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Year 6 - Spring 2 - Week 3

Date: 15th Mar 2019 @ 1:03pm

Another busy week in Year 6!

In Collective Worship, we discussed our monthly value of FORGIVENESS. We talked about what it means to apologise and what we are choosing to do when we forgive, emphasising the importance of being able to move forward. This reminded us of our school motto to CHOOSE KIND and how we should be kind to ourselves by not holding onto past events that have since been resolved. Well done to all the children for their thoughtful contributions to the class discussion and for sharing some examples of when they have forgiven others or been forgiven themselves.

In RE, we discussed different critical questions about which title, or name, we felt reflected Jesus the best. We began with the title of ‘the Messiah’: this title is used a lot in the Bible to describe Jesus. It is an important title and we unpicked what we could learn about Him from it. We came up with ideas such as Jesus was a chosen ruler; He was the one true deliverer especially selected by God; He was born to lead and redeem the Jewish people. We discussed how the use of ‘Messiah’ changed to ‘Christ’ once Jesus had been born, and how both continued to be used for subtly different purposes. We used our Thinking Hats to articulate whether we thought ‘Messiah’ was a good title, and whether we thought it was the best title for Jesus with reasons why.

The Big Question this week was ‘Can we learn how to be happy?’ We had a particularly interesting discussion as many of us perceived the questions in different ways. First, we talked about whether you learn an emotion or if it is a natural occurrence; we also questioned if we just learn how to react to emotions instead. Then, we discussed strategies we have learned to become happy if we are feeling sad. Finally, we considered all the ways we promote wellbeing as a school and how we learn to be kind to ourselves and others. We listed these on the board and we were so impressed by all the different ways we try and improve our wellbeing….so much so, we have now decided to apply for the Wellbeing Award for Schools! We think it is time to celebrate all the work we do while also looking to develop further.

This week, we have also celebrated British Science Week. The theme of the week was ‘journeys’ and as a class, we decided to explore the journey of electricity. To begin, we recalled what we already know about electricity using our black thinking hat to recall various facts, as well as one of our thinking maps to record our ideas. Following this, we revised our understanding of electrical circuits by creating different circuits using bulbs, motors and buzzers, changing different variables and analysing the rest in the process. For our main investigation, we were given the task to create our own ‘buzz wire’ game using our knowledge of electricity. We had to think about open and closed circuits and how we could adapt the equipment we had. The children experienced various levels of success, but all seemed to enjoy the investigation regardless!

On Friday, it was Red Nose Day! Unfortunately, due to weather conditions, we have had to postpone our planned activities involving the inflatable obstacle courses until Monday. However, that didn’t stop us celebrating the day through quizzes, word search and other activities! Thank you to all those who brought in donations; if you would still like to make a donation, you can still bring this in on Monday. 

Spellings for next week are as follows:

Listunlucky, unhappy, disliked, untruthful, disappointed, unusually, disappeared, autograph, autobiography, foreign.

As usual, these spellings should also be found in both the spelling book and daily planner.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Year 6 - Spring 2 - Week 2

Date: 7th Mar 2019 @ 2:01pm

What an incredibly busy week it has been in Year 6!

In RE, we have continued to learn about Sikhism. This week, some of the children led a Collective Worship about this religion, linking it with last month’s Christian value of LOVE. The class discussed how Sikhs choose to show love to God's creation, whether that is themselves, other people or the planet. We reflect on our value of love by completing love hearts: one side detailing a time when we have shown love and one when someone else has shown us love. Well done to those children who led this worship!

In our RE lesson, we highlighted the Sikh beliefs that linked with Fairtrade, for example their beliefs in equality for all and respecting God’s creation. We then thought about how Sikhism also promotes courageous advocacy: we used the 'Double Bubble' thinking map to compare and contrast how Sikhism and Christianity follow their beliefs to stand up for what is right.

This week, we have also been celebrating National Careers Week. We have enjoyed discussing careers we would like in the future and have been treated to several visits from parents in our class, who have come in to talk about the jobs they do. It was a fantastic experience for the children to be able to hear about a range of careers and the steps they should be taking now and as they move into secondary school in order to achieve the jobs they want. Thank you to Mr Corbett for his talk on accountancy, Mr Potts for his presentation on design and animation and Mr Davies for telling the children all about a career in architecture. The children left school on Wednesday afternoon feeling very inspired! Furthermore, thank you to Mrs Edmonds for developing the children’s understanding of a career in mental health through her role as clinical psychologist, and Mr Killen for speaking with the class about his job as a barrister. You have all expanded the children’s minds and given them lots to think about!

On Thursday, the whole school celebrated World Book Day and Year 6 did not disappoint with their costumes! The effort made by everyone was fantastic. In the morning, we had Collective Worship with Caroline Collins, who spoke about how The Bible is her favourite book. In class, we took part in several activities throughout the day, including book-themed problem solving in Maths, a Kahoot quiz and a reading session with our Reception buddies.  We also used our thinking hats and thinking maps to compare books that have been made into films, and vice versa. We then answered the critical question: Is it better to read the book or watch the film?

