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17th July

Good morning Elm, Strong Blue or even Eyke Blue today.

On This Day - Edward the Elder, King of the Anglo-Saxons died in 924AD. He was largely ignored by modern historians until the 1990s, when historian Nick Higham described him as 'perhaps the most neglected of English kings'. Edward's reputation rose in the late twentieth century, and he is now seen as destroying the power of the Vikings in southern England, and laying the foundations for a south-centred united English kingdom. 

The Bridgewater canal officially opened in 1761. It was built to transport the Duke of Bridgewater's coal from his mine at Worsley, near Manchester. In 1917, the British Royal Family, in a proclamation issued by George V, adopted the name of the House of Windsor in place of their German family name of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha due to the anti-German sentiment at the time.

Well Elm Class, we made it and although you won't all be in school today, you have all learnt so much this term, in so many different ways. For Year 6, it is your last day at Eyke School, for some of you, the only school you have known for seven years. We are going to have a special day which will be like no last day that any other year group has had so I hope you enjoy it. 

Finally, I just want to say a huge thank you to everybody who helped to make yesterday so special for me and a thank you for all of my wonderful flowers and gifts.

Now let's all have a great last day.

16th July

Good morning Elm Class, it is a Strong Red day today.

On This Day - 

This year we have struggled with the restrictions put in place to stop the spread of COVID 19, however imagine what it was like in 1439 when kissing was banned in England because of the Plague! In 1902 a total of eight bills for the building of London underground lines received their second reading in the House of Commons. Stirling Moss won the British Grand Prix at the Aintree track near Liverpool in 1955 - the first time an Englishman had triumphed in the race. His success in a variety of categories placed him among the world's elite and he is often called 'the greatest driver never to win the World Championship'.

So today is the penultimate day of term and things are slowly getting back to normal with many of Year 5 and Year 6 are back at school. So have a great day wherever you are and don't forget to be kind.

15th July

Hello Elm Class, I have chosen Dark Cyan this morning.

Well, today is St Swithin's day since 971AD. It takes place on 15th July each year, and according to traditional folklore, whatever the weather is like on St Swithin’s Day – whether rain or sunshine – it will continue for the next 40 days and 40 nights. There is a weather-rhyme is well known throughout the British Isles since Elizabethan times. 

‘St. Swithin’s day if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain
St. Swithin’s day if thou be fair
For forty days ‘twill rain nae mair.’

                                                                                     dost = does
                                                                                    thou = you
                                                                                    nae mair = no more

St. Swithin (or more properly, Swithun) was a Saxon Bishop of Winchester. He was born in the kingdom of Wessex (an Anglo-Saxon Kingdom in the South-West and the precursor to the unified Kingdom of England), and was educated in its capital, Winchester. He was famous for charitable gifts and building churches.

A legend says that as the Bishop lay on his deathbed, he asked to be buried out of doors, where he would be trodden on and rained on. For nine years, his wishes were followed, but then, the monks of Winchester attempted to remove his remains to a splendid shrine inside the cathedral on 15th July 971. According to legend there was a heavy rain storm either during the ceremony or on its anniversary.

This led to the old wives' tale (folklore) that if it rains on St Swithin's Day (July 15th), it will rain for the next 40 days in succession, and a fine 15th July will be followed by 40 days of fine weather. 

However, according to the Met Office, this old wives' tale is nothing other than a myth. Some English summers are consistently hot and dry, while others are miserable. By the middle of July, one of two patterns often sets in, with Atlantic weather systems either passing to the North of the UK or directly across it. I remember some wonderful summers, but also some dreadful ones - it looks OK so far today.

Have a great day and let's hope it doesn't rain!

14th July

Good morning Elm Class, today is an Orange day.

On This Day - In 1903, it became known that the government would reject proposals to introduce driving tests, vehicle inspections and penalties for drunken drivers – we now have all three. The Driving Test was first started on British roads on 1st June 1935. The MOT test was first introduced in 1960 under the direction of the-then Minister of Transport under powers in the Road Traffic Act 1956. It became an offence to drive, attempt to drive or be in charge of a motor vehicle on a road or other public place while "unfit to drive through drink or drugs" in 1960 but no legal drink driving limit was set until 1967.

