NEWS FLASH

Parkside has recently received an excellent Quality Mark visit and report.
The Parents booking system is now available to Parents' of pupils from The Den to book termly meetings with Mrs Datson.
It will also be available to book clubs for the Summer Term with effect from 29th April.

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Year 6 Events
Spring Term 2019
Year 5 and 6 - Battle of the Bands - April

Well done to all the pupils that have taken part in the second ‘Battle of the Bands’ on TT Rock Stars. Well done to all the pupils who have battled! 

The winning bands were: Sausage and Math, Wild Adding Guppies, Maroon 5 Squared, Red Hot Chilli Numbers and Ninja Nuttalls.  With Year 5 beating Year 6 again!

See below for the full results and highest earners in each band (Rock Star Avatar names!)

Next battles to commence in the Summer term.  Watch this space!
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Keep practising and visit the ‘Studio’ as well as the ‘Garage’ – remember we are still battling against local schools and need to lower the Parkside School average.  Good luck everyone!


 Grecian Ceramic Project

Year 6 researched famous Ancient Greek artefacts and explored traditional making techniques.  They created a pattern and design for their own Greek styled pottery. hey then used the clay and a variety of tools and techniques to hand coli their pots, applying their pattern as a final detail.

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Watch Out Sharks About!
On Friday 1st March, KS2 welcomed White Socks Theatre Company into school for a Theatre in Education performance.  Their show, ‘Watch Out Sharks About!’ explored the dangers of illegal money lending, in the format of a game show. Pupils were active participants during the performance and were challenged to use their numeracy skills whilst exploring this topic. The performance raised awareness of the importance of financial management and how to live within a budget. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the performance and commented on how they learned more about managing money in the future.

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Year 5 and 6 - Battle of the Bands
Well done to all the pupils that have taken part in the first ‘Battle of the Bands’ on TT Rock Stars.  An overwhelming response from the pupils with 250 of them making the leadership board and a few competitive teachers! 

The winning bands were Sausage and Math, One Division, Rocktagons, Number Souls and Ninja Nuttalls.  With Year 5 beating Year 6.
See below for the full results and highest earners in each band (Rock Star avatar names!)
The next battles commence on 20th March.

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Autumn Term 2018

Reindeer Run
Year 5 and Year 6 participated in a Reindeer Run on Friday 14th December to raise money for Mary Stevens hospice.  We raised over £400 for the hospice and all pupils were engaged and extremely enthusiastic about the event. Thank you to all parents and pupils who donated money to the hospice.


Homage to Henri Rousseau
In Year 6 Art our pupils are learning about world travel and adventure. We studied the artist Henri Rousseau. The pupils drew flowers from observation and used a range of mixed media. Here are some of our fantastic jungle artworks.

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Year 6 Information Evening
Thank you to all the parents that attended the Year 6 Information Evening. All resources and handouts are attached for those parents that could not make the event. 

The school calculation strategies can be found in the Year 6 curriculum area of the website.

English Glossary     Guided Reading Questions     Literacy Parents Lesson
Information for Parents     Year 6 Parents Meeting - Maths Presentation     SATS Booklet for Parents 2018


Trip to the Natural History Museum in London
Last week as part of their Learning Journey, our entire Year 6 cohort went on an exciting expedition to the Natural History Museum in London. There they took part in a special show which taught them all about earthquakes and volcanoes. They witnessed tremors devastate a model town and watched how this was recorded on an actual seismometer. Volunteers helped measure the flow of lava as hot wax was poured down to destroy the model town.

In the museum itself the pupils had the opportunity to explore the dinosaurs, examining bones and fossils ensuring they took lots of photos to help them with their learning when they returned to school. Their behaviour was exemplary and they represented the school with pride. Well done Year 6! 

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Summer Term 2018

 Outdoor Adventure Trip to the Pioneer Centre 2018
108 Year 6 pupils went to the Pioneer Centre from 2nd to 4th July and had a fantastic time learning new skills and experiencing many adventurous activities. They all showed bravery, resilience and determination with impeccable behaviour and manners throughout the trip. It was a pleasure taking them. We want to thank each child who came, and we are disappointed it’s all over.

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Racing for Schools
This half-term, Year 6 have been putting Maths into action by taking part in Racing to Schools. Each class has gone to a local racecourse and completed a number of outdoor Maths learning opportunities. The children have enjoyed their day out, particularly watching the races. Well done Year 6! 


Spring Term 2018

Primary Maths Challenge Bonus Round
Congratulations to Isaac in Year 6 who scored high enough on the Primary Maths Challenge in November to be invited to take part in the bonus round in February.  Impressively, he gained a Silver Award for his achievements in the bonus round - a brilliant achievement!


KS2 66 Times tables Competition
Well done to all those pupils that have improved their times table scores and times again, since October. 82 pupils managed to answer all 66 questions correctly, with another 39 pupils only losing 1 or 2 marks. Last year’s record of 1 minute 3 second was broken by Ben in year 5 with an amazing 1minute! (That is more than a question a second – amazing!)

Remember this basic skill is extremely important across the curriculum. In lessons, most groups are currently working on multiplication and division or starting fractions – times tables and division facts are everywhere in these topics. Keep practising for the next competition.  (See links in Maths homework Support to ‘Hit the Button’)