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School will be re-opening for Reception children on Monday 8th June. Details can be found on the re-opening page on the classes menu.

Welcome to Class 6!

For those coming back to school, please have a read of the booklet below to see how things have changed to keep us all safe.

Summer term 2

As many children are returning to school from this week I will continue to upload work for home learning but will be in the form of links rather than a timetable as previously.

The work is what we are going to do in class so should be straightforward.

For GR please do both independent reading and reading plus.

 

Week beginning 1st June 2020

 English letter writing project.

 

Maths - understanding money project.

 

Early Bird links: Tuesday              Tuesday answers

                            Wednesday      Wednesday answers

    Thursday          Thursday answers

    Friday                Friday answers

Topic - Earth, Sun and moon project. 

PDF. 

Worksheet to complete.

 

Science - complete day 1 only.

Spellings. Test Friday: Copy into your English book and learn please.

achieve   convenience   foreign   nuisance    shoulder   aggressive    correspond     forty     occupy   signature  

 

 

 

 

Well done! We have made it to half term.  Please remember how well you are all doing (including parents and carers).  

I'm not setting the usual timetable of work for the half term week but I have found this super resource of 7 well being activities that you can work through.  There are some lovely ideas here, such as "make a playlist of your favourite feel-good music and add a song every day".   I'd love you to share some of those songs with me as I'm always creating Spotify playlists. I'll make a class 6 2020 feel-good songs list and when you are back in school we can listen to them together! I have shared my first one on here - let's keep it appropriate though kids!

Here is the link to the well-being activity list!

My feel-good song below to kick this off! 

Please head to the Thirsk High facebook page for Y6 transition videos , including a virtual tour of the school.

Home Learning shared on Twitter...wow!

Timetable for home learning w/b 18.5.20

Remember - please don't fly ahead with the tasks as we will be continuing this learning back at school!

Early Bird - weekly link: https://myminimaths.co.uk/year-6-home-learning-week-50-mentally-calculate-with-all-4-operations-full-week/

Early Bird answer link: https://myminimaths.co.uk/year-6-home-learning-week-50-mentally-calculate-with-all-4-operations-answers/

Maths links:

Mon: https://www.thenational.academy/year-6/maths/find-the-value-of-missing-angles-year-6-wk3-1

Tues: https://www.thenational.academy/year-6/maths/compare-and-classify-triangles-year-6-wk3-2

Wed: https://www.thenational.academy/year-6/maths/compare-and-classify-quadrilaterals-year-6-wk3-3

Thurs: https://www.thenational.academy/year-6/maths/find-unknown-angles-in-triangles-year-6-wk3-4

Fri: https://www.thenational.academy/year-6/maths/calculate-unknown-angles-in-quadrilaterals-year-6-wk3-5

 

Monday

Reading comprehension.

https://www.thenational.academy/year-6/english/newspaper-reading-comprehension-fact-retrieval-year-6-wk1-1

Record answers in your writing book.

Early Bird - please find link above for the whole week. Only do the relevant day not the whole week at once!

 

Maths – links above

English – continue with your information text please.

Science – ten pin bowling task.

Tuesday

Reading Comprehension.

https://www.thenational.academy/year-6/english/newspaper-reading-comprehension-fact-retrieval-year-6-wk1-2

Record answers in your writing book.

Early Bird

 

Maths – links above

English – continue with your information text please.

Science – ten pip bowling task.

Wednesday

30 mins reading plus.

Early Bird

 

Maths – links above

English – continue with your information text please.

RE – lesson 3.

Thursday

30 mins reading plus.

Early Bird

 

Maths – links above

English – continue with your information text please.

Art – lesson 2. Please don’t whizz through this as we will be continuing this back at school.

Friday

30 mins reading own book/text.

Early Bird

 

Maths – links above

English – continue with your information text please.

Don’t forget to share your finished piece!

French – video below!

Lesson 3 only.

Home learning, week beginning 11th May 2020.

Monday 11th May

Holes text

Guided reading ppt      pdf

Early Bird

Answers

Maths – link above

English     

pdf version

Science

pdf version

Tuesday 12th May

Guided Reading

links above

Early Bird

Answers

Maths – link above

English

Topic - link in last week's timetable

Wednesday 13th May

Guided Reading

links above

Early Bird

Answers

Maths – link above

English

Art

pdf version

Thursday 14th May

Guided Reading

links above

Early Bird

Answers

Maths – link above

English

Music - link in last week's timetable

Friday 15th May

Guided Reading

links above

Early Bird

Answers

Maths – link above

English

Science to finish.

Please see the video below from Ms. Marston regarding transition.

You can also see some FAQs and pictures on the Thirsk High School facebook page.

Running out of books to read? 

Thirsk Library are now doing a safe library book delivery service to your door. If you would like to access this service please contact them through their website www.thirskcommunitylibrary.org.uk

Home Learning

 

 Please find below work for children who are at home due to the Coronavirus.  This will be updated regularly by Mrs. Amesbury.  She can be contacted on:

a.amesbury@carltonminiottacademy.org 

 

Please find below a timetable for week beginning 4th May. I will be in school all week so have put the whole week of learning on for you. The video for English is below, the links for maths below that and the rest is linked in the timetable.

If you are running out of space in your writing and/or maths book please ask a parent/carer to get in touch and I can leave new books outside school for you.

Have a great week and stay safe!

Spellings to learn for this week's test. I'll be choosing my own filter after the Ali G disaster!!    accompany      community       equipped        individual       prejudice         soldier

Weekly Timetable week beginning 4th May

The times are an idea and a maximum – please don’t feel you have to do more and if you finish before, then well done!

Remember: regular breaks are really important, please remember to do other things in between sessions.

Also: some children have used “zoom” to work together in teams and support each other – this is a great idea to discuss the work and keep in touch!

 

30 minutes 15 minutes

 

45 - 60 minutes

45 - 60 minutes

open - ended

Monday

Guided  reading

Early Bird/Answers

     Maths (links above)

English

Topic (activity 1 only)

Tuesday

Guided reading

Early Bird/Answers

     Maths

English

Music

Wednesday

Guided reading

Early Bird/Answers

     Maths

English

Art

Thursday

Guided reading

Early Bird/Answers

     Maths

English

RE lesson 2

Friday

Guided reading

Early Bird/Answers

     Maths

English

French (videos below)

Spellings to learn for a test tomorrow...accommodate    communicate   equip   immediately    physically   sincerely

Friday 1st May

GR - final day for Cogheart please.

Maths - Early Bird/answers

Today I'd like to move away from the White Rose for a bit so we are going to use the following website for maths - work through this lesson - writing any answers into your maths book please for the main activity then do the online quiz which tests your understanding of the lesson.

https://www.thenational.academy/year-6/maths/representing-fractions-year-6-wk1-1

English - please ensure the persuasive writing is completed today. Spelling test is below...brace yourselves...(how i even got talked into this one I do not know - cheers Bayleigh S!!!!)

Topic - Art.  Please continue the puffin art project. PDF version here.  Today you are concentrating on puffin eggs. 

Thursday 30th April

Please see spellings above - I will take filter nominations via twitter for the test tomorrow!

GR - Cogheart continued - yesterday's download has the rest of this week's activities on.

Maths. Just want to apologise for the challenges that White Rose put on last Friday. The last ones were very tricky and number 10 required Pythagoras which is not a y6 objective.  I've emailed them for the answers as I'm not even sure my answers are right!! Lesson learnt.  I will pick out the challenges for tomorrow's lesson rather than just saying to download theirs. Sorry!

- Early Bird/answers

White Rose home learning y6: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/ lesson 4 "problem solving"

Y5: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-5/ lesson 4 "subtracting decimals with a different number of places"

English continued

Topic - RE today.  Please do lesson 1. ppt version here

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Wednesday 29th April

GR - the rest of the week's sessions are on this ppt/pdf.

Maths - Early Bird/answers

White Rose home learning y6: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/ lesson 3 "problem solving"

y5: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-5/ lesson 3 "adding decimals with a different number of decimal places".

English continued.

Topic: we haven't done anything for a while on the advert! This was the last task:

Computing: last week I asked you to choose a product to advertise.  For your computing this week I would like you to plan your advert, think about...who your target audience us, what you will say in the advert, what you will show in the advert, where you will film the advert and who will be in the advert.  Remember in school we did a storyboard for the group ad?  I would like you to do a storyboard for this advert please - make it simple and easy to follow.

Today I would like you to write the script for you advert - it shouldn't be long but should have some dialogue in it as well as indicating WHAT the actors are doing and how the product will feature.  Please put this work (written or typed) into your writing book.

