Year 6: Blog items

Year 6 - Final Blog

Date: 17th Jul 2020 @ 11:18am

What an incredible journey it has been!

We are truly grateful to have been able to reunite over the past two weeks at Formby High School, where we have been able to ensure a smooth transition for our Year 6 pupils and the opportunity to create some final leavers’ memories. The children have continued with their lessons and been able to play their favourite games, while also have daily conversations around any anxieties they may be feeling about the future. They also participated in a socially distanced photo challenge and the images they produced were incredibly creative! Their final (socially distanced) Sports Day was particularly memorable; the children treasured the participation aspect to it this year and had great fun being called up for their final races and cheering each other on as they made the most of the occasion.

Then, from watching old footage from their younger years to ‘end of school’ quizzes and games, it has been so wonderful to take the children on a trip down memory lane. This final week in particular has enabled the children to really reflect on all their wonderful memories of Trinity St. Peter’s. We hope they all thoroughly enjoyed watching their extra special Leavers’ Service this morning and once again were able to recall all the fantastic opportunities they have had while being pupils here. We have absolutely loved teaching them and they will all be missed.

Our final leavers’ celebrations at Trinity St. Peter’s this afternoon marked the end of what has been such an incredible journey for so many. We hope the children have enjoyed receiving all their presents - from both the school and their parents – and have been able to leave Trinity St. Peter’s today feeling proud of all they have achieved. We wish them all the luck at Formby High School and Range High School; we know they will also continue to SHINE in everything they do.

We thank all the parents who have shared their appreciation with us – it really has gone a long way. We hope you all have a wonderful summer.

Take care,

Mr Curragh and Mr King

Picture News Discussion - w/c 13.7.20

Date: 10th Jul 2020 @ 8:27am

This week's dicussion prompt question is: 'Are holidays important?'

Since March 17th, people in the UK were only allowed to travel to other countries if the journey was essential. Anyone who returned to the UK was also required to self-isolate at home for 14 days. A new traffic light system, recently launched, means countries have been given a green, amber or red light depending on the number of coronavirus cases there, allowing people to potentially have a summer holiday this year. All passengers have to wear face coverings on planes and ferries.

 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached, which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource has some children telling us about their holidays (1) and the second resource shares more information about holidays and why we have them (2). Enjoy!

Y6 Working at home w/c 6.07.20

Date: 3rd Jul 2020 @ 10:30am

Hi all!

It was great to see so many of the children on Zoom again this week. We loved hearing their latest news and how excited they are to return to schooling next week at Formby High School. Please ensure you have read all relevant letters are on the school website regarding this, as well as our reopening video on Youtube.

Well done to the children who have now logged in successfully to Google Classroom. It has been great to see the children submitting their work daily and receiving their feedback through this system. Hopefully we have been able to answer all of the children’s queries on Zoom over the last two weeks and via the curriculum account, however if any children still require support, they will be able to ask their Group Leader at Formby High School from Monday onwards.

As we will be back in school next week and the children have now signed up to Google Classroom, this platform will replace the online learning provided on the Year 6 blogs until the end of term. Updates regarding leavers’ celebrations will also be shared on here.

We hope you all have a safe and enjoyable weekend. We look forward to seeing the children on Monday!

Stay safe,

Mr Curragh and Mr King

Picture News Discussion - w/c 6.7.20

Date: 3rd Jul 2020 @ 8:32am

This week's dicussion prompt question is: 'How important are first impressions?'

A red, white and blue paint job on the Prime Minister's plane has recently been revealed. The RAF Voyager is used by the Prime Minister and members of the Royal Family for official visits around the world and was previously coloured grey. An official spokesperson for the government confirmed that the plane received its makeover in Cambridgeshire in the colours of the Union Jack at the cost of £900,000, taken from public funds.

 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached, which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource gives some descriptions of what some children are planning to do. (1) and the second resource shows some examples of people representing others. (2). Enjoy!

Picture News Discussion - w/c 29.6.20

Date: 26th Jun 2020 @ 8:05am

This week's dicussion prompt question is: ''Why do we have statues?'

Following protests campaigning for Black Lives Matter, demonstrators in Bristol pulled down a statue of a former slave trader, Edward Colston, and threw it into the harbour. It is likely that the statue will now be placed in a museum. Many other famous statues have been in question in other parts of the UK, with issues regarding what they represent and if they should be given prominent positions in towns and cities.

 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource shows some different examples of statues (1) and the second resource shares the thoughts of some children regarding who they think deserves a statue and why. (2). Enjoy!

Year 6 - Learning from Home w/c 29.06.20

Date: 25th Jun 2020 @ 5:30pm

Hi all!

It was great to see most children on Zoom earlier this week. We are pleased to see so many have now accessed Google Classroom and joined our Year 6 class. We look forward to trialling this method further for the rest of term.

We are going to hold another session next Tuesday. As per this week, your child should join the meeting at the time according to their forename initial. For example, John Smith would join in the session for the J initial.

Schedule:

Tuesday 9:30 - 9:50am   A-D

Tuesday 10:30 -10.50am   E-J

Tuesday 11:30 -11.50am   L-T

You will receive a text message the day before to confirm a password/hyperlink to join the meeting. You will need to be able to have access to Zoom.

Hopefully, all being well, we look forward to seeing your child next week!

 

Y6 Leavers’ Celebrations:

As per the Year 6 letter this week, the Year 6's 'Virtual Leavers' Service will go live on YouTube on Friday 17th July. We are also hoping to hold an event where all Year 6 children will be invited to come together for an afternoon celebration. More details will follow on this but we are confident that this final day of term will provide a very special send off for the children.

 

Thank you to all those parents who have managed to send in two photographs of their child. Your support in this is really appreciated. If you still haven’t sent in your photographs, please do so ASAP as the deadline was today (Friday 26th June). It would be a shame if certain aspects of our celebrations couldn’t include the whole class. Photographs need to be sent to curriculum@tsp.sefton.school.

We are also continuing to gather some individual responses from the Year 6 pupils via Google Classroom next week. If your child is struggling to submit any work via this platform, please let us know. A Youtube tutorial for submitting work is also on the ‘Stream’.

 

Weekly activities:

Listed below are learning activities set for Year 6 next week.

As always, if your child is accessing another year group’s curriculum (for example: Y3 Maths) then please access the

specific year group class blog, which will provide them with an appropriate Maths task.

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child. Should you wish to complete all the weekly activities, a suggested timetable has been attached to support you.

BBC continue to provide daily lessons and additional resources to further support your child’s learning. If you wish to make use of this extra provision you can access resources here or watch the daily lessons online here.

Please continue to check our Twitter feed and Learning at Home section of our website where we continue to share other useful websites and resources daily.

For your additional information and support, the Government have provided guidance for parents on how to ‘Help Primary School Children continue their education during coronavirus’  and have also indicated use of the Oakland Academy which we can also highly recommend for direct teaching.

Maths: This week, we are revisiting ratio and proportion. Daily lessons on this will be provided here from Monday (Week 10) along with video tutorials to support your child. The activities for this week are attached below along with the answers so that you can check your child’s understanding.

If your child wishes to challenge themselves further this week, they can check out White Rose Maths’ ‘Problem of the Day!’ as well as the additional challenges attached relating to ratio and perimeter. Please refer to the suggested timetable for this week to see the order for attempting these challenges.

Additional tasks may also be set on Google Classrooms using LBQ, which the children are already familiar with.

Please continue to use also SATs Companion and your child’s two Maths CGP books if there are still tasks to be completed.  

English

Reading: This week, the children should complete the reading task,  titled ‘A Stormy Sailing’. The focus of this task is for the children to support their answers with evidence from the text. The resources are attached to this blog.

The Summer Reading Challenge website is well underway! We would love it if any children who have not already signed up would do so. The challenge gives children access to a wide range of books and also gives them a safe space to catch up with peers. Reading is a wonder pastime and is excellent for development- what better way to engage in some extra reading than through this challenge?!

Children can continue to access The Book of Hopes. It is a book created to comfort, encourage and inspire during lockdown and we are sure children will find something they love in it!

As always, David Walliams is still providing free, live reads daily at 11am. You can find out what book he is on, along with lots of great ideas for reading on his website. Wizarding World also continues to provide ‘Harry Potter at Home’ for children to enjoy, along with quizzes and activities after each chapter.

Writing:  We saw some excellent ‘Lockdown Haikus’ submitted via Google Classroom this week – well done to all those who sent their work in! Following on from this, children are to write another poem to submit to the ‘Young Writers Poetry Competition’. We would love if your child would write a second ‘Lockdown Poem’ for this that is not a haiku. The poems are to be written from someone else’s perspective, meaning children will have to think about how others may be feeling and what they might be experiencing. This links well to our value of ‘Nurture’ and previous school motto of CHOOSE KIND. You can find the link to the information here. There will be a submission folder on Google Classroom for children to upload their entries.  

In addition, there is an attached editing task to be completed as well for an extra challenge. The children will have seen these before in school and should be familiar with the concept. All the instructions can be found at the bottom of the activity sheet attached to this blog and will also be available on Google Classroom.

History: A lot changed for women and the roles they played in society, both during and after WW1. The Suffragettes began a movement that was quickly gathering support before the beginning of the war but one of the biggest factors in the change in women’s roles was the war itself. This week, children should go through the PowerPoint provided to learn about the impacts the war had on women and then complete the activity sheets attached using their previous knowledge and that from the PowerPoint.

DT: This is a suggested task as we appreciate not everybody will have resources at home at this time.

Many British dishes have been inspired by traditional foods from other countries around the globe. This week children should have a go at making a dish common in both Britain and Spain and compare them to see what similarities and differences there are. The dish they should prepare is an omelette or tortilla espanola in Spain. As always, we have included some important information on being safe and hygienic in the kitchen.

Science: Going back to the start of Year 6, the children learnt about living things and their habitats. This week, children are going to revise their knowledge by revisiting classification. Children should choose a living thing to research and create a fact file on it. The fact file should include:

  • Each of the 7 classifications of living things: Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus and Species.
  • A description of its habitat.
  • Whether or not it has benefitted from Lockdown and why.

This will encourage children to use the black thinking hat for providing facts and also their critical thinking skills when determining if their chosen ‘living thing’ has benefited from Lockdown. Use this link to help support your child’s understanding. A template for the fact file is attached to this blog, however your child may choose to create their own.

We want to encourage you to have a look at this website and try some of the challenges that are available. The children will have tried some of them in school and will know how fun they are! There are 44 mini experiments to try so why not give some a go?!

The Explorify website and  Pfizer Ltd’s Superbugs: Join the Fight and Science in a Box provide a variety of different resources for any additional activities your child may wish to complete.

Transition: To support your children with transition into secondary school, please ensure you have shared their new school’s Y6 transition webpage with them. Both Range High School and Formby High School have provided various resources and information you can start to look at with your child.

This week, we are continuing to share extracts from Matthew Burton’s book, “Go Big: The Secondary School Survival Guide.”

Ask your child to read the attached pages 56-63, which focus on the following ‘tools for school’: bouncebackability, kindness, effort and enthusiasm. Hopefully when reading about each tool, your child will be able to draw comparisons with our five school values: Serve, Hope, Imagine, Nurture and Enjoy.

