Welcome to Year 6!
Miss McIntyre and Mrs Turner
A Fond Farewell to a Fabulous Class!
Below are the photos from the Leaver’s Party - thanks to Mrs Toolsie (Lloyd’s mum) for taking them and to all the parents who helped to set up, run and tidy up afterwards.
I’d also like to say a big thanks on behalf of myself and Mrs Turner for all the gifts and cards we received at the end of term. I hope you all have a fantastic and restful summer and that the children have a brilliant start in their new schools in September!
Friday 12th July 2019
It's been a very busy and fun-packed penultimate week for our Year 6 class!
We started the week with a juice project, where the children had to work in teams to create a new juice, taste test it, create an advert, a poster, a brand name, a juice name, design the juice label and research then explain the health benefits of their juice in a Powerpoint presentation to the class. I bravely sampled all the juices: some were definitely pleasanter on the palate than others! Overall, the children did brilliantly and produced some fantastic work in a short space of time. The winning team were rewarded with their own Mad Hatter's Tea Party style afternoon tea (technically juice).
On Tuesday, the children received their SATs results. Mr Bowker and I were very pleased with how well the children all did and I hope you were too. I have attached below a leaflet produced by the government, which I also sent home on Friday, which explains how the results will be reported to you. Greater depth standard is only officially awarded in my teacher assessment of writing, but it is unofficially and generally agreed amongst the teaching community, that a scaled score of 110 or above on the tests, is considered greater depth. If you have any questions about the SATs results, please do not hesitate to come and see me. Reports will go out on Monday with full details of your child's SATs results.
The main focus of our week has, of course, been our production of Alice in Wonderland. I was really proud of all the children and I thought they did brilliantly and acted with expression and confidence. Throughout all of the rehearsals they been very well behaved and we have had a lot of fun. Thanks to Mrs McGurk and all the KS2 staff for helping with the singing and dancing in the production and all the staff who came and helped on the nights. Also, thanks to all the parents who organised costumes and thanks to Mrs O'Hara for taking photos, which can be found on the Latest News page of the website.
All we have left now is the Leaver's Mass on Tuesday at 7pm at St Paul's, a Teddy Bear's picnic with our Reception buddies on Wednesday afternoon, the End of Year whole school mass on Thursday morning, the Leaver's Assembly on Thursday afternoon at 2.15pm, which is followed by the Leaver's Party until 5.30pm and finally, on Friday, we'll just have some fun and say all our goodbyes!
Enjoy the rest of the weekend!!
Friday 5th July 2019
This week started with a trip to Leeds Central Library to learn more about our local history - of both Leeds and Alwoodley - and to have the opportunity to use different historical sources to learn about the past, like maps, trade directories, newspapers, photographs and books. We also had a tour of the Victorian building, learning about its history and looking in some of the rooms not usually open to the public
Yesterday, those children who will start at Allerton and St John Fisher, spent a day in their new schools. All the children have now visited and/or have been visited by their new schools, so are all set for September!!
The rest of our week has mainly involved practising for the end of year play. Thanks for everyone’s help organising the outfits
We will be performing the play next week on Wednesday and Thursday at 6pm. Children need to be in school for 5.30pm.
The SATs results will be out on Tuesday so I will let the children know their own results on the day, unless you would prefer to wait until you receive their reports - just let me know.
Have a brilliant weekend!
Friday 28th June 2019
We’ve had a brilliant day today - firstly with a lovely feast day mass this morning and then with our Sports Afternoon, this afternoon! All the children were fantastic and tried hard in their races and well done to Clitheroe who were worthy winners!
Earlier this week we looked at budgets and what you can do with money that you’ve saved, as part of our ‘My Money week’. The children have learned just how expensive glue sticks really are!
We also had a visit from the NSPCC on Monday to talk about personal safety and what you can do or who you can talk to if you don’t feel safe.
The children who will be going to Cardinal Heenan in September, had their transition day on Wednesday and next week, Allerton and St John Fisher children will be visiting their schools for a taster day on Thursday, whilst Roundhay students have a three day visit!
On Monday we’ll be going to Leeds Central Library to find out some local history, through looking at newspapers, photos and maps. Other than that, we’ll be getting plenty of practice in for the play!
Don’t forget FSOP’s quiz night next Friday - a strong teacher’s team will be in attendance!! I hope to see you there!
Have a fantastic weekend and enjoy the glorious sunshine (while it lasts)!
Friday 21st June 2019
What a brilliantly busy week we’ve had! Healthy Week has been jam packed with activity!
We’ve started every day leading ‘wake-up, shake-up’ for the whole school. And the rest of the week has been a bit of a blur! But it has involved (in no particular order): Zumba, judo, dance, circuit training, cricket, golden miles, Bikeability, stuffed peppers, play practice, NSPCC assembly, girls playing football in the St Bart’s Cup, boys playing football in the Catenian Cup, girls playing in the Bishop’s Cup netball tournament, climbing, bouldering, skipping, D:Side drug education, an RE lesson, some Literacy and spending time with our Reception buddies.
