Davey Drive, Hollingdean, Brighton BN17BF

St Joseph's Catholic Primary, Brighton

Educating in Faith, Hope and Love

                                                                                  St Teresa's Class                                                                         

Teachers: Mrs Foan (Mon-Tue) and Mrs Skinner (Wed-Fri)
                                                                  Teaching Assistant: Mrs Greener                                                                    1-1/small group support: Mrs Budd

Well done to everyone who has been applying their skills and practising their mental maths on SUMDOG. These are the children who spent the most time and answered the most questions on SUMDOG this week, as of the end of Friday.

1st - Preston     2nd - Jamie    3rd -Billie     4th - Lola     5th - Char'kye

                                                        That is four consecutive weeks in the top five for Billie and Preston!  Fantastic!                                                                          Jamie and Char'kye have been in the top five for four out of the last five weeks too and Lola three out of the last four!                                Well done to all of you and everyone else who has managed to work on SUMDOG this week.

Our home learning for the week beginning 18.5.20           

       

Eloany has been able to spend more time on her passion - art.   Just look at her amazing drawings and paintings!   

        

Patrick drew diagrams of these electrical circuits using the correct scientific symbol for each component, Mia tries out a home-made lemonade recipe AND makes her own chocolate brownies! 

     

Billie and Lola get out and about for their daily exercise, Eloany's science poster shows how to use electricity safely and Timon gets ready to go on a bike ride.  

      

Preston and Jamie get some fresh air and exercise near the coast and check out the rock pools while there! Preston starts his 5th book since lockdown began and Jamie tries to get to the top of the leader-board on SUMDOG. 

     

Preston designs a Viking shield, Kiralee and Billie draw their own dragon- head for a Viking long-ship and Patrick draws a Viking.

 

Billie and Lola get out for some fresh air, sunshine and exercise.

    

     Like you, Mrs Skinner has been busy at home, learning about all things VIKING!

                                                                         She had a go at some Viking weaving using a card loom.                                                                                       Vikings used to weave woollen fabrics used in the household and also for making sails for the Viking ships.

                   She then made Viking bread! The Vikings would have ground corn into flour, mixed it with water and cooked it over the fire.                    They would have eaten it with soup or stew or for breakfast with honey.

                            Finally, Mrs Skinner transformed a fruit juice carton and some wooden skewers to make a Viking long-ship!                                                        Viking long-ships were used in battle, and were long, light, and slender so they could move around quickly.                                                                             They had a square sail and a mast, but could also be rowed if there was no wind.                                                  The prow, at the front of the ship, was often adorned with a dragon or snake head.

 

   And our school learning:

       

Continuing with their history learning, the Year 6 pupils in school designed and made a Viking arm-shield and Viking brooches.

            

After completing a piece of creative writing, the Year 6 pupils designed a front cover for their story/book showing either the characters or the setting.

    

Home learning 18.5.20
If someone is able to collect your home learning from the foyer on Monday 18th May, that would be great. 
This week, there are two arithmetic tests. There are also some story starters for writing, a science activity to consolidate your understanding of electrical component symbols, a SPAG activity where you need to find words for each word family and an art activity                                                      where you need to draw your own dragon head design for a Viking long-ship.                                                            There is also a comprehension and some maths from Mrs Foan.

                               Plus, there should still be lots more activities/research that you can do on our new topic "Rule Britannia."                                     Scroll down the page to be reminded on activities/ideas and see directly below for some new ideas.

Of course there are new maths, reading and spelling challenges set on SUMDOG too.

           Don't forget to send in your photos of your home learning - this is the last week before the half term break, so let's get creative!                       Thank you for sending your pictures in so that we can celebrate together and share experiences.

Well done everyone who has been applying their skills on SUMDOG. Particular congratulations must go to these children who spent the most time and answered the most questions on SUMDOG last week.

1st - Preston       2nd - Jamie        3rd - Lola        4th - Billie       5th - Louie

Well done to Lola who answered 575 maths Q's on Monday, closely followed by Billie on 469!  Jamie and Preston topped the leaderboard on Tuesday and great to see a new entry topping the leaderboard on Wednesday with 294 Q's answered - well done Louie!

Third consecutive week in the top five for Billie and Preston! Well done to both of you.

Our home learning for the week beginning 11.5.20

           

Mia keeps her body and mind active through karate, Billie illustrates an R.E. message, Lola makes Mars Bar bites and Timon draws a Viking picture.

       

Mrs Skinner makes some VE Day Celebration Scones, Mia researches  facts about VE Day and Gabriella gets out for some fresh air and exercise.

  

Emmanouil gets "stuck in" to kneading his bread dough before getting out into the countryside for some fresh air and exercise.

                   

Jamie designs an electricity safety poster, Preston makes a Lego Viking long-ship, Jamie gets baking and Timon draws a Viking long-ship.

    

Preston gets "stuck into" his cookie dough, Jamie designs a Viking shield, Preston designs an electricity safety poster for young children and Timon helps to paint his bathroom.