Once they have finished, ask them to reflect on what tools they think they’ll need for Year 7. They may agree with the four tools identified by Mr Burton, but they may also have some tools of their own! Ask them to organise their thinking by drawing a Bubble Map (example attached) and jotting down their tools. If they can also explain why they have chosen these tools, that would be even better!

Spanish: Language Angels have extended their provision and have created a designated ‘Home School’ section to their website. This will enable your child to continue their foreign language learning journey whilst they are at home through a range of learning activities. Please see our whole school blog here, which provides both the login details required as well as information required to access the resource. The Language Angels website can be accessed here.

PE: Today sees the conclusion of the Youth Sport Trust 'National School Sport Week'. We hope the children have enjoyed taking part, you can still see all the activities by searching #NSSWtogether and #StayHomeStayActive on Twitter or consulting the timetable in the previous blog.

Joe Wicks continues his 3 days of shining as the nation’s PE teacher!  His online PE lessons are live on a Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. The rest can be accessed through the same link to his YouTube channel.

All of the online lessons provided by AfPE remain available and can all be accessed through this link. These quick and easy activities provide lots of fun and could even lead to some family competitions!

As per the school blog, there are a number of challenges and activities that have been set as part of the 'School Games Active Championships'. This includes how to sign up to TopYa- an app which will allow you to participate in a variety of sporting challenges. Please check the whole school blog and Twitter feed to see how you can be involved.

Computing: In a previous blog, children were asked to write a diary entry on ‘Life in Lockdown. This week, children should follow a similar theme but instead create a Vlog (Video Log) of ‘A Day in Lockdown’. This does not have to be a full video of everything you do in one day but could include some highlights and reflections from your time so far. This is a great way to practise some editing skills and videography while also creating a fun way to remember what it was like in lockdown when it is lifted. This can be done through iMovie and similar apps or simply through recording on a camera/phone/iPad.

Children should continue to make use of the ‘Think U Know’ resource and stay up to date with new content and material. As we know there is an increased amount of time spent online, it is important to stay on top of ‘online safety’. You can find the resources for these activities here.

Music: Weekly singing sessions / resources from 'Out of the Ark’ continue to be available online. Children may also want to access the weekly 'Edsential At Home' resources. Every week they upload an easy to follow, educational and fun downloadable activity sheet, which uses a variety of websites, videos, books and songs to create an interactive and fun learning experience at home. Follow the link to take a look at this week and the previous week's activities. 

David Walliams’ 'Marvellous Musical Podcast' continues to be a hit. Join him for a marvellous musical journey and meet some familiar names along the way – from the 19th-century Franz Liszt, to the famously grumpy Ludwig van Beethoven. There is also a quiz for children to complete after listening – enjoy! 

RE: On Monday 29th June, it is the Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul! First, the children should watch the following videos to tell/remind them of the story of Peter here and the story of Paul here. In line with our school SHINE values, the children should be encouraged to consider how St. Peter and St. Paul inspire and encourage us. As we celebrate this feast day, perhaps the children could write a short reflection, prayer or poem on what we can learn from these two saints in 2020.

The Big Question continues to be uploaded on a Friday morning on our class blog page for you to discuss with your family. Hopefully this is leading to many great conversations and debates- it was a firm favourite in class. St Peter's website also have a weekly Sunday Club page which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family.

The Big Start Assemblies team have provided a package of free online resources to help engage children on the topic of faith from home. The team has made available one complete series of thirteen assemblies (each packed with interactive stories, films and songs). These media-rich resources are ideal to encourage discussion with children around positive Christian values, such as: faith, hope and courage!

Collective Worship: The B Tales will continue to release collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be posted by 10 am every Monday morning.

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. Let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

This website is an excellent additional source which tells you all you need to know about the coronavirus and how we can prevent the further spread of this virus. 

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or wish to share any of their work, please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title ‘FAO Year 6’. This email account will be checked daily from 12 noon and 2 pm each day.

As always, we trust you are continuing to keep well.

Stay safe,

Mr. Curragh and Mr. King

 

Year 6 - Learning from Home w/c 22.06.20

Date: 19th Jun 2020 @ 12:01pm

Hello everyone!

As always, it was lovely to catch up with the children on Zoom this week. It was great to hear how they have been progressing with their online learning and what else they have been doing recently during Lockdown.

We are going to hold another session next Tuesday. As per this week, your child should join the meeting at the time according to their forename initial. For example, John Smith would join in the session for the J initial.

Schedule:

Tuesday 9:30 - 9:50am   A-D

Tuesday 10:30 -10.50am   E-J

Tuesday 11:30 -11.50am   L-T

You will receive a text message the day before to confirm a password/hyperlink to join the meeting. You will need to be able to have access to Zoom.

Hopefully, all being well, we look forward to seeing your child next week!

Google Classroom:

During our Zoom sessions this week, we showed the children our new ‘virtual classroom’. Further information on this can be found in the “Google Classroom Letter” attachment below. Please read this letter as well as the “Google Classroom Acceptable Use Policy” also attached.

Individual login details will be sent via text message on Monday morning if you have read the Acceptable Use Policy and wish for your child to sign up.

If the children experience any difficulties with this on Monday, they can let us know in our Zoom sessions next week.

Y6 Leavers’ Celebrations and Transition:

We are continuously working on our Year 6 leavers’ celebrations and will be sharing further plans with you each week. As mentioned in our previous blog, we would love it if parents could send in two pictures of their child: one portrait photograph of your child smiling and another pulling a ‘silly’ face. The photographs only need to be from the shoulders upwards, however we ask that they are taken in front of a white background.

Please send these photographs to curriculum@tsp.sefton.school before Friday 26th June.

We will also be aiming to gather some individual responses from the Year 6 pupils via Google Classroom next week. If your child will not be using this online platform, we will provide an alternative method for collecting these responses in next week’s blog.

With regards to transition, we will now be including some suggested tasks in the ‘weekly activities’ section below.

Please also refer to the transition pages of your secondary school choices for further support:

 

Weekly activities:

Listed below are learning activities set for Year 6 next week.

As always, if your child is accessing another year group’s curriculum (for example: Y3 Maths) then please access the

specific year group class blog, which will provide them with an appropriate Maths task.

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child. Should you wish to complete all the weekly activities, a suggested timetable has been attached to support you.

To support your child further, the BBC have now expanded their education provision, providing daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here or watch the daily lessons online here.

You may also want to check our Twitter feed and Learning at Home section of our website where we will be sharing other useful websites and resources daily.

For your additional information and support, the Government have provided guidance for parents on how to ‘Help Primary School Children continue their education during coronavirus’  and have also indicated use of the Oakland Academy which we can also highly recommend for direct teaching.

Maths: This week, we are revisiting perimeter, area and volume. Daily lessons on this will be provided here from Monday (Week 9) along with video tutorials to support your child. The activities for this week are attached below along with the answers so that you can check your child’s understanding.

If your child wishes to challenge themselves further this week, they can check out White Rose Maths’ ‘Problem of the Day!’ as well as the additional challenges attached relating to perimeter, area and volume. Please refer to the suggested timetable for this week to see the order for attempting these challenges.

Please also continue to use SATs Companion and your child’s two Maths CGP books to supplement their learning.

English:  We are aware from our Zoom catch-ups that some children are still working through parts of their CGP books for both SPaG and Reading. They should continue to work through these alongside the practice assessments available on SATs Companion.  

Reading: This week, the children should complete the poetry task which is attached to this blog.

The Summer Reading Challenge website is well underway! We would love it if any children who have not already signed up would do so. The challenge gives children access to a wide range of books and also gives them a safe space to catch up with peers. Reading is a wonder pastime and is excellent for development- what better way to engage in some extra reading than through this challenge?!

Children can continue to access The Book of Hopes. It is a book created to comfort, encourage and inspire during lockdown and we are sure children will find something they love in it!

As always, David Walliams is still providing free, live reads daily at 11am. You can find out what book he is on, along with lots of great ideas for reading on his website. Wizarding World also continues to provide ‘Harry Potter at Home’ for children to enjoy, along with quizzes and activities after each chapter.

Writing:  A lot has happened over the last few months that we would never have expected. Lockdown has affected everyone in different ways and has given us a lot of time to reflect on what our ‘normal’ life looks like.

This week, we would like the children to focus on poetry to express their feelings. We would love them to write a Haiku all about Lockdown. Children will have written many Haikus in their time in school and it is often a firm favourite when it comes to poetry styles. We have attached a PowerPoint to refresh their knowledge of Haikus, along with a template to help them write their own. Why not write more than one and see which is your favourite?!

History: Continuing to look at ‘The Changing Role of Women’, we are going to research a particular group of women that helped change the role they had in society. This group of women were known as the ‘Suffragettes’ and they were instrumental in getting more equality for women in the workplace and society. Attached to this blog is a presentation containing information on who they were and what they did; you can also research them further online to expand your knowledge! There is also and attached activity to complete.

DT: This is a suggested task as we appreciate not everybody will have resources at home at this time.

From Scotland…to Wales! This week we have attached the recipe for children to try their hand at making some Welsh rarebit muffins. As always, you can find the instructions here, along with some important information on being safe and hygienic in the kitchen.

Science:   This week, children will be moving away from electricity. As there have been a lot of exciting new space ventures over the last few weeks, we would like the children to revisit some of their Year 5 work and create their own rockets.

In our theme work this year we looked at natural resources and protecting our planet. When creating their rockets, we want children to use recyclable materials and think about how they would power it- they could even make more than one and see which works best! A massive challenge scientists and astronauts have at present is fuelling a rocket with sustainable resources. After children have had some fun experimenting with their rockets, they should complete the activity sheet attached to this blog on renewable energies.

To support this week’s work you can find tips on rocket building here and the clip for the extension question in the activity sheet here.

We know from recent Zoom catchups that some children have been trying out different experiments at home. This is a great way to engage your child in further learning and can be a fun activity for all the family. We want to encourage you to have a look at this website and try some of the 44 challenges that are available!

As always you can find variety of extra resources to spark curiosity and develop thinking skills here, on the Explorify website and  through Pfizer Ltd’s Superbugs: Join the Fight and Science in a Box.

Transition: To support your children with transition into secondary school, please ensure you have shared their new school’s Y6 transition webpage with them. Both Range High School and Formby High School have provided various resources and information you can start to look at with your child.

This week, please share the attached extracts from Matthew Burton’s book, “Go Big: The Secondary School Survival Guide.” You may wish to purchase the complete book for your child, though please bear in mind that some aspects of transition will not have been / be applicable to them this year in the current situation.

Once your child has read the first page, ask them to share their initial feelings about moving onto secondary school. Are they excited or are they nervous? if your child is experiencing any anxiety or worries regarding transition and would like to speak to us, please remember they can send us an email via the curriculum account. We will also be adding an ‘assignment’ on Google Classrooms next week which will allow them to submit any particular worries on there as well.

Next, ask your child to read pages 32 - 35, which focuses on their ‘first day’, as well as first impressions. Some of the children may meet many new people on the first day and may wish to prepare for this. Mr Burton recalls the saying, “You only get one chance to make a first impression.” Last year, the whole school studied the book, Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. Watch this scene where Auggie meets Charlotte, Jack Will and Julian for the first time on a school tour. Key questions for the children to consider: How did they behave? What would be your first impressions of each child and why?