As part of World Book Day and to celebrate International Women’s Day, we used Vashti Harrison’s biographical book, “Little Leaders: Visionary Women Around the World” as our starting point. We selected two historically significant women to learn about: Ada Lovelace (the first computer programmer) and Wangari Maathai (an environmentalist and activist). Wangari Maathai especially inspired the children, as her work for the environment and human rights linked closely to our work on Fairtrade Fortnight. Following on from our 'books to films' theme from the morning, we used iMovie to create short biographical films about one or both of these women. We used our editing skills to make them as inspirational as the real women themselves!

Finally, congratulations to all those Year 6 children who have taken part in Indoor Athletics Competition over the past week. The children did incredibly well to win the Formby contest last Friday and qualify for the Sefton final this past Wednesday. They represented the school incredibly well, showing excellent sportsmanship, determination and resilience. Well done to all those involved – we are so proud of you!

Spellings for next week are as follows:

List illegal, illiterate, replaced, recycled, returned, repositioned, immature, imperfect, impossible, desperate.

As usual, these spellings should also be found in both the spelling book and daily planner.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Year 6 - Spring 2 - Week 1

Date: 28th Feb 2019 @ 5:27pm

A great start to a new half-term!

Our RE unit this week has focused on Sikhism. Year 6 looked at the main beliefs of Sikhism, including the origins of the religion from Guru Nanak in India and the five Ks that Sikhs wear as part of their religion. We learned that ‘Sikh’ means ‘learner’ and ‘Guru’ means ‘teacher’, so Sikhism is a religion dedicated to learning about God. Gurus pass on their titles to other Gurus after death, so we looked at several influential Gurus over the years who have influenced the faith. Sikhism values equality and charity strongly in its followers, and this links in with our work on Fairtrade Fortnight in English. Sikhs want everyone to be treated equally and fairly, with dignity and respect – this is what the Fairtrade Foundation aims to do across the world for farmers.

Aside from our written work around Fairtrade Fortnight in English lessons, we have continued our revision of spelling, punctuation and grammar. This week the children enjoyed the return of The Million Pound Drop. The children put themselves into pairs and worked hard to keep all their ‘money’ while answering some tricky SPaG questions! The children thoroughly enjoyed giving themselves new personas as contestants on the show. Well done to those children who managed to leave with some money still on the table!

In PE, we were very lucky to receive a visit from the ‘Sports for School’ organisation with their special guest, Roy Turnham. Roy is a blind football player and Paralympian, having been part of the Great Britain five-a-side team which finished seventh in the 2012 London Paralympics. The children took part in a sponsored circuit training session, where they were cheered on by their classmates and friends in other year groups. After some recovery time, they were then treated to an assembly led by Roy, who talked to the children about his career so far. It was very inspiring to hear Roy talk about how he has overcome various obstacles in life and how he would put his sporting successes down to effort over natural talent. When discussing his assembly back in class afterwards, it was great to see that this particular part of his speech had resonated with so many of the children. It really supported the ‘growth mindset’ attitude we try and encourage on a daily basis in lessons as well.

Spellings for next week are as follows:

Listsupercar, superfood, superstar, antiseptic, anticlockwise, antisocially, antifreeze, submarine, subheading, rhythm.

As usual, these spellings should also be found in both the spelling book and daily planner.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Year 6 - Spring 1 - Week 6

Date: 14th Feb 2019 @ 2:00pm

What a great week to complete another half-term in Year 6!

This week, we celebrated Climate Coalition Day. We discussed the Creation story and discussed how God wanted us to look after the world we have been given. We talked about how the human race affects climate, both positively and negatively. We then learned more about Climate Coalition Day before creating some heart bunting to be displayed at both St. Peter’s Church and Holy Trinity Church. The children used their sewing skills to create green hearts out of felt, recognising that the colour green represents not only the environment, but also our school value of NURUTRE. In line with our monthly value of LOVE, we reflected throughout the day on how we can show more love towards the environment and what we are going to do differently moving forward.

In PE, our ‘competitive games’ tournament concluded. This half-term, the class has been divided into four teams and they have competed in several games, including: cornerball, dodgeball and ‘extreme speed stacking’. This week, the overall winner of the competition was decided in a game of Kin-Ball. This game required excellent teamwork skills and good strategies to eliminate the other competitors. Well done to the overall winners of the tournament for managing to fend off the competition, as well as all the children for the sportsmanship and enthusiasm they have shown this half-term. Hopefully they have enjoyed experiencing some new games while also developing key skills.

On Friday, we held our first ‘Spelling Bee’ competition! Over the past few weeks, the children have been learning hundreds of spellings at home in anticipation for the contest. The class was divided into two qualifying groups, where they battled it out in a ‘last person standing’ competition. The finalists from each group came together at the end and an overall winner was eventually crowned. Well done to all the children who have been practising these additional spellings at home – regardless of where they finished in the competition today, hopefully it has been a beneficial activity for them to improve their spellings!