     

Billie and Lola make a start on their latest home learning packs. They also make sure they get out every day for some fresh air and exercise.

And our school learning:

    

Elouise, Char'kye and Mia take a break from their English and Maths work, to do some "art-roc" and make sculptures out of newspaper and masking tape.

Home learning 11.5.20
                               If someone is able to collect your home learning from the foyer on Monday 11th May, that would be great.                                  This week should have been SAT's week so, in your pack,  there is a SAT's style comprehension paper, a SAT's arithmetic paper and a SAT's reasoning and applying paper. 

There are also some writing picture stimuli, a science activity to design a poster about electrical safety and a SPAG activity where you need to write an adjective or adverb alphabet. Plus, there should still be lots more activities/research that you can do on our new topic "Rule Britannia." Scroll down the page to be reminded on activities/ideas and see directly below for some new ideas.

Of course there are new maths, reading and spelling challenges set on SUMDOG too.

Don't forget to send in your photos of your home learning - we have had some lovely pictures this week, showing lots of different fun and creative activities. Thank you for sending your pictures in so that we can celebrate together and share experiences.

Well done everyone who has been applying their skills on SUMDOG. Particular congratulations must go to these children who spent the most time and answered the most questions on SUMDOG last week.

1st - Char'kye     2nd - Preston     3rd - Patrick     4th -  Jamie      5th - Billie


            Well done to Char'kye who has been in the top 5 for three consecutive weeks and  who answered 581 questions on Monday alone!                Good to see Billie and Preston have been in the top five for two weeks running too.

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Some more ideas for your home topic learning:

Find out about a Viking or Norse god or goddess. Draw a picture of your chosen god or goddess.

Design (or make) a piece of Viking jewellery.

Make a Viking themed board game.

Write a message to your friend using THESE RUNES. 

Click  HERE  to access a great website for learning about Vikings.

Our home learning for the week beginning 4.5.20

     

Billie and Lola work together to match the SPAG word classes to their definitions, they make their own banana milkshakes, Eman researches the different organs involved in the digestive system and Lola makes millionaire shortbread. What a busy day! 

      

Eloany's amazing art work, Gabriella gets started on this week's work, Eloany helps to barbecue and Daniel and Archie make VE Day bunting to proudly hang out in memory of both of their great-grandads.

And our school learning...

     

Timon and Maebh plant their own vegetables, Elouise paints her fossil and Timon starts to add papier mâché layers to his balloon.

        

Maebh makes a start on VE Day preparations and Elouise enjoys a scone and jam during the VE Day picnic.

 

Home learning 4.5.20
If someone is able to collect your home learning from the foyer on Monday 4th May, that would be great. There are a variety of writing stimuli, a SPAG matching activity, a "healthy lifestyle" science poster design for young children and three more arithmetic papers from                         Mrs  Skinner. Plus, there should still be lots more activites/research that you can do on our new topic "Rule Britannia."                      Scroll down the page to be reminded on activities/ideas.

There is a comprehension and some maths work from Mrs Foan, as well as new maths, reading and spelling challenges on SUMDOG.

Well done everyone who has been applying their skills on SUMDOG. Particular congratulations must go to these children who spent the most time and answered the most questions on SUMDOG last week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1st-Billie     2nd-Lola      3rd-Mia       4th-Preston      5th- Char'kye

                                               Well done to Mia and Char'kye who have been in the top 5 for two comsecutive weeks!                                                     And huge congratulations to Billie who answered 878 questions on Friday alone! Closely followed by Lola who answered 766! 

Our home learning for the week beginning  27.4.20

     

Lola learns how to cook pasta, Daniel makes a start on his comprehension, Billie helps to cook dinner and Lola and Billie enjoy the sunshine and get some exercise on a family walk.

       

Preston gets to grips with home baking, Lola gets some exercise on her bike, Mia shows support for the NHS and Jamie shows us what he has completed in the first three weeks of home learning!

       

Lola and Billie get cracking straight away on this week's home learning and Gabriella writes about a book she is reading. Mrs Skinner was delighted to see that Gab's writing included modal verbs, contractions, adverbs of time, brackets for parenthesis and co-ordinating conjunctions!  And some fabulous Viking shield designs. 

     

Timon adds his home learning to the "already completed" home learning pile and then goes out for some exercise and fresh air in the                                    woods,  Kiralee helps her brother make lasagne for dinner and also designs and makes a Viking long-ship!                                 

     

Billie and Lola design tributes of appreciation for the NHS. "Star baker" Jamie rolls out some puff pastry for his cheese straws while Preston plans a design for an art project.

 

          

Patrick's Viking shield design,  Preston makes a SPAG game and Patrick completes some mindfulness colouring.

               What fabulous home learning-thank you Year 6! Again, we have covered so many different areas of the curriculum at home!       We have had design technology, food technology, art and design, history, maths and P.E and it is only Tuesday! 

And our school learning...

                As part of this week's home and school learning, Mrs Skinner gave you a selection of pictures on which to base your writing.                             Mia chose this image and wrote her own story in the style of a fairy-tale.