Ask your child what impression they would like to give when they meet a new, fellow Year 7 pupil. They do not need to answer this directly, but could write down at least 3 adjectives they would want the other child to use to describe them by the end of their first day. Then, ask them how they will achieve this. Will they take an interest in something the other child has mentioned? Offer to sit with them at lunch / next class? Again, they do not need to share these ideas but it is important for the children to think carefully about the first impression they would like to make and reflect on the discussions we’ve had this year around kindness and gratitude.

There are many different possibilities the children could consider while doing this activity, applying the same initial question to their first encounter with their new teachers or children in other year groups.

 

Spanish: Language Angels have extended their provision and have created a designated ‘Home School’ section to their website. This will enable your child to continue their foreign language learning journey whilst they are at home through a range of learning activities. Please see our whole school blog here, which provides both the login details required as well as information required to access the resource. The Language Angels website can be accessed here.

PE: Joe Wicks has been a fantastic motivator during Lockdown and we are sure many of you have thoroughly enjoyed his sessions. As of this week he will be taking a well-deserved rest and reducing his workout days. You can now access his online PE lessons on a Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

Tomorrow sees the start of the Youth Sport Trust 'National School Sport Week'. This year, everything will be online - meaning you can get involved from the comfort of your own living room! Attached is a timetable with different challenges to try each day- why not tweet some of your best scores and use the hashtags #NSSWtogether and #StayHomeStayActive

All of the online lessons provided by AfPE remain available and can all be accessed through this link. These quick and easy activities provide lots of fun and could even lead to some family competitions!

As per the school blog, there are a number of challenges and activities that have been set as part of the 'School Games Active Championships'. Please check the whole school blog and Twitter feed to see how you can be involved.

Computing:  Hopefully the children enjoyed making their ‘Stop Frame Animations’ this week. A key skill in creating animations and films, like Wallace and Gromit, is photography. Photography has become a central part of modern art. With many artists creating abstract pictures using images they have taken. This week, children will find an attached activity which will allow them to use pic collage to create their own pieces of art- much like those of David Hockney. We are sure there will be a vast array of unique objects to be found in and around your house or garden for the children to get creative with!

Children should continue to make use of the ‘Think U Know’ resource and stay up to date with new content and material. As we know there is an increased amount of time spent online, it is important to stay on top of ‘online safety’. You can find the resources for these activities here.

Music: World Music Day was officially launched in 1982 and became a major world music event, celebrated in over 120 countries every year. World Music Day is all about the joy of making music. This link will take you to resources to help you participate in Make Music Day on Sunday 21st June. This year’s song is the Morecambe and Wise classic, ‘Bring Me Sunshine’.

Weekly singing sessions / resources from 'Out of the Ark’ continue to be available online. Children may also want to access the weekly 'Edsential At Home' resources. Every week they upload an easy to follow, educational and fun downloadable activity sheet, which uses a variety of websites, videos, books and songs to create an interactive and fun learning experience at home. Follow the link to take a look at this week and the previous week's activities. 

David Walliams’ 'Marvellous Musical Podcast' continues to be a hit. Join him for a marvellous musical journey and meet some familiar names along the way – from the 19th-century Franz Liszt, to the famously grumpy Ludwig van Beethoven. There is also a quiz for children to complete after listening – enjoy! 

RE:  The Big Question continues to be uploaded on a Friday morning on our class blog page for you to discuss with your family. Hopefully this is leading to many great conversations and debates- it was a firm favourite in class. St Peter's website also have a weekly Sunday Club page which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family.

The Big Start Assemblies team have provided a package of free online resources to help engage children on the topic of faith from home. The team has made available one complete series of thirteen assemblies (each packed with interactive stories, films and songs). These media-rich resources are ideal to encourage discussion with children around positive Christian values, such as: faith, hope and courage!

Collective Worship: The B Tales will continue to release collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be posted by 10 am every Monday morning.

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. Let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

This website is an excellent additional source which tells you all you need to know about the coronavirus and how we can prevent the further spread of this virus. 

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or wish to share any of their work, please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title ‘FAO Year 6’. This email account will be checked daily from 12 noon and 2 pm each day.

As always, we trust you are continuing to keep well.

Stay safe,

Mr. Curragh and Mr. King

 

Picture News Discussion - w/c 22.6.20

Date: 19th Jun 2020 @ 8:51am

This week's dicussion prompt question is: 'Should zoos have been allowed to reopen earlier?'

Chester Zoo is the largest zoo in the UK and was closed on 21st March, following lockdown restrictions due to the Covid-19 outbreak. It reopened on 15th June after being closed for 3 months. During the long period it was closed, the owners were concerned that it may not ever have been able to reopen due to the huge lack of income caused by the closure and the huge costs involved in feeding the animals.

 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource shows some of the wild animals you might find if you visited a zoo (1) and the second resource shares why some people think we have zoos. (2). Enjoy!

Picture News Discussion - w/c 15.6.20

Date: 12th Jun 2020 @ 9:18am

This week's discussion prompt question is: 'How should we learn to manage our money?'

A mother from Northumberland recently spent £100 on a second-hand vending machine to provide an opportunity for her children to learn about money after tiring of them arguing over snacks and other items during lockdown. Mother of four, Sarah Balsdon, was getting so fed up with her children's constant arguments that she and her husband, Kyle, came up with the idea to provide them in a limited and controlled way, whilst helping the children learn how to manage money.

 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource shows some different ways that children have received money (1) and the second resource provides even more information about pocket money. (2). Enjoy!

Year 6 - Learning from Home w/c 15.06.20

Date: 10th Jun 2020 @ 6:22pm

Hello everyone!

Hopefully everybody has had another successful week, working hard and finding the positives whilst we are in lockdown.  Next week, we will be hosting more Zoom sessions and these will take place on Tuesday. Hopefully, your child will be able to join us! Once again, we will host 3 meetings to ensure that we can see, hear and talk to one another.

This time, please can we kindly ask that your child joins the meeting at the time according to your child’s forename initial. For example, John Smith would join in the session for the J initial. Pease note that this is different to the previous meetings to allow the children a chance to see and hear from other members of the class.

Schedule:

Tuesday 9:30 - 9:50am   A- D    

Tuesday 10:30 -10.50am   E- J

Tuesday 11:30  -11.50am    L-T

You will receive a text message the day before to confirm a password/hyperlink to join the meeting. You will need to be able to have access to  Zoom.

Hopefully, all being well, we look forward to seeing your child next week!

 

Y6 Leavers’ Celebrations and Transition:

As we are now in our class’ final half-term at Trinity St. Peter’s, we are aware that many of the children will have questions regarding leavers’ celebrations and transition into secondary school. Please rest assured that we are currently considering several possibilities for the children that will be both meaningful and safe and that we will continue to update you on these plans via upcoming blogs. We would also like to hold back on sharing some plans so that they will be a nice surprise for both children and parents! 

We have been liaising with both Formby High School and Range High School during Lockdown as well and will be incorporating transition activities into future tasks this half-term.

To support us in some of our current preparations, we would love it if parents could send in two pictures of their child: one portrait photograph of your child smiling and another pulling a ‘silly’ face. The photographs only need to be from the shoulders upwards, however we ask that they are taken in front of a white background.

Please send these photographs to curriculum@tsp.sefton.school before Friday 26th June.

 

Robinwood:

Unfortunately, Robinwood had to be cancelled this year due to COVID-19 and Lockdown. This was indeed a great shame for both the pupils and staff.  Please note that parents will be fully refunded for this in due course.

 

Weekly activities:

Listed below are learning activities set for Year 6 next week.

As always, if your child is accessing another year group’s curriculum (for example: Y3 Maths) then please access the specific year group class blog, which will provide them with an appropriate Maths task. 

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child. Should you wish to complete all the weekly activities, a suggested timetable has been attached to support you.

To support your child further, the BBC have now expanded their education provision, providing daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here or watch the daily lessons online here.

You may also want to check our Twitter feed and Learning at Home section of our website where we will be sharing other useful websites and resources daily.

For your additional information and support, the Government have provided guidance for parents on how to ‘Help Primary School Children continue their education during coronavirus’  and have also indicated use of the Oakland Academy which we can also highly recommend for direct teaching.

Maths: This week, we are concluding our revision of algebra and also revisiting conversions. Daily lessons on this will be provided here from Monday (Week 8) along with video tutorials to support your child. The activities for this week are attached below along with the answers so that you can check your child’s understanding.

If your child wishes to challenge themselves further this week, they can check out White Rose Maths’ ‘Problem of the Day!’ as well as the additional challenges attached. Please refer to the suggested timetable for this week to see the order for attempting these challenges.

We are aware from our Zoom catch-ups last week that some children are still working through their CGP books, therefore they should continue to work through those. There are still plenty of practice assessments on SATs Companion for the children to access as well.

English:  There are still lots of activities to complete on SATs Companion for both Reading and SPaG. Children should access these to complete daily practice and work through the assessments. The children also have there CGP books to finish off if they have not already done so.

 

Reading: This week, the children should complete the reading comprehension entitled ‘Shark Attack’ attached to this blog.

The Summer Reading Challenge website has launched and children can now be enrolled and commence their challenge! The challenge called 'The Silly Squad' will enable children, aged 4-11 years old, to have regular access to books as well as have a safe space to connect with their peers.

Children can continue to access The Book of Hopes. It is a book created to comfort, encourage and inspire during lockdown and we are sure children will find something they love in it!

As always, David Walliams is still providing free, live reads daily at 11am. You can find out what book he is on, along with lots of great ideas for reading on his website. Wizarding World also continues to provide ‘Harry Potter at Home’ for children to enjoy, along with quizzes and activities after each chapter.

Writing:  Some of you may have seen over the two last weeks that SpaceX launched their first manned rocket, destined for the International Space Station. The spacecraft, Falcon 9, contained two crew members who will spent up to four months in outer space.

Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of SpaceX has made it his mission to send people to Mars. Not only does he want to visit it; he wants people to be able to live there too! Your task this week is to imagine you are one of the first people to travel to Mars. You are writing a letter back to NASA headquarters, telling them all about your journey there and what your first impressions are. Use this website to help you find some information on what it might be like. You can also watch this YouTube clip showing how they launch one of their 'Falcons'.

You may like to share to this quote with your child:

“You want to wake up in the morning and think the future is going to be great - and that’s what being a spacefaring civilization is all about. It’s about believing in the future and thinking that the future will be better than the past. And I can’t think of anything more exciting than going out there and being among the stars.” – Elon Musk

History: Hopefully, the children enjoyed researching further into the life of Rosa Parks and how she might influence today’s society.

Keeping in line with our theme ‘The Changing Role of Women’, children will be comparing the roles of women in Victorian times to a modern-day record breaker. Linking to our SpaceX writing, the children will be reading about Kathy Sullivan. Kathy is a former astronaut recognised as the first American woman to walk in space. She has recently made history again by reaching the deepest point on Earth – you can read about her triumph here.

The task is to read the information on the role of Victorian women and complete the worksheet, both are attached to this blog. Children should then read about Kathy Sullivan, using the above link, and create a ‘character profile’ or ‘fact file’ for her. Children should then use a ‘Bridge Map’ to see if there are any similarities between Kathy Sullivan and a Victorian woman.

Consider the following questions to help prompt thinking:

Aside from technology, what would stop Victorian women from going to space?

How do you think Kathy Sullivan would have challenged the ‘rules’ Victorian women had to follow?

Hopefully, your child will be able to recall some of their Year 4 Victorian knowledge to complete this activity!

 

DT: This is a suggested task as we appreciate not everybody will have resources at home at this time.

