The Summer term has been incredibly busy at South Rise. There has been a particular focus on outdoor learning with two school journeys over the last few weeks and a range of other trips and activities.
Working with Wide Horizons, some of our Year 6 children travelled to Bryn Coedwig Centre which is nestled in the historic village of Aberllefenni, on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park.
During the week the children took part in raft building, rock climbing and gorge walking. These are all activities that the children would not normally have the opportunity to experience and helped them build their on a broad range of skills including; communication, independence, teamwork, resilience, organisation and perseverance. The children had a brilliant wee k, as did the staff, as they developed new friendships and made life long memories.
This week some of our Year five children are at the Townsend Centre in Swanage. They traveled by train for the first time which was a lovely experience. It was much quicker and more relaxing and allowed the children to eat their lunch in comfort. During the week they have taken part in local walks; they have visited the beach; been to Corfe Castle and experienced crabbing for the first time. This has been an invaluable experience for the children. The experience has again provided the children with the opportunity to develop their problem solving skills, teamwork and resilience alongside a wealth of history and science skills.
This term, Year 6 have been focusing on writing with a real purpose. They have worked in pairs to produce short stories aimed at younger children. They conducted research into young children’s interests and identified typical genres and the specifics of the writing style. They then developed story plans and narratives which included vocabulary and punctuation designed to challenge the younger children but also maintain their interest. Once completed the stories were shared with some of our Year 2 children for feedback and evaluation. Final edits were then made and the stories were presented as books. The Year 6 children then had the opportunity to share their stories with children in Year 2. This project was beneficial for both year groups as it allowed the younger children to spend time with their older peers and it gave the Year 6 children a real purpose and audience for their writing and helped them to develop a greater understanding of the writing and publishing process.