St Teresa's Class
Teachers: Mrs Foan and Mrs Skinner
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Greener
We are so impressed with how our Year 6 pupils have taken the challenges in the activity passport on board.
It is good to see how many different things the children have attempted over the last few weeks involving learning new skills, trying new experiences and getting outside to do things with family and friends.
Well done to all of you for emailing us the evidence - another thing to tick off the list!
Learn to knit (Number 4) Make your own dessert (Number 15) Peel some vegetables (Number 12) Visit a new city (Number 20)
Make a cup of tea for a parent (Number 16) See the sun set (Number 17) Visit a museum (Number 13)
This week's learning
Despite the bad weather and quite a few absences due to sickness, Year 6 have been busy again this week. In their art lessons, the children have been drawing and painting pictures of Sir Winston Churchill, Prime Minister during the majority of World War II.
They have built on the skills they learnt last term, like how to draw faces with an emphasis on getting the shape, position and proportions correct. The children were also able to apply their skills of using sketching pencils to create depth and detail using a variety of techniques, including shading, cross and contour hatching and stippling. The children also tried to show tone in their drawings.
Some of them are displayed in the classroom. Pop in to have a look if you get a chance - they are all very different but capture the facial expression, hunched shoulders and body shape perfectly. The children are very proud of their art work in their sketch books. Again, feel free to ask your child to show you their book.
In maths, we have been using place value counters and grids to consolidate our understanding of dividing by 10,100 or 1000. We learnt about the importance of the zero and the relationship between tenths, hundredths and thousandths.
Science : 25.1.19
As part of our science topic this term, we are learning about the circulatory system. We learnt about the four components of blood and what each one's function is. We made our own "blood," using water with food colouring in to represent the plasma, gel beads to represent the red blood cells, small pieces of card to represent the platelets and marshmallows to represent the white blood cells.
We learnt that plasma makes up 55% of our blood, red blood cells make up 40%, platelets make up 4% and white blood cells 1%.
SPAG this week : 23.1.19
In SPAG, we are learning about different sentence structures. In today's game, we had to construct simple, compound and complex sentences.
This week's learning:10.1.19
In SPAG this week, we have been learning about conjunctions - coordinating conjunctions and subordinating conjunctions. We played different games showing that we could recognise and use both types of conjunction correctly.
Science : 10.1.19
As an introduction to our new science topic, "Animals including humans," we had to discuss and record what we knew about our internal organs and the role they play in the functioning of our bodies.
In small groups, we drew around one person and then drew any internal organs we knew, where we thought they were located in the body and what job we thought they performed.
It will be interesting to compare our drawings to a scientific diagram of our internal organs in our next lesson!
Our History Learning
Our history learning this term is based around Britain since the 1930's with a particular focus on World War II. The children have been enthused by our first two lessons and have brought in photographs and memorabilia from their own families.
Olivia's grandad was in the Royal Artillery Second World War and Lily's grandad attended our very own St Joseph's School in the 1960's! He is the boy at the back being taught in the school hall which was often used as an extra classroom!
In class we have been finding out the similarities and differences between life in Britain in the 1930's and today.
Thank you to Lily who bought in lots of photos showing her family over the years, including these two above of her great, great grandparents.
Thank you also to Angel and Izzy who bought in lots of replica artefacts and information about WWII to help us with our understanding of the Blitz, rationing, evacuation and life generally during the war.
Spring Term 2019
Welcome back. We hope you all enjoyed a happy and relaxing Christmas and have come back refreshed and ready for work in 2019!
Click here to read the newsletter detailing the Year 6 SPRING TERM CURRICULUM COVERAGE
These are this term's SPELLINGS. All the children will take a laminated copy home this week. Children, PLEASE learn them at home!
Secret Santa: 19.12.18
Some of the children in the class asked if they could organise a "Secret Santa" this year. Today, they opened their "Secret Santa" presents. Lots of thought had obviously gone into choosing something for the particular classmate whose name they had pulled out of a hat. It was great to watch! Thank you Olivia and Neriah for organising this.