Scotland is known for many traditional dishes, plenty of which you would struggle to find outside of the UK. This week as part of our DT we are going to attempt a Scottish delicacy – and it isn’t haggis! Instead, it is the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea: shortbread.  You can find the instructions here, along with some important information on being safe and hygienic in the kitchen.

Science:   Last week, the children should have explored different circuits and component symbols to help them with circuit building. In order to further put into practice what they have learnt, children should complete the attached ‘Circuit Quiz’. Once they have done that, children should then attempt to make their own ‘electricity quiz’. There are lots of ways this could be done: PowerPoint, Kahoot or simply pen and paper! Try and include a range of questions.

As always you can find variety of resources to spark curiosity and develop thinking skills here, on the Explorify website. All of the activities are designed to encourage your children to think like scientists and it is completely free to sign up and enjoy!  

The pharmaceutical company, Pfizer Ltd, have also developed some new educational materials to be used by parents and students at home. Superbugs: Join the Fight and Science in a Box teach children about the spread of infection and medicine."

You can also continue to visit this website where there are 44 challenges for children to try at home.

Spanish: Language Angels have extended their provision and have created a designated ‘Home School’ section to their website. This will enable your child to continue their foreign language learning journey whilst they are at home through a range of learning activities. Please see our whole school blog here, which provides both the login details required as well as information required to access the resource. The Language Angels website can be accessed here.

PE: Joe Wicks has now raised over £500,000 for ‘NHS Charities Together’ – what a fantastic achievement! You can continue to access his online PE lessons to show your support and cheer him and his family on from your own homes.

All of the online lessons provided by AfPE remain available and can all be accessed through this link. These quick and easy activities provide lots of fun and could even lead to some family competitions!

As per the school blog, there are a number of challenges and activities that have been set as part of the 'School Games Active Championships'. Please check the whole school blog and Twitter feed to see how you can be involved.

Computing: We are sure there have been many ‘movie nights’ over the last few weeks, hopefully some successful Year 6 remakes too! This week children can try to create their own movie using a technique called ‘stop motion animation’. This is a simple concept that has brought many great shows to our screens, including Nick Park’s Wallace and Gromit! You can find the activity attached to this blog.

Children should continue to make use of the ‘Think U Know’ resource and stay up to date with new content and material. As we know there is an increased amount of time spent online, it is important to stay on top of ‘online safety’. You can find the resources for these activities here.

Music: Weekly singing sessions / resources from 'Out of the Ark’ continue to be available online. Children may also want to access the weekly 'Edsential At Home' resources. Every week they upload an easy to follow, educational and fun downloadable activity sheet, which uses a variety of websites, videos, books and songs to create an interactive and fun learning experience at home. Follow the link to take a look at this week and the previous week's activities. 

David Walliams’ 'Marvellous Musical Podcast' continues to be a hit. Join him for a marvellous musical journey and meet some familiar names along the way – from the 19th-century Franz Liszt, to the famously grumpy Ludwig van Beethoven. There is also a quiz for children to complete after listening – enjoy! 

RE:  The Big Question continues to be uploaded on a Friday morning on our class blog page for you to discuss with your family. Hopefully this is leading to many great conversations and debates- it was a firm favourite in class. St Peter's website also have a weekly Sunday Club page which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family.

The Big Start Assemblies team have provided a package of free online resources to help engage children on the topic of faith from home. The team has made available one complete series of thirteen assemblies (each packed with interactive stories, films and songs). These media rich resources are ideal to encourage discussion with children around positive Christian values, such as: faith, hope and courage!

Collective Worship: The B Tales will continue to release collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be posted by 10am every Monday morning.

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. Let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

This website is an excellent additional source which tells you all you need to know about the coronavirus and how we can prevent the further spread of this virus. 

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or wish to share any of their work, please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title ‘FAO Year 6’. This email account will be checked daily from 12 noon and 2pm each day.

As always, we trust you are continuing to keep well.

Stay safe,

Mr Curragh and Mr King

 

 

Picture News Discussion - w/c 8.6.20

Date: 6th Jun 2020 @ 12:49pm

This week's discussion prompt question is: 'How important is it to have a routine?'

Since the beginning of the lockdown, many people have had to completely change their  routines in line with the new guidance and new rules. Of course, this has also meant the closure of schools as well as many workplaces and places to visit too. Routine means different things to different people.

 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource is a sorting activity for a daily routine (1) and the second resource shares Arthur’s experience of a day without any routine. (2). Enjoy!

Picture News Additional Resource - 4.6.20

Date: 3rd Jun 2020 @ 6:37pm

The prompt questions for this additional, special discussion resource are: 'What does Black Lives Matter mean?' and 'Is Blackout Tuesday an effective way to raise awareness of racial inequality?' 

 

'Black Lives Matter' and 'Blackout Tuesday' are movements to both raise awareness and educate people about racial inequalities around the world. Racism is something we can all learn about and find out ways that we can support and promote equality for all.

 

On Tuesday 2nd June, millions of people around the world shared a plain black image as part of ‘Blackout Tuesday’, a global event to protest against racial inequality. Organisers behind the movement asked people to: post a picture of a black square on their social media account; mute their account for the day and use the time they would otherwise be on social media to educate themselves on Black Lives Matter.

 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

An additional resource will allow you to read through the experience of American author, Shola Richards. Perhaps consider: What can it teach us about the effects of racism on his daily life? Does any of his experience surprise us? Why do you think he wanted to share his story at this time?

Year 6 - Learning from Home w/c 8.06.20

Date: 3rd Jun 2020 @ 5:13pm

Hello everyone!

It was wonderful to see most of the children via Zoom at the beginning of this week. We enjoyed hearing about everything they have been doing over the last half term. It is great to see so many working hard on our blog activities and also finding time to get outside and stay active through walks, bike rides and even some trampolining!

Listed below are learning activities set for Year 6 next week.

If your child is accessing another year group’s curriculum (for example: Y3 Maths) then please access the specific year group class blog, which will provide them with an appropriate Maths task. 

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child. Should you wish to complete all the weekly activities, a suggested timetable has been attached to support you.

To support your child further, the BBC have now expanded their education provision, providing daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here or watch the daily lessons online here.

You may also want to check our Twitter feed and Learning at Home section of our website where we will be sharing other useful websites and resources daily.

For your additional information and support, the Government have provided guidance for parents on how to ‘Help Primary School Children continue their education during coronavirus’  and have also indicated use of the Oakland Academy which we can also highly recommend for direct teaching.

Maths: The focus for this week will be Algebra again, however the children will now be revising algebraic rules and forming expressions. Daily lessons will be provided here from Monday (Week 7) along with video tutorials to support your child. The activities for this week are attached below along with the answers so that you can check your child’s understanding. If your child wishes to challenge themselves further, they can try the activities below:

- Super Shapes

- Finding the nth term

- Sticking Triangles

- Plenty of Pens

- White Rose Maths’ ‘Problem of the Day!

Please refer to the suggested timetable for this week to see the recommended order for attempting these challenges.

We are aware from our Zoom catch-ups this week that some children are still working through their CGP Maths books, therefore they should continue to work through those.  There are still plenty of practice assessments on SATs Companion for the children to access as well.

English: Many children have been working hard on completing their CGP books - well done to anyone who has! If not, then children should continue to work to get these finished. There are also lots of activities to complete on SATs Companion.

This week from 8th-14th June, there is a special seven-day online 'Dream Big' festival in partnership with Waterstones for families to celebrate the power of imagination and Puffin's 80th birthday. Watch on Puffin Facebook and YouTube channels as each day two events take place. It promises to be great fun and another way of engaging children in the wonderful world of literature, storytelling, reading and illustrating.

Reading: This week, children should complete the reading comprehension entitled ‘The Cave’ attached to this blog.

 The Summer Reading Challenge website has launched and children can now be enrolled and commence their challenge! The challenge called 'The Silly Squad' will enable children, aged 4-11 years old, to have regular access to books as well as have a safe space to connect with their peers.

Children can continue to access The Book of Hopes. It is a book created to comfort, encourage and inspire during lockdown and we are sure children will find something they love in it!

As always, David Walliams is still providing free, live reads daily at 11am. You can find out what book he is on, along with lots of great ideas for reading on his website. Wizarding World also continues to provide ‘Harry Potter at Home’ for children to enjoy, along with quizzes and activities after each chapter.

Writing:  Over the last week, the news and social media has been flooded with images and stories of people standing up to racism. This follows a series of incidents involving members of the black community and police in America. However, racism is not something that is experienced in isolated cases, it is still an issue across the world today – including in the UK. Many of you will have seen, or be aware of, the phrases ‘Blackout Tuesday’ and ‘Black Lives Matter’ from different social media outlets this week. These are messages being shared by people all around the world showing their support in the fight against racism.

Earlier in the year, the children looked at Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s famous ‘I Have A Dream’ speech and recreated their own version as part of Black History Month and Hate Crime Awareness Week. This week, children should write an open letter to their community. This letter should follow in the theme of Dr King’s stand against racism. However, instead of writing about a dream for what can happen in the future, children should write a promise for what they will do now – showing that they stand proudly in the fight against racism. You can find Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s speech attached to this blog to support writing.

History: Children should have spent some time looking at different women and their roles - both now and in the past - creating a ‘Double Bubble’ map to support their comparisons.

This week, children should research the story of Rosa Parks and create a presentation that tells her story. This presentation can be completed using PowerPoint, an iPad or in poster format – whatever the children find easiest to present information on. Linking with the writing task for this week, children should include a section of their presentation about how Rosa Parks might inspire people to stand up to racism if she were alive today. You can find a series of quotes from Rosa Parks attached to this blog which children may find useful in creating their presentations.

DT: This is a suggested task as we appreciate not everybody will have resources at home at this time.

Hopefully, over the last week you were treated to some culinary genius at the hands of your very own in house ‘MasterChef’- although perhaps BBQ was on the menu whilst enjoying the wonderful run of weather! This week we have a challenge for those with a sweet tooth – Eton Mess. You can find the ingredients and method here along with some important information on being safe and hygienic in the kitchen.

Science:  This week, we will be continuing with the topic of ‘Electricity’ – building on our prior knowledge from Year 4 and ‘Christmas Lights’ project.

Children should have spent some time working through BBC Bitesize and re-familiarising themselves with electricity. This week we turn our focus to circuits, how to draw them, symbols and what materials are most effective as conductors and insulators. Attached to this blog you will find a circuit building activity; we appreciate that some may have materials at home to try and build your own circuits, however many will not. Please use this link to find a game where children can experiment with materials in a circuit in order to complete the task. You will also find a ‘circuit symbol word map’ attached to further support learning.

 

As always you can find variety of resources to spark curiosity and develop thinking skills here, on the Explorify website. All of the activities are designed to encourage your children to think like scientists and it is completely free to sign up and enjoy!  

The pharmaceutical company, Pfizer Ltd, have also developed some new educational materials to be used by parents and students at home. Superbugs: Join the Fight and Science in a Box teach children about the spread of infection and medicine."

You can also continue to visit this website where there are 44 challenges for children to try at home.

Spanish: Language Angels have extended their provision and have created a designated ‘Home School’ section to their website. This will enable your child to continue their foreign language learning journey whilst they are at home through a range of learning activities. Please see our whole school blog here, which provides both the login details required as well as information required to access the resource. The Language Angels website can be accessed here.

PE: It was great to hear about all the ways children are keeping themselves fit and active following our Zoom catch-up. We know many of them are missing their sports teams and clubs but Joe Wicks continues to provide us with online PE lessons to make sure we are ready to go as soon as they start back again. They really are great fun for all the family, so much so that Joe’s family are now the stars of the show!

All of the online lessons provided by AfPE remain available and can all be accessed through this link. These quick and easy activities provide lots of fun and could even lead to some family competitions!

As per the school blog, there are a number of challenges and activities that have been set as part of the 'School Games Active Championships'. Please check the whole school blog and Twitter feed to see how you can be involved.

Computing: ‘Think U Know’ have created some great resources for children to keep up to date with online safety. Children should continue to make use of these resource and stay up to date with new content and material as we know there is an increased amount of time spent online while in lockdown. You can find the resources for these activities here.

Music: Weekly singing sessions / resources from 'Out of the Ark’ continue to be available online. Children may also want to access the weekly 'Edsential At Home' resources. Every week they upload an easy to follow, educational and fun downloadable activity sheet, which uses a variety of websites, videos, books and songs to create an interactive and fun learning experience at home. Follow the link to take a look at this week and the previous week's activities. 

David Walliams’ 'Marvellous Musical Podcast' continues to be a hit. Join him for a marvellous musical journey and meet some familiar names along the way – from the 19th-century Franz Liszt, to the famously grumpy Ludwig van Beethoven. There is also a quiz for children to complete after listening – enjoy! 

RE:  The Big Question will be uploaded on a Friday morning on our class blog page for you to discuss with your family. St Peter's website also have a weekly Sunday Club page which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family.

The Big Start Assemblies team have provided a package of free online resources to help engage children on the topic of faith from home. The team has made available one complete series of thirteen assemblies (each packed with interactive stories, films and songs). These media rich resources are ideal to encourage discussion with children around positive Christian values, such as: faith, hope and courage!

Collective Worship: The B Tales will continue to release collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be posted by 10am every Monday morning.

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. Let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

This website is an excellent additional source which tells you all you need to know about the coronavirus and how we can prevent the further spread of this virus. 

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or wish to share any of their work, please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title ‘FAO Year 6’. This email account will be checked daily from 12 noon and 2pm each day.

As always, we trust you are continuing to keep well.

Stay safe,

Mr Curragh and Mr King

 

Picture News Discussion - w/c 1.6.20

Date: 29th May 2020 @ 5:15pm

This week's discussion prompt question is: 'Why do people choose the jobs they do?'

The number of people seeking to start a career in the healthcare sector has risen during the pandemic, official figures reveal. Health leaders said the wish shown by thousands of people to help them to fight illness was “truly humbling”. The NHS Health Careers website has seen a 220% rise in people expressing an interest in becoming a nurse.

 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource is where some people share information about their job (1) and the second resource is where some people explain how they feel about their jobs (2). Enjoy!

Year 6 - Learning from Home w/c 01.06.20

Date: 21st May 2020 @ 4:16pm

Hello everyone!

We hope you have all had a wonderful half term break and continued to stay safe. Hopefully you managed to spend some time relaxing and catching up with family and friends, whether that is in your own homes or online. We are now into our last half term and we have lots of new activities for you to look forward to completing at home this week!

Over the next two weeks, the whole school will be hosting more 'class-catchups' via 'Zoom!' Our class catch-ups will take place on Tuesday. We really hope your child will be able to come along! Once again, we will host 3 meetings to ensure that we can see, hear and talk to one another. Please can we kindly ask that your child joins the meeting at the time according to your child’s surname initial.

Schedule:

Tuesday 9:30 - 9:50am        B-H

Tuesday 10:30 -10.50am     J-Pa

Tuesday 11:30  -11.50am    Pi – W

You will receive a text message on the morning to confirm a password/hyperlink to join the meeting. You will need to be able to have access to  Zoom.

Hopefully, all being well, we look forward to seeing your child next week!

 

Listed below are learning activities set for Year 6 next week.

If your child is accessing another year group’s curriculum (for example: Y3 Maths) then please access the specific year group class blog, which will provide them with an appropriate Maths task. 

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child. Should you wish to complete all the weekly activities, a suggested timetable has been attached to support you.

To support your child further, the BBC have now expanded their education provision, providing daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here or watch the daily lessons online here.

You may also want to check our Twitter feed and Learning at Home section of our website where we will be sharing other useful websites and resources daily.

The Government have also released this guidance for parents and carers on how to 'Help  school children continue their education during coronavirus' to further support you.

Maths: This week, the focus is Fractions, Decimals and Percentages. It is important that the children revisit each of these and are still able to identify their equivalents. Daily lessons are provided here (Week 6) along with video tutorials to support your child. The activities for this week are attached below along with the answers so that you can check your child’s understanding. For further challenges relating to FDP, please click here and here.

The children should continue to work through their CGP Maths Books and SATs Companion if they have still not completed any of these tasks.

Please also see White Rose Maths for their daily ‘Problem of the Day!

English: Children have their CGP books which they should work towards completing if they have not already done so. There are also lots of tasks on SATs Companion in both Reading and SPaG for children to access.

Reading:  This week, children should complete the following reading comprehension on ‘The Selfish Giant’ – one of Oscar Wilde’s most famous short stories! You can find the PDF attached at the end of this blog.

Children may also wish to access The Book of Hopes. This fantastic, free resource has hundreds of short stories, poems and pictures written by some of the best-known authors. It is a book created to comfort, encourage and inspire during lockdown and we are sure children will find something they love in it!

As always, David Walliams is still providing free, live reads daily at 11am. You can find out what book he is on, along with lots of great ideas for reading on his website. Wizarding World also continues to provide ‘Harry Potter at Home’ for children to enjoy, along with quizzes and activities after each chapter.

Despite the closure of public libraries, we are pleased to tell you that this year's Summer Reading Challenge scheme will go ahead virtually. The challenge called 'The Silly Squad' will enable children, aged 4-11 years old, to have regular access to books as well as have a safe space to connect with their peers. The Summer Reading Challenge website launches on Friday 5th June when children can be enrolled and commence their challenge!

Writing:  Thank you to all the children who took the time to write a letter to their buddy during lockdown. Our buddies were delighted, and it was a wonderful way to show kindness and our value of ‘Nurture’ at this time. Children can still send a letter if they have not already done so. Letters should be sent in to the curriculum email address (curriculum@tsp.sefton.school) with the title, ‘FAO: Year 6’. They will then be passed on to the Reception children – remember to sign your name!

Earlier in the year, the children wrote a diary entry as the great Philippe Petit – a French wire-walker. The children enjoyed writing in the style of a diary and produced some wonderful final pieces. This week, children should write their own diary, or journal, detailing what a week in lockdown consists of for them. This should be competed day by day so that each child has a week’s entry. Doing this will allow children to practise their use of informal language and reflect on their days. Much like our ‘Gratitude Journals’ they should seek to find the positives in each day- allowing them to show our value of ‘Hope’ while we all manage lockdown. A video on diary features they should include can be found here.

History: This half term sees us start our new History theme: “The Changing Role of Women.”

Children should begin this topic by choosing two (or more) of the women listed below to complete a fact file on. The children should choose one woman from ‘List A’ and one from ‘List B’. When completing the fact file children should include some general information on who they have chosen and consider the following questions:

-What did they do?

-Why could they be considered a ‘role model’?

-Did they have any challenges to face?

-Was it ‘normal’ for a woman to do what they did?

Children should then compare the two women they have selected and record their similarities and differences. To help with their comparisons we recommend children use a ‘Double Bubble’ map, something they are well accustomed to using in school. These should then be sent to the curriculum email address (curriculum@tsp.sefton.school) with the title, ‘FAO: Year 6’.

List A:  Marie Curie, Emmeline Pankhurst, Rosalind Franklin, Amelia Earhart and Ada Lovelace.

List B: Michelle Obama, Dina Asher-Smith, Alex Scott, Greta Thunberg and JK Rowling.

 

DT: This is a suggested task as we appreciate not everybody will have resources at home at this time.

We are sure that during lockdown there have been many attempts at wonderfully exotic dishes in the kitchen. Knowing how wonderfully talented our Y6 class are, we thought they might enjoy taking ownership of the kitchen for a night and preparing their own meal for the family - a mini ‘Come Dine with Me’ experience! Our next DT topic is ‘British Dishes’, so what better way to start our new ‘MasterChefs’ than with a traditional cottage pie?! You can find a list of ingredients and instructions here, along with some important information in being safe and hygienic in the kitchen.

Science:  This half term, we will be revisiting the topic of ‘Electricity’. We learned about this topic in Year 4 and revisited it briefly back in Autumn term when we carried out our DT project on our light up Christmas trees.

This week, children should access the material on BBC Bitesize to further their understanding. Having done this, they should then think about some everyday tasks and look at the impact electricity has had on how we do those things. Children should use a ‘Double Bubble’ thinking map to show their comparisons. Choose 3 everyday tasks to compare. These could include: cooking, cleaning, washing or communicating with friends; working, travelling to school or anything else that you do each day.

You can also find variety of resources to spark curiosity and develop thinking skills here, on the Explorify website. All of the activities are designed to encourage your children to think like scientists and it is completely free to sign up and enjoy!  

The pharmaceutical company, Pfizer Ltd, have also developed some new educational materials to be used by parents and students at home. Superbugs: Join the Fight and Science in a Box teach children about the spread of infection and medicine."

As always, you can also visit this website where there are 44 challenges for children to try at home.

Spanish: Language Angels have extended their provision and have created a designated ‘Home School’ section to their website. This will enable your child to continue their foreign language learning journey whilst they are at home through a range of learning activities. Please see our whole school blog here, which provides both the login details required as well as information required to access the resource. The Language Angels website can be accessed here.

PE: Will Joe Wicks ever tire himself out? We certainly hope not, although his morning workouts certainly leave you feeling like you’ve worked hard!  Joe - in what is now a family affair - continues to provide us with online PE lessons to keep us healthy and active during lockdown. Special activities such as ‘Spot the Difference’, Spin the Wheel’ and ‘Fancy Dress Fridays’ have become a regular part of Mr Wick’s sessions, ensuring there is fun and activity for all the family!

All of the online lessons provided by AfPE remain available and can all be accessed through this link. These quick and easy activities provide lots of fun and could even lead to some family competitions!

As per the school blog, there are a number of challenges and activities that have been set as part of the 'School Games Active Championships'. Please check the whole school blog and Twitter feed to see how you can be involved.

Computing: We know how much the children enjoy making videos in class, so we thought you might find the attached activity useful. It encourages the children to develop their video making skills and allows them to create a video telling their story of lockdown.

You can also find another mini technology activity for children to try attached to this blog.

In addition to this, ‘Think U Know’ have created some great resources for children to keep up to date with online safety. Currently, we are aware there is an increased amount of time spent online. Staying safe whilst online is incredibly important and something we spend a lot of time looking at when in school. You can find the resources for these activities here.

Music: Weekly singing sessions / resources from 'Out of the Ark’ continue to be available online. Children may also want to access the weekly 'Edsential At Home' resources. Every week they upload an easy to follow, educational and fun downloadable activity sheet, which uses a variety of websites, videos, books and songs to create an interactive and fun learning experience at home. Follow the link to take a look at this week and the previous week's activities. 

