Our Brilliant Year 2015-16
Children Challenging Industry
One of the first things we did was to take part in our Children Challenging Industry project. First we worked alongside a scientist in our classroom where we did several interesting investigations and experiments and then it was off to visit a real Hi-Tech factory. Darchem make thermal insulation products for leading companies all around the world and the parts they make can be found in aeroplanes, nuclear power stations, military vehicles and high-performance sports cars. We took part in some exciting challenges to apply the knowledge we had gained during the project and saw how the factory’s laser-cutting machines worked. We even got the chance to put on the welding masks and gloves and do a bit of spot welding.
In the Autumn term, Year 6 attended a special safety event. The event was organised and run by the emergency services and the children learned about keeping themselves safe in the world outside school from members of the Police, the Fire Brigade and staff from the NHS. They also learned about their responsibilities as good citizens from residents group and staff from Stockton Borough Council.
We have taken part in many sporting competitions over the year. Our first was Tag Rugby where we had great fun competing against our friends from other schools in stockton. We had great success in the athletics tournaments we attended, where several members of the class returned with winners medals. Our cricket teams qualified from the local cluster competition to the Stockton-wide tournament and both the boys and girls team were just pipped for overall victory. Our netball team once again had a hugely successful season, winning the league and of course there was our annual children versus staff games of rounders and netball, which were great fun as always.
Several members of staff kindly volunteered to run after-school booster clubs to help ensure that teh Year 6s were ready for their Key Stage 2 SATs tests. Staff gave extra lessons in reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar and maths. All of teh Year 6s chose to attend and worked their socks off.
Stockton Children’s Book of the Year 2016
Once again, we were fortunate enough to participate in the Stockton Children’s Book of the Year competition. The Year 6 class received a visit from Lucty from Stockton Central Library who introduced us to the books which the librarians had chosen for the shortlist. After that, it was time to become book-worms and read all of the titles in the competition. We wrote book reviews and were lucky enough to meet the writer of one of the nominated books – Tom Moorhouse, author of The River Singers.
After voting for our favorites, two of us were selected to attend the awards ceremony and see the winner receive their award.