Y5/6 spellings to be tested w.b. 01.05.17
For this week's spelling test, children have selected a list of words off the National Curriculum word list which they have been practising this year and they have written the words into their spelling book, creating a personalised spelling list.
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Week Beginning 5th September
What a busy first week back we have had!  Mr Ormiston has been frantically working out where everything is, how everything works and what everybody's names are.  The children, of course, have settled straight back into the swing of things and have been busily talking about their holidays and what they are looking forward to in the coming year.  We have chosen lots of people to do the various jobs around the classroom and help Mr Ormiston.
Week Beginning 12th September
We've been reading a book called Leon and the Place Between, which is all about a boy who believes in magic and gets transported into a magical world.  We started the topic with a visit from a magician who did an assembly for us and also went around the classes talking about magic and showing us a few tricks.
Week Beginning 19th September
Another busy week in Sparrowhawks!  We've chosen our School Councillors, Eco Councillor and Literacy Committee member.  We've also been voting for our chosen charity of the year to send to the School Council and celebrating the children who completed the Summer Reading Challenge.
Week Beginning 31st October
The children have been working hard during PANTS Day
Week Beginning 7th November
The children did some drama activities during Anti-bullying Week.
Week Beginning 14th November
The class had a great time this week watching Gangsta Granny in Derby.  Their behaviour was excellent and they were a credit to the school.
Week Beginning 21st November
This week we spent a day in our teams celebrating the 100th birthday of Roald Dahl.  The children did lots of different activities from designing their own beast from Revolting Rhymes to designing collages of our favourite Roald Dahl characters.
Week Beginning 28th November
This week we learnt all about St Andrew as it was his saint's day on November 30th.  Why not ask your children what they know about Scotland and their Patron Saint.
Week Beginning 5th December
We've had a busy week this week preparing for Christmas.  We've practiced our Carol Concert and watched the EYFS and KS1 Nativity plays.  The children listened attentively and gave the casts their full support.  Later in the week the children went to buy their Secret Santa presents and plan their Christmas parties.
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Wk Beginning 9th January
We have started our Earth and Space topic and enjoyed the video above.  Our own video of the Solar System will be coming soon!
Friday 27th January
Today members of Y5/6 represented our school at Greenbank Leisure Centre in Swadlincote, at an athletics competition. We are pleased to say that out of 12 schools we managed to win 3rd place! The children did an excellent job of competing in the events, particular highlights being Lewis' 1st place in the long jump, with an incredible jump of 1.88m, and Olivia, Trinity, Bella and Eleanor taking 1st place in 4 x 1 relay. The children tried their hardest in all track and field events that they competed in, and they did us proud. Well done to all of the children (Trinity, Bella, Olivia, Olivia, Erin-Rose, Eleanor, Lewis, Tom, Joseph, Zak, Finlay, Denholm) and congratulations on winning bronze!
Wk Beginning 30th December
This week we celebrated Chinese New Year by writing poems about the year of the rooster and the year in which we were born.
Wk Beginning 6th February
We finished the half term with a celebration of our Space projects that we have been doing.  It was a great success.
Wk Beginning 20th Feb
At the end of last term, we were very lucky as we had Don from St John's ambulance in school to teach us about bleeding and bandaging. We learnt about the primary survey, the recovery position, how to make 99 calls, minor and major bleeding, and first aid kits.  It was a lot of fun, and we learnt a lot too!
As well as the first aid training, we have had visitors to talk to us about safer internet use.

Before we post a picture on the internet we have learnt to STOP and THINK!

1) Who am I sharing this with?

2) Who else might get to see it?

3) What will people find out about me?

4) What will people be able to find out about other people in the photo?

Week Beginning 27th February
This week we have been learning all about Shrove Tuesday and St David's Day.  We did lots of activities to learn all about St David.
Week Beginning 6th March
Last week we celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as various book characters.  We also had an author in to talk to us about how to write a book.
Week Beginning 13th March
This week was brain awareness week.  We learnt about different types of learners and did a quiz to find out what type of learner we were.  We have some of every type in our class!  This afternoon, we had a 'team afternoon' so we all went to spend the time with other people in our team, and with a teacher who is also on our team.
Week Beginning 20th March
This week was Red Nose Day.  We told jokes in our class and the winner got to tell their joke in assembly.  The winner got a prize.  We also bought Red Noses from the school councillors and raised a lot of money for charity.
Week Beginning 27th March
This week, our school councillors, Fin and Rosalie, helped to organise the annual chocolate bingo night.  It was a great success and we raised almost £600 for Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity.
Week Beginning 3rd April
This week we had a problem solving day in school.  We had to work together in teams to solve lots of different practical problems that had been brought in by The Happy Puzzle Company.  Some of them were more difficult than others, but all in all, we were pretty successful!
Week Beginning 24th April
This week was our termly homework showcase.  Once again Sparrowhawks led the way with projects that had been made at home, including a 6ft tall totem pole and a real life tepee.
Week Beginning 1st May
This week, our Digital Leaders have made a video about online safety.  Why not take a look.
Week Beginning 8th May
This week we have been participating in ACES Day.  This stands for All Children Exercise Simultaneously.  We spent the afternoon doing lots of different exercises from javelin throwing to hula hooping.  It was great fun and we promoted healthy living across the school.
Thursday 8th June
Today the Imagineering Club and other lucky members of Year 6 went on a school trip to Jaguar Land Rover. We had a fantastic day! We got to do some programming, experiencing how to make traffic lights and engines work and we also had a really interesting tour of the site, where we got to see the Tear Down area where the cars are stripped, and we saw some prototype cars which have not yet been released - we are not allowed to tell you about these for the next 5 years, because it is a secret!
Many of our children came away inspired to work in engineering in the future, which is fantastic. 
We hope you enjoy our photos - we weren't allowed to take any on the tour of the site for confidentiality reasons, but have a look at us doing our programming work!
Thursday, 6th July 2017
Today, trained educators from RSPB visited our school to help us  learn about nature in our school grounds. Children had the opportunity to first-hand explore and identify habitats, plants and mini beasts. Spending time exploring the school grounds, including the pond area, has helped to  develop a love of and appreciation of nature in children. Children enjoyed looking closely at minibeasts using minibeast viewers, and identifying them using charts. All children learned something new and ofcourse the beautiful weather helped!  
Wednesday 12th July
Our dress rehearsal went really well today. The children's performances were fantastic and their costumes were excellent. Thank you to all families who helped it to look so good by coming up with such super costumes, and well done to the children for learning their lines and songs so well and for putting on such a great performance - we can't wait for you to see it tomorrow!