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Anti Bullying Photostory

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The children had words or statements about bullying written on them or on paper and we created a video made up of pictures about the affects of bullying and statistics from a bullying survey completed in 2016. Priestley class wanted to show how they support a 'no bullying' policy in our school and in our world.

Anti-Bullying Week

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Year 6 discussed: what the term bullying means to them, what types of bullying there is, how it make victims feel and how those who are affected can deal with it. All of our class feel that there is no bullying that happens in our school and that they are against bullying. We decorated some plain socks ready for our non-uniform day on Friday, so that we have odd socks to celebrate and support 'We are all different but all equal'. The children are going to wear these on Friday with their blue clothes to show that they support Anti-Bullying Week.

Remembrance Sunday

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A big thank you to Harry, Emily, Izzi, Charlie, Amelia, Keira, Scarlett and Alex for attending the Remembrance Day service at the Memorial Park  on Remembrance Sunday to represent our school as we paid our respects for those who have given their lives to service our country. As Head Boy and Head Girl, Harry and Emily, laid our wreath, from the pupils, staff and families of St. Mary's, at the cenotaph.

English - Street Child

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This half term we are reading 'Street Child' by Berlie Doherty. It is about a young boy and his family living in poverty during the Victoria Era in London. So far we have read the first two chapters. We have found clues in the text that tell us about the main character and his family's situation, as well as completed freeze frames using gestures, expressions and a chosen adjective to show how the character is feeling and reacting to being evicted from their home.

Our Classroom

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After a busy and successful half term here are some photos of our classroom which celebrates our learning and supports us in our learning too. 

Topic Week - Are you a born survivor?

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On Wednesday 25th October, we had some helpers (parents, cousins and grandparents) join us in Priestley class to help us design and make a waterproof bag, suitable for survival if a natural disaster was to occur. We had three objectives: work well as A team by listening to each other's ideas and taking it in turns, use our knowledge of materials to produce a waterproof and watertight product and have FUN!

Our Roald Dahl Biographies

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To complete our work on the fabulous author Roald Dahl, we used our notes and research which was completed earlier in the week and put together our own Roald Dahl biography. It was organised into clear sections, using subheadings to show this; we considered our openers by using a range of proper nouns and pronouns to avoid repeating ourselves, as well as presenting our facts in well structured sentences, making use of our sophisticated conjunctions and punctuation.

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In English over the last 5 weeks, we have read the book 'Boy - Tales of Childhood' by Roald Dahl. Some may say this is his childhood autobiography, although he said it wasn't.  We have written in role as Roald writing diary entries, letters home and character descriptions. This week we are researching, organising and writing a biography of his life. We have begun by researching using a variety of sources, then organised the facts into timelines on different parts of his life: childhood, education, adulthood, career and successes.We are now ready to begin constructing our paragraphs on these different sections.

Character descriptions - Captain Hardcastle

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This half term we have been reading 'Boy - Tales of Childhood' by Roald Dahl and completed writing linked to events and characters in the book. Here are character descriptions from Harrison, Scarlett and Keira about the character Captain Hardcastle.

Dan Worsley - author visit

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Dan Worsley came into school to speak to all of KS2 about being an author, working hard and his new book Eric Appleby Danger Zone.

Learning about French Schools

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Priestley class have been learning about the similarities and differences between English and French schools.  As well as watching a short video about the French school day, they have been using key vocabulary and short phrases to describe photos of places in a school.

Harvest Donation

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On Wednesday 11th October, as a school we celebrated Harvest by going to Mass at Church and having a collection supported by the parents. After we celebrated Mass, Mrs Kowalska along with our Headboy, Headgirl and their deputies went to Fleetwood Food Bank to drop off our school donation. 

House and Vice Captains Announced

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Friday 6th October - House Captains and Vice House Captains were announced in our assembly today, after the children had been voted for by their house members earlier in the week.

 

Lourdes - Harry (Head) and Emily (Vice)

Fatima - Haydn (Head) and Summer (Vice)

Knock - Will (Head) and Keeley (Vice)

Walsingham - Keira (Head) and Izzi (Vice)

 

Congratulations to all the captains - we look forward to seeing what ideas you bring the sports in school.

Mini Teachers in Maths

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In our Maths on Thursday, we had some super helpers. 7 children in Priestley Class had completed their long multiplication work and has part of their lesson, they had to teach other children how to use the method to multiply a 4 digit number by a 2 digit number.

National Fitness Day - 27.9.17

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Wow! What a fantastic day! Year 5 and 6 got the opportunity to have a full day at the YMCA in Thornton. They got to participate in a Spartan class (circuit training), ten-pin bowling, games outside and have a go on the skate park. Absolutely brilliant way to celebrate and participate in National Fitness Day.

 

Scott, the Manager from YMCA, contacted school the next day with this message, "I just wanted to say thank you so much for bringing a wonderful bunch of children down to work with us yesterday. Michael and his team have expressed huge levels of fulfilment and there has been an energetic buzz of achievement floating around the centre."

Presenting our Head Boy and Head Girl

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Congratulations to Emily Randles and Harry Wright who were chosen by their fellow peers to be this year's Head Boy and Head Girl. And to their deputies, Izzi-Belle Rogers and Charlie Hartley congratulations too. They came second place and will be working alongside our Head Boy and Girl to support Mrs Kowalska in the leadership of our school as our Deputies. Read Emily and Harry's speeches below, which they wrote themselves and presented to all of Key Stage Two.

Head Boy and Head Girl Speeches

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On Thursday 14th September, 8 brave pupils in Year 6 ran for Head Boy or Head Girl. The children spent time writing their own speeches and presented these to all of Key Stage Two, who voted for these chosen candidate. The speeches were fantastic and they all did themselves proud. It was not an easy decision for the children. Have a look below at the children's speeches - some very wise words!

 

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Please visit the Video Resource Area to view the Headboy and Headgirl speeches.

 

 

MFL - Quelle heure est-il?

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Priestley children enjoyed learning to tell the time in this week's French lesson.  Their objective was to begin to recognise the simple written words and phrases needed to tell the time on the hour.  In coming weeks they will develop this knowledge to give more detailed times in both spoken and written formats

P.E - Healthy Heads with Fleetwood Town

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On Thursday 14th September, we began our Healthy Heads project with Rob at Fleetwood Town. We began our lesson in the classroom reflecting on the word 'character' and what this meant and who we are as a person. We then took our lesson into the hall where we participated in team games.

Maths - Challenge Dash

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In Maths, in our first week back, we have been concentrating on place value - reading, writing, ordering and comparing numbers up to 10 million. As part of one of our lessons we worked in teams to do a race and get as many digit cards as we could in a specific amount of time. Using these digit cards we then had to work together to create certain numbers, for example, the largest number or the smallest and then compare numbers with the other groups to see who had managed to win.
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