Year 6: Blog items

Summer 2 Week 3

Date: 22nd Jun 2018 @ 4:56pm

Well we have had an exciting week in Year 6 with lots to report!

On Tuesday, it was time for our second ‘Transition Rides’ session with Sustrans. After some bike safety checks it was time to split up into groups before heading out on a bike ride along the route that we had mapped out as a class in our last session. The weather was dry and sunny and a fun time was had as we made our way around the roads of Formby whilst also seeing some nature spots along the way too. We are now a class of fully confident road cyclists and hopefully many will continue this form of transport following the move to high school in September!

This week was also time for us to receive the final script for our parts in our Year 6 Leaver’s Performance which is approaching fast and premiering in just three weeks’ time! We had a lot of laughs as we read our lines for the first time and switched our mindsets to the year 2047 and the world of adulthood. We are excited to properly sink our teeth into each scene after practising this week with our scripts in hand. Next step…to learn our lines off by heart (consider this your homework)! This will require perseverance, which, rather fittingly, is our value for this month.

On the subject of learning lines, any help and support that you could give your child with learning their lines would be greatly appreciated and will no doubt make for an even more polished and impressive performance than we are already expecting it will be!

Have a brilliant weekend Year 6 and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday!

Summer 2 Week 2

Date: 14th Jun 2018 @ 10:05pm

‘Ladies and gents, this is the moment you’ve waited for…’

Our moment finally did arrive this week as Year 6 took to the stage to perform their astounding rendition of ‘The Greatest Show’ from The Greatest Showman. Just…WOW! What an absolutely incredible performance this was! Our hard work in rehearsals certainly paid off as Year 6 delivered an energetic performance complete with impressive vocals and enthusiastic choreography. This was not an easy song to learn but Year 6 really did make it look seamless! Once again Year 6, I am bursting with pride at all of your achievements and tip my tophat to you all.   

As part of our monthly value of Perseverance we also reflected on the Grenfell Tower disaster one year on. Using a BBC Newsround clip, we listened to the story of three girls who escaped the blaze and how they have coped with the aftermath since. Such bravery and resilience and we send our prayers to them.

See you at the Summer Fayre tomorrow and fingers crossed for decent weather!

Summer 2 Week 1

Date: 6th Jun 2018 @ 9:06pm

What a whirlwind return to school we have had this week as we officially begin our final half term of the year! Where has the time gone? In such an eventful week it is difficult to pick out just one highlight in all of our learning!

For starters, we have been working incredibly hard to practise for our performance in the upcoming TSP Musical. We are currently adding the final touches and we are sure that our audience are in for a great show. Some might even say…the GREATEST show!

We have also had our first ‘Transition Rides’ session from Sustrans during which we practised our cycling skills and performed various safety checks. The session culminated with us planning our three mile cycle route for the next session in two weeks’ time!

We had a look into our potential futures on Wednesday as we visited Edge Hill University for a quite incredible school trip. It was a fantastic experience to receive a tour of the vast, modern university campus with all of its facilities and amenities. We also loved our workshops which taught us about the process of 3D Printing and we got to create our own designs too which will be printed and posted to school very soon. We also participated in various problem-solving activities which tested our skills of teamwork, communication and creative thinking. What a day!   

A final highlight, which is definitely worthy of a mention, was our DT Food Project. We made our way over the road to the school parish hall and cooked up a storm in their kitchen! With the help of Mrs Kneale from Formby High School, we made and decorated choocolate krispie cakes producing a batch of six (mostly) consistent cakes. We learned about the melting method as we did this and had a great time doing it. Our next job was to evaluate our products which we did through a series of taste tests as we rated them according to: appearance, texture, taste and smell. Afterwards, we shared our creations with our buddies during their Friday snack time.

Have a fantastic weekend and bring on next week and our TSP Musical performances!

Year 6 - The Greatest Show Performance

Date: 24th May 2018 @ 9:44pm

For this week's homework, the task is straightforward! In preparation for our TSP Musical performance in just a matter of weeks, your goal is to practise, learn and perfect the lyrics of 'The Greatest Show' from The Greatest Showman!

