Rivington Avenue, Platt Bridge, Wigan, Lancashire WN2 5NG
|Class of 2017 -18|
April began with Y6 children welcoming Mrs Tang into their classroom. Mrs Tang originally lived in China but now resides in Wigan where she teaches children across the borough about Chinese culture. Our session began with an introduction to China. She talked about what the country is like and the size of the cities she had lived in. We were amazed at the sheer size of the population of China - we couldn't imagine so many people! Mrs Tang was very impressed with our classrooms and also by the children's knowledge of China. They impressed her with what they could share about the Terracotta Army, the Shang Dynasty and Chinese new year celebrations.
Following this introduction, Mrs Tang gave us a lesson in Mandarin. We learnt how to say, hello (nǐ hǎo) and also how to count in Mandarin to 10.
The numbers we learnt are:
To finish off our exciting session, Mrs Tang showed us how to do traditional Chinese Calligraphy. She explained that this art form was completed daily by pupils in China as a way to relax and promote calmness. The children enjoyed using brushes to create their own Chinese symbols and I was very impressed with their focus and patience!
Well done Year 6 and thank you Mrs Tang for giving us a hands on experience of a fascinating culture and country!
To start the month we continued bringing our topic, 'What are the Secrets of China?' to life with a visit to the World Museum in Liverpool. The children were extremely excited about this once in a life-time opportunity to get up close to the real Terracotta Warriors which had been transported all the way from China to the North-West for a short time only! We had a great time exploring this temporary exhibition and finding out about the role these stone giants played in Chinese history. We found out that for over 2,000 years, an underground army of life sized terracotta warriors secretly guarded over the tomb of China's First Emperor. We explored Qin Shi Huang's Terracotta warriors and their unique designs and other artefacts and models uncovered in the chance discovery that unearthed the mysteries of the empire in 1974.
As part of our day we also took part in a Tiger of Qin workshop which was a great opportunity to get hands on with history. Not only did we get the opportunity to meet one of the exhibition's historians and extend our knowledge about China's first emperor and his warriors but we also explored artefacts too.
We found out about the regions of China in the past and how each region was invaded by the emperor. We also got the opportunity to try on armour similar to that which the terracotta warriors from the army would have worn. In addition, we explore real-life artefacts from the era including: stone armour, arrow heads used in battle, a horse's leg bone from the cavalry and even shackles used to keep prisoners under control while they worked! Finally we explored Chinese coins and were surprised at the size of the knife coins! We couldn't believe that people would have had to carry the coins to market as they wouldn't fit in our pockets today!
We will continue learning about the Terracotta Warriors back at school and will get the opportunity to explore the unique designs of each soldier and use clay to model our own army too!
We finished off the first half term with an adventurous week at Winmarleigh Hall PGL. What a challenging week it was! We arrived at PGL mid afternoon on Monday 12th February, excited yet slightly nervous for the challenges that lay ahead.
Throughout the week we tackled many different challenges and overcame many fears including heights! Some of our favourite activities that we took part in were:
We developed team work skills and communication skills throughout all our activities. We soon realised that in order to get the best out of our team we had to encourage them positively to take on the new activities and reassure them throughout the activity too! Despite the extremely cold weather, all children displayed a positive attitude and resilience whichever task they were faced with.
The fun didn't stop in the evenings either! We took part in lots of fun activities after our delicious evening meals including: a disco, wacky races and even Ambush! Ambush was a giant game of hide and seek in the woodland surrounding our PGL camp. In teams we hid, silently, in the dark awaiting capture from the other team. We had to work quietly, cooperatively and make team decisions when trying to find the other team - it was very difficult!
Well done Year 6A! I am so proud of your achievements this week and your positive attitude to each challenges you faced.
Last week, a group of our Y6 pupils took part in an Inter School Spelling Bee competition. They are the first team from Platt Bridge Community School to take part in the competition. They enjoyed taking part in several different activities and rounds testing their spelling abilities and strategies! We are extremely proud to announce that our pupils won and came first out of fourteen teams that took part! Well done Y6!
