflow, and lots of flooding), but since the start of March, the UK has had almost no rain for three months! While lots more people are spending time at home, water usage has increased to 25% above normal levels, putting further pressure on water supply systems.
We are already at the point where you should try to save water by not using it excessively on things like filling up paddling pools, using sprinklers on lawns or washing cars. As you go through your day today, think about how much water you are using, and whether you could change your habits to use a little less.
Mymaths tasks will continue to be put up weekly, where we are revising all of the key number and calculation work of Year 6, to help you stay ready for maths in Year 7! Well done to the following people who have been logging on and getting high scores:
Keep going everyone, and have a go at those tasks! Don't forget out inter-class Times Tables Rockstars competition too - please login and complete some sessions.
Finally, I would like as many of you as possible to take part in the art competition which has been launched by Mrs Bird - you can find details on the uploaded work page for today, as the Art lesson.
Tuesday 2nd June
Good morning Year 6! It’s Mrs. P. Morgan here and I hope this finds you all well and rested after a beautiful, sunny half-term break.
I wanted to share with you our value of the month: THANKFULNESS. In these unusual times, our way of thinking about things can be challenged. However, there is so much to be thankful for.
The first thing I would like you to do, is find a quiet spot and shut your eyes. Then think about things you are thankful for. Maybe jot them down and share them with someone close to you.
Here is a challenge for you around the value of thankfulness:
There are many things for us all to be thankful for. Here are some photos of things your year 6 teachers are thankful for:
Mr. Purdie has created a beautiful bee hotel in his garden for Mason Bees. He is thankful they have laid their eggs that will hatch into baby bees soon. You can tell if the hole is taken, as the bees wax up the hole to stop wasps laying their own larvae in the hole.
Miss Ackroyd has been baking and we are thankful for her efforts, as we got a cookie delivery again!
I am thankful for my garden, as the flowers and wildlife bring me so much pleasure!
Before I go, I have a TTRS update for you! Mr. Purdie has put up some battle tournaments for your to show your RockStar status! We will report on the results next week. In the meantime, here are the top coin earners in each class:
6BP Lucas Harding – 113,682 Rock Legend
6CA Abigail Plant – 33,033 Rock Star
6HM Harvey Waterhouse – 43,997 Rock Legend
6MP Leo White – 61,253 Rock Star
6RA Alex Payne – 36,034 Rock Legend
Take care, Year 6 and let us know what you are thankful for!
Hi Year 6, Mr Purdie here, hope you all had a good half term! Whether you're back at school or still learning at home, today I'm starting a series of class Times Table Rockstars battles! In the first round this week, the fixtures are below, so get playing now as much as you can now!!
Monday's Daily Update from Mr Barber
Good morning Year 6,
First of all, I do hope you all had a very relaxing and enjoyable half-term holiday! As promised, here is a slideshow of all of the photos sent into school of children from all year groups having what looks like lots of fun last week. There appears to have been lots of things going on in the Droitwich area, including bike rides, BBQs, golf, gardening, swimming pools in gardens and Art. Of course, the weather forecast continues to look good this week, so you could have a go at some of these, if your parents agree.
Secondly, I wanted to discuss with you our new Value of the Month – Thankfulness. Despite everything being so different at the moment, we still have a lot to be thankful for! Last Thursday, I joined my family and neighbours for the tenth Clap for Carers. I hear it may well be the last official clap we do as a country, but it did remind me again how thankful we should all be for all of the carers out there keeping people safe at this time. Of course, people are also clapping for the many Key Workers in our community as well. We are thankful for the workers that help provide us with our food, that help deliver our parcels, that provide our emergency services, that help provide public transport, that collect all of our rubbish and recycling bins and so many others that I could mention! So, as part of our virtual whole school assembly today, I’d like you all to take a moment to reflect and thank all of those people who have helped you and your family over the last ten weeks.
As a school, we also have a lot to be thankful for. I spent a bit of time last week looking back on the many photographs that have been displayed on the homepage of our school website each month since this current school year started in September. Doing this really reminded me of what a busy place Westacre is! It also reminded me of how lucky we are to have so many different opportunities available to us – something again we should be thankful for. Have a look at the photos below and you will see so many things that have taken place this school year, including:
All of this would not be possible without the incredible hard work of both the Westacre staff and you, our amazing pupils! So, also as part of my virtual whole school assembly, please spend a bit of time having a look at all of these photos and being thankful for all that we do and have as a school community. Don’t feel sad that we can’t all be together at the moment; instead feel happy about what you have already achieved at school and look forward to all of the opportunities that will come your way in the future.
Talking of learning opportunities, you will find a new set of home learning documents available for you today. Your teachers have again been working hard on creating these for you, so, now that you are fully refreshed and ready for learning again, please again give your very best effort with these. Remember that, to be an independent learner, you need to show the qualities of readiness, resourcefulness, reasoning, reflection, responsibility and resilience. Now, more than ever, you are going to have to show these skills but I know you have them all ready to prove yet again what wonderful learners you are! As we’ve said before, please don’t pressurise yourselves to do every single task every day if you’re finding things hard – do what you can, when you can, to your very best ability and you will be learning. Coming back to the theme of my update, and of course our value of the month, being able to develop, learn and achieve is something we should all be thankful for!
With so many Year 6 pupils back in school from today, lots of teachers are back working in school as well. This does mean there will be less home learning documents on the website for you from now on. If you or your parents would like more home learning opportunities for you, then please visit https://www.westacre-middle-school.co.uk/homework-3/ for some more suggestions and tips.
I wish you all the very best as you start another half-term of home learning and look forward to seeing and hearing about all of the learning you do.
WORCESTERSHIRE VIRTUAL SPORTS GAMES
I have 2 exciting new competitions to make you aware of as part of the Worcestershire Virtual School Games. If you would like to take part in some friendly competition and represent our school in the process then this could be for you!
DESIGN A SCHOOL GAMES FLAG/POSTER
WORCESTERSHIRE'S GOT TALENT SHOWCASE
All entries must be submitted by Friday 26th June.
For more information about the competitions, click on the documents below.
In addition to this, there will also be other weekly virtual sport competitions (similar to those we did for our sports day activities) where you can represent Westacre against other schools – so keep your eye out for those as well.