Britain tackled the threat of a German invasion by forming the Home Guard in 1940. This was a part-time volunteer army, generally comprising men too old for national service. In 2014 the Church of England General Synod approved women bishops. The announcement was followed by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, leading the General Synod in a rendition of 'We are Marching in the Light of God'. The Rt. Rev. Libby Lane became the first female Church of England bishop, when she was consecrated Bishop of Stockport in a ceremony at York Minster.

Today Google celebrates Bastille Day on the 231st anniversary of the storming of the Bastille. On this day in 1789, French revolutionaries charged the Bastille military fortress turned prison on the edge of Paris, an event considered the spark of the French Revolution. 

Built in the 1300s as a medieval fortification to guard Paris’s eastern border, by 1789 the Bastille had come to represent the tyranny of the French monarchy. On July 14, a crowd of disaffected citizens besieged the stronghold, and with assistance from a group of sympathetic French Guards, forced the Bastille’s military governor to surrender. Soon, the rallying cry of “LibertéEgalitéFraternité” (“Liberty, Equality, Fraternity”) was embraced by the French people, and it remains the country’s official motto to this day.

Known in France as la Fête Nationale (the National Holiday) or le 14 Juillet (July 14), Bastille Day was made an official holiday in 1880 and today serves as a worldwide celebration of all things French.

Vive le 14 Juillet! Long live the 14th of July!

It was so lovely to see all of Year 6 in school yesterday, and despite still being in two separate groups, it was lovely to see you all at the same time outside. Today doesn't look as if it is going to be such a nice day but hopefully it will cheer up later. In the meantime why not have a look at the "Home Learning" page where you will find Mrs Bennett reading todays story.

Last night it was announced that we will all need to start wearing face covering in shops later this month so have a great day and why not design your own face mask.

13th July

Good morning Elm Class, Strong Blue today for a beautiful sunny morning.

On This Day - In 1837, Queen Victoria became the first sovereign to move into Buckingham Palace. The British airship R34 landed in Norfolk in 1919, having completed the first airship return journey across the Atlantic in a time of 182 hours. In 1985 two simultaneous 'Live Aid' concerts, one in London (Wembley Stadium) and one in Philadelphia, raised over £50 million for famine victims in Africa. Prince Charles and Princess Diana officially opened Live Aid. The 16-hour 'super concert' was globally linked by satellite to more than a billion viewers in 110 nations.

On Saturday, (11th July) in 1859, Big Ben, in the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament, tolled for the first time. In September it cracked under the hammer, a mere two months after it officially went into service. According to the foundry's manager, a hammer more than twice the maximum weight specified had been used and for three years Big Ben was taken out of commission.

Today is the last Monday of the summer term and what a very strange term it has been. Well done to all of you who have continued to work so hard at home. Finally today we will have all of Year 6 in school, and then on Wednesday and Thursday we will see many of you in Year 5.

In the meantime, enjoy the sunrise photos from Scarlett and Jesse and have a great day.

On Saturday, Scarlett, Jesse and their families got up at 3.30am to go watch the sunrise. It was magical.

10th July

Good morning Elm Class, today's colour is Carrot.

On This Day - The Roman Emperor Hadrian died in 138. It was this Emperor who ordered the building of a wall across northern England to keep out the 'barbarian Scottish tribes'. In 1940 the first in a long series of German bombing raids against Great Britain, known as the Battle of Britain and which lasted three and a half months, began. Britain's first parking meters were installed, in Mayfair, London in 1958.

Two significant birth days, which have been celebrated by Google in the past, also fall on this day. The first is Eva Ekeblad’s who was born in Stockholm in 1724. This Swedish scientist brought potatoes, then a greenhouse curiosity, to the people. She discovered the starch was humble but mighty – potatoes could be ground into flour or distilled into spirits. Her discovery helped reduce famine in years to come. For her scientific and delicious work, Eva Ekeblad became the first woman elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1748. She was truly a pioneer - the next woman recognized in those ranks would come 203 years later. Then Nikola Tesla was born just after midnight in 1856 in Smiljan, Austrian Empire - now part of modern day Croatia - during a fierce lightning storm. He immigrated to the United States in 1884.  The Serbian American inventor, engineer and scientist discovered and patented the rotating magnetic field, the basis of the alternating-current (AC) electric system, which is the predominant electrical system used across the world today. He also developed the three-phase system of electric power transmission and the Tesla coil, an induction coil widely used in radio technology. The company, Tesla, Inc., which specializes in electric vehicle manufacturing, is named as a tribute to Nikola Tesla.

