At St. Ann's we are an inclusive school and we celebrate lots of important days. This week week we have commemorated D-day, world environment day and also celebrated Eid.
As part of our project we have created bird feeders to attract more wildlife in to our environment.
Trip to Edale to do a small comparative study. What a fun day we had - tough, but lots of fun,
After the hard work of SATs we had a PSHE day. The local police came and worked on internet safety. We had some transport links and road safety from lifewise and also we worked on appearances and 'not judging a book'.
The school team went to play a tournament at Sheffield United's training ground. A Fantastic day!
A 'well done' for completing the SATs from local company Eden Brown. It was well received!
The children in Y6 went to play and watch at the New York Stadium. We all had a great morning cheering the school team on.
Sparkling Start: Children collected data from the school nature area.
Welcome to the Spring Term for year 2018-19 in Y6 RH
Our essential question this term -
How far can your mind take you?
The children's project is inspired by 'The Mind.'
The children will create an escape room at St. Ann's. The escape room will be influenced by rooms from stories studied by Y6 and used as a driver to create writing, D.T. and art. The children will have first hand experiences and try to understand what it would be like to escape; how they must use their mind and how the mind can inspire their work today. The escape room will be used by school children and we will invite other schools. We will also collaborate with lockupescaperooms.com to perhaps use some ideas in their escape rooms and hopefully be rewarded with a percentage of the profit they make.
The Room: The children helped come up with the concept of the room and the clues. Now to try and escape...
Escape room - children coming up with ideas for the St Ann's room
7.3.19 World Book Day - Children and staff are dressed up and influenced from 'stories around the world'. Today we have had a read-a-thon, story from a part of the world and read with different classes.
7.3.19 World Book Day - Children and staff are dressed and influences up from 'stories around the world'. Today we have had a read-a-thon, story from a part of the world and read with different classes.
5.3.19 As part of our 'Final Outcome' in the Autumn term - children from Y6 have been back to the 'National Holocaust Centre' to present our final journey books.
1.3.19 As part of the children's project, and English, the children were innovating a creative description of an escape room web page. The children had to write the text and then act it out.
28.2.19 Children from Y6 classes created their own assembly to tell the school about our current project. It was scripted and put together by themselves. One Y4 child told his class teacher that "...it was the best assembly I have ever been to."
28.1.19 As part of the Y6 Autumn Project, children were involved in the 'Rotherham Holocaust Memorial day'. Children from both classes sang 'A Million Dreams' as part of the service.
The children have had to use their minds today (23.1.19) to create a mythical beast. The children were watching a clip from Harry Potter when the screen froze and we were 'locked' in the blue hall. The children had to create a beast that was outside trying to get in the room.
Children have been to 'Lockupescaperooms' in Sheffield to escape a nuclear meltdown. Children had to use learning skills to escape the room and they will use ideas from this to create their own room.
The walls of the class have been designed to stimulate the brains of the children. How far will their mind take them?
Sparkling start 7.1.19 - Children have watched Harry Potter to be inspired by some of the 'rooms' and also completed some 'project maths' to find codes to escape the classroom.
Welcome to the Autumn Term for year 2018-19 in Y6 RH
Our essential question this term -
How do you keep memories alive?
The children's project is inspired by 'memories.'
The children will create a memory book of their experiences at St. Ann's. These experiences will be effected by war and used as a driver to create writing, drama and history. The children will have first hand experiences and try to understand what it would be like at war time, how this effected children and families and how that can inspire their work today. Their memory books will be used as part of a display at the National Holocaust Museum
12.12.2018 The Y6 children have been enjoying their Christmas dinner.
3.12.18 The children in Y6 went in to Rotherham town centre to try and re-create war time photographs. The children will use these photos as part of mini outcome three in their project.
30.11.12 Children in Y6 have been using measures to create 'Christmas chains'
Year 6 children were part of a hockey festival where both the boys and girls group came 2nd. Go St. Ann's!
