We have been working on biographies in English, and have just completed our own on the famous Egyptologist, Howard Carter.
Father Conor visited us today to teach us all about Ancient Egypt. Father Conor has completed a masters degree in Egyptology, so we were lucky enough to have his expert knowledge in our class. He taught us lots about the Egyptian Gods, burials and how the Egyptians tried hard to understand the Earth.
Thank you Father Conor, for your brilliant lesson!
Learning all about time, weather, numbers to 100 and everyday actions in our French lessons this half term.
Today, Year 6 visited Weaverham Village to explore and expand their mapping skills. We divided ourselves into groups and children had to follow compass points and ordnance survey map symbols to navigate around the village and find their way back to the coach. The day ended with a visit to Daresbury village and church to visit the birth place of famous author Lewis Carroll. Children really enjoyed sketching the special stain glass windows. Have a look at the pictures below.
Year 6 visited Reception today to read their Myths to the younger children.
Lots of children in Reception and Year 6 made new friends and really enjoyed spending time together. Reception loved listening to the stories and enjoyed spending time drawing the characters from Year 6's myths!
"What I liked about going to reception was meeting a new mate and reading the story. He really liked the story, and he laughed at every word he did not know."
"I enjoyed going to reception and reading my story to them. I'm pretty sure they enjoyed it too." Olivia M
"My favourite part about telling my story to the reception children was seeing their reactions and what they thought about my story." Luke W
"I enjoyed being in reception because my buddy was really nice and he said that he loved mine story so much and he wanted to listen to my story again." Miley B
"I really liked telling my story to my little reception buddy and he was so polite because he always agreed with what I had to say." Harry Morton.
"I really enjoyed reading my myth to Riley and Esmae - they loved my expressions as well." Isabella G
"My favourite part about being with the receptions was when I was reading my story, she was asking my what the words were when she got stuck on a word." Isabella B
"My favourite part was when I read the story to him and he really enjoyed it, he liked most of it." Mark S
" I liked that I only read my story to two children, and I ended up playing with four and we all enjoyed it.When we talked about it, they all said I liked the dragon and how they all ran. " Heidi G
"My child was really nice and enjoyed my story," Josh P.
We created a timeline showing ancient civilisations. We were able to show that some happened at similar times to each other, but in different parts of the world.
Other Faiths week - Judaism
Apples dipped in honey are eaten as a symbol of the sweet New Year that each Jewish person hopes lies ahead.
'I don't normally like honey but the taste was really amazing.' Summer A
'I thought that the apples and honey was a sweet treat!' Harry
'I think it was really nice!' Ethan
'I really liked the apple and honey - it was sweet and tasty.' Isabella G
'It was an interesting taste, but I don't think you could have a lot of it.' Mmesoma
'I thought the apple and honey was a really sweet combination.' Olivia M
'At first, the apples and honey looked weird, but I never expected such a exquisite taste.' Heidi G
Our sessions with James have started this week!
James Riley has worked within the Criminal Justice system for over 18 years as a Probation Officer, specialising in Urban Street Gangs and Organised Crime Groups .
GANGS mission is simple:
"To educate, inspire and empower young people to take control of their future by rejecting the gang lifestyle"
The GANGS programme is an intensive 5 session educational, preventative and diversionary programme which aims to educate young people on the dangers of the gang lifestyle for the individual, their families and the wider community. The content covers issues such as joint enterprise, consequences, retaliation, victims and criminal exploitation. Year 6 children will work with James all week and so far we are loving it!
Philosophy P4C - We were asked to order reasons for why someone might move house, and we all came up with different ideas. After discussions, our final idea for a question was ' Do people always move for the right reasons?'
Today in PSHE we were paired with a friend who we do not usually work with. We had to tell our partner one interesting thing about ourselves that they might not know. Then we used 'compliment strips' to give anonymous compliments to each other. Some of them are listed below...
When Banter Becomes Bullying - we discussed as part of anti-bullying week, with pledges, agree or disagree tasks and advice.
Today, we were able to study some Ancient Egyptian artefacts, predicting what they might be, how they were used and who may have used them.
Today, to mark Remembrance Day, the Year 6 children completed a 'black out' poem.
Blackout poetry is when a writer blocks (blacks) out certain parts of a text to create a new poem. Writers often do this for inspiration when they have ‘writers block.’
Firstly, we read three different types of remembrance poems, and then children picked their favourite.
The children then created new poems that were extremely powerful, emotive and thoughtful.
Below are just some examples...
Our Life Skills sessions help us to keep safe, make the right choices and to be the best person that we can be.
This week is Computing Unplugged Week!
This week year 6 have been learning all about Alan Turing and his inventions. Alan Turing was one of the first ever computer scientists!Today we looked at code cracking during WW2 and cracked some of our own codes!
Dance - Getting to grips with 'Beat It!'
Archdiocese Day at SJB
Year 6 had a fantastic time at SJB honing their gardening and craft skills. They looked at the Laudato Si, an invitation from Pope Francis, to everyone on the planet to care for our common home. They discussed the wonders of the world and how we can work together to help protect our beautiful world. With this in mind, the children created a beautiful alter cloth showing the impact of humans on our world. Later on, the pupils planted bulbs with the hope that when the plants grow and flourish, they can be transferred to their gardens.
Today, the children completed an experiment investigating the impact of distance from light source on the size of shadow. They looked at the meaning of independent, dependent and controlled variables. They discovered that the closer the light source to an opaque object, the smaller the shadow became. They used their maths skills to read scales, convert cm to mm and took repeated readings and calculated averages. Great work Year 6!
Lockerbie Year 6 Residential September 2019
'Scotland was the best trip of my 6 years in St. Matthew's. The teachers in our school and the Lockerbie staff were laid back and let you have fun! I got covered in mud and even had a mud mask - it was great!'
'My favourite thing we did in Lockerbie was canoeing and kayaking.'
'It was amazing - I especially loved the activities in the dark and the instructors were so nice.'
'It was so much fun because of all the activities like mountain biking, abseiling and archery.'
'I especially liked the instructors at Lockerbie Manor because if I thought I couldn't do something they helped me to do it.'
'Lockerbie was an amazing experience!'
'I really enjoyed the zipline because it was so much fun!'
'I liked the orienteering so you could explore the whole of the manor.'
More quotes from Lockerbie...
'Hi my name is Isabella and I really enjoyed Lockerbie in Scotland because it was really muddy and we got to roll in it. My favourite activity was canoeing.'
'I liked all of the fun activities that we had the opportunity to try.'
'My favourite activity was abseiling because I got over my fear of heights.'
'I think Lockerbie was a good experience and a great opportunity to spend time with our friends whilst having fun.'
Privacy and cookies policy
Last Edited: 23rd May 2018
1.1. We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of the users of our services. Our services include and will hereby be referred to as ‘Our Services’ (our websites used to promote eSchools services and tutorial resources, specifically http://www.eschools.co.uk/ and https://academy.eschools.co.uk/), ‘School Websites’ ( designed by eSchools and populated by individual schools themselves) and ‘Platforms’ (individual online services that provide teachers, learners, parents and governors with information, tools and resources) as well as our smartphone app. This policy sets out how we will treat your personal information across these services.
2. Collecting personal information on Our Services
2.1 We may process or temporarily store the following kinds of personal information:
information about your computer and about your visits to and use of Our Services (including but not limited to, your IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths)
information contained in or relating to any communications that you send to us or send through our website (including, the communication content) via online forms
any other personal information that you choose to send to us via online forms
2.2 Before you disclose to us the personal information of another person, you must obtain that person's consent to both the disclosure and the processing of that personal information in accordance with the terms of this policy.
2.5 Schools are also able to add analytics tools and can therefore gather information on visits to and use of their website (including but not limited to, IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths). Individual visitors can manage their preferences through cookie preferences, as mentioned in 2.4.
2.6 Session IP addresses are retained to monitor and safeguard against improper usage of our services.
2.7 Content on the platform (added by staff, governors and students) and website content is added directly by School Users. This information is only used for to display on the platform in the way the user intends and is not used for any other purposes by eSchools. At a time when a school ceases to use our services the content is removed within a 14 day period as detailed in our agreement with the school.
2.8 Some of our services require the school to provide access to information they require for use with those services. For example a school using our communication tool, Letters Home, which enables schools to contact parents by email regarding important school information. In this situation a school will provide eSchools with access to the email address(es) they wish to send their communication to. Schools have granular access to ensure only the required data is shared and accessed by eSchools. The data is frequently updated to ensure that eSchools only retains up-to-date data.
3. Using your personal information
3.1. We may use your personal information to:
administer our services
enable your use of our services
troubleshoot and problem solve
send you email notifications that you have specifically requested. You can manage your preferences at anytime through your eSchools dashboard.
keep our services secure, safeguard against improper use of our services and prevent fraud.