She did a first draft, then edited and improved her writing against the end of KS2 writing criteria and then published her final piece by typing her story up on the computer. Finally, she used watercolour paints to illustrate her story by painting a picture of her own ogre.

     

Year 6 pupils in school researched the shape and design of Viking shields on the internet and then made their own. 

    

 

Home learning 27.4.20

If someone is able to collect your home learning from the foyer on Monday 27th April, that would be great. There are a variety of writing activities, a SPAG revision sheet, a make-your-own SPAG game, a history activity to design a Viking shield and three more arithmetic papers from Mrs Skinner. There is a comprehension and some maths work from Mrs Foan, as well as new maths, reading and spelling challenges on SUMDOG.

 

Well done everyone who has been applying their skills on SUMDOG. Particular congratulations must go to these children who spent the most time and answered the most questions on SUMDOG last week. 

1st-Char'kye     2nd-Patrick      3rd-Mia       4th-Kiralee     5th-Jamie

Don't forget today is the final day for the Brighton and Hove contest. Come on Year 6 - let's get on that leader board!

                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                         SUMMER TERM LEARNING

                                                                                                                                                   Image result for the vikings clipart

Our history (and geography) topic for the Summer Term is called "Rule Britannia" and is based around the Vikings. As part of your home learning, I would like to see what you can research and learn about these Nordic warriors and explorers. 

These questions might help you get started:

Where did the Vikings come from? Where did they settle?

How did Viking sailors travel?

What were the qualities of Viking sailors?

What did the Vikings wear?

What were typical Viking meals?

What did the Viking alphabet look like?

Viking Explorers | Viking Exploration | DK Find Out

Some creative activities you could do:

Draw (or make) a Viking Longboat

Create a poster including a job description advertising for Viking sailor

Write a diary entry as a sailor on a Viking longboat

Design a menu for a typical Viking meal

Design your own Viking shield

Design a  crest for a Viking helmet or a Viking brooch

Write a simple message to Mrs  Skinner using the Viking alphabet

Pretend you are an estate agent. Write a description of a Viking Longhouse that you are trying to sell.

  

See the source image

Here are links to a few video clips:

WHO WERE THE VIKINGS?

WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE ON A VIKING LONGSHIP

VIKING CLOTHES

VIKING FOOD

WHAT WAS IT LIKE LIVING IN A VIKING LONGHOUSE?

 

PLEASE send in pictures of anything you do, so that we can all share and celebrate each other's learning!

Our home learning for the week beginning 20.4.20:

We know you are all working hard at home - well done and thank you.  Don't forget to send any pictures of you learning at home, especially if you are learning a new skill, to the email address below.

      

We are covering so many different aspects of the curriculum too! 

Science - Animals and their habitats - Daniel,  Art - Designing and Creating - Jamie and Preston and Maths - "Reasoning and Applying" on Sumdog - Mia. 

     

Maths - Applying arithmetic methods and strategies in a timed test - Preston,   P.E. - Outdoor and adventurous activity - Preston and Jamie, Food Technology - preparing a nutritious dinner - Daniel and making cookies - Jamie and Preston. Yum Yum!

 

And our school learning!

        Mrs Skinner was delighted to see Elouise and Maebh completing the writing tasks in school that she had set for this week's learning.  

     

                        Well done girls for using the fronted adverbial sheets and the Year 5 and 6 spelling words, as well as a dictionary!                                                                               If you are writing at home, the spelling words can be found further down this page.                                                                                                                                                     Keep writing!                                                                                                                              To finish off our current Science learning, Mia also drew a diagram of the internal organs involved in our digestive system, before                                                                                                 researching the function of each one.

 

Week beginning 20.4.20

If someone is able to collect your home learning from the foyer on Monday 20th April, that would be great. There are a variety of writing activities, a SPAG word-search, an activity to finish off our science topic and three more arithmetic papers from Mrs Skinner. There is a comprehension and some maths work from Mrs Foan, as well as maths, reading and spelling challenges on SUMDOG.

There are two fantastic new home learning resources - links are on the  HOME LEARNING PAGE.

One is a maths resource and one is a link to games and activities that promote computational thinking. Have a go!

There is also a link to new lessons on Bitesize and details about daily lessons on BBC iPlayer.

Click HERE for a PowerPoint to support your R.E. home learning based on our current Come And See topic which is called "Witnesses."

Useful websites to support home learning:

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/levels/zbr9wmn

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/Key-Stage-2.html

https://spellingframe.co.uk/

https://www.woodlands.herts.sch.uk/Learning/Kidz-Zone/

https://pages.sumdog.com/

https://www.educationquizzes.com/ks2/english/ 

https://scratch.mit.edu/

https://ttrockstars.com/

Mrs Foan has set you all some maths, reading and spelling challenges on SUMDOG and she will be monitoring your activity and progress!

 

Try to read for a short time every day. Record it in your reading diary.

Practise your times tables, so that you have quick recall - this will really help you in both your arithmetic and maths.

