Year 6 Team: Mr M King (Class Teacher), Mrs L Martin
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Year 6 - Summer 1 - Week 5

Date: 14th May 2024 @ 7:53am

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Well...what a week indeed!

After plenty of preparation and build-up, the time to sit our KS2 SATs finally arrived! We could not be any prouder of all the children; they showed such positivity, resilience and optimism throughout the week. Despite the 'dull' nature of sitting assessments, we did also manage to find many opportunities to have laughs along the way too and the children agreed that the SATs process wasn't actually as bad as they thought it could be! Lots of the children would like to visit the Year 5 children before the end of term to let them know this too. Well done, everyone - you are all superstars!  

On Friday, we had our post-SATs celebration at Formby Beach. Lots of well-deserved rest and fun was had...and the sun was shining! A great end to the week.

We hope the children all have a well-earned break this weekend..they certainly deserve it!

See you all on Monday!

Year 6 - Summer 1 - Week 4

Date: 10th May 2024 @ 8:09am

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It has certainly been a week of hard work and revision!

Classroom displays have been hidden, tables have been rearranged and the children have been informed on how to complete the front page correctly…so there shouldn’t be any surprises on Monday! As per the last few weeks, we have continued to revise our Maths, SPaG and reading skills through the use of past papers, as well as songs, games and activities. The children have worked incredibly hard and we don’t think they could be any further prepared.

To conclude the week, the children went outside for a short break and returned to class to find…it had been transformed into a SPaG rave! Glow sticks were in full force as the children danced around to some of our favourite Grammasaurus songs. It was wonderful to see all the children having fun, but it was even better to see some children, who began the year rather reserved with this sort of activity, showing no shame with their singing and dance moves!  What a great way to end the week! 

We hope all the children are able to have an enjoyable weekend. In terms of SATs preparation, they should do whatever will help them relax, whether that means doing some final revision to boost their confidence or having a three-day break. Regardless of the outcome, we are extremely proud of all them and the hard work they have shown throughout the academic year. 

We cannot wait to celebrate their efforts next Friday on the beach!

Year 6 - Summer 1 - Week 3

Date: 2nd May 2024 @ 9:38am

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This week, we have been working hard on preparing for our SATs papers in just over a week. In Maths, we have continued to practise our arithmetic skills while also revising various topics including: measurement, mean and coordinate problems. We have done this through a variety of activities and games, as well as past paper questions. Our reading practice has continued as well, focusing on ‘impressions’ and ‘genre’.

In Spanish, the children have started their ‘habitats’ topic and have been learning lots of new vocabulary – lots of cross-curricular links to Science and Geography too!

A special ‘well done’ to those children who competed in the tag rugby festival last week at Southport Rugby Club. The team put in a tremendous effort and finished in 3rd place – an incredible achievement! 

The children are aware of what their homework for this week is. There are also additional tasks set on SATs Companion if they wish to do any further revision at home.

Have a great (extended) weekend!

Year 6 - Summer 1 - Week 1

Date: 18th Apr 2024 @ 8:18pm

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Our final term in primary school has officially commenced!

As the SATs near, we have continued to enhance our reading comprehension this week as we have focused on particular skills such as identifying the genre; giving evidence for personality traits and retrieving specific vocabulary. 

As mathematicians, Mr King’s group have been working on measurement and identifying missing angles in various shapes. Mrs Martin’s group have started work on data handling, looking at different graphs such as pictograms. It has become extremely clear to the class that to solve most Y6 reasoning problems, we need to have the knowledge of mathematical facts to then make connections and implement a strategy. Therefore, it is very important that we are taking the time to learn the facts on our knowledge organisers.

Perhaps the highlight of the week has been the kNOwKnifeCrime relay event that has taken place across the whole of Sefton this week - ahead of the London Marathon this weekend. On Monday, we re-watched the assembly by the kNOwKnifeCrime charity; this was led by Laura Hughes, sister of Colin McGinty, who was stabbed to death in 2001. Their goal has been to raise enough money to raise bleed control kits or packs for all Sefton schools with the conclusion of their fundraising being a relay between 80+ schools across Southport, Formby, Crosby, Bootle and Maghull. 

This week, all the children made posters in the charity’s colours and even had a visit from Laura herself on Tuesday afternoon, where we were able to give her a standing ovation. Wednesday was the event itself, which saw Freshfield Primary children running to our school to pass over a bleed control kit for us to then take to Formby High School. Upon arrival at our local secondary school, we were greeted by a cheering crowd and choir. It was incredible! Well done to the whole Year 6 class; each one had an important role to play, whether it be running, creating banners or welcoming Freshfield Primary onto our playground. Some of our children were also able to be ambassadors for the kNOwKnifeCrime charity by explaining its relevance and goals on BBC Radio Merseyside! 

Even though only a small group could run to Formby High School, all of the class has been running this week as we have been taking part in the annual mini-marathon. On Friday, we were able to conclude our laps on the field…a successful end to the week!

The children are aware of their homework for this week and their weekly spellings have been set on Google Classroom as usual. Mr King’s group have the task of learning as many Y5/6 statutory spellings as possible! Please do also encourage your child to also work through the practice assessments set on SATs Companion.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Year 6 - Spring 2 - Week 6

Date: 27th Mar 2024 @ 7:07pm

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The Easter break has arrived!

Despite being a short week, we still managed to teach plenty of the curriculum…and beyond! This included two excellent workshops on Monday on lifesaving skills and an introduction to sign language. The latter was particularly interested as we had previously watched a news story on CBBC Newsround about sign language lessons being integrated into primary education in the future.

It was a very close 'class vote' to choose our next class novel..especially after the success of "The Final Year"! After looking at the front covers, reading the blurbs and then finally the first page of each potential book, we decided on "The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh" by Helen Rutter.