Throughout the week, we have also found time to carry out some more practice assessments for Maths and SPaG. The children have worked really hard this half-term across all areas and it is great to see their scores continuing to rise. It has been great to see so many children excited to get their scores back – hopefully they’ll be feeling the same way in May!

Spellings for the first week back are a recap of the past 3 weeks.  

Have a great break everyone!

Year 6 - Spring 1 - Week 5

Date: 7th Feb 2019 @ 2:50pm

A busy week in Year 6! On Monday, our Digital Leaders delivered a presentation to the rest of the class on how to stay safe online. They discussed different games and applications, as well as notifications that may appear regarding  agreements and permissions. As a class, we discussed what these notifications can mean and how we should respond to them. Following on from this presentation, we then discussed specific games and the best ways of staying safe on these games. On Tuesday, as part of Safer Internet Day, we continued our conversation, this time focusing on the implications of sharing media online. The children were very mature throughout these conversations and were able to draw on their own experiences to make thoughtful contributions.

We began our new RE unit this week focused on the question ‘Who Is Jesus?’ We looked at Bible passages that describe Jesus and thought about how various people from within the Bible would have spoken about Jesus, including Mary, Lazarus and a Pharisee. We realized that there was a variety of opinions about Jesus within the Gospels, and we reflected on how this diversity continues to this day. 

We celebrated Chinese New Year on Tuesday afternoon; we marked the occasion by watching clips of parades in cities across the world, listening to traditional Chinese music, and creating our very own fortune tellers to see how much luck will be coming our way over the next year!

In Maths, we have worked on conversion with different units of measurement, as well as various reasoning problems relating to measurement. They used their black thinking hats to think about what mathematical facts they know in order to carry out their conversions. Once again, the children showed plenty of resilience while tackling some tricky concepts – well done! 

Spellings for next week are as follows:

Listserious, precious, various, hideous, dangerous, obvious, vicious, mysterious, disastrous, spontaneous.  

Don’t forget to practise the additional spellings sent home this half term. The Spelling Bee will take place next week!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Year 6 - Spring 1 - Week 4

Date: 1st Feb 2019 @ 3:48pm

A great week in Year 6!

This week in RE, we were very lucky to be joined by Nathan from St Peter’s Church, who came in to discuss the deeper meanings and symbolism found in the Eucharist. He told us about where the word 'Eucharist' came from (a Greek word meaning thanksgiving), and where its other name of Holy Communion came from (another Greek word meaning fellowship, sharing and togetherness.) We learnt about sacraments, and how the Eucharist is an important sacrament in the Church of England. A sacrament is an outward, physical sign of inward, spiritual grace received from God. Nathan explained about the order of service in a Eucharist celebration, and why certain things are done in certain ways inspired by Bible teachings about Jesus. There was a lot more going on than a lot of us had realised and we now have a deeper understanding and appreciation for the symbols found in the Eucharist celebration. Thank you, Nathan!

In Maths, we have continued our work on algebra, working hard to create and solve different equations. We also took some time to look at various problems relating to other areas of the Maths curriculum. To develop our metacognition skills, we initially ranked the difficulty levels of the problems in a Diamond 9 model before comparing and discussing our models with our peers. It was interesting to see the similarities and differences in our choices as we then discussed why we deemed some questions to be more difficult than others. By verbalising what we found easy or difficult initially, it helped us create a strategg for answering the questions in the most effective way and enabled us to solve some of the trickier problems by unpicking the specific areas we thought were difficult.

We continued studying mountains in Theme this week. We followed on from our lesson last week, when we used potatoes and clay to illustrate how maps show land height, by learning about the features of mountains. We put our artistic talents to the test by drawing out a mountain range including all of the features of mountains - which was great preparation for painting our mountain ranges this afternoon in our author books to decorate our free verse poems! After spending so much time writing about and painting snow, the whole of Year 6 would love to see more of the real thing!

Spellings for next week are as follows:

List wear, where, wait, desert, dessert, morning, mourning, steal, steel, allowed.

Don’t forget to practise the additional spellings sent home two weeks ago as well. The Spelling Bee will take place in the last week of this half-term.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Year 6 - Spring 1 - Week 3

Date: 24th Jan 2019 @ 3:01pm

We are already halfway through this half-term - how time flies!

In RE this week, Year 6 engaged in a critical discussion, answering the question, 'Do Christians need to celebrate the Eucharist to be a good Christian?' We used our thinking hats to break down this question and consider it from multiple points of view. White Hat thinkers said that the Eucharist is a good way to remember Jesus at the Last Supper and his sacrifice for us, as well as creating a sense of community and belonging for Christians with a set place for worship. Grey Hat thinkers thought that the Eucharist might not be accessible or engaging for everyone, and that some Christians may prefer to show their faith in more practical ways such as charity work. We used our Green Hat to think about how different people may feel about the Eucharist, for example some people may be more traditional and enjoy the routine whereas others may want to try new things. Finally, we used our Creative Hat to suggest alternatives for Christians who may prefer to not celebrate the Eucharist, such as gathering together for a meal, charity work or having quiet reflection time. Everyone gave thoughtful, detailed and respectful responses to quite a tricky question - well done, Year 6!