It’s been a great week and we’re all thoroughly exhausted now! Next week will be a little less frantic, but there is still plenty going on as the NSPCC will be coming in to do a workshop with us on Monday; on Wednesday, Allerton and Temple Learning Academy will be coming in to meet the children who will be starting with them in September, while the Cardinal Heenan children will have their transition day; and finally on Friday we’ll be celebrating our feast day with an outdoor mass and then Sport’s Day. And we’ll be practising for our play too!
Have a relaxing and healthy weekend and enjoy the sunshine!
Friday 14th June
We've had another lovely week in Year 6. Everybody's prayers worked and we had fantastic weather in London! The children were really well behaved and didn't complain (too much) about all the walking! A big thank you to Fabian Hamilton for showing us around the Houses of Parliament. Maybe one day one of the class will be showing another St Paul's Year 6 class around! For more details, read one of the children's blogs below.
Apart from making fruit kebabs and continuing to practise for our play, we were also lucky enough to welcome Nicola from the National Holocaust Centre, who delivered an interesting and informative workshop about the Holocaust. I was really impressed by the excellent contributions that the class made to discussions and the excellent links they made with previous learning.
In RE we started our new topic Love in Action and thought about how we are all made equally in God's image. This morning, the children who are starting Cardinal Heenan in September, met some of their new teachers to find out more about what life will be like in Year 7.
Don't forget, next week is 'Healthy Week', so the children should come to school in sport's clothes all week. We won't be doing any food technology next week, as there is so much going on, like judo, Zumba, Bikeability and various other activities.
Have a lovely weekend!!
LONDON BLOG By Aisling and friends
At 7:30am, the whole class met in Leeds train station-way too early for most of us (except Freya).We then made our way to the train and sat down with our partners.We spent the two and a half hour journey to playing card games,taking pictures and chatting.When we finally arrived in London, we got on the tube at the Victoria line to Green Park and swapped to the Jubilee line to Westminster, where we met Fabian Hamilton.
Friday 7th June 2019
Welcome to our final half term in Year 6! Whilst the children might feel like they are not doing any more work now that the SATs have been completed, I can assure that they are! The majority of our time this week has involved practising our play and it's been great to see that some of the children have been making a real effort to learn their lines. Hopefully, next week, more children will be able to act without relying to much on their scripts!
We have started to look at a new text in Literacy, called Voices in the Park, by Anthony Browne, which talks about a simple trip to the park from the point of view of different characters. In a similar vein to this, the children have begun to write 'Voices in Wonderland', based on the characters in our play.
As part of our food technology curriculum, we made some tasty wholemeal pitta bread pizzas on Wednesday (I think some were more tasty than others though!) and talked about the 'Eatwell Plate'. Next Wednesday, we will be making fruit kebabs, so if the children could bring in any fruit that they would like to use, that would be brilliant - some children may want to co-ordinate and share their fruit.
Today we started PE lessons with our Leeds Rhino coach, in preparation for Sports Day at the end of the month. Some of the class also met with a teacher from St John Fisher's, who was in school to talk to them about their transition. Next week, it's the turn of the children moving on to Cardinal Heenan.
Also next week, as I am sure you are well aware, we shall be visiting London for the day on Tuesday. I have attached the itinerary letter below for your reference. We will also be having a history workshop on Thursday about the Holocaust, which links to our previous Literacy work on the book, Rose Blanche.
Have a fantastic weekend and let's hope this rain clears away before Tuesday!
Friday 24th May 2019
Happy half term everyone! It’s certainly been a very intense and busy half term and the children should enjoy a very well-earned week off (and an extra day for good measure!).
At the end of the term we will be performing our version of Alice in Wonderland (6pm on both Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th July) and we have started to practise this week. It would be great if you could help the children to practise and learn their lines at home.
On Tuesday, some of the class attended the Leeds Book Awards and had the opportunity to meet some of the authors of the books we have been reading in our book club. Additionally, some of our Mini-Vinnies went to Immaculate Heart to work with children from other local schools and plan some charity work for next half term.
On Wednesday, we all took part in a triathlon at the John Charles Centre for Sports, which was a great opportunity to try a new sport. I was very proud of all the children, who were exceptionally well behaved and did really well and then produced a wonderful information text about triathlons, back at school.
This morning we were very lucky to have one of the Year 5 parents, Dr Guantai, come and visit us to talk about cultural diversity and her experiences of moving from Kenya to England. It was really interesting for the children to see how, despite the cultural differences, there are so many similarities between living in both places.
Congratulations to the Under 11’s football team on their success at a tournament at Leeds Grammar School yesterday and to Francesca, who received a distinction in her recent clarinet exam.
We have a fun-packed half term planned for the final half term in Year 6! In the second week back we’ll be going on our trip to London, so please check your emails for more details about that.
Have a fantastic half term holiday and don’t forget, the children don’t return until Tuesday 4th June.
Friday 17th May 2019
Well done to all of Year 6 this week! Everyone has worked really hard and demonstrated an excellent attitude all week and I’m really proud of the class!
