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Tracy Read

Teacher: Tracy
TA: Sonya
CA: Louise


Welcome to the Secondary 6 class page. We look forward to sharing the things we have been doing with you on here as well as posting useful reminders and documents for your information. 

    For the Summer 2018 timetable, please click HERE

Our topic for this term in KS4 is "Looking after animals". We will have a particular focus on domestic pets and farm animals. We look forward to visiting local organisations whose work focuses upon caring for animals and hope to have visiting speakers in school as well. Please click HERE  to view the topic web for the Summer Term. I look forward  to sharing what we have been up to over the coming weeks on this page.  

Media Projects

Summer Day Out - A Dinotastic Adventure!

posted Jul 17, 2018, 2:49 PM by Tracy Read   [ updated Jul 17, 2018, 2:53 PM ]

S6 headed to Grea
t Yarmouth today for their end of year outing. We parked on the seafront and headed along to Jurassic Journey i
n the tower complex on Marine Parade. Learners collected their VIP badges and clipboards before embarking u
pon a journey back in time. We saw a whole host of dinosaurs, some
of which were animatronic with movements and noises. We came across an archaeological dig site where some of the learners got stuck in and helped to dig the bones out. Next stop was a fossil dig. Learns used trowels and sieves to find small fossils. We had a lunch break in the lab, before finishing our tour and visiting the gift shop. We then headed onto the promenade and enjoyed some seaside treats, including ice cream and donuts. It was then time to head back to school. It was a wonderful day out to finish a fabulous year as S6. To find out more about Jurassic Journey, visit: 

Science - Ice Challenge

posted Jul 11, 2018, 1:29 AM by Tracy Read

Ice hands presentation.pptx

 S6 had a fabulous time doing the ice challenge! Tracy froze water in gloves to make solid ice hands. S6 then paired up to see who could melt their hands the quickest. They were given pipettes, access to warm water and a container of salt. No instructions were given so learners had to use their initiative. Lots of different strategies were observed including using cups to crush the ice and pouring cups of warm water over the hands. Learners discovered that not only does the ice melt when salt is poured on it but it also makes a sound that was described as "popping" and "crackling". 

World Cup Fever in S6

posted Jun 19, 2018, 12:38 AM by Tracy Read

S6 have shown a real interest in this years World Cup. We have focused some of our learning around the world cup in communication, cognition and ICT lessons. S6, S5 and S3 have drawn a class sweepstake, so even the least enthusiastic of football fans has their own team to cheer on! Some of the learners have taken responsibility for updating our World Cup Planner with the latest results. We have had a quiz to see who knows the most. We will also be looking at the host country, Russia for some inspiration in our artwork. 

Measuring distances

posted May 24, 2018, 6:34 AM by Tracy Read   [ updated May 24, 2018, 6:36 AM ]

S6 set out using a Trundle Wheel in Cognition today to measure some distances around the school site. We had a great time and made our own choices about which areas of the school site we would like to measure. 

JM S6 Classroom to the main playground. 78m. 
 LL     Distance across the playground.  26m
 BP The playground "road".  97m
 CH     The snakes and ladders grid.  20m
DDA Path to the swings 37m
 SDClass to the swimming pool  66.75m
 KDSwimming Pool to the playground.  70.10m
 BC     Hall to the playground.      30.65m    

Sensory Garden

posted May 11, 2018, 5:17 AM by Tracy Read

S6 have been working on the sensory garden this term. We are having a general tidy up and adding new decorations to add a little more colour. Learners in S6 cleared some garden waste this morning and worked well together. Over the past two weeks, we have now managed to re-weave the willow arches with help from Howard. Take a look at our progress so far...

S6 - New arrivals

posted May 11, 2018, 5:11 AM by Tracy Read

S6 were very excited with the new arrivals to our classroom. We now have our very own Goldfish to take care of. "Howard" and "Lucy" joined us as part of our topic "Looking after animals." Learners will be involved in the daily care of the Goldfish and will learn how to take care of them, feed them and support with water changes and tank cleaning. 

The Calf at Foot Dairy

posted May 8, 2018, 6:16 AM by Tracy Read

This morning we visited Somerleyton, The Calf at Foot Dairy. It was interesting to see the Jersey Cows and their calves on a working farm. Fiona allowed us to meet the cows and their young, including one calf which was just 3 weeks old. We also met the farm dog and cat, as well as many chickens wandering the farmyard, We were able to taste some fresh chocolate milk, which everyone enjoyed. Tracy bought some milk and took it back to school for us to try, It was very rich and creamy! 

If you would like to find out more about the dairy, please see their website: 

Bird feeders

posted Apr 27, 2018, 4:48 AM by Tracy Read

We decided that we would make our own feeders for the wild birds. 

DDA described what he had to do to make his bird feeder.

"I added some raisins and bird seed to some lard. I squished the lard and turned it into a ball. I broke it in half and put it in a plastic cup. I tied a twig to the bottom to hang it and give the birds somewhere to sit. It was really messy and squidgy thing to do."

S6 will be bringing their bird feeders home to hang in their gardens. Please let us know if the birds enjoy them! 

Missing and lost pets

posted Apr 27, 2018, 4:10 AM by Tracy Read   [ updated Apr 27, 2018, 4:53 AM ]

In our communication lesson, we have been looking at what we would do if our pets became lost or went missing. We talked about how we could let people know that our pet was missing and came up with some great suggestions. LL said that he sometimes saw posters of missing cats on trees. DDA mentioned that it might be on Facebook. We talked about how different social media platforms can be used effectively to help us to find our missing pets. Tracy gave the class a choice of 8 different pets and their profiles and learners chose one each to focus on. We then did some descriptive writing and created a missing pet advert for our chosen pet. S6 created some imaginative and descriptive writing, a fabulous effort from everyone. Well done! 

Normanston Park - Pet Survey and Meet & Greet

posted Apr 24, 2018, 4:35 AM by Tracy Read   [ updated Apr 24, 2018, 12:51 PM ]

Normanston park 24th April.pptx

S6 headed off to Normanston park to carry out a survey on dogs this morning. SD suggested that the best way to record our findings would be by using a tally chart. Although the weather was drizzly, this did not put us off. We took our clipboards and recording sheets and set about counting the dogs we could see. We talked about how we could classify the dogs into different categories. LL suggested that we could do this by size. BP suggested by colour and Sonya proposed by breed. Some really great ideas! 

When we were at the park, we lucky to be introduced to Denny. He belongs to Sonya. Denny is a Border Collie and he was as delighted to meet S6, as they were to meet him. Learners were able to interact with Denny and took turns in walking him on his lead and using his ball launcher to throw a tennis ball for him. 

We also met some other dogs who were out being walked. It was interesting and entertaining, watching the dogs in the park. We saw dogs being walked individually and in groups. 

Learner comments:

CH "We saw Denny Boy"                        BC "I met Denny Boy."            KD "I like walking in the park"

BP "I like stroking Denny Boy"                JM "We saw dogs."

SD "We saw Denny Boy. I feel happy because I used the ball launcher." 

LL "We went to the park to see dogs. We are learning about pets. I love dogs (I do not like cats). 

DDA "We went to the park and we saw Denny Boy. He was very happy playing and made me smile. I loved stroking Denny, it was fun. We all played fetch with him. It was a lovely day out."

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