St Teresa's Class                                                                           

Teachers: Mrs Foan and Mrs Skinner

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Greener

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Year 6 - we are very impressed with your recent homework and spelling test results. Keep practising!

Click here for new Yr 6 Autumn 2 spellings

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PGL revisited: 6.11.17

Today Year 6 put on an assembly for their parents and for Year 5 pupils and their parents. The Year 6 pupils put on a presentation showing photographs and videos of their recent residential trip to PGL Windmill Hill, as well as describing each activity and the experience in detail. Year 5 children were given the opportunity to ask the Year 6 pupils questions about their trip.

Thank you to all the Year 6 and Year 5 parents that were able to come along today. Mrs Skinner has provisionally booked a long weekend trip for Year 6 for next September. Letters to Year 5 parents will be sent home this week.

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Welcome Back!

We are really impressed with how Year 6 have come back to school after their two week half term break. 

This week in SPAG we have been learning about synonyms and antonyms and, as always,  trying to extend our vocabularies and learn new words that we can use in our writing.

 

Synonym Racers

 

Antonym Pairs

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Residential to Windmill Hill: 6.10.17-9.10.17

Residential trip to PGL at Windmill Hill 6/10/17 - 9/10/17:
Year 6 have just returned from their residential trip to PGL.
What a fantastic time they had! They were well behaved, challenged themselves with different activities, were encouraging and supportive to each other and had great fun! There will be a presentation in a few weeks time where the children will share photos and talk about the different things they did.
Until then, here are a few photos..........

Friday afternoon - we arrived and had a tour of the PGL facilities.

Friday evening's activity - "Ambush"

 

Saturday morning - we unpacked and settled in.

 

Saturday morning - Sensory Trail

  

Saturday morning - Trapeze (Leap Of Faith)

   

Saturday afternoon - Climbing Wall

Saturday afternoon - Orienteering

Saturday evening's activity- "Splash."

  

 Sunday morning - Jacob's Ladder 

    

Sunday morning - Raft Building

  

Sunday afternoon - Zip Wire

Sunday evening's activity - "The Disco."

 

Monday morning - Giant Swing

 

 

  

Monday morning - Challenge Course

Thank you Year 6 - you were great fun and fantastic sports.
We were so proud of you all.

Here are some of the things Year 6 had to say about their trip away-

Izzy- "It doesn't matter what size you are, it's about how determined you are."

Aukse - "We really bonded as a class and I realised the importance of working as a team."

Grace- "These few days have really built up my confidence."

Valeria - "This weekend has taught me not to give up!"

Jessica - "Even though I was scared, I pushed myself and overcame my fears."

Ella- "You can do anything if you have support from your friends and work as a team."

Bailey - "I realised the importance of taking turns and showing consideration for others, especially when sharing a room with five other people!"

Archie - "This weekend I recognised the importance of taking responsibility together, and not just thinking about yourself."

Aboud- "I have realised you shouldn't worry about things, until you have tried them!"

  

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This term Year 6 are learning to be cartographers.

Click HERE to see some of our geography learning so far.


Children - you will find games, trivia quizzes and help with map skills, plus you can delve into some fascinating topics about the world around you on this website. Follow THIS LINK

 

Have a look at THIS DOCUMENT to see how we applied the geography skills we have learnt recently in class to the orienteering activity at PGL.

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A little bit of time to reflect: 22.9.17

We took a little bit of time out at the end of the week to relax and reflect. We made the most of the beautiful weather and sat by the statue of Mary on the front lawn. It reminded us of the lovely outside area and surroundings we have as part of our learning environment at St Joseph's

 

We meditated and then each focused on a word that we felt was important. We wrote that word on a small piece of paper and illustrated it. Each child individually reflected on that word's meaning, it's significance in their own lives and in the wider world.

 

It was a very calming and relaxing experience and helped us to recharge our batteries before returning to the classroom. The children thoroughly enjoyed it and are keen to make it a regular experience.

 

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Christian Meditation

We have been using Christian meditation as part of our daily routine at St Joseph's for over a year now. Each class and their staff  take part in Christian meditation for up to five minutes each day after lunch. Year 6 have taken to it really well and the effects are already evident - the children are calm and their sense of well-being and harmony has increased. 

      
The children take it in turns to set up the prayer focus from a box of resources. They are very creative and imaginative and we obviously have a few budding interior designers in our midst!
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Secondary School places for September 2018

We are only two weeks into term, but preparations have already started for the process of applying for your child's secondary school place for September 2018. Open days and opportunities to visit the local secondary schools start next week.

Your child should have bought home a flyer on Friday with all the secondary schools in Brighton and Hove's upcoming open morning /evening dates and booking details. 

If you have not received one, please click on this link to view the information.

https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/children-and-education/secondary-admissions-booklet/secondary-schools-and-open-days

 

Click HERE for a flyer detailing Cardinal Newman's open evening on Tuesday October 3rd 2017

 

 

Please also chere to see the latest information about applying for a place at CARDINAL NEWMAN School. Again, a paper copy of this information should have come home recently with your child.

If you require help completing the paper/online form or do not have internet access at home, Mrs Foan and Mrs Skinner will be available to help you complete the application.

Dates and further information to follow shortly.

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This term's learning in Year 6  

Thank you to those parents who were able to attend today's "Meet the Teacher" session.

For those parents who were unable to make it on this occasion, please click on THIS LINK for our topic booklet showing our curriculum coverage this term.

A paper copy should come home with your child on Monday. 

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Welcome Back! 

Year 6 have made a good start to the year and have settled back quickly into the school routine. The focus over the first few weeks is on getting to know each other again, respecting and supporting each other and working together.

These photos show a few of our recent activities: 

  

As part of our SPAG lessons, we have been revising word classes. In today's lesson we worked in pairs to sort the different types of nouns.

  

                     Problem solving in maths      On our non-PE days Year 6 have been                                                                       running the "Daily Mile."

Over the last year several schools in Brighton have been trialling the "daily mile "in a bid to support their pupils in improving their fitness levels and developing healthy habits for life.
This is an initiative that was set up following its success at a primary school in Scotland. The initiative was successful in eradicating obesity from the school, and  also proved to be beneficial to fitness as well as attention and behaviour within class.

Since the beginning of term, Years 5 and  6 have been running on their three non-PE days, building up their stamina and fitness gradually. Over half the class are now able to comfortably run a mile (17 and a half times around the basketball court! ) in about 15 minutes. 

 

   

Using a dictionary to find and learn, "ambitious adjectives"

 

Sorting verbs according to their tense.

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Welcome back to our Year 6 pupils and their families. We are looking forward to working with you all over the coming school year.

 

Homework
Homework will be given out on a Thursday, to be returned the following Tuesday. Those children who do not return the homework by Tuesday will have to complete it during their lunchtime.

A homework club will be running during golden time on the Friday (the day after the homework is set) for children who choose to miss golden time in order to complete their homework then. 

 

       

P.E.

This term Year 6's PE days will be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Tuesday will be Tag Rugby and Wednesday will be gymnastics.

Please make sure your child has a full PE kit  in school at all times - black shorts, a green St Joseph's t-shirt and trainers or plimsolls.

Year 5 and 6 children will also be doing the "daily mile" on the other three days.

 

Reading

Please encourage your child to read every night. This can be to themselves, to a family member or to a sibling and children please remember to record it in your reading record books.

 

Spellings

Click on THIS LINK  to see this half term's spelling lists. Children will be tested every Monday.

 

Thank you parents and carers! We really do appreciate your support. 

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End of Year treat to Arundel: 24.7.17

Here are a few photos of Year 6's end of term treat. You have been a fantastic Year 6 Class and we will miss you no end. We wish you all the very best in the future. Do keep in touch with us and let us know how you are getting on. 

 

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:21.7.17

What an amazing production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Year 6 put on this morning for the rest of the school and this evening for parent, carers, family and friends.

What talented actors and actresses , singers, dancers and performers you are!