You have five short arithmetic papers printed off. These should take no more than 20 minutes to complete each one. The answers are on the back so please mark them yourself. 

Click HERE for some SAT's style maths Q's. 

 

You have also taken home with you your three books that we have been using during our early morning booster sessions - maths, reading comprehension and SPAG. You can work through these 10 minute tests (just like we do during booster) and we will go through your answers when we come back to school. 

You can also get someone to read out the spelling tests in the SPAG book to you and have a go at these too!

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Practise the Year 5 and 6 spelling words. You can find them HERE.

 

 

"Twinkl"  is an excellent resource  providing teaching and educational resources, and is used in most primary schools. To help support the continuity of education, during this time of possible disruption, Twinkl are offering a free subscription to teachers and parents for a month so that pupils can have access to high quality learning whilst at home.

This is a fantastic resource providing instant access to interactive activities,  worksheets, assessments and home learning resource packs for each year group are available for immediate download.

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/search?term=school+closure

 Visit www.twinkl.co.uk/offer.  If you need a code to access the resources, it is UKTWINKLHELPS

 

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For some Science home learning, please click HERE for some games and teaching resources about microbes and antibiotics.

 

Primary Activities – Field Studies Council

 Click HERE for some outdoor learning ideas based around maps.

Click HERE for some outdoor learning ideas based around weather.

Click HERE for some outdoor learning ideas based around a scavenger hunt. 

 

 

"Young Enterprise" have created a toolkit for teachers which provides a broad range of ready-to-go activities and materials that can be easily used for home learning.

Click on the image above for the challenge guidelines, click HERE for the home learning guide and then below for the different suggestions and challenges.

Click HERE for a responsible consumerism quiz, click HERE to learn about what energy choices we can make to help our local environment, click HERE to find out about what fashion choices we can make to help the environment, click HERE to learn how we can reduce our food waste and finally click HERE for the challenge summary sheet.

 

                    Email anything you would like to show us at the email  address we used for the activity passport homework which is                              year6@st-josephs.brighton-hove.sch.uk

St Joseph's Day: 19.3.20
Today, March 19th was St Joseph's Day. We began the day by celebrating Mass together. In the afternoon in class, we did four Saint Joseph related activities - we made paper lilies, we painted watercolour portraits of Saint Joseph, we designed a new logo for our school badge based on Saint Joseph and we decorated crosses, using inspiration from Saint Joseph and his life. 

     

     

   

P.E. this week: 13.3.20

As well as hockey skills, Year 6 are also revisiting the skills associated with High Five netball. During today's lesson, they learnt how to pivot and pass and practised marking and shooting  before applying these skills to a game situation. 

   

We are taking part in a High Five Netball tournament on Thursday next week. watch this space to see how we get on!

Bollywood Dancers: 12.3.20

Today, we had a visit from Kalpesh from Kz Dance. He came into school to help us celebrate the Hindu festival of colour, Holi, through dance.  We learnt three different "Bollywood" style dances which we performed to parents and carers as a whole school at the end of the day. It was certainly a very colourful, lively and energetic celebration!

As always, we were blown away by this Year 6 class's positive and excellent attitude to this afternoon's experience, as well as being amazed by their dancing skills and talents - we definitely  have some fantastic movers in our midst !

           

The circulatory system : 11.3.20

As part of our Science learning, we have been finding out about the different parts of the heart, its function and how it works. We made a replica model of the heart using ready-to-roll icing! We used red and blue icing to create a heart with ventricles, aorta, arteries and veins.

     

Once our hearts were complete... they were ready to eat!

Hockey : 6.3.20

This half term in PE, we are learning High Five Netball and Hockey. This morning, fortunately the rain had stopped, and we were able to get outside for our hockey skills lesson. We revised dribbling skills, practised how to send and receive a ball and perfected the art of tackling! There is a small hockey tournament on Tuesday, so we will be able to put all of our skills into practice then.

   

Messy with MODROC : 6.3.20

Today, we added Modroc to our Pompeii figure sculptures. We cut and then dipped Modroc bandages into water and smoothed them over our paper and tape figures. We will leave them to dry and harden over the weekend. It was very messy but great fun and very effective !

       

Disaster ....in art!

As part of our geography learning, we have been finding out about the destruction of the ancient city of Pompeii after the eruption of Vesuvius in Italy in AD 79. We found out about  the plaster casts made by scientists showing the last moments of the volcano victims - frozen in time.

       

     We created our own figures using  masking tape and paper. Next week, we are going to be using a new moulding material called "MODROC" which is a plaster - impregnated bandage to strengthen our sculptures.

Watch this space to see how "messy with modroc" we get next week!

Science : 27.2.20

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,  their relative sizes 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!

Reptylers visit : 12.2.20

As part of our science learning, we were visited by some furry, scaly and hairy friends! In our science lessons, we have been looking at how classification (branching) keys can be used to sort animals based on common characteristics.

We learnt about the characteristics of the different animals - for example whether they were vertebrates, warm-blooded, herbivores, arachnids etc. We will now be able to use this information in our own classification keys.