There are two links below...

One is the full version of the song accompanied by singing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyVYXRD1Ans

 The second version is just the backing track without full vocals (which is the version that we will be using for the performance):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99NtuNXZBPk 

Sing loud, sing proud and happy practising!

Summer 1 Week 7

Date: 24th May 2018 @ 9:35pm

What an absolutely fantastic final week (before a very well deserved half term break) we have had! We have so many highlights that it’s really difficult to know where to start. Let’s give it a try…

In our RE unit, ‘Ideas about God’, this week’s lesson really enabled the children to explore and reflect on different ideas about religion and express what effect this has had on their own beliefs. Our introductory lesson was bursting with thoughtful insight as an abundance of personal thoughts and beliefs led to such deep, meaningful discussion between Year 6 and their table teams. I already can’t wait until the next one!

Other learning has included: planning and budgeting for our very own theme parks in our Maths project; learning all about inheritance in our Science work; a Spanish vocabulary lesson where we covered the entirety of classroom objects with post-it notes containing English-Spanish translations and also our new Computing unit where we are animating a haunted house using Scratch.

A further particular highlight was our visit from John Phillips from Formby Civic Society. John was both fascinating and informative as he taught us all about communication as the starter for our new theme – ‘How has communication changed over time?’ This ranged from everything from smoke signals to carrier pigeons to Morse code to the many fast paced communications of today. This will set us up brilliantly for the remainder of this theme! Thank you John.

We also participated in our half termly “House” competition in Quadkids Athletics. For this competition, we were greeted by an extremely warm and sunny Thursday afternoon as we took to our school field. The four events of: sprinting, long distance running, throwing and jumping allowed us to achieve an overall score which contributed towards our House Team total score. There was some truly impressive Athletics on show and a big thank you to Mr Hunt from Formby High School and his Young Leaders who helped to organise and run the event.

The perfect end to our half term!

I hope you all have a wonderful week off and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday 4th June. Have fun!

Summer 1 Week 6

Date: 18th May 2018 @ 4:53pm

Wow! Year 6 have been absolutely sensational. Calm, collected and mature beyond their years. We are so, so proud of them with all of the amazing resilience, courage and focus which they have displayed in abundance throughout this week. We simply couldn’t have asked any more from them and they are a credit to themselves, their families and our school.

On Friday, we went on a well-deserved trip to Formby Pinewoods and Beach to celebrate all of our hard work and to enjoy some time together as a class in the great outdoors. We had a brilliant time through various different games including rounders and also just having the chance to bond as a class in the sun.

We also used our beach trip as an opportunity to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and (soon-to-be royal) Meghan Markle. As well as a photo booth fitted with props, we also competed in the “Meghan Spoon Race” which starred several members of the Royal Family including: Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, Prince Charles, Prince Philip, Princess Charlotte, Prince George and many more. Oh…and Prince Harry and Meghan Merkle of course! A brilliant celebration in an ideal location. Take a look at the special congratulatory messages that we created on the beach too (see picture above)…  

A proud week in the life of Year 6 and we look forward to the next one already. Enjoy a well-deserved weekend break and see you all on Monday!

Summer 1 Week 5

Date: 10th May 2018 @ 9:32pm

We are so proud of our Year 6 class! Every single child has worked so incredibly hard, so resiliently and we simply could not ask for any more from them. We are absolutely brimming with pride!

Throughout this busy week we have explored the value of Truthfulness which is our monthly value for May. By taking part in a range of ‘blind votes’, we discussed the importance of being honest in such situations and really put this to the test. We also had the chance to take part in some “honesty” games with Reverend Poppy in our Collective Worship session on Wednesday which were fun and explored this value even further.

We have taken part in a range of activities and games throughout this hard-working week in order to revise and recap our vast learning from the year so far! This has included a ‘Million Pound Drop’ version of Maths and SPAG as well as taking part in some “Graffiti SPAG” as an opportunity to revisit various Spelling, Grammar & Punctuation concepts that we have mastered throughout the year. The children absolutely loved having the opportunity to show off their vast knowledge and vocabulary in such a creative and exciting way. The final piece is undoubtedly a masterpiece in its own right and we had such fun in creating it from start to finish!