Our new topic, What are the Secrets of China? got off to a 'cracking' start! We started our new year by cracking open our own fortune cookies. We discussed them with our partners and were amazed at how many we felt could come true! We thought hard about making our own fortunes and setting ourselves goals, targets and resolutions for 2018. We wrote our own fortune cookies slips and hid them away, ready to open again at half term to see how we're getting on with them!
We researched all about China as a country. We found out about its position in the world (what continent it was part of, which countries it neighboured) and China as a place (rivers, seas, attractions that tourists may visit and the climate). We also researched all about Chinese culture and politics. We found out that although China has a government it is not voted in by the people so it is not a true democracy like we have in the UK! Read our non chronological reports about China here...
Not only have we enjoyed eating fortune cookies, but we also had a very exciting Chinese themed day in school last Monday. In the morning we learnt about traditional Chinese ceramic art and painted our own plates. We used lots of red and gold in our designs which are colours that represent good luck during the Chinese New Year celebrations. We found out that there are 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac and that 2018 is going to be the year of the dog! We learnt how to wish someone a Happy New Year in China, which is "Gong Hey Fat Choy" and all about how people choose to celebrate the new year in China - did you know celebrations this year will begin on February 16th and will last for two whole weeks?
After lunch we learnt a traditional Chinese dance which is used to celebrate Chinese New Year. We learnt lots of complicated movements and put them together in a sequence. We added props like fans and parasols into our dance too ready to perform to the rest of the school in an assembly at the end of the day. Before home time, we learnt the traditional dragon and lion dances which are performed all over the world during the new year celebrations. Many of Y6A had seen this before in Manchester's China Town in previous years. It was great fun making the dragon and lion dance to the music and parading around the school hall.
Watch our Chinese celebration dance here to bring in the new year....
We hope you have a great Winter break and enjoy celebrating at home and spending time with friends and family! We hope you come back in January excited to learn and raring to go! What an exciting term we have ahead of us in Year 6! Our new topic, 'What are the Secrets of China?' is packed full of interesting things to learn about. Why not look at our leaflet to find out some of the things that you will be learning about in the Autumn term?
With trips, visitors and our newly immersed classroom there are lots of surprises and things to look forward to in the new year... we can't wait to get started!
You will also have received your first knowledge organiser instead of homework... look over the different sections to start learning about China to help prepare you for our learning in the Spring term. Can you learn some key facts about China - its capital city? Which continent it is in? Can you find out any additional facts to share with us in January?
Miss Hindley and Miss Cameron
This month we have been reading a classic novel: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. The children have thoroughly enjoyed engaging with the text and predicting what they thought would happen next. We have rewrote the scene where Dr Jekyll first drinks the potion and transforms into his inner self - Mr Hyde. We also used thesauruses to explore up leveling our language and vocabulary so that our writing is the best it can be. Some of the interesting words we found for potion were: liquid, elixir, concoction, medicine. We also explored the word criminal and found the synonyms: law-breaker, felon and villain and delinquent.
When we entered class one morning we were faced by a crime scene. The classroom had been transformed into Dr Jekyll's laboratory. The desk lay in disarray: bottles, conical flasks and various mysterious liquids were scattered all over the surface of the table. More alarmingly the outline of a corpse was on the floor. We investigated the crime scene, gathering information from the evidence and speculating who had committed the crime? what had happened? and why this had happened?
The children presented their ideas in a newspaper report for Westminster News to share the news of this tragic death with the wider community in Soho, London. They used a range of grammatical features including: adverbials of time and place, conjunctions to join ideas and the passive voice. They also showed the range of punctuation that they are able to use, including inverted commas to punctuate speech of characters from the story who were interviewed about the crime and colons to join clauses that are dependent.
We are so pleased and proud of the children's writing - I am sure you will be too!
