Welcome to Year 6
This half-term we went on an interesting trip to a Viking settlement: Moorforge. We learnt that Vikings lived in longhouses (if they were lucky) and sometimes worked in farms or smithies. We even went on a hunt – Viking style! After lunch, we learnt ways to kill people. Although it would be more Viking to have a real fight, the weapons got tested out on a battle cabbage. We had a great time on our trip; we would love to go again. Kara Year 6
This half term our topic has been Geography based – Fairtrade. We have looked at trade in general and how Fairtrade has helped people across the world live better lives. Our images show a farm investigation we did about how some farmers are treated unfairly in some countries. We also wrote a persuasive argument to try to convince others to buy Fairtrade items. t...
This half term we were studying World War 2. We discussed the main causes and the events that lead up to it . Our main focus was the effect it had on children. We looked at the plight of the evacuees and researched true stories about some of them. We read the book Goodnight Mr Tom and this helped us have an insight into what happened when children were evacuated. We used cutting tools and printing techniques to produce Art Work. One lovely afternoon was when we went with Year Five to the woods for a well being activity.
This half term we have been learning about Global Warming in Geography. To start our learning on this very interesting subject, we learnt about life in The Gambia, which is in Africa. We have also learnt about the constant bushfires and heatwaves of Australia and the changing climate of Greenland. We’ve looked at a map predicting the heat for the future and compared it to our planet – our beautiful, life-supporting planet – now. At the end of this half term, we completed a test answering this question: why are countries around the world acting to reduce Global Warming? We have one unique planet; we need to take care of it.
By KL (Y6)
Summer 2 2021
Our wonderful Year Six's final half term at St Pius X!
This half term has been a mixture of lots of hard work and having fun. We made sure we celebrated the children and all their achievements during their time at St Pius X.
We were very lucky to be able to go ahead with the residential trip to London - an experience the children will remember all their lives! Year Six children visited some of the most famous attractions London has to offer and had a brilliant time. Another highlight of this half term was our Year Six Water Fight, during which everyone got extremely wet. Fortunately, the weather was kind to us! The major targets were, without doubt, the teachers, and especially Mr McGoldrick! Our Leavers' Assembly was an emotional but lovely event and Year Six did themselves proud, sharing their memories and talents with the whole school and their families. The Year Six Awards Ceremony was a hilarious evening event, during which each child was given an award which suited their personality and a special sit-down meal was cooked in school for them.
Everyone at St Pius X will miss the Year Six children and our very best wishes go with them, as they begin an exciting new beginning at secondary school.
Good luck to them all!
Summer 1 2021
A whole half term without any bubble closures! This has been amazing for all of us and we finally feel that school is back (almost) to its normal self.
This half term we have studied Geometry in Maths and have found some impressive ways to find missing angles in triangles and quadrilaterals, as well as mastering the use of a protractor!
In English, we have written instructions on how to make our own Club Sandwich and side dish. We watched a demonstration of one being made in class and had a taste - the general verdict was, 'Delicious!'
We also had a go at probably the most difficult genre of writing - Balanced Argument - after a class debate on the controversial subject of, 'Should Animals be Kept in Zoos?' Some of us changed our minds more than once!
Our Guided Reading book, 'Skellig' just gets better and better and we all have theories as to who or what Skellig really is! All will be revealed next half term.
In P.E. we have been learning skills for Decathlon and have been striving to improve our overall stamina.
Of course the highlights of this half term have included Year 6 getting our Leavers' hoodies and Mr McGoldrick treating everyone to a treat from the ice-cream van to celebrate no bubble closures. In addition to this, the whole school performed, 'Bubble It!' and had lots of fun doing the moves.
Looking forward to another fantastic half term, full of learning and lots of fun!