An incredible week with an incredible class of individuals. Have a wonderful weekend everybody and we look forward to seeing you fresh and relaxed on Monday morning!

Summer 1 Week 4

Date: 3rd May 2018 @ 6:07pm

As we reach the month of May, we can’t quite believe just how quickly this year is flying by! As always, it has been a busy week in the Year 6 classroom with so much fun and learning going on…

Our Year 6 Spelling Bee will be taking place on Tuesday which the children have now been working towards for the past few weeks in school with a variety of games and speed spelling exercises against their partners. In our final spelling session before the main event arrives, we decided to mix things up a bit! The children were put into teams and took part in a ‘spelling race’ where they were tasked with spelling out a variety of words as a group. This activity was so fun and so successful with the children having a brilliant time as they combined physical activity and exercise with the art of spelling.  

We were also paid a visit this week from Sue Evans from Together Trust who, as part of Autism Awareness month, taught us about Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and its many forms along with the help of a very brave member of Year 6! We were educated about what it means to have ASD and Year 6 had the opportunity to ask any questions that they had which were expertly answered. We feel extremely proud at the amount of bravery needed to give this talk and and we thank you for teaching us all about Autism!   

An incredible week with an incredible class of hardworking children. Have a wonderful bank holiday weekend everybody, enjoy the sunshine and we look forward to seeing you fresh and relaxed on Tuesday morning!

Summer 1 Week 3

Date: 26th Apr 2018 @ 9:55pm

Well, well, well…I really am running out of superlatives to describe this incredibly hardworking and resilient class. They are just so driven and rise to any challenge sent their way. An absolute joy to teach and a true embodiment of our school values!

As always, it has been a busy week within the walls of the Year 6 classroom and beyond…

We were paid a visit from Amaven, an innovative health and fitness company, whose goals are to allow you to take control of your own health through sophisticated tracking of fitness and physical performance. Year 6 performed a variety of activities and their results and scores were tracked as they strived to score the very best that they could in these individual challenges. Great fun was had and we look forward to seeing our results next week!

We have also had plenty of personalised pencil cases brought in to be sent to those less fortunate children in Kalule, Uganda. Thank you to all who have brought them into school so far.

 A fantastic week and a well-deserved weekend for you all. Enjoy it and see you on Monday!

Summer 1 Week 2

Date: 19th Apr 2018 @ 10:22pm

What an absolutely incredible and hard-working class we have. We are so proud of each and every one of you and, most importantly, you should feel incredibly proud of yourselves! Indeed, this week was certainly a busy one with so many buzzing minds hard at work with focus and determination.

Amongst our analyses of the lyrics of songs from the Lion King and our continuing of our Trigolf lessons in PE, we have also been busy working on improving the speed of our arithmetic skills. The children had the opportunity to do battle on the ever-popular Times Table Rockstars app where they participated in speed challenges against their own personal best scores. The scores recorded are a real testament to just how much improvement Year 6 have made in their mental recall so far. There was also a whole class “arena” where the class competed against one another and there was also some teacher vs. student battles taking place too. I would love to say that the teacher remained undefeated, I really would…

During Collective Worship, Reverend Anne came in to talk to the school about the upcoming Uganda Project where eleven parishioners (including three members of Trinity St. Peter’s staff) leave for the village of Kalule to help in the educational development of this village school. This is such an amazing and worthwhile experience and one that will have such a positive impact in a village that is so drastically different to ours and in which education is not free. As a school, we have been challenged to make up a pencil case for each of the pupils in Kalule that will make a world of difference to their everyday lives. Let’s do our bit Year 6!

Another excellent week and a well-deserved weekend for this amazing class. Enjoy it everyone and see you on Monday!

Summer 1 Week 1

Date: 12th Apr 2018 @ 10:03pm

The summer term already…unbelievable! Time really has flown by!

