Handwriting Upper Key Stage 2

Our September handwriting competition was judged by Mr Miller whose chosen top three showed “good size for easy reading and consistent formation of letters.”  Well done to Katie, Emily and Macey for 1st-3rd places respectively

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AUTUMN
Deliver a presentation of your own choosing about Autumn: it can be a poem; a factual, scientific piece about how plants and animals adapt to this time of year; a factual account of people whose jobs are affected by this time of year (eg farmers); a short story about Autumn; a response to this time of year; an explanation about something you have made that relates to Autumn; fascinating Autumn facts from around the world… or something of your own choosing!

Perform using appropriate intonation, volume and movement so that meaning is clear – bonus points for recital rather than reading!

Complete and introduce the presentation clearly.

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/learning/learn-about-the-weather/how-weather-works/autumn-facts

10 fall facts kids will love

This is a 1, 2 or 3 person presentation: you are still encouraged to work with someone at home and talk about what you are doing.

You will have to present what you have learnt to the rest of the class. Plan who is going to say what… engage the audience: make it interesting! Be different!

The presentation will be marked out of 40:

What is being marked: Mark out of 10:
Confident speaking to the audience (use of voice, looking at people – bonus for not reading)
Keeping the audience interested (use of questions, not reading from card all the time)
Quality of props
Quality of homework (time and effort)
Total marks out of 40

CountryFile Ramble for Children In Need

The Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children in Need 2017

This year’s Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children in Need is taking place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October and pupils in Y4/5 and Y5/6 will be doing theirs on 11th October.  We will be raising money to help some of Britain’s most vulnerable youngsters.
Last year our combined efforts raised more than £1.5 million – money that right now is helping children in desperate circumstances. By taking part we really will help change lives.
Our ramble will take place over private land in County Durham thanks to generous friends of Dunn Street Mr and Mrs Greenwell.  They will join us alongside school governor, Mrs Smith, more friends of Dunn Street: Mrs Noble and Katie.
Please start collecting sponsorship money and hopefully we will have as good a time as the previous two years!

PWA – Session 1

Quotes from the session:

Conor said after our fist session, “I feel like there is a sparkle in my life like a firework!”

Cameron felt “hyped” at the start and “couldn’t wait to get outside” and learnt “teamwork can get you to your goal”!

Kara’s target Guiding Principle is “optimism” because “… I always doubt something I’m doing…”

Having prepared for our first session for the PWA, by becoming familiar with the 28 Guiding Principles, we were delighted with our smart journals.

The session made us think about how we worked as a team and which of the Guiding Principles would be our targets for this week…

How DO you decide whether to be a Giant, Wizard or an Elf??!!

Don’t forget to follow our TWITTER feed during these sessions!

https://twitter.com/DunnStreet63/with_replies

Homework Project

Miss Noble’s Class Project: RECITE A POEM

Due date: 28th September 2017

Present a piece of poetry of your own choosing: it can be a serious poem, a funny poem, a set of lyrics, a narrative poem, a poem for a younger audience, a poem you have written yourself

Perform using appropriate intonation, volume and movement so that meaning is clear… bonus points for recital rather than reading!

Complete or introduce the presentation with a short explanation as to why you have chosen that poem.

National Poetry Day will take place on Thursday 28 September 2017 and this year’s theme is “Freedom”.

About National Poetry Day

This is a solo presentation: you are still encouraged to work with someone at home and talk about what you are doing.

You will have to present what you have learnt to the rest of the class.  Plan who is going to engage the audience: make it interesting!  Be different!

The presentation will be marked out of 20:

5 marks –  Confident speaking to the audience (use of voice, looking at people – bonus for not reading)

5 marks – Keeping the audience interested (use of questions, not reading from card all the time)

5 marks – Quality of props

5 marks – Quality of homework (time and effort)

Total marks out of 20

 

 

Year 5/6 – Dare to be your best self…

Dear Parent/Carer(s),

As you may be aware, your child has been selected to participate in The Prince William Award (PWA) this academic year. This programme is designed to help six to 14 year-olds to develop the confidence, resilience and inner strength to ‘dare to be their best self’.

SkillForce is a national education charity, employing predominantly ex-servicemen and women to deliver the Prince William Award in schools. HRH, Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge is the royal patron. A SkillForce instructor will be coming into school once per week to run a series of workshops, sessions and projects that will encourage your child to understand and reflect on the importance of key character traits like resilience, self-belief, team-work and confidence.

This is achieved through your child taking part in interactive games and activities, community projects and reflective learning, all of which follow a scheme of work that has been developed and evaluated by some of the country’s top universities and educationalists.

At the end of the programme, if your child has developed the qualities that underpin The Prince William Award, they will achieve a PWA certificate and badge at a graduation ceremony. We expect that your child will improve their character and resilience to enhance attitudes to learning.

I am delighted that your child will be joining us to take part in The PWA. If you would like to find out more then please do visit the SkillForce website, www.skillforce.org, follow SkillForce on Twitter, @SkillForceUK, or watch some of the videos on YouTube that explain in more detail about The Prince William Award. There is even footage of Prince William, talking about why he is so passionate about supporting this programme.

Yours sincerely

Mr Reader

Advice to this year’s Year 5s from Demi…

Dear Year 4s,

I am writing to tell you about Year 5 and give you some tips.

Opportunities are endless: you can go to Whithaugh Park, go on exciting trips and lots more. We have been having fun, working or something else. This year has been like a rollercoaster ride (but a fun one).

To be in Year Five you have to have a good attitude and be awake for the morning ahead. Since the start of Year Five my imagination has burst. Improving in my work has helped me get ready for Year 6.

Before I moved into Year 5, I was a bit worried, but now I am more confident in moving to Year 6. Everything is fun: even work. I want to do it again! The things you do in Year 5 are a once in a lifetime chance.

Having been in Year 5, I know that you have to be good to get the trips and the fun things. (You have to be good for your teacher to get things back.)

We are all sad that this year is nearly over, but we still have another year with Miss Noble. Try your best. Have a good time and don’t get into trouble.

Yours sincerely

Demi Hallway