As computer scientists, we enjoyed some coding practice on Wednesday through our ‘Computing Day’. We explored the game, Crossy Roads, thinking carefully about its features and what makes it a good game. We were then introduced to the iOs app, Hopscotch to allow us to explore some of our STAR vocabulary: event, command, loop, random and range. Following this, we had apply our knowledge by using the app to create our own version of Crossy Roads. All the children were able to do this successfully, with some even managing to set various levels of difficulty and additional levels for their game!

In PE, our yoga and swimming sessions continued. ‘Well done’ to so many of the class, who also opted to participate in the trials for our tag rugby team on Tuesday morning. We think that is the quickest a large group of children have ever grasped the rules of the game!

On Thursday, we attended the whole-school Easter Service at Holy Trinity Church, where we were able to watch the Year 3 pupils perform the Easter story. We also enjoying joining in with several hymns and songs - which we have been practising each week during Sing and Praise - including ‘He Lives in You’ from The Lion King and 'Jerusalem' from The Nativity. The children thought so highly of the service that they sang these songs on the walk back to school!

The children are aware of their homework tasks and please recall that additional tasks have been set on SATs Companion for over the Easter break. The virtual classroom has also been attached to this blog. Please be aware we are not suggesting all of these resources are to be utilised and that the children's mental health is always the priority. However, as some parents and children have asked for additional resources to support them over the Easter break, we are sharing with all in case any other children would like to further revise over the holiday period. 

We hope you all have a lovely Easter break!

Year 6 - Spring 2 - Week 5

Date: 21st Mar 2024 @ 10:23am

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Another busy week in Year 6!

In Maths, Mr King’s group have been revising how to find the perimeter and area of compound shapes, as well as how to find the area of triangles and parallelograms. Mrs Martin’s group have been focusing on angles – particularly how to use angles in terms of direction.

As scientists, we celebrated British Science Week and Brain Awareness Week by learning about the brain and how it can change over time. We learned that neurons are cells in the brain, which send signals within the brain and throughout our body. The signals tell us what to do, like to drink when we’re thirsty. We learned how groups of neurons make connections with each other when we learn something and how over time, our brains changed based on our experiences. We then drew these growing connections that are collectively known as the ‘connectome’. In our Reading sessions, we also learned about a range of scientists: Marie Maynard Daly, Charles Darwin and Alan Turing.

In Geography, we have been exploring the natural resources that are available on Earth and how they are distributed. There has been some lively debate about whether using non-renewable resources just because they are widely available at the moment or moving over to renewable resources, even if it is initially very expensive, is the best way to go. We have also looked at the impact on the environment of the choices made about which resources to use and it is fair to say that we have some strong opinions (and wonder why the generation in charge of decision making do not see things so clearly!).

PE has seen us continue with our yoga and swimming sessions while our Spanish lesson involved an assessment to see how much we have remembered over the last half-term.

To conclude the week, the children enjoyed taking part in their annual, 'Easter Egg Hunt'. This once again saw them running around the school grounds on the hunt for ticket numbers - which corresponded to eggs back in class. The even was also compèred by two rather large 'chicks'!

The children are aware of their homework for this week and their weekly spellings have been set on Google Classroom as usual. Please do also encourage your child to also work through the practice assessments set on SATs Companion.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Year 6 - Spring 2 - Week 4

Date: 13th Mar 2024 @ 2:39pm

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We had a very powerful and emotional assembly this week led by the ‘Know Knife Crime’ charity, which is based in Crosby and set up in honour of Colin McGinty. His sister, Laura, led the assembly and shared Colin’s story, before sharing some statistics about knife crime and explaining how over 80 schools – including Trinity St. Peter’s – will be fundraising next month so that every school can have its own bleed control kit. Further information regarding this has been shared on School Spider.

As mathematicians, the children in Mr King’s group have been learning about pie charts and solving a range of problems linked to these. Mrs Martin’s group have been focusing on shape and measurement – particularly how to find the volume of a 3D shape.

The children were very excited to start their swimming lessons on Wednesday. Although the first session required some time to be dedicated to initial assessments, we were still able to practise our freestyle and swim quite a few lengths in a short space of time – well done! Tuesday’s PE lesson saw us continuing with our yoga sessions, which is providing good respite from all our hard work in class.

We finished our most recent class novel this week: 'The Final Year' by Matt Goodfellow. It was a very powerful book that stirred a lot of emotion from the class. Reflecting on the novel afterwards, the vast majority selected this as their favourite class book so far - surpassing 'Holes', which had been the story they had enjoyed the most up until this point.

Finally, the children took part in Picture News' webinar on ‘protected characteristics’. It was fantastic to see the children sharing so much about what they already knew on this topic and connecting back to previous lessons / conversations we had. 

The children are aware of their homework for this week and their weekly spellings have been set on Google Classroom as usual. Please do also encourage your child to also work through the practice assessments set on SATs Companion.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

Year 6 - Spring 2 - Week 3

Date: 6th Mar 2024 @ 1:47pm

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What a busy week it has been!

To begin, it has been National Careers Week this week, which provided a good opportunity for the children to discuss their aspirations for the future. We talked about long-term and short-term goals and how some of us may even have jobs in our teenage years and why this might be. We then took part in a rather amusing activity of guessing the previous jobs of members of staff at Trinity St. Peter’s. There was some very interesting rationale behind some of the guesses! By the end of the task though, we realised that in most cases, we couldn’t make accurate guesses about teachers’ previous jobs as factors such as gender and age do not matter.

As part of our RE learning, we attended St. Peter’s Church on Wednesday morning to attend a Eucharist Service. We learned more about why Christians gather at this service and the symbolism of the bread and wine. We were then able to connect this with our current topic back in class.