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Tuesday 28th April

Hi kids! After speaking to a few of you some of you are finding elements of the White Rose maths a bit tricky...fear not! I will put the Y5 link up too so you can have a go at that instead and/or please use mymaths for the areas that White Rose are concentrating on for that particular day.

GR - Day 2 of "Cogheart" please.

Maths - no Early Bird - catch up with White Rose and there are the challenges scrolling above if you want extra.

White Rose Y6: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/ (see below)

White Rose Y5: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-5/ "Subtracting decimals with the same number of places", lesson 2.

English continued please - link in yesterday's list.

Topic: Geography "Coastal Capers" lesson 2. Activity ppt/Activity PDF  Excel help for data tables and graphs ppt/Excel help for data tables and graphs, pdf

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Monday 27th April.

Hope you all had a wonderful, sunny, relaxed weekend! It was lovely to chat to you this week, those children we got hold of.  Mrs Ward and I will be continuing our calls this week.

GR - New text this week "Cogheart".  For today please read the prologue and answer the retrieval questions from here.

Maths.

Early Bird   and answers!

Please click the White Rose Home learning link, Summer 1 week 2, lesson 1 w/c 27th April. If you havent a printer then you could do the ones possible then go onto a mymaths angles task OR draw some angles that are similar, measure them and ask a parent/older sibling to check them!

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/

For some extra challenges, please click the scrolling text above the puffin picture!

English

Here is the pdf again for the persuasive writing continued for this week. You should be on "week 2, day 1" please!

Topic - music today! Please complete the first activity then let Mrs. Murray know how you have got on!  PDF version here.

Fri-yay 24th April 2020

GR - Please do 30 minutes of Reading Plus or your own reading book.

The final slide on the GR download today is actually spelling work.  Firstly, learn all the words, find the definitions of those you are unsure about and choose 2 to write within sentences in your writing book.  Then, click the video below for the test - make sure you have hidden the spellings from view!!  You can pause the vid after each word to give you chance to write it and you can listen as many times as you need to.

 

Maths - No Early Bird today but there are 10, yes 10, challenges to do on the White Rose link: https://wrm-13b48.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Family-Challenge-Friday-24th.pdf  Please spend at least 45 minutes on this maths today.

After speaking to some children this week it seems that some of the maths can be quite challenging.  This is because I need to take into account all the different maths abilities in the class. Please just do what you can - remember this is about doing what we can in unusual circumstances.  If you are really struggling you can email me and I'll email/call back to help you OR choose a mymaths activity on the same subject and have a go at some of those tasks instead.  You are all doing amazing - don't forget that!

English - continued. Please try to ensure you have got up to day 5 by the end of the weekend otherwise you are going to be really behind the rest of the class.

No topic as I think you might need time to complete the geography, art and French already set.

I did get a great website tip off Aiden today!! Try this (free to sign up, he assures me) website to learn more French...or German..or Spanish. Aiden is learning Japanese!! Wowsers!!

https://www.duolingo.com/

Thursday 23rd April 2020

GR - The Girl who stole an Elephant, day 4 - 2 activities to do today please!

Maths.

Early Bird and Answers - algebra continued.  If you are struggling with this then please do a mymaths revision activity to help.

White Rose Home Learning, lesson 4 "Missing Angles" https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/

English - continued!

French - please do the first lesson of this new unit.  I have tried - but failed - to add audio on the French work so that you can listen then repeat the words/phrases.  Instead you will have to watch these short vids! Enjoy! 

Wednesday 22nd April 2020

GR - The Girl who Stole an Elephant, day 3.

Maths.

Early Bird and answers - algebra today!

White Rose link: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/  lesson 3 "Angles in a triangle, special cases".

Here is a maths challenge linked to the angles work you have been doing this week.

English continued - Day 3 please.

Science

I have planned a series of investigations for science which should be easy to do at home and fun too!  

The first challenge is "Hole in my bucket".  There are several elements to this investigation - you have 1 week to complete it so don't feel that you have to do the whole lot today!  Enjoy!

 

 

Tuesday 21st April 2020

GR - The Girl who Stole an Elephant, Day 2.

Maths

Early Bird Activity

Early Bird Answers

White Rose activity, Summer Week 1 lesson 2 "Angles in a triangle": https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/

English - complete day 2 - download is below on yesterday's tasks if you are a day behind!.