         

               Charlie and Grandpa Jo                                       Willy Wonka   

  

    

Augustus Gloop               Arthur Slugworth                   TV Reporter

 

  

Curly Wurly and Candy Floss                Veruca Salt and Violet Beauregade

 

     

The story-teller                     The Oompa-Loompas before make-up

  

The Oompa-Loompa's after make-up!                 Our fantastic audience  

Thank you Amelia for becoming a stand -in Oompa-Loompa on the day and we all hope you get well soon Macy!    

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"Connect to the Countryside," Day: 13.7.17

Years 5 and 6 went to Ardingly today for the "Connect with the Countryside" event. The children experienced many hands-on and engaging learning activities based around the themes of food, farming, the countryside and the environment.

    

    

It also gave the children the chance to spend time relaxing and having fun with their friends as the end of term draws near.

   

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A bit of quiet time: 14.6.17

We took a little bit of time out this week to relax and reflect. We made the most of the beautiful weather and sat by the statue of Mary on the front lawn. It reminded us of the lovely outside area and surroundings we have as part of our learning environment at St Joseph's. 

   

We meditated and then each focused on a word that we felt was important. We wrote that word on a small piece of paper and illustrated it. Each child individually reflected on that word's meaning, it's significance in their own lives and in the wider world.

   

It was a very calming and relaxing experience and helped us to recharge our batteries before returning to the classroom. The children thoroughly enjoyed it and are keen to make it a regular experience.

  

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Transition Workshop: 25.5.17

At St Joseph’s we recognise the importance of a smooth transition from primary to secondary school. We are lucky in our school because it is small and everybody knows everybody. A huge secondary school is a very different environment. We understand that moving to a new school can be a daunting experience, as well as an exciting one.

 

Today Mrs Arnold ran a transition workshop for our Year 6 pupils. It gave the children the opportunity to look back over their time at primary school as well as considering the opportunities that transition will bring them and exploring the types of challenges they might meet.

The morning consisted of drama activities, discussion, thought provoking games and activities which involved all the pupils, encouraging them to become more self-aware and increase their awareness of others as they move into a bigger world.

Mrs Arnold will be running a follow up workshop the first week of the new half term.

  

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Diary Dates

We have lots of exciting activities planned between now and the end of the year. Please clink on the highlighted link and make a note of these important 

DIARY DATES 

 

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End of SAT's treat:12.5.16 

This morning Year 6 came in for a celebratory breakfast at the end of a very busy week. Our wonderful Year 6 pupils were joined by some of their parents and some of our school governors.

    

Mrs Foan, with the help of Colette from the kitchen, put on a wonderful spread of bacon rolls, sausage sandwiches, cereal, pancakes with fruit and maple syrup. It was lovely to see the children relaxing together after their hard work over the last few months.

        

After breakfast, we headed off to the Duke of York's Cinema to watch The LEGO Batman Movie.

   

        

We then walked along to Preston Park where we had a picnic, played in the play-area, and played football and cricket, before heading back to school. The drizzly weather did not dampen our spirits and the children had a very enjoyable day.

A great end to SAT's week!

   

     

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SAT's Week: 8-11th May 2017

The Year 6 SAT's tests started this week. The children have been working really hard in preparation for these tests and we are very proud of their determination and their excellent attitude to their learning. 

  

Before the tests begin each morning, the Year 6 pupils have breakfast together. This gives them an opportunity to relax with their friends and prepare themselves for the up-coming tests.

 

                                                                                                                                                     

To see what we will be doing in class this Summer Term click on the link below.

Summer Term Topic Booklet

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 Brighton and Hove Albion Promotion Celebration: 28.4.17

Year 6 managed to take a little bit of time out of their busy schedule today to join in with the Albion celebrations. We try to encourage our pupils to have resilience, determination, to strive to achieve and to realise that their own hopes and dreams can be realised and achieved with a lot of hard work. BHA have shown them that this is possible!

Year 6 took part in decorating gingerbread men by drawing an Albion strip on them using icing and making a shortbread round into a football. They also had a go at practising their own goal scoring in the inflatable goal on the playground.

  

   

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Booster Class: 27.4.17

We are so proud of our Year 6 pupils and their determination and positive attitude in the run up to the SAT's tests in a couple of weeks. The children completed a lot of homework during the Easter holidays and are very focused and working really hard in class. They are all attending our three booster classes before school each week and this  extra work and effort is really beginning to show now. Some children, and parents have been coming to every booster session since January - well done to you all.

 

A hive of activity!

These are some pictures of this morning's booster class, where the children were applying their knowledge of all the word classes and parts of speech we have learnt about.

 

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Presentation to Parents : 6.4.17

Year 6 put on a presentation for their families and friends this afternoon, celebrating their topic - related learning this term. The World War II presentation included a whole class dance, some "fascinating facts," some extracts from the children's writing,  some sound effects and some very uplifting WWII singing that really helped take us back to the 1940's and the wartime experiences for families.

 

 

Afterwards the children and their families and friends shared a cup of tea, a biscuit and a spam sandwich!  

  

It was lovely that so many family and friends were able to come along and support their children and help them celebrate and share their learning. Thank you!

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Visit to Newhaven Fort: 24.3.17

      

To enhance their learning about WWII, Year 6 visited Newhaven Fort.

When war broke out in 1939, Newhaven Fort was a vital element in the defence against the very real threat of German invasion.

  

The collections and exhibitions help the children to learn even more about World War II including rationing, evacuation and the Blitz. The models of different scenes of the war e.g. a blitzed house showing the effects of bombing, helped them to visualise things they had learnt about in school. 

 

 The children were able to sit in the "Blitz Street" shelter simulation and experience how it would have felt to be caught up in an air raid and under air attack. One of their favourite parts of the Fort was exploring the underground tunnels which led to the ammunition storage room built deep in to the cliffs.
After lunch Year 6 had a bit of time in the play area, followed by a visit to the gift shop, before heading back to school.

    

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"Drama Hut," workshop: 21.3.17

As part of our WWII topic, we were visited by the "Drama Hut." They provide drama activities in schools, encouraging learning in a creative environment.

The class travelled back in time with Fraser to the 1940's and experienced what it must have been like to have been an evacuee during World War II. They worked together to create images of life during WWII, body sculptures of air-raid shelters and found themselves in the middle of the Blitz experience.

  

The children thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. They have already learnt a lot about WWII, but this really helped bring their learning to life.

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Golden Time

Year 6 are working really hard at the moment. We are very proud of you all. Golden Time on Friday afternoon is an opportunity to relax a little and spend time with friends.

  

Mrs Cox kindly brought in some exciting games for us to enjoy during golden time including table football, air hockey, pool and table tennis. It is great fun and has definitely brought out the competitive side in many pupils (and staff!) 

      

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In our SPaG lessons (spelling, punctuation and grammar) the children have been working on word classes and grammatical terms. They need to know the correct terminology and meaning of these different parts of speech e.g. synonyms and antonyms. To make our learning fun, we often start our lessons with a grammar game.

    

        "Synonym Racers," game                  "Antonym Pairs," matching game

In their writing the children need to show both these things: they need to write with a sense of audience and purpose and know how to engage the reader with their choice of language but also demonstrate what they have learnt in their SPaG lessons e.g. the use of the passive voice and including complex sentences.

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January 2017 - Happy New Year!

The children have settled back into school life well after their exciting and tiring Christmas celebrations. Please see the letter below detailing what the Year 6 pupils will be covering in the curriculum this term. 

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"Starry Night"

As part of the art curriculum pupils study the work of both local and well-known artists. Year 6 have been looking at the work of Vincent Van Gogh and finding out about his works and his life. The year 6 pupils used his well known painting            " Starry Night," as inspiration for their own "Starry Night" Christmas card designs. They are absolutely beautiful - here are just a few.

 

              

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Keeping Fit!

Several schools in Brighton are trialing the "daily mile "in a bid to support their pupils in improving their fitness levels and developing healthy habits for life.

This is an initiative that has been set up following its success at a primary school in Scotland. The initiative was successful in eradicating obesity from the school, and  also proved to be beneficial to fitness as well as attention and behaviour within class.