Again, can you guess who designed these wall hangings just by looking at them

Well done to those of you who have completed your design of a Uros style wall hanging, a few more examples can be seen below. Also make sure that you check in to the new serial that Mrs Frost and I are reading to take us up to the end of term.

Hopefully the sun will break through either today or over the weekend, but if it doesn't don't let it stop you enjoying yourselves. As always , make sure you are staying safe.

9th July

Good morning Elm Class, it is still wet and grey this morning so I have gone with Greyish Blue.

On This Day - In 1553 the Duke of Northumberland announced to Lady Jane Grey that Edward VI had died and that she was queen of England. The proclamation was made the next day, but her reign lasted for only nine days. Her successor was Mary I. The first Wimbledon Lawn Tennis championship was held at its original site at Worple Road in 1877. The men's singles title was won by Spencer Gore - beating fellow British player W.C. Marshall in three sets.

In 1999, Scotland celebrated one of its most significant political events for centuries; the formal opening of the new Scottish Parliament by the Queen. There was public uproar over the cost and delays. The final cost was £414 million (10 times over budget) and it was three years late. The Lake District became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017, i.e. 'a site of outstanding international importance and therefore as deserving special protection.' The national park is the first in the UK to get the honour, a status it had been trying to attain since 1986.

Well let's hope that the sun makes a break through at some point during the day, although the forecast doesn't look too promising! Anyway, have a good day and keep looking after those grown ups!

8th July

Good morning Elm Class, Strong Cyan today as it is a bit of a watery colour reflecting todays wet weather.

On This Day - The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) was founded in London in 1884 (interestingly the RSPCA had already been established over 60 years before this in early 1824!). In 1947, a broadcast in the USA announced that a UFO has crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico. RAAF (Roswell Army Air Field) public information officer Walter Haut issued a press release stating that personnel from the field's 509th Operations Group had recovered a "flying disc", which had crashed on a ranch near Roswell. Many assumed that the alleged “flying saucer” was a weather balloon but equally many thought it was a UFO.

During the 1990s and early 2000s, July became a pivotal for Harry Potter fans as five of the seven books were published in this month (the other two were published in late June). Two of these books were actually published on this day - the third book, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", in 1999 and the fourth book, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire", which went on to breaking all publishing records, in 2000.

Home learning for most of you is now finally over for the time being so I have just one more picture to show you - Aden's wall hanging design in the style of the Uros people on lake Titicaca. He also enjoyed yesterday's World Chocolate Day - very well deserved Aden.

I hope that Year 5 in school have a great day and also the rest of you whatever you are up to.

Take Care and Stay Safe!

7th July

Good Morning Elm, today is a Pumpkin day

On This Day - In 1981, the Church of England decided that divorcees would be allowed to re-marry in a church ceremony. At this time of the year we are usually into the second week of Wimbledon… but not this year! In 1984, Georgina Clark became the first woman to umpire a Wimbledon final when she presided over the Martina Navratilova victory against Chris Evert. Then in 1985 German tennis player Boris Becker, an unseeded 17-year-old, became the youngest player to win the men's singles championship at Wimbledon. Jonathan Marray became the first Briton to win the Wimbledon men's doubles title for 76 years after victory with wildcard partner Frederik Nielsen in 2012. Finally, in 2013, Andy Murray won his first Wimbledon title and ended Britain's 77-year wait for a men's champion with a victory over world number one Novak Djokovic. The Scot won 6-4, 7-5 and 6-4.

Most importantly today is that Today is World Chocolate Day, the annual observance that occurs globally on 7th of July. Chocolate Day is nothing short of a special tribute to mankind’s greatest culinary invention. 

The history of chocolate goes back around 2,500 years. The Aztecs loved their newly discovered liquid chocolate to the extent that they believed the god of wisdom, Quetzalcoatl, literally bestowed it upon them. Cocoa seeds even acted as a form of currency. Could you imagine going shopping or buying a house will a huge pile of Cocoa seeds? It would be wonderful. These days, the chocolate was bitter, as it was long before sugar was added. Once chocolate took a turn and went sweet in a 16th Century Europe, chocolate caught on to the masses and became one of many household’s favourite treats. 