This month has begun with Y6A inviting a very inspirational person into their classroom. We were lucky enough to welcome Jenny Meadows, who is an Olympic athlete, into our classroom on Monday and spend the morning with her.
Our day began with an assembly, during which Jenny introduced herself and told us more about her career. We were amazed to find out that she grew up and still lives close to Platt Bridge - in Abram! Aged eight, she decided to attend Wigan Harriers's trial day and soon realised she loved running. She said she remembered having a dream at this early age - to be an Olympian and attend and compete against other people at an Olympic games. Jenny's passion and commitment to her sport - running the 800m - is clear to see. She talked about the many competitions that she has taken part in and also showed us her gold medal which she won at the European championships in Paris.
We then had another session with Jenny where we explored the Olympic values together. We discussed the important qualities that helped her to be successful and that we could use in our own daily lives too. Jenny was very impressed with our answers and ideas. The Olympic values are:
We discussed each in detail. The children talked about targets and dreams that they were determined to achieve, some of these were sporting, some were academic and some were personal goals outside of school. We then discussed the importance of respecting others and equality. We looked at the Paralympic games and fairness in class too. Jenny explained that it is also important to respect ourselves: making sure we eat healthily, exercise regularly and try our best in all we do. The final area we discussed was excellence. At first we thought that this meant being the best and winning. Jenny explained that although she only had one gold medal, she had many silver and bronze medals at home and has taken part in many events. She said she always felt proud of her achievements no matter where she placed because she knew she has put 100% effort in. She said she felt it was more important to achieve her personal best. We talked about PB's we could achieve like improving our handwriting, learning a new times tables, or running faster than the day before.
The highlight of our day was taking part in a PE session led by Jenny Meadows herself. She took us through drills first to warm up our bodies and develop our running techniques to enable us to run faster and more fluently. She then taught us how to pace ourselves running. We were set different challenges to do laps of the playground in 30 seconds, then 25 seconds. Sometimes this was difficult as we could run a faster lap so we had to try hard to run at a more comfortable pace. Our final challenge was to run tow equally timed laps of the playground. Our resilience, effort and passion shone through and ALL children achieved their goal!
Well done Year 6A!
At the end of September, Year 6 went on a residential trip to York, which is in Yorkshire. We had an amazing time and all the children are desperate to return!
On Thursday morning we packed our cases onto the coach and set off on our journey down the motorway to York. It was a smooth journey and soon we were sat outside in the sunshine enjoying our packed lunches under the shadow of Clifford's tower. We then walked to two historical attractions that were both fun and informative! Our first stop was Dig! It was a hands on archaeological experience! We used tools to excavate different time periods and find evidence about how people lived in the past. We then visited Jorvik - the Viking centre. We went on a ride through a Viking Village where we saw jobs, how people lived and got the opportunity to speak to historians about money, artefacts and also how skeletons can answer questions about the past!
That evening, after we'd checked into the Youth Hostel, we went bowling. Miss Hindley was sadly beaten by Martin! They were all amazing and there were lots of spares and strikes up on the score board!
On Friday we got up early for another fun packed day in the city. We arrived at the Castle Museum where the pupils explored the many exhibits. Our favourite parts were the prison cells, the old school room and also the Victorian street where they could go inside shops and see products that would have been sold!
After that we went to the River Ouse where we boarded a boat and went on a river cruise. We got to see lots of the buildings in York from the water side and even spotted a school where Guy Fawkes once attended.
Many people's favourite part of the tour was a visit to York's Chocolate Story! It was a delicious experience where we found out lots about the founding families of Chocolate. Did you know that Kit Kats and Terrys Chocolate Orange were both invented in York? We got to see how chocolate is made from cocoa to nibs to chocolate! We learnt how to properly taste chocolate and even got to make our own scrumptious chocolate lollies to take home!
The children's behaviour and attitude while we were away was exemplary. What a great trip!
