This week, the Year 6 children participated in the 'Wheelpower Slalom Challenge' in which they had the opportunity to learn the basic skills of controlling and operating a wheelchair. During the challenge, the children worked in teams to steer their wheelchairs, avoiding obstacles and safely directing themselves within a given time-frame.
Alongside this, the children have been busy starting their 'cycle across Ghana' challenge, inspired by our Topic's hero, Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah. Each pupil was set the target of raising £6 for their part of the sponsored cycle, which would provide a wheelchair session for a child at 'Wheelpower'. The teachers have been absolutely amazed by their fundraising skills and their determination to cycle 400 miles in 4 weeks!! It has really put into perspective how incredible a challenge it was for Emmanuel, who did so in 10 days with only one leg. Keep going Year 6 - we are over half way there!!!
Tent 34 broke the residential record this morning ....awake at 4:20am (thanks boys!). All children were up and out by 6:30am; it’s going to be a long day. On a positive note the sun is shining and we only have another hour until breakfast.
Good morning all from a very sleepy Caythorpe camp. How the tides have turned.....this morning we have had to wake most of the children up. However, we are all in good spirits and looking forward to another action packed day, before the ‘big pack’ later!
So many of the instructors have commented on what a lovely group of children they are. They have all been amazing; all have got stuck in and loved every minute.....#veyproud
Good morning from Caythorpe. Our final night and morning have been very wet ones 😬. However, children are all still enjoying themselves regardless.
We will leave as soon as the children have eaten lunch -final day Burger 🍔😊. We hope to leave about 2pm and arrive at school between 4:30 and 5pm (at least that is the plan!). We will update the scrolling banner here with updates on the progress of the journey. Thank you for lending us your children for the week they have been absolutely amazing 😁
On Wednesday afternoon, the children were lucky enough to be visited by a former Ashmead pupil, Andy, who works with an organization called 'Wheelpower'. He spoke to the children about his life and background as a wheelchair user, provided information on wheelchair sports and gave them some fantastic words of advice - to 'never give up' and 'always have a go'! Andy also showed the children the paralympic torch he carried as part of the Paralympic Games in 2014!
We are certainly looking forward to his next visit with 'Wheelpower' after half term, when the children will have the opportunity to take on the 'Wheelpower slalom challenge'. This was a great start to the topic and we would like to thank Andy for all his words of wisdom!
This term's brand-new Year 6 topic is 'Against All Odds', inspired by the true story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, a disabled child who cycled 400 miles across Ghana in 10 days with only one leg, to change the perception of people with disabilities. Our classrooms reflect the bright, positive and 'African' nature of this inspiring story and also the journey which the children have nearly completed, as their time at Ashmead comes to an end. In a busy final term, the children will be taking part in the 'cycle across Ghana' fundraising event, among many other exciting physical challenges! In lessons, they will be learning about the human body, healthy eating, diet and the value of sportsmanship - many have also set themselves academic and extra-curricular targets for the term ahead. They are excited for what will be a busy few months, including rehearsing for the end of year production, Shrek!
In the Easter holidays, 24 Year 6 children took part in the annual dance festival 'Honeycomb' at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre. During the day, the children experienced a day in the life of a performer, taking part in dance workshops, technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals and even photo shoots! They then superbly performed their dance 'This is Me' to an audience of hundreds of people, which was met with rapturous applause, cheering and even tears (of joy)!
Congratulations on a fantastic dance - you did yourselves proud!
Our '500 Words' Competition winner is Lily Gilbert!
Congratulations to Lily for winning our '500 words' writing competition. She impressed all of the teachers with her imaginative story / poem, 'The Fabulous Four' - her writing will be sent off to the BBC and we wish her all the best!
The Fabulous Four
The sun starts its lazy climb in the sky,
Many animals are relaxed nearby,
Elephants stretch and start to amble,
As miniature creatures begin to scramble,
So many fantastic creatures so much to adore,
Such beauty but wait could there be more…
Sunbathing in the clear, watery pool,
There was a frog (who looked very cool).
“I am the fabulous frog!” he said aloud,
“Look at me I’m amazing and I’m so proud!”
“Oh my skin, so silky and green,”
“Not a spot nor a wart could be seen!”
“And my sky blue eyes don’t they look fine,”
“Glistening and twinkling, aren’t they divine?”
As he sang this song as loud as can be,
Another animal flew from a tree.
“I am the fabulous toucan!” he said beaming with pride.
“Gaze upon my wings aren’t they wide?”
“You see my beak so shiny and bright,”
“There’s no need for sunlight!”
As she sung this song through and through,
The frog shouted join the crew!”
As the two creatures strolled across the African plain,
They noticed a lion combing his mane.
“I am the fabulous lion!” he said as he prowled along,
“And just to prove it, I’ll sing you this song!”
“Look at my mane such a beautiful sight,”
“It would fill everyone with delight!”
“Admire my sharp, knife- light jaws,”
“Let’s not forget about my pointy claws!”
Then the others yelled “Whoop Whoop!”
“Come and join our group!”
The fabulous three sung their fabulous song,
As they fabulously marched along!
As part of a very special 'Writing Masters' competition this week, the Year 6 children were set the task of entering BBC's '500 Words' writing competition, in which they were challenged to create an original story in 500 words or less. Impressively, 43 children from Year 6 voluntarily entered the competition this week - which is a new 'writing masters' record! The top 5 entries will be sent to the BBC as part of the competition and the winner will receive a very special prize!
Mr Dickson has certainly got a tough half-term 'break' ahead choosing the winner! Best of luck to everyone involved!
We are excited to announce that our Year 6 trip to Warner Brothers Studio: The Making of Harry Potter has been confirmed for Tuesday 28th November!
The tour of the studios offers the children the opportunity to step into the sets used in the films and discover how special and visual effects are used to bring the films to life on screen. They will also learn how magical creatures are designed, giving them the opportunity to immerse themselves within Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts adventure!
The children are currently busy in Literacy designing and writing reports for their own 'fantastic' beasts as part of a recent competition set by Warner Brothers Studio. They cannot wait to share their ideas in person!
Welcome back to our new Year 6 classrooms and our brand-new topic 'Fantastic Beasts'. The Year 6 children are well-rested after their summer break and are loving their new learning environments and reading books! We are all very excited about what will be a busy year ahead.