At St Joseph's we are considering taking on this initiative.

As a trial, Year 6 have been running once or twice a week, building up their stamina and fitness gradually. About half the class are now able to comfortably run a mile (17 and a half times around the basketball court! ) in about 15 minutes. 

Well done all of you. Miss Skinner will be bringing her trainers after Christmas and joining you!

The Daily Mile

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We are very proud of Ashley since he took up the challenge introduced to him through the school two years ago. 

 Ashley- ‘I was given a special test before I was allowed to work and study with the Diploma service’.

I’m very grateful to my mum who has paid the subscriptions and to my dad who gives me permission to go on his computer….. I’m not allowed to play games on there …. But I love the challenge on EBS.  

Ashley already has his foot on the ladder to go to a University one day.

Since Ashley enrolled with EBS (education back-up service) and has received and achieved a grand total of thirteen Diploma Certificates by completing on-line QCAS exams.  Maths & English -  4 gold (3 of which are 100% accurate) , 3 silver and 6 bronze.

Ashley says that ‘By being on this programme,  it has really helped me to exceed in school. ‘

 

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Visit from Father Kieron:23.11.16

As part of our RE topic, "Vocation and Commitment," we invited Father Kieron in to talk to him and ask him questions about the vocation of priesthood and the commitment it involves. We wrote a series of questions for him. We used his answers to inform our work on vocation and commitment and the Sacrament of Ordination.

 

 

 

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Residential trip to PGL at Windmill Hill 14/10/16- 17/10/16:

Year 6 have just returned from their residential trip to PGL.

What a fantastic time they had! They were well behaved, challenged themselves with different activities, were encouraging and supportive to each other and had great fun! There will be a presentation in a few weeks time where the children will share photos and talk about the different things they did.

Until then, here are a few photos..........

   

Saturday morning - Trapeze (Leap of Faith) and then zip-wire 

     

   

Saturday afternoon - sensory trail and then the giant swing:

     

    

    

    

 Sunday morning - Raft building and Orienteering:

  

          

Sunday afternoon - Jacob's ladder and tunnel trail:

    

      

       

   

Sunday night: Disco!

 

Monday morning- Aero-ball and Abseiling:

  

  

 

Thank you Year 6 - you were great fun and fantastic sports.

We were so proud of you all.

 

This is what Year 6 had to say about their trip away:

My best achievement was getting to the top of Jacob's ladder - the distance between the rungs was bigger than me, but somehow I got up ! Josh

This trip taught me that you can do and achieve much more than you sometimes think you can. Karen 

I am pleased that I managed to do the trapeze. When I first looked at it, I thought it was too high, but I was determined and persevered and I did it! Ashley

My greatest achievement was the giant swing. Josh and I went first and we went as high as we could and we didn't scream! Freddie

I was so determined to do the abseiling tower. I am afraid of heights but I really wanted to do it. After half an hour at the top of the abseil tower in the pouring rain, I finally abseiled down! I was so proud of myself. Amelia

The food was absolutely delicious- there was loads to eat at breakfast, lunch and dinner! Keeley

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This term Year 6 are learning to be cartographers.

Children - you will find games, trivia quizzes and help with map skills, plus you can delve into some fascinating topics about the world around you on this website. Follow the link:

https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/mapzone 

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Visit from BSMS : 12.10.16

In science this term, we have been learning about the circulatory system. To consolidate and enhance our learning, we were lucky enough to spend the afternoon with some local medical students.

The students, a team from Brightwams (widening access to medical school in Sussex) came in and worked with Year 6 in small groups to increase their knowledge (such as learning about the organs in the human body and what can go wrong with them, learning specifically about the different body systems and also learning about the different tools doctors can use).

The session was practical and hands-on and extremely enjoyable.

     

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Grandparents' Week-week beginning 26.9.16

This week we are celebrating grandparents' week. Thank you to the grandparents (and honorary grandparents) who came in to join Year 6 today. The children were delighted to ask them questions about their childhood and school life, sing our Jubilee song and perform a grandparents' rap to them!
Today provided an opportunity for year 6 to honour their grandparents and also helped them to realise the strength, information and guidance older people can offer.

