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Year 6: Blog items

Year 6 - Autumn 1 - Week 7

Date: 18th Oct 2018 @ 5:45pm

Another busy week in Year 6!

In Collective Worship, we have continued work on our monthly value of GENEROSITY.  As it was Hate Crime Awareness Week, we recalled the different protected groups we have learned about in previous years. We discussed what ‘love’ is and how it has no labels; it does not discriminate against gender, sexuality, disability, age or race. We linked this back to our monthly value by reminding ourselves to be generous with our time and to use some of it to get to know others more and help us understand our differences.

There was also an abundance of generosity in the air on Wednesday afternoon! Having brought in our money, we visited St Peter’s Church to create our own shoeboxes as part of Operation Christmas Child. The children loved being able to choose what items went into their boxes, thinking carefully about who they wanted to receive their box and what essentials would be needed. We also discussed the generosity of St Peter’s Church and all its volunteers for giving up their time to allow us to do this. It was a wonderful experience for the children, as always!

This week, we also celebrated World Food Day. Prior to the day itself, the children learned about the importance of this day and why we were celebrating it. They were also informed that would be helping to raise money for St. Peter’s school in Uganda, which members of the TSP community visited earlier this year, to support them in becoming more self-sufficient. To raise money, the whole school took part in a Zero Hunger Run. The Year 6 children completed 5 laps of the field, which was approximately one mile, and it was fantastic watching them support each other through this. Thank you to all those who gave in donations and for those family members who came to support the children during this event. It was very much appreciated!

Another very exciting event this week was a visit from Formby High School. The children have learned an original song written by FHS to perform at the Educate Awards in Liverppol; on Friday, they were part of a live recording for the Educate Awards charity single! How fantastic!

Our future Year 6 authors also dazzled this this week by completing their descriptive narrative of the ‘Snack Attack’ video they watched last week. It has been absolutely amazing to see the progress the children have made in just one half-term, from their presentation to vocabulary. They were so impressive with their Maths skills last week and have been as equally as impressive with their writing this week. Keep up the hard work, Year 6!

Brass lessons will continue on the first Tuesday back; please remember to bring any instruments back either on Monday or Tuesday morning in preparation for the next lesson. Swimming lessons will also continue after half term.

Spellings for after half term are as follows:

Listreferred, referral, referee, transferred, reference, preferential, preference, rhyme, soldier, sufficient.

These spellings should also be found in spelling books and daily planners each week.

Have a great half-term everyone – you all thoroughly deserve it!

Year 6 - Autumn 1 - Week 6

Date: 11th Oct 2018 @ 3:59pm

A very exciting week in Year 6!

We have been formidable ‘mathletes’ this week as the children have battled in contests across the country and within Sefton. The National Sumdog Contest began last week and the children were set a target to place in the Top 20. Out of the 1,134 schools that entered across the country (11,238 pupils to be exact!), we managed to finish… 2nd place! This was an incredible achievement, especially for the children’s first Sumdog competition. Although we did manage to hold onto first place for a couple of days, we are still delighted with the final result. We surpassed all expectations and targets – bring on the next contest!

Continuing with their success, the children visited Formby High School to participate in their Maths Maze contest. They were put into groups of 6 or 7 and competed valiantly against groups from Freshfield Primary and Redgate Primary through a series of problem solving activities. It was a closely fought battle, but in the end….we won! What a fantastic achievement for the children. They have worked so hard on their developing their Maths skills this half-term and it is amazing to see them achieve so much this week! Second place in a national contest and first place in a local competition - well done, Year 6! Everyone is extremely proud.

In Collective Worship, we have had several conversations about our monthly value of GENEROSITY. Two of our pupils requested to lead a Collective Worship this week; they read prayers and led on an activity linked to kindness. The girls asked all the children to write their names on a sheet of paper and then pass it around their table for everybody to write something nice about that person. Once the children on their table had done this, the paper was passed onto another table for more children to write kind things. At the end of the activity, the children each received their original sheet back and were able to read all the nice things their peers had said about them. We linked this activity back to our monthly value by reminding ourselves to be generous with our time and use it to make others feel good about themselves.