After a very well-deserved fortnight’s break, Year 6 returned recharged and raring to go. It was great to see them all and to hear about their various holidays, trips, visits and adventures during the time off. In a busy and productive week, we certainly hit the ground running with so much learning and determination filling our classroom.

A particular highlight of this week came in our PE lesson in which we tried a completely new sport to our PE curriculum called Trigolf. Throughout this first session the children had a great time as they attempted to hit the various targets with their first shots. It is clear that this sport was a big hit and we can’t wait for next week when we will attempt to improve our shot accuracy and precision.

In our RE work we completed and summarised our unit (‘Who was Jesus?’) by discussing what we will take forward from our learning as well as the vast improvement in our religious vocabulary that can be used to describe Jesus and his impact on the life of his followers.

We also have commenced our new monthly value of Reconciliation which we connected to the Easter celebrations of the previous week.

An excellent first week of the summer term and we really couldn’t ask for a more fun and hardworking class to spend it with. As always, well done Year 6!

Spring 2 Week 5

Date: 22nd Mar 2018 @ 10:15pm

Year 6 are truly amazing! Each and every child has worked so, so hard throughout this term and has made tremendous progress as a result. They say that hard work pays off so I would say that this class deserve the very best. Well done everyone, you have done yourselves proud!

In this final week of the Spring Term, we have been as busy as ever and we have lots to report!

We were fortunate enough to pay a visit to St. Joseph’s Care Centre on Thursday which is a purpose-built home for adults with complex physical needs and learning disabilities. We were privileged to be part of their Easter Service with Reverend Anne and Reverend Nathan and we performed some readings as well as two songs: ‘My Lighthouse’ and ‘Do not be Afraid'. The children’s singing was beautiful and we received lots of praise and thanks from the St. Joseph’s staff. Thank you also to them for having us!

We also had our final Hockey session with Formby Hockey Club this week. Year 6 have worked with Marc from Formby Hockey Club since Year 2 and in every year there onwards. It has been extremely rewarding to watch the children’s progress in the sport of Hockey over the years and their skill development has been absolutely outstanding.

On Friday, as a school, we fundraised for the worthiest of causes, Sport Relief. As part of the events of the day we arrived dressed as our favourite sports stars and sporting heroes. We were also amazed by the arrival of an inflatable obstacle course on our school field. We had such fun and so many laughs as we battled and challenged ourselves against our classmates and Year 5 "buddies" across this course. We also participated in a Sport Relief quiz as well as an Easter Egg hunt which made the day even more enjoyable and memorable!

What a fitting end to an incredible term. I wish you all the very best for Easter and for the two-week break. You certainly deserve it and I look forward to hearing about your adventures when we return. Well done Year 6!

Spring 2 Week 4

Date: 15th Mar 2018 @ 2:18pm

We returned to school on Monday fresh from our Lakeside residential from the previous week. We had such a memorable and exciting experience and it was an unforgettable, fun-filled time spent with a brilliant class of children!

We have worked as hard as ever this week and have maintained resilience and a growth mindset across all of our learning. This was particularly evident on Tuesday as a fantastic opportunity came our way as Joe “Lean in 15” Hicks led a live schools’ HIIT workout via his YouTube channel. We joined the fitness revolution along with hundreds of other schools across the country and we absolutely loved it. This HIIT workout (or high-intensity-interval-training) pushed us to our physical limits and Year 6 certainly felt the effects afterwards with lots of red faces and sweaty brows on display. What a fantastic way to exercise and thank you to “the body coach”. We look forward to your next live workout stream!

In our ‘Who was Jesus?’ RE unit, we carried out a questionnaire around school which attempted to gather responses from Trinity St. Peter’s staff to this overarching question. By asking various staff members we compiled this information and noticed that lots of people share similar, religious-based opinions of Jesus however their personal experience of him can also be very individual to a certain person. We are going to delve further into this in our next lesson.

It was also British Science Week and, as a school, we were treated to an engaging and hilarious science assembly from Generator John from Mad Science. The focus was centred around 'Sound' and through a variety of equipment and experiments we learned such language as longitudinal wave, transverse wave and, most importantly of all, we had a brilliant time doing it.  

