Rivington Avenue, Platt Bridge, Wigan, Lancashire WN2 5NG
|Class of 2018 - 19|
The month of October had been long awaited by the whole of Y6 - teachers included! It was finally time for our residential trip to York! We all had a fabulous few days, packed full of opportunities for learning outside the classroom, making memories that will last a lifetime!
Our trip began on Wednesday 3rd October, after a short coach journey to Yorkshire, we were soon on our way to Jorvik’s Viking Centre. Once inside, we went on a time-travelling ride back to the Viking times. We saw many of the jobs and aspects of daily Viking life up close which really brought our learning to life. After the ride, we got to meet historians who showed us real Viking artefacts like combs and jewellery. Did you know that combs were a luxury item? If you had long hair you must have been very rich in Viking times, as long hair was much harder to keep clear and look after! We also found out lots about their money. Did you know that in Viking times, Vikings would literally break a coin in half so they could spend half of it? I hope no-one has been cutting five pound notes up at home as sadly this doesn’t still work today! Our next stop was the DIG! Another hands-on historical adventure, where our pupils got the chance to adopt the role of archaeologists and dig in different pits to find artefacts from the past. Our day was rounded off by a game of ten-pin bowling too!
Thursday 4th October began with a delicious breakfast before we made our way to the Yorkshire Museum. Packed full of informative displays about Roman life and Prehistoric creatures, a highlight for many of the pupils was the chance to get up close to ‘Alan the Dinosaur’ in a VR experience where they could hand feed the dinosaur. After enjoying our lunch outside in the sunshine, we boarded our boat and enjoyed a river cruise down the Ouse. We enjoyed waving at locals and seeing York from a different angle. We even sailed past the school which Guy Fawkes has once attended! Our final stop on Thursday was definitely worth the wait! York Chocolate Story! We found out lots of information about the founding families of many of our favourite chocolate bars. Did you know that Kit Kats and Terry’s Chocolate Orange were both invented in York? During our visit we got to taste lots of samples and got to see how chocolate is made from cocoa pods into chocolate. We were shown how to appreciate the taste of chocolate and shown how to taste chocolate properly - has anyone managed to eat a bar of chocolate slowly enough to try this at home? Finally, the best part of our visit was making our own chocolate lollipops and decorating them with lots of tasty treats to take home as a souvenir! That night, after another delicious evening meal at our hotel, we travelled back into York. After dark, we met our guide, Pat, in the shadows of Clifford’s Tower. We walked around the Shambles and down Whip-ma-whop-ma-gate listening to his scary ghost stories and many children even got to act out his historical tales!
Before journeying home on Friday morning, we squeezed in a visit to York Minster - this fantastic building is not only a Minster but also a cathedral! We were amazed by the stained glass windows inside and listened carefully to the fascinating facts about the building. Throughout the trip, the children’s behaviour was exemplary! I was so proud of their insightful questions and positive attitudes throughout the visit. Many members of the public and the owners of the hotel where we stayed commented on how they are a credit to our school! Well done Y6C!
September has brought lots of tasty treats to Y6C’s classroom! We launched our topic, ‘What Makes Britain Great?’ with a traditional afternoon tea. The children enjoyed making their own sandwiches and then took part in the British tradition - afternoon tea! From their cakes stands, they ate: finger sandwiches, scones with jam and cream and cakes; all washed down of course with a delicious cup of tea! The children loved this tasty treat, whilst listening to the National Anthem, surrounded by red, white and blue bunting!
The children were then set a challenge: they must create a showstopper cupcake as we held our own Great British Bake Off. We followed the full Design and Technology process, beginning with carrying out Market Research. We explored and collected images of cakes which were currently available on the market to create our own mood boards that reflected Great Britain. We then tasted different flavours of icing to identify which was the most popular and the best flavour to choose for own our designs. The flavours we tasted were: chocolate, caramel, mint, lemon and orange. Using a tally chart, we gathered the views of our classmates and presented our results in pie charts and bar charts too!
Once we had completed our Market Research, we moved on to the design stage. We worked to a strict brief. Our cakes must have a flavoured filling; have a decorated top and must reflect the theme of Great Britain. Once we had decided on our final designs, we baked and decorated our cupcakes. What a talented group of bakers Y6C are! Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith would be proud and I know they would struggle to pick Star Baker too!
The children evaluated their final products to finish off the Design and Technology process. They considered which skills they had found difficult and if their designs had any limitations which they would adapt if they were to make their cakes again. I am sure, if you managed to taste a bite at home, that you will agree that they all looked (and tasted) delicious too!
Welcome back to Platt Bridge - I hope everyone has had a fantastic summer and enjoyed their holidays! What an exciting term we have ahead of us in Year 6C! I have been working hard making sure our brand new classroom is ready to have fun and learn in. Our new topic, 'What Makes Britain Great?' 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 an amazing trip to York to look forward to; visitors and our newly immersed classroom there are lots of surprises and things to look forward to in the new school year... I can't wait to get started.
Even though Year 6 is a tricky and challenging year, I know that you can all rise to it! I guarantee that by the end of the year you will all be extremely proud of your hard work, determination and achievements!
Just a reminder: If you have any photographs of your holidays, of you visiting any exciting cities, countries or continents please bring them in so we can display them on our Information Station.
I can’t wait to welcome you all back and start our Year 6 journey together!
Miss Hindley and Mrs Willis