David Walliams’ 'Marvellous Musical Podcast' continues to be a hit. Join him for a marvellous musical journey and meet some familiar names along the way – from the 19th-century Franz Liszt, to the famously grumpy Ludwig van Beethoven. There is also a quiz for children to complete after listening – enjoy! 

RE:  The Big Question will be uploaded on a Friday morning on our class blog page for you to discuss with your family. St Peter's website also have a weekly Sunday Club page which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family.

The Big Start Assemblies team have provided a package of free online resources to help engage children on the topic of faith from home. The team has made available one complete series of thirteen assemblies (each packed with interactive stories, films and songs). These media rich resources are ideal to encourage discussion with children around positive Christian values, such as: faith, hope and courage!

Collective Worship: The B Tales will continue to release collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be posted by 10am every Monday morning.

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. Let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

This website is an excellent additonal source which tells you all you need to know about the coronavirus and how we can prevent the further spread of this virus. 

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or to share any learning, please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title, FAO: Year 6. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day.

As always, we trust you are continuing to keep well.

Stay safe,

Mr Curragh and Mr King

 

Year 6 - May Half Term - w.c.25.5.20

Date: 21st May 2020 @ 3:52pm

Hello everyone!

We hope the children have been working hard and enjoying the different tasks that have been set for home learning. Next week is the start of what would be half term and we hope everybody takes some time to have fun, relax and enjoy a bit of a break.

There are still plenty of activities children can do to ensure their home learning continues at this time, children could:

  • Continue to work through the CGP books for Maths, Reading and SPaG.
  • Access websites such as MyMaths, Sumdog, TimesTable Rockstars and SATs Companion. There is an abundance of tasks available for the children to work through!
  • Continue to access the daily Maths lessons by White Rose Maths.
  • Make use of the daily lessons provided by BBC  Bitesize, both resources and online videos can be found by following the links.
  • Enter Luke Temple’s writing competition here if you have not done so already!
  • Keep reading at home. David Walliams’ live reads are continuing here. You can also read along with Harry Potter on Wizarding World where there are activities and quizzes after each chapter!
  • Carry out further independent research into our Geography theme (Coasts) and Science topic (Adaptation, Evolution and Inheritance).
  • Complete any tasks from previous blogs that they may not have had time to try.
  • Access many of the free resources being suggested on our whole school Twitter feed, from KS2 Writing lessons with Frank Cottrell-Boyce to virtual tours of Chester Zoo and Walt Disney Imagineering!
  • Children should keep up with their daily exercise alongside Joe Wicks, as well as making use of the Association of PE resources available on previous blogs.

 

With an increased amount of time being spent online, ‘Think you Know’ have produced some quick 15-minute activities to keep children up to date with online safety. You can access these via this link.

Please also use our Learning at Home page which will direct you to a wealth of resources as well as our Wellbeing page which has ways to support you and your child also at this time.

You will also find attached a document containing lots of suggested activities to enjoy over the break.

We hope everybody has an enjoyable half term break and can spend time with loved ones, whether it is within your household or online!

Stay safe

Mr Curragh and Mr King

 

Year 6 - Learning from Home w/c 18.05.20

Date: 15th May 2020 @ 9:37am

Hi everyone!

We hope you have continued to stay safe over the last week while continuing to be active and creative at home. Last Friday marked the 75th anniversary of VE Day and there were some wonderful images shared across the news and social media of people remembering the end of a trialling time. We hope you were able to celebrate the occasion with those around you!

Listed below are learning activities set for Year 6 next week.

If your child is accessing another year group’s curriculum (for example: Y3 Maths) then please access the specific year group class blog, which will provide them with an appropriate Maths task. 

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child.

To support your child further, the BBC have now expanded their education provision, providing daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here or watch the daily lessons online here.

You may also want to check our Twitter feed and Learning at Home section of our website where we will be sharing other useful websites and resources daily.

Maths: Well done to those children who took part in the National Sumdog Contest this week! We finished 96th out of 5965 classes - quite an achievement! A special 'well done' to the four pupils who managed to answer all of their 1000 questions as well. One of our Y6 pupils finished in 30th place and another finished in 8th out of the 32,860 pupils who played! Absolutely incredible!

Please see White Rose Maths for their daily ‘Problem of the Day!’ Daily lessons are also provided here along with video tutorials to support your child. The activities for next week are attached below along with the answers so that you can check your child’s understanding.

The children should continue to work through their CGP Maths Books. We can still see that lots of tasks and assessments have not been accessed on both MyMaths and SATs Companion, so please remember to refer your child to these in order to give them the best start in Year 7.

English: There are lots of tasks on SATs Companion in both Reading and SPaG for children to complete. Children will also have their CGP books which they should work towards completing if they have not already done so.

Reading:  Following on from the positive news stories the children should have researched and written about this half-term, they should now complete the reading activity based on Captain Tom Moore. The PDF for this can be found attached to this blog.  

As always, David Walliams is still providing free, live reads daily at 11am. You can find out what book he is on, along with lots of great ideas for reading on his website. We thoroughly encourage all children to dive into some extra reading

Wizarding World continues to provide ‘Harry Potter at Home’. Eddie Redmayne recently read chapter three of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’. All the previously read chapters remain available on the website for you to catch up on. There are also some fun challenges and quizzes provided - a great way for the children to practise their comprehension skills!

Writing:  We would love to receive some more letters from the Y6 children for their buddies. We are sure our Reception children would be delighted to receive them! Please refer to last week’s blog for further instructions. This is a good chance for children to practise their letter writing, thinking about their use of language and, of course, their SPaG skills! Letters should be sent in to the curriculum email address (curriculum@tsp.sefton.school) with the title, ‘FAO: Year 6’. They will then be passed on to the Reception children – remember to sign your name!

In addition to this, Luke Temple has created a number of writing competitions for children to enter; with the chance of winning a signed book and an author visit to our school. All details, along with a number of his most popular books, can be found on his website. We would love Y6 to enter and practise their creative writing.

Geography: Last week, the children should have watched this video and tried to come up with a solution to help the family involved. This week, their task is to respond to the following scenario:

‘The National Trust Formby is looking to appoint a new, innovative coast manager. The role will require the successful candidate to ensure Formby’s coast remains a top tourist location, while also protecting the precious and unique environment it is.  To do this, the successful applicant will need to promote all the wonderful things Formby’s coast has to offer. This might include: the sandy beach, walks through the pinewoods and all the stunning views. They will also need to demonstrate good knowledge of how to protect a coastal environment and all the animals and plants that live and grow there. To apply for this role, applicants need to create a PowerPoint about Formby’s coast. They must show that they can promote all the wonderful things it has to offer, as well as stating the rules and measures they would put in place to protect it.’

Have a look at this blog to help with some ideas; you can also visit the National Trust Formby website for further information.

Art: This is a suggested task as we appreciate not everybody will have resources at home at this time.

Knowing how creative our pupils can be, we are sure there have been plenty of attempts at different ‘arts and crafts’ projects during lockdown! If possible, children should create their own coastal/seaside collage, using as many different forms of media as possible. This could include paints, sugar paper, old magazines or some sand/dirt to create a beach. Have a look here for an example of a tidal picture using different media. You can also watch a video on creating a mixed media coastal scene here.  Get creative and have fun!

Science:  Children should have spent some time researching the following questions in relation to evolution: “Do you think mixing different species together to make them stronger works? What evidence can you find to support your answer?”

This week, children should complete this Kahoot quiz to test their knowledge and understanding of all they have done so far!

A variety of resources to spark curiosity and develop thinking skills can be found here, on the Explorify website. All of the activities are designed to encourage your children to think like scientists and it is completely free to sign up and enjoy!  

The pharmaceutical company, Pfizer Ltd, have also developed some new educational materials to be used by parents and students at home. Superbugs: Join the Fight and Science in a Box teach children about the spread of infection and medicine."

As always, you can also visit this website where there are 44 challenges for children to try at home.

Spanish: Children should continue to access Language Angels, where they can access age appropriate interactive games made available for them on to play from home. Pupil login details have been sent home via their planners. 

PE:  Joe Wicks has now been the nations PE teacher for 2 months! His online PE lessons have taken the world by storm and - alongside his family-  he has been helping to keep us active during lockdown. Special activities such as ‘Spot the Difference’, Spin the Wheel’ and ‘Fancy Dress Fridays’ have become a regular part of Mr Wick’s sessions, ensuring there is fun and activity for all the family!

All of the online lessons provided by AfPE remain available and can all be accessed through this link. These quick and easy activities provide lots of fun and could even lead to some family competitions!

As per the school blog, there are a number of challenges and activities that have been set as part of the 'School Games Active Championships'. Please check the whole school blog and Twitter feed to see how you can be involved.

We also still encourage your child to take part in the ‘Run 5, Donate 5, Nominate 5’ challenge to raise money and awareness of for all the wonderful work 'NHS Charities Together' are doing.

Computing: Children can still have a go at recreating their favourite movie, or even create their own blockbuster to enjoy during your next ‘Movie Night’. The resource for this is provided by Knowsley City Council and is attached to this blog.

Your child may also enjoy the mini technology activity attached to help encourage them to use technology in a positive and productive way.  We are aware many children will be experiencing increased screen time at home and you may not know about some of the educational apps and ways you can use technology to support their digital literacy skills.

Music: Weekly singing sessions / resources from 'Out of the Ark’ continue to be available online. Children may also want to access the weekly 'Edsential At Home' resources. Every week they upload an easy to follow, educational and fun downloadable activity sheet, which uses a variety of websites, videos, books and songs to create an interactive and fun learning experience at home. Follow the link to take a look at this week and the previous week's activities. 

David Walliams’ 'Marvellous Musical Podcast' continues to be a hit. Join him for a marvellous musical journey and meet some familiar names along the way – from the 19th-century Franz Liszt, to the famously grumpy Ludwig van Beethoven. There is also a quiz for children to complete after listening – enjoy! 

RE:  The Big Question will be uploaded on a Friday morning on our class blog page for you to discuss with your family. St Peter's website also have a weekly Sunday Club page which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family.

Collective Worship: The B Tales will continue to release collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be posted by 10am every Monday morning.

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. Let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or to share any learning, please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title, FAO: Year 6. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day.

As always, we hope you are continuing to keep well.

Stay safe,

Mr Curragh and Mr King

 

Picture News Discussion - w.c. 18.5.20

Date: 15th May 2020 @ 8:35am

This week's discussion prompt question is: 'If you could live anywhere, where would it be?'

An Italian architect is planning a city of skyscrapers! Luca Curci said that he wanted to build four self-sufficient, interconnected towers with trees, wildlife and farms. His project is called, 'The Link'. He claims that his buildings, for 200,000 people, would be the best way to tackle population growth, pollution and poverty. He says, “We need a sustainable vision, my towers are designed to encourage a sense of community.”

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached which you may wish to take a look at. They will allow you to consider the different types of houses that people live in (1) and also why houses might be designed in a certain way (2). Enjoy!

Picture News Discussion - w.c. 11.5.20

Date: 8th May 2020 @ 2:55pm

This week's discussion prompt question is: 'Who does outer space belong to?'

SpaceX founder, Elon Musk, has a dream of providing the whole world with high speed internet using satellites in the sky. Mr Musk recently announced on Twitter that the firm’s Starlink service will be available to certain locations in six months. The project aims to have the devices form a constellation around the planet from a distance of 200 miles to 700 miles above the surface and transmit data to stations and customers on the ground.

