Welcome to Year 6
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Have a look at our Blogs below to see some of the exciting things we have done in Year 6
Week ending 20th April 2018
Welcome back! We hope you had a lovely Easter (and ate a lot of chocolate!). This week, we have been revising percentages in our Maths lessons as our SATs are not far off now. We calculated which shops were providing the best discounts using our knowledge. In English, we played ‘Grammar Islands’ which was super fun as we had to jump onto mats without touching the floor and then answer the questions! In RE, we have been writing prayers which will be recorded for our Leavers’ Service and hopefully played at the cathedral – we can’t wait to be on the big screen! We love our Word Wizard challenge each day and when we’re reading we look for words which interest us; this week we have focused on the words: intriguing, hostile, thrash, stirring and mount. Thanks for reading!
Week ending 23rd March 2018
Can you believe we are at the end of Spring term? We have learnt so much over the past few months! This week, we have been learning about angles and applying our learning to some deeper learning activities. We have also written opening chapters in English based on an image of The Jar Wizard – we loved imagining what this mysterious character might be storing in his jars! In RE, we have been focusing on Holy Week and on Wednesday, we visited the church to take part in the Easter Story. On Monday, we helped plant trees on the school field using our measuring knowledge – we were glad the weather stayed dry! We hope everyone has a great Easter – we will be back soon!
Week ending 9th March 2018
Hello. Over the past two weeks, we have continued to work hard and learn lots more! In Maths, we have been learning about ratio and now algebra! We LOVE algebra. At first, we thought it would be tricky but then Miss Gomes taught us that it was just like finding missing numbers and now we want to do even more. In English, we have read an extract from Kensuke’s Kingdom and used it to write our own diary entries. We were challenged to create humour and an informal tone in our writing and so many of us made Miss Gomes laugh as she was reading them! Last week, we enjoyed World Book Day and a Fairtrade bake sale. We enjoyed making (and eating) the cakes as well as dressing up as our favourite story book characters; we also watched a Puffin Live show so we could learn about real life authors! This week, Natalie from St Helens’ Chamber came into school to deliver a session called Why We Work. During the session, we learnt about why it’s important to work when we’re older and we researched different career paths we would like to take – it’s never too early to think about these things! Our Grammar learning this week has been so exciting because we went on a grammar hunt around school – it was such a fun way to revise everything we have been learning. Thanks for reading!
Week ending 23 February 2018
Welcome back readers. It may be our first week back after half term but we are raring to go! This week, we have focused on percentages in our Maths. We can find percentages of amounts and express one quantity as a percentage of another! Tricky stuff isn’t it? Miss Gomes set up a shop with our favourite games T-Shirts and You Tubers and we had to work out the percentage off in her sales! In Grammar, we have recapped on relative clauses and subordinate clauses – we had so much fun snowballing to finish each other’s sentences! This half term our value is perseverance which is especially important for us as we start to prepare for our SATs in the next few months! We will write again soon!
Week ending 02 February 2018
Hello readers. We are working so hard! In Maths, we have learnt how to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions – Miss Gomes has been challenging us to apply our understanding to some tricky reasoning problems. We have written our own stories about a storm after reading a book called The Mousehole Cat in English which uses a lot of personification – the storm is described as a cat! In Creative Learning, we have been learning about Antarctica and Mount Erebus. Did you know that in 1979 there was an air disaster when an Air New Zealand flight crashed into the slopes of the mountain killing all 257 on board? In R.E, we have been learning about the Trinity and created our own Celtic knot symbols to represent this concept. Enjoy half term!
Week ending 19 January 2018
Happy New Year! This half term, we have started our new Creative Learning topic – it’s called Frozen Kingdom. We have already learnt about volcanoes and made our own mini erupting models! Did you know there is a difference between magma and lava? Magma is molten rock inside a volcano and lava is molten rock which flows outside a volcano. Miss Gomes has been testing our knowledge using mini quizzes to see what we can remember and check what we are learning at home using our knowledge organiser. In English, we are writing information texts about the Titanic so we have been learning lots of facts about this disaster. We couldn’t believe it when we found out that there were not enough life boats for everyone on board and some were launched only half full! We have moved onto fractions in our Maths learning and we can now simplify and compare fractions. This half term we are focusing on the value of peace and during Eucharist, Father Harry has been encouraging us all to share ‘the peace’ with one another which we enjoy doing. We will write again soon.