Many present-day chocolate companies began operations in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Cadbury began in England by 1868. And then 25 years later Milton S. Hershey, purchased chocolate processing equipment at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Nestlé began back in the 1860s and has grown into one of the largest food conglomerates in the world. You’re bound to of heard of one of these if not all of them. Perhaps you even enjoy a bar or two or their fine chocolate creations at home. 

At school in maths today, in honour of World Chocolate Day, we put Smarties in a pie - after all only Smarties have the answer!
So today is the day you should have some chocolate so have a great day!

6th July

Hello Elm, I have gone for Dark Cyan today.

On This Day - Mary I acceded to the throne in 1553, becoming the first queen to rule England in her own right… but who was she? Today is a day of transatlantic crossings. In 1919 the first airship to cross the Atlantic, the British-built R34, arrived in New York. Then in 1924 the first photo was sent experimentally across Atlantic by radio, from the US to England. Finally from 4:30am in 2014, cash could no longer be used on any of London's 24,500 buses, in a move that Transport for London (TfL) said would save £24m a year. A prepaid or concessionary ticket, Oyster card or a contactless payment card is now needed to travel.

So we start the penultimate week of this very strange term. We now have all of Year 6 back at school, albeit in two groups this week, and we have some of you from Year 5 coming in for the first time on Wednesday - I am not in school on Wednesday but I will see you on Thursday.

In the meantime, have a good day and look after everyone around you by washing your hands and staying safe.

5th July

Hello Elm Class, it is a Strong Blue day today to say Happy Birthday NHS. Look out for building lit up with blue lights and post boxes painted blue in honour of the NHS.

On This Day - On 5th July 1948, 72 years ago, the National Health Service (NHS) was born. After the planning of an ambitious project to bring healthcare to everyone in the UK, Britain's National Health Service came into operation when Aneurin Bevan, the Health Secretary of the post-War Labour government, launched the NHS at Park Hospital in Davyhulme (today known as Trafford General Hospital).

Bevan was the chief architect of the plan to bring together hospitals, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, opticians and dentists under the umbrella of one organisation. The services were available to everyone, financed entirely from taxation with the central principle being that people would pay according to their means.

Ahead of the health service's anniversary marking 72 years since the founding of the NHS, people have been encouraged to take part in a weekend of celebration and remembrance. People have been asked to put a light in their window to remember those who have died in the coronavirus pandemic and a moment's applause is being observed before the kick-off of this weekend's Premier League and Championship football matches in England. Dozens of major public buildings have been illuminated with blue light, including the Houses of Parliament, Blackpool Tower, the SEC Armadillo, the Shard and the Wembley Arch.

And today a flypast by a World War Two Spitfire fighter plane is due to take place over hospitals in the east of England and a nationwide applause, inspired by the Clap for Carers initiative, will take place at 17:00 BST.

Also On This Day - Isaac Newton published his 'Principia' in 1687, stating Newton's laws of motion, Newton's law of gravitation, and a derivation of Kepler's laws of the motion of the planets. The Principia is regarded as one of the most important works in the history of science. Then in 1841, Thomas Cook, a Baptist cabinet maker, founded the first travel agency. The first official 'Cook's Tour' involved almost 600 teetotallers taking the train from Leicester to Loughborough to attend a temperance meeting.
What a day! Have a good one and don't forget to clap.

4th July

Hello Elm Class, today is a Strong Red sort of day.

On This Day - In 1776, the American Congress declared independence from Britain. The thirteen states on the Atlantic coast of North America were once British Colonies. The states are Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. In 1775, fighting broke out between the Colonies and British troops (American Revolution). They felt that the British Parliament and its King, George III, were making too many laws that took away too many of their freedoms. The Continental Congress voted to declare independence on July 2nd 1776 and independence was then declared two days later stating that these colonies were no longer subject (and subordinate) to the monarch of Britain and were now united, free, and independent states with George Washington becoming the first President. Ever since then, this day has been a holiday in America.
Independence Day commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States, is a federal holiday and is commonly associated with celebrations including fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, political speeches, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States.