Art: I have created an art project for you based on puffins.  For this week I would like you to do some research about puffins to understand more about them.  You can make notes in your writing book please. Click here for the activity!

pdf version for art project.

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Summer Term 1 - home learning.

Well hello! I hope you all had a  happy and safe Easter break.  Thank you to those children who have shared some of the work that they have been doing!

I would like to get back to "normal" (whatever that is!!) as much as possible, so I will return to setting more of a structured plan for each day.  Our new topic is "Coastal Capers"  - you will be learning all about the North Yorkshire coast line, a place I'm sure you will have some knowledge/experience of already.

Monday 20th April

Guided Reading.

 "The Girl Who Stole An Elephant" chapters 1 and 2 here: https://nosycrow.com/activity-sheets/the-girl-who-stole-an-elephant-discussion-notes-and-activities/

Please read chapter 1 and do today's activity.

 

Maths.

English.

The next 2 weeks will focus on "persuasive writing" linked to our new topic.  Please begin with Day 1.  ppt/pdf

Topic.

Here is the first geography lesson about using compass points ( pdf version here) - please read and follow the instructions to watch the bbc clip. You need to understand what "Cardinal" and "Sub cardinal" points are.

Download the "counties" activity here. Please complete this in your writing book.

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Easter Holidays part 2...

Happy Easter Class 6! I hope you have had a good, restful break this week and eaten as much chocolate as you can!

I would like you to finish the maths brain teasers for this week as there were plenty on there!  

I would also like you to try to do as much of the "Activity Challenge" list below.

English

 I have planned a new activity for English this week.  One of the Y6 objectives is to be able to learn and recite a poem off by heart.  I would like to be able to tick this off the list please so when you have finished I would really like these either shared on Twitter or emailed.    Click here to access the unit of work.

 

After the Easter break we start our new topic "Coastal Capers".  We have planned some super geography work about the North Yorkshire coastline, some lovely wildlife drawing and some science investigations (not linked to the coast but fun all the same).  Fingers crossed we will be back at school, before the summer, to complete the topic together but remember, you are AMAZING and doing so well in these weird circumstances!  

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Easter Holidays

We would like to try and keep some routines over the next 2 weeks - particularly for those children who will still need to attend school.  These activities are fun but are optional.  Please make sure that you do spend time doing other things as well - arts, crafts, baking, gardening. 

Below the English and maths links I have set an activity challenge list, I wonder how many you can complete over the next 2 weeks?  Take pictures and share on Twitter/email and keep a record in your writing book!

Maths - download the brain teaser/puzzle ppt/pdf here.  11 activities to keep that brain ticking over with puzzles, mazes and teasers!

English - you can keep up with Reading plus if you like or even why not just enjoy a book of your own! Let me know what book you are currently enjoying and would recommend to others in the class!  Here is the ppt/pdf for Easter English, enjoy! 

Activity Challenge

  •  Write a daily diary for a full week
  • Gather at least 5 objects to put in a time capsule
  • cook a meal for your family
  • bake something
  • plant something
  • Find an object for each letter of the alphabet. Either collect or take a picture, e.g. a = apple etc
  • Eat something that you have never eaten before
  • Download the Google Expeditions app and visit a country that you have always wanted to visit.
  • see the sun set
  • see the sun rise

I would love to see pics of some of these challenges please!

Remember - you can still work on your advert.  You should have created a story board so have a go at filming the advert this holiday.  We can edit it after Easter.

 

Have a super, restful holiday!

 

Fri-yay 3rd April!

Well done kids and parents/carers, the end of another busy week! I have loved seeing your projects and newspaper reports on email or on twitter! Please can those who haven't shared, email or share tomorrow - at least 1 piece of work would be amazing.

GR -  You should be up to doing your own research about Pompeii and writing a paragraph.  Next week you will have an Easter project to do and your reading and writing will be combined for that.

Maths

Ninjas - week 15 session 2 apparently!

Main task "Using scale factors" - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/ 

As many of you have now completed your newspaper reports, I have also set a mymaths activity.  Work through this lesson https://app.mymaths.co.uk/1701-lesson/scale-drawing then do the online homework.

Topic -today is the deadline for the Yorvik project and Springtime art piece.   

And finally...here is a spelling test for you - you will need to pause the video after each word to give you time to write it!

Answers - please mark your own - any spelling mistakes then re-write the correct spelling next to the original.

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Yorvik project non-negotiables, as far as I can remember were...