As a class, we focused on British scientist Jane Goodall who is considered the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees. Using her as our inspiration, we observed some animal behaviour of our own and made notes in our own ethogram of our behavioural observations. 

What a week and just one more to go before the Easter break!

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The Year 6 Spelling list for this week can be found below:

innocent

innocence

decent

decency

confident

confidence

assistant

assistance

independence

shoulder

Spring 2 Week 2

Date: 1st Mar 2018 @ 6:00pm

Despite the bitter and chilly conditions across Formby this week, we have had a tremendous time in the Year 6 classroom with so much to speak of!

An obvious highlight came with World Book Day on Thursday as the children arrived sporting the costumes of an array of book characters, both old and new. It was clear that an awful lot of effort and creativity was put into many of the costumes that the children wore so thank you for your time and effort!

After the children had the chance to admire each other’s book characters, we started to explore our focus for the day which was: ‘The Tale of the Three Brothers’. For those not familiar with Harry Potter, this is a fairy-tale that was often told to wizard children about three brothers who cheat Death and receive rewards as a result. Year 6 were tasked with writing their own version of this story complete with their own wishes and “deathly hallows”. The results were incredible and such focus and creativity was applied within their writing which even made Professor Snape smile slightly!

In our Collective Worship work, we have been exploring the lyrics of ‘Where is the Love?’ by The Black Eyed Peas. By looking at the emotive language used within this song, we discussed how this is reflective of a society without love and without joy. We then performed the song as a class and decided to send a tweet to Will.i.am to show him that we have been learning about the lyrics that he had written and the message that his song promotes. Incredibly, Will.i.am retweeted our post on his Twitter page therefore sending our singing out to each of his 13.5 million followers. Amazing!

As ever, an excellent week and one that is made even better by such a hardworking and enthusiastic Year 6 class. Enjoy your weekends!

Spring 2 Week 1

Date: 22nd Feb 2018 @ 10:48pm

Welcome back Year 6!

Our amazing Year 6’s returned to school on Monday after a very well deserved half term break. As always, it was great to see them all and to hear about all that they had been up to in their week off. Following a catch up, we certainly hit the ground running in a busy, active and fun-filled school week!

This started in our Reading sessions which have taken a different path this week as we explored song lyrics and inferred their deeper meanings. There was certainly a multitude of genres and music utilised which included: ‘This is Me’ by Keala Settle from The Greatest Showman; ‘Something Just Like This’ by Coldplay and ‘Ironic’ by Alanis Morissette. After excellent discussion work (and a bit of initial head-scratching when it came to certain lyrics), we really got to grips with the true meanings of these songs and learned an awful lot. I’m sure some of the children will listen to some music a little differently from now on!

In our RE work, we have had a focus on Judaism as part of our multi-faith focus week. Our main emphasis has been on ‘How Judaism began’ and we have explored the story of Abraham as well as the Judeo-Christian Creation story. Some children also created beautiful pictorial representations of these stories too!

Well done Year 6 for an excellent return to school and bring on the next one!

Also, special congratulations to the Year 6 children who represented the school in the Indoor Athletics Competition at Greenbank High School this week. After competing against five other schools, Trinity St. Peter’s WON overall and have now qualified to the Indoor Athletics Finals next week. Well done athletes!

Spring 1 Week 5

Date: 8th Feb 2018 @ 10:24pm

The final week of this half term already! We can’t believe just how quickly time has passed but there is certainly no doubting that Year 6 have earned their break through their hard work and efforts throughout 2018 so far.

This was a brilliant week to end an action packed half term with so many highlights and so, so much learning taking place! Such highlights included our Greek myth writing, our celebration of Chinese New Year as well as Kahoot iPad quizzes to test our knowledge in both our Maths and Reading sessions. This was also a particularly active week for Year 6 too as we attended Formby Pool for a speed swimming session and we also participated in the KS2 half-termly House Competition. The sport on offer on this occasion was new to most children…tug of war! The children loved working as a team in this novel event as they battled to score points for their house team. Well done to Luke house who were the eventual winners!

