Today, in Class 8 (and some of Class 7), we used smarties to aid our understanding of data.
We discovered that there are indeed 29 smarties in every tube and that the 29 can be made up of any random amount of coloured smarties.
This week, Class 8 are putting their sewing skills to the test in order to create their very own stuffed toys! Today we concentrated upon perfecting the running stitch.
In Year 5, we were incredibly lucky to visit Theatre Royal Wakefield before we broke up for Christmas and what a treat it was! We were able to see the Panto - Dick Whittington and the children and staff had the best time. For some of the children in Year 5, it was the first time they had ever experienced a pantomime and the joy of being in an actual theatre. The children could not believe their eyes when we entered.
The children thoroughly enjoyed it and sung, clapped and booed their way throughout the performance. We even received a treat in the interval (ice cream or ice lolly). We all had the best morning out which was made even better when the ushers asked to speak me (Mrs Gollick) to say how excellently behaved the Year 5 children of Athersley South were. All of the teachers were incredibly proud of how the children conducted themselves.
This would not have been possible, if not for the generous and kind donation from Roz and her husband. We can't thank you enough for the experience, we really did have the best morning.
We thoroughly enjoyed our workshop this afternoon with Kirsty from Compass. It was a fantastic opportunity to talk about healthy relationships and discuss how to manage turbulent times by communicating honestly in respectful ways to overcome our problems.
We're looking forward to more wonderful workshops with you to focus such valuable time on learning strategies to mange our emotional and mental wellbeing.
In years 5 and 6, we were lucky enough to receive a visit from the Mayor of Barnsley (Cllr Caroline Makinson) who visited us to award some of our Year 6 children with certificates for a competition that they entered last year. The competition was for children to draw their Key Worker heroes from the Pandemic. The winning entries were then created into a Bronze Relief which has formed part of the Covid Memorial Sculpture and can be seen in Barnsley Town Centre. The five children who also entered, but didn't win were also awarded a certificate. Well done everyone!
Whilst the Mayor was here, we also asked if she could present our Learners of the Week certificates which she was more than happy to do.
We had a fabulous day celebrating reading and sharing our favourite books today.
Thank you to everyone for joining in with cool costumes and great ideas.
Our Year 6 children have shown great resilience and patience finishing off their wonderful Greek Headdresses. There were a lot of tricky skills involved in modelling with the wire, attaching pieces to strengthen their designs and getting the Modroc to stay where they wanted it, but they have done a fabulous job and really enjoyed decorating them.
Keep posted for our finished Y5 designs coming soon...
I was really impressed with everyone in Class 8 this week in our dance lesson. The children worked in groups to choreograph their own 1 minute 30 second routine to demonstrate our learning in PE over the last few weeks. Every group incorporated canon, unison and travelling; it was not easy and lots of people felt a bit shy but they were incredibly brave and showed wonderful kindness and support towards each other. It was a real treat to see some excellent leaders shine in the groups too- they really helped out their teams.
We have been learning all about Anglo-Saxon Britain in history this week and there were clues hidden all around our classroom so we could find out lots about daily life in the early middle ages. We had to hunt for clues in teams and then work out which (if any) of our questions the information would answer.
It was great fun and we worked incredibly well together.
We have created a beautiful display of space art work. First, we explored the colours of the planets using water colours, pencils, chalk and pastels. Then, we tried to recreate the colours of each planet using marbling inks. Initially, it was tricky to get the ink to behave as we wanted but with some good persevering we have created a fabulous solar system display with classes 7 and 9; we are really proud of it.