Class 6 2017-2018
Mrs Williams is the teacher in Class 6 and is a huge Harry Potter fan.
Mrs Clay is the teaching assistant for Class 6.
Take a look at some of the things that we have been up to this year so far:
Information for parents – September 2016
I hope you all had a good holiday. The children have come back buzzing and they have all settled in really well and so far are working hard. I was very impressed with all the reading they did over the holidays and the amazing presentations which we enjoyed in class last week.
At this time, I would like to provide you with some information regarding routines, which you may find helpful as the year progresses.
Spellings will be given every Friday for a test the following Friday. The children will write down their spellings in their spelling book, take it home and bring it in on the following Friday to write the new list. Could you please remind them to have their books in school every Friday? Sometimes I may give an activity to practise a spelling rule instead of a list of spellings.
Times Tables will be tested regularly. They need to know these for mental maths work. Please try and grab a few minutes to practise them at home because this will really help. In this class we tend to test them orally as well as in a written test. Some find it difficult at first and are reluctant to do it, but it is great for their confidence so we do tend to encourage them to have a go.
Written homework for Literacy, Numeracy and Science will be given as part of class work and will sometimes be due in for the following day. This should not take longer than half an hour. If it does, then please ask me about it. There are no set days for homework. Please encourage your child to be independent and to pass on messages to me themselves rather than asking you to do it for them. This will prepare them for secondary school. It is also important that they bring anything for the office into class themselves because this is also what they will have to do next year and they need to try to get into a routine of remembering messages.
As “unhomework”, I may ask the children to undertake independent projects at home during the year, linked to topics. Please get involved and talk to them about it but let them work independently if possible, as I am trying to develop their skills for secondary school. They will be asked to present the project to the class when they bring it in. I won’t give them lots of other homework if they are asked to do a project. There will be no set format for these projects. They can present them through art, models, ICT, scrapbook etc. They can be as creative as they like.
The children need to be encouraged to read every night. They may have chosen a book from the library or one of their own. This is probably the most important homework you will do with them. Most of the children are “Free readers”, which means that they are not reading “scheme books”. They have been given a reading record to record their progress. We have a big focus on reading for pleasure this year. Studies by the National Literacy Trust have shown that children who enjoy reading are 5 times more likely to achieve above the expected levels in literacy.
Can I also remind you of the importance of sleep. We usually do Numeracy first thing in the morning and it is very obvious when children have not gone to bed on time the night before.
PE will usually be on a Friday and will be taught by Mrs Helen Annis. However, kit should be left in school all week as we often have short activities on other days also and we may need to change the day at short notice. It would be helpful if PE kit was labelled.
Children can wear a tracksuit for the winter months.
Jewellery must not be worn for PE.
The children will be going swimming on Fridays later in the year.
Each child has been given a school handwriting pen but I always encourage them to use a pen they are comfortable with so you may wish to provide them with a fountain pen. Please encourage them to leave the gigantic pencil cases at home but they are allowed a small one which will fit in their tray.
The SATS tests this year will take place during the week beginning the 8th May. Year Six pupils are tested on: Reading, Grammar, punctuation and spelling, and Mathematics. At the moment, as far as we know, they will follow the same format as last year.
I will let you know how your child is progressing at parents’ evening but if you have any concerns in the meantime please have a word with me.
The annual residential retreat to Alton Castle has been booked for 28th June to 30th June 2017. This is a wonderful opportunity for the children and staff to reflect on their faith and grow closer to God. The Alton Castle team are great role models and the children always come back full of confidence and bursting with enthusiasm to be the person that God is calling them to be.
There will be more information closer to the time but the cost last year was approximately £120 and we don’t anticipate it changing much this year.
Our first main topic will be based around the Victorian period. We will be looking in particular at the impact of the Industrial Revolution. To help with this, we have booked a trip to the Black Country museum. This will take place on Monday 3rd October and details are on a separate letter.
In the Spring term we will be fundraising for ACES (Aid for Children in El Salvador) during lent so we will link this to our geography topic.
Class 6 duties
The year 6 pupils have already taken on the role of prefects and are doing a fantastic job. Please encourage them to look after their badges when they receive them. During the year Class 6 will also be asked to read at school masses and we would appreciate your help with practising these readings at home. They enjoy being ambassadors for the school, so there will also be occasions when we will ask them to attend Masses on Sundays, open garden days and other special days, when they will represent the school. There will not be a lot of these, so please support us by helping your child to get here when we ask for their help. I will give you a list of whole school Sunday Masses as soon as Fr Stephen has had a chance to discuss dates with me, so you have plenty of notice and can keep those weekends free. The first one will be our Harvest Mass in October, which is fairly soon.
Please do not hesitate to ask me any questions following this meeting, or indeed throughout the year. I am sure we will have a very good year working together, for the benefit of the children.