       

       

  

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Christian Meditation:

We have been using Christian meditation as part of our daily routine at St Joseph's for a year now. Each class and their staff  take part in Christian meditation for up to five minutes each day after lunch. Year 6 have taken to it really well and the effects are already evident - the children are calm and their sense of well-being and harmony has increased. 

The children take it in turns to set up the prayer focus from a box of resources. They are very creative and imaginative and we obviously have a few budding interior designers in our midst!

 

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Welcome Back!

Year 6 have made a good start to the year and have settled back quickly into the school routine. The focus over the first few weeks is on getting to know each other again, respecting and supporting each other and working together.

These photos show some of our recent activities:

 

                  Adjective "Connect 4"                               "Matching time" jigsaw

          

"Appropriate Adjective" matching game        Parts and functions of the heart.

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Spellings

Click on the image below to download a complete list of this years spellings. 

 

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PE

Year 6 will have their PE lessons on a Tuesday afternoon and a Thursday afternoon. Please make sure they have black shorts, a St Joseph's green t-shirt and plimsolls or trainers.

                                       

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Homework

Homework will be given out on a Thursday, to be returned the following Tuesday. Those children who do not return the homework by Tuesday will have to complete it during golden time on Friday.

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End of Year 6 day out to Arundel: 21.7.16

Here are a few photos of Year 6's end of term treat. You have been a fantastic Year 6 Class and we will miss you no end. We wish you all the very best in the future. Do keep in touch with us and let us know how you are getting on. 

  

              Fun at Arundel Lido.                                         Mini-golf

           

                                                                In the play park

             

         Enjoying and celebrating the strong friendships we have made at St Joseph's.

            

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"We'll meet again" production: 13.7.16

       

   

      

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RE: 10.6.16

As part of our RE topic, "Healing," we sang the hymn, "God's Spirit is in my heart." We reflected on the words as we were singing them, alongside the message behind the story of the Good Samaritan, which was the Scripture we focused on during our lesson. Here is a short clip showing part of the hymn.

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Caribbean Day: 20.5.16

Our final visit during multi-cultural week was to the Caribbean! Miss Simson taught Year 6 some Caribbean dance moves. They then had to show-case their dance moves while doing the limbo!

 

   

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Multi - Cultural Week: 16.5.16 

As part of multi-cultural week, Year 6 have enjoyed finding out about Thailand (Alex's country). He was our expert and as geographers - using our enquiry skills and research skills, we found out many amazing facts.

              

 

       

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End of SATs week treat : 13.5.16

We have been so impressed with the positive and mature attitude of our Year 6 pupils this week during their SATs tests. You certainly gave it you all! Well done. 

Today's day out provided  an opportunity to relax a bit and spend time together. After a breakfast of cereal, toast and hot dogs, we walked from school down to the Duke of York's picture house. We watched the film "Bill" which was hilarious and then had the opportunity to ask one of the actors, who had appeared in  the film, some questions.  

We then walked from the Duke of York's to Preston Park where we ate our lunch, went into the play area, played cricket, football and basketball and relaxed in the beautiful sunshine. We then had an ice cream before walking back to school. A great way to finish off SATs week!

  

 

         

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A bit of quiet time:

Year 6 have been working really hard in preparation for their SAT's tests in May and we are very proud of their determination and their excellent attitude to their learning.

We took a little bit of time out this week to relax and reflect. We made the most of the beautiful weather and sat by the statue of Mary on the front lawn. It reminded us of the lovely outside area and surroundings we have as part of our learning environment at St Joseph's. We meditated and then each focused on a word that we felt was important. We wrote that word on a small piece of paper and illustrated it. Each child individually reflected on that word's meaning, it's significance in their own lives and in the wider world.

It was a very calming and relaxing experience and helped us to recharge our batteries before returning to the classroom. The children thoroughly enjoyed it and are keen to make it a regular experience.

 

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Visit to Newhaven Fort 24.3.16

   

    

As part of our World War II topic we visited Newhaven Fort. The collections and exhibitions help us to learn even more about World War II including rationing, evacuation and the Blitz. The models of different scenes of the war e.g. a blitzed house showing the effects of bombing, helped us to visualise things we had learnt about in school. We were able to sit in the "Blitz Street" shelter simulation and experience how it would have felt to be caught up in an air raid and under air attack. One of our favourite parts of the Fort was exploring the underground tunnels which led to the ammunition storage room built deep in to the cliffs.

After lunch we had a bit of time in the play area, followed by a visit to the gift shop, before heading back to school.

      

       

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Writing:

       

Year 6 are thoroughly enjoying learning about World War II this term. All of our writing has been based around World War II picture books. We have written different genres e.g. diary entries, newspaper reports, letters and descriptive pieces based around these books which, through stories, describe different aspects of the war e.g. the evacuation of Dunkirk and the Holocaust, through the eyes of children. The writing the children have produced is fantastic - very poignant and powerful.

In their SPaG lessons (spelling, punctuation and grammar) the children have been working on word classes and grammatical terms. They need to know the correct terminology and meaning of these different parts of speech e.g. synonyms and antonyms. To make our learning fun, we often start our lessons with a grammar game.

  

 "Synonym Racers" game.

  

            "Antonym Pairs" matching game.        

In their writing the children need to show both of these things: they need to write with a sense of audience and purpose and know how to engage the reader with their choice of language but also demonstrate what they have learnt in their SPaG lessons e.g. the use of the passive voice and including complex sentences.

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Jubilee Celebration Open Day:

Year 6 played a big part in our Diamond Jubilee Celebration Open Day. They greeted our invited guests in the foyer and welcomed them to our school. They then gave guided tours of the school to small groups of visitors, talking with pride about their school and answering any questions. They then escorted our visitors to the hall where they enjoyed afternoon tea. So many people commented on how mature, polite and friendly the Year 6 tour guides were. You were, as always, great ambassadors for the school. We were so proud of you Year 6.

 

   

Thedora had the very important role of giving the Mayor, Councillor Lynda Hyde, a guided tour of our school.

As part of our Jubilee work, each class looked at art from one of the six decades  that St Joseph's School has been at Davey Drive (1950's - present day) Year 6 studied current day tattoo art. They looked at tattoo fonts and wrote a word or a phrase that they felt represented St Joseph's School in a tattoo style font. They then looked at flowers in the school grounds and based their tattoo designs around them. Finally, the children chose an animal they felt represented their personalities and drew the animal as a tattoo design.

   

We also displayed our watercolour paintings of Blessed Mother Teresa - who our class is named after.

The art exhibition looked amazing and again many visitors commented on the talented artists we have in our school.

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Creative cooks:

Year 6 have worked so hard this term. The adults who work in Year 6 are very proud of you! This last week of term has been a little more relaxed and we have enjoyed some festive fun and creative crafts, including creating some stunning Christmas cards (one in in French!) designing wrapping paper, as well as your mouthwatering chocolate logs! Yum Yum!

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Advent- a time of waiting and expectation.

     

In R.E. Year 6 are remembering, celebrating and responding to the experience of the meaning of expectation and Advent, a time of joyful expectation of Christmas, the Word becoming a human person, Jesus.

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Judaism week: 16.11.15

We have been learning about the Jewish faith this week. We learnt that Rosh Hashanah is a time when Jewish people make a new start. They reflect on the previous year and make amends for things they have done wrong and ask for forgiveness. At this time Jewish people eat apples dipped in honey. This reminds them of the sweet, new year they hope to have. As we tasted apple dipped in honey, we thought about its significance.

               

                                                                                                                  

Residential trip to PGL at Windmill Hill 16/10/15- 19/10/15

Year 6 have just returned from their residential trip to PGL. What a fantastic time they had! They were excellently behaved, challenged themselves with different activities, were encouraging and supportive to each other and had great fun! There will be a presentation in a few weeks time where the children will share photos and talk about the different things they did. Until then, here are a few photos..........

      

 Arriving and settling in on Friday.

 

        

       

Raft building on Saturday morning.