Spring 2 2021
We started back in school this half term, which was wonderful for everybody. It has been an eventful half term, starting with World Book Day part 2, where we all dressed up as crayons or wore bright colours to match the theme of the day: 'The Day the Crayons Quit' and 'The Day the Crayons Came Home' to correspond to all our pupils being back in school. Mr McGoldrick also organised the ice-cream van to give everyone a well-deserved treat!
As usual, we have been working hard, writing persuasive informal letters in role as one of Duncan's crayons and also a narrative about the adventures of Pea Green Crayon (a,k.a. Esteban the Magnificent). Some impressive writing has been produced! In Maths, we have been working hard on ratio and how to use our knowledge to solve problems.
Another highlight has been Art Day. Each class studied a different artist and Year 6 looked at and reproduced, 'The Great Wave' by Hokusi in acrylics. We also worked on how to draw using tone and texture, using graded art pencils. I think we actually surprised ourselves with the quality of art we produced!
All in all, a fantastic half term.
Well done, everyone!
Spring 1 2021
We have done a whole half term of remote learning for most of the class. I'm so proud of Year 6's achievements during this time. They have been so adaptable to the situation and have done their absolute best. Being able to see and chat to each other every day has made it as near normal as we could get!
In English lessons, we have trialling the Oak Academy writing materials online and have produced some impressive work, writing descriptions based on a Sherlock Holmes story. We are currently working on a non-chronological report on pandas.
In Maths we have covered fractions, decimals and percentages, not forgetting our work on Algebra, which has been quite challenging!
We have continued having every lesson in the curriculum and have managed to stick to our timetable. Of course, we have had our fun activities, such as Wellbeing Wednesday and Fitness Friday. We had a very snowy day early in February, but we still managed to do some lessons, as well as having fun in the snow!
Let's hope that the next half term will see us all back in school together!
Autumn 2 2020
We have had another busy, but fun half term and are now looking forward to the Christmas holidays.
Apart from having one week of remote learning, we have managed to be in school for the majority of this half term, thankfully. In English we have written an Explanation text on 'The Water Cycle' and more recently we have stepped up magnificently to the whole school writing task of re-telling and adding our own adaptations to the original story, 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'. What improvements we have made to our writing! The children have loved doing this writing and the end results are amazing! Back in November, we held our National Poetry Day, focused this year on Bonfire Night. Our poems were wonderful and full of onomatopoeia, similes and alliteration.
In Maths, we have been learning how to do some very tricky fractions, including adding and subtracting fractions, simplifying, turning mixed numbers to improper fractions and vice versa. Everyone is now much more confident and should feel proud of not giving up!
We had fun celebrating Anti-Bullying week by wearing odd socks and designing our own. We all agreed that it's great to be different.
Christmas parties this year had to be held in our own classroom, but that didn't stop us having fun! We had a quiz, played musical chairs, Pictionary and Charades. After that, we had party food and watched 'Ratatouille'. Our party ended with a lot of singing and dancing!
Hopefully, we will all stay healthy over the Christmas break and ready to begin afresh in January.
A very happy Christmas to everyone!
Autumn 1 2020
This year started really well, despite things feeling different, due to COVID-19. It's so lovely to have everyone back in school.
We have loved using the iPads - all children in Year 6 now have their own. They form a part of most lessons and make the learning much more fun - and virtually paper-free! This half term we have been studying World War 2 in Topic and our English work has been linked to this. We have written a letter home from an evacuee (based on our class reader, 'Goodnight Mister Tom') and have produced a non-chronological report on rationing in the second world war. We enjoyed our Roald Dahl Day and our class concentrated on 'The BFG'. We made a whole class 'Read-Aloud-With-Expression!' video, made some 'Dream Jars' and invented some new words, just like the BFG loved to do. We also celebrated a very happy 'Hello, Yellow' Day. We have been swimming every week and absolutely everyone has improved their confidence in this area. Maths lessons have concentrated on securing the four operations, using column methods, bar modelling and problem solving.
It is fair to say that we have packed as much learning and fun into the half term as we possibly could! Well done to everyone.
