Year 6

Year 6

Hello! Myself (Mrs Hamilton) and Mrs Riley are your teachers this year  – together we will be working as a team to make this a fun and successful year for all! After such a long break and uncertain times we all faced, please be reassured that our main priority is to look after you all, support you all in your learning and prepare you for your next journey to High school. 

We will be adding all the amazing learning to this page over each half term so please keep checking!

For parents, we operate an open door policy and we are available at the end of the day, alternatively please get in touch by phoning the office or message on Class Dojo and either myself or Mrs Riley will get back to you as soon as we can. 

Lets make 2021-2022 a brilliant year – they really do deserve it! 

Many thanks

Mrs Hamilton and Mrs Riley

General information: 

Physical Education: P.E lessons will be a Tuesday. Please ensure you wear correct kit on PE days and you come in prepared on Tuesday for P.E 

Homework: Your child will receive maths, English, spelling, R.E value thoughts and Creative Curriculum homework on a home learning log sheet that will be handed out on a Friday. This is to be completed at home in anyway you can and then when completed the home learning book is to be brought in or pictures/videos are to uploaded on to the child’s profile on Class Dojo. Praise and prizes will be given for excellent completed homework.

SUMMER TERM 2

Curriculum news: Follow the link to see what we will be getting up to in our curriculum this Summer term!

Summer 2 Curriculum web

Our Gospel value for this half term is: Justice

What is Justice?

How can we show justice in our day to day lives? What does the Bible tell us about justice? We will be looking in to this, this half term.

Maths!

This week we have been learning about ‘Real life maths’. We have done some baking, budgeting, investigating good deals and learning how retailers try to get you to spend your money! It was very insightful as we had a lot of children become in debt and bankrupt in some of the games we played! Here is a snap shot of the work! 

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Rachael and Sammy from St. John’s Hospice came in to talk to us about the origins and work of the Hospice, about their experiences and how their work affects people – staff, patients and their respective families. We asked lots of thoughtful questions and shared our own feelings on illness, suffering and the role Jesus plays in the way we deal with these illnesses. 

Art!

Finally, our prints are complete. We did two styles of print – one was a relief print and the other a block type print. We preferred the detail we could get from the relief print but both came out very good!

PSHE!

Art!

Year 6 always moan that they can’t draw: we have been learning about tone, shade and perspective and just look at the results!!! Amazing and I won’t hear it again that you can’t do it!!! We kept with the theme of nature. 

SUMMER TERM 1

Curriculum news: Follow the link to see what we will be getting up to in our curriculum this Summer term!

Summer 1 Curriculum web

Our Gospel value for this half term is: Tolerance

What is TOLERANCE?

How can we show tolerance in our day to day lives? What does the Bible tell us about being tolerant? We will be looking in to this, this half term.

THE PLATINUM JUBILEE

Making memories by creating crowns, placemats, learning the National Anthem, having a street party and learning all about our wonderful Queen!

We learnt about the Royal mail and the stamp, ‘The Black Penny’ in History so thought we would have some fun creating our own stamps and guessing who was who. the children worked in pairs to draw the outline silhouette! Can you guess who is who? 

Art and Computing!

How amazing is our art work… from one patterned created to using ICT to create a wallpaper effect. 

Maths, History and Geography!

We have put our maths skills to the test by reading coordinates on maps. We have looked at maps from 1890 and modern day of Lancaster and surrounding area to make comparisons. We saw a huge change in the way land was used to compared to now and the growth of Lancaster/Morecambe housing. We enjoyed looking for buildings that are still around today; we tried to look them up on google to see if they have changed or grown since the 1800s. 

PE – Dodgeball

What great fun we had learning how to play dodgeball.

English

We had a very interesting debate on a very relevant question, ‘Should mobile phones be allowed in schools?’ WE decided that schools meant places of learning and that it involved students and staff. Two teams were made, the proposers and the opposers. Each came up for the reasons that supported their side of the discussion. we had 6 members of the audience who had to take a vote at the end of who presented a better argument. It was fantastic to see the passion and quick thinking of our children. In the end, the OPPOSERS (Mobile phones should NOT be in schools) won because of the safety reasons a mobile phone presents, the team gave a clearer, more formal argument and they answered questions quicker and with less repetition. WELL DONE TEAM OPPOSERS!

 

SPRING TERM 2

Curriculum news: Follow the link to see what we will be getting up to in our curriculum this Spring term!

Spring 2 Curriculum web

Our Gospel value for this half term is: Mercy

What is MERCY?

How can we show mercy in our day to day lives? What does the Bible tell us about mercy? We will be looking in to this, this half term.

Lenten act of Mercy

Year 6’s Lenten act of Mercy was a charitable donation to Lancaster and District Homeless Action Service. We sent a box full of essential items that this service required. A huge thank you to Mrs Riley for organising and thank you to all who donated.

PE – Football coaching!

Science Week

We have been doing lots of investigations on our topic ‘Light’ and we went on a school trip to the World Museum in Liverpool. We also had a solar telescope in school to safely look at the sun and learn more about this major light source. What a fab week! Thank you Mrs Dodd for organising it all! 

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We have been reading and learning from John’s Gospel and uses references to explain how Jesus is the Bread of Life. To help us with this we made bread to look at the processes and how this relates to Jesus being ‘the living bread that came from heaven.’