This month we started our topic, What Makes Britain Great?' by taking part in our very own British tradition - afternoon tea! We enjoyed making our own sandwiches, scones and cakes and then shared these with friends. We decorated our classroom with red, white and blue decorations and bunting and ate our carefully prepared afternoon tea from cake stands! It was a fantastically tasty treat!
Following this we watched a short clip of the Great British Bake Off and were inspired to have our own showstopper challenge. We created moodboards to gather ideas of cakes that were currently available on the market and how they could be decorated. We then tasted different cake flavours: lemon, vanilla, chocolate and mint and carried out our own market research to identify which flavour was the most popular to use in our cakes. We gathered this information using a tally chart and then presented our results using bar charts, pictograms and pie charts too!
After that we began to design our cakes! We worked in teams to develop designs that met our strict design criteria. Our cakes must have two tiers, a flavoured filling and a decorated top which matched our theme, 'Great Britain'. The cakes we made were delicious and looked amazing! What talented bakers were are! Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry themselves would be jealous.
Once we had finished our cakes we decided that we wanted to deliver them to Belong, our local residential care home. After researching Belong and finding out what an important, vital part of our community it is we wanted to visit the elderly who lived there and share our treats with them. The residents loved our visit and couldn't wait to try our cakes!
|Class of 2016 -17|
Children Stun Audiences with ‘West-End’ Style Production
The Year 6 pupils at Platt Bridge Community School wowed audiences this afternoon with their production of Grease - the last one they will perform as a class of 48. Pupils sang, danced and acted their hearts away to create a performance that was fit for London’s West End.
Costumes and props were outstanding: the children looked suitably 50s. The girls wore flared skirts and neck ties and the boys looked suave in their leather jackets and T-birds costumes. Vince Fontaine – played by Adam, with his glittery bow tie, looked particularly good and played his role to perfection. The cheerleaders were a bundle of energy and looked smart in matching blue and white uniforms. They led the cast well and supported dance routines. All the cast and chorus looked immaculate and their costumes were spot on. The chorus supported the cast of characters well and their tuneful voices and enthusiasm shone through to ensure that the songs could be heard and enjoyed by all.
Lighting and sound was controlled masterfully by Aimee, Miss Henriksen and Mrs Abel - it created a brilliant atmosphere and particular mention must be made to Daniel and Craig for expertly fixing the set to allow for the impressive use of the car.
Speaking of the car, the set was fantastic. Simple use of dinner hall benches created a believable cafeteria and the cars, designed by Mrs Higham, were incredible – the transformation was brilliant.
Actors were outstanding. Hannah as Sandy was innocent and sweet – a complete contrast to her character at the end. Marty, Jan and Frenchie, played by Skye, Marie and Chelsea provided just the right mix of humour and seriousness and their dancing led the other cast members. Kacey, as Rizzo was brilliant – acting must be in her future! Jake shone as Eugene, creating humour and laughter – his portrayal of this character was adorable! Sophie and Denisa played contrasting parts as Patty Simcox and Cha Cha but they both were believable and moved the story along well. Tanastwa melted hearts as the teen angel and the girls dancing in the background looked excellent in their beauty school robes!
Finally, the boys were utterly outstanding in their roles as Danny and the T-Birds. Owen, Aaron, Declan, Adam and Kye showed their inner performers as they threw themselves into their roles and performed as well as professionals, supporting their cast to create the production’s most impressive song- Grease Lightning.
The choreography and direction by Miss Cameron and Miss Harrison should be commended. Congratulations on a wonderful production!
We started March with Big Read/Write week - are book was Jurassic Park. World Book Day (Thursday) was observed by the children dressing up as explores and a visit from a T-Rex, with his handler, of course. The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience although a little apprehensive when the T-Rex got close to them.
A fun-filled week was spent at PGL doing lots of fun activities - raft-building, ambush, zip-wire, giants swing to name a few. The food was amazing, 3 hot meals a day and so much choice: a cooked breakfast every day; curries; lasagne; jacket potatoes; wraps; fajitas; soup; fresh fruit and salad options. This week enabled children to develop and make progress with leadership, teamwork, communication and problem solving skills. They all showed enthusiasm and motivation for learning new skills and improve their social awareness.