      

     

More volcanoes!

 In today's art lesson, we looked at paintings of volcanoes painted by other artists. We studied and discussed the colours, the lines and the techniques used. We drew inspiration from a painting called "The eruption of Vesuvious," by Joseph Wright

Then, we drew our own volcanoes using chalk pastels, using blending as a technique to create pictures inspired by the work of Joseph Wright. We have some very talented artists in our class!

     

Sumdog certificate

This week, we have entered a Brighton and Hove Sumdog competition.It is a maths contest that runs for a week and many primary schools in Brighton and Hove enter. The superb mathematicians in Year 6 were the daily winners on Wednesday for the most questions answered correctly. Our class also finished ninth overall at the end of the week. Well done year 6!

This week's learning

In SPAG this week, we have been learning about homophones and homonyms. We played a game of "Homophone Hop" which helped us to practise the spellings of different homophones. We also made homophone cards for younger children to play.

   

In Science, we have been learning about the five kingdom system of classification for living organisms. In pairs or small groups, we researched each kingdom and then recorded our findings using facts and pictures from the internet and books. Our finished "kingdom fact files" are displayed in our class Science area.

       

Eruption Time!

After three weeks af constructing our volcanoes, it was time for them to erupt! First, we named our volcanoes - we had Mount E, Mount P and several other interesting names.

Then, we used bicarbonate of soda, food colouring and vinegar to create a chemical reaction which caused our volcanoes to erupt, slowly spilling out coloured lava. What a great end to this art project!

     

     

 SPAG this week: 30.1.20

In SPAG this week, we have been learning about synonyms and antonyms. To consolidate our learning, we played some games. In the first game, "Synonym Racers," we had to think of several synonyms for each given word. Some groups had adjectives, some had verbs and some had adverbs.

We then played a game of "Antonym Pairs" where we had to find two words that were opposite in meaning.  There were some unfamiliar  words which we looked up in the dictionary to find out their meaning. We will try to include some of them in our writing too if possible.

   

The next stage of our volcano making!

Our volcanoes are really taking shape now and will soon be ready to erupt! Today in our art lesson, we painted them - they are looking very realistic!

     

Home Learning

It is always lovely to see the enthusiasm when children are inspired by a new topic and are keen to extend their learning independently. This Year 6 class are particularly good at this! We are only two weeks into term, but already the children have gone home and found out lots of interesting facts about volcanoes, have watched footage of volcanoes and have found different volcanoes in an atlas.

Elouise has painted this beautiful picture of a volcano and Kiralee has created her own 3D volcano out of clay, which is going to erupt at some point as Kiralee has also found out how to make an 'eruption' with red food colouring, bicarbonate of soda and vinegar!

So, watch this space!

    

Year 6 - you are amazing! Keep this extended learning up and your enthusiasm ignited!

This week's learning

In our geography lessons this week, we have been learning about the 'Ring of Fire', an area around the Pacific Ocean where 75% of the world's most active volcanoes are located. We used atlases to locate where many of these major volcanoes have occurred.

    

In our writing lessons this week, we have been looking at persuasive letters. Before we started writing our own letter (based on a scene from our class reader, 'Twist of Gold') we analysed an example letter looking not only for persuasive language but also for the criteria used to assess writing at the end of KS2.

Art this week

This week in our art lesson, we added to our volcano structures with several layers of papier mâché. They are really taking shape now and beginning to look like volcanoes! The layers of papier mâché not only helps create the shape needed, but also makes the structure stronger. 

    

We will leave the papier mâché to dry out for a week before the next stage of our project, when we start to paint our volcanoes.

Friday's French: 17.01.20

      

In our French lessons, we are learning about how to name different animals. This week, we played a game of animal pairs - each time we turned over a card we had to name the animal in French in a sentence, "C'est un... et une ...".

Then, we took turns to pull an animal out of a bag brought in by Madame Miché - we used everything we have learned this year to describe the animal including its colour, its size and its name. 

This week's learning: 13.1.20

Year 6 have returned to school after the Christmas break with a positive and focused attitude to their learning. Working in class is full-on and children are also regularly going out of class for 1:1 support and interventions as well as a small group of children attending booster classes from 8.15am several mornings each week... all alongside a full and demanding class timetable!

We are very proud of the way Year 6 pupils are rising to the challenge!

    

In SPAG this week, we have been learning about the different types of conjunctions. We played several games including 'conjunction blockbusters' to consolidate our knowledge of co-ordinating and subordinating conjunctions.

Activity Passport

Year 6 have embraced the activity passport challenge already this term. The government initiative encourages children to try out new experiences and, in Year 6, the children photograph the challenges and experiences and email evidence of them to the school.

In the classroom, we have displayed many of the photos showcasing the amazing activities our Year 6 pupils have tried out.

         

  

Here are a few of the activities they have completed - 'watch the sun set,' 'help to make your own packed lunch,' 'walk to the top of a hill,' 'go for a walk in the countryside,' 'make a dessert,' and 'learn how to peel vegetables'.