In amongst the tests, we did lots of revision, playing ‘Silent Letter Snakes and Ladders’ and ‘Maths Revision Relay Races’ as well as other games.
Today we’ve held auditions for our play, Alice in Wonderland (roles to be announced on Monday), played with our buddies and had a film afternoon (a film was on but there was a lot of talking through it - remind me never to go to the cinema with this class!).
Next week some of the children will be going to the Leeds Book Awards and others to a Mini Vinnies event, then the whole the class have the great opportunity to take part in a triathlon on Wednesday.
Thanks again for all your support in the run up to the SATs. Have a very relaxing, restful and homework free weekend!!
Friday 10th May 2019
It's been a short week this week, but we've managed to pack lots into it!
The children have continued to write some amazing alternative endings to the book we have been reading ( 'The Lost Happy Endings'), as well as doing plenty of revision too. We've looked at lots of different types of SATs questions, in a variety of ways, including through playing Pointless, The Chase and Who Wants to be a Millionaire? This class certainly know their quiz shows!
I have attached the letter I sent home yesterday, with all you need to know about next week. The children have worked really hard and I am extremely proud, as I'm sure you are, of the attitude that they have demonstrated this year and particularly in the last few weeks.
Have a lovely, relaxing weekend. There is homework for the children to complete, if they feel that they need to or want to, and I have provided the answer booklets to the CGP books, so that they can check their answers.
3rd May 2019
This week has been fun-filled with revision in Year 6. As well as recalling and applying maths and literacy skills that we’ve learned in Key Stage Two, through answering old SATs questions, we have also made mocktails and created our own Blockbuster SPAG games.
On Friday morning, we took a bit of time out from revision to watch the women’s race in the Tour de Yorkshire. Year 6 were brilliant cheering the cyclists on and looking after their buddies as we walked there and back.
I have set some pages from the homework books for the children to complete for next Friday and also asked that they complete the rest of the books - focusing on the specific areas that they themselves feel the need to revise. I’ll give out all the answer books next week.
Letters went out last week regarding St Paul’s leaver’s hoodies. Elizabeth and Niamh brought a sample of sizes for the children to try. If you would like your child to have one, please return the slips and payment to the girls or their mums by Wednesday 9th May.
Enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend!!
Friday 26th April
Welcome back! I hope you had a lovely Easter holiday!
We’ve squeezed a lot into our four days this week, starting with a PSHE morning, where we made our own worry dolls and discussed how we can promote positive body images and be happy with how special and unique we all are.
We’ve being doing lots of revising too, to prepare for the tests in the week beginning May 13th. Thank you for helping to ensure that the children completed their homework in the holidays.
Our Maths work is mainly recapping mathematical concepts and looking at the range of question types that we may encounter, where we have to apply these concepts. In Literacy, we’re looking at the book ‘The Lost Happy Endings’ and exploring figurative and poetic language.
Have a fantastic weekend!!
Friday 5th April 2019
We had an enjoyable start to the week, as the whole class fell for a little April Fool on Monday! But we swiftly settled down to starting our revision in Maths and have tackled percentages, angles and division this week.
As this has been our Holy Week in school, we completed our RE work through Literacy as well. The children researched and took part in our version of the trial of Jesus. All of the children were very impressive, arguing for the defence and prosecution of Jesus, then writing a discussion about whether they thought that the trial was fair.
Throughout the week, the children have been trying to crack some codes and decipher some anagrams to allow them to take part in an Easter egg hunt this morning. Then this afternoon we watched Year 4's Passion Play, which was the perfect end to our Holy Week.
I hope you all enjoy the holidays and have a happy and holy Easter!
Friday 29th March 2019
Not too much to say this week apart from well done to the children for working hard completing their practice SATs! Their tests will be sent home next week.
Thanks to everyone who came to our assembly on Thursday - we hope you found it relaxing! It was quite a lot of work trying to put it together in the midst of the tests, so the children have done really well.
Have a lovely weekend!!
Friday 22nd March
We finished a fantastic week in Year 6, with our U11 football team beating St Peter’s 4-3, in a very entertaining match. Well done to the Year 6 boys who took part!
All the class have been working really hard to master fractions, decimals and percentages in Maths lesson this week. It’s also been great to see the children consolidating their long division skills and showing a great aptitude for algebra!
We have a secret mission in Literacy, that we can’t discuss too much, but needless to say, the children are working really hard and producing some excellent writing, with especially good vocabulary.
PE found us circuit training on Monday - demonstrating core strength, stamina and agility. Next week, PE will be on Friday afternoon instead.
Finally, in RE we are exploring the events of Holy Week and discussing how Jesus’ words and actions were twisted at the time and ultimately used against him.
None of the children wrote the blog this afternoon, as we were practising our assembly, which will be next Thursday at 9am.
We’re also doing tests next week, so the children will be familiar with how things will run in the actual SATs week in May.
Have a great weekend!!