We have had an unusual half term along with the rest of the country! We have been in contact with each other and learned in a completely new way. The main thing is we have kept smiling throughout it all. Some of us have learned new skills - which is fantastic! Hopefully we have found new hobbies that we will continue enjoying in the future.
Sats week for us was very different to what we were expecting. We had our Leavers' hoodies delivered - along with an ice cream and a fun Sats paper. We missed our school water fight so instead we had one with our families. It wasn't quite the same but we still enjoyed it.
Spring 1 2020
In this half term, we really enjoyed studying the Vikings. Activities we particularly enjoyed were spinning, weaving and cooking. We made sour bread in a traditional way - which included 'walking the dough'. We liked making the bread but loved eating it! We also had a lovely afternoon when some of our parents visited our classroom for 'Stay and learn' . We did art alongside our parents based on Viking runes. We think our parents enjoyed visiting us.
Autumn 2 2019
This half term, we have finished our off Victorian Topic ending with a very interesting talk and discussion with Iain McNichol. The children found this very informative. We have also participated in a STEM day at BAE which was brilliant. The children were given many opportunities to investigate and display their science knowledge. On top of that, one of our class won the prize of a 3D printer from a competition run on the day. We also had a session run by CAFOD about refugees. The class found this a very thought provoking experience and it has led to many conversations among the pupils.
Autumn 1 2019
In this first half term of Year Six, we began our new topic of the Victorians. We are also reading the story ‘Street Child’ which retells the story of a poor Victorian child.
As a cross curricular topic we also studied Gandhi. We found this very interesting and found we could relate to many of the issues that came up in his story.
In R.E, we practised Lectio Divina especially focussing on The Beatitudes. We used this as a basis for our art work using pastels.
Summer 2 2019
We have had a great end to the year with lots of exciting things happening. We have all participated in the Junior Citizens award, been to London and had our Leavers’ Assembly, to name a few.
London was definitely the highlight of the year and we all had a wonderful time. We saw all the sights but we particularly enjoyed the London Eye and going to the theatre to see Matilda.
We are all now on the verge of saying goodbye to St Pius X and going off to our new school. We want to wish everyone at St Pius X the best for the future and thank them for everything they have done for us over the years.
Summer 1 2019
We have had a very busy half-term like all Year Sixes across the country!
Last week in Year 6, we had SATS week. Throughout the school, our amazing teachers have helped us so much to prepare to face our dreaded SATS and if were not for all the support they have supplied, we would not have been able to face SATS and the challenges they brought.
During the preparation, the teachers provided us with clubs for us to gain more knowledge for the tests. When SATS week finally came, we were all nervous but still eager to try our best. We started the day of by having breakfast as a class so that we could concentrate better during the tests. The tests would prove to be a bit challenging at times but we managed to pull through; knowing that they would be over soon.
When we had finished on the Thursday, we were all extremely happy that they were over and couldn’t wait for the next day - because it was the water fight! When the time for the water fight came, we all had our water pistols (ready to squirt Mr McGoldrick and Mrs Roberts)! After the water fight, everyone was drenched. We all really enjoyed our water fight and we found that SATS are not so bad after all!
Spring 2 2019
Year Six had fun investigating static electricity. They used balloons to create static electricity to see if they could make their tissue paper newts float! The children investigated which surfaces the balloons would stick to and tried to make their hair stand on end! Some were very successful!
Autumn 1 2019
Year 6 had a fantastic start to the year with a trip to watch the start of the Tour of Britain professional cycling race. Two of our children even had the opportunity to go up on stage as mascots for Team Wiggins. We had a great time and met some of the best riders in the world!
We have now got our device manager up and running meaning we can enhance our learning and share our work more easily using our personal iPads.
At the end of the term we had a fabulous day out at Growing Well. We looked around the farm and learned about where our food comes from, then we worked with a professional chef to prepare and cook our own lunