Year 6

Week 5
Friday 26th March

On Thursday 1 April, St. Charles' RC Primary changed its name to St. Charles' Catholic Primary School and became part of a new family; the Bishop Bewick Trust. Mrs Nealings held a video call with the children to announce this exciting news and we all celebrated with an ice cream and an extended break in the sun.

 

This week, we began our new RE topic, Lent, by discussing the meaning of new life and death and completed spiritual art. The children produced some lovely pieces – check them out in the gallery below! We also spent time in Forest School, reflecting upon our Lenten promises as we approach Holy Week. Next week, we will recall the events leading up to Jesus’s death and resurrection.

 

In English, we had great fun learning all about the features of nonsense poems. We looked closely at Jabberwocky, written by Lewis Carol, which we really enjoyed reciting and then performing to the rest of the class. We then wrote our own imitations of  Jabberwocky and finished the unit by writing our own nonsense poems!

 

Well done on another week of hard work year 6 - have a lovely weekend!

Week 4
Friday 19th March

We’ve had another action-packed week in year 6! We began by experimenting refraction in science and discussed how light waves travel at a different speed when they go through other transparent materials, such as water or glass.  We discovered that refraction creates illusions – check out the pictures below!

 

In RE we wrote a guide explaining the sacrament of the Eucharist, fit for those who are new to the faith. We discussed the meaning behind Holy Communion, where it began and the impact it has on individuals and communities. We then ended our ‘Unity’ topic with a lovely liturgy which was led by the children. We reflected on situations that unite us and the children provided ideas on how we can remain unite going forward.

 

We ended the week, celebrating Red Nose Day by painting our noses red and sharing jokes. Mrs Nealings picked her favourite as part of a competition at the end of the day…

 

My favourite was ‘ Why did the teacher roll her eyes?'

Because she couldn’t control her pupils!!!

 

Have a restful weekend year 6!

 

Miss Farrar

Week 4
Friday 12th March

It’s been wonderful to have you all back in school year 6! You’ve all settled in so well after what has been a very unusual few months and have slipped right back into routines, demonstrating positive attitudes towards your work  – congratulations on completing your first week back!

 

We’ve had a very busy week in year 6. In maths, we’ve been investigating the properties of different shapes and have conquered some tricky problem solving questions relating to angles. In English, we’ve been learning all about the features of a news report in preparation for writing our own next week. We really enjoyed going into role as different characters from film hook ‘ The Lighthouse’ in order to explore the rules of direct and reported speech. I’ll be sure to update you with some of the work produced next week!

 

In science, we investigated light and how it reflects to enable us to see objects which are over or around something. Check out the images below to see the results!

 

The highlight of our week, was definitely the lovely prayers produced in RE, when we discussed the meaning behind each part of the Our Father and created our own modern interpretations. I’ve included some examples of the work produced in the gallery below!

 

Well done for all of your hard work this week - have a lovely weekend !

 

Miss Farrar

Friday 8 January
 
Happy New Year
 
During this lockdown blogs will not be updated weekly while we continue to teach in school and deliver home learning. I hope you understand. We look forward to welcoming all the children back soon.
Friday 18 December
 

We have had a jam packed week of festive fun in Year 6!

On Tuesday we took part in a computer Micro:Bit workshop. First we had to programme our Micro:bit to create a dice so we could play festive bingo. We created the programme on the computer and downloaded it to our Micro:bit via USB. Once you shook the Micro:bit it would act like a dice showing numbers.

We were then given the challenge of creating a programme that would let us light up a Christmas decoration. We had to use several USB cables and create a circuit with our microbit. It was so much fun and some of us were lucky enough to choose colour changing lights!

Thanks to GEM Education for coming in and doing the workshop with us. 

We also spent the week learning all about Forces in science. We conducted several investigations and experiments all about gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction. 

We finished the week with our Christmas party where we watched a pantomine and took part in lots of party games and quizzes.

One more week to go until Christmas now, I'm looking forward to our last two days of DT and Art to finish off a brilliant term. 