Friday 15th March
It’s now the second week of Lent, and this week Year 6 have been focusing on almsgiving, by trying to raise money for CAFOD and the Good Shepherd’s appeal, through keeping silent for a morning (which I loved!) and running a ‘Crack the Egg’ competition.
It was great to meet with so many parents at the two parent’s evenings this week. Thank you for coming into school and taking the time to look at all the hard work that we’ve been doing. All your support is very much appreciated. I have attached a couple of websites that the children might find useful to use at home to help to consolidate their learning. And a big thank you to Romy, who has written this week’s blog.
On Monday we visited Leeds’ Grand Mosque, so we could learn more about the faith of Islam. We learned a lot of interesting facts and tried on clothes that people from Muslim countries all over the globe wear. In the afternoon, we did P.E and we made bridges with our partners, as well as travelling across gym equipment. This was part of our bridges project for National Science week.
On Tuesday - following on from the previous day - we made bridges with paper, tape, paper clips and thread, having looked at a variety of types of bridges. We made this into a competition to see who could make the best bridge, according to a set criteria. I’m pleased to say that my group won!!
On Wednesday, we were set a special mission from MI5. But it’s too secret so I’m afraid I cannot divulge any further information. We also had the opportunity to see how a Van de Graff generator works - it was certainly hair-raising for some!
On Thursday we did a whole morning of silence for CAFOD. I am surprised we survived!
Friday finished with a St Patrick’s day assembly, and the Irish dancers showed us their talent, along with some of our fabulous musicians, Tom and Aisling. After marking our homework in the afternoon, we worked on our podcast, which involve a range of topics from parkour to politics.
All in all, in Year 6 we have had a great week!
Have a fabulous weekend everyone!
Websites to Support Revision
BBC Spellits – http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/spellits/index.shtml
The Spelling League - https://thespellingleague.co.uk/ (the children all have usernames and passwords for this)
BBC Revisewise English – https://www.bbc.com/education/subjects/zv48q6f
BBC Revisewise Maths - https://www.bbc.com/education/subjects/z826n39
Mathletics - http://uk.mathletics.com/
Daily Maths practice - http://www.compare4kids.co.uk/maths.php
Friday 8th March 2019
This week’s update is from JJ and Josef.
Year 6 have been busy this week. On Monday we listened to a relaxing podcast in PSHE and thought about our emotional well-being . We then finished our day by doing dancing in PE. On Tuesday we had our usual routine of maths and reading in the morning and in the afternoon, RE, where we have been learning about Islam. On Wednesday we finished off incomplete work and had our weekly French lesson with Madam Beti. On Thursday we had World Book Day; it was good fun, with lots of great ideas for outfits (Boy in the Dress 👗 Billionaire Boy and his minder and many Harry Potters). We celebrated this special occasion by reading with our Reception buddies and our Year 3 buddies.
And finally, today we got a visit from our local MP(Fabian Hamilton), who answered our questions on Brexit and all the main headlines- including the newly formed Independent Party - it was very interesting.
Don’t forget our trip to the mosque on Monday - everyone needs to bring a packed lunch.
We will also be doing a morning of silence next Thursday, as part of our Lenten fundraising for CAFOD. In addition to that, we need plastic eggs and small chocolate treats for our Friday Fundraising Game in the playground. Any donations are happily received!
Have a fantastic weekend!!
Friday 15th February 2019
Happy half term holidays! I haven't set any homework for next week, as the children have been working so hard since Christmas. So they deserve a well-earned break! But I have asked them to keep up their daily reading! Now over to MD to update you on the week.
Over the last week we have been doing all sorts of things.
In PE, we had Miss Wray and we were working in groups to form a short routine to 32 beats🎼, to Shakira's 'Waka Waka (This time for Africa)'.
On Tuesday afternoon, we had RE and we were learning more about the mass, after the altar servers ran us through what happens in the mass last week. After half term we will be making a leaflet about the mass to show our understanding.
In Science. we made a pin hole camera with Mrs Mercer and tested them outside on a sunny day and we could see a single light ray - it was cool😎. Also on that day, we had Valentine’s Day 😍. Some of us gave our special someone a little something.
To end the half term, we had a Yorkshire Tucker Trial this afternoon. You didn't have to take part if you didn't want to, but if you did, you got to sample delights like pig's eyeballs (really lychee), bits of brain (raspberries), fish scales (seaweed) and barbeque mealworm (barbeque mealworm). When we knew what we were eating, it didn't seem quite so bad! It was all about mind over matter!
Have a lovely half term everyone!! Don't forget, schools starts again on Tuesday 26th February!
Friday 8th February 2019
Over the last week the class have been recording how much time they spend looking on screens and, whilst it is reassuring that they still complete a lot of other activities, the children did generally agree that it made them realise that they spend an awful lot of time looking at screens! Something parents can remind them of when they're glued to their phones!
This week, BM is filling you in on the past week in Year 6.
In English, we explored when to use hyphens and played fun games and learnt whilst we played ! We wrote about a picture from Harry Potter and some were so good, that two children even showed Mr. Bowker. We also practised our spellings.
