Year 6 – 15/02/19

We have reached the end of yet another half term, and this week in Year 6 we have been busy writing, drawing, dancing, role playing and visiting a Hindu temple.

Their writing has involved designing a magical creature and writing a non-chronological report on it, full of examples of hyphenation, passive voice, multi-clausal sentences and multi-syllabic words. Their finished writing is fantastic, and they have accompanied it with drawings of their creatures, for which the focus has been shading. This will be compiled to produce our very own Y6’s Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You!

Today concluded our dance unit in PE, and the class put together and performed Charleston dances in groups. The dances were impressive – full of swivels, toe taps and straight arms. Good work!

As part of Computing Week, Y6 spent Monday afternoon participating in an e-safety workshop, where they got the opportunity to act out lots of difference scenarios linked to online gaming.

This week has also been Other Faiths Week, during which time we have been learning about Hinduism. It was amazing to go to BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Neasden Temple) on Wednesday, where we were all awestruck by the beautifully intricate and ornate marble building. We were able to witness an Arti ceremony – the Hindu ceremony of light, which was a very special experience. Unfortunately, photos were not allowed to be taken at the temple.

We ended the half term by making the most of the sun and they spent Golden Time reading with their Learning Partners under the dappled light in the Reception outdoor area.

Have a lovely half term break 🙂

Miss Donatantonio

Year 6 – 01/02/19

Have a look a Year 6’s snowman!

This week’s home learning (due Tuesday 5th February) is as follows:

English ·         spag.com – Active and passive A and B

·         Next week in English, you will be planning your own entry for the Spiderwick Field Guide. In preparation for this, please design your own magical creature. You need to:

o   Decide what your creature is called;

o   Draw and annotate a diagram of it – how is it adapted to surviving in its environment?

o   What are its characteristics?

Click here to read the models that we have been looking at in class.

I look forward to seeing your creations!

Spellings No spellings this week as additional English home learning above
Maths

Times tables

Activities set on mathletics.com
Reading Daily reading and write-up in reading record.

Parent Signature required (at least once a week please).

Year 6 – 25/01/19

By Sophia, Varun, Kate and Deya

Yesterday,  Bishop John Sherrington visited our school and answered some of our questions. He also presented the two Liturgy Leaders with a Papal blessing from Pope Francis, which Mrs Heymoz had requested because our patron saint Pope Paul was made St Paul VI in October and our school is the only school named after him.

One of the questions put to the Bishop Sherrington was, “Do you find anything hard to do as a bishop?”, to which he responded that there are many difficult things he encounters in his everyday life and the hardest thing is making decisions.

Another question was, “Have you travelled around the world because of your role?”. He answered that he went to Zimbabwe and Zambia where he was invited to participate in a project for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). He explained that CAFOD were trying to equip these places with a water pump on top of a hill. Also, he went to Brazil for World Youth Day.

In response to the question “What is it like to have a a calling from God?”, he said that all of us have a calling from God somewhere in our life, and responding to it can bring great joy to our life: this is what God has asked you to do for him; do it with pride. This means that when you feel God in your presence, you will feel joy.

“What Bishop John Sherrington said that inspired me was that we each have our own calling from the start and God has a plan for us. Our job is to find out what that plan is. These words moved my heart.”

“Bishop John Sherrington inspired me because he said that no mater what, at least one moment of your life, you will have a calling from God.”

In other news this week, we had a trip down to Darkes Lane to see where we could witness God’s presence in the everyday. It was lovely to see them recognising the Holy Spirit acting through other people and in the beauty of creation, especially on a snowy morning.

This week’s home learning (due Tuesday 29th January) is as follows:

English spag.com:

·        KS2 SATs Grammar Test (C)

Spellings Adjectives from our current English unit (see below for word list) – spelling sentences to be written in pink Home Learning book.
Maths

Times tables

Questions to be completed in the yellow Home Learning book:

·        CGP Year 6 book p.11 (Written Division)

Continue to revise all times tables.

Reading Daily reading, with parent signature once a week.

 

Spelling list (to be tested Friday 1st February)

Adjectives from the Spiderwick’s Field Guide

malevolent benevolent
malicious vicious
devious immortal
mischievous nocturnal
ravenous deceiving
opportunistic lethal
menacing ominous

Year 6 – 18/01/19

Firstly, Happy New Year to any parents I have not seen since the term started.

We have begun our new science topic on Evolution and spent the first lesson having our minds blown by the inconceivably long history of life on Earth! To help us to visualise the comparatively minuscule amount of time that humans have lived on the planet, we made a timeline out of toilet roll across the width of the playground. We were stunned to see that on a 200-sheet toilet roll, only 0.1mm represented humans on Earth! This week, we looked at why we know so much about life on Earth if we haven’t been around for the vast majority of it, and spent the afternoon investigating fossils and finding out what they used to be.

In English, we have been reading about mythical creatures. Yesterday, we were learning about boggarts and the children impersonated them, then wrote about all the havoc they had wreaked that day!