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached which you may wish to take a look at. They give more information about stars (1) and also the 'Outer Space Treaty' (2). Enjoy!

Year 6 - Learning from Home w/c 11.05.20

Date: 6th May 2020 @ 12:59pm

Hello everyone!

We hope you are all continuing to stay safe and well, while also enjoying plenty of blue skies and sunshine! Don’t forget, tomorrow is the 75th anniversary of ‘VE Day’! We are sure there will be plenty of creative celebrations had to mark this special day; from the safety of your own home, pay tribute to the many millions at home and abroad that gave so much. “To those who gave so much, we thank you.”

Listed below are learning activities set for Year 6 next week.

If your child is accessing another year group’s curriculum (for example: Y4 English) then please access the specific year group class blog, which will provide them with an appropriate English task. 

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child.

To support your child further, the BBC have now expanded their education provision, providing daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here or watch the daily lessons online here.

You may also want to check our Twitter feed and Learning at Home section of our website where we will be sharing other useful websites and resources daily.

Maths: The children may notice tomorrow that they have another 1000 questions to answer on Sumdog. This is because the National Sumdog Contest is returning, starting Friday 8th May and finishing on Thursday 14th May. Year 6 have a fantastic record in Sumdog competitions this year, finishing 2nd overall in the previous national competition. We are sure they will all be eager to try and go one better this time round- good luck Y6!

The children should continue to work through their CGP Maths Books. We can still see that lots of tasks and assessments have not been accessed on both MyMaths and SATs Companion, so please remember to refer your child to these in order to give them the best start in Year 7. 

You can check White Rose Maths for their daily ‘Problem of the Day’! Daily lessons and activities are also provided here.

If your child finished last week's additional challenges, well done! There were some tricky problems to solve. This week, we have attached some revision activities linked to algebra as they will be continuing to build on their algebraic skills next year. Please check their understanding using the answers provided. If they have forgotten anything or are still struggling with certain concepts, remember to refer to SATs Companion, BBC Bitesize or White Rose Maths.

English

Reading: The children should continue to make use of their CGP Reading books they have at home. There are also lots of tasks available online on SATs companion which are still to be completed.

David Walliams continues to provide free, live reads daily at 11am. You can find out what book he is on, along with lots of great ideas for reading on his website.

In addition to this, various celebrities are taking turns to read chapters of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ on Wizarding World. Harry Potter himself got us started on Tuesday by reading the first chapter! There are also some fun challenges and quizzes provided - a great way for the children to practise their comprehension skills!

Writing:  We are sure the children will have enjoyed investigating some positive news stories in their writing - Colonel Tom Moore proved to be a firm favourite for the focus!

Luke Temple, a passionate children’s author, has made many of his most popular books available for free on his website. Here, he has also created a number of writing competitions for children to enter; with the chance of winning a signed book and an author visit to our school. We would love Y6 to enter and practise their creative writing. All the details and resources can be found here.

We know it is always a highlight when the children get to see their ‘buddies’ in Reception. With this in mind, we would love for them to write a letter to their buddy. The letter should give them the opportunity to say hello, tell their buddies what they have been doing during lockdown and let them know they are missing them. Letters should be sent in to the curriculum email address (curriculum@tsp.sefton.school) with the title, ‘FAO: Year 6’. They will then be passed on to the Reception children – remember to sign your name!

History / Geography: Children should have been investigating ‘Coastal Erosion’ this past week. The can have a look at this website for a reminder of what it is. They may also have had a go at this fun experiment to help further their understanding. If not, it is a simple one to set up and is worth trying. Think about how one could prevent erosion. Is there any way of slowing or stopping the process completely? Can it be done using natural materials?

This week, the children should watch this video. Using what they have learnt so far, and thinking about the experiment above, can they think of a way to help this family? What would they do if it was their job to save this house? Hint - many environmentalists think trees could be the answer!

Science:  Hopefully everyone had a chance to play ‘The Evolution Game’ in last week’s blog and found it helpful in understanding the process of evolution.

Evolution is a natural process that is meant to ‘improve’ or ‘makes things better’. Sometimes scientists will try and do this by mixing different species of animals together to try and do this. Look back through previous work on adaptation, inheritance and evolution. Do you think mixing different species together to make them stronger works? What evidence can you find to support your answer?

There are lots of other exciting resources for science available online. A variety of resources to spark curiosity and develop thinking skills can be found here, on the Explorify website. All of the activities are designed to encourage your children to think like scientists and it is completely free to sign up and enjoy!  

The pharmaceutical company, Pfizer Ltd, have also developed some new educational materials to be used by parents and students at home. Superbugs: Join the Fight and Science in a Box teach children about the spread of infection and medicine."

As always, you can also visit this website where there are 44 challenges for children to try at home.

Spanish: Children should continue to access Language Angels, where they can access age appropriate interactive games made available for them on to play from home. Pupil login details have been sent home via their planners. 

PE:  We would like to continue to encourage you to take part in the ‘Run 5, Donate 5, Nominate 5’ challenge to raise money and awareness of for all the wonderful work 'NHS Charities Together' are doing. It is a wonderful cause and a great chance to get out for a run or a cycle!

As always, Joe Wicks is still going strong with his morning PE lessons, although now with some help from family members! Despite having had operations on his hand, he is showing excellent commitment and perseverance in providing wonderful morning PE lessons- a national hero!

Hopefully many of you managed to access some of the online lessons provided by AfPE. These videos can all be accessed through this link, and will provide lots of fun, quick and easy activites for you to try.

As per the school blog, there are a number of challenges and activities that have been set as part of the 'School Games Active Championships'. Please check the whole school blog and Twitter feed to see how you can be involved.

Computing: We are sure there have been plenty of ‘Movie Nights’ since lockdown began, so why not have a go at recreating your favourite film on Scratch? Knowsley City Council have provided an excellent resource to help you learn how; you can find it attached to this blog.

Music: As well as accessing the weekly singing sessions / resources from 'Out of the Ark,' you may also want to access the weekly 'Edsential At Home' resources. Every week they upload an easy to follow, educational and fun downloadable activity sheet, which uses a variety of websites, videos, books and songs to create an interactive and fun learning experience at home. Follow the link to take a look at this week and the previous week's activities. 
 

David Walliams has also announced his new 'Marvellous Musical Podcast'. As well as his daily reading, he is also recording a musical podcast each week. Join him for a marvellous musical journey and meet some familiar names along the way – from the 19th-century Franz Liszt, to the famously grumpy Ludwig van Beethoven. If your child wants a further challenge, why not put their knowledge to the test by completing the quiz after they have listened?

 

RE:  The Big Question will be uploaded on a Friday morning on our class blog page for you to discuss with your family. St Peter's website also have a weekly Sunday Club page which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family.

Collective Worship: The B Tales will continue to release collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be posted by 10am every Monday morning.

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. Let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or to share any learning, please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title, FAO: Year 6. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day.

As always, we hope you are continuing to keep well.

Stay safe,

Mr Curragh and Mr King

 

Picture News Discussion - w.c 4.5.20

Date: 1st May 2020 @ 11:13am

This week's discussion prompt question is: 'What makes some toys more popular than others?'

The toy world is in the grip of a llama obsession as the woolly, South American animals have become the new industry sensation! At the American International Toy Fair in New York in February, there were llamas everywhere! Knitted, plush and sequinned; small and large; llamas on mobile phone cases and swimming pool floats; llama diaries, puzzles and even backpacks. Of course, llama toys and accessories might not be for everyone! 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There is an additional resource also attached which might help you consider how toys and gifts change as you get older. Take a look!

Year 6 - Learning from Home w/c 04.05.20

Date: 1st May 2020 @ 10:09am

Hi everyone!

It was great to see you all last Tuesday through our Zoom chat. We enjoyed hearing how creative you have all been with your time during lockdown and seeing some of the wonderful projects you have been working on. Remember that you have lots of time to be able to learn new skills right now, so give something new a try! You might find that you love it!

Next week, it is Victory in Europe Day, more commonly known as VE Day. Help us to celebrate by having a picnic in your garden next Friday. Decorate your house, make a flag…wear red, white and blue! You could take part in the ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’ at 3pm. From the safety of your own home, pay tribute to the many millions at home and abroad that gave so much. “To those who gave so much, we thank you.”

We are also very excited to share another school music video with you this week! We hope you enjoy watching our gratitude video from the staff to thank you, your children and all our incredible key workers. You can find the video here.

Listed below are learning activities set for Year 6 next week.

If your child is accessing another year group’s curriculum (for example: Y4 Maths) then please access the specific year group class blog, which will provide them with an appropriate Maths task. 

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child.

To support your child further, the BBC have now expanded their education provision, providing daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here or watch the daily lessons online here.

You may also want to check our Twitter feed and Learning at Home section of our website where we will be sharing other useful websites and resources daily.

Maths:  As you are all aware, the Sefton Sumdog Contest took place this week. Well done to all those children who participated, especially those who answered their 1000 questions! It was lovely to see the class listed as the 'daily winners' on one day and to have five children in our class make it onto the Top 10 individual leaderboard – great work! Also, a special ‘well done’ to one member of our class who finished first in the whole contest – not for the first time either! We are very proud.

This week, the children should continue to work through their CGP Maths Books - we know from our Zoom chat that these are still keeping you busy! Don't forget about all the activities and assessments set on both MyMaths and SATs Companion too.

If your child finished last week's additional challenges, we have attached further problem-solving activities below! There are new 'Maths Mats' in a similar style to your 4-a-day, as well as some more 'Challenge Cards' to keep your child busy!

Furthermore, you can check White Rose Maths for their ‘Problem of the Day’! Daily lessons and activities are also provided here.

English

Reading: The children should be continuing with their CGP Reading books they have at home. Again, we know these are still keeping you busy and we encourage you to keep up the hard work as you complete them. There are also lots of tasks available on SATs companion which are still to be completed.

David Walliams is also providing free, live reads daily at 11am. This is a great way to spend some time relaxing and engaging in reading - why not find out what book he is on and read along with him?! There are lots of great ideas for reading to be found on his website.

Writing:  Hopefully the news reports the children have been writing will have allowed some time to focus on the positives during this difficult time. Children should continue to work on these if they have not already finished. If the children have completed this task, they might want to try writing a follow up story. Captain Tom Moore, who we used as an example last week, has since been recognised further for his wonderful contribution to the NHS! Find out what happened here. Have there been any further developments in the story you were reporting?

History / Geography: The children should have spent some time investigating different coastlines last week - including Formby’s coast - and identified some of the changes that have occurred over the last 50 years. They should have also tried to highlight some of the challenges they face today. Much of this information can be found on the National Trust website if the children are still unsure about anything they have researched.

Coastal erosion has become an increasing issue. Have a look at this website to find out exactly what it is. Once you have found out what coastal erosion is and how it works, you should try this fun experiment to help further your understanding. Try and adapt / change the experiment to see if you can come up with a way of stopping or slowing coastal erosion. Which materials erode quickest? Are there any materials that can be used to delay the process and act as a barrier? Is there a way to do this without using man-made materials?

Science:  Children should be continuing to look at adaptation and inheritance. Hopefully, they have managed to understand the difference between genetic factors and environmental factors.

