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Year 6

Welcome Back

It is the final half term at St. Paul’s School for the children in Year 6. We will be saying goodbye to some of the families that have been with us for many years and this is always a time that feels quite sad. However, it is a happy and exciting time for the children flying our nest and going off to pastures new. I am sure that each and every one of them will do really well in high school. They are a fantastic set of young people and I have been privileged to teach them over the past year.

But before they go we have lots of exciting things ahead of us in these 6 weeks.

We have a trip to the Anderton Centre; a bowling afternoon; sports working alongside the Reception children; our end of school play; a visit to their high schools; a leavers service at Blackburn Cathedral; the dance festival; the leavers service at St Paul’s and the end of year party that the parents are organising! A busy time in deed!

 

Hola Mexico!

Bienvenido a Mexico! We’re going to explore this unique country, from its towering temples to its fun-packed festivals.

During this half term, we’ll watch a traditional Mexican performance and join in with percussion instruments. To cool down afterwards, we’ll have a refreshing drink of sangrita or limeade. We’ll use non-fiction books to find out about the importance of music in Mexican culture and have a go at folk dancing. Using our literacy skills, we’ll write about festivals and create an invitation to a Mexican food tasting session. In preparation, we’ll make delicious drinks and savoury dishes. We’ll learn about the ‘Day of the Dead’ and create 3-D skulls. With the Chihuahuan Desert as our imagined location, we’ll write postcards and clear instructions for a game. We’ll read Maya myths and legends, and write our own. Using maps, we’ll locate Mexico and explore its natural features. We’ll discover what daily life is like and how it has changed over time. Then we’ll craft Maya chocolate and simple woodwind instruments from recycled materials. Who can make the highest, loudest and longest sounds?

At the end of the project, we’ll listen to Maya music and learn a traditional song. We’ll also perform Mexican music from the past and present.

English

Invitations, postcards, instructions, myths and legends, poetry

Music

Mexican music, musical notation

Art & design

Sculpture, Maya art, carving

Computing

Online research, digital presentations

D&T

Food of Mexico, evaluating and making instruments

Geography

Using maps, human and physical geography of Mexico

History

Ancient Maya civilisation

PE

Mexican dance

Science

Light and shadows

 

 

 

 

 

 

The SATs went well ; the children gave them their best effort. We hope the results are a reflection of the hard work done this year.

 

We have lots of things planned for next half term alongside the writing we have yet to do. Our new topic looks exciting - details to follow.

One of our high lights is - of course- the Year 6 play. The children always enjoy the opportunity to make fun of the teachers!

Timetable for SATs week

Monday 13th May- Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.

 

Tuesday 14th May- Reading.

 

Wednesday 15th May- Maths 1 Arithmetic, Maths 2 Reasoning.

 

Thursday 16th May- Maths 3 Reasoning.

 

Year 6 will be doing a set of Practice SATs papers during the week beginning 1st  April.

They will do them under the same conditions as the ones they will sit in May. This gives them the opportunity to see what it will be like and take away any worries they may have.

It also gives school the chance to gear the final booster classes and revision in class, towards any needs of the children that may be highlighted.

 

Spellings

 

There will be no spellings to learn this week

as the children will be doing their

Practice SATs papers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This half term our topic is ID

ID

Who do you think you are?

During this half term, we’re going to find out what makes us the people we are. We’ll meet a mysterious man and consider what traits and features give us our identity. Thinking about what makes us unique, we’ll write stories in which we have a new identity. We’ll learn about branching databases and how to create a classification system. Then, we’ll gather data about physical features, make spreadsheets and look for patterns. We’ll take part in physical activities that challenge us and measure the outcomes. While comparing photographs of ourselves with those of our relatives, we’ll decide if we share any features. We’ll create adverts and write a tribute to a friend. We will investigate fingerprints and genetic characteristics.

At the end of the project, we’ll think about factors that influence our personalities and bring in objects that mean a lot to us.