Following this, we discussed the importance of mental health as part of #HelloYellow and World Mental Health Day. We revised everything we had discussed this month about being generous with others and to ourselves. We were reminded that it is important to be kind to ourselves and what we can do if we are feeling upset or angry. We realized the importance of being able to admit when we are not okay and filmed a video of ourselves stating this, later posting it onto Twitter to help raise awareness.

On Friday afternoon, the children also attended an assembly for their buddies. They read out facts about their buddies, performed a song with them and then were able to sit and have a drink and some cake with the parents of their buddies. All the children involved represented themselves and the school amazingly; Year 6 were perfect role models and should feel very proud of themselves.

The children worked on their survival skills during their swimming session this week. Well done to all the children for remembering their clothes – you showed plenty of grit and determination during the activity! This activity has now been completed so you do not need to bring your extra clothes next week.

Brass lessons will continue on Tuesday; please remember to bring any instruments back either on Monday or Tuesday morning in preparation for the next lesson.

Spellings next week are as follows:

List co-own, re-enter, co-ordinate, co-ordinator, co-operate, amateur, exaggerated, vehicle, yacht, stomach.

These spellings should also be found in spelling books and daily planners each week.

Have a great weekend everyone - you thoroughly deserve the rest!

Year 6 - Autumn 1 - Week 5

Date: 5th Oct 2018 @ 3:31pm

We have now been in Year 6 for over a month!

This week in RE, we were visited by Nathan and his friend, Gordon. Nathan hosted a question and answer session following his talk about pilgrimages with the children. It was really interesting hearing about his experiences and we look forward to researching more about places of pilgrimage next week. Thank you again to Nathan and Gordon for giving us their time this week.

It was also National Poetry Week this week and following on from our study of the book ‘Wonder’, in pairs the children write their own ‘Kindness’ poems. Some examples of these were shared on Twitter page (@Y6TSP) - please do check them out if you haven’t already!

Throughout Year 6, the children have enjoyed using various iOs applications as part of their learning in Maths lessons. This week is a very important week as we have entered the National Maths Contest on Sumdog! The children have been very enthusiastic so far as they work their way through 1000 questions while playing different games against each other. We have set ourselves a challenge to make the Top 20 schools in the country and have agreed that there will be some special prizes for anybody who makes it onto the individual leaderboard. Continuing to answer these 1000 questions will form the Maths homework for this week. Good luck everyone – remember it is about accuracy and not speed! The contest finishes on Thursday evening so you have plenty of time.

We were also able to fit in some time with our buddies on Friday afternoon. The children in Reception will be putting a short assembly for their parents next week and the Year 6 pupils have offered to help them. They will be performing, ‘You’ve Got a Friend In Me’ from the Toy Story movie, as well as sharing facts about their younger buddies. All the children thoroughly enjoyed the rehearsals - hopefully the Reception assembly will be as equally enjoyable, if not more so!

Brass lessons will continue on Tuesday; please remember to bring any instruments back either on Monday or Tuesday morning in preparation for the next lesson.

Spellings next week are as follows:

List – innocent, innocence, decent, decency, confident, confidence, assistant, assistance, independence, shoulder.

These spellings should also be found in spelling books and daily planners each week. Have a great weekend everyone!

Year 6 - Autumn 1 - Week 4

Date: 28th Sep 2018 @ 3:36pm

An action-packed week in Year 6!

As part of our new RE unit ‘Life as a Journey’, the children spent time reflecting on their life journeys so far. They shared the most poignant events in their lives so far from special holidays and times shared with families to the sadder times in their lives which they felt were important to remember. We discussed special times they have shared as part of the church family including christenings, confirmation and weddings.  

We also celebrated the Harvest Festival on Friday by attending St Peter’s Church to sing hymns and donate food. Thank you to everyone who was able to contribute food for the Southport Food Bank. Following on from this, a letter has gone home this week to explain how we plan to raise money for World Food Day in October. Hopefully many members of the TSP community will be involved!