This week, we continued our discussions around our monthly value of HUMILITY and the importance of thinking about yourself less and dedicating more time to be kind to others. We talked about when we have seen examples of this on a large scale. As it was Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, we reminded ourselves of the work he did as a courageous advocate and the importance of his ‘I have a dream’ speech. As a class, we discussed our dreams for the world and then turned this into a prayer. This prayer was then read out during a whole-school Collective Worship the next day!

As part of our PSHE curriculum, we discussed the impact our words can have on others, whether intentional or not. We introduced new classmates to the class…two apples named Pablo and Tarquin! The children were asked to say kind words to Pablo and mean words to Tarquin. The children found this task very amusing until they were shown the insides of both apples. While Pablo still looked fresh and juicy, Tarquin had started to rot on the inside. We talked about why this was and the children quickly realized the impact of their words and how somebody may look okay on the outside but feel sad on the inside. We then anonymously shared our insecurities and words, phrases or actions which could hurt us – even if they were said by a close friend in a joking manner. We wrote all these words on the board and discussed them, before agreeing that we would not use any of these words. The children handled this discussion in a very mature manner and made very thoughtful contributions. I am sure they can continue to CHOOSE KIND throughout Year 6, as well as when they progress into secondary school.  

In Maths, we have revisited problems relating to ratio and also learned some new algebraic skills, discovering how to solve sequences and identify the nth term. The children have picked this up very quickly and should be very proud of themselves – well done!

Spellings for next week are as follows:

Listthere, their, cereal, serial, past, passed, devised, device, guessed, guest. 

Don’t forget to practise the additional spellings sent home last week as well. The Spelling Bee will take place in the last week of this half-term.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Year 6 - Spring 1 - Week 2

Date: 17th Jan 2019 @ 2:06pm

We are having a great start to 2019!

In RE, we paused our Eucharist unit to have a lesson about Christian concepts and how they fit into the long-term view of the Bible. In groups, we began with eight picture cards and tried to guess what they meant. All of the guesses, whether ‘correct’ or not, were articulated well with clear reasoning to back up ideas – well done everyone! Once we had discussed what we thought they were, each group received the eight matching concepts to pair up with the pictures. We tackled really difficult concepts like Incarnation and Salvation and managed to combine the concepts with the pictures. Finally, we placed them all within a time-frame across the Bible, beginning with God and Creation, and ending with the Kingdom of God. The children all enjoyed stepping back to look at the Bigger Picture in this lesson, and using our Yellow Metacognition Thinking Hats to see where all of our thinking about God and Jesus has come from.

Our English work has taken up a large portion of the week and it safe to say that we have many potential authors in Year 6! Last week, we analysed John Lewis’ ‘Man on the Moon’ television advert, discussing the symbolism in particular scenes and how film makers use different strategies and techniques to make the viewers feel different emotions. This week, we began writing our film narrative, telling the story that is seen in the John Lewis advert. The children have worked extremely hard, focusing on their handwriting, punctuation and vocabulary. The finished pieces are excellent and the children should be very excited for their parents to read them next half term!

In PE, we have started our half-term of competitive games! The children have been divided into four teams - coming up with their own team name and theme music – and will be competing in a series of contests over the following weeks, including dodgeball, corner ball and ‘extreme’ speed-stacking. This week, the four teams battled it out in ‘Hoop Hop Showdown’, a game that combines jumping with Rock-Paper-Scissors. The children enjoyed it and are now looking forward to their next event. Hopefully this half-term, they will encounter some new experiences and discover different sporting games they like, all while developing their teamwork skills!

Spellings for next week are a recap of the last 3 lists. Also, please see the note in planners about additional spellings that have come home this week for our class 'Spelling Bee' taking place at the end of half-term. There is no expectation to learn all these spellings, but please try your best! There will be prizes given for effort and achievement!

The children have brought home letters this week regarding Parent Interviews. Please complete the reply slips and return as soon as possible to receive the meeting time you would like.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Year 6 - Spring 1 - Week 1

Date: 11th Jan 2019 @ 7:47am

It has been a very busy first week back in school!

In RE, we started our new unit about the Eucharist and why Christians celebrate it. The Eucharist is based on the Last Supper when Jesus shared bread and wine with his disciples, and by re-enacting it we remember Jesus and His sacrifice for us. We compared a Eucharistic Prayer, which is said regularly in Eucharistic services in Church, to 3 accounts of the Last Supper in the Bible to see how they are similar to each other. We also thought about how other Christian denominations have interpreted the Eucharist, for example Catholics. On Wednesday, we were then invited to attend a Eucharist service at St. Peter’s Church. The children participated throughout the service and were excellent role models for the school…as noted by members of the community who were also present at the service!