We were very sporty too: the boys played a football game (we won 2-0) and the girls and one boy ran a cross country race but none of them got through, sadly.
In Maths we are doing metric measurements and have been measuring, converting and lots more! And were still going with TT rockstars and Mathletics .
But the measuring doesn’t stop there - in Science we have been measuring the length of shadows.
In our PHSE lessons, we have learnt and talked about the things we need to grow up, as well as considering our digital footprint and how much time we spend on looking on screens!
We have been very busy as you can see we are preparing for our SATs and our move to secondary school.
Thank you for reading our blog this week!😜
Have a fabulous weekend!!
Friday 1st February 2019
From now on, the children will be writing our weekly blog. Thanks to EC for this week’s!
Year six have had a great week learning about lots of different things .
In Maths, we have been learning about line graphs and how to draw them. In English we have been learning how to write a balanced discussion about the question: should Rose Blanche save the little boy from the SS troopers?
In RE, we had a fabulous time playing a board game about the Last Supper and trying to put the mass in order.
We have been learning lots about how to be safe online and doing an online safety quiz, to link with Internet Safety day next Tuesday. For homework, Miss McIntyre has asked us to record all the time we spend looking at screens this week. We are also thinking about our digital footprints.
In Science, we have been learning about light and eyes and how they are connected.
Finally, ( the best bit ) we finally got snow! We had lots of fun in the snow, making snow balls and snow men!⛄️❄️🌨
Have a (snowy) fantastic weekend .
25th January 2019
Happy Burns night!
We celebrated the day dedicated to the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns, by sampling some haggis, Irn Bru and tablet, and listening to the famous poem ‘Address to a Haggis’. This was a lovely way to end a week of tests!
It hasn’t just been tests all week though! We did some art-history in RE, where we looked at The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci and made links between this and mass.
In Literacy, we have been looking at discussion texts and worked in small groups to write a balanced discussion about whether Doctor Who should be allowed to retire from being a time lord. We were very lucky to be visited by some time lords who helped us to explore this issue!
We used lots of equipment in our gymnastics lesson this week and explored how to move around the equipment using some of the gymnastic techniques we have been learning.
Spellings will be given out on Monday!
Have a lovely weekend!!
19th January 2019
This week Year 6 have been finding out more about World War Two, building on their learning in Year 5. We are reading the book Rose Blanche, which is set in a German town in WW2 and the children have produced some wonderful descriptions of one of the pictures in the book.
We’ve been really getting to grips with fractions still in Maths, but next week we’ll move to looking at finding areas and perimeters.
We’ll also be completing some assessments in both Literacy and Numeracy next week, to help to assess where the children are in their learning and to inform planning.
In RE, we have been starting to explore the mass by looking at the story of Passover.
On Friday afternoons we’re having computing lessons and the children are alternating between coding and planning podcasts.
Next week we will be attending mass on Wednesday at 9.30am and will be having a special history lesson on Wednesday afternoon.
Have a great weekend!!
Friday 11th January 2019
Welcome back and Happy New Year!! I hope you all had a happy and holy Christmas!
We started our new term off with a PSHE day, where we started to think about all the changes that will take place this year, particularly moving to secondary school. We thought about our goals for the future and how important it is to set smaller goals first, in order to achieve long term goals. We also thought about how important it is to have a growth mindset and particularly how having resilience will help us to achieve our goals and help us with the transition from St Paul’s that the children will make later this year.
We finished our dragons topic in Literacy today, completing poetry about weather dragons. The children have been looking at figurative language and how we can create clear images for the reader, using similes and metaphors.
In Maths, we are continuing to explore fractions and have been multiplying fractions by whole numbers and other fractions.
A new thing that has started this term is a ‘Rebel Girls’ group that will meet weekly to discuss politics and global issues. The boys were invited to join but opted not to, so the girls decided upon their name (not to put the boys off!).
Next week we will be starting Maths booster sessions for all children in Year 6, from 8.25am on Wednesdays, up until SATS week in May.
There will be a talent assembly next Thursday, so if any of the class want to take part in it, they should let me know on Monday.
Have a great weekend!
Friday 21st December 2018
It’s been a very busy last week of the term! Year 6 have been involved in lots of carol singing; playing football (and winning!); selling slime at the Enterprise Market; practising and taking part in the Advent Service; practising and taking part in the Advent Garden; making Christmas cards; attending mass; exchanging gifts with our Advent Angels and Reception buddies; enjoying party games and a disco; and watching the Scots Pine band (with a new addition to their line up) performing in the library.
We’ve had a great first term in Year 6 and the children have worked very hard and made some great progress. After a good rest over the holidays, I’m sure they’ll return and work even harder!
I hope you all have a very relaxing, happy and holy Christmas, full of lots of love and laughter! (And thank you for all the lovely gifts and cards!) See you all next year!!
Friday 14th December 2018
We are fast approaching Christmas and the children having been practising for our KS2 Advent Service next Thursday evening and our Advent Garden next Friday afternoon. Both the services allow time for a bit of quiet, calm and reflection in this manic time of year, so we would love you to join us for them.