2016 – 2017
Miracles and the Sacrament of the Sick
Parables and sayings of Jesus
Advent / Christmas
Lent / Holy Week
The Work of the Apostles
Marriage and Holy Orders
|Topic||Roald Dahl 100 Years (Literacy)
The impact of the Industrial Revolution – Victorians (History)
|Our Amazing world – Mountains;
El Salvador; (Geography; RE)
|The Wind in the Willows
Building Bridges (transition work)
|Science||Living things / habitats
Evolution and inheritance (revision)
|Properties and changes of materials
Earth and space
Light and Electricity (revision)
|Animals including humans
Alton Castle 2016
Excitement erupted as I anxiously ambled down to the nightline and the trees cast dancing shadows as I nervously awaited the dreaded blindfold. Nerves had conquered my body and were causing me to shiver as I tentatively stumbled down the abrupt steps and cautiously grabbed the rope. Suddenly, screeches reverberated and pierced my ears as I took my first step into The Nightline! The wind whistled and we reached the first obstacle! Gingerly, I attempted to scramble over the tree trunk; however it didn’t go all to plan; I fell flat on my bottom. Finally, (after hours of giggling with Lauren) I rose and continued on trudging along, stumbling all over the place like I was drunk! Without warning, Mr Perry secretly frightened me by yelling BOO!!! Lauren and I shattered to the floor with laughter! An unforgettable memory of Alton Castle!
We continued having fun even when the lights were ‘supposed’ to have gone to sleep!! We were extremely hyper and energetic. How on earth were the tired ones going to drift off to a deep sleep! The clock struck 2:00am; it’s definitely time to sleep! Thump!! “hahaha, Ella are you okay?” laughed Lauren and Ella. I had just fallen out of bed! Typical me! 2:30! Yes you’ve guessed it; we didn’t sleep again that night!! Mrs Williams wasn’t too impressed! We woke her up at 5:00am with all the noise…Surprisingly, we weren’t tired at all; however that night was exhausting.
Alton Castle Recount
As we got on the bus to a trip I’ll never forget, I felt a freedom and an urge to get there. Having one look back we set off. Half way through the journey the bus driver took a wrong turning and we arrived at the entrance to Alton Towers! Unfortunately we turned around but Alton Castle was much better than that. As we pulled up, I gazed at the wonderful scenery: a castle with turrets the colour of clouds. One of the tall turrets was a bright 50 carat gold!!I was so astonished I didn’t realise we were getting off the bus into the castle…
Trudging up the steep stairs I looked forward; there were still 2 flights (we were on the 3rd floor).As we went back down the flight of stairs I saw the view: fields smothered with cows, the candy floss clouds floating in multi blue sky.
Archery was our first activity; we were split into two teams the ‘arrow missers’ and the awesome balloon busters! We had to pop balloons on the target. Balloon Busters won!!In addition we popped the rest of their balloons. Thus that was the first day of Alton castle no mud at all! Until the evening!
Blindfolded. Hand on rope. Most of all muddy. Slipped again. Thigh smothered with mud. What’s this? A tree? Or a hand? Don’t care. I need to get to the end of this hell of tricks and mud. Suddenly a scream. It’s repeated by everyone even me. In front of me sighs that the journey’s nearly over. As quick as I can I stride ahead. I feel the end. I’m so exhausted. I’ll never ever do it again.
On a bicycle on a treacherous track we are puddle deep. Other bicycles getting muddier and muddier as the riders laugh or groan. As we stop the instructor teaches us a dance: the rubber chicken. It went like this: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 x4 1 2 3 4 5 6 x4 1 2 3 4 x4 1 2 x4 then rubber chicken!!!! (You had to say all of it really fast)
There was much, much more but these were the highlights of the trip and as we come to the end of the recount the main thing is to always, always get muddy!!!!
On the 20th October 2015 Class 6 visited Batsford Aboretum. The trip included a tour of the grounds led by our fantastic plant expert, Bob Hares, followed by a falconry display in the afternoon. Class 6 have written poetry about Batsford and have recently begun an art project inspired by its beauty.
Batsford in Autumn
A riot of colours create a vista,
As animals gather food for the winter.
Golden, crimson and amber leaves conceal the underworld
As they lie among the grass shoots.
Many varieties of trees keep their leaves alive,
These are called evergreens and in the winter they survive.
However, deciduous trees will lose their leaves
The great English oaks and the glorious horse chestnuts.
From Japanese maples to Bamboo sticks,
Batsford explodes in Autumn colours
A landscape of plants from every corner of the world
As an array of bright and vibrant colours rule the empty patches of land.
A sweet scent of honey wafts across my nose,
As the blue birds sing their joyful song.
Batsford is a wonderful place whenever you go,
The secrets of every season are new.
A firework display of colours erupted before me.
A scent of honey from nectar collected by a bee.
We tasted the fresh minty fragrance which perfumed the air.
Golden leaves scattered everywhere.
The barn owl whistled through the sapphire sky.
Crimson flowers danced in the breeze.
The flowers were calm and the trees were at peace.
Dew drops clung from ancient oak trees.
The Frost King whispered, ‘‘Don’t harm us please…’’
Wild berries on bushes which little birds eat.
Make a fantastic, tasty treat.
By Charlotte and Lara
Trees bright as fire,
Navy rivers flowing,
Bluebells bright and growing.
The sun beaming down.
Some leaves are lovely and green
Others are red and mean.
Autumn brings a riot of colour,
Fireworks bursting out.
Fungi sitting on the ground
Turn around, don’t make a sound…
See the squirrel scuttling by,
While leaves continue to fall.
A chilly breeze floats past,
Enjoy it up to the very last.
Batsford was amazing,
I loved it every bit.
I also learnt a LOT.
Our tour guide was Bob Hares,
There was nothing he didn’t know.
So go to Batsford, look at the wonders,
Just watch out for the bears!!