Following on from our whole-school Collective Worship led by Nathan on Wednesday morning, we continued to discuss our monthly value of HUMILITY in class. We talked about the importance of not taking yourself too seriously and worrying about what others may think. We linked this to stereotyping and how we should be proud of who we are and should do what makes us happy, regardless of whether or not it is perceived as ‘cool’ by our peers. We then made some confessions about things we like or dislike which may not be seen as a popular choice by others. The class applauded each other’s statements and acknowledged they wouldn’t tease anybody for being different.

We have continued to develop our thinking skills this week, examining the purpose of the brain and learning what all the different areas in the brain are responsible for. Using a Brace Thinking Map, we plotted out which areas controlled what. This led to an extremely interesting discussion linked to our science topic, about how to keep the brain healthy and the impact of drugs and alcohol on our brains and bodies. We also watched a video about how new connections between neurons are created in our brains whenever we learn something new. When we first learn something, it is like trying to cross a ravine for the first time with a rope, but as we go over and over the new skill, the neural pathway strengthens into a bridge that can be passed over with ease. We linked this to Growth Mindset – sometimes things can be hard when we first learn them, but when we practise them they just get easier and easier!

In Maths, the children were given the challenge to imagine they were planning a trip to Ocean Plaza in Southport. They were presented with Nando’s menus and asked to select different food items for themselves and others, using discount vouchers when necessary. The children also had to organise a cinema trip to Vue while at Ocean Plaza, working out the costs of this, as well as the timings. The children enjoyed the challenge and were able to consolidate their understanding of percentages and decimals.

Overall, a very busy week!

Please remember that swimming sessions have now finished; as have our brass lessons until summer term. PE lessons will now take place on a Monday afternoon with Formby Hockey Club and on a Wednesday afternoon with Mr King.  

Spellings for next week are as follows:

List ceiling, receive, perceived, receipt, conceited, friends, achieve, soldier, convenience, mischievously.  

Have a great weekend everyone!

Year 6 - Autumn 2 - Week 8

Date: 19th Dec 2018 @ 12:26pm

What a term it has been in Year 6!

The children have had a fantastic first term - it is difficult to believe we are now one third of the way through the academic year! The children have continued to come into school with great positivity and enthusiasm every day, working hard and having fun across the curriculum. It has been fantastic to watch them all grow over the term and make such fantastic progress in such a short space of time. Well done Year 6, you have definitely earned your successes!

Before breaking up for Christmas, we discussed some of our highlights this term...there were a lot! We recalled:

  • Our excellent work around R J Palacio's novel, Wonder, and our CHOOSE KIND school motto.
  • All the activities we have done with our Reception buddies, including making marshmallow friends, creating an iPad game for them and performing together for the parents in Reception.
  • Coming 2nd in the National Sumdog Contest!
  • Winning the Sefton Sumdog Contest!
  • Winning the Formby High School Maths Maze!
  • Making gingerbread houses with our Year 5 buddies.
  • Our World War 2 trip to Tatton Park.
  • Using various iOs applications in different lessons, including SeeSaw, Showbie and ThingLink.
  • Creating our own ‘book review’ vlogs and posting them on SeeSaw to inspire others in our class.
  • Visits from authors and historians, such as Joseph Delaney and Nick Philpott.
  • Participating once again in our Celebration of Kindness Week, starring in a video and carrying out our Art Attack! project.
  • Visiting Formby High School to watch the Year 7 pantomime.
  • Taking part in national events such as Readathon, International Day for Persons with Disabilities and Hour of Code.
  • Creating our own author books to showcase all our fantastic writing.
  • Persevering with our assessments, achieving great success…particularly in Maths!
  • Singing hymns at St Joseph’s Care Home.
  • Working with Formby High School in PE, participating in many different sports and activities.

We hope the children have enjoyed Year 6 as much as we have so far! Thank you to all the children, parents and staff who have made it so memorable.

See you all in 2019!

Year 6 - Autumn 2 - Week 7

Date: 14th Dec 2018 @ 2:49pm

What an excellent way to end our final full week of school for 2018!

The festive season has well and truly embraced Year 6! On Monday, the children visited St Joseph’s Care Home to help deliver a Christmas service to its residents and friends. The children sang several hymns and were excellent role models for the school…as always! In the latter half of the week, the children also carried out their DT project, designing and creating their own gingerbread houses. The children loved this project, especially working with their Year 5 buddies!

On Monday, we also celebrated Human Rights Day by watching several videos linked to human rights and sharing our opinions during a whole-class discussion on what it means to have rights. The children were very reflective and willing to share their views on a range of issues linked to equality, discussing whether or not children have the same rights as adults, if women have the same rights as men, and if everyone in the world has the same human rights. On one of our thinking maps, we then defined what a happy, healthy, successful child needs and decided on the mental, physical, spiritual and character qualities they would want this ideal child to have as an adult.

Finally, the children have also sat some Maths assessments this week as part of their SATs preparations. Hopefully all the children have been keen to share their successes at home, but it needs to be said that they have all done exceptionally well! Everyone’s scores have improved significantly since September and I could not be prouder. Well done, all your hard work this term has paid off!

Swimming sessions have now finished for the academic year. The final brass lesson of this term will take place next Tuesday as well, before a break until the summer term.

Spellings for January are as follows:

List re-enter, referee, co-ordinator, observant, expectancy, tolerant, confident, frequent, decency, independent.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Year 6 - Autumn 2 - Week 6

Date: 7th Dec 2018 @ 11:44am

A very successful week in Year 6!

In Collective Worship, some of our pupils led a very thought-provoking discussion about last month’s value of PEACE, linking it with Buddhism. They discussed Buddhist traditions and practices, providing the rest of the class with an insight into one of the world's largest religions. The session then concluded with some meditation exercises and art work linked to peace. 

In Maths, the children have been working incredibly hard. Having made such excellent progress in their fraction work, they have moved onto solving various problems involving ratio and algebra this week! The children were particularly excited to learn algebra and find out how to balance equations for the first time. Outside of our usual lessons, we also participated in the Sefton Sumdog Contest. A couple of months ago, Year 6 managed to come 2nd in the national contest out of thousands of schools. This week, they competed against local schools and our own UKS2 classes, answering another set of 1000 questions each. After a closely fought battle…Year 6 won! What a fantastic achievement! The children were overjoyed on Friday as they received their certificate and prizes, including a six-month free subscription to extend the 3-month subscription they had previously won from the last contest. The children can now enjoy all the Maths activities on Sumdog for the rest of their time at Trinity St Peter’s! Well done!

This week, we also raised awareness for International Day for Persons with Disabilities. The Young Leaders from Formby High School led an excellent PE session with our Year 6 class, creating a carousel of activities that would cater for children with particular disabilities. We discussed equality and diversity, as well as the importance of inclusion. Thank you to the Young Leaders for organising the session.

The children also participated in an 'Hour of Code', an event designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. On Tuesday, our Digital Leaders led the session as the children followed different algorithms to perform Harry Potter related tasks, including floating wands and flying cars! 

Next week is the final swimming session for the year; their survival training has finished, so they will not need to bring any additional clothing.  The final brass lesson for this term will also take place.

Spellings for next week are as follows:

List according, determined, equipment, equipped, especially, frequently, immediately, unnecessary, sincerely, inconvenience.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Year 6 - Autumn 2 - Week 5

Date: 29th Nov 2018 @ 2:55pm

A very busy week in Year 6!

In RE this week, Year 6 thought about Mary and her role in Advent and Christmas. As the mother of Jesus, she was crucial for God's plan to give his son Jesus to the world. Mary trusted in God, and was willing to give herself to God completely when the Angel Gabriel delivered the Good News to her that she would soon have a baby. We thought about the qualities Mary showed, and about how we could follow her example ourselves in the run up to Christmas and during the wait for Jesus' birth. 

Tuesday was a particularly exciting day as it was the school trip to Tatton Park. The children were transported back to the 1930s where they were informed that the farm site they were being evacuated to had only offered to take in 5 children during the war. Throughout the day, the children participated in a range of activities while learning about different aspects of life for an evacuee on a farm. Despite the cold temperatures and rainfall towards the end of the day, the children thoroughly enjoyed their unique learning experience and were excellent role models for the school. Well done!

Another exciting aspect of our week was a visit from Nick Philpott, a member of the churchyard team at St Peter’s Church.  Nick had come across the gravestone of a man named Christopher John D’Aeth, which stated that he died aged 21 years on Akpatok Island, Baffin Strait on 15th September 1931. We visited this grave prior to Nick’s visit and discussed why Nick may have been interested in this gravestone, making reference to such things as Christopher’s age and location of death. The children were fascinated by Nick’s talk later that day as he told them about Chris’ life and how he had ended up on an island in Canada. The children asked some excellent questions at the end of the talk, which clearly demonstrated their interest in this story. Thank you to Nick for taking the time to come in and share his findings with both Year 6 and Year 5.

Hopefully, the children will be coming home for the weekend feeling very excited. Having finished second in the whole country in the National Sumdog Contest last month, they have now been entered into the Sefton Sumdog Contest which started on Friday. They face tough competition from other local schools, as well as other classes in Trinity St Peter’s! There has already been some fighting talk with Year 5, who won both contests last year. Year 6 will have to work very hard this week to ensure they answer all 1000 questions accurately before Thursday.

Brass lessons will resume on Tuesday morning and the penultimate swimming lesson will take place on Wednesday. The children will be practising their survival skills again, so please remember to bring in pyjamas or old clothes.

Spellings are a recap of the previous 3 weeks. As always, these spellings should be found in the children’s spelling books and daily planners.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Year 6 - Autumn 2 - Week 4

Date: 23rd Nov 2018 @ 2:29pm

What a week it has been in Year 6!

Our RE focus this week in Year 6 was the prophets of our faith. Many prophets foretold the coming of Jesus throughout the Old Testament, and Jesus fulfilled these prophecies both through his birth and his life. We focused especially on the prophet Isaiah and how Jesus not only fulfilled his prophecies, but also quoted them, to show he was the true Son of God. Remembering these prophecies during Advent shows us just how important and long-awaited Jesus’ coming was.

As part of our Theme and English learning this week, Year 6 learnt more about our Thinking Hats and employed them when tackling the statement, “The Blitz during WW2 was bad.” This will be very useful in our English work next week when we will be reporting on the Blitz in Liverpool during the Second World War. We used our Black Hat to gather the facts and knowledge about the Blitz, and to comprehend what happened. We used our familiar White and Grey Hats to gather the advantages and disadvantages of the Blitz (for example it was a disadvantage that so many people were hurt or displaced, but an advantage that it created a sense of teamwork and resilience to pull together in a difficult time). We also introduced the Green Hat which is the hat of empathy and emotions; we linked this with our value of Nurture. We imagined ourselves as survivors of the Blitz, and articulated what our feelings would be. We used our Yellow Hat as our frame of reference, to see where our thinking had come from and how we know what we know. The Yellow Hat is our metacognition hat, which helps us to develop our critical thinking skills by thinking about our thinking. Year 6 did a brilliant job of unpicking the original statement, whilst exploring multiple points of view along the way. Well done Year 6!

In other areas of our curriculum, we raised awareness for Road Safety Week. On Wednesday, the children came in to school wearing either stripes or bright colours. Our Year 6 STAR Committee members then led a short presentation on how to be ‘bike smart’ and how to stay safe while riding a bike. Well done to all the children for their contributions during this lesson on how to stay safe. In Maths, the children have worked extremely hard to master all sorts of calculations involving fractions; they have made excellent progress in their area and should feel very proud of themselves this weekend.

There will be no brass lesson next week as Year 6 will be on a school trip at Tatton Park. Please remember a packed lunch and bottled water in a clearly labelled disposable bag. The children will return to school at a later time of 3.30pm on Tuesday. For further information, please see the ‘Letters’ section of the website.

Spellings next week are as follows:

List  - cemetery, excellent, criticise, convenience, existence, hindrance, necessary, prejudice, sacrifice, sufficient.

As always, these spellings should be found in the children’s spelling books and daily planners.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Year 6 - Autumn 2 - Week 3

Date: 16th Nov 2018 @ 3:40pm

There have been plenty of opportunities to celebrate kindness this week!

Following the launch of this year’s ‘Celebration of Kindness’ music video last week, the Year 6 children visited their buddies in Reception on Monday to start their ‘Art Attack!’ project. Our Year 6 pupils demonstrated our school value of NURUTRE perfectly as they guided their younger friends through the painting project. They kept them entertained throughout and – perhaps most importantly - kept their uniforms clean! The children loved working together on the project and were very excited to welcome all their parents into school on Thursday so that they could see the finished pieces. Year 6 were particularly excited as for many of them, this would be the first time their parents would meet their buddies. It was a lovely exhibition and thank you to all those parents who supported our Celebration of Kindness Week by purchasing the art work.

Celebration of Kindness Week concluded on Friday with a day of Children In Need activities and a final assembly where we performed ‘Wonder’ by Emeli Sande and found out how much money we raised. It was a grand total of…..£936.05! Amazing! The children were particularly happy as they were also able to spend the afternoon in their new ‘Choose Kind’ t-shirts. These t-shirts are a perfect symbol of all the work we have done so far this year linked to our school motto of CHOOSE KIND and we are excited to use these t-shirts again in future projects this year.

In RE this week, Year 6 looked at our first theme of Advent: the role of patriarchs and matriarchs. These are the fore-runners, or first leaders, of our faith. We looked at what we could learn from Abraham, Queen Esther, Moses and Ruth. We realised that although they were very diverse people who were called to serve God in vastly different ways, all of them shared certain values that we can learn from. Each one trusted and obeyed God so they could follow his plan, even if it seemed like it went against common sense. They were also rewarded by God for their faith. This is important for us to remember in the lead up to Christmas so we can reflect on whether we too are following God’s plans for our lives. We also thought critically about how reflecting on the past can affect our futures, linking in with this month of Remembrance and our Theme topic of World War 2. We decided ultimately that even though the past has happened already, reflecting on the past is useful and important. This is because we can learn where we have come from and about our faith and values, we can repeat what has worked in the past, but crucially we can also learn from our mistakes.

In Maths, we have been working hard on adding and subtracting fractions, including mixed numbers and fractions with different denominators. It is very important that the children are confident with this as the method incorporates many skills relating to fractions and takes up a high percentage of the SATs arithmetic paper they will sit later in the academic year.

Swimming sessions will resume as normal next week; brass lessons will also continue on Tuesday.