This week has found us busy making slime and travelling through time! The slime is for our Enterprise Market next Tuesday afternoon (something else to add to the diary!) and the children have been working hard to produce posters, adverts and packaging for their slime. It has been a learning curve for us all but the children have enjoyed being creative and working with their teams.
On Wednesday we travelled back to the Victorian times, where there was no electricity, which made the classroom a bit dark and chilly! The children learned Maths by rote (see if they can remember how many pounds are in a guinea), recited poetry, made some Victorian Christmas decorations and did some needlework.
Well done to the Mini Vinnies and choir, who looked after and entertained grandparents and local residents at the Community Cafe yesterday afternoon. There was a lovely atmosphere and the children did the school proud.
Today we were all resplendent in our Christmas jumpers! Don’t forget, next Wednesday is also non-uniform day as we’ll be having our party in the afternoon.
This week I have set homework which will be due in on the Friday of the first week back after Christmas. So there is plenty of time to complete it!
Have a fantastic weekend!
7th December 2018
Happy Advent! We commenced this week with a special Advent day on Monday, when we decorated our classroom in a festive manner and compared different versions of the nativity story in two of the gospels. Everyone in class also selected an Advent Angel, at random, to make an extra special effort with this Advent and if they want to leave little treats or messages for them, that is fine. It has created a really lovely atmosphere in the classroom.
Then on Tuesday, after lots of preparation, twenty four children in the class made their Confirmations at Immaculate Heart Church. It was a packed venue and the all the children looked very smart and behaved impeccably. We had a small celebration in class on Wednesday afternoon (which generally involved the children eating a lot of treats!).
Maths has involved us using lots of number facts that we have stored away in our brains, from numeracy work we completed lower down in the school. These facts have helped us to link fractions, decimals and percentages and to find fractions of amounts.
Dragons continue to be the main topic of our writing in Literacy, with the children writing their own dragon stories this week. Once again, I have been incredibly impressed with the writing that is being produced in class and the excellent attitude to learning that is demonstrated.
I will not be sending spellings home for the next two weeks as we will be having some random tests on the spellings that we have looked at over the last term, instead.
Finally, we are preparing for our Enterprise Market on December 18th and the class have chosen to make slime to sell. So we are planning and preparing by deciding on our product name, slogan and packaging and next week we will hopefully produce an advert and posters to promote our product.
Have a fantastic weekend and if the children could try and go to mass this weekend, that would be wonderful!
30th November 2018
We’ve been busy with assessments in Year 6 this week and all the children should be really proud of the progress that they have made since September. They definitely deserve a treat at the Advent Bazaar on Sunday!!
In Literacy, we’re still studying dragons and have been writing our own reports about dragons. Amazingly, we discovered dragon dust in our prayer garden on Monday morning and suspect that it may have been the Golden Acre Frost Dragon, which has been sighted in the local area recently. We took some samples and sent them off to Professor Darkfire’s assistant, Moonstone.
Next Tuesday, the children will be making their Confirmations at Immaculate Heart and in preparation for that, Canon Tim came in today, to hear Confession for each child. He will come in again on Monday just to talk to us about what happens in the Confirmation ceremony, so that the children are fully prepared.
We’d like to welcome Miss Wray to Year 6, who joined us on yesterday and will be with us next week and then after Christmas.
And as someone new joins us, unfortunately one of our lovely girls, Lottie, is leaving St Paul’s to travel around New Zealand! We wish her safe travels and hope she has an absolutely amazing time!
Have a great weekend everyone and I hope to see some of you at the Advent Bazaar on Sunday. Happy St Andrew’s Day!
23rd November 2018
We’ve had another fun-packed week in Year 6, full of fractions, friendships, dragons and a Victorian murder!
We’ve been using our knowledge of factors and multiples to simplify and compare fractions in Maths. Whereas in Literacy, we discovered that someone left us a book called Dragonology, encouraging us to become dragonologists. Then the esteemed dragonologist, Professor Darkfire, and his assistant, Mr Lowry, visited us today to tell us all about their studies of dragons. They were extremely knowledgable!
On Tuesday, we went to the Abbey House Museum to help to solve the murder of Mr Sellit, a travelling salesman, who was found dead outside Mr Floggit’s Pawnbroker shop. The class made an excellent set of detectives and successfully found the murderer.
The children have been taking part in lots of different sporting activities this week too and have been devising their own games in Monday afternoon PE lessons.
For friendship week this week, we’ve been wearing odd socks and tights to show how we respect and celebrate our differences. We’ve also continued talking about how to maintain healthy relationships, even when things are a bit challenging.
Finally, we’ve developed our manifesto for our revolution to help to save Africa, so we can begin to get ourself organised and start to raise awareness and money.
Hopefully you all received letters about the Confirmation, which will be the week after next.
Have a fantastic weekend!
16th November 2018
Year 6 should be really proud of themselves this week! Not only did they start a revolution, but they also showed their amazing potential as teachers, when they took over the classroom today, as part of Children in Need.