The children were very excited for World Book Day on Thursday and this was certainly reflected in their book costumes! Well done to all the pupils and their parents for a fantastic effort. Throughout the day, our Year 6 pupils took part in a range of activities: from a ‘book’ themed Spanish lesson to being part of the virtual audience for Trinity St. Peter’s inaugural Masked Reader! As The Big Bad Wolf had gone into hiding in the Year 6 classroom, the children’s English lesson involved them reading, ‘The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs’ by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith and learning how The Big Bad Wolf felt that he was the real victim in this tale. The children were then asked to become lawyers in Fairytale Court and to write up a defence statement for The Big Bad Wolf against Little Red Riding Hood to present to the rest of the class. There were some very creative ideas!

We are very lucky that this half-term, we will be taking part in yoga sessions every Tuesday afternoon with Sefton Active. The children had their first session this week and - during their post-session reflection – noted how calm and relaxed they felt afterwards. Hopefully, this will be a very rewarding experience for our pupils and a hobby they may wish to continue in the future.

A special 'thank you' to our two work experience students (and ex-TSP pupils!) who have been in class helping all week. They have provided lots of support to the Year 6 children!

Reminder: swimming lessons will commence from next Wednesday. Please refer back to the messages sent to parents on School Spider.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

 

Year 6 - Spring 2 - Week 2

Date: 28th Feb 2024 @ 7:14pm

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Another busy week!

As mathematicians, Mr King’s group have continued with ratio while also finding time to revise fractions, decimals and percentages. Mrs Martin’s group have moved onto shape this week; in particular, how to find the perimeter of different shapes.

Developing our understanding of the English language, we have focused on tenses: simple, progressive and perfect. Over the week, the children enjoyed listening to songs about each tense and also making another zine to record their notes. As readers, we have continued to explore a range of texts, including songs / poetry, letters and interviews. The more we practise, the more techniques we are picking up for answering various comprehension questions!

In Art, we continued to link our new topic on symbolic imagery to our Year 5 History topic on the Mayan civilisation. Firstly, we drew our Maya spirit companion and consider their meanings. We then took inspiration from other artist’s styles to generate a range of symbols, patterns and colours that represent ourselves.

Our Spanish lesson this week was all about general conversation and putting together all the vocabulary, questions and phrases we have been learning recently. Hopefully some of our families will be booking trips to Spain soon! Next week, we will be having a special one-off Spanish session linked to World Book Day.

In PE, we have continued with our tag rugby sessions. We recapped on how to hold and pass the ball and the rules for passing - before moving onto dodging. For this, we had to learn how to put a belt and tags on...and it was a lot harder than we predicted! By the end of Thursday's session, many of the children expressed their enjoyment of the sport and said that they liked it a lot more than they thought they would – which was fantastic to hear!

We have had plenty of visitors this week. Our school governors came into class on Tuesday and were very impressed with our mathematical knowledge. The following day, the Department for Education wanted to come in and film us in lessons as well...fortunately, we are becoming pros at performing in front of the camera now! We also welcomed Miss Phillips this week, who joined us 3 days as part of a short, teacher-training placement. She too had a lovely time visiting our Year 6 pupils.

The children are aware of their homework for this week and their weekly spellings have been set on Google Classroom as usual. Please do also encourage your child to also work through the practice assessments set on SATs Companion.

Have a great weekend, superstars!

Year 6 - Spring 2 - Week 1

Date: 21st Feb 2024 @ 8:06pm

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Our ‘Spring 2’ half-term has officially commenced!

In Maths, Mr King’s group have reviewed their assessment papers from last half-term and now started a new topic on ratio. Mrs Martin’s group have worked hard on converting between fractions, decimals and percentages. In our Reading groups, all the children have used song lyrics throughout the week to decipher meaning and answer various inference questions. They seemed to really enjoy this!

In Art, the children have started a new topic and this week focused on experimental mark marking. This was a good opportunity for the children to revise last year’s topic on the Mayans as they explored expressive drawing techniques from this period before creating some of their own.

As athletes, the children loved starting our tag rugby sessions, which initially saw us focusing on our passing and catching skills. This was perhaps trickier than expected as many of the children had never held a rugby ball before; however, by the end of the session all the children were able to show a good understanding of the basics. They were able to pass down a line while still moving at a good speed. Well done, Year 6!

A special ‘well done’ to those children who competed in the athletics tournament at Greenbank High School on Tuesday. We were placed in the ‘bigger schools’ tournament and competed against the largest schools in Formby and Southport. After a long afternoon of track and field competition, the results were announced and…we placed second! Amazing! Back in school, the children were praised for their efforts, but also their sportsmanship and manners as they conducted themselves brilliantly. Well done, team! Another extra 'well done' to the girls' football team, who competed once again against local primary schools. They are continuing to impress us with their grit and determination. It is wonderful to see so many Year 6 children having already represented the school in a sports team this year.

The children are aware of their homework for this week and their weekly spellings have been set on Google Classroom as usual. Please do also encourage your child to also work through the practice assessments set on SATs Companion.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Year 6 - Spring 1 - Week 5

Date: 7th Feb 2024 @ 9:16am

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We now halfway through our final year of primary school!

As athletes, we concluded our gymnastics unit this week by bringing together all of the knowledge and skills we have learned this half-term and putting them into a short routine. All the children did amazingly well with this and some groups’ ideas for their presentations were particularly impressive. We had a ‘Mission Impossible’ themed routine and another that symbolised the parting of a friendship…all while including various movements, rolls and balances! Furthermore, we have enjoyed celebrating Schools' Football Week by taking part in a 'crab football' tournament during Thursday's PE lesson and concluding our art unit on photography by sketching a close-up photograph of a footballer of our choice.

This week included Safer Internet Day on Tuesday. We prepared for this on Monday by revising technical vocabulary linked to Online Safety (filtering, phishing etc) before discussing problems we may encounter online. On the day itself, we were treated to a presentation from our very own Y5/6 Digital Leaders, who highlighted how technology has changed over time and the pros / cons to this.

