We had a fantastic day yesterday at KS2 Sports’ Day. The sun shone for us and we were all very excited to be leaving school on a bus for the first time in more than a year!
We participated in a big range of track and field events, competing in heats before the finals. The children behaved so well all day and had amazing attitudes – supporting each other and building each other up.
Big congratulations to Birkdale who were crowned the eventual winners!
We have been celebrating refugee week this week across school. In year 6 we have been exploring media portrayal of refugees and asylum seekers as well as using Eoin Colfer’s graphic novel ‘Illegal’ in order to support us to walk in the shoes of a refugee on their journey to safety.
On Friday afternoon we were visited by a speaker from Amnesty International who spoke to us about human rights and the creation of the human rights work as well as how this applies to refugees.
We marked Refugee Week 2021 by creating short videos that informed people about refugees. Edward created a simple but stunning video which was sound tracked by Gerry and the Pacemakers ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone.’
This half term, we have been looking at Sikhism in our R.E. lessons. We looked at sewa which means ‘selfless service’. It involves acting selflessly and helping others in a variety of ways, without any reward or personal gain. It is a way of life for many Sikhs and is part of their daily routine. In order to demonstrate this we litter picked throughout school and helped tidy up the classroom.
We also learnt Sikhs perform sewa in a variety of ways, such as helping the local community. Many Sikhs perform much of their sewa by helping others, including cleaning, washing dishes or serving in the langar which is a large meal. Thanks to Mrs Reehal we were able to eat some delicious traditional food.
A rain-soaked victory
Within the opening minutes, a whipped in free kick saw Kenzie bag the opening goal and set the team up for the rest of the match. Throughout the first half, the team played some incredible football even in the most difficult of conditions.
Despite Gledhow equalising in the closing moments of the half, Allerton continued to stay positive and play attacking football. The second half saw this high energy attack pay dividends with Michael managing to squeeze the ball passed the Gledhow goalkeeper.
A special mention must go to Lana whose tenacious defending helped break up the Gledhow attacks and kept their front three at bay.
Despite the rain lashing down, our ACE footballers showed great resilience and teamwork to gain a well-deserved victory. Proving that they could do it on a cold, rainy night at Gledhow!
This week, Mr Ash noticed that one of our favourite poets Brian Bilston, who wrote an excellent poem about refugees that we studied earlier the year was running a competition.
We wrote Japanese haikus which follow a 5 syllable – 7 syllable – 5 syllable pattern. Brian was so impressed with the children’s efforts he has gifted us a copy of his new poetry book ’50 Ways to Score a Goal.’
Here are some of the examples that we wrote:
The player handballs
Referee is bamboozled
Loudly the crowd boos
A goal was scored
VAR disallowed it
The players went mad
How to score a goal.
Kick the ball in the other goal
Kick it properly.
On Friday afternoon, we undertook a challenge set by Mr Ash. Each group were given some tape, newspaper, two pieces of dowel and an orange. The task was for the children to create a free standing structure that was 30cm tall and was able to hold the orange. The children were given time to plan their structure which led to some great discussions. They then were shown how to use the dowel to strengthen the newspaper and created their structures.
Writing & Spelling:
Pobble 365: https://www.pobble365.com/
Spelling Frame: https://spellingframe.co.uk/
Epic Reading: https://www.getepic.com/?utm_channel=search&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI1tnfp4Wy8AIV4mDmCh37Vwc4EAAYASAAEgIXz_D_BwE
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