The last part of this topic is ‘evolution’. Check out BBC Bitesize to find out about Charles Darwin and what evolution is. Once you have explored the information you should carry out some of your own research and find some modern-day examples of evolution.  Evolution is all about changing and becoming better at living or staying alive. For many species of animals, not evolving could lead to them becoming extinct – like the Dodo!

Play ‘The Evolution Game’ attached at the end of the blog. Answer the questions provided - do you think you could explain evolution to someone who hasn’t heard about it?

As always, you can visit this website where there are 44 challenges for children to try at home.

Spanish: Children should continue to access Language Angels, where they can access age appropriate interactive games made available for them on to play from home. Pupil login details have been sent home via their planners. 

PE:  Last week, we encouraged you to take part in the ‘Run 5, Donate 5, Nominate 5’ challenge to raise money and awareness of for all the wonderful work 'NHS Charities Together' are doing. We want to encourage everyone in Year 6 to give this a go, whether you walk, run or cycle is up to you! If you have not already done so, have a go this week and remember to nominate someone else!

Joe Wicks is still going strong with his morning PE lessons. We hope this is providing a fun start to your day!

In addition to the wonderful PE teaching from Joe Wicks, the Association for PE have produced a series of short, fun and engaging lessons for you to try at home. All of the activities are designed specifically for PE at home and offer lots of creative ways for everyone to stay active during isolation. These videos can all be accessed through this link

RE:  The Big Question will be uploaded on a Friday morning on our class blog page for you to discuss with your family. St Peter's website also have a weekly Sunday Club page which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family.

Collective Worship: The B Tales will continue to release collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be posted by 10am every Monday morning.

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. Let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or to share any learning, please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 6. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day.

As always, we hope you are continuing to keep well.

Stay safe,

Mr Curragh and Mr King

Year 6 - Learning from Home w/c 27.04.20

Date: 23rd Apr 2020 @ 11:31am

Hello everyone!

We hope the children have enjoyed their ‘first week back’ after Easter and have been getting on with lots of learning at home while also enjoying the sunshine. Perhaps Joe Wicks has been leading their PE lessons in the garden?!

Next week, we will be hosting a 'class-catchup' via 'Zoom.' We really hope your child will be able to come along! To make sure that we can see, hear and talk to one another, we will have 3 zoom meetings. Please can we kindly ask that your child joins the meeting at the time according to your child’s surname initial.

Schedule:

Tuesday 10:00 - 10.20am:     B-H

Tuesday 11:00 - 11.20am:      J- Pa

Tuesday 13:00 - 13.20am:     Pi- W

You will receive a text message on Monday confirming a password/hyperlink to join the meeting . You will need to be able to have access to Zoom. If your child is in school on Tuesday and wishes to participate, our staff will set them up on a school computer or laptop. 

Hopefully, all being well, we look forward to seeing your child next week!

 

Listed below are learning activities set for Year 6 next week.

If your child is accessing another year group’s curriculum (for example: Y4 English) then please access the specific year group class blog, which will provide them with an appropriate English task.

 Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child.

 To support your child further, the BBC have now expanded their education provision, providing daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here or watch the daily lessons online by following this link.

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well.

Maths: The Sefton Sumdog Contest is now in full swing! We can see that some of the children have already started answering their 1000 questions this morning, which is fantastic! The final day of the contest is Thursday 30th April and we would love for our Year 6 pupils to retain their status as reigning Sefton champions, so please do log in and participate!

As usual, the children have their two CGP Maths Books to be working through, as well as all the activities and assessments set on both MyMaths and SATs Companion. They also have their Times Tables Rock Stars account to support their fluent recall of multiplication and division facts.

If the children are looking for additional challenges this week, we have attached some extra activities for them to have a go at! The Maths Mats provide questions similar to the children’s ‘4-a-day’ and can be used for further revision. The ‘Challenge Cards’ are similar to those one-off challenges we know the children enjoy in class, so be sure to look at those! 

 Reading and Writing:  The children have their SPaG CGP book at home which they can continue working through, as well as the assessments and activities that have been set on SATs Companion. There are also plenty of great books out there for children - why not take some time to enjoy reading a good book out in the sun?!

As a new writing challenge, we would love to see some positive news reports. Despite living in uncertain times, there are plenty of positives we can take from this experience. Do some research, pick a topic or story and try to write an uplifting ‘feel good’ report. Some ideas might include: an uplifting story about neighbours helping each other out; social media campaigns to raise money and support for the NHS; or reduced pollution and the impact that is having globally. Be creative and look for the positives - you will find more than you might think!

There is a template attached which can be printed off or used as a guide to help you structure your report. You can also follow this link to see an example of a report written about Captain Tom Moore.

History / Geography: Children can continue to investigate the impact humans have had on our coasts over the last 50 years. To extend their learning so far, they could investigate Formby’s coastline. What changes have happened in the last 50 years here and what are the current challenges it faces? Use this link to help your research.

 Science:  Children should continue to investigate how certain features and characteristics of humans and animals are passed on via inheritance. This week, children could also investigate the difference between genetic factors and environmental factors. Some of the characteristics we have we get from our parents/family; some we get because of where we live and our lifestyle. Can you find some examples for both groups?

For more additional tasks, you can also visit the following website where there are 44 challenges for children to try at home.

Spanish: Children to access Language Angels, where children can access age appropriate interactive games made available for them on to play from home. Pupil login details have been sent home via their planners.

PE: Many of our school staff have been taking part in the 'Run 5, Donate 5, Nominate 5' challenge. This challenge calls on people in the UK and all over the world to walk or run 5km, donate £5 to NHS Charities Together and then go forward and nominate five others to do likewise.

We would like to nominate Year 6 to take part in the challenge this week! This is a wonderful way to exercise together as a family whilst raising funds for the most worthy of causes. You can walk, run or whatever suits you best whilst keeping safe. Good luck and please stay safe!

Joe Wicks is still continuing as the nation's PE teacher every Monday to Friday morning at 9am - thank you Mr. Wicks! All workouts can be found here.

RE:  The Big Question will be uploaded on the whole school blog on Friday. St Peter's website also have a weekly Sunday Club page which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family.

Collective Worship: The B Tales will continue to release collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be posted by 10am every Monday morning.

Transition: On May 1st, there will be a live webinar for Year 6 parents hosted by My Happy Mind and the focus will be on transition to secondary school.  Please click here for further information on the webinar and how you can register.

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 6. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day.

As always, we hope you are keeping well.

Stay safe,

Mr Curragh and Mr King

Year 6 - Learning from Home w/c 20.4.20

Date: 20th Apr 2020 @ 8:07am

Good morning, everyone!

We hope you all had a fantastic Easter break and were able to enjoy some sunshine as well!

Listed below are learning activities set for Year 6 next week.

If your child is accessing another year group’s curriculum (for example: Y3 Maths) then please access the specific year group class blog, which will provide them with an appropriate Maths task.

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child.

Firstly, some exciting news…the Sefton Sumdog Contest has returned! It starts on Friday 24th April and the Year 6 children have been signed up to take part again. As usual, they will have 1000 questions to answer over the week. The more questions they answer correctly, the more chance they will have of earning a position on the individual leaderboard and the better their class will perform on the school leaderboard. As reigning champions, we are hoping the children will show the same level of motivation and determination at home as they have done in school this year! Come on Year 6, you can do it!

Since most of the assessments set on SATs Companion have not yet been accessed, we are assuming that the children are still busy working their way through their MathsSPaG and Reading CGP books. Therefore, children should continue with these this week. Please remember that there are videos on SATs Companion to support your child’s learning if they are struggling with any specific pages / topics.

The children should also continue to learn the statutory spelling lists that were given out at the start of this half-term. The Y5/6 list is particularly tricky!

In addition, you may choose to undertake the following suggested activities:

For Writing, the Year 6 children still have the opportunity to enter the Learning For Living competition taking place at Range High School. They can submit an essay electronically to our curriculum email address (see end of blog) about something they are passionate about. Examples of topics have included homelessness, equality and diversity, friendships, hobbies and human rights.

Science: Our current unit is “Adaptation, Evolution and Inheritance.” This unit will take you through all you need to know about the changes which living things go through, how they respond to the environment they are in and why humans look the way we do.

Before Easter, you looked at evolution and what happened to the ‘peppered moth’ during the Industrial Revolution. The next task is to investigate inheritance. Inheritance is what gets passed on from parents to their offspring. This happens with all living animals and explains why, often, many children will look like their parents and siblings. It is also seen commonly in mixing different dog breeds, for example the Labrador and Poodle to get a Labradoodle! Your task is to find out and list what characteristics can be inherited and which cannot. You can then apply your knowledge by making some animals of your own, creating a family tree that passes on key characteristics. You can also find out if some things are passed on more easily than others - for example eye colour. BBC Bitesize.

For additional scientific investigations related to other topics in the curriculm, please check out the following link where there are 44 exciting challenges for children to try at home!

Geography: Our next topic in geography is ‘Coasts: A Constant Tide of Change’.  Living in Formby, we are very fortunate to have such a beautiful coastal area on our doorstep. However, like many coasts around the world, Formby’s is constantly changing. One of the biggest challenges coasts must face is people. Your task for the next two weeks is to research and answer the question, “What impact have humans had on our coasts in the last 50 years?”. You may also want to look at some positive impacts people staying away from beaches during isolation has had around coasts. For example, a beach in Brazil saw nearly 100 critically endangered sea turtles hatch from their eggs without any harm for the first time in years!

MfL: Children to access www.languageangels.com where children can access age appropriate interactive games made available for them on to play from home. Pupil login details have been sent home via their planners.

PE: Joe Wicks will continue to be the nation's PE teacher every Monday to Friday morning at 9am! Please see the following link.

Spiritual learning will take place through The Big Question; this will be uploaded on the whole school blog on Friday. St Peter's website also have a weekly Sunday Club page which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family.

The B Tales, who have visited our school on several occasions this year, will also be releasing collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be posted by 10am every Monday morning.

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

In addition to this, the BBC have expanded their education provision today, providing daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here.

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of the website where useful websites and resources are being shared as well.

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or to share any learning, please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 6. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day.

Stay safe,

Mr King and Mr Curragh

 

Year 6 - Easter Break

Date: 2nd Apr 2020 @ 11:12am

Hello!

We hope everyone has been keeping busy at home and that the children are having plenty of fun while also doing some of the home tasks we have set!

Next week may be the commencement of the Easter holidays, but there are still many ways for the children’s learning to continue:

- Work through the five CGP books.

- Access websites such as MyMaths, Sumdog, TimesTable Rockstars and SATs Companion. There is an abundance of tasks available for the children to work through!

- Continue to read at home, selecting books from different genres when possible.

- Carry out further, independent research into our current Geography topic on natural resources, or our Science topic, “Adaptation, Evolution and Inheritance.”

- Complete any tasks on previous blogs which you may not have had time to attempt yet.  

- Acess many of the free resources being suggested on our whole school Twitter feed, from daily Maths lessons by White Rose Maths to free singing resources from Out Of The Ark.

- For Easter activities, please see our Twitter feed and / or use Tales From The Miracle Book where you can stream 11 RE Easter films appropriate for children. The password is easter2020 

Please also use our Learning at Home page which will direct you to a wealth of resources as well as our Wellbeing page which has ways to support you and your child also at this time.

We hope you are all able to have an enjoyable Easter break and spend time with loved ones, whether it is within your household or online!

Stay safe,

Mr King and Mr Curragh

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