May we take this opportunity to wish all of our Year 6 pupils and their families a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
Gingerbread Houses: 17.12.18
Year 6 had a gingerbread house competition today. Working in groups, they designed and built their own gingerbread houses using a variety of tasty resources! The winning group got to choose what our class will spend their profits from the School Fayre on.
Here are a few of the sticky creations!
Great group work and interesting ideas!
Our Christmas Cards
In our art lesson this week, we made Christmas cards for our loved ones. They are absolutely beautiful. We certainly have some talented artists in our class.
Language of the month: 12.12.18
Our language this month in Year 6 is Portuguese. Keirah has kindly taught her classmates some simple greetings in Portuguese. Already, the children can say good morning and answer the register in Portuguese as well as saying "number 1,2 or 3" in Portuguese for their chosen lunch option. We are so impressed at how quickly the pupils pick up another language! Thank you Keirah for your input this month.
After Christmas, we will be learning Yoruba - a language spoken in West Africa, mainly in Nigeria under the guidance of Esmae. We are lucky to have so many different experts in the room!
Preparations for the Christmas Fair: 6.12.18
Year 6 took a short break from their full curriculum today to prepare for the school Christmas Fair. Mrs Foan organised a production line involving making snowman heads, bodies, putting the two together and also wrapping prizes!
Our SPAG learning this week
In our SPAG lessons this week, we have been learning about homophones and homonyms. First of all, we played a game of, "Homophone Hop," which focused on the correct use of the homophones "to," "too," and "two," as well as, "there," "their," and "they're."
Here are some of our homophone/homonym riddles. Can you work them out?
It is a girl's name and a Christmas plant- Zuzanna
You can fly in this and it is another word for ordinary- Lily
God bought this to the world and it is part of a jigsaw puzzle - Olivia
Some children also made a game of "homophone pairs" for the children in Years 3 and 4 to play.
Our current writing unit
We have just completed a writing unit based on non-chronological reports. At the end of the unit, we worked in pairs to self and peer assess our pieces of writing. It was useful to hear what our partners liked about our reports and how they thought we could improve our next pieces of writing.
As part of our science learning this week, Year 6 pupils worked in groups to research facts about the five different "kingdoms" that classify organisms based on their characteristics. Each group researched a particular kingdom and then displayed the information creatively. The information on each "kingdom" is now displayed in our science area.
Another busy week!
Year 6 have had another busy week this week in school. In SPAG, they have been learning about synonyms and antonyms and learning new words that they will hopefully use in their writing. Part of each SPAG lesson involves playing a game to consolidate and apply the word class/part of speech being focused on.
"Synonym Racers" and "Antonym Pairs."
On Thursday afternoon, Year 6 enjoyed a "Bollywood" Dancing workshop before joining the rest of the school to perform dances to "Jai Ho" and "Twist." Wow! What a lot of talent and energy we have in our Year 6 class!
This week was also Anti-Bullying Week in school, which started off with a whole school assembly. The theme for this year's anti-bullying week was, "Choose Respect." Year 6 discussed ways they could choose respect and make sure everyone feels included.
Our anti-bullying posters
Language of the Month
Our language of the month in November is Lithuanian. Arijus has taught us several useful words and phrases and the children now greet the teachers and answer the register in Lithuanian! Arijus read us the book "Alien's wearing underpants," in Lithuanian and Olivia read the English version.
This week's learning in Year 6
This week in our maths lessons, we have been learning about 12 and 24 hour times written in different formats. In our SPAG lessons we have been learning about different types of adverbs - adverbs of manner, time, place, frequency, degree and likelihood.
Time puzzles and adverb sorting
During our class collective worship sessions on a Wednesday morning, pairs of children have been leading the collective worship, basing it on the "Wednesday Word." This week Lily and Belinda led a lovely collective worship for Years 5 and 6.