3.1.1. For the purposes of providing you access to your eSchools platform and app (ie. forgotten password/login)
3.1.2. By registering for updates, School Staff/Governors are able to subscribe to our regular communications.
3.1.3. We will use any contact details supplied in an online form for the purposes explicitly detailed in said form. For example troubleshooting and problem solving or the provision of live online training as explicitly requested by you, the user.
3.2. We will not, without your express consent, supply your personal information to any third party for the purpose of their or any other third party's direct marketing.
3.3. eSchools understands our obligation to be mindful about the data we process and only process data that is required to fulfil our obligations in providing our services; to a school who enters into an agreement to use our services and you, the user.
3.4. We will not pass your information to third parties; except for the purpose of fulfilling our services to a school who enters into an agreement to use our services and you, the user or where we are required to do so by law.
4. Disclosing personal information
4.1 We may disclose your personal information to, any of our employees, officers, insurers, professional advisers, agents, suppliers or subcontractors insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes set out in this policy.
4.2 We may disclose your personal information:
to the extent that we are required to do so by law;
in connection with any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings;
in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk);
to any person who we reasonably believe may apply to a court or other competent authority for disclosure of that personal information where, in our reasonable opinion, such court or authority would be reasonably likely to order disclosure of that personal information;
to the school in the case of improper use on the platform by individuals.
4.3 Except as provided in this policy, we will not provide your personal information to third parties.
5. International data transfers
5.1. Data directly collected by eSchools may be stored and processed in and transferred between any of the countries in which we operate in order to enable us to use the information in accordance with this policy. Any third party we use is within the EEA or they hold a sufficient accreditation (i.e. Privacy Shield) as in line with requirements under the GDPR. No other third party are permitted to access the school’s data.
5.2. Personal information that an individual adds to our websites may be available, via the internet, around the world. We cannot prevent the use or misuse of such information by others.
6. Retaining personal information
6.1. This Section 6 sets out our data retention policies and procedure, which are designed to help ensure that we comply with our legal obligations in relation to the retention and deletion of personal information.
6.2. Personal information that we process for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.
6.3. Data collected through analytic cookies will be retained for 26 months. Individual visitors can adapt the data collected through cookie preferences, as mentioned in 2.4.
6.4. Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Section 6, we will retain documents (including electronic documents) containing personal data:
To the extent that we are required to do so by law;
If we believe that the documents may be relevant to any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings; and
In order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk). Data will no longer be kept after the termination of the contract with the school.
7. Security of your personal information
7.1. We will take reasonable technical and organisational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information.
7.2. We will store all the personal information you provide on our secure (password- and firewall-protected) servers. The web service we employ has a broad range of accreditations and certifications and the data centres used ensure the data stays within the EEA.
7.3. eSchools use a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) which creates a secure connection uses two keys to encrypt data in transit. Despite this, you acknowledge that the transmission of information over the internet is inherently insecure, and we cannot guarantee the security of data.
8.1. We may update this policy from time to time by publishing a new version on our website.
8.2 You should check this page regularly to ensure you are aware of any changes to this policy.
9. Your rights
9.1. You may instruct us to provide you with any personal information we hold about you.
9.2. We may withhold personal information that you request to the extent permitted by law.
9.3. You may change your cookie preferences at any time as referenced in 2.4.
9.4. School Staff/Governors who subscribe to our Newsletter may manage their preferences at anytime through their eSchools dashboard.
10. Third party websites
10.1 Our website includes hyperlinks to, and details of, third party websites.
11. Updating information
We will only provide communication about the eSchools platform to school staff/governors who can manage their preferences at anytime through their eSchools dashboard.
Last Edited: 23rd May 2018
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We use first party and third party cookies for several reasons. Some cookies are required for technical reasons in order for our Services to operate, and we refer to these as “essential” cookies. Other cookies enable us and the third parties we work with to track and target the interests of visitors to our Services, and we refer to these as “advertising” or “analytical” cookies. For example, the embedding of YouTube and Vimeo videos, as added by individual schools will require “advertising” cookies to be enabled in order to successfully play them. Schools that, for example, opt to track visitor data using Google Analytics will require “analytical” cookies to be enabled in order to do so. These third party cookies are used to tailor content and information that we may send or display to you and otherwise personalise your experience while interacting with our Services and to otherwise improve the functionality of the Services we provide. We also enable schools to employ cookies and similar tracking technologies in connection with their use of our Services in order to allow them to track visitors to and interactions with, their school website.
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