Following on from National Coding Week last week, we visited our buddies to show them the mazes we designed for them on Scratch Junior. Our class were very nurturing as they supported their buddies with the activity. They had also thought carefully about to design their mazes in a way that was accessible to their target audience – well done! As always, the children are very excited to see their buddies again soon.

Voting for our pupil committees took place this week. It was great to see so many children putting themselves forward for various roles, having clearly worked hard on their speeches over the weekend. We recalled our British values and the use of democracy, highlighting why we vote for these groups. The voting was very close and everyone should feel very proud of themselves for running.  Well done to all those children who were elected!

Unfortunately, swimming was cancelled this week due to staff illness. Swimming sessions should resume again from next week.  Brass lessons will also continue on a Tuesday; please remember to bring any instruments back either on Monday or Tuesday morning in preparation for the next lesson.

Spellings next week are a recap of the previous three weeks. All previous spellings should be found in spelling books and daily planners each week.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Year 6 - Autumn 1 - Week 3

Date: 21st Sep 2018 @ 8:14am

Another interesting week in Year 6!

In Collective Worship, we discussed Jeans for Genes Day. We linked it to our class novel, Wonder, and how children can be born with genetic disorders. We found out about what cells and genes are and also watched a video diary from a child who has been diagnosed with brittle bones. We recalled how we should RESPECT all differences and treat everybody equally; this helped us understand why we are raising money and awareness this week.

As it has been National Coding Week, our Computing lessons this week involved following and creating our own algorithms to produce a maze game on the iOs application, Scratch Junior. The children followed a tutorial closely which showed them how to create the maze, different characters and algorithms. The children became increasingly confident using the application and were able to practise their debugging skills when their maze games didn’t initially go to plan! Hopefully, we will find time next week to visit our buddies in Reception to see if they can solve the mazes we created!

We also had some visitors this week! On Wednesday, we were visited by award winning author, Joseph Delaney. On Thursday, we were visited by Stella from the NHS who delivered a presentation on healthy living. She highlighted the importance of diet and physical exercise, linking the latter to endorphins and how this improves your mental state, as well as physical.

Our brass lessons started this week. Most children have asked to take their brass instruments home – hopefully they have been getting in plenty of practice during the evenings! Please remember to bring the instruments back either on Monday or Tuesday morning in preparation for the next lesson.

Spellings next week are as follows:

List - observant, expectancy, hesitant, tolerant, tolerance, relevant, guarantee, harass, recognise, restaurant.

These spellings should also be found in spelling books and daily planners each week.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Year 6 - Autumn 1 - Week 2

Date: 14th Sep 2018 @ 9:59am

What a WONDER-ful week it has been!

In Collective Worship, we discussed our monthly values of RESPECT and DIGNITY. We focused our class discussions this week on ‘respect’ and created a mind map of everything we should show respect towards. We transferred our ideas onto puzzle pieces and put them together to symbolise how the world can fit together through respect.

Following on from the work we do around our British values, the children were treated to an assembly and UKS2 workshop this week with Parliament Education. They were taught all about our UK parliament in Westminster and learned lots of facts about the House of Commons and the House of Lords. It was fantastic to see so many Year 6 pupils participating in the debates and having the confidence to stand up in front of their peers. Well done!

The children have been very active this week! They had their first football lesson with Mr Hunt from Formby High School where they worked on their passing skills and participated in a range of activities…all while our class bear, Bazza, cheered them on from the sidelines! The children also had their first swimming session on Wednesday where they were assessed on each stroke and their ability to tread water. Everybody showed plenty of grit and determination and should feel proud of themselves – well done! Our Wednesday afternoon concluded with a fencer tasting session with Judo Education. Once again, it was great to see so many Year 6 children wanting to participate, despite having just swam several lengths of a pool! Any children wanting to take part in this club should have received a letter this week.

