Year 6 – 2018-2019
Class Teachers: Mr. Curran & Mrs. Loader
Teaching Assistants: Mr Rickard & Mrs Thomas
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‘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
Democracy Day – Voting for House Captains
In order to embed the British Values (Democracy, The rule of law, Individual liberty, Mutual respect, Tolerance and respect for all) within Year 6, there was a whole school election. Twelve of the Year 6 children bravely put themselves forward to be elected as one of the House Captains representing the four houses:
The potential house captains began their day by visiting the Ducklings and Year 1 classes and persuading the children to vote for them. This involved the children standing up if they wished to elect that person and their house captain. In the afternoon, the candidates gave their speeches in various locations to children in Years 2-6 from their respective houses.
Voting took place and all were very excited as they used election boxes and voting slips. All of those who stood did themselves proud. Results were announced during the Year 6 class assembly on Friday 28th September. Well done to those who were elected:
St Matthew – Ella and Leo
St Mark – Alex and Hughie
St Luke – Oscar and Katelyn
St John – Katherine and Gabriel
“First of all, then, I urge that prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2
2017 – 2018
Please click on the link above to find out and enjoy what Year 6 have been working on.
Click to download the Year 6 curriculum: Year 6 Curriculum Letter – Spring 2019
Year 6 Leavers’ Poem
Thank you Year 6 Leavers’ Committee for writing this wonderful poem!
In class, Year 6 have been planning and designing a mobile app. In order to do this, they considered the capabilities of Smartphones and tablet computers, and how these could be used purposefully. They became aware of some of these capabilities, including how they could be used to record and share location information. They used search engines safely and effectively. The photos below show the Year 6 children designing their apps with the help of Dr Barry, our ICT Governor.
They also used PowerPoint to present their ideas for their apps and pitched their proposals for their apps to the rest of the class. Please enjoy looking through our ideas for our apps which we will be creating later on in the year.
Summer Fayre – Year 6 Stalls
On Friday 8th June, Year 6 helped the PTA with several stalls including:
Can Knocking, World Cup Mania, Doughnut Bobbing, Lucky Dip, Guess the Celebrity, Balance 20p on a lemon, Apple / Flour bobbing, Straw lottery, Can Knock Down,
Colourful Winner, Unlock the Box, Burst a Balloon, Stop the Stopwatch, Sweet Pong, Rubber Duck Surprise, Hook a Duck, Jelly Bean Challenge, Spaghetti Slime, Archery
They organised themselves into various groups and decided what they were going to encourage people to spend at their stalls. The children were extremely enthusiastic about what they would do and resourced all of the items needed, as well as the prizes. Through Year 6’s hard work and selling techniques, they raised a grand total of £421. An amazing achievement! The children wrote detailed descriptions of their stalls – please see their work below:
Year 6 wished to thank their parents for their help and support pre and during the event.
The PTA wanted to thank Year 6 for their hard work and effort and congratulate them on the amount raised.
“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” Hebrews 13:16
Avon Tyrrell Information Evening
Following on from the Avon Tyrrell Information Evening, please see the Powerpoint Presentation and Clothing and Equipment List for your information.
Curriculum Week – Superheroes March 2018
In early March we were provided with a challenge during a curriculum enrichment week. The week started off with a dramatic message from a ‘villain’ who had abducted Mrs Dayantis’ pet Chihuahua, ‘Percy’. The villain sent the school a ransom video and we all watched Percy plead for help. Help however was at hand in the form of a band of superheroes who burst into the school hall (aka our superteachers)!
Throughout the week each class based their learning around the theme of superheroes, creating characters, designing comic strips and writing stories. Art work included mask making, stick puppets, paintings and drawings of superheroes. In P.E. sessions we had superhero dances to Bonnie Tyler’s famous track, ‘Holding out for a hero’! We also finished off our superhero theme by dressing up. On one of the mornings we also invited parents in to class to share some of the work that we had completed.
You will be able to see how we dressed up (below), either in comic book or movie superheroes, or as everyday heroes. We have also included some other photos of Y6 and Y2 reading with their prayer buddies in Year 2 where they shared a comic book and asked lots of questions about who was the strongest! We also wrote a written piece about being a superhero and carried out some maths based on hiring a superhero(es) to pay off the Joker’s ransom.