 

         

Archery and abseiling on Saturday afternoon.

 

      

Getting ready for the campfire on Saturday night.

 

          

Sunday morning - giant swing.

             

     

 

 

     

Tunnel trail.

 

        

Sunday afternoon -trapeze (leap of faith!)

 

        

Zip-wire.

 

          

Dressed to impress! Dancing at the disco on Sunday night.

               

                   

Fantastic food!

      

              

Monday morning- climbing wall.

 

    

   

           

 

Exhausted but happy! With lots of treasured memories.

 

This is what Year 6 had to say:

"The achievement I am most proud of is doing the tunnel trail because I am claustrophobic and I had a go and I did it! " - Neila.

"My favourite evening session was the disco because it was our last evening and I wanted it to be memorable." Andre.

"My favourite meal was the roast dinner on Sunday- it was delicious!" Tia

Something I liked about my room was that I was with all my friends and it was really fun although it was messy!" Yumna

"My favourite meal was dinner because we got the best puddings!" Neila

"The achievement I am most proud of is that I pulled the string on the giant swing because no one else would do it!" Tia

"Something I liked about my room was that all my mates were in the same room as me." Louie

"The instructors made our stay fun by not making us worried about our activities." Neila

"I would recommend PGL for a Year 6 trip because you can try lots of fun things and have a big friend sleepover." Andre

"I would recommend PGL for a Year 6 trip because it's a great place to overcome your fears with such lovely supportive teachers and staff." Nina

"I would recommend PGL for a Year 6 trip because it is a great opportunity to make your fears fade away." Neila

"I would recommend PGL for a Year 6 trip because it is a great way to face your fears and become active with

the huge variety of activities to choose from." Yumna

 

"I would recommend PGL for a Year 6 trip because it is a really fun opportunity to do all the things you

wouldn't normally do and it helps you face your fears." Adrienne

 

"I would recommend PGL for a Year 6 trip because IT WAS THE BEST TRIP I'VE EVER BEEN ON!" Tia

 

Year 6 - you were amazing this weekend and we were so proud of you! 

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 Grandparents' Week - Year 6  -29/9/15

 

This week we are celebrating grandparents' week. Thank you to the grandparents (and honorary grandparents) who came in to join Year 6 today. The children were delighted to take their visitors on a tour of the school, ask them questions about their childhood and school life and sing to them!

Today provided an opportunity for year 6 to honour their grandparents and also helped them to realise the strength, information and guidance older people can offer.

 

        

 

      

 

Thank you so much for joining us!

         

 

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 Homework

Homework will be given out on a Thursday, to be returned the following Tuesday. Those children who do not return the homework by Tuesday will be required to complete their homework on Wednesday lunchtime at Homework Club.

 

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                                     Click on the link below to complete the Child line survey  

                                                                                                                   

                                                                      PE  

                       Year 6 will have their  PE lessons on a Tuesday afternoon and a Thursday afternoon. Please make sure they have black shorts, a St Joseph's green t-shirt and plimsolls or trainers. 

                   

                                                                                                                   

Welcome back!

Year 6 have come back to school this year with a very mature and positive attitude, ready to learn. They have taken their new roles and responsibilities around the school and as prefects very seriously. The focus over the first few weeks is on getting to know each other again, respecting and supporting each other and working together.

        

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Our topics

 

School Jubilee

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Christian Meditation

Since we have been back at school we have begun daily Christian meditation. Each class and their staff now take part in Christian meditation for up to five minutes each day after lunch. Year 6 have taken to it really well and the effects are already evident - the children are calm and their sense of well-being and harmony has increased.  Please ask your child to talk to you about this as I am sure they will tell you in detail what we do and why.

 

                

 

Neila says " It makes me feel peaceful and relaxed."

Isabele says " It calms me down."

Yumna said " It makes me forget what has happened at lunchtime."

Adrienne said "It makes it easier to concentrate in the afternoon and that makes the quality of our work better."

 

Watch this short clip to see what we do: 

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Spellings

Click on the link below for a list of the spellings that your child is expected to know

Year 6 spellings

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