Continuing our work on the novel, Wonder, we have had several Art lessons this week where we have practised and improved our sketching and painting skills. The children have analysed several portraits by Pablo Picasso and discussed how they could be considered ‘unusual’, just as Auggie is considered in our class novel. We then watched the part in the film where Auggie’s mum says, “We all have marks on our face. Our heart is the map that shows us where we’re going, and our face is the map that shows us where we’ve been.” We then each created our own Picasso portrait, dividing it into five sections: four sections were painted in the colours of emotions we felt during particular memories and the fifth section contained a description of one of our most important memories. The finished pieces look amazing and the children should feel a great sense of achievement! They are already being displayed proudly in class. Bazza was so impressed with the children’s work and the kindness they have shown over the past two weeks that he has finally felt confident to remove his helmet! Hopefully, his helmet will remain off for the rest of the school year.

A final reminder that brass lessons will now commence from next week, taking place every Tuesday morning. Those children who wish to continue with their woodwind instruments will have the option to do so on a Monday afternoon. Swimming sessions will continue as normal; please remember tight fitting shots and swimming caps.

Spellings next week are as follows:

List - special, advise, official, crucial, potential, essential, licence, artificial, practice, substantial.

These spellings should also be found in spelling books and daily planners each week.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Year 6 - Autumn 1 - Week 1

Date: 7th Sep 2018 @ 4:02pm

What a fantastic start to Year 6!

In Collective Worship, we discussed our monthly values of DIGNITY and RESPECT. We watched footage from Derek Redmond's 400m race from the 1992 Olympic Games. We discussed how Derek demonstrated our school value of HOPE when he tore his hamstring during the race, as well as how he maintained his dignity throughout the race and how the crowd showed their respect by giving him a standing ovation. We linked this to our year ahead in Year 6 and how we should respond to any setbacks or frustrations we may experience along the way. 

One of the most exciting aspects of this week was the arrival of our new classmate - our very own bear named 'Bazza'! Unfortunately, Bazza has been quite shy and not wanted to remove his spaceman helmet yet. However, the children know that if they follow this year's school motto, CHOOSE KIND, there is a good chance Bazza will feel comfortable enough to take it off. His arrival has linked in perfectly with the quality text which we are currently studying, which is 'Wonder' by R.J.Palacio. We have spent the week reading the novel, watching parts of the film and carrying out activities linked to the different characters and their emotions. In PE, we participated in some team building activities to remind us that we all have different strengths and should value our differences. We have also started our artwork, which will involve us creating our own portraits next week in the style of Picasso and expressing who we are as individuals. 

The children were equally excited this week to meet their buddies in Reception! The children had a fantastic afternoon participating in different games and activties...as well as some dressing up! At times, it was difficult to tell which year group was enjoying it more! Everyone had a great afternoon and it was fantastic to see all the children being so kind and caring towards their younger peers. They truly demonstrated our value of NURTURE and were clearly following our school motto to CHOOSE KIND. The children are already excited to see their buddies again next week!

In preparation for next week, please remember that swimming lessons commence on Wednesday. See the PowerPoint in the first blog for more details on what is required, as well as the letter in the 'Information' section of the website. Any adults who are available to help take the children to and from Formby Pool should contact the school office as soon as possible.

Spellings for next week are as follows:

List - cough, although, brought, thorough, vicious, ambitious, suspicious, delicious, cautious, infectious.

Enjoy your weekend!

Welcome to Year 6

Date: 1st Sep 2018 @ 9:48am

Mr King and Mrs Martin would like to wish you a warm welcome to Year 6! 

During the Autumn term, PE lessons will take place on a Wednesday afternoon (swimming) and Thursday afternoon. Children must have both their indoor and outdoor school PE kits with them for Thursday sessions. Please see the 'Successful Start' PowerPoint for further information on swimming sessions, which will commence on Wednesday 12th September. 

Brass lessons will be each Tuesday morning and will be taught by Mr Asbridge from Sefton Music Service. 

Children are encouraged to bring a snack each day to be eaten at break time. Please remember to provide your child with only a healthy snack - e.g. fruit, vegetables. 

Bottles of water with a sports cap lid are also encouraged so the children can have a drink of water as and when they need it throughout the day.

Please see the PowerPoint below for all additional information to ensure your child has the best start to Year 6.

Thank you

Mr King and Mrs Martin