Miss Hutton

 

 

Friday 11 December
 
Year 6 have had a lovely day today and enjoyed wearing our Christmas jumpers to raise money for Save The Children. We have been practising our socially distanced singing outside and today we were recorded singing 'Jingle Bells' and 'Deck The Halls.' This afternoon we also completed some art work for the Mini Vinnies' 'Hearts for Homes' project. This involved writing a message to someone in a care home and drawing a picture to cheer them up as we know they may feel lonely at this time of year (even more so because of Covid).
Our day had a very exciting end with a power cut!
Friday 27 November
 
This week in Maths we have been exploring 2d and 3d shapes. We revised the properties of different shapes and explored nets. On Thursday, we had a practical lesson: we were given an image of a net and had to test out whether the net would be able to make a 3d shape. We also had fun creating our own 3d shapes and exploring their net.
Friday 20 November
 
On Wednesday, Year 6 spent part of their afternoon in Forest School. We were very excited to have a campfire... and luckily the weather was kind to us. Miss Owens worked with small groups of children to bake bread over the fire... she made dough prior to the lesson for us to use. We had to use a long stick, cover the end of the stick with tin foil then twist the dough around the tin foil. We then had to get into the 'respect position' so we were sturdy before putting the end of our stick above the flames of the fire to cook our dough. We rotated the stick to ensure all the dough was baked evenly. When we were happy that it was baked enough, we waited for it to cool enough so we could touch it then ate the bread... some of us even chose to have some homemade jam with it!
Whilst small groups were working with Miss Owens, the rest of the class were creating an obstacle course using natural resources from the Forest School. The children that did not get a chance to bake bread this week will be able to do this before the end of term.
Overall we had an amazing afternoon and can't wait for our next opportunity to use the Forest School area.
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Friday 13 November
 
Homework in Year 6
 

Reading: Children are expected to read daily and record in the yellow reading records. Children can record a range of books from home, the school library and the colour band books from school.

 

Maths: Mathletics is set every Monday and is due the following Monday. Year 6 now have access to Times Table Rockstars (using their previous login details) and Mrs Binney will set challenges each Monday – this will need to be completed by the following Friday.

 

English (Grammar): This is set via Teams every Friday and is expected to be completed by the following Wednesday.

 

English (Spelling): Spellings are stuck into the spelling homework books at the start of each term. Each week, children are to practise the spellings for the week by writing a line of each word then apply it to a sentence. This work is set on a Friday and due the following Friday when it will be marked in class.

Friday 6 November
 
Year 6 had a fantastic morning to celebrate the feast of St Charles. We started our morning by understanding what a mission and a missionary is - by sending someone out of the classroom while we enjoyed a treat! We tried to get the message to the person who was out of the class so we could tell them they could come and enjoy a treat... this proved to be difficult! We realised the best way to do this was to send a missionary to the hall to spread the message.
 
We then focused on the importance of our school mission and what it means. We designs a new school logo in our art books before making 3D versions of them. 
Friday 16 October
In art this term, Year 6 have been exploring a range of sketching techniques. Whilst doing this, they have examined artwork by Geoff Nutkin and have started to use sketching techniques in the style of Geoff Nutkin.
Friday 9 October
 
Year 6 have had another busy week! We have particularly worked hard in maths over the past few days as we begin to grasp the method for long division. Some children found it tricky and so I will put a video on Teams over the weekend if they wish to practise at home. 
 
Today was 'Brighten up the Harvest' day and I was very impressed with the range of colours that brightened our classroom... thank you for making a great effort. We started our Friday with some PE assessments.. Mrs Binney had fun making slo-mo videos while we worked hard!
 
 
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Friday 2 October

 

Calm Down!

In RHE this week, we explored different emotions we may experience or have experiences as a result of Coronavirus or everyday life. We focused particularly on anxiety, discussing how it feels different to different people and how it can effect day to day activities. We discussed how anxiety might make you feel, think and act. To help us cope with these feelings, we explored different coping strategies to help keep our bodies calm and relaxed. We made a ‘calm down’ dice which will help us when we feel stressed, anxious or worried.

Friday 25 September
 
Happy Friday!
 
Year 6 have had a fantastic week filled with fun. On Wednesday afternoon we spent time with Miss Owens and Mrs Binney in the forest school area. We were given a very basic outline of the area and a tree identification sheet. Our task was to identify the different trees and add them to our map. If we weren't sure what type of tree it was then we kept a leaf and did some research to find out. Even though it was a very rainy afternoon, it didn't dampen our spirits!
 
On Thursday morning we had a computing workshop via video link with Chris from RGS. We spent the entire morning using Scratch to create and program our very own Pacman game. Some parts were quite tricky but we worked together to solve the bugs that occurred. 
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Friday 18 September
 
Year 6 are lucky enough to have NUFC coaches come into school to teach hockey this half term. This week we practised how to control the ball by passing the ball to a partner through 'gates.' We then developed our skills by moving around the pitch - communication with our partner was vital. At the end of the lesson we played small games (2 vs 2) and gained points for every goal we scored as well as every pass we made.
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