As authors, we completed our non-chronological reports on fictitious animals. The children continue to impress us with their finished pieces and have certainly shown this half-term that they are capable of writing for a variety of purposes and range of audiences.

Assessments have taken up a large part of this week with the children sitting past SATs papers for Reading, Maths and SPaG. We have had several discussions around these, highlighting that these papers are designed to be sat in May and that there are objectives we haven’t covered or revised yet; this is just an opportunity to see how we can improve on our results from September and December and to identify their own areas of improvement once they receive their scores back. The children have shown excellent focus and determination while sitting these assessments and should be very proud of their efforts; it has been fantastic to see them expressing their pride and sense of achievement when realising how much progress they have already made since the start of the year.

Please read the message on School Spider regarding Y6 home learning over the half-term break.

Have a great half-term break, everyone!

Year 6 - Spring 1 - Week 4

Date: 1st Feb 2024 @ 10:00am

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In Maths, Mr King’s group focused on conversions between fractions, decimals and percentages while Mrs Martin’s group have been solving calculations involving fractions and multiplying decimals by whole numbers. Next week, the children will be doing their next round of assessments to see how much knowledge they have retained so far!

As authors, we have now moved onto our fourth piece for our author books this half-term…we have been working incredibly hard indeed! This week, the children have been tasked with creating their own hybrid creature. Firstly, they used an online app to combine various animals and generate an image (which they certainly enjoyed!) and then used one of our thinking maps to organise the information they intended to share about their creation. Towards the end of the week, we looked at non-chronological reports and we are now in the process of writing our own for our fictional, fantastical animal. 

In Science this week, the children have continued their learning about electricity by learning about three types of variables: independent, dependent and control variables. They then designed their own investigations and chose what their independent and control variables would be. As linguists, we focused on masculine and feminine adjectives linked to ‘Space’ before translating Spanish sentences that included a variety of these adjectives.

In PE, we revised how to do various rolls - including barrel and straddle – before focusing on forward rolls and working our way through a progression chart which showed how to work up from a basic forward roll to a more complex one. The children were able to themselves different challenges, such as rolling with no arms and starting in a handstand position. Later in the week, they then moved into the backwards roll, which some children actually found slightly easier. It was great to see lots of children raising their hands at the end of the lesson to share how they felt they had made progress within the lesson and demonstrate something they were proud of.  

A special ‘well done’ to those girls who represented the school in two football tournaments this week. They achieved many match wins and should be very proud of how they conducted themselves during both events.

Another busy week! Have a relaxing weekend, everyone!

Year 6 - Spring 1 - Week 3

Date: 25th Jan 2024 @ 9:49am

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In Writing, we started to read Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Selfish Giant’ as our focus text. Towards the end of the week, we discussed how Wilde writes about the weather and seasons as proper nouns and noted how he uses personification for a more powerful effect. We connected our thinking to other examples of where we have seen this in the media, including Marvel characters (e.g. Thor, Storm) and Disney Films. The children are now currently working on creating a short piece of text that personifies a season or weather type(s) of their choice.

As mathematicians, Mr King’s group have continued their learning on algebra, this week balancing questions with more than one variable and also finding the nth term. Next week, we will be moving onto finding equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages. Mrs Martin’s group have had a week of consolidating all the knowledge they will need for SATs arithmetic papers. They have revised many topics – from long division to multiplying fractions! Next week, they will be moving onto number problems.

Our weekly Spanish lessons have continued with the children continuing with their new ‘Space’ topic. This has been a great way so far of recapping some of their Y5 Science knowledge! We have also started our Science unit on electricity, where the children have recapped on their Y4 knowledge of the topic and began learning how to draw electrical circuits.

In PE, we have continued with our athletics trials – this week, trialling for the running events – and also commenced our gymnastics unit. To begin this topic, we focused on counter balances and counter tension. In addition to this, a special ‘well done’ to those children who represented our school in a table tennis tournament at Formby High School and emerged as the overall winners! We also saw our dodgeball team taking part in a tournament at Stanley High School on Thursday, where they accumulated many victories as well. What a great effort on the sports front!

A busy and enjoyable week – have a great weekend, everyone!

 

Year 6 - Spring 1 - Week 2

Date: 18th Jan 2024 @ 9:58am

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Another busy week in Year 6!

In Maths, Mr King’s group started a new unit on algebra. The children picked up the fundamental concepts very quickly and were able to solve some tricky equations in a short space of time – well done! They particularly enjoyed the range of problem-solving questions provided this week, including a task that involved them working out the values on DC and Marvel and Top Trump cards from given from algebraic equations…although they disagreed with several of the heroes’ ratings! We will be continuing to challenge ourselves with this topic next week. Mrs Martin’s group learned how to do long division this week before moving onto BIDMAS. Two very tricky topics but the children picked them up very quickly! Thank you to Mr Hirst for supporting us this week; he has been able to work with many of the children 1:1 as well to supplement their learning in this week’s lessons.

As writers, the children were tasked with writing a class blog. The children analysed previous entries from this year, identifying the range of punctuation used, as well as technical vocabulary. They then used a tree map to decide on a few subjects / class events that have taken place this year before creating their own entry. Developing our understanding of the English language further, we have also focused on subordinating and coordinating conjunctions as part of our SPaG revision. On Wednesday, the children enjoyed listening to songs about each tense and also learning how to make zines to record their notes. Many children said they would like to create more zines in the future for other topics in different subjects!