On Tuesday, the school was visited by the Canal & River Trust, who worked with the children to teach them about river safety.

Well done to the Healthy Living team who once again have shown their proactivity by encouraging the Year 2s to bring in huge amounts of fruit, which they then prepared and shared out among the class.

This week’s home learning (due Tuesday 22nd January) is as follows:

English Schofield & Sims English Skills : Section 1 Test 6 – to be completed in pink Home Learning book
Spellings Using hyphens to join prefixes to other words (see below for word list) – spelling sentences to be written in pink Home Learning book.
Maths

Times tables

Mathletics tasks.

Continue to revise all times tables and to use prodigygame.com

Reading Continue to use readtheory.org

Daily reading, with parent signature once a week.

Science For next week’s Science lesson (Thursday), please bring in a photo of you with your immediate family (or on a USB that I will print out).
Spelling list (to be tested Friday 25th January)

Hyphens

co-ordinate co-operate
co-existence re-enter
re-encounter co-own
re-invent pre-own
re-elect  

SATs Information Presentation

Thank you to those who attended the SATs Information Presentation. Here is the SATs presentation given this afternoon:

2019 KS2 parent information SATS

11/01/19 – Year 6 Home Learning

This week’s home learning (due Tuesday 15th January) is as follows:

English spag.com:

·        KS2 SATs Grammar Test (A)

Spellings Words from the Y5/Y6 spelling list (see below for word list) – spelling sentences to be written in pink Home Learning book.
Maths

Times tables

Questions to be completed in the yellow Home Learning book:

·        CGP Year 6 book pp. 10 (Written Multiplication)

·        CGP Year 5 book pp. 24 (Written Multiplication)

Continue to revise all times tables.

Reading Daily reading, with parent signature once a week.

 

Spelling list (to be tested Friday 18th January)

Words from the Y5/Y6 spelling list

marvellous necessary
opportunity sufficient
suggest environment
equipment equipped
foreign guarantee
neighbour physical
twelfth vehicle
leisure  

 

 

Year 6 – 21/12/18

I would like to firstly say a big thank you for your gifts. They are extremely generous and I appreciate them very much.

We have ended the term with lots of Christmas cheer. On Tuesday, we all enjoyed watching the Jack and the Beanstalk panto at the Wyllyotts. Your behaviour was outstanding, Year 6, and you were an example to all in the theatre, not just to your reading partners whom you accompanied.

Wednesday saw the festive combo of Christmas jumpers, Christmas lunch and the talent show – what a treat! Well done to all the finalists for displaying such a wide variety of talent.

On Thursday, the children finished their gym routines and performed them to the rest of the class. I was impressed by your excellent team working and the high quality sequences you put together.

The class also joined forces with Year 3 to create 3D star Christmas decorations.

This week, we also had our final 2 groups leading their Acts of Worship – this time on this Sunday’s Gospel reading (The Visitation). We were even treated to a group-composed hymn – well done!

Last but not least, the Liturgy Group have been busy once again. This week, they have been leading a reflection on the Travelling Nativity in each class, which has really allowed us to think about the true meaning of Christmas.

And that’s a wrap for the first term of year 6! Thank you all for your hard work. Have a well-earned rest and I will see you all on the 8th January.

Miss Donatantonio

Year 6 – 14/12/18

We continued on our journey of Advent this week with acts of worship based on this Sunday’ Gospel reading. Thank you to those children who led us in more beautiful reflection. On Tuesday night, the class participated in the KS2 Advent Service at the church and displayed their talents of singing, dancing, acting and reading with reverence and maturity. Well done for being such fantastic ambassadors for our school.

On Wednesday and Thursday,  Year 5 and 6 were treated to music concerts showcasing the talents of the classes’ guitar, vocal, piano and string students. Well done to all the performers: you certainly lived out the school’s mission value of using your talents, and the festive numbers definitely got us all into the Christmas spirit!

Today, we were visited by Vincent from the Oscar Romero Society. He was very impressed with the children’s knowledge of St Romero and the children were interested to learn more about Romero crosses and about his work with St Paul. They also enjoyed trying on the stoles and skull caps!

This week’s home learning (due Tuesday 18th December) is as follows:

English Schofield & Sims English Skills : Section 1 Test 5 – to be completed in pink Home Learning book
Spellings Words from the Y5/Y6 spelling list (see below for word list) – spelling sentences to be written in pink Home Learning book.
Maths

Times tables

Mathletics tasks.

Continue to revise all times tables and to use prodigygame.com

Reading Continue to use readtheory.org

Daily reading, with parent signature once a week.

Spelling list (to be tested Friday 21st December)

Words from the Y5/Y6 spelling list

achieve amateur
ancient available
average awkward
bargain bruise
category cemetery
competition criticise
curiosity definite
desperate determined

Well done to all of today’s auditionees for the talent show. Your votes have been counted and I can confirm that the two acts with the highest number of votes and who will therefore be representing Year 6 in Wednesday’s final are:

Francesco, Alessandro, Deya and Claudia

Keira, Keira, Ciara

Year 6 – 07/12/18

We have entered into Advent thinking deeply about what it is we are preparing for and how we can better ourselves for the Lord’s coming. A couple of weeks ago, the children worked in groups to prepare Acts of Worship to align with the Advent Gospel readings, and this week we had our first two groups leading us in prayer. Well done for allowing us to reflect on how we can prepare ourselves for Christmas.