Week ending 8th December 2017
Hello readers! The past two weeks have been very busy and fun-filled. We have continued with our WW2 learning and developed our understanding of evacuation. We have also deconstructed and read an extract from Goodnight Mister Tom in our English work to help us understand what it was like to be evacuated – we can’t wait to write our own openings to narratives because then we are going to dress up as evacuees and perform our writing! In Maths, we are improving our understanding of multiples, factors and prime numbers. Miss Gomes let us create songs to help us remember our prime numbers and we love singing them in our lessons! This week, we went to the pantomime at the Theatre Royal to watch Snow White and it was AMAZING! The 3D part was so fun and scary! We feel so festive now! In Science, we have been learning about evolution and this week, we will be ordering our world gifts for those in poorer communities!
Week ending 20th November 2017
So, last week, we attended the final at Chester Zoo for our enterprise project and unfortunately, we didn’t win… But, we have had a great time planning our expansion of the nature reserve and we have learnt lots of enterprise and team work skills along the way! In Maths, we have been applying our multiplication and division learning to some tricky problem solving contexts. We have now written our WW2 short stories in English and this week, we performed them as an old man recounting a childhood memory – we love performing our work to a real audience! In R.E and PSHE, we have been thinking about the true meaning of Christmas giving and we have decided to buy a gift as a class which will make a real and lasting difference to someone in a developing community this year. In Science, we are learning about inheritance and fossils – we have been fossil detectives! We LOVE learning about WW2 and this week, we learnt about air raids and the Blitz. Miss Gomes asked us to pretend we were in an air-raid and we blacked out the room, played sirens and hid under the tables – it was really engaging to imagine what people must have felt like. We will write again soon!
Week ending 3rd November 2017
Hello bloggers! We are two weeks in and we have already learnt so much! In Maths, we have been learning about multiplication and division and their relationship as inverses. Did you know the answer to a multiplication is called a product and the answer to a division calculation is a quotient? In English, we have started to deconstruct a text called War Boy to help us when we write our own WW2 stories in a couple of weeks. In Creative Learning, we have started our new topic called A Child’s War and we have already learnt about why WW2 started and which countries were involved. We absolutely love this new topic! In R.E, we have reflected on our value of trust and created a reflective area for the school where everyone can add the name of someone they trust to the display. This week, Natalie from St Helens’ Chamber visited us to see all the work we have done linked to Chester Zoo. We have created a model of our expanded nature reserve, promotional posters and leaflets and a presentation of ideas. The final is next week so we will let you know how it goes! Thanks for reading!
Week ending 20th October 2017
Can you believe we have already completed our first half term in Year 6? We certainly can’t! In Maths, we have been learning about addition and subtraction and applying our understanding to some challenging problems! We are really enjoying our daily Maths Meeting where we practise our calendar maths and other number facts. In English, we have written persuasive letters to urge the public to join the fight against poaching and we loved performing our work. Did you know one elephant is killed every 15 minutes? How shocking! In Creative Learning, we have celebrated the end of our topic with a Mexican themed party – we have enjoyed Mexican food, dance and creating Mayan inspired artwork. This week in PSHE, we have had an assembly on keeping safe from the NSPCC and in Music we are learning the words to I’ll Be There by Jackson 5 before we start to use instruments! Enjoy the half term.
Week ending 6th October 2017
Hello readers. We have had a great two weeks! We have now finished our monologues in English and we performed our work to each other using animal masks – it was so much fun and we enjoyed the fact that others shared in our work. We have been learning about negative numbers in Maths and how they apply to everyday life contexts. We are really enjoying our Maths lessons especially the transition songs that we sing. Last week, we led Collective Worship in school around being thankful and how we take many everyday situations for granted. In Creative Learning, we have learnt about Mayan temples and we built our very own versions of Chichen Itza using sugar cubes! In P.E, we have had visitors who taught us breakdance and parkour – it was definitely a challenge but we really enjoyed ourselves! St Helen’s Chamber have launched our new enterprise project for Year 6 and we are excited to tell you we will be working with Chester Zoo! We will keep you informed on our progress. Thanks for reading!
Week ending 22nd September 2017
Over the past two weeks, we have been working on our place value understanding in Maths. We have created numbers using counters, played Four in a Row and deepened our understanding using challenging activities. In English, we have been learning how to use the semi-colon and applied our learning when writing our own monologues from the point of view of an orphaned animal. During Topic, we have learnt about a Mexican festival called Day of the Dead and created our own masks. Excitingly, this week some of us interviewed as prefects and they were announced during Celebration Assembly – we feel so proud and can’t wait to take on our roles! On Friday, we had a visit from the British Red Cross and they taught us essential first aid skills to keep ourselves and others safe. Every Tuesday, we are visited by Jo from The Happiness Club and we love learning new ways to keep our mind healthy – this week we have created our own class happiness jar! As it’s Harvest festival this week, we are busy preparing for it and we have been thanking God for our wonderful crops.