This half-term, we have commenced our new Geography topic, ‘How do we compare with Africa?’ Last week, we learned about Africa as a whole continent, which included following directions to locate all 54 countries on a map. We learned how diverse Africa is and how it can also be divided into five regions, which we were given time to research. This week, we focused on one particular country: Uganda. The children could recall our link to this country – and the town, Kalule, in particular – with the project set up by St. Peter’s Church and local community. As part of our initial investigation into what Kalule is like, we used pictures taken by Rev. Anne, Miss Morris and Miss Giles on their visits to see what we could deduce about aspects such as climate, wealth, culture and landscape. We then concentrated on the physical and human geographical features of Uganda and Kalule and compared them with England and Formby.

PE this week has seen us revisiting athletics. The children will be taking part in trials for an upcoming tournament over the next few weeks and will have the opportunity to put themselves for various events, including running, throwing and jumping.

On Friday, we were treated to two workshops on Chinese New Year from Edge Hill University. We heard stories, made lanterns and found out what a ‘dragon dance show’ entailed...a rather unique end to the week!

The children are aware of how to access their homework for next week – either on SATs Companion or in their books. Spellings have also been set. If your child is accessing their homework through SATs Companion and needs additional support, please remind them that there are support videos attached to the tasks. It is strongly advised that the children watch the video before attempting to complete the task.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Year 6 - Spring 1 - Week 1

Date: 11th Jan 2024 @ 11:10am

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In Maths, we revised topics from last term and recapped various arithmetic methods, including fractions, percentages and decimals. We also learned about the mean and the method for finding the average of a set of numbers. We were very impressive and even managed to work out how to give the answer as a decimal when the total of the numbers isn’t divisible by the number of values we have.

Wednesday welcomed another Computing Day, this time exploring the world of virtual reality! To start the day, we recapped on our knowledge of online safety from last term; we felt this was important after Christmas, given that children may have received new electronic devices. Following recent discussions in class on diversity and representation in media, we reminded ourselves of ways in which we can have a healthy ‘online life’ and to be aware of subtle gender stereotyping and influencing we may encounter on social media. Then, moving onto our VR topic, we used the iOs application, CoSpaces, to follow various algorithms and design our own virtual reality. We had to design an aesthetically pleasing environment, including characters, as well as multiple scenes and actions. The use of audio was encouraged too! On Friday afternoon, we then presented our virtual worlds and explained the features we had included. Well done, Year 6!

As artists, we had a great lesson on photomontages. We selected images from magazines, newspapers and the Internet to experiment with composition and create interesting layouts. We had great fun showing off our creativity and creating a new image by using a combination of other images – check out Twitter for some of the finished pieces! In addition to this, we also looked at abstract art through photography. ‘Macrophotography’ was our STAR vocabulary for the lesson as we had to compose close-up photographs of a natural form – in this case, it was the inside of either a pepper or orange – and sketch the photos we had taken in a quadrant. Following our superb sketching of lizard eyes back in Autumn 1, it was fantastic to see more of the children’s drawings – this time focusing on a more specific aspect of an overall image. 

The children are aware of how to access their homework for next week – either on SATs Companion or in their books. Spellings have also been set for next week. If your child is accessing their homework through SATs Companion and needs additional support, please remind them that there are support videos attached to the tasks.  Reminder that all children across the whole school are encouraged to read each day both in and out of school. Some additional recommended Reading at Home resources can be found here.

A great first week back in 2024 – covering lots of different curriculum subjects! Have a fantastic weekend.

Year 6 - Autumn 2 - Week 8

Date: 13th Dec 2023 @ 5:17pm

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..and that's a wrap for 2023!

It certainly has been a wonderful term – now including far too many to mention in this blog. Hopefully our class Twitter page has reflected all the laughs and wonderful learning that has taken place since September and the children will be excited to return to Year 6 in January. Thank you to all those parents who have sent in gifts – including the class collection - and all the well wishes. It is never expected, but always appreciated! You all seem to know the staff very well!

The Year 6 team have thoroughly enjoyed the academic year so far and are looking forward to another great term in January. If you wish to continue any learning over the holidays, please see the virtual classroom attached once more.

We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Christmas holiday. Thank you once again and we will see you all in 2024!

Year 6 - Autumn 2 - Week 7

Date: 13th Dec 2023 @ 5:07pm

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Our final, full week in school for 2023 is now complete!

The Christmas festivities have continued with the House ‘Sing-Off’ returning on Monday and a trip to Formby High School to watch the KS3 ‘Wizard of Oz’ pantomime on Tuesday. We also had our annual Santa Dash – this time with a twist as we had a ‘whodunnit’ style mystery to solve on our travels. Friday morning brought further celebrations: the children enjoyed playing Mr King’s ‘Extreme Pass the Parcel’, unwrapping layers to reveal either rewards or dares! Such dares included carolling at Mrs Meredith’s door; competing against friends to get as many selfies as possible with teachers around the school; hunting for shoes and even issuing dance-off challenges to staff! 

Outside of our Christmas celebrations, we had a day of Science on Thursday, continuing with our learning about the human body. We focused on the functions of the heart and how it is able to pump blood around the body. This can be a rather tricky task, but the children’s overlearning of the terminology and processes throughout the initial lessons meant that they could soon articulate how the it works. This then enabled them to move onto how water and nutrients are transported around the body. Again, not an easy task, but the children work very hard – well done!

As authors, we still found some time to explore the realms of poetry. Taking inspiration from Kit Wright’s poem, ‘The Magic Box’, the children wrote their own poems. Filling their magic boxes full of abstract wonders, the children created the most wonderful pieces of poetry which not only explored the five senses but were packed with literary devices such as personification and metaphors.

To conclude our week, we had an incredible opportunity to ‘Zoom’ with Holocaust survivor, Hedi Argent. Having learned all about the treatment of the Jewish race during WW2 last term – and with it also being Holocaust Memorial Day next week – the children were very excited about the prospect of speaking to somebody who lived during this time and already had plenty of questions they wanted to ask before the session even started! Hedi was so fantastic in sharing her story, including how life was for her as a Jew in an Austrian school in the 1930s and how her family sought refuge in the UK after Kristallnacht. She also shared life lessons she had learned around inclusion and kindness, which still stand today. 