As part of our project the children have visited Rotherham Market to visit the poppy display. We have created poetry using poppies as a stimulus. We also visited the Cenotaph at Clifton Park to 'remember' people from the war. Abbey school were also paying their respects so we asked them to join us.
25.10.18 The children from Y6 led their own assembly about our project so far. The children scripted it themselves and decided what they were going to tell the audience. Children leading their own learning.
24.9.18 Y6RH went to the National Holocaust Centre and Museum to provide stimulus for the children to be able to answer the question 'How do you keep memories alive?' We followed a journey of a Jewish boy, Leo. We also talked to a Holocaust survivor about how she kept her memories alive. We have been asked to send the Museum a scrap book of our memories that will be put on display at the centre.
Today (7.9.18), as a continuation of our sparkling start, we had a drama day. Using our first hand experience of being evacuated, the film 'Goodnight Mr Tom' and clips from 'Carrie's War,' we created Tableaux pictures of an evacuation. We had loads of fun!
Today (6.9.18) we evacuated the children from Y6 to Doncaster. This was to try an get the children to understand what it might have been like for children in Rotherham at War time. The children went on a train (for some it was their first time) and went to Doncaster Museum to discover all about WW2. We will then use this experience to create our own memories.
5.9.18 - How do you keep memories alive? The classrooms in Y6 have been immersed into a war time theme
5.9.18 - How do you keep memories alive? Sparkling start - children were subjected to a bombing raid and had to go outside to perform a wartime drill. They have also watched goodnight Mr. Tom.
5.9.18 - How do you keep memories alive - Drill.
The children were subjected to a war themed air raid.
Welcome to the Summer Term for year 2017-18 in Y6 RH
Our essential question this term - What is Legacy?
The children's project is inspired by understanding the term 'legacy.' The children will write about what their legacy is at St. Ann's. They will try to put this in the form of a script. The best scripts will be performed at an end of year 'gala presentation' that year 6 will have costed, produced and then present this to an invited audience.
What is your legacy?
What an evening! The year 6 children only went and produced an outstanding event - The Leavers Gala. The children were part of a committee and produced the evening themselves. Real projects at its finest.
The children have visited Edale as part of our Legacy project - What a fantastic day! Children left their rocks as part of their legacy.
The children have now painted their designs on rocks.
The children have designed an emblem/motif for a rock that they will leave as a legacy in the countryside.
The children have started to write their 'memory' scripts. We also peer critiqued our pieces.
As part of our 'Legacy' project, Rotherham United came in to show the play off final trophy.
Legacy Drama Day - children had a morning exploring their school memories. The children had fun creating a tableaux of an even that stuck in their minds. Children will take these memories and create a script.
Welcome to the new school term for year 2017-18 in Y6 RH
Our essential question this term - Is Reading Magic?
The children's project is inspired by the 'Harry Potter books' and will involve creating mythical beasts. They will write about their beasts to form a 'beast magazine' that children around the borough (if not the world) can read.
The Final Outcome
The children in Year 6 created a magazine club which was after school. They put together a Mythical Beast magazine from their own work - this included reports on beasts, pictures of the beast they had created and lots of games to play. Part of the magazine had a competition element for children to create a beast. Pictured are some of the magazine club going to other local schools to promote the magazine and the competition.
The children have completed 'coding' their Harry Potter maze games. They had a go at each other's games and reflected on how they might improve them.
Children in year 6 have been reading with other year groups for 'World Book Day'. Y6RH read with Y2LM. I am very proud of the children as they sat and read books with Y2. You could hear the Y6 children talk Y2 children through corrections like mini teachers - fabulous!
Children in Y6RH are carrying on creating their 'Mythical Beast'. The children have peer critiqued their second draft and are now on to their final draft (26.2.19)
The children have finished their 'Mythical Beast' story. The children were asked to take their work home and write this up as creatively as possible. Here are a few of their published works. Feel free to come in to classes to have a look. Well done guys as they are amazing.