Two other events of interest to us this year happened on this day. In 1862 Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known under his pseudonym Lewis Carroll, told Alice Liddell a story as they were rowing on the Isis through Oxford. Three years later, that story would grow into Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequels. Then in 2012 'The Lock' a work by the English romantic painter John Constable was sold for £22,441,250 - a world record price at auction for the artist.

3rd July

Hello Elm, I am a bit late today but I have chosen Vivid Yellow in the hope that the sun will keep shining through the clouds.

On This Day - In 1928 a policeman's helmet and a bunch of roses were among the pictures shown on John Logie Baird's first colour television test transmission at Baird Studios, in London. It then took a long time before colour televisions, or even black and white televisions, were common in people's own homes. To everyones relief, food ood rationing in Britain finally ended in 1954 - almost 9 years after the end of World War II. Smithfield Meat Market in London opened at midnight instead of 6am to cope with the demand for beef.

I have got some more examples of Uros style wall hangings to share so if you haven't completed yours, take a look and you might get some good ideas.

Well I have just finished putting your reports into envelopes and I am looking forward to seeing most of you at some point next week. In the meantime have a great weekend, let's hope it doesn't rain too much. Take care and keep safe.


Some more lovely Uros style wall hangings, but who do they belong to?

2nd July

Hello Elm Class, today feels like a Dark Emerald sort of day.

On This Day - In 1698 Devon born Thomas Savery patented the first steam engine. He described it as a ''A new invention for raiseing of water and occasioning motion to all sorts of mill work by the impellent force of fire, which will be of great use and advantage for drayning mines, serveing townes with water, and for the working of all sorts of mills where they have not the benefitt of water nor constant windes." Now I have copied Thomas's actual words how he himself wrote them - what do you notice about the spelling?

Weather experts predicted in 1996 that global warming would have the effect of moving Britain 100 miles south in the next 25 years, bringing summer droughts and winter rainstorms. Well this year so far we have definitely had a very wet winter followed by an extremely warm early summer (remember that lovely weather in May), but just recently it hasn't felt quite so good. In 2012 Meteorological Office figures showed that June 2012 had been the wettest since records began in 1910, with double the average amount of rain in the UK. It was also the dullest June on record and the coolest since 1991, with average temperatures of 12.3 degrees C. So perhaps now it is July things will start to get warmer and sunnier again.

Today we welcomed back some more members of Year 6, that's nearly all of you now, and hopefully we will see Year 5 next week. In the meantime I hope you are having a good day and don't forget to wash your hands... with soap... often.

1st July

Good morning Elm Class, I have chosen Dark Violet for the first day of the new month.

On This Day - Amy Johnson CBE, a pioneering English pilot, was born in Hull in 1903. Flying solo or with her husband, Jim Mollison, Johnson set numerous long-distance records during the 1930s. She flew in the Second World War as a part of the Air Transport Auxiliary where she died during a routine flight when returning an aircraft to base
In 1969 Prince Charles was invested Prince of Wales by his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, at Caernarfon Castle in north Wales.

Also on this day in 2007 a smoking ban came into force in England, making it illegal for anyone to smoke in an enclosed public place and within the workplace – it seems that James I was right all along when he denounced smoking as a health hazard back in 1620!

O Canada! Today’s Doodle celebrates Canada Day, a national holiday to commemorate the birth of the country. On this day in 1867, the British North America Act, or Constitution Act, united the three British colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into a self-governing confederation called the Dominion of Canada.

The holiday was first created in 1879 as Dominion Day, and it grew in popularity over the following century. With the Canada Act of 1982, the country gained complete independence from Britain, and the observance was officially renamed Canada Day (Fête du Canada). 

Here’s to Canada’s colourful history and heritage. Happy Canada Day! 

Well done to everyone who investigated the amount of water that they used in their house and compared it to the amount that families like Alex's, living in the barriadas in Lima have to use. Those Year 6's at school so far this week found it quite shocking.

Jacob and Ptolemy have attempted to calculate the amount of water that they use each week compared to the 200 litres a week that Alex's family use.

How are you getting on with your Uros style wall hanging with images representing your life? Below you can see some made by Year 6 Pod A, can you identify whose they are?

Hopefully they will give you inspiration to finish your own.

Have a great day and take care.

Look carefully for clues, to see whose is whose.

Soon be July