‘Well done’ to those children who narrated part of Reception’s WOW service on Wednesday afternoon. It has been wonderful to see so many members of the class being eager to volunteer for such opportunities. 

Thank you to Mrs Guyers for paying a special visit to the class on Monday…with her baby boy! It was a lovely surprise for the children.

There is no compulsory Maths and English homework set for over the holidays however a Maths pack has been sent home including the Y6 knowledge organiser and two arithmetic papers. These do not need to be returned but can be used to further support learning at home. Spellings have been set for when we return.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Year 6 - Autumn 2 - Week 6

Date: 8th Dec 2023 @ 2:42pm

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The penultimate full week of our first term in Year 6 is now complete!

We continued with the Christmas spirit this week as we were able to be the audience members for the Reception and Year 1 Nativity performance rehearsals on Monday morning. It was a great start to the week! A special ‘well done’ to those members of the class who supported the Reception Nativity by acting as the narrators. Also, ‘thank you’ to our Digital Leaders who helped with the music for the Nativity performances.

Music continued to play a key role in the week as 14 of our Year attended St Joseph’s Home on Wednesday afternoon to sing carols and read prayers to the residents. Also, our week concluded with our final brass lesson in primary school. Thank you to Mrs Fogg for all her support and guidance this term.

As historians, we were treated to a virtual workshop led by The National Holocaust Centre and Museum this week. We delved further into the story of World War 2, including how the Jewish community were treated and how this was able to happen. The children’s knowledge of WW2 was certainly developed, particularly their understanding of antisemitism and how the Jews were allowed to be treated so badly in Germany during this time. Thank you to the National Holocaust Centre for providing this opportunity for the children! We particularly enjoyed the final messages around being a courageous advocate and having the courage to stand up for others if we see an injustice or somebody / people being treated unfairly.

Assessments have taken up a large part of this week, with the children sitting past SATs papers for Reading and Maths. We have had several discussions around these, highlighting that these papers are designed to be sat in May and that there are objectives we haven’t covered or revised yet; this is just an opportunity to see if we can improve on our results from September and to identify our own areas of improvement once we receive our scores back. The children have shown excellent focus and determination while sitting these assessments and should be very proud of their efforts; it has been fantastic to see them expressing their pride and sense of achievement when realising how much progress they have already made since September.

The children are aware of how to access their homework for next week – either on SATs Companion or in their books. Spellings have also been set. If your child is accessing their homework through SATs Companion and needs additional support, please remind them that there are support videos attached to the tasks. 

We hope you all have a restful weekend and are excited for the festivities to continue next week!

Year 6 - Autumn 2 - Week 5

Date: 30th Nov 2023 @ 8:04am

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Hopefully, we have all calmed down now after a rather exciting few weeks! We hope everyone enjoyed watching the school – and more specifically, Year 6 – featuring on The One Show last Friday!

Our Christmas festivities officially began on Friday morning when the children had their movie tickets checked by the bouncer on the door and were ushered to their seats – ready for a Christmas film. They were very excited to enter a decorated (cinema) room, full of lights, candles and – of course - a Christmas tree! Friday afternoon was TSP’s very own ‘Christmas Extravaganza!’ The children met Santa in his grotto and attended the Christmas Fair in the hall, where they could participate in different games, jump on the bouncy castles and even get their hair and face decorated! It truly was a magical way to finish the week. Thank you to Team TSP for organising it.

Our Collective Worship this week also involved us watching a selection of Christmas adverts and connecting each one to our monthly Christian value of ‘Compassion’.

Mrs Martin’s Maths group has started their work on fractions. This form a significant part of the maths curriculum so it is important that the children are as secure as possible in this area. This week, they have been learning to understand what a fraction is and carrying out calculations that involve fractions with the same denominator and fractions with our denominators that are multiples of each other. Next week, the children will be learning how to solve calculations where the denominators are not multiples of each other and what to do when there are mixed numbers. Mr King’s group have worked on adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators, as well as mixed numbers. Next week, they will revise multiplying and dividing fractions before carrying out some assessments.

As authors, the children have now finished their 'haunted setting' pieces and are writing these up into their author books. We think this may be some of their best writing to date! Check the 'Author Book Showcase' section on Google Classroom for images of your child's work.

In History, we are very lucky that Formby Luncheon Club have agreed to once again host groups of Y6 children on a Friday afternoon so that the children can  pick up unique and personal knowledge of the wars from local residents. Our first group of historians attended last Friday and came back with a range of stories and information to share with their peers; another group attended this Friday and the same outcome was achieved. We are very thankful for that The Luncheon Club have agreed to continue to provide this experience and we will ensure that all the Year 6 pupils are able to attend at some point this term.

The children are aware of how to access their homework for next week – either on SATs Companion or in their books. Spellings have also been set. If your child is accessing their homework through SATs Companion and needs additional support, please remind them that there are support videos attached to the tasks. If there are no available videos on SATs Companion then at least one Youtube video will be uploaded on Google Classroom. 

We hope you all have a restful weekend and are excited for the festivities to continue next week!

Year 6 - Autumn 2- Week 4

Date: 22nd Nov 2023 @ 2:36pm

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Another great week in Year 6!

As mathematicians, both Mr King and Mrs Martin’s group have been working on how to find percentages of numbers before moving onto adding and subtracting fractions. Next week, they will be continuing with fractions; in particular, how to multiply and divide them. Outside of Maths lessons, we also entered another Sumdog Contest...this time, the 'England Contest'! After a closely fought battle with nearly 2000 schools, our Year 6 pupils decided it wasn't enough to just be the North West champions and on Thursday they were announced as the national champions! The first TSP class to ever achieve such a victory - amazing!