  • Information about the river that runs through York - where does it start? Where does it end?
  • The physical and human features of the York area
  • How did the Vikings change York?
  • Industry in and around York.

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First Early Bird maths for this week for those that missed it and have asked! The answers too!

Thursday 2nd April

Mrs Ward and I have now contacted and spoken to just about everyone - the couple of children that we haven't managed to get hold of, I have sent an email and hopefully we will catch you next week.  

GR - continued please.

Maths

Click here for early bird task.  The answers - please mark your work.

Ninjas - please do the next one!! Can someone tweet me which we are up to as, having accidentally deleted the info below, I have now totally lost track! Thanks.

White Rose: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/  week 1, lesson 3 "introducing the ratio symbol".

English and topic to continue with or, even better, to finish!

Computing: last week I asked you to choose a product to advertise.  For your computing this week I would like you to plan your advert, think about...who your target audience us, what you will say in the advert, what you will show in the advert, where you will film the advert and who will be in the advert.  Remember in school we did a storyboard for the group ad?  I would like you to do a storyboard for this advert please - make it simple and easy to follow.

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Wednesday 1st April.

Just for fun...play an April fool trick ( within reason kids!) and share on the Twitter page - we could all do with a bit of a giggle I reckon!

  • Reading plus - from now on I'm going to suggest that this is negotiable.  You have made amazing progress using this programme but I am happy now if you want a bit of a break from it.  
  • Guided reading continued please. Click here if you need the ppt/pdf (I appear to have once again accidentally deleted it, grrrr).

Maths

No ninjas today, have a go at the problems from the  "I definitely have cabin fever now" maths video, straight from my lounge!

Following that, please do week 1, lesson 3 https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/ video and activity.  Don't forget to mark yesterday's work please! 

English continued - how are you getting on with your newspaper reports?  I have seen 1 on twitter - thanks Lily G! I'd quite like to see some more if possible.

Topic - thank you to Lily Ann and Lilly J for the pics of your spring time art - again, let's get some more on twitter! The Lily girls are definitely getting top prize for their efforts at the minute.

Also, check out Bailey C's amazing roller coaster! Love seeing everything you are doing at home. 

 For this week we will be using the "White Rose Maths" work that we use in school for planning our maths.  Click this link to watch the video for the first day about "ratio" https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/ .  Then download the activity here or from the website.  Please do the work in your maths book - you can print the sheet out if you prefer.  After, you will find the answers on the site - please check and mark your work.

 

English

You should be at a point now where you are ready to start writing your report.  This ppt/pdf will guide you through the week's work - I'm looking forward to reading these when they are finished.

Last week's ppt should you still need it!

 

Topic

You have until Friday to complete the Yorvik work.  As an additional task I would like you to create a pice of art work entitled "Spring time".  I don't mind what media you use - paint, ICT, Plasticine, clay, pastels, collage...as long as it represents spring.  

Have a great day!

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Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome to our Class page.  Below is the information that you received at the beginning of the term - I've popped it here for handy reference!

P.E

The days for P.E. could change depending on timetable priorities and weather. I’d like the children to have their kit on Monday and to leave it in school until Friday. The kit should also be school kit – red or white t-shirt, black shorts, joggers/leggings for winter (any colour), sports trainers, hoody/sweater for winter (not school jumper), preferably spare socks. Also, no jewellery to be worn – that includes earrings, your child needs to be able to remove these her/himself please.

Classroom Equipment

The children will all be given a pen, pencil, ruler, whiteboard pen etc so won’t need to bring an enormous pencil case to school! I’m happy for them to bring their own pencil crayons/felt tips if they would like to.

Homework

The children will get homework on Friday – this will mainly be mymaths (a letter will follow containing your child’s logon details for this). Sometimes, however, they will have a different task to do which will be completed in their yellow homework book. Each child will get weekly spellings to learn for a test on Friday.

Reading

Reading will be a major focus for the class this year as the National Expectations have been raised significantly. As a guide, the Y6 expectation is to be able to read between 100 and 120 words per minute AND understand the content – you could have a go with your child to see if they can do this! I would really appreciate your support to continue encouraging your child to read at least 4 times a week and to read a substantial amount in 20-30 minutes. They don’t need to read aloud to you but should be able to answer questions on the text. In class we will all be reading the same text together (starting with Alice in Wonderland) and your child will be sharing a copy of the book with another pupil. So that we can proceed through at a reasonable rate, your child will bring the book home on 2 days (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday) and they will need to read the relevant pages set before the following day. They will also need to bring the book back into school the next day so that their partner can do their reading homework – this is imperative otherwise the setup will fail! Perhaps get your child into the habit of always putting the book back into their school bag!

 

Our launch day was fun! The pictures below show the children sketching Galapagos animals and pond dipping.  We also did some map work and researched animal life cycles.

Harry Potter and the FORD CASTLE experience.

It was a normal morning in Little Miniott and Harry Potter and Class 6 were preparing to return to Hogwarts/Ford Castle.  As the parents saw them safely onto the Atkinson’s Express from Platform 9 bus lay-by, the excitement filled the air.  The journey had begun... By Tesco’s, professors Amesbury, Armstrong and Ward were shattered but looking forward to fish and chips at the beach on the way.  2 and half hours later the sleeping potion had worn off, to be honest it never really worked in the first place, and Seahouses loomed into view.  The excited young magicians worked their magic on the rock pools and found a small crab. Yes that really was all they found....the sun was shining so it only seemed right to enjoy the sandy plains of Seahouses beach.  Some children grasped the challenge of sand sculpting by creating turtles, castles and (rather randomly) a volcano.  Soon it was time to continue the journey on the Atkinson’s Express to the infamous castle where a potions and fencing class awaited.

 

Tune in tomorrow  for the next chapter of Harry Potter and the Ford Castle experience...ner nerner ner ner neeeeeer neeer, ner ne ne ner ne neeeer ( to the tune of Harry Potter).

Harry Potter and the Ford Castle Experience, day 2.

 

Harry and class 6 have had a busy day again...the potions class went well with 1 group using the Echinosanotor command (don't ask) to find a magical cure for bad eyes, bad bones and bad bum (again, best not to question). Group 2 enjoyed a tree knowledge filled day with Professor Jim and thankfully avoided the downpour. The afternoon meant climbing Jacob's Ladder without broomsticks, clambering on a stack of crates without wands and touring Hogwarts avoiding the troll in the dungeon. Snape has confiscated the wifi, so no pics tonight, sorry. Ner ner ner ner, etc to the usual theme! 

Harry Potter and the Ford Castle Experience, day 3.

 

Time was passing and the season seemed to have changed overnight. As Professor Armstrong waited outside Professor Amesbury’s door with her morning cuppa, the rain lashed down and covered his glasses.  Some of Harry’s friends had chosen to play football in sliders...not ideal as no one knew the spell to dry feet and socks. The Slytherin group, led by Professor Armstrong, disappeared for zip line broomstick practice after breakfast. Professors Amesbury and Ward and the Gryfindor team were joined by Jim who led them into Hogsmead/Ford village to see Thestrals and Squealing hogs. A few children seem to have been cursed, unfortunately, as there have been some very grumpy young witches and wizards at times...sleeping potion definitely required.... Tune in tomorrow for more wizarding antics. Ner ner ner...etc etc.

Harry Potter and the Ford Castle Experience, the final day...

 

And so, the final day loomed into view for Harry and his friends. After another hearty breakfast,  Gryfindor team had to put all their magical skills together to complete an aqua challenge,  then completed the legendary leap of magical faith. Slytherin, on the other hand, got completely wet and muddy ( sorry, no wand will clean those clothes) tackling the assault course, followed by a survival session in the Forbidden Forest.  To celebrate the end of this term at Hogwarts, a disco was held in the Great Hall and the young witches and wizards danced until the early hours (9pm, but it feels like hours to be honest).  No more wifi again, I'm afraid, as Snape has once again switched it off. See you tomorrow back at Little Miniott. Ner ner ner ner ner neeerrr, ner, ner ner...you know the rest!

The Farne Islands! (21.10.19)

Wow! What a day we had today! After a shaky start thinking it might have been too choppy to sail out on the boat, our luck most definitely turned! The weather held out, the sea calmed...a bit...and we saw seals, baby seals a variety of sea birds (including 1 lone puffling, bless him) and DOLPHINS!!!! They were just spectacular and swam alongside our boat for a good 20 minutes, playing in the waves and showing off. The children excelled themselves in terms of behaviour, we are once again immensely proud of all of them. The boat crew also commented on their excellent behaviour. Thank you also to the adults that came along and helped, we hope you enjoyed the experience as much as we did!