23.2.18 - Children in Y6 are learning to reflect more on their work. We have started ReflectED which is the children 'thinking about their thinking'. Here's what some of the children had to say...
22.2.18 - The children have started a block of 'Tag Rugby'
The children have had a 'Family Learning Day' (6.2.18). Here the children have used the text from Harry Potter to create their own beasts.
Children in Y6RH are busily creating their 'Mythical Beast'. The children have critiqued their original work and are on their second draft. (5.2.19)
WE have had more feedback about our attendance at the Holocaust Memorial Day. The following email was sent to us by
Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Support Worker
Holocaust Memorial Day Trust
I was knocked out by the performance your young people gave; definitely a highlight in a week when I attended 9 HMD events!
I was also very impressed by how polite and well behaved they were during the long wait in the cold until they performed. They must have worked very hard indeed, with your colleagues, to deliver such a polished performance and I felt they did themselves, their families, and their school, proud. It was a lovely image of Rotherham to take away.
We have had feedback about the children attending the 'Holocaust Memorial Day'
Just wanted to say a Big Thank you to the staff and pupils at St Anns for participating in HMD day 2018. They were fantastic as ever.
Zaidah Ahmed, MBE Corporate Equalities and Diversity Officer
As part of our last project 'What does it mean to be safe?' All Y6 and some Y5 were invited to perform the school anthem at the 'Holocaust Memorial Day' in the town centre. The children were amazing and were complimented on our efforts by Rosie Crook - a support worker from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. We are very proud of an ex-pupil Mario Gabor (now Clifton Y11) who composed and performed a song. WELL DONE ST. ANN'S!
The children have started creating their own stories (23.1.18). We have been watching Harry Potter but something 'went wrong when the train ride started to freeze'. The children have to write what happens next.
The children are creating their own 'Magical Maze' using the program 'scratch' in ICT. The children will eventually use their own mythical beast as part of the game. The game will be able to be played by other children.
We have started in earnest trying to answer our essential question. The children are creating their own 'beast' that will form part of their writing 'How to trap a...'. Here the children are critiquing their first draft.
The children were treated to our immersive Harry Potter themed classroom as part of our project 'Is Reading Magic?'
Welcome to the new school year 2017-18 in Y6RH
Our essential question this term is - What does it mean to be safe?
Christmas Jumper Day - Team 6
Children went out into the community giving out leaflets, they had had produced, with the message of keeping safe.
Following on from our essential question, the local Police officers have been to talk about keeping safe at winter time.
As part of our essential question this term is - 'What does it mean to be safe?' The children have completed poems of remembrance.
The children then took part in the Rotherham school service at Clifton Park.
We are now able to display some of the writing from our project
After our learning experience at Lifewise we received this endorsement.
The children were ferried to and from the Lifewise centre in 3 trips on the mini bus, meaning that some children were sitting at the end of the day for half an hour, waiting for their lift. The second two groups waited sensibly, but when there was only the last group left I started to stack chairs and tidy up.
The children saw I was working and very kindly offered to help, stacking chairs, vacuuming up and replacing the chairs. This was very helpful to the Lifewise staff, and was above and beyond what we could have expected from visitors. It would be nice to thank them for showing such kindness and respect.
SOUTH YORKSHIRE POLICE
Kea Park Close
Tel 01709 832330
As part of our 'What does it mean to be safe?' Project we have visited crucial crew on 13.10.17. This visit will not only inform us of our life choices but help with further work in our project.
Y6RH visit to National Holocaust Centre and Museum - 6.10.17
The children in my class are an absolute delight to teach - and it is not only me with this viewpoint.
In the build up to the Y6 SATs we enjoyed a trip out into Derbyshire to complete a village study of Edale. We had a great time walking the hills and studying the differences between Edale and Rotherham. The children learnt how to read and locate places on a map and how contour lines show the steepness of the hills.
The children were a credit to the school and, after experiencing the changing weather conditions, are feeling fully refreshed ready for tackling their SATs.