On Wednesday, the children entered the classroom to the sound of some eerie noises with candles lit all around. They thought carefully about what they could hear and the images that came to mind before thinking of expanded noun phrases would help describe their thoughts. Having been informed of their writing objective for the week, the children then immersed themselves in the horror genre in the subsequent lessons, focusing on attention to detail when describing a setting. 

In History, we have started to focus our research into the world wars more specifically on the impact they had on Formby. We must thank Formby Civic Society and Merchant Taylors Boys’ School for providing us with so many incredible resources, including yearbooks from 1916 and 1918 to an online version of Formby’s Roll of Honour, which have allowed us to make our own lines of enquiry about particular soldiers and areas of Formby.

The children are aware of how to access their homework for next week – either on SATs Companion or in their books. Spellings have also been set. If your child is accessing their homework through SATs Companion and needs additional support, please remind them to watch the video input first. They can also revise any topics through the ‘Practice’ section of the app / website afterwards.

We hope everyone has a great weekend. You may want to tune into The One Show this evening…you know why! ;)

Year 6 - Autumn 2 - Week 3

Date: 17th Nov 2023 @ 1:43pm

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What an AMAZING week it has been! 

The Year 6 class (and staff!) had some incredibly exciting days on Wednesday and Thursday…but more about that after next week!

We hope everyone enjoyed watching our Celebration of Kindness music video last weekend…particularly those Year 6 parents who also featured! It has since been a ‘celebration of kindness’ every day in class. The Year 6 children had previously discussed our school value of Nurture and how its intents are for us to be kind to each other, but also ourselves. We talked about how this was our final year of primary school and soon we would be going to secondary school, where our moods may change more frequently and we may feel like we are having more ‘down’ days as ‘moody teenagers’. As a result, we have ensured that every day this week we focused on our own wellbeing and paid extra special attention to our emotions, thinking of ways we could maintain our positivity and activities we could do to boost our mood when we are not feeling as positive as usual. Such activities have included mindfulness practice, creating gratitude journals and releasing endorphins through dance! We considered how others can affect our mood and on Friday, we had a morning of board games - thinking about we communicate each other and how we should aim to ensure everyone around us is also in a positive mood.

To be kind to those we have a responsibility of looking after, we invited our Reception buddies to create a piece of artwork with us on Tuesday afternoon, which our younger friends could then use to gift to others and spread kindness around the school.  This was a lovely activity to observe, as the children needed to guide their buddies through the task, modelling how to create colourful hearts with messages of positivity attached. All the Year 6 children were excellent role models and we are sure the Reception children are very appreciative.

In Writing, the children have finished up writing their ‘Star of Fear, Star of Hope’ narratives in their author book. As mathematicians, Mr King’s group have been working on ‘Order of Operations’ (BIDMAS) and will be moving onto percentages next week. Mrs Martin have consolidated their understanding of rounding.

The children are aware of how to access their homework for next week – either on SATs Companion or in their books. Spellings will now roll over to next week, following the rather busy week we have had! If your child is accessing their homework through SATs Companion this week and needs additional support for long division, there are support videos and websites on Google Classroom this week.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Year 6 - Autumn 2 - Week 2

Date: 10th Nov 2023 @ 1:50pm

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What a week!

Firstly, we welcome Miss Osborne to Year 6. She will be supporting the children in class alongside Mr King and Mrs Martin.

As authors, the children are now on their final piece of writing, having finished the story, ‘Star of Fear, Star of Hope’. The children have now gone back to the start and are writing a recount of the initial events in the book, but this time from the perspective of the secondary character, Lydia. Next week, the children will then be able to link together all the shorter pieces they have written from Lydia’s point of view so far and use them to write up an extended piece in their author books. We can’t wait to read them! 

In Maths, Mr King’s group has worked incredibly hard on a number of tricky topics. They have not only revised their understanding of long multiplication from last year, but this week had to apply it to difficult reasoning problems, which certainly tested their mindsets and resilience levels! They have also learned new concepts and methods, including long division (using the chunking method). Mrs Martin’s group will be learning this later in the term; this week, they have focused on rounding.

Our History topic continued this week – now focusing on WW2 - with the children firstly learning about the reasons for the outbreak of the war in Tuesday’s lesson. We were able to re-visit some of last half-term’s STAR vocabulary (such as trigger, factor and ultimatum), as well as learn some new terms in the lesson, including ‘reparations’ and ‘colonies’. On Tuesday, we were very fortunate that John from Formby Civic Society was willing to visit us to talk about how the wars impacted Formby. He showed us photographs taken at the time in Formby; local newspaper articles describing the war, and also explained what some of the shops and buildings we see today used to be. We may never look at Formby in the same way again! The children were so engaged that John ended up staying until home time…and he still had to cut his presentation short! The children asked brilliant questions throughout the session and it was wonderful to see them thinking like historians, asking questions about his sources and how he found lots of his information. Well done, Year 6!

On Wednesday, our young historians learned about all the key events of WW2, exploring a range of resources such as newspaper articles, maps, textbooks, local documents and equipment such as ration books and medical boxes. Next week’s lessons will see the children consolidating their learning by summarising what life would have been like in Britain during WW2.

A particular highlight was our visit from Callum from The Hammond, a renowned institution for performing arts education. On Thursday afternoon, we enjoyed a very active, theatre workshop, which explored storytelling, drama and some key elements of acting and adopting the role of different characters.

To conclude our week, the children were very excited to attend a special, whole-school assembly in the hall to watch the launch of our sixth ‘Celebration of Kindness’ music video! There were plenty of laughs in the hall as we watched ourselves, our peers, staff (and even parents!) dancing around school last week and having fun. This is always a great way to launch our Celebration of Kindness Week and we hope all the children have fun watching the video again over the weekend with their families. Remember, the video can be found on our Youtube and Vimeo channels!