Year 6 were joined by Father Kieron this week too who came in to talk to them about priesthood as a vocation and the commitments involved in being a priest as part of their RE learning.
Our science learning
This half term we have been learning about inheritance and evolution in our science lessons. Our final few lessons of the topic are based around fossils and fossilisation. Today, we used magnifying glasses to study a range of fossils before drawing them.
Language of the month
Across the school, each class is focusing on a "language of the month." Starting this month, every month we will celebrate the languages besides English which are spoken at home by some of our pupils. In Year 6 we have been learning simple words and phrases in Polish. Zuzanna and Wiktoria have been teaching us.
Today, they read us a story, "Handa's Surprise," in Polish. Tia read us the same story in English.
Each class in KS2 has been sharing and enjoying a class reader. Each child in the class has a copy of the chosen novel and they take it in turns to read a section while the others follow. This term Year 6 are reading, "There's a boy in the girl's bathroom," by Louis Sachar.
Our writing in Year 6
Over the last few weeks, Year 6's writing unit has on descriptive writing. Each lesson has been based on a book or a clip and the children have been focusing on using ambitious adjectives, adventurous adverbs and powerful verbs to bring their descriptions to life. The children start with a quick plan where they jot down their ideas, they then write their first draft and finally, using a purple polishing pen, they edit and improve their work.
Throughout the process, the children have a bank of classroom resources they can use to help them. These pictures show some of the resources available to them.
A dictionary Grammar resources The text/book
A Thesaurus Additional adults
Secondary School Applications
Applications for secondary school places for September 2019 are now open. Your child should have bought home an information leaflet last week. Open days/evenings are taking place currently and the deadline for your secondary school application is October 31st.
This LINK will give you more information about the process. If you do not have computer/internet access or would like help filling in the online form, please pop in to see Mrs Foan or Mrs Skinner and arrange a convenient time to come in and use our computers. It is really important for your child that the form is completed on time.
If you would like to use our computers or would like any help completing the online application form, Mrs Foan will be available to help you on Thursday 18th October from 3.15 pm in the Year 6 classroom.
Cricket Coaching: 3.10.18
Our weekly cricket coaching sessions with Alan from "A chance to Shine," affiliated with Sussex CC continue. It is great to see how the Year 6 pupils are progressing with their cricket skills in batting, bowling and fielding. Mrs Skinner has just entered several different teams for this year's indoor and outdoor cricket competitions and we definitely now have lots of talented players to choose from!
Well done Year 6 - you are shining in so many ways already this year!
Bike-Ability Level 1: 27.9.18
Some of our Year 6 pupils took part in Bike Ability training (Level 1) today.
At Level 1, new riders learn to control and master their bikes in a space away from traffic - in the school playground. A second day for this Level 1 training will take place in October. These children can then progress to Level 2 Bike Ability in the Summer Term.
Residential trip to PGL at Windmill Hill 21.9.18 - 24.9.18
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! The weather was NOT kind to us and all of the activities went ahead, even in the pouring rain ( and with very little complaining!)
Miss Morrison, Mrs Foan, Mrs Skinner and Mr Muschamp were so impressed with each and every one of you for your determination, resilience, teamwork and your sense of fun (and for going to sleep when asked!)
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 evening - settling in, unpacking and evening activity, "Passport to the World."
Games with our group leader Ollie and "Sensory Trail."
Saturday morning - Trapeze (Leap of Faith)
Saturday afternoon - Tunnel Trail
Saturday afternoon- Abseiling Tower Saturday's evening activity - "Splash."
Sunday morning - raft building
Sunday morning - Jacob's Ladder
Sunday afternoon - Orienteering
Sunday afternoon - Giant Swing
Sunday's evening activity - a disco!