In our Collective Worship work, we commenced our new monthly value for February: Joy. This value was epitomised in our ‘Sports for Schools’ sponsored fitness circuit which the whole school participated in on Thursday. Following this, we were treated to an inspirational talk and Q&A session with wheelchair basketball Paralympian, Anna Jackson. It was truly inspirational to hear Anna’s life story and how she overcame her first obstacle of having to retire from Hockey due to her injuries to then find her passion and joy in her new sport of wheelchair basketball. We then discussed how, with Hope, you can achieve absolutely anything!

A thrilling week to top off a half term to be proud of! Well done Year 6 and enjoy your time next week. See you on the 19th!

Spring 1 Week 4

Date: 1st Feb 2018 @ 6:38pm

February already! 2018 is already flying and we already have so many highlights from this first month of the year alone.

This week was certainly no exception as Year 6 continued to impress and flourish across a range of curriculum subjects.

In our RE work, we delved into the world of philosophy as we explored two religious theories: determinism and free will. The children discussed their personal beliefs regarding whether they see their life as “part of a bigger plan” and “already mapped out for them” or whether their life is determined by their own choices and “free will”. After some interesting thoughts and observations, many children were undecided and considered themselves to be somewhere in the middle. It was incredible to read some of the children’s responses within their RE books to the critical questions that were posed to them. Such deep thinkers!

Another particular highlight came with the arrival of the Ancient Greek Theatre Experience which landed in our school hall on Wednesday afternoon. The children were captivated (as well as highly amused) by the theatricalities on offer which included the retelling of the well-known, Greek mythological tale of Pandora’s Box. As well as this, some children dared to approach the Oracle in an attempt to hear their own fortune and we also had some participants in the Ancient Greek Olympic Games with representatives from the Greek City States of Athens, Sparta, Corinth and Argos. A fun time was had as we learned about just one of the many things for which we will always be thankful to the Ancient Greeks.

Yet another fantastic week and I wish you all a brilliant weekend. See you Monday!   

Spring 1 Week 3

Date: 25th Jan 2018 @ 8:08pm

As January rolls on so does the abundance of learning opportunities within the Year 6 classroom!

We have had a great week and have worked hard across so many subjects and none more so than in our Maths learning! As well as challenging lessons, which incorporated new mathematical skills such as ratio and dividing fractions, we also dedicated some time to the highly addictive ‘Times Table Rockstars’ website and app. The children absolutely love this resource and battling against the clock to earn coins for their avatar. A particular highlight was the chance to battle the teacher in the times table ‘Arena’ which was a gruelling and highly competitive contest! It is clear that the children’s arithmetic will continue to flourish with continued, regular practise on this resource that can be downloaded (free) both at home and in school.

In our RE work, we explored the Transfiguration of Jesus which is an event reported in the New Testament in which Jesus is transfigured and becomes radiant in glory upon a mountain. Following this, we created an artistic representation of this event which has provided an excellent visual stimulus on our RE display. Due to being hung in the window, this has enabled the light to shine through our carefully prepared craft as  is apparent within the Bible story itself.

Once again, another brilliant week with Year 6. Have an excellent weekend everyone – you certainly deserve it!

Spring 1 Week 2

Date: 18th Jan 2018 @ 9:53pm

What a brilliant week we have had in the Year 6 classroom with so many highlights to share!

In our RE work we have been exploring the word ‘sacrifice’ and relating this to Christianity. After discussing and sorting a range of sacrifices according to whether we deemed them to be big sacrifices or smaller sacrifices, we then connected this to Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice, his death and crucifixion. The children then recorded such deep, thoughtful responses to some critical questions regarding whether sacrifice is important in the life of a Christian. It was a pleasure to be a part of such a fruitful discussion!