The children are aware of how to access their homework for next week – either on SATs Companion or in their books. Spellings have also been set. If your child is accessing their homework through SATs Companion this week and needs additional support for long division, there are support videos and websites on Google Classroom this week.

We hope everyone has a fantastic weekend and is excited for the week ahead - celebrating kindness!

Year 6 - Autumn 2 - Week 1

Date: 3rd Nov 2023 @ 1:34pm

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Perhaps the main highlight for the children over the past week has been filming our whole-school music video for our Celebration of Kindness Week. The school has been filled with laughter as we have discussed different scenes to film, learned choreography and focused on our performing and acting skills. Our Year 6 pupils thoroughly enjoyed filming their scenes and that is certainly reflected in the video, which you will be able to watch next Friday!

In Maths, both Mr King and Mrs Martin’s group have been revising long multiplication and will be continuing with this next week. Mr King’s group will be moving onto long division next week while Mrs Martin’s group will revise particular terminology such as factors and multiples.

As artists, the children continued their learning of both World War 1 and 2 by creating their own propaganda art. They were given the opportunity to examine examples from these periods and discuss their meanings, working out the messages behind them. The children then had the task to either create their own poster or re-create an example from the past, using various media. Most children opted for pencils or paint on this occasion and the results were excellent! 

We have also started a new class novel following a very close class vote between four potential books. We will now be reading ‘George’, by Alex Gino, although the novel has since been re-published and entitled ‘Melissa’. The book tells the story of a young transgender girl and although we have only read a couple of chapters, it has already generated so much discussion on equality, diversity, stereotypes and sense of belonging. 

After all the dancing and performing this week, we hope the children have a well-earned rest this weekend!

See you all on Monday.

Year 6 - Autumn 1 - Week 7

Date: 19th Oct 2023 @ 3:34pm

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Well…we have reached the end of our first half-term in Year 6!

In Maths, Mr King’s group has focused on ordering decimals. This proved to be quite tricky at first – especially with numbers that use the same digits – but we appear to have mastered this now and even found time to move onto rounding decimals. Mrs Martin’s group have revised all of the different methods and topics they have done so far this half-term and completed some timed activities on these topics to improve their fluency further. Outside of these lessons, we were treated to a Tax Education workshop delivered by HMRC employees. They explained what taxes are, how we pay them and why. This then led to some interesting discussions on what tax laws the children would introduce and how they would divide the money between sectors.  The children also took part in the North West Sumdog Contest, where they had one week to answer 1000 questions on the iOs app. After a closely fought battle with hundreds of schools, 8pm on Thursday soon rolled around and we found out that....we won! Amazing! 255 schools, 3107 pupils and we emerged victorious. What an achievement!

Our Science lessons this half-term have seen the children learning all about the classification of living things, building on their prior understanding from their animal topic in Year 4. Over the past couple of weeks, the children have classified different animals, recapped key vocabulary such as ‘vertebrate’ and ‘invertebrate’ and created fact files about different species. This week’s lessons saw the children learning about the classification of plants and microorganisms, as well as the benefits and dangers of the latter.

We have also continued with our historical knowledge this week, focusing on WW1 and how advancements in technology and use of animals in warfare would affect British citizens during this time.

Spellings have been set for the first week back; there will be no Maths and English homework set for over the break. However, Y6’s Virtual Classroom has been attached to this blog, which includes lots of relevant links for additional learning that can take place at home.

It is hard to believe that this half-term has finally come to an end. We cannot believe just how much we have packed into these past two months, but we have had many highlights, including:

- Meeting and spending time with our buddies;
- Our Robinwood residential;
- Winning the North West Sumdog Contest;
- Bikeability;
- All the different Maths games;
- All the lessons with specialist teachers, such as Spanish, Music and even Maths (Tax Workshop);
- 4-a-day: The Friday Musical!

So much enjoyment and laughter – we can’t wait for next half-term!

Year 6 - Autumn 1 - Week 6

Date: 11th Oct 2023 @ 1:07pm

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Another great week in Year 6!

In Maths, Mr King’s group concluded their rounding topic before revisiting Roman Numerals. Next week, we will be moving onto decimal work and then long multiplication and long division. In Mrs Martin’s group, the children have consolidated last week's learning and also moved onto problem solving involving column addition and subtraction. Next week, they will be moving onto long multiplication as well.

On Tuesday, we celebrated Hello Yellow Day. We discussed the purpose of the day and reminded ourselves that the term, ‘mental health’ isn’t a negative concept; we can have positive mental health and negative mental health. We listed ways in which we can help improve our mood and also discussed things we may do that actually won’t help make us feel better. We also talked about things in school that may cause us anxiety, such as being told to get into pairs. We tried to unpick some of these insecurities and shared ideas as a class for how to alleviate these worries.

In PE, we developed our stamina and long-distance running techniques on Tuesday by taking part in a 15m ‘Beep Test’. This was a good opportunity for the children to develop strategies while also providing opportunities for discussions on mindset and setting personal challenges. It was lovely to see that many of the children said they actually enjoyed the test and would like to try and improve on their results next week! Following on from ‘Hello Yellow’, we also had a session with Relax Kids as part of Thursday’s PE lesson.

A huge ‘congratulations’ to our UKS2 football team, who competed in the Formby Schools Tournament this week. They played brilliantly and were excellent role models for the school - we cannot wait to see how you perform in future matches and tournaments!

The children are aware of how to access their homework for next week – either on SATs Companion or in their books. Spellings have also been set. If your child is accessing their homework through SATs Companion and needs additional support, please remind them to watch the video input first. They can also revise any topics through the ‘Practice’ section of the app / website afterwards.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

 

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