Year 6 – 27/11/20

Another week has flown by in Year 6, with more fantastic learning from the class.

Maths has seen them solving lots of percentages problems, whilst in this week’s Science lesson, the children worked in groups to prove that light travels in straight lines:

In English, we started our new WW2 novel called The Children of the King which gave way to great discussion about evacuation. We looked at propaganda posters and explored their persuasive devices, then considered arguments for and against evacuation. Here is their Conscience Alley, in which one side is trying to convince Heather to evacuate her children, and the other side aims to dissuade her.

The children were excited to make a start on the KS2 Advent Service and Y6 Carol Service, the latter of which will be played on Potters Bar Radio in the lead-up to Christmas! The carols are sounding beautiful already and we are looking forward to recording all the parts over the next fortnight. (See further down for YouTube links to practise songs)

Home learning for this week is a whole-school focus as this Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent. Click here for details.

Spellings are the same as last week:

accommodate

aggressive

conscious

desperate

environment

equipment

especially

exaggerate

harass

hindrance

muscle

opportunity

physical

recommend

stomach

temperature

Additionally, we are providing you with an electronic version of the Wednesday Word, so that each week you can focus on the Advent Gospel readings. Here is this Sunday’s copy.

Advent & Carol Service links

O Holy Night – Click here

Silent Night – click here

Year 6 – 20/11/20

This week has been anti-bullying week and so yesterday the children role-played cyber-bullying scenarios, after which we discussed the best course of action if we were to find ourselves in similar circumstances. It was reassuring to hear that the children understood the importance of reporting cyberbullying incidents to a trusted adult, rather than retaliating.

Year 6 are still loving both the karate sessions and hockey lessons and continue to develop their skills in the sports.

We made gratitude jars this afternoon for our wellbeing session. Each week, the children will add a slip of paper with something they are grateful for into their jar.

In Maths, we were learning how to find fraction, decimal and percentage equivalence, whilst in RE we have been using Lectio Divina to help us pray with passages from scripture. In English, the children imagined they were WW1 soldiers in the trenches and each wrote a letter home to their loved ones. Heather and Jamie very kindly brought in memorabilia from their relatives who fought in WW2, including war medals, a recipe book and fuel ration coupons. Thank you so much for sharing this with the class.

This week’s home learning:

Maths Task assigned on Mathletics:

·         Fractions to decimals

·         Fractions to decimals 2

·         Common fractions as percentages

Reading 30 minutes on https://readtheory.org/
Spellings This term’s spelling words revisit the official Year 5/6 Statutory Spelling List:

accommodate

aggressive

conscious

desperate

environment

equipment

especially

exaggerate

harass

hindrance

muscle

opportunity

physical

recommend

stomach

temperature

Year 6 – 13/11/20

This week we began our History topic for this half term: Potters Bar at War. After experiencing an air raid, we looked at the chronology from the lead-up to World War One all the way to the outbreak of World War Two. We’re looking forward to seeing, in the coming weeks, how these two wars affected the town in which we live today.

It has also been Maths Week England this week, so in addition to our maths lessons and our maths fluency sessions, we have also been solving tricky problems using bar modelling each morning.

In karate this, we learnt how to perform the Pinan Nidan kata, which is a flow of moves and postures from one to the next.

Our hockey sessions continued with practising keeping possession and passing with control.

Here is your home learning for this week:

Maths Task assigned on Mathletics:

·         Comparing fractions

·         Ordering fractions

Reading 30 minutes on https://readtheory.org/
Spellings This term’s spelling words revisit the official Year 5/6 Statutory Spelling List:

apparent

cemetery

communicate

curiosity

dictionary

foreign

identity

language

privilege

pronunciation

recognise

soldier

variety

SPaG Task assigned on https://www.spag.com/

·         Formal & informal

Please also bring in an empty and clean jar for next Friday, when we shall be making gratitude jars!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Miss Donatantonio

Year 6 – 06/11/20

It has been a special week back for Year 6, as on Wednesday we were lucky enough to celebrate our class Mass with Fr Shaun on the theme of Remembrance. It was a beautiful Mass, with fantastic answers given by the children during the Homily. Thank you to those who read so well and to Ava, Heston and Emilia for sharing their very moving poems in our post-Communion reflection.

To make the most of the glorious autumnal weather we had this week, the class did an autumn scavenger hunt in the grounds, and used their finds to make a piece of autumn nature art.

In PE, we started hockey sessions with Miss Pringle. This week’s focus was all about keeping possession. The class are looking forward to developing their skills over the coming weeks.

Here is this week’s home learning:

Maths Task assigned on Mathletics:

·         Simplifying fractions

·         Equivalent fractions on a number line

Reading 30 minutes on https://readtheory.org/
Spellings This half term’s spelling words revisit the official Year 5/6 Statutory Spelling List:

according

government

sufficient

community

persuade

determined

sacrifice

appreciate

immediate

disastrous

committee

marvellous

queue

signature

shoulder

SPaG Tasks assigned on https://www.spag.com/

·         Direct speech punctuation (B)

·         Apostrophes & plurals (B)

Enjoy your weekend.

Miss Donatantonio

Year 6 – One World Week

Happy Harvest Festival! Our Fairtrade Group led us in an act of worship this morning, in which the class brought forward their generous donations of food. Also this week, the Liturgy Group has been leading us the Rosary.

For One World Week, Year 6 has been finding out all about the Democratic Republic of Congo. We learnt about its devastating colonial past under Belgian rule, and the chaos that has ensued in the central African country since 1960. Through the means of role-play, we learnt about Mobutu’s kleptocratic dictatorship, and through music and dance we appreciated the escapism this provided for the oppressed civilians in the 1980s.

Dancing the kwasa kwasa:

Here is the tutorial we followed:

Performing their own rhythms to soukous music

Here is the full original track:

Also this week, the children learnt how to punch in karate:

In this week’s wellbeing session, we made Guatemalan worry dolls:

Thank you for working so hard in your first half term in Year 6. I look forward to reading your completed River Story narratives and I wish you a restful and enjoyable week off.

Miss Donatantonio 😊

 

Year 6 – 16/10/20

The main focus this week has been to finish the drafting and editing of the children’s short stories. The class has worked so hard ensuring their stories are the best they can be, and I am looking forward to reading the finished pieces which will go towards their Year 6 writing portfolios.

In Maths, the children enjoyed developing the skill of prioritising information in puzzles and problems. I was so impressed with how enthusiastic the children were to get onto each challenge.

In Science, we are nearing the end of our topic on the human body, so this week we learnt about the effects of drugs on the body. It was a lesson full of excellent questions and discussion, and the children were surprised by the many different effects drugs can have on the brain.

In Art, the children continued learning about Impressionism, with this week’s emphasis being on the use of complementary colours in Impressionist paintings:

In PE, the children were jumping for distance. They were set the challenge of jumping the equivalent of their height and they had an island hopping race to put their horizontal jumping skills to the test:

Here is the meditation we listened to for our wellbeing session today:

Home learning for this week:

Maths Task assigned on Mathletics:

·        Lowest Common Multiple

·        Greatest Common Factor

Reading 30 minutes on https://readtheory.org/
Spellings This week’s words contain a silent k or w:

knee

knight

knowledge

knock

knife

knuckles

wriggle

wrong

write

wrestle

answer

sword

SPaG Task assigned on https://www.spag.com/

·        Subordinate clauses & conjunctions (B)

·        Apostrophes & commas (A)

Have a great weekend!

Miss Donatantonio

Year 6 – 09/10/20

This week, Year 6 started writing their narratives based on the whole-school text, River Story. Each day, they have been excited to write the next section to their story, so I am looking forward to reading them once they have been edited and written up in neat next week. This has linked to our geography topic on rivers, where this week we discussed physical geographical features of rivers.

In PE, the children have been practising jumping and had their second session in karate.

In Wellbeing this week, Year 6 found sticks upon which they attached bits of nature that they felt inspired by.

Maths Task assigned on Mathletics:

·         Money Problems: Four Operations (ensure you write £10.00 and not £10)

  Here are the instructions to create a Prodigy account in Miss Donatantonio’s classroom:

1.       Go to www.prodigygame.com/play

2.       Click ‘New Student’

3.       Enter the Class Code: B1EAD0A

Reading 30 minutes on https://readtheory.org/
Spellings This week’s words contain the suffix ­­-ant or -ent:

different

ancient

excellent

patient

violent

parliament

distant

hesitant

reluctant

restaurant

fragrant

vacant

SPaG Task assigned on https://www.spag.com/

·         Direct Speech Punctuation

·         Relative Clauses

Enjoy the weekend!

Miss Donatantonio

Year 6 – 02/10/20

This week has been Healthy Eating Week and so we have been looking at the different aspects of living healthily:

  • Eat More Wholegrains
  • Vary Your Veg
  • Drink Plenty
  • Move More
  • Be Mind Kind

Here are the Year 6s comparing fibre content in wholegrain vs non-wholegrain carbohydrates:

And here they are working different parts of the body to ensure that they ‘Move More’:

For Vary Your Veg, they taste-tested butternut squash and raw pepper with avocado. (For those asking for the butternut recipe, see the end of the blog)

Meanwhile, the school began ‘Karate Wednesdays’ and enjoyed their first session in martial arts:

For this week’s plant learning with Mrs McDonald, Year 6 were observing ways in which plants in the grounds were adapted for reproduction.

In Art, we began our topic on Impressionism. This week, the children focused on mixing and matching colours in Monet’s Japanese Bridge:

Today, St Vincent belatedly celebrated their saint’s feast day. Thank you and well done to Bella and Thomas – the St Vincent House Captains – for providing treats for the members of St Vincent house.

Well done on another brilliant week!

Miss Donatantonio

This week’s home learning:

Maths Tasks assigned on Mathletics:

·        Estimation: Add and Subtract

·        Estimate Products

·        Estimate Quotients

Here are the instructions to create a Prodigy account in Miss Donatantonio’s classroom:

1.      Go to www.prodigygame.com/play

2.      Click ‘New Student’

3.      Enter the Class Code: B1EAD0A

Reading 30 minutes on https://readtheory.org/
Spellings This week’s words follow the ‘i before e except after c’ rule:

ceiling

conceited

conceive

deceive

deceitful

perceive

receive

receipt

SPaG Task assigned on https://www.spag.com/

·        Apostrophes & plurals

·        Subordinate clauses & conjunctions

Slow-cooked butternut squash recipe

  • 1 bag frozen butternut squash
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp mixed ground spices
  • salt and pepper

Put all ingredients into the slow cooker and cook on high for about 3 hours until soft. Could also be roasted in the oven for about half an hour at 180°C.

Year 6 – 25/09/20

In Science this week, we continued learning about the human body by finding out about what blood consists of and the functions of the different components. The children made their own blood by using red beans as the red blood cells, dried peas as the white blood cells, rice and platelets and oil as plasma.

In PE, we have been working on our chest passes. In Maths, we have been practising multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 & 1000 and have applied this skill to everyday contexts. In English, we have been revising sentence structure and the difference between simple, compound and complex sentences before moving onto our new writing topic next week.

Here is the mindfulness meditation that I used for this week’s wellbeing session, as some of you wanted to access it from home:

Home learning for this weekend is as follows:

Maths Tasks assigned on Mathletics:

·         Multiplying by 10, 100, 1000

·         Dividing by 10, 100, 1000

·         Mental methods multiplication

Here are the instructions for keeping your Prodigy login but transferring it to Miss Donatantonio’s classroom:

1.       Go to www.prodigygame.com/play

2.       Login to your Prodigy account

3.       Click Update and enter the Class Code: B1EAD0A

Reading 30 minutes on ReadTheory.org
Spellings This week’s words contain the ie digraph:

piece

relieved

shriek

believe

mischievous

achieve

niece

chief

thief

brief

grief

hygiene

Enjoy your weekend and well done on another great week.

Miss Donatantonio 😊

PS. St Vincent de Paul virtual assembly to be uploaded early next week.

Year 6 – 18/09/20

We have been out enjoying the sun this week, with lots of outdoor science learning. The children investigated how different exercise affected their heart rate, and also made the most of the allotment area and investigated “What has been eating our plants?”

In PE, we have been getting our sweat on and improving our stamina and endurance, whilst in this week’s Wellbeing session we took the time to take notice and appreciate the beauty of our school grounds.

It really has been a lovely week and, as always, well done and thank you for your hard work Year 6.

Have a great weekend.

Miss Donatantonio

 

Here is your home learning, due next Wednesday:

Maths Tasks assigned on Mathletics (login details given out to children last week):

·         Rounding Numbers

·         Nearest 1000

·         Nearest 100

·         Nearest Whole Number

Reading 30 minutes on ReadTheory.org (login details given out last week)
Spellings This week’s words contain the syllable –ible or –able, to be tested Friday 25th Sept.

incredible

terrible

invisible

legible

edible

sensible

available

capable

inflatable

comfortable

suitable

reasonable