The finished results were yummy!

PE – Outdoor and Adventurous

We had a fun afternoon with Greg building dens and starting fires – yes that’s right! This was all about survival skills and learning skills that could help us if out in the wild! It reminded us of previous learning in History when people lived in caves and needed fire to cook food and keep warm. 

World Book Day

We had a great day dressed up, reading with the younger children, creating book tokens to promote reading… St Joseph’s always loves celebrating reading!

Science

We started our Light topic by learning that light travels in straight lines and that it reflects off all objects so we can see them; we then looked at the law of reflection and how we can use mirrors to reflect light so we can see around corners and over obstacles.

SPRING TERM 1

Curriculum news: Follow the link to see what we will be getting up to in our curriculum this Spring term!

Spring 1 Curriculum web

Our Gospel value for this half term is: Peace

What is PEACE?

How can we show peace in our day to day lives? What does the Bible tell us about peace? We will be looking in to this, this half term.

Mental Health Week

The last week of term was Children’s Mental Health Week and we tailored lots of our learning about how we can look after our mental health. We had a dance class for exercise, completed clay art work to reflect love and support, completed a wellbeing well and we ended the week by watching a film and having ‘chill time’. With Year 6, preparing for SATs and the transition to High school; it is very important we know strategies to help our mental health and wellbeing.  

 

Science

As part of ‘Electricity’ topic, we have been learning about circuits. We have been looking at series and parallel circuits and then investigated how to make a bulb brighter. Look at our pictures of us having a go at creating different circuits with different components.

 

PSHE 

We are working on a new scheme to raise our aspirations for the future. To do this we need to look at ourselves and what qualities, skills and talents we already have to take to our future careers. We started with looking at qualities and knowing that it is good to all be different and that makes a good working team! Take a look at what we made!

PE

We have been looking at balancing in gymnastics and how we can work in pairs to create counter balances and counter tension. They required lots of teamwork to make them work. The challenge level was different for each balance completed.

DT – food

We started the term cooking – we made a Mexican classic, fajitas! They were amazing!

 

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AUTUMN TERM 2

Curriculum news: Follow the link to see what we will be getting up to in our curriculum this Autumn term!

Autumn 2 curriculum web

Our Gospel value for this half term is: Gentleness

What is GENTLENESS?

How can we show gentleness in our day to day lives? What does the Bible tell us about gentleness? We will be looking in to this, this half term.

DT – food

We ended the term by looking in to existing products of Mexican cuisine. We tasted and evaluated what we thought. We looked at guacamole, chilli con carne, Mexican beans, maize and more. We were surprised with what we liked as the appearance of some foods wasn’t the greatest. 

PE

This half term has seen us have a gymnastics lesson from Mr Lofthouse from OLCC and a Zumba lesson by a qualified instructor. We loved participating in these, even when the Zumba challenged our coordination and rhythm!

Maths 

Some excellent working out of fractions of amounts over the past 2 days… GREAT WORK especially when it comes to money!!!

Art / English / History 

Year 6 spent Thursday 11th November learning about WW1 poetry and how we can get emotions and facts from them. We learnt about the symbolism of the Poppy and we used the emotion of the poetry and the poppy to create art work using pastels and charcoal. They have turned out amazingly. 


AUTUMN TERM 1

Curriculum news: Follow the link to see what we will be getting up to in our curriculum this Autumn term 1!

Autumn 1 curriculum web

Our Gospel value for this half term is: Compassion

What is compassion?

How can we show compassion in our day to day lives? We will be looking in to this, this half term.

History

Using our knowledge of the Maya and other historical periods, we tried to guess what the replica sources were and how they were used in the Maya time. The responses were fantastic and the children came up with some fantastic ideas of what each object showed…

We also made our own Maya Masks. We researched the 3 main reasons the Maya people wore masks and then created our own using the ancient technique of mosaic. They are superb. 

R.E – Our Saint’s Day!

Each Year group has a different Saint to learn about. On the Feast day we come in in our own clothes and spend the whole day completing activities about our Saint. Here’s what we did…

Science

We kicked off our new science topic, ‘Evolution and Inheritance,’ by investigating some scientific sources. In groups we answered questions on what we thought was happening in the pictures of families, the peppered moth and the birds penguin and magpie. We came up with some excellent explanations and some very interesting questions that we want to answer throughout the topic.

English

In English we have been looking at Narrative Poetry. We have analysed Michael Rosen’s style and compare some of his poems – listening to him perform them on YouTube. Then we moved on to classic poetry, reading The Highwayman and William Wordsworth’s poems: Lucy Gray and Daffodils. We looked at the historical setting and old English words that have changed over time or that are not used anymore. We also learnt about figurative language – similes, metaphors, personification and hyperboles. 

R.E

We have created our very own Prayer Journals – these are a place where we can individually write to God, reflecting on many different things that can occur during the week. We will use them to thank God, to ask questions, to ask for help, to pray for others and to reflect on current news. We want them to be a place where we can be truthful and let our worries out. 

R.E

The start of a new year has made us think about new beginnings… the start of creation! We thought about God’s creation and how we can create our own version with God leading the way. You have the whole world in your hands with the start of a new year… what will you do with it. From this this we thought about our hopes and fears for the journey, our last year in Primary School, ahead!

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