Other highlights have included our Kinball sessions (which the children absolutely love), our exploration of Greek myths and a chance to compare the circulatory system of a human with that of other animals in Science. Another highlight came during our Music session on Thursday where the children had the chance to try their hands at the ukulele which was a great success and brought an almost Hawaiian theme to our classroom. The children have been working on ‘Riptide’ by Vance Joy. We can’t wait to see their progress in next week’s session!

An excellent week and thank you everyone for all of your hard work and efforts. Have an amazing weekend and see you Monday!    

Spring 1 Week 1

Date: 12th Jan 2018 @ 4:05pm

Just to start by wishing you all a Happy New Year and all the very best for 2018!

It was brilliant to welcome back Year 6 who were recharged and refreshed after an excellent Christmas break and it was great to hear about all of their presents and experiences.

With the start of the new year came the start of our new monthly value: Wisdom. We explored the wisdom of wolves in the way that they set up their “wolfpack”. We loved learning about how selfless the wolves are and how everything that they do is for the good of the pack. Each wolf is responsible for ensuring that the pack remains unified and on the same path. This taught us a lot about being a true leader!

We have also started our PE sessions with Formby Hockey Club who were so impressed with the skills of our Year 6’s as we practised our “keepy uppies” as well as our 1-on-1 dribbling skills. I already can’t wait to see their progress from this first session throughout this term.

Here’s to an amazing 2018 with an amazing class. Have a great weekend everyone!

Autumn 2 Week 8

Date: 20th Dec 2017 @ 3:32pm

Well, it’s finally here…IT’S CHRISTMASSSSSS!

What an incredible term it has been in the Year 6 classroom with so many highlights, achievements and so, so much to be proud of.

This week, although shorter than most, was certainly no exception and our learning certainly had a festive feel to it with a Maths investigation to find the culprit behind a stolen mince pie and some creative writing based on the short film, Alma where the children had to write a sequel that was set on Christmas Eve. Not to mention our Christmas Carol concert in the school hall on Tuesday and a Christmas Party to finish the week on such a high!

This term has been simply excellent with this class of amazing children and we are so proud to be their teachers and to have watched them flourish from the start of the school year.  

Just to take this opportunity also to extend the biggest of thanks for the generous gifts, cards and well wishes that Year 6 staff received this week. They are not expected but are most definitely appreciated and mean an awful lot. Thank you again for your generosity!

All that is left to do now is to wish you all the most amazing Christmas and New Year. Make the most of it, cherish it and I can’t wait to hear all about it when I see you in 2018!

Merry Christmas Year 6!

Autumn 2 Week 7

Date: 14th Dec 2017 @ 9:09pm

What an amazing final school week of 2017 we have had in Year 6! It has been bursting with highlights and, as has so often been the case this term, we really don’t know where to begin!

In our Maths work we have been investigating a rather festive problem and had to apply our Maths detective skills to identify the culprit of some stolen Secret Santa presents. In English, as well as completing our Christmas Eve murder mystery stories, we have also been proof reading some celebrity letters to Father Christmas and checking them for spelling errors. In PE, we have had a Hockey session with Formby Hockey Club and have also taken part in our Speed Stacking ‘House PE Competition’ along with Years 4 and 5. The eventual winners were…Mark! Well done to all for taking part and congratulations to all the children in Mark house!

Another particular highlight was in our Science work where we have been carrying out our circuit investigations to test our various hypotheses. The children had to use a range of circuit equipment and carefully consider how best to carry out the fairest test whilst changing their ‘independent variable’. The children thought scientifically throughout the experiment and recorded their results carefully.

In RE, we have evaluated our Advent unit which we have really enjoyed! Lots of children mentioned that the virtual Advent calendar was their favourite part as they got to use the iPads and then create hyperlinks to their own recorded videos which detailed the religious facts that they had learned about Advent. A great effort from all!

A great way to finish our week was Christmas Jumper Day for ‘Save the Children’ on Friday which we loved participating in and all for a good cause too!

A fantastic and fitting week and we can’t quite believe that there are only THREE days left until school finishes for the Christmas holidays. How time flies! Have a brilliant weekend everyone and see you all Monday!