Monday morning - Zipwire
Monday morning - Archery
Thank you Year 6 - you were great fun and fantastic sports as well as showing great determination, resilience and teamwork. We were so proud of you all.
This term's learning in Year 6
Thank you to those parents and carers who were able to attend tonight's "Meet the Teacher," session. If you were unable to attend on this occassion, a copy of our topic booklet containing information about our curriculum coverage will come home with your child on Monday 24th. Alternatively, you can find it HERE.
We look forward to working with you all this year.
Academic Year 2018-2019
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:
Noun sorting Place Value "Connect 4" Adjective game
Using a compass for direction Throwing and catching practice with Alan the cricket coach
Grid references on an OS map The Daily Mile Identifying OS symbols
Welcome back to a new school year to all of our pupils and their families. We are looking forward to working with you all over the coming school year.
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 and will lose some of their golden time.
Please encourage your child to look through their homework on a Thursday when it comes home. If your child has any questions/worries or is unsure about something, Mrs Foan or Mrs Skinner will then be able to spend 5/10 minutes with them on a Friday so that they are then able to complete their homework over the weekend.
This half term, Year 6's PE days will be on Wednesdays and Fridays. Wednesday will be Cricket and Friday will be Tag-Rugby.
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 6 children will also be doing the "daily mile" on the other three days.
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.
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.
End of term treat: 23.7.18
It was lovely for Year 6 to spend a bit of time together before the end of term, and what better place to do it than Arundel. We spent the morning at Arundel Lido, had a picnic and then spent a bit of time having fun in the play area, before having an ice lolly and heading back to school.
It was a lovely day at the end of a great year with a fantastic class!
Our end of year production: 12.7.18
Over the past few weeks, Year 6 have been rehearsing for their end of year production. They chose a show called, "Treachery at Traitors' Quay" to tie in with their WW11 learning. We knew we had a lot of talent in the class, but tonight just showcased the amazing amount of talent we do have.
Great dancing, acting and singing - Year 6, you were just amazing! As always, we were very proud of you all.
Mr Albright and the evacuees Jolly, Jape, Wheeler, dealer and Captain Kitchener
Mr Churchill Mrs Dawson and Auntie Peg Mr Mulch
HM Grogg and Parker PC and Mrs Lovham Eggin drake, Etta and Hennie
Transition workshop: 14.6.18
As part of the preparation for the children's move to secondary school in September, the pupils in Year 6 have will have a series of transition workshops and activities this half term. Last week, they had a session from Safety-Net and today Mrs Arnold worked with the class on their transition. Through discussions, games and activities the children were able to share any worries or questions they might have before their taster days at their new schools over the coming weeks.
End of SAT's treat:18.5.18
After a busy week of SAT's tests, Year 6 celebrated their hard work with a day out at the cinema, followed by a visit to Preston Park. It was lovely to spend time together and relax after all the hard work our Year 6 pupils had put in over the recent months.
A hearty breakfast provided a good start to the day.
Playing in the park and picnicking.
Relaxing and bonding.
KS 2 SAT's :14.5.18
This week is KS 2 SAT's week. We were so proud of how our Year 6 pupils tackled the first day's SPAG tests today. It was lovely to gather together for a class breakfast this morning before the tests began.
RE : 11.5.18
As an introduction to our new RE topic, "Healing" we worked in pairs/small groups to write a prayer for those people across the world who are ill, suffering or close to death and also for those who dedicate their time to helping those who are ill.
Year 6 have been working SO hard in preparation for the upcoming SAT's tests and we are incredibly proud of each and everyone of them. The last few weeks have consisted of lots of revision through games, fun activities and challenges.
You are almost there Year 6 !
Word classes and parts of speech final revision.
We are working our Year 6 pupils so hard at the moment and they are really rising to the challenge. To keep their minds active and to keep their concentration levels high, we are trying to get back into doing the daily mile each day , now that the weather is better.