A history lesson about the Industrial Revolution started a conversation about what a revolution was, which somehow ended with the class deciding that they were on strike (although they carried on working) as they didn’t want to have to wear uniform anymore! By the end of the afternoon, having looked at the lack of funding for sustainable energy projects in Africa, (as part of our RE topic about Justice) the children felt that saving Africa was a more worthy and important cause. I was very impressed to see how they had all united overnight and worked together, to prepare banners and posters (and even a poem), to show their support for Africans and their intentions to ‘Save Africa’. Their playground protest on Wednesday morning certainly demonstrated their serious intent, so we discussed what kind of action we could take and next week we will draw up our manifesto!
If that wasn’t enough, some of the children taught all the lessons today. We had a Pudsey Bear biscuit decorating lesson; a lesson on architecture; some IPad art; a super science activity and a dance lesson. All the children involved put a lot of effort into the preparation and delivery of their lessons, so as promised, I will donate £5 to Children in Need for each lesson.
Next week, we have our trip to the Abbey House Museum in Leeds on Tuesday - please can you make sure you check your emails to see the letter about the trip.
Have a great weekend!!
I9th November 2018
The children returned to school on Monday, when we had a PSHE morning, thinking about the relationships we have and how we can keep them healthy and positive. In the afternoon, we had our first session with Scott and Harry, two students from Leeds Beckett University, which involved playing a range of games and adapting them.
In Maths, we have been looking at the order of operations and BIDMAS (Brackets, Indices,
Division, Multiplication, Addition, Subtraction).
Our new book in Literacy is called ‘The Arrival’ and is a picture book about a migrant. This has allowed us to explore the journey and experiences of migrants and refugees. Next week we plan to create guides for people who might be new to our country and, more specifically, to Leeds. Some aspects of this have linked nicely with our new RE topic of Justice. In this we have been discussing Fairtrade and how we can be global neighbours.
In topic, we continue to learn about the Victorians. Having been inspired by the Victorian artist, William Morris, we created our own prints using polystyrene squares that we carved our designs into, before rolling them with paint and printing them onto paper. Next week we will use our prints to create something else!
Have a a lovely weekend!
27th October 2018
We have finally reached the end of the first half term! The children have worked really hard for the past eight weeks and I hope parents will see the progress that they have made already in Year 6, at parent's evening after the half term holidays.
Our focus for Literacy this week has been the short film called 'Ruin', which the class wrote narratives for, as I mentioned last week. Children were able to work independently or with a partner to create their narrative and then, on Friday afternoon, we used iMovie to record our narrative over the film and also add backing music and other effects.
We continued to explore division in Maths and looked at a couple of methods for long division, examples of which I have sent home and have included below.
Just a reminder that forms for Confirmation need to be in as soon as possible. I have spare ones if necessary. Secondary school applications must be completed by next Wednesday 31st October.
We had our last extra session of PE with Dan on Friday, but we will work with him again in the Summer term. Next half term, PE will be the whole of Monday afternoons and two students from Leeds Beckett University will be coming to work with the class, to help them to develop their own games.
Have a lovely half term holiday!! I have set homework as normal and additionally recommended that the children watch last week's episode of Doctor Who, which links in nicely with our work for Black History Month.
19th October 2018
It’s been a real pleasure to read the work of some budding authors this week. The children wrote their version of the next chapter in Streetchild and I’ve been really impressed by the originality of their ideas and the effort that they have put into their work. Next week in Literacy, we’ll be writing a monologue to accompany a film. We will then record our monologue and play them over the film, using iMovie.
Division has been our operation of choice in Maths for the last couple of days. I think the children have really realised how important times table knowledge is in order to solve division problems. I’ll send out the Rock Star Maths and Mathletics passwords again next week, so the children can practice and improve their maths skills at home too.
In RE, we have been learning about the Sacrament of Marriage and the children have written some lovely reflections on why people get married and what advice the Bible has for married couples.
Confirmation forms were sent home today. If your child was not baptised in the parish, please can you attach a copy of their baptism certificate. You can return everything to school and we will pass it on to Canon Tim.
As it’s Black History Month, we’ve been discussing racism and how ignorance, suspicion and peer pressure are all factors that lead to prejudice. Last week, we found out about Walter Tull - one of Britain’s first black outfield footballers and one of the first officers in the British army of Afro Caribbean descent. He suffered racism at many of the matches he played in and, unfortunately, this is still an issue for footballers today, despite efforts by the FA and FIFA through their no tolerance campaigns.
Thanks to the Mini Vinnies in the class, who have been leading the rosary at playtimes in this month of the Holy Rosary.
Enjoy your weekend!
12th October 2018
Multiplication, the lives of Victorian children, William Morris and football have all featured in Year 6 this week.
We’ve moved onto long multiplication in Maths and everyone has demonstrated a good grasp of it. Next week we’ll be focusing on short division and then long division.