Autumn 2 Week 6

Date: 8th Dec 2017 @ 4:16pm

As the festive season continues and the big day nears ever closer, the excitement has been building in the Year 6 classroom!

With the start of December, we have commenced our new monthly value which is Compassion. After considering what this value actually means and the words attached to it we next watched a previous Christmas advert which is based around the Christmas truce of 1914. After discussing the plot and the context surrounding this event, we discussed the compassion shown on both sides of the German and English trenches in calling this truce at this special time of year even despite the conditions and heightened emotions that arise during times of war.

In our English work we have been writing stories that are set during the hopeful, expectant time of Christmas Eve. However…all was not as it seemed. Borrowing from our created characters and settings from the Cluedo themed writing last week, Year 6 were tasked with creating a Christmas murder mystery story based in their chosen location within a grand manor house. The suspense that the children were able to build up within their carefully crafted writing was phenomenal and just reading their stories had us on the edge of our seats!

We have also had the opportunity to apply our critical thinking skills as we considered how we would spend a Fairtrade Premium of £1000 (an additional sum of money which goes into a communal fund for workers and farmers to use as they see fit to improve their standards of living). The children demonstrated such big thinking and it was interesting to hear their ideas of how they would exact change upon such villages that might need it most!

Another excellent week in the Year 6 classroom and onto our last full school week of 2017 next Monday. Enjoy a relaxing weekend and wrap up warm!

Autumn 2 Week 5

Date: 30th Nov 2017 @ 10:51pm

What a fantastic week in the Year 6 classroom that was made even more magical as our (many) Christmas decorations appeared to signal the start of Advent!

With the beginning of the festive season (and with it our new monthly value), we also had our final Collective Worship session on November’s monthly value: Justice. The children have learned so, so much about fairness, equality and injustice in the world and have had so many opportunities throughout the month to discuss and explore this on a deeper level. To finish this month on a high we had three of our Year 6 children volunteer to lead a Collective Worship session of their own which was absolutely full of creative ideas as well as their understanding of the value of Justice. This included meaningful prayers, readings and a discussion on what things in the world we believe to be fair or unjust. Well done you three and thank you for leading this session!

Other highlights this week have included our PE session on our new sport focus of ‘Zoneball’. This multidisciplinary sport borrows elements from Football, Basketball and even American Football combined into one exciting, competitive game. The children really enjoyed trying their hand at this novel sport and improving their catching skills as well as their agility, decision making and tactical awareness of space. We’re already looking forward to the next session!

This half term is absolutely racing by and I can’t believe it is December. I ho-ho-hope that you all have a brilliant weekend – you certainly deserve it!        

Autumn 2 Week 4

Date: 24th Nov 2017 @ 4:49pm

As the weeks go by, it gets harder and harder to pick a highlight from so much wonderful learning that has taken place! Nevertheless, we’ll give it a try…

In our Theme work, following our learning about the lengthy journeys of various fruits from fark to fork, we have applied our artistic skills to drawing such fruits with their various textures. By using a mixture of glue and black paint to create the outline of the fruit, this showed an incredible eye for detail from the children as they built up their fruits to look as realistic as possible. Then we used watercolours to add the colour and again used layering and shading to create the desired effect. Very impressive artwork Year 6!

In our Collective Worship work we have taken part in ‘The Big Vote’ which aims to teach children the value of acting together to bring about change. We agreed that the more people who express their concern and take action, the greater the power! Fitting in with our British Value of democracy, we took this opportunity to take part in a vote to discover the issue of greatest concern to the nation’s children, and to take part in a national campaign to make things better. These issues included: Homelessness; Supporting the elderly; Animal Welfare; Regeneration of local area or amenity; Endangered animals; Children's well-being; Cancer; Anti-social behaviour; The Environment and Road Safety. By participating in this vote, we aim to draw attention to the fact that young children have important views about the kind of world they wish to grow up in, and to demonstrate to children the influence they can wield to effect real change and create a better world. Well done Year 6 for making your voices heard!

Yet again, another fantastic week and a well-deserved weekend for you all. Enjoy it and see you Monday!