Come down to the classroom and have a look at some of the other activities on our class display board.

                                                                   Again, thank you parents and carers for your support with this challenge.                                                                  The children have until the 24th February to complete as many activities as possible.

Disaster!

Today was the launch of this term's geography-based topic 'Disaster!'. Year 6's first half term's learning is based around volcanoes. As part of our 'stunning start', the children came into school wearing clothes relating to volcano colours. They had all done their research and were able to explain why their chosen colour was relevant. During the morning, the children took part in volcano inspired activities.

       

Firstly, we looked at the paint charts available in DIY stores and discussed the importance of the paint shades' names. The children mixed their own volcanic inspired colours and came up with an appropriate 'persuasive' name for each shade/colour.

After watching some footage of an erupting volcano, each group used percussion instruments and classroom items to recreate the sounds associated with the process. The musical representations were recorded to be judged independently tomorrow! 

The final activity was to decorate a mini muffin to make it look like a volcano. It was harder than it looked! But it tasted great and 'erupted' in our mouths!

Great fun was had by all this morning and everyone's enthusiasm for this term's learning was definitely 'ignited' today!

  

Click here to see the videos of the volcanic musical compositions - listen out for the sound of the pressure building, the bubble bursts and gas jets, the roar of the explosion and the blast and the sound of the lava pouring out.

GROUP 1                   GROUP 2                  GROUP 3

Mrs Thompson and Mrs Seymour listened to each composition and voted Group 2's their favourite! Well done Group 2!

Bon Appetit!

During their French lessons in the week before Christmas and this week, Year 6 are learning the vocabulary for different types of food. They are now able to express which foods they like/don't like in French. 

 To practise their conversational French and to apply their knowledge of French vocabulary, Year 6 today had a little taste of some typically French food! They tried croissants, pain au chocolat, baguettes, brioche and some French cheese. C'était bon!

      

Spring Term Information

Welcome back to the Spring Term 2020. We wish all of our pupils and their friends and families a very happy new year.

This term's learning

Please click HERE to see our learning booklet for this term. A paper copy will be coming home with your child shortly.

Spellings

A laminated copy of the spelling list for the Spring Term will be sent home with your child shortly. A copy of the words for the weekly tests can be accessed HERE. Children will be tested on a Monday each week. Spelling frame is an excellent website to support your child with spelling.Please click HERE to access the site.

PE

This half term, Year 6's PE days will be on Thursdays and Fridays. Thursday will be indoor cricket with Mrs Skinner and Friday will be athletics and then netball with Miss Pippa.
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.

Reading


Please encourage your child to read as often as possible (ideally at least four times a week.) This can be to themselves, to a family member or to a sibling - and children, please remember to record it in the reading record books. These will be collected in once a week (every Friday morning) and checked, and will also be filled in by adults in school who hear your child read.

Homework

In the run up to SATs, more structured homework will be set each week on a Thursday to be returned by the following Tuesday. This will be based on SPAG and maths and will consolidate the learning done in class.

Click HERE to see the optional home learning POWER PROJECT from our new curriculum ProspectUs for Year 6 pupils.

 

Activity Passport

We are encouraging all pupils to complete as much as possible in their 'Activity Passports' again this year. The passports should have          come home on the last day of the Autumn Term. The children have until Monday 24th February to complete as much as they can.          Click HERE to see the list of twenty activities to challenge Year 6 and get them out and about!

Please email any photos of the children or the activities to the email address on the back of the leaflet. Again, thank you for your support with this. 

Secret Santa: 20.12.19
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 again parents and carers for your support with this.

Yule logs: 17.12.19

Year 6 took a break from their work this morning to make and decorate festive logs. They decided to use part of the profit from their stall at the Christmas Fair to buy the ingredients they needed to make a yule log to take home and share with their families.

     

The finished logs looked amazing! What a creative bunch Year 6 are!

Groovy Greeks!

Year 6 had a treat this afternoon when Year 5 performed a dance based on the Trojan War. Have a look on the Year 5 page for more information about their 'fantastic finish' and this term's learning and for more pictures.

   

Fabulous French food!

Today in our French lesson, Madame Miché taught us the names of different foods in French. Using this vocabulary, we wrote a short shopping list each. We then visited the different shops set up in the classroom and practised our conversational French. We were able to greet the customer/shopkeeper in French and ask for different food items. We added in our knowledge of numbers and were able to role play a shopping scenario, speaking only in French. 

Très bien!

     

Fantastic Finish!

Year 6 have had a full term of history and geography learning through their topic, 'Mexico and the Mayans'. Today, they celebrated their learning by looking through their books and sharing what they had learned.

We then spent the morning celebrating Mayan crafts. One of the activities involved making a 'ojo de dios' (God's eye) which is a type of weaving, commonly found in Mexican communities. We were very proud of our colourful Mexican inspired crafts.

       

Carol Singing: 10.12.19

This morning, Year 6 popped next door to catch up with our neighbours and to sing some Christmas carols to the residents of Lindfield Court. It was lovely to be able to spread some festive joy by singing some carols and Christmas songs together. Our Year 6 children thoroughly enjoyed the visit, as did the tenants of Lindfield Court.

     

Climbing Superstars!

The PE National Curriculum states that pupils should take part in outdoor and adventurous activities. It has been a while since our activity break to PGL, so we decided to take Year 6 to Withdean Climbing Centre for an afternoon of climbing and bouldering. The children took part in a variety of activities including a range of different climbs as well as some traversing/bouldering challenges.

     

        

Year 6 did not fail to disappoint - there were some very skilled and agile climbers! All of the children pushed themselves showing resilience, determination and strength. There is a climbing competition in the New Year - we certainly have lots of willing and skilled competitors to choose from!

Anti-Bullying Week

Year 6 have been focusing on anti-bullying in class this week. They completed a comprehension based on anti-bullying and also worked in small groups discussing different scenarios and their possible outcomes and solutions.

       

        

They also thought about how they, as Year 6 pupils, could adopt the strapline, 'Change starts with us', and make a difference through their own actions.

Finally, they had the opportunity to complete some of the challenges set by Miss Hill. Their posters certainly help to convey the anti-bullying message.

Christian Meditation

We have been using Christian Meditation for a few years now - a few minutes after lunch each day where all children gather together in silence to meditate and be still in God’s presence ensuring that they are prepared for the afternoon.

Our Year 6 pupils take turns to set up the meditation focus from a selection of cloths and items from a class box. The children are very imaginative and creative. Here are a few examples from this week.

      

Our French learning this week : 16.11.19

We are lucky to have been be joined by Madame Miché in some of our French lessons recently. Madame Miché is a parent at our school and a fluent French speaker. This week, she read us a story in French and taught us a familiar action song in French.

       

Having Madame Miché supporting in our French lessons is really helping us widen our French vocabulary and improve our pronunciation. 

All of our French learning is recorded in our class French learning journal. Please come and take a look.

Today we were mighty Mayans! 

As part of our history and geography learning about Mexico, this half term Year 6 will be learning about the ancient Mayan civilisation. As an introduction to the topic, the children enjoyed a workshop run by Joel from the 'Outdoors Project', an organisation who aim to bring learning to life through a range of curriculum based, hands-on activities.

The workshop was based around the Mayan tribe and included activities such as staff making, learning about ancient fire lighting techniques and participating in a stalking and foraging game. The children learnt about the Mayan tribes and were taught how to 'whittle' using hazel wood and how to shape their staff for hunting or ceremonial purposes. They learnt how the ancient Mayans would have used flint to create sparks to light a fire and had a go themselves at many of the ancient survival techniques. 

 

     

The children had a great morning and are now even more enthusiastic and inspired and keen to learn more about the magnificent Mayans!

 

     

      

Back in action in Year 6!

The children have come back from their half term break refreshed and ready to learn! In preparation for Armistice Day, Year 6 have been looking at different artistic representations of the poppy. They used them as inspiration for their own pieces of artwork. 

     

As we finish our first science topic, 'Evolution and Inheritance', the children in Year 6 have been learning about fossils. They used magnifying glasses to look closely at some actual fossils and, using books and the internet, tried to identify them.

  

As part of our RE topic on 'Vocation and Commitment', Father Kieron came into Year 6 to talk about the vocation of priesthood and to answer some questions we had prepared about his reasons for becoming a priest, his commitment of service and his day to day life in his parish. 

    

Thank you parents and carers with your continued support with your children's homework. The children have embraced the new style homework, which seems to be working well and hopefully the more independent tasks will prepare them well for secondary school.

Some of the children have taken their learning that little bit further by extending/interpreting the task in their own way.

Here are a couple of examples.

     

Louie created a Mayan god mask out of clay and  Kiralee and Eloany and Louie made a replica of Chichen Itza from modelling material and clay. What creative children we have in our class!

This week's learning: 23.10.19

It is hard to believe that we are almost at the end of our first half term. We are very proud of how our Year 6 pupils have embraced this half term's learning.

This week, we finished our learning about Mexico and its traditions and celebrations. We made cardboard skulls and made and decorated 'sugar skulls', just like Mexicans do during the Day of the Dead celebrations.

Our topic takes a new direction after half term, where we learn about the ancient Mexican Mayan civilisation. 

      

As part of our Science learning about adaptations, we carried out an investigation called, the 'Battle of the Beaks!'. We explored the different beak shapes that birds have and used implements of similar shapes to explore how easy they are to manipulate different food items. It made us realise how birds' beaks have had to be adapted over time, depending on their diet.

    

Manipulating spoon bills, using probing beaks trying to pick up 'worms' and experiencing short, blunt beaks cracking seeds, as well as trying out a probing beak and exploring the depths of a shell.

This week in Year 6...

     

This week, some of us took part in the Level 1 Bikeability training, our 'Let's Go To Mexico!' topic has culminated in a fantastic display of our work (please come and have a look in the classroom) and, in writing, we have been studying different texts and highlighting some of the features and expectations needed in our own Year 6 writing. 

