A Day at The University of Portsmouth
This term our Year 6 children spent an entire day at The University of Portsmouth for a ‘Mini-University Experience’. The day involved taking part in a mini-lecture based around an academic subject, a tour of the University, where the children got to see a selection of the University’s first-class facilities; and a whole-class graduation ceremony, where the children wore real gowns and mortar board hats and received their own graduation certificate.
The University of Portsmouth’s UP for Juniors team organise for 1600 children, from schools in and around Portsmouth, to visit during the month of June every year. The team aims to encourage children to think about their futures, increase their confidence levels, understand how higher education works, and above all, raise their aspirations.
Our Year 6 children have returned from their trip to The University of Portsmouth feeling inspired and excited about the possibilities that their futures hold for them. We (the staff) are very proud of the way the children embraced the University experience and hope that the children’s university dreams will one day become a reality.To find out more about the work that UP for Juniors team do with children in your area, visit their website @ http://www.upforjuniors.org.uk/ . You’ll find lots of information, games, worksheet activities and competitions for your children to get involved in.
Our Trip to the National History Museum
On Monday 27th February Year 6 went to the Natural History Museum in London. The class had a spectacular time, finding out about what life was like in prehistoric times. There were many fascinating exhibits to observe, ranging from the spine-chilling Tyrannosaurus Rex to the intriguing metamorphic rock.
Once they arrived, they were split into three groups and were led around the museum. Everywhere they looked there were hundreds of captivating facts about the natural history of the world.
Some class favourites include the many dinosaur skeletons, the 'Investigate Centre' and the Mammals exhibit. Finlay Bloomer quotes, 'The Investigate Centre was my favourite because we got to see and touch ancient specimens - which were millions of years old.'
At the end of the day, Year 6 left with many new facts in their heads and an amazing day to remember.
Report by Jake and Sophia
Last week, 'Tom the Tale Teller' came to visit year 6. This visit coincided with a nationwide initiative to practice the almost-forgotten-art of oral story telling - remembered stories - no books! Tom had a 'story stick', covered with small pictures, which was his memory jogger for the stories.
Everyone was thoroughly engrossed as Tom entertained us with his amazing story of 'Stone Soup'. He ended the visit with a short spooky story- it made some of us jump!
Year 6 had a fantastic time at Little Canada on the Isle of Wight last week. They arrived mid- morning, after a catamaran ride and coach transfer to the campsite.
It was an action-packed couple of days. The children were able to challenge themselves, and their fears, on high-adrenaline activities such as: Big Swing, Trapeze, Zipwire and Quadbikes. They also had team activities and a really LOUD disco, where they danced and sang.
The dining hall was the favourite place for some of the children (and some of the accompanying adults!). There was an amazing variety of wholesome food to choose from too.
Luckily the weather was favourable and all were able to enjoy the activities to the full.
Year 6 travelled to the Weald and Downland Museum as part of their research into the Anglo-Saxons.
They were guided around the site in two separate groups: one studied farming and the other clothing.
After lunch they were able to explore the site at a more leisurely pace. They were eager to investigate the many different types of dwellings there - including the newly constructed Anglo-Saxon house at the top of the hill.