Spellings next week are as follows:

List - history, increase, magnet, germination, transparent, predator, insulator, solution, reversible, pollination.

As always, these spellings should be found in the children’s spelling books and daily planners.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Year 6 - Autumn 2 - Week 2

Date: 9th Nov 2018 @ 1:37pm

A very busy week in Year 6!

In RE, Year 6 began their new unit called, “How do Christians prepare for Christmas?” We researched what the word Advent means, whether all Christians celebrate Advent and why the colour purple is significant for the Advent season (as a colour of preparation and royalty). The Advent wreath is a well-known symbol of Advent, and traditionally the next candle is lit as each week of Advent begins. The colours are linked to the themes of Advent, which we learnt this week and will be exploring further during future lessons. Each theme is important for us to reflect on as we wait for and prepare for the birth of Jesus!

On Monday, the children took part in the ‘Read For Good’ Readathon. Year 6 children kicked off the reading relay for the whole school by taking their favourite picture books down to Reception and spending some time reading to their buddies. They then had to DEAR (Drop Everything And Read!) at various points throughout the day. There was extra commitment shown by some of the Year 6 pupils, who volunteered to read throughout their lunch times. These children read while eating their lunch and some even managed to read while playing a game of football – very impressive! Well done to all the pupils who took part in this sponsored event, raising money for Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool and other hospitals throughout the UK. Thank you to everyone who sponsored the children!

The children were also treated to a special assembly from Mad Science! this week. They were able to watch a variety of experiments while learning about different topics. The pupils were very enthusiastic and keen to participate throughout! Your child should have received a letter this week about the after-school club.

Hopefully, there were many excited children arriving home on Friday afternoon! All week, the children have been bringing in props and discussing ideas for their part in this year’s Celebration of Kindness music video. This week, the children filmed their part of the video and on Friday afternoon the finished piece was finally shown to the whole school! Please click the link here to watch the video for yourself! It highlights the importance of mental health and reminds us to be kind to ourselves…LAUGH MORE, WORRY LESS! Next week, Year 6 children will be taking part in their 'Art Attack!' activity with their buddies in Reception. Their finished pieces will be available on Thursday afternoon for all parents to come in and see. All pieces may be purchased for £5.

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. Please remember, there is no swimming lesson this week as Year 5 will be using the pool as part of their Celebration of Kindness Week triathlon!

Spellings for next week are as follows:

Listpitch, water, observe, evolution, filtering, nutrients, adaptation, consumer, prediction, conductors.

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

Have a great weekend – we hope you are excited for Celebration of Kindness Week 2018!

Year 6 - Autumn 2 - Week 1

Date: 2nd Nov 2018 @ 1:01pm

What an excellent start to the new half-term!

Perhaps the most exciting news this week was the return of Miss Byrne! She will be in Year 6 this term for additional support, mainly for writing. We are very happy to have her back on the team!

The children have continued to practise and develop their art skills this week, linking their work to our new monthly value of PEACE. Along with the Year 5 children, they have explored the significance of the poppy and how it is a lasting memorial symbol for the fallen on Remembrance Day. The Year 6 children then analysed different pictures and representations of the poppy and worked in groups to each create a small part of something much bigger, producing their own poppies using charcoal and fine-liner pens. The finished pieces were superb and are now being proudly displayed in the Sainsbury’s store in Crosby. Make sure you have a look if you’re passing through the area!

In Maths, the children have been working extremely hard on learning new methods for long multiplication and division. Although each method can be difficult to grasp initially, the children have shown plenty of resilience and optimism in lessons – well done! Make sure you continue to practise these methods at home.

We also started our new Theme topic, “How did World War 2 impact our local area?” We participated in a critical discussion about whether war is good or bad, what sorts of reasons lead to war, and the outcomes of war. We used two ‘Thinking Hats’ to help us research our points for our discussion. Our ‘white’ hat helped us focus on any positives and advantages to our question, so in this case we looked at why war could be seen as necessary or positive to some people, for example if they were being mistreated and needed help. Our ‘grey’ hat helped us focus on any negatives or disadvantages to our question, for example the consequences of war for soldiers and civilians caught in the fighting. We then combined both ‘hats’ to debate about whether war is good or bad (or if it can be either, or both) depending on the circumstances. In this time of Remembrance, we also decided that the overall aim for any war should be to create lasting peace in the long term. Following on from our discussion we created a visual response, combining elements of war and peace into another piece of collaborative art work with a dove in the centre to symbolise working together towards our new monthly value of PEACE.

Filming for Celebration of Kindness Week will commence on Monday afternoon. Please remember to bring in any bright accessories or props that you think could be used in the video. A huge ‘thank you’ to all those Year 6 parents who came in on Friday afternoon to film their part...great enthusiasm was displayed!

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. Swimming lessons are also continuing as normal on Wednesday.

Spellings for next week are a recap of the last three lists. These spellings should also be found in spelling books and daily planners each week.

Have a great weekend!

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