On Tuesday, the children practised their recent learning on addition and subtraction of fractions by playing a competitive card game.

The Healthy Living Team are still leading their fruit competition and this week it was Year 3’s turn to fill the hamper. Well done to the team for your efforts in promoting this.

Well done for your efforts in rehearsing for the Advent service so far. Please continue to practise your lines and the songs (see last week’s blog post) to make Tuesday night a special and memorable occasion.

 

This week’s home learning (due Tuesday 11th December) is as follows:

English spag.com:

·         Hyphens, dashes and bullet points (A)

·         Hyphens, dashes and bullet points (B)

Spellings Words ending in -cious and -tious (see below for list). Spelling sentences/paragraph to be completed in pink home learning book.
Maths

Times tables

Questions to be completed in the yellow Home Learning book:

·         CGP Year 6 book pp. 20-21 (Adding and subtracting fractions)

·         CGP Year 5 book pp. 30-31 (Adding and subtracting fractions)

Continue to revise all times tables.

Reading Daily reading, with parent signature once a week.

Spellings:

malicious atrocious
precious ambitious
vicious infectious
delicious cautious
conscious nutritious
suspicious fictitious
ferocious repetitious
spacious pretentious

Enjoy your weekend and hopefully see some of you tomorrow at the Potters Bar Christmas Lights event.

Miss Donatantonio

Year 6 – Advent Service

Parts for Advent Service 2018:

Francesco Come Lord Jesus come

And let your light shine through us

So that through our actions we may be salt for the earth, a light in peoples sight

And that we might reach out to you in one another especially those in need.

Will This evening, as we light the candles on our Advent wreath, we will remember that Jesus comes to spread the light of love and peace to the four corners of the world.

North, South, East and West, we all prepare to celebrate the coming of Christ amongst us. Our reflection helps us to prepare to welcome Jesus into our hearts by showing how parts of our world prepare in different ways.

Alex One family, one community, one world, we wait in joyful hope and expectation for dreams to come true. Dreams of peace on earth for peoples of all nations.
Oliver and ______ Two children come forward one to light the candle and one holding the flag. Child lights the candle and the flag is placed by the altar.

 

Claudia and Deya Two children then come forward. One is dressed as a young Jewish lady (Mary) the other a boy.
Toju Our final reflection this evening takes us back to where the story  began. A story of hope, peace, joy and love for all. The coming of Emmanuel,  God’s son, born in a stable.

Let us listen again as if for the first time, the story of the birth of Jesus.

Alessandro For God so loved the world that he gave his only –begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not die but have eternal life. For God sent the Son in to the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.” John 3: 16 -17
Eden Mime – Angel Gabriel
Claudia Mime – Mary
Annabel Two thousand years ago a young Jewish girl living in Nazareth, Israel was chosen to be the mother of God’s only son Jesus.

God sent his messenger, the angel Gabriel, to a town called Nazareth, where Mary lived. Mary was going to be married to Joseph. “Rejoice, Mary,” the angel said. “God has especially chosen you.”

Ailbhe Mary did not understand what the angel could mean and she was frightened.

The angel said, “Mary, do not be afraid. You are going to have a baby boy. You must call him Jesus. He will be great. He will be called the son of the Most High.”

Pause for singing

Mary replied, “I am ready to do what God wants me to do.”

Marco Mary was filled with joy and happiness. She went to visit her cousin Elizabeth to tell her the news. Mary responded to God’s call and prayed a special song of praise and thanks to God. We call this The Magnificat.
Sara, Maria, Sofia,

Ciara A, Andria, Naomi

6 children to dance to Magnificat
Sean Mary and Joseph then journeyed on to Bethlehem – a journey of suffering, pain and hostility – until they were able to bring the Son of God into our human world.

A baby, lying in a crib, who would grow up to be our Saviour, who would die and rise again so that we can have Eternal Life.

Jude God sent Jesus to us at Christmas to show us how much he loves us. God’s gift to us, the greatest gift of love.

Let us pray in silence for a time and focus on the crib, thinking about the gifts we can bring to our world, gifts that Jesus wants us to give to the world.

Thomas We bring the gift of hope –

Today, millions of refugees are fleeing war, natural disaster, poverty or persecution in search for a better life.

We are called to stand alongside our sisters and brothers in solidarity, sharing our hope for a world transformed.

Alex (child places the dove of hope by the crib.)

 

My Soul Glorifies the Lord Shalom Peace Child (verse 1) The Angel Gabriel (verse 1)
V1 – Keira C

V2 – Olivia

V3 – Kate

Sophia D Varun Keira FB

Click here to open the words to learn for the songs.

Below, you will find some of the songs to practice singing to: