Year 6 – 2018-2019
Class Teachers: Mr. Curran & Mrs. Loader
Teaching Assistants: Mr Rickard & Mrs Thomas
Click to download the Year 6 curriculum: Year 6 Curriculum Letter – Summer 2019
We look forward to showing you much more on our class webpage and we hope that you join us on our journey. Please also see our Year 6 curriculum learning page.
Have a look below to see what we have been up to!
Year 6 Pupil Addie wrote: ‘On Friday 7th June the school held Enterprise Day. We have all worked together as a class to make and sell a product.
Each class made different foods or sold fun or useful items to other classes. Every class was given a cheque from Mr. Curran with £40 on it. £40 meant 40 talents just like the parable of the three servants and the master in the Bible.
Every class had to choose what they would sell to other classes, this is what they sold: Ducklings sold playdough, Year 1 sold dream catchers, Year 2 sold marshmallows on a stick with different delicious toppings, Year 3 sold pompoms, Year 4 sold different biscuits, Year 5 sold stress balls and Year 6 sold keyrings.
At the beginning of school, everyone rushed into their classrooms awaiting the fun ahead. They all wanted to buy something special from the different stalls inside the hall for them or their friends and family.
In the end, all the classes’ products were sold and they made a lot of money, but we are yet to find out who won and made the most money for a trip to the park.’
On the week beginning 3rd June we held an Enterprise Week in school. On Friday 7th June each class held their enterprise day and sold their products to the other classes with the aim of hopefully making a profit for their class. Year 6 welcomed in The SAMEE Project to talk to pupils about the basics of starting and running a business. Year 6 pupils Oscar and Alex wrote:
‘On Enterprise day, some people came in from a community called SAMEE and they were working on a project called WISE which stood for, Workshops Introducing Self-employment.
We were put into 5 groups and were given the task to design a hotel. It was a tough job and we had to think extremely carefully about what we were doing. For our first task, we had to pair up in our groups and pick an objective. The first objective was to: name your team, name your hotel and design a logo. Also, we made a 3D model of a room and then talked about the facilities that were needed and other ways to make money like an arcade.
Following our design, we prepared for a presentation in front of the whole class and the people from SAMEE were the judges.
Everyone did very well and group 5 won with a hotel called the Half/Half Hotel which was half for disabled people and the other side was for non-disabled people. Overall, it was a great day and all of us learnt valuable lessons.’
Avon Tyrrell Information Evening
Thank you to everyone who came to the Avon Tyrrell Information Evening. For those who couldn’t make it, please see the powerpoint and information below discussed on the evening. Please also see the Lyme Disease Awareness Presentation below:
SATs – Information for Parents
Please see below our informative guide to help you understand the 2019 national curriculum tests at the end of key stage 2.
‘On March 8th, two SSCT (School Safety and Communities Team) people came in to talk about E-Safety (being safe online) as part of Safer Internet Day 2019. Year 6 found this very interesting and learnt a lot from the experience.
The class learnt that nothing is ever deleted on the internet. Someday in the future, whatever you think you have deleted, it can always be found. Sometimes when you write something horrible and send it, it could change your life – possibly meaning that you don’t get your dream job.
Did you know the ideal amount of time to be on your screens? The SSCT say that on a weekend, the maximum time that you should spend is two hours with 5- 10 minute intervals every 40 minutes to an hour. On a weekday, the time to spend on a laptop/computer is 1 hour tops. This is because staring at a computer screen all day can affect your eyesight (causing you to have problematic eyes when you grow up). Also, you can end up with neck and back aches from sitting in the same position all day which can lead to further health problems.
Knowing age limits to apps can prevent any inappropriate sites being accessed. Strange images could pop up at any moment on certain webpages/games. Do not be frightened by these images, as they are only there to inflict fear in the hearts of many people. Many of these images are fake so do not be threatened by any of these pop ups. The age limits to most apps is over 12 yrs (e.g. Instagram, Musically/Tiktok, Facebook, Fortnite, Snapchat, and so on) whereas other apps are over 16 yrs- like WhatsApp.
Private accounts are recommended for children under these age limits. These accounts are only permitted for use of close, trusted friends and family. In an account like this, a fake name and profile picture can be used instead of your real name to protect the user from others accessing their personal information.
Overall, year 6 very much enjoyed the visit and found it very informative. We thank the SSCT for coming in and explaining the dangers of the internet.’
Written by Anna and Erin
Year 6 entered a poetry competition organised by the Premier League Primary Stars, the subject being ‘Diversity’. As a result of entering the school received 10 new poetry books which the children are very excited to start reading! Well done Year 6.
Christchurch School Sports Award
Our Sports Leader and Year 6 Teaching Assistant Mr Rickard was delighted to present our Year 6 pupil with the Christchurch School Sports Award which she designed; the theme for this year’s design was Active 30:30. This trophy will be used for all sporting events in the Christchurch area for 2018/19.
SATs Information Evening
On Thursday 17th January we held a SATs Information Evening for parents of our Year 6 pupils, to provide more information about the SATs and how parents can support their child.
Please see our parents’ guide to Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar below:
Please see our Presentation for Parents below:
To help your child with maths at home, please see below for the methods of arithmetic taught in school:
Year 6 Smartphone Apps
Our Year 6 pupils Lyla and Erin wrote: “Before we even started creating our apps, we opened a word document and spilled our fantastic ideas across the page. Unfortunately, for year 6 at least, the game had to be educational and it seemed that the best way to do this was by times tables questions. Of course, we then also had to think of many different calculations, which not all of us found so fun.
A week later, our lesson was all about achieving the right layout and getting to know the app creator. First, we explored it before taking Dr Barry’s advice and setting it out properly so that we had the buttons and text boxes all laid out ready for us to start programming them.
The next Friday, we started programming and copied out the code that Dr Barry set up for us. Thankfully, he explained it first. After a series of repeated explanations and programming, it was home time.
The next week, we personalised our backgrounds and images before finishing our coding and setting ourselves up for testing it. Only moments later, we started the emulator and discovered that there were no bugs in our maths games which made us really happy.
Thank you Dr Barry, we had a great time.”
2018 – 2019
Every year we take part in Anti-bullying week which is about raising awareness in keeping children and young people feeling safe. As part of anti-bullying week the children also think about cyber-bullying and how to stay safe online and remind children what they should do if they feel unhappy or worried about something. The children made posters about being kind online and wrote poems about recognising that there is diversity among people and everyone is unique. Please read the poem below written by one of our Year 6 pupils:
Science – Circuits
In Science, we are learning about circuits. Our first task was to create a simple circuit to make our name cards light up. Here are our photos. We hope you enjoying looking though them.
Nobody knows where they came from, but about 2,400 years ago, a new tribe of people appeared in Central America. They settled in the rainforests of the Yucatan Peninsula. They were called the Maya Indians. They were very clever people. They set about making cities in the rainforest. They did not use metal tools. They used stone tools, wood tools, and tools made from shells. They were skilled builders. They built palaces, temples, pyramids, walls, homes. They built hundreds of beautiful cities.
The cities were connected with well-built roads that ran through the rainforests and jungles on the Yucatan Peninsula. Every city had a ball court, at least one and usually more than one temple, and a central plaza. Each city was a centre of learning and religion. Each city had its own ruling family. The Maya city-states never unified. Like the ancient Greek city-states, the Maya cities often went to war with each other. Some historians believe they were almost always at war with someone.
By 900 CE, the Maya cities were mostly deserted. Some people remained, and their descendants still live in Central America today. But without enough people to take care of them, the great Maya cities fell into ruin. That’s why the Maya are called “the mysterious Maya” – nobody knows where they came from, and nobody knows what happened to them. It is a history mystery.
In the ancient Maya cities discovered, many thousands of hieroglyphics have been found. But not all of the around 800 different symbols that make up the Maya glyph system are understood today.
Year 6 enjoyed learning about the Maya and designed their own Kukulcan Pyramid which formed part of the ruins at Chichen Itza, a Maya city. They also researched Maya Gods, Maya warriors, The Maya Creation story and looked at the Maya writing and number system.
We hope you enjoy looking at the work they have produced on The Ancient Maya.
Science – Circuits
As part of our work on circuits, we were asked to design a circuit which would make a clown’s nose light up and his bow tie spin around. We had great fun designing our clowns and our circuits. We hope you enjoy looking at our photos.
CAFOD visited Y6 on Tuesday 30th October to raise awareness of harvest time. The theme this year is ‘Brighten Up’ and focused on food, poverty and sharing: everything we think of on a daily basis when we offer up thoughts for those before we enjoy the food we receive.
Y6 also spent time as a whole school community in an assembly, led by Isabella and Rosemary, focusing on some good news regarding reducing extreme poverty. The workshops that the whole school would focus on were about coping with emergencies and disasters, learning about CAFOD’s response and allowing the children, in different ways, to imagine the scale and type of response required.
We think of our neighbours,
near and far, who live in poverty.
We pray we may share generously all you have given us.
Help us to work together to build a brighter world,
where each of us can become the best person we can be.
This is an account of the day by two of our Year 6 pupils, Ella & Lyla:
‘Today, CAFOD visited our school (St. Joseph’s) and delivered an assembly about what they do to help families and children living in poverty, those who experienced a natural disaster, or those who had to evacuate their homes and even their countries to be safe from war! During this assembly, Rosemary and Isabella (from CAFOD) told us about the lives of some children in Nepal, El Salvador, Zimbabwe and Syria who needed their help. We learnt about their lives before CAFOD helped them and their lives afterwards. There was such a big difference! For example: Mary was evacuated from her home in Syria. Where she now lives, in the Jordan Refugee Camp, CAFOD gave her a doll. They then set up an organisation where the children could share their experiences through the doll, as though the doll was telling the story.
Throughout the rest of the day, Isabella and Rosemary carried out several activities with each class, starting from the youngest classes to the oldest – meaning we were last! When they came to Year 6, they instructed us to think like CAFOD workers and plan a strategy to deliver the essentials to a place that had experienced a disaster.
We would like to thank CAFOD and wish them good luck with their new mission.’
You can find out more about CAFOD here: https://cafod.org.uk
Life Education Visit
The Life Education Van visited Year 6 to teach us about making the right and most appropriate decisions.
The main points that we learnt were:
Identifying risk factors in a given situation (involving alcohol) and considering outcomes of risk taking, including emotional risks that we take;
Understanding information about alcohol use or misuse;
Understanding the law in relation to drugs and that all drugs (legal or illegal) can cause harm;
Recognising and empathising with patterns of behaviour in peer groups;
Identifying popular fun, leisure activities that most young people enjoy;
Recognising basic emotional needs and understand that they change according to circumstance;
Understanding ways in which medicines can be helpful or harmful and used safely or unsafely;
Understanding the dangers to our circulatory, digestive and nervous systems.
As well as learning about all of the issues above, Year 6 were reminded about being healthy and what this meant. They said that they needed food, water, sleep and exercise, fresh air and a good education, all of which would allow them to have good mental health and wellbeing.
Mental Health: Year 6 looked at different areas that included:
Being mindful (stop to take time out from technology and enjoy what you’re doing. Play with friends, read, have fun, but most importantly, stop and think before making a decision)
Give to others
Be activeConnect (not just online, but with people, face-to-face. Make sure you only connect with people you know and trust).
Following the sessions, we completed questionnaires to show our understanding. Thank you for the advice and lesson which was extremely interesting. It’s always great seeing Harold!!
You can check out more about Life Education here: www.coramlifeeducation.org.uk
“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11