Miss Buxton wrote: “I was particularly impressed with some of our childrens’ choices of superhero on our dress-up day. It was great to see one of our children coming in in his Cub uniform, a child choosing to come as a Guide Dog, an RAF Officer, doctors and nurses and the most obvious superhero of them all – our Mums (even a Year 5 boy!). Finally, and probably most touching is a child who decided to come as a farmer, as last week with the heavy snowfall, the tough job they faced, made them true heroes.
The children were also asked to write a discussion piece around the question: ‘Would you like the job of being a superhero?’. Please see their work below:
The Year 6 children also enjoyed some superhero maths! Here are some examples of their work below:
CAFOD Lenten Visit – ‘Give it Up!’
On Thursday 22nd of February 2018, Cafod came in to school and presented a talk about giving something up at Lent for others. We learnt about the people from Zimbabwe who need to be able to grow their own food supply and access fresh water.
At first, Isabelle and Rosemary introduced us to a boy and his mum. They started asking us questions like, “What do you use water for?” The children answered with: brushing their teeth, showering, washing their hands/face and for drinking hot/cold drinks. Another question they asked was: “What games do you play?” The answers they received were: football, tag, rugby, tennis, hide and seek and etc.
Next, they asked for volunteers to come up to the front of the hall (where our session was held) to hold either some items or a piece of card with a word on it. Then, they created a chain of boys and girls by linking their arms. The reason for this was to show how they train people to farm the land for themselves, i.e. subsistence farming.
Finally, each class carried out an activity following the assembly, for example Year 6 were split into 6 different groups to work on colouring and cutting buckets to get dirty water for different things that would be needed. This showed us all how important water actually is when we waste it and take it for granted.
We would like to thank both Isabelle and Rosemary for teaching us and letting us know about the CAFOD 2018 Lenten appeal, ‘Give it up!’
Please find below some photographs from our day and a powerpoint from CAFOD about the Lenten appeal. You can also find out more about CAFOD’s work here: cafod.org.uk
Holocaust Visit – The Evacuation of Jewish Children
On Wednesday 21st February 2018, Year 6 welcomed Josephine to tell us about Kindertransport evacuation, the Holocaust and her dreadful and at times, joyful stories.
Josephine explained about the downhearted children that felt blue because they had to evacuate far away from their homes and families. Before the war started, some countries tried to get as many Jews as possible out of the country before they were harmed. England received the most Jewish children, approximately 10,000 Jewish children. This was a true story!
The Holocaust was when Jews were placed in camps called concentration/death camps. These camps were surrounded by barbed wire which meant they could not escape. Even though they were surrounded by barbed wire, they had security circling round the camp. Josephine also told us that she was a Jew and she was one of the lucky ones in that she could live in England and could get away from the terrible horror. 1.5 million Jewish children were murdered and 6 million Jews died altogether (which is a third of the worldwide Jewish population)!
The Terrible but Joyful Stories
Josephine informed us about stories from families who were separated from each other. There was one girl who lost 64 relatives; they were put in death camps and some were placed in smoke chambers and choked. She soon sadly discovered that her family died. You will be able to see what we were shown and what was discussed.
We would like to thank Josephine for her visit and educating us about the Holocaust. Please see the pdf presentation below:
Safer Internet Day 2018
As part of Safer Internet Day 2018 Y6 welcomed a police officer from the local branch of the Safe Schools Communities Team (SSCT) – Meredith. The children wrote a report about what they learnt and you will see some photos of the visit below. Wiktor and George wrote:
“On Wednesday, a police officer (called Meredith) came to teach us about being safe online. Before the lesson we didn’t know that everything we type online leaves a digital footprint – that can’t be washed away – and that can be traced if needed. Year 6 became aware that some everyday websites we use have a restricted age limit, which can vary from 13 onwards. These are apps such as Facebook, Musically, Twitter, having a YouTube account and many other apps.
We talked about cyber bullying and how it can affect your social life. You can avoid it by not giving away any of your personal details and if it spirals out of hand, remember to ZIP IT, BLOCK IT, FLAG IT! After Meredith left, we felt a lot safer and we would know what to do if an online stranger began to follow us on the internet. Hopefully, after you have read this, you will also feel safer too.”