It is great to see our pupils demonstrating the qualities we expect to see in the classroom, during the daily mile too - resilience, determination and passion.
We took five minutes out from the classroom today for some "SPAG YOGA" led by Calum and Marcin. It was certainly a very different approach to SPAG to Mrs Skinner's and the children seemed to enjoy it!
Our wonderful pupils
We are very proud of Eleanor. Altar servers form a very important part of the Church and it is lovely to see our children from St Joseph's Catholic primary serving the Parish with such commitment, enthusiasm and dedication.
It is such an honour and joy to assist the Priest in this special way.
Welcome back to the Summer Term in Year 6. Click HERE to see our latest newsletter detailing this term's learning in Year 6. Thank you parents for your continued support with your children's learning.
Today, Year 6 visited Newhaven Fort as part of their WW11 topic.
Their day involved a Q and A session from an expert and an opportunity to look at original WW11 artefacts, an air-raid experience, a walk around the ramparts to look closely at the gun emplacements and observation posts as well as learning lots more about WW11 and the fort from the different exhibitions.
The day was completed with a chance to have fun in the play area and a quick visit to the gift shop before heading back to school.
The weather was not kind to us! Despite this, the children had a great time and learnt a lot more about WW11. The staff at the Fort commented on how impressed they were with our children's knowledge and passion for learning.
Exploring the grounds
Lunch "al fresco!"
More hands-on learning
Enjoying the play area before the rain!
Year 6 have thoroughly enjoyed their fencing lessons this half term. They finished off a successful half term of coaching with a Year 6 fencing tournament. The winner was Bailey with Archie a close runner up. Well done to you both and to the rest of our enthusiastic Year 6 fencers!
SAT's meeting: 22.3.18.
Thank to those parents who were able to attend tonight's meeting about the upcoming SAT's tests. If you were unable to attend, please click HERE to access all the information that was covered, including a list of websites that will support your child's learning at home.
If you have any further questions, please pop in to see Mrs Foan or Mrs Skinner.
Please click HERE to find the revision spelling lists for Year 6 running up to the SAT's tests in May. _____________________________________________________________________
As part of our current RE topic, "Death and New Life," today we looked at the Crucifixion of Jesus. In pairs, the children discussed who , from a list of 6 people/groups of people, they felt were responsible for the death of Jesus. It was interesting to listen to each pair's discussions and to talk about the reasons for their choices.
Each pair recorded their views in a "responsibility pie chart," explaining their choices and showing the amount of responsibility for each person/group of people in a pictorial form.
We are very proud of the positive attitude to learning and hard work that our Year 6 pupils are putting in at the moment. This includes attending booster classes at 8.15 a.m. three mornings a week and completing several extended pieces of homework each week.
Thank you parents and carers for your support in getting your children in to school early.
Thursday's early morning SPaG booster.
SPaG - Word Families:14.3.18
Today in our SPaG learning, we looked at words that are linked by spelling, meaning or form. We focused on word families built around a root word. We worked in pairs to come up with as many words from the same word family as possible. We used a dictionary to help us. It became very competitive as to which pair could come up with the most and best word in each word family!
As part of our P.E. provision Year 6 have been receiving fencing tuition this half term.
During our science lesson this week, we carried out an investigation looking at cause and effect.
R.E : 8.3.18
Today, we listened to the story of the raising of Lazarus. Our task was to write a diary entry as Martha, one of Lazarus's sisters. Before we started, we worked in groups answering questions about how Martha might have felt during the events surrounding the death and raising of Lazarus. We then used these words/phrases to help us write our diary entries in role, from Martha's perspective.
It was good to see children working so well in their groups, talking in depth about the emotions experienced by Martha and using a thesaurus to come up with interesting words to use in their writing.
Our learning this week: 19.2.18
This week in SPaG we have been learning about the progressive tense. We played a game where we had to write sentences, using given verbs, in either the present or past progressive tense.
In maths we have been learning about algebra.