Red Nose Day saw the whole school perform a dance which can be viewed on the website, if you haven't already watched it. It was great fun making it!!
We ended the month with a Google Expedition Associate visit. The children had a virtual field trip linked to their Topic of China. They visited the Great Wall of China and saw the Northern Lights whilst in the school Library.
One child said " Google VR was an exciting experience. When we wore our headsets we could look at many 360 degree images. It showed us many landmarks of the Earth so we can learn about where we were."
As a WOW launch to E-Safety day we wanted to do something memorable for the children around keeping children safe on the Internet. With the help of One Day Creative, all the children in the school got to take part in a fun creative workshop and learn all about E-Safety through Drama.
Year 6 took part in a “World of Thrones” workshop, a fantasy world where all is not as it seems… They had to make smart choices about who you trust and what you reveal and, in doing so, to protect themselves and their friends for long enough to survive online. They explored the increasingly complex world of gaming, cyber bulling & internet safety!
Following their workshop, Year 6 delivered an assembly for the whole school and parents to show what they had learnt.
The topic for the term is China. We began the topic by designing and making our own Chinese dragons. We had to use our skills for learning to ensure we worked as a team effectively. We celebrated the Chinese New Year by a visit to Belong to share a celebration with them and show them our work.
In our topic, we finished off our 'What makes Britain Great' topic by researching the Tower of London and crime and punishment through the ages. In Maths we have been learning about division using the 'Bus stop', coin cards and chunking methods. English saw us write a letter to Santa Claus explaining how upset we were because Buddy and his elf friends had messed up our classroom by having a party! In PSHE, we rewrote the Nativity story finishing with turkey and stuffing sandwiches.
Year 6 have been celebrating the festival of Eid and Diwali. They enjoyed food tasting, making pots and designing their own henna tattoos.
English -We have just begun our new English piece of writing-a non- chronological report. This will be about elves and tie in with Christmas as a theme. We received goodies from the elves this morning!
Information Station- We have covered many topics for our information station so far but the children enjoyed creating Road Safety posters.
Welcome to Year 6A
We all loved our trip to London,
We even got to see the dreaded dungeon,
We later boarded the London Eye,
When we got to the top – it was so high,
Sailing down the River Thames,
We made some new South African friends.
Our Science lesson was a wiz,
The glass bottles were filled with fizz.
The test didn’t involve fire,
But the great test can inspire.
Allotments are green,
They are also clean,
When the beautiful flowers bloom
They sing a melody tune.
The swaying branches of the trees in the breeze
But be careful of the flying autumn leaves.
We all do sentence a day,
To try and keep the teacher away.
Upon this day, you’ll be blown away.
Because our work is worth an “A!!”
|Class of 2015 - 16|
For eco week we had fire fighters come in and teach us how to do CPR. We all took part and it was really fun. None of us knew that we didn’t have to do mouth to mouth anymore. It is because it is believed that if they are still breathing, then you will already have enough oxygen in your body. We also did some gardening and we decorated hanging baskets with flowers in groups of four. Some of us watered them as well. On Friday, we had an unplugged day where we didn’t use any electricity until half past twelve. Everyone enjoyed it and I don’t think any of us knew how much we relied on electricity. We went outside and played some games and also practised our lines and scripts for production.
A lady came in to year 6 called Anna with her dog called Mo. She told us that last year alone the Dog's Trust rescued 105,000 dogs. As well as this, she also told us that the government had to put down 5,000 healthy dogs down out of this 105,000 because nobody wanted them. She showed us Mo's school bag that had everything she needed in it to stay healthy and happy. This included: food, water, a bone, a poop bag, toys, lead, collar and a tag. Did you know it is illegal to not have a collar and a tag on your dog? Also, you need to walk your dog twice a day not matter how big or small it is.