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Friday 14th July 2017
As Mr. Frett is leaving Shirley School, 6TF decided to create a rap about what our class like to do - have a watch!
Writing up our work
Concentrating on our handwriting
What beautiful presentation Devon!
Read all about it!
I can't wait to see the production
Thursday 22nd June 2017
Year 6 Scientists (and one year 4)!
This afternoon we were challenged to make an electrical circuit using: light bulbs, cells, battery packs, wires and switches.
Here's what Megan learned:
"Electrons flow through wires to create electricity if wires are connected to a battery pack. When the bulb and the switch are connected and the switch is pushed, the electricity pushes through the wires to light up the bulb. If the battery pack is flat, the electricity won't work."
We talked about electrical conductors and insulators, how phone chargers work and why phones can get hot when they are being charged.
Angel making a circuit
We made a light bulb light up!
Thursday 15th June 2017
Yesterday, Shirley Primary School took part in Joe Wick's Body Coach video; they gave us a shout out!
Friday 9th June 2017
This week, Year 6 have been taking part in Economy Week. We looked at a variety of different money scenarios including budgeting and saving.
Yesterday, we had a visitor - Andy from Santander - to talk to us about how to think smart with purchasing what we need rather than what we want.
Here's a video that we made for Sharing Assembly.
Wednesday 7th June 2017
In 6TF's maths class, we've been looking at solving fraction problems - we've given you some problems to solve.
All these shapes are identical. Can you find the missing segment? If you want some help, come and ask us!
Thursday 25th May 2017
Have a look at Mr. Sears modelling how to hit a ball with a bat.
What do you think about his technique?
Thursday 25th May 2017
We are just finishing off our diary entry - hear are two pictures of our children working incredibly hard!
Wednesday 24th May 2017
Today, in year 6, we were hot-seating (interviewing) members of our class as we were pretending to be robots. Here is our best highlight before we start writing our diary entry tomorrow.
We are developing our counting skills too... take a look!
P.S. We are using the "Origins" story for our inspiration:
Over the weekend, two of our pupils went to mock graduation at Anglia Ruskin University - they had a lot of fun! Have a look at some of the photos!
Friday 24th March 2017
Happy Red Nose Day!
Today was a great opportunity to raise money for charity; we are looking forward to seeing how much money we raised.
Friday 17th March 2017
Yesterday, we were visited by two local scientists, Liza and Carol (who have visited us before to teach us how to extract DNA from a strawberry). Liza taught us to make Aloo Paratha (which is a bit like a spiced pancake), a local recipe from her home town in Nepal, with the help of Carol (who is from Brazil). We had so much fun making the dough and tasting delicious food! Hopefully ,Carol will visit us another time so that she can teach us how to prepare a Brazillian dish. We will be writing this recipe up in our topic books and Liza and Carol are going to judge their favourite.
The ingredients are listed below if you would like to make Aloo Paratha at home:
For the paste:
1 tablespoon of Cumin Seeds
1 teaspoon of Garam Masala
1 teaspoon of Turmeric Powder
3 onions (finely chopped)
1 tablespoon of Ginger Paste
Salt as required
For the dough:
Half a cup of plain or wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon of salt
Water as requiredOil to fry
Butter to serve
We are looking forward to hearing all about the cooking you have done at home!
Thursday 16th March 2017
Yesterday, Year 6 took a trip to Anglia Ruskin to see what university was all about! Starting with a tour, we were able to experience elements of what it would be like to live as a student. We were challenged by the student ambassadors to think about what we could want to do in 10 years time and the necessary skills we would need to achieve this.
Take a look at some of our photos from this exciting trip!
Monday 6th March 2017
Today, Year 6 were experimenting with lollipops and sugar in Science. We carried out an experiment to see what would freeze quicker: a lollipop with sugar, or a lollipop without sugar.
We'll find out the results tomorrow!
Friday 20th January 2017
Today, we were honored to meet Kate Richardson-Walsh (an Olympic gold and bronze medalist). We were lucky enough to hold her medals and we even got a signature!!!
We learnt a lot about resilience and how important it is to set goal; in the words of Kate, "Feel the fear and do it anyway!"
Monday 16th January 2017
Today, year 6 have been learning about which materials are the best insulators (does not easily let heat through it) and which are the best conductors (lets heat easily through it).
We ensured it was a fair test by making sure only the material changed and everything else stayed the same.
If YOU wrapped ice in either of the following materials, what is your prediction of which would melt the quickest/ slowest out of the following:
Aluminium foil, cotton wool, newspaper, fabric and baking paper.
Thursday 8th December 2016
In maths, 6TF have been learning about shapes - here are some of our 3D designs:
Monday 28th November 2016
Year 6 have just been creating their very own beetles! Here are the children creating their incredible bugs.
Friday 18th November 2016
Today, Shirley School raised money for Children in Need by coming to school with crazy hair; take a look!
Wednesday 5th October 2016
Today, we were fortunate enough to have two different visits: Kettle’s Yard and The Fitzwilliam Museum. Our first session was led by Kettle’s Yard where we discovered and learnt more about plants and living organisms. Set out on the table were plants, shells, pebbles and shiny conkers to explore. Following this, we transformed into botanical experts as we were asked to draw (with precision) our plants.
Our second session took place in Shirley School’s Nature Area. This is where we discovered the formation and patterns of leaves and bark by placing paper onto the object and going over it with colouring pencil or crayon (otherwise known as, “leaf rubbing,” or, “bark rubbing”).
We thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to our next visit from The Arts Award.
Tuesday 27th September 2016
Yesterday, we were visited by three scientists from the University of Cambridge. In one session, we decoded strands of DNA and built models out of straws and Plasticine. Did you know that the human body contains 37.2 trillion cells? Inside each one of those cells is 2 meters of DNA all curled up in a helix!
Experimentally, we extracted DNA from a strawberry - we actually saw it with our own eyes!
Can you think of when you might use negative numbers?
Friday 9th September 2016
Yesterday, Year 6 were lucky enough to receive a visit from the Raptor Foundation. The Raptor Foundation is a charity which takes care of injured birds (in order for a bird to be called a raptor, it needs to have talons). Dave, the visitor from the Raptor Foundation, gave us a small talk on the owls and the hawk that he brought; we learnt a lot of information! Not only did we dissect owl pellets and identify the bones, we were privileged enough to hold a little owl named Goliath (ironically). At the end of the session, we got to see Dave fly some of the owls and the hawk by using chick legs as bait; even the teachers had a go! We are looking forward to exploring more about our topic, “Out of Africa.”
Wednesday 7th September 2016
Today, we have been creating our Class Charter (a list of rules to help us maintain our positive learning). In addition to this, we have been learning about how to have a growth mindset using the illustration of dunking two different types of biscuits. Which one do you think was dunked the most without breaking?
Our Class Charter
Tuesday 7th February
Year 6 created a film to help us think smart about using the internet.
Friday 23rd June 2017
Auditions have come and gone and we have been busily rehearsing for our production Porridge. Mrs Leach has asked us to write a summary of what we have done so far - Britain's Got Talent Style - so that we can keep everyone updated about our progress - see below.
Friday 23rd June 2017
We have been enthusiastically rehearsing for our production Porridge! Auditions have come and gone and we are beginning to feel quite confident in our singing - we nearly know all of the words! We have done some writing - Britain's Got Talent style - to keep you updated.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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