Another fun week in Year 6!

We are so impressed with our Year 6 class this year. They are working so hard and proving to be great role models for the rest of the school. Here are a few photos of some of their learning this week.

     

Playing modal verb snakes and ladders, line drawings of 'Day of the Dead' masks in art and applying our french knowledge in 'French Weather Connect 4'.

Judaism Week

This week has been Judaism Week across the school, which began with an assembly on Monday led by Mr Fishman.

As part of their learning, Year 6 learned about Rosh Hashanah - the Jewish New Year. A Jewish custom is to eat apples dipped in honey, symbolising  a 'sweet new year'. It is a time of reflection when Jewish people look back over the previous year and focus on ways forward for the forthcoming year. 

    

Basketball Coaching

Year 6 are enjoying working with Cain, a coach from South Coast Basketball on a Thursday afternoon. It is lovely to see how the basketball coaching that we have bought in to over the last few years, is paying off - we have some very skilful players in our midst! 

   

Our geography learning: 26.9.19

Year 6 are enjoying their geography this term, learning about Mexico. Today, they sorted pictures and information cards into those they thought related to the UK and those they thought related to Mexico.

The activity encouraged lots of interesting discussions. The children also had time to research similarities and differences between the UK and Mexico on the computer and to make comparisons between the two countries.

 

Art

Over the last two weeks in their art lessons, Year 6 have been looking at the work of Frida Kahlo, a Mexican artist. Frida Kahlo painted several self portraits and she was also painted by other people. Building on their skills and knowledge of drawing portraits from last year, Year 6 had a go at drawing, and then painting, Frida Kahlo themselves.

Their finished portraits will be on display in the classroom next week.

         

Maths

In one of their maths lessons this week, Year 6 pupils explored and investigated  the maths resources available in the classroom and also took a look in our Year 6 challenge box. 

       

Residential trip to PGL at Windmill Hill 13.9.19-16.9.19

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 fantastic, as was the behaviour and attitude of every Year 6 member.
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'.

 

           

Saturday morning - raft building and trapeze (Leap of Faith)

 

     

Saturday afternoon - Jacob's Ladder and Sensory Trail.    Evening activity - 'Splash'

 

     

Sunday morning - Abseiling and Archery

 

      

Sunday afternoon -  Giant Swing and Tunnel Trail.  Evening activity - Disco

 

     

Monday morning - Challenge Course and Zip Wire

 

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. A final few photos!

        

          

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                                              The Daily Mile                                Greetings in conversational French

'Let's go to Mexico!'

     

Today, was Year 6's 'stunning start' and introduction to their Humanities learning this term. For the topic launch, the children came into school dressed in typical Mexican dress or in clothes in the colours of the Mexican flag. Thank you all for making such an effort - you looked fantastic!

     

Preparing the guacamole, salsa and tortillas.

During the day the children helped to make and taste Mexican food which included Kiralee's own guacamole recipe as well as salsa and tortillas. The children researched Mexico using books and computers and either created a PowerPoint introducing Mexico or made a poster using WORD. In the afternoon, the children had a go at releasing the treats from a traditional Mexican piñata! 

   

Experiencing the Mexican piñata tradition.

A warm welcome back to the 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.

'Meet the Teacher' is on Monday 9th September 2019 after school in the Year 6 classroom. We hope to see many of you then. If you are unable to come, relevant information will be sent home with your child. 

 

Learning Overview

Click HERE to see this term's topic booklet explaining what your child will be learning about this term.

Our topic launch will be on Wednesday 11th September - a letter should have come home with your child last Thursday. We are hoping children will come to school dressed in typical Mexican dress or dressed in the colours of the Mexican flag.

During the day, children will be introduced to our topic, 'Let's go to Mexico', by making and tasting Mexican food such as tortillas, salsa and guacamole, learning a simple Mexican dance and experiencing the fun of a piñata!

 

P.E. 

This half term, Year 6's PE days will be on Thursdays and Fridays. Thursday will be Basketball with a basketball coach and Friday will be Tag-Rugby with Miss Pippa.
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.

Reading
Please encourage your child to read as often as possible (ideally at least four times a week.) This can be to themselves, to a family member or to a sibling - and children, please remember to record it in the reading record books. These will be collected in once a week and checked, and will also be filled in by adults in school who hear your child read.

Spellings

A paper copy of the spelling list for the first term will be sent home with your child shortly. A copy of the words for the weekly tests can be accessed HERE. Children will be tested on a Monday each week. Spelling frame is an excellent website to support your child with spelling. Click HERE for a link to it. 

Homework

Homework this year is changing across the school. Please click  HERE to find out what our homework expectations are.

Click here to see the optional home learning POWER PROJECT from our new curriculum ProspectUs for Year 6 pupils. They have until the week before half term to complete the tasks and record their findings in their homework books. Mrs Skinner will be explaining this homework  to the class this week. 

 

Please make sure your child attends school in the correct school uniform. This includes plain black shoes or trainers.

 

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