ILP focus

Science

English

Stories, non-chronological reports, adverbs, tributes

Science

Classification, families and inheritance

Art & design

Portraiture and figurines

Computing

Select, use and combine a variety of software, photo stories, e-safety

Geography

Local community

History

Social reformers

Mathematics

Ratio and percentages, data and statistics

PE

Physical challenges

PSHE

Identity, personal views and opinions, my place, recognising strengths

ID Homework

Wishing you all a very peaceful Christmas and a happy New Year.

 

This is the topic for next half term

 

A Child’s War

A siren sounds and a Spitfire zooms overhead! It’s 1939 and Britain is at war.

 

This half term, we’ll imagine what it was like to be evacuated and live with a family other than our own. Using different source materials, we’ll learn about evacuation and write letters to our families ‘back home’. We’ll plot the Second World War’s events on a timeline and learn about rationing,

Pearl Harbour and the Battle of Britain. From a range of maps, we’ll identify safe and dangerous places during the war and make persuasive posters to support the war effort.

After reading an extract from The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, we’ll write our own diaries. From a range of sources, we’ll find out about children and school during the war and learn about discrimination that existed at the time. We’ll learn about what it was like during the Blitz and think about how soldiers might have felt.

At the end of the topic we’ll reflect on Winston Churchill’s stirring speeches and write our own. We’ll compose and perform wartime songs and create a presentation to show what we have learned.

 

 

English

Letters, diaries, persuasive writing, stories, speeches

History

The Second World War

Computing

Using search technologies, using presentation software

Geography

Human geography, cities of the UK

Music

Listening, performing and composing

PE

Competitive games, dance

PSHE

Empathising with people in different times

 

 

 

Well the first half term of the year has whizzed past. The children have completed the Revolution topic and have learned about the Victorians.

Our topic for next term is Frozen Kingdom.

 

Welcome to the planet’s coldest lands, which are incredibly beautiful, yet often deadly.

This half term, we’ll start by making and observing icebergs. We’ll then find out more about them using non-fiction books. We’ll learn technical vocabulary so we can write reports in the role of engineers. Using globes and maps, we’ll identify the Polar Regions, comparing the Arctic and Antarctic. We’ll also think about how we can protect the polar environment. Then, we’ll investigate the tragic story of the RMS Titanic, and find out about the people on board. When we’re more familiar with the Polar Regions, we’ll write exciting stories, poems and diary entries from the perspective of brave explorers. Researching our favourite polar animals will be fun, and we’ll create animal artwork inspired by the Inuit people.

 

English- Chronological reports, stories, diaries, poetry, letters

Geography -Features of the Polar Regions

PSHE- Care of the environment

Science- Living things and their habitats

Frozen Kingdom

Help your child prepare for their project. This half term, we’re going to learn about the coldest places on Earth. Why not watch a documentary such as the BBC Frozen Planet series together? You could also freeze pieces of fruit with fruit juice in lolly moulds, to create frozen treats.

 

Homework

Year 6- TowerWood! Having a super time!

Home learning ideas

Homework

This year we will begin work on our new curriculum – Cornerstones. We have lots of exciting themes for the year.

Our first project is Revolution and is all about the Victorians.

During this half term, we’ll use non-fiction books to research Victorian education and people, including famous inventors, reformers and Queen Victoria herself. Then, we’ll write non-chronological reports and biographies using a range of source materials. ‘Drill’ activities will have us following instructions to march, stretch and jump in formation. We’ll learn about crime and punishment and find out what life was like in a Victorian slum. How things have changed! We’ll discover what happened during the Industrial Revolution and learn about significant inventions. Copying the style of famous Victorian paintings, we’ll experiment with block printing techniques.

Help your child prepare for their project. The Victorian era influenced the way we live now in many ways. Why not visit a local museum to learn about what Victorians’ lives were like in your area? You could also visit the library to find out about local Victorian history. Alternatively, make a collage timeline of key events in the Victorian period.

Year 6 2018

Welcome back.