Our novel, Streetchild, took an unfortunate turn and the main character ended up in the workhouse. But then he escaped! Next week the class will be writing the next chapter of the story, so we’ve been finding out about the kind of jobs that children in Victorian England had - they weren’t very pleasant. In our topic work, we have continued the Victorian theme - looking at where the Victorian era fits into world history. We have also studied the work of William Morris and are beginning to design our own patterned wallpaper for the classroom.
The gifts of the Holy Spirit have been our focus in RE lessons, as we continue to prepare for the children’s Confirmation in December.
PE is all about football for the rest of the half term. On that note, the Under 11 team maintained their unbeaten record this week, winning a game against St Urban’s and then drawing with Alwoodley.
Don’t forget that secondary school applications need to be submitted by October 31st. If you have any questions, please do come and see myself, Mrs Mercer or Mr Bowker.
Enjoy your weekend!!
5th October 2018
Lots of the class have managed to get on the gold star this week, which is a fantastic start to October!
We have started to read our new novel, Streetchild, and the class have been exploring the idea of empathy and how we can use evidence from the text to imagine for ourselves what it might be like to be a particular character in the story.
In our Maths work, we are beginning to look at efficient methods of calculation using the four operations, beginning with column addition and subtraction.
In RE, the children explored what the sacrament of Confirmation involves and have reflected on why they are getting confirmed and what it means to them to get confirmed.
We were entertained by a variety of children on Thursday in our first talent assembly. Our renamed Peat Rigg talent show winners, Scotch Mist, played us a cover of Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes and two of the girls made us chuckle with a very funny comedy sketch about accents.
Finally, we ended our week with a Harvest Festival, led by our Mini Vinnies. Thank you to everyone who contributed hats, scarves and gloves - the representatives from the St Vincent de Paul Society were delighted.
I’ve finally managed to get photos of the class with all their buddies from Reception. The children are thoroughly enjoying taking it in turns to spend time reading with Reception on Friday afternoons.
That’s all for this week! Have a great weekend and enjoy Leeds Light Night if you get the chance to go (I can highly recommend it!).
28th September 2018
We have had a great week in Year 6 this week! The children have all been working really hard and are settling into the routines.
We have continued to produce work related to our residential in Peat Rigg - the children have written a set of instructions for one of the activities and a leaflet to persuade Year 5 to go there for their residential. Next week we will begin reading a novel set in Victorian London.
During Maths lessons, we have been focusing on the place value of numbers up to ten million. The children have been securing and deepening their understanding of this through completing a variety of more challenging activities, where they need to apply their knowledge and understanding of place value. We will explore negative numbers next week and then begin to look at the four operations.
Thinking about the Sacrament of Reconciliation has been a key part of our Confirmation preparation this week. Father Josh also came in to talk to the class on Wednesday morning, to discuss the importance of the Sacraments in our Catholic journey.
We finally started our Victorian topic work on Wednesday too, sketching some of William Morris’s patterns and then today we started to research Queen Victoria, in preparation for writing a short biography about her next week.
That’s all for now! I hope you have a lovely and peaceful weekend!
21st September 2018
Thank you to all of the parents who were able to make our class assembly this week - I hope you enjoyed all our performances and tales of Peat Rigg!
We started our Confirmation sessions in RE at the start of this week, focusing on the Sacrament of Baptism. It was lovely to see photos from and hear all about the children’s baptisms. The children also produced some really lovely and mature RSVPs to Jesus’ invitation to become one of His disciples.
Our Literacy lessons have focused on writing recounts of our residential week and we have just started today to write a set of instructions for one of the activities.
In Maths, the children have been looking at the place value of some very large numbers (up to tens of millions) and have been generally trying to get back into a mathematical frame of mind, after a couple of months off!
The children have received some homework books today and their spellings to learn for next week. I have also set some homework on Mathletics.
Have a lovely weekend!!
14th September 2018
What a fantastic week we’ve had at Peat Rigg! The class have been fantastically behaved, showing excellent manners and great team work. All the children have really pushed themselves, with some taking strides out of their comfort zone. Mrs McGurk, Mr Bowker and myself have had a great week filled with lots of laughs and we’re really proud of our Year 6.
I hope you’ll be able to make it to our class assembly next Thursday for more tales of our fabulous week away!
Have a restful and relaxing weekend (I know I will be!)
Monday and Tuesday
7th September 2018
Welcome to Year 6!
I hope you had a lovely Summer holiday and are ready for the exciting year ahead! Thank you to all of the parents who made it to the meeting this week and sorry it was at such late notice. All of the information (and more details of what the children will be learning in this term), will be in our Curriculum Newsletter which will be sent out in a couple of weeks.
We have had a lovely first week in Year 6! The children have been brilliant and have settled into the classroom and the Year 6 routine really well. Congratulations to our new School Council members and House Captains and Vice Captains who are pictured below.
Next week we'll be on our residential in Peat Rigg ( http://www.peatrigg.org/ ) and I'll try to post photos on Twitter and on this page if and when we get any wifi. I know that the children will have an amazing weekend and lots of exciting memories will be made!
Have a lovely weekend!