Week ending 8th September 2017
We can’t believe that we have already completed our first week in Year 6! We are beginning to feel settled now and we are excited to begin our final year at St James. Our creative learning project this half term is Hola Mexico and as the Mayans first introduced chocolate to the world, we launched our topic by blind tasting chocolate! We have also been developing our map skills to locate Mexico and key lines. Did you know that Mexico is the 14th largest country by land area in the world? In English, we have written prefect applications and began deconstructing a text called The Hunter. In Maths, we have been learning some times tables songs so that we can sing them during our Maths lessons! As our church value this half term is thankfulness, we have thought about what we are glad and thankful for at the end of each day. We will write again soon!
Week ending 30th June 2017
This week, we visited Liverpool Cathedral for our Year 6 Leavers’ Service – it was lovely and we enjoyed all the singing and dancing but it was also quite sad as we know our time at St James’ is soon coming to an end. We have continued working on our performance skills during our Annie rehearsals and Miss Gomes is so impressed with how much we are improving! We can’t wait to show it to our family and friends. It has also been Sports Day this week and we loved competing in our teams. We are SO excited for next week as we are going on our Year 6 residential! We will tell you all about it when we’re back!
Week ending 16th June 2017
Hello readers! Our first two weeks back at school have been brilliant. Rehearsals for Annie are now well underway and we have been learning our scripts and songs. In English, we have written newspaper reports about a UFO sighting over St James’ CE Primary school – did you see anything strange? We have had loads of fun in Maths when we investigated matchstick puzzles and Miss Gomes gave us the enjoyable task of investigating the different numbers of McDonald’s chicken nuggets which could be made from 6, 9 and 20 boxes. Any ideas? On Monday, we visited Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester and had two workshops: Textiles and Impressionist Landscapes. It was so exciting to create pieces of art in a real art gallery! Last week, we celebrated Science Week and everyone dressed up as mad scientists – we loved taking part in all the experiments and learning about the work of Marie Curie. As our value this half term is service, we have been reflecting on how we can serve God in our everyday lives through showing kindness. We will write again soon!
Week ending 26th May 2017
Over the past two weeks, we have had many full-filled activities in Year 6. We have been investigating different number patterns in Maths to identify whether they are always, sometimes or never true and in English, we have written flashbacks based on The Piano (they made Miss Gomes cry!). We have also had a lot of laughs writing instructions on ‘How to Keep Our Teacher Happy’ – most ideas involved a good supply of chocolate… In R.E, we have been exploring how we know the Holy Spirit is at work today and after the tragic events in Manchester, we have definitely seen this as everyone has helped one another. We have also celebrated the feast of Ascension this week and visited church. On Tuesday, we went to LA Bowl as a treat for all our hard work this year; it was really fun! This week in school we are focusing on our health and well-being and there are lots of exciting activities planned. And finally… we can now reveal that this year we are doing a Year 6 production of Annie! Have a lovely half term!
Week ending 12th May 2017
So, we’re sure you can guess what we’ve been up to this week! This week we have completed our SATs and we enjoyed putting all of our hard work and learning to the test. Even more enjoyable was coming in for breakfast every morning and playing football on the field at the end of each day! We have also launched our new Creative Learning this week – Gallery Rebels. It’s a great topic because it involves a lot of art and getting messy. Last week, we celebrated Eucharist with Father Harry; we loved getting to know him and taking part in his superhero quiz. We will start work on our Year 6 production soon so next time we blog, we will let you know the details!
Week ending 28th April 2017
Hello! We hope everyone had a lovely Easter. In Year 6, we are preparing for our SATs which will take place in the next few weeks but Miss Gomes says we are ready because we have been working so hard! Last week, we said goodbye to Father Rodney and Robin as they leave for Spain soon. It was sad but at the same time lovely as their special assembly was great! We did a countdown quiz to celebrate our memories of them and we even learnt some Spanish! This half term, we are focusing on the value of forgiveness and exploring how Jesus teaches us to be a forgiving person. We have also began our PSHE transition work to high school and last week we met Mrs Barker who will look after us when we start Haydock High – it was really nice having the chance to ask her about any questions or worries that we have. Thanks for reading and we will write again soon!
Week ending 17th March 2017
Over the past two weeks, we have been learning about algebra in Maths and applying our learning to problems. We love algebra and now we know it’s not as scary as we thought! In our English work, we have been deconstructing Kensuke’s Kingdom as we are going to be writing our own diary entries. This week, we have visited The Story Barn which was really fun – we loved exploring the park, dressing up and listening to the different stories. As it’s the period of Lent, we are continuing to carry out random acts of kindness and we have also explored why many Christians believe Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice. What do you believe? We’ve also sold our Fair-trade bakes this week and we must admit, everything looked so tasty – it was hard to choose! Come back soon to read more about what we’ve been doing!
Week ending 3rd March 2017
Hello readers. We have had a great rest over the half term and now we are raring to go with our learning once again. In our English work, we have been deconstructing The Mousehole Cat and The Storm particularly paying attention at the authors’ use of personification. We have been learning about ratio in Maths and applying our understanding to recipes. This week, we have celebrated Mardi Gras (did you know this is French for Fat Tuesday?) and Ash Wednesday to begin the period of Lent. Tuesday was super fun as we took part in many French related activities (including eating pancakes) and dressed up! Our new Science topic is Light and we have started learning how light travels. We will write again soon!
Week ending 10th February 2017
We have been on our school trip this week to Liverpool and taken part in the Narnia experience at St George’s Hall as well as exploring the Titanic exhibition – it was such fun! In our English work, we have been performing our own Battle Cry speeches to persuade the people of Haydock to join us in our fight against our greatest foe. We have been practising how to reflect in Maths and we investigated which letters of the alphabet look the same when reflected in the y-axis and which look the same in the x-axis. Can you find all the letters? In R.E, we have explored how God is presented in the Bible; he is a guide, a protector, a healer and much more! Excitingly, we have celebrated our after school work linked to St James’ University this week and we have been learning sign language whilst practising our Sign to Sing song for charity – it’s a lot harder than we thought but we’re getting there! Thanks for reading and enjoy the break!
Week ending 27th January 2017
Last week, we moved onto calculating missing angles in our maths work – Miss Gomes set up an angles hunt around the classroom and we had to calculate as many as we could! During collective worship, we learnt about Saul’s conversion and we have been learning about the various names given to God in the Bible. In English, we compared the Battle Cry speech we have been studying with William Wallace’s from Braveheart; we are so excited to write our own! We are moving on to learning about a balanced diet in Science and in the next couple of weeks, we will be visiting Liverpool’s Maritime Museum to complete our Frozen Kingdom topic. We will write again soon!
Week ending 20th January 2017
Hello everyone! This week, it was our Reading Morning and some of our grown-ups came in to share our love of books. Our class themed the morning around Frozen Kingdom and we even played a reading game to test our understanding of what we had read! In Maths, we have moved onto geometry and we have been learning how to calculate the area of parallelograms and triangles. During collective worship, we have been thinking about the value of wisdom and we have been enjoying exploring the character of God in R.E – what do you believe God is like? We have been deconstructing battle speeches during English and we are looking forward to writing our own in the next couple of weeks. Using Brusho, we have created our own Northern Lights inspired paintings in our Creative Learning and we are hoping to enter some to the St Helens Youth Art Competition – we’ll keep you posted. Our Science learning is based around the human body and we are learning how nutrients are absorbed into the body. Thanks for reading
Week ending 13th January 2017
Happy New Year! We are raring to go with our learning this term and love our new topic – Frozen Kingdom! We have been learning about the Titanic; did you know they didn’t have enough lifeboats on board for everyone? In Maths, we have been tackling tricky percentages. It’s definitely hard but we love a challenge. We will write again soon!
Week ending 16th December 2016
And so here it is – our last blog of 2016! This week we have performed our Carol Concert and everyone has loved our singing! In Creative Learning, we have worked in groups to create models of air raid shelters after learning all about them. Did you know Anderson Shelters were used outside and Morrison Shelters indoors? We were very lucky and visited Manchester Imperial War Museum and we got to speak to two veterans of war! Merry Christmas everyone and we’ll be back in 2017!
Week ending 2nd December 2016
Hello! Over the past two weeks, we have continued with our WW2 work and have written stories about an air raid – we’ve really enjoyed doing this! Before we started writing, we acted out the different scenes which was great fun. In Maths, we have moved onto fractions and we can now simplify, add and subtract them. Who said fractions were tricky? We love them! There’s not long until Christmas and rehearsals for our Carol Concert are now underway. Come back soon to read more about what we’ve been doing!
Week ending 18th November 2016
So, we went to the final and sadly, we didn’t win… But, we have absolutely loved taking part! The judges were so impressed with our finished model and so are we! In Creative Learning, we have continued our WW2 project and this week, we have learnt about The Blitz – Miss Gomes even made us pretend we were in a real air raid! In our English work, we have studied a letter written by a soldier and then written our own which will definitely bring a tear to your eye. We will blog again soon!
Week ending 4th November 2016
We are feeling well-rested after our half term break and can’t wait to get started with all of our exciting work again! This week, we have launched our WW2 creative learning project and we absolutely love it! We have already learnt about why the war started, which countries were involved and the main events which occurred. In our English work, we are reading Goodnight Mister Tom and we have been thinking about how it must have felt to be evacuated. Next week, we are going to the Grand Final for our Gulliver’s World Enterprise Project so come back in a couple of weeks to find out what happened!
Week ending 14th October 2016
Last time we blogged, we told you that we were starting an enterprise project with Gulliver’s World… Well, that’s truly under way now! Our challenge is to design a new theme park for Gulliver’s World Yorkshire – we even have to build a model to take to the grand final in a few weeks time. Fingers crossed we win! We have also been continuing with our work linked to Hola Mexico! Over the past two weeks, we have learnt lots of interesting facts about Chichen Itza and how to read the Mayan number system. Did you know that during the Mayan times, if your sports team won, it was considered an honour to offer your head? We must admit we are glad that we weren’t alive then!
Year 6 have been learning about the very important subject of ‘Safe and Responsible Use’ of the Internet.
As part of this topic, we have worked in groups to research specific areas of this vast topic. We have visited informative websites such as:
To showcase our understanding, we have been designing and adding content to our very own Wiki-Space. You can view our super work by clicking on www.wikispaces.com
Week ending 30th September 2016
This week, we led the Collective Worship on Monday linked to the value of creation. We taught the other children about the importance of looking after our world and most importantly each other! In English, we have been reading The Hunter which is about the poaching of elephants. Shockingly, over 100,000 elephants have been poached in the past three years! We were so saddened by this fact that we have written letters to persuade others to join the fight against this cruel crime. Come back in a couple of weeks to find out about our Enterprise Project with Gulliver’s World!
Week ending 16th September 2016
We can’t believe that we have already completed two weeks in Year 6! We all feel settled now and we are excited to begin our final year at St James. Our creative learning project this half term is Hola Mexico so we have been busy creating Mayan inspired artwork and developing our map skills to locate Mexico. Did you know that Mexico is the 14th largest country by land area in the world? In our maths work, we have been revisiting place value and we celebrated Roald Dahl Day by studying an extract of Matilda during guided reading. Excitingly, some of us interviewed as prefects last week and we received our badges during assembly – we feel very important and can’t wait to get started with our jobs!
Week ending 8th July 2016
Over the past fortnight we have been focusing on team activities in Year 6. One challenge we were given was saving an egg from breaking when dropped from 2 metres – it was a lot of fun! We have also been looking at Jamaica during our Culture Week and investigating whether Usain Bolt has an unfair advantage being so tall when it comes to racing! What’s your opinion? In R.E, we have been studying the Trinity and we made Trinity knot bracelets for each other. Last week, we visited Haydock High for a taster day which was really exciting – there’s not long to go until we say our goodbyes!
Week Ending 24th June 2016
The past two weeks have been full of fun-filled activities! In English, we have loved writing descriptions of the main characters from Lion King – our writing is going to be used in the production programmes given to parents. We have continued focusing on developing our problem solving skills in Maths and Miss Gomes gave us the enjoyable task of investigating the largest number of McDonald’s chicken nuggets which could be made from 6, 9 and 20 boxes. Any ideas? During our R.E work, we have been researching the different names given to God in the Bible and we have presented the names using graffiti art! Last week, we attended Liverpool Cathedral for our leavers’ service which was both exciting and sad. Although we are looking forward to the future, we will definitely miss St James!
Week ending 10th June 2016
Although it’s the first week back, we have been very busy in Year 6 In Maths, we have been investigating how many times the number 5 appears over a day on a 24-hour clock. Do you think you know? As we have had an aspiration day this week, we have explored our goals for the future and skills during English and PSHE. In R.E, we have been looking closely at the nature of God and reflecting on how we can use this in our daily lives. We even went outside to create large-scale Surrealist images during our Gallery Rebels topic work and excitingly, rehearsals for Lion King have started!
Week ending 20 May 2016
Over the past two weeks, we have been investigating different types of numbers in Maths and their factors. Did you know some numbers are called Perfect Numbers? As we have recently celebrated Pentecost, we have learnt all about the gifts of the Holy Spirit in R.E and made paper-plate doves to represent the gifts. We have also been busy re-writing the traditional story of Cinderella with a modern twist during English – this caused a lot of laughs! Excitingly, we have launched our new creative learning topic which is called Gallery Rebels this week. We’ve had fun getting messy when creating decorations for our classroom using balloons and wool and we’ve taken part in The Big Draw to create large-scale pictures! We are really looking forward to continuing with this topic!