 

I hope everyone had a lovely summer and the children are ready for a new school year. I am sure that your child will enjoy their time in Y6.

 

The children are no longer grouped as in previous years. They are all working to the same goal and therefore need the same input. This does not mean, however, that their individual needs will not be catered for, but rather that the children will work in groups that are fluid. For example a group of children may need extra support with fractions but a different group may need support for division. The grouping will also take account of those children who need to be extended beyond the learning in the lesson.

 

The class arrangements that you need to be aware of are as follows:-

 

Monday-

Tuesday- Library book change. PE

Wednesday- Reading book change.

Thursday- Home work to be returned - at the latest

Friday - Test day. Spellings are given out and will be displayed on the web-site. There is always an activity to accompany these.

PE

 

Home work will be given out weekly to support or extend the learning in class.

Reading books must be in school every day.

Reading books can be changed whenever necessary. Please do not make your child struggle on with a book they do not enjoy- it can be changed.

 

  1. are allowed to bring in their own stationery in a sensibly sized pencil case. They will be responsible for any items they choose to bring in and I suggest these are named. They will still be supplied with stationery from school should they choose not to bring their own.

 

If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

 

Mrs. E.Wingeatt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a super day at the

Anderton Centre -

even though it was blowing a gale.

 

Well -  we are on the final furlong.

4 weeks until SATs.

Please see the timetable for the week.

 

Test Date

English grammar, punctuation and spelling test

Paper 1: short answer questions (45 minutes)

Paper 2: spelling (15 minutes)

Monday 14th May

English reading test

Paper 1: Reading comprehension (60 minutes)

Tuesday 15th May

Mathematics

Paper 1: arithmetic (30 minutes)

Paper 2: reasoning (40 minutes)

Wednesday 16th May

Mathematics

Paper 3: reasoning (40 minutes)

Thursday 17th May

Spellings

 

We will be focussing on SATs style spelling tests for the next few weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome Back

I hope everyone is rested and refreshed after the Christmas break.

This term is only very short so we will have to pack as much into it as possible.
I want the children to enjoy their learning but we do have a heavy focus on preparing for SATs this term. I will continue to send extra practice of both English and Maths. It would really be beneficial if this could be completed and returned by Thursday morning at the latest. I will also continue to send home spellings and multiplication tables to learn.

 

We will start the new term with around of past SATs papers. This will give the children a feel for what is expected of them, without the pressure.

                

                                  The crime scene has been cleared away.                                              

This term we will be reading Anne Frank’s Diary (it is an abridged version that is more suitable for Y6).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Cakes!

It was great to welcome Mrs Crompton and Mrs Quickfall back into school this week.

They did a great job of weighing, mixing and baking!

The children had a great time and learned a little about ratio and proportion at the same time.

We will be decorating them at a later date.

We hope they taste as good as they smell.

News from the Year 6 Reporters

The children have been reporting on the events in our story - Fishing for Clues.

They have written some excellent newspaper reports.

Today they have performed a live broadcast from the scene of the crime.

We have some budding journalists and news readers -

and maybe even some detectives!

 

Year 6 2017

 

Welcome back.

 

I hope everyone had a lovely summer and the children are ready for a new school year. I am sure that your child will enjoy their time in Y6.

 

We begin this important year already knowing one another and I believe this saves valuable time in a year that is SO busy for both me and your children. I am looking forward to having another opportunity to work with them.

 

The children are no longer grouped as in previous years. They are all working to the same goal and therefore need the same input. This does not mean, however, that their individual needs will not be catered for, but rather that the children will work in groups that are fluid. For example a group of children may need extra support with fractions but a different group may need support for division. The grouping will also take account of those children who need to be extended beyond the learning in the lesson.

 

The class arrangements that you need to be aware of are as follows:-

 

Monday-

Tuesday- Library book change. Reading book change. 

Wednesday-

Thursday- PE

Friday- Test day. Spellings are given out and will be displayed on the web-site. There is always an activity to accompany these.

