Year 6 – 05/04/19

I wish everybody a very enjoyable break and lovely Easter. Thank you for your hard work over the past half term.

Here are some photos of you playing the spelling games that you created this week:

Here is the whole-school home learning instructions. I look forward to seeing what beautiful creations you bring in after Easter.

Year 6 PGL Information Meeting

Here is the powerpoint from Thursday evening’s meeting about the Year 6 PGL trip. For those who were unable to attend, forms to be completed have been sent home with your child today.

Thank you

Year 6 Home Learning – 22/03/19

This week’s home learning (due Tuesday 26th March) is as follows:

English spag.com KS2 SATs Grammar Test (E)
Reading Comprehension on sheet: ‘Devastating bushfire races across Port Hope’

Daily reading, with parent signature once a week.

Maths

Times tables

Questions to be completed in the yellow Home Learning book:

·        CGP Year 6 book pp. 34-35 (Percentages of Amounts)

Continue to revise all times tables.

Year 6 – 15/03/19

This year for British Science Week, the theme was ‘Journeys’. In Year 6, we focused on the distressing fact that all plastic inevitably journeys to the ocean. Here are some of the shocking facts that we learned:

  • The ocean has a plastic mass that is 6 times the size of the UK;
  • 100% of turtles have plastic in them that they have eaten;
  • It takes 450 years for a plastic bottle to disappear;
  • One million seagulls die every year from plastic.

We tried to simulate what it might feel like to be an animal entangled in plastic and we saw how easy it would be for a sea creature to mistake a plastic bag for a jellyfish. We also discovered how plastic microfibres are found in most clothes that we wear (synthetic fibres such as polyester, acrylic and nylon) and that each time they are washed, these microfibres are released into the water, eventually ending up in the oceans. We had a look at this and could actually see he fibres that had been released in the water.

It was lovely to see so many parents celebrating the children’s learning this morning. Annoyingly, I didn’t manage to get any photos because I was so engrossed in making origami shamrocks!

Well done to all those who competed at Dame Alice Owen on Wednesday for Sports Hall Athletics; it was a fantastic afternoon and you all showed such sportsmanship and team spirit.

This week’s home learning (due Tuesday 19th March) is as follows:

English Sheet of questions of perfect and progressive tenses
Spellings Next week, I will test you on any spellings from the Y3&4 and Y5&6 Statutory Word Lists (see reverse). Please choose 14 spellings that you need to spend time revisiting and write spelling sentences (or a spelling paragraph) in your pink home learning books.
Maths

Times tables

Questions to be completed in the yellow Home Learning book:

·        CGP Year 6 book pp. 28-29 (Fractions, Decimals and Percentages)

Continue to revise all times tables.

Reading Continue to use readtheory.org

Daily reading, with parent signature once a week.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Donatantonio

Year 6 – 08/03/19

Well done to everyone for your efforts dressing up as your favourite book characters yesterday; there were some very impressive costumes!

In RE, as we enter into Lent, we have been learning about the Stations of the Cross. Each child has focused on a particular station and has produced artwork of their station, based on the beautiful Turvey Abbey interpretations.

Year 6 ended the week by inviting their Reception learning partners to an Act of Worship prepared by Claudia, Jaineel, Oliver and Sofia, for which the focus was Lent.

This week’s home learning (due Tuesday 12th March) is as follows:

Spellings Plural nouns (see below for word list) – spelling sentences to be written in pink Home Learning book.
Maths

Times tables

Continue to revise all times tables.
Reading At least 30 minutes of readtheory.org

Daily reading, with parent signature once a week.

RE On 19th March, Year 5 and 6 are going to the church to have a Mass for Lent. As this date is the feast day of St Joseph, the children are asked to do some research on this saint. St Joseph is not spoken about in the Bible after Luke’s account of a young Jesus in the temple, and so he is often overshadowed.

Here are some points for you to consider in your research:

What is he patron saint of?

What do we know about him from Scripture?

Are there any prayers devoted to him?

Spelling list (to be tested Friday 15th March)

Plural nouns

chimneys thieves
cities stories
families knives
hobbies babies
wolves leaves

Year 6 – 01/03/19

This week, we have been recognising the first half of Fairtrade Fortnight: on Tuesday afternoon, the Fairtrade Group went to The Wroxham School to teach them about the principles of Fairtrade and to encourage them to purchase Fairtrade products. They spoke very professionally and were truly living out the Catholic calling of working for the Common Good.

This morning, Year 6 worked with Year 1 to make their own role plays explaining why we should be buying Fairtrade products where possible.

Also this week, we were kindly visited by a volunteer from the church who demonstrated burning last year’s palms into ash for this coming week’s Ash Wednesday masses.

In English, we have started – along with the rest of the school – our new text, The Adventures Of The Dish And The Spoon; in maths, we have been learning about circle geometry and properties of 3D shapes; in RE, we recorded podcasts about the Sacraments of Healing (QR Codes to be included in next week’s blog to listen to these – watch this space!); in PE, we took advantage of the fantastic weather and did some athletics outside.

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

English spag.com – KS2 SATs Grammar Test (D)
Spellings The adjectival suffix –ful becomes –fully when turned into an adverb. From the list below, write spelling sentences choosing either the adjective or adverb version of each word (eg. If you write on for hopeful, then you don’t have to write one for hopefully). I want to see a mix of both though.
Maths

Times tables

Questions to be completed in the yellow Home Learning book:

·        CGP Year 6 book pp. 58-61 (Shape Properties and Circles)

Continue to revise all times tables.

Reading Continue to use readtheory.org

Daily reading, with parent signature once a week.

Spelling list (to be tested Friday 8th March)

Suffix ful -> fully

hopeful hopefully
careful carefully
thoughtful thoughtfully
deceitful deceitfully
woeful woefully
doubtful doubtfully
fateful fatefully
successful successfully
skilful skilfully
merciful mercifully

Have a great weekend.

Miss Donatantonio

(SN and SD – here is the psalm for you to practice):

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