PE

 

Home work will be given out weekly to support or extend the learning in class.

Reading books must be in school every day.

Reading books can be changed whenever necessary. Please do not make your child struggle on with a book they do not enjoy- it can be changed.

 

Children are allowed to bring in their own stationery in a sensibly sized pencil case. They will be responsible for any items they choose to bring in and I suggest these are named. They will still be supplied with stationery from school should they choose not to bring their own.

 

If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

 

Mrs. E.Wingeatt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer term:

We can't believe that we are in our final term, the year seems to have flown by.

We hope that the children enjoy their final term at St Paul's and continue to create happy memories to take with them as they take their next steps on their journeys.

 

Our topic this term is Ancient Legacies, this topic will be history based as we look at the Ancient Egyptians. We will hopefully hold an Egyptian day at the end of the topic to consolidate our learning. 

We will also be going on our residential trip to Tower Wood this term- 21st June more details to follow.

 

Photos below of the activities we have done this term.

 

Thank you for your continued support

 

Mrs L Halsall             Mrs C Wilson

 

 

 

SATs timetable:

 

Day

Test

Time

Monday

Reading

9:30-10:30

Tuesday

Grammar

9:30- 10:15

Tuesday

Spelling

11:00

Wednesday

Maths paper 1

9:30-10:00

Wednesday

Maths paper 2

11:00-11:40

Thursday

Maths paper 3

11:00-11:40

Spellings for 28th April:

'Ough' and 'Ay' sound

 

1. rough

2. bought

3. enough

4. nought

5. through

6. brought

7. tough

8. bough

9. eight

10. weigh

11. obey

12. grey

13. yesterday

14. waiting

15. dismay

 

Remember to pick 5 of your own.

 

Welcome Back!

 

I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas. It's lovely to see all the children back and ready to learn. 

We have a busy term ahead of us. We are stepping back in time with our Once Long Ago... theme that looks at what it was like during the Victorian Era. We will also be looking at what Adlington was like during this period. Please find below a copy of this terms overview.

 

The children should have all come home now with a new homework pack. Homework will be as it was last term. A piece of homework must be handed in each week by Friday.

 

We have a change to the timetable for the first half term: we will be doing PE on Mondays and Wednesdays, we have CSP (Chorley Sports Partnership) carrying out net and wall games with us.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Mrs Wilson to Year six, we are all looking forward to working with her.

 

Mrs L Halsall         Mrs C Wilson

 

 

Spellings for Friday 24th March:

Add: ir, il, im, dis, mis or un to the following words:

1. legal

2. regular

3. proper

4. conduct

5. place

6. mortal

7. literate

8. embark

9. natural

10. rational

11. prudent

12. belief

13. calculate

14. intentional

15. advantage

Year 6 In the Dock!

Our Visit To Chorley Magistrates Court

On Tuesday 6th December we were invited to attend Chorley Magistrates Court.  We held a mock trial, the magistrates found the defendant not guilty!

Year 6's afternoon of Science

              Welcome Back

We hope you all had a lovely,restful summer. We are sure that we have a great year ahead of us.

We are looking forward to getting to know your children and to work with them during their last year at St Paul's.

 

You will have received a letter that out lines our class routine and timetable. You can also find a copy of both below.

Our topic this term is A Journey Around... with a focus on Africa and Australia, please see the attached overview for more details.

 

The class arrangements this year:

Monday: 

Tuesday: 

Wednesday: P.E

Thursday: Library book change

Friday: tests P.E

Homework can be handed in any day of the week, but one piece must be handed in weekly. I have attached a homework overview.

Spellings will be handed out each Friday for a test on the following Friday.  A copy of the spellings are available below, and will be updated each week.

 

Children in year 6 are able to bring in their own stationary in a small pencil case, however school does provide stationary. Please ensure that pens are either fountain or roller ball.

 

If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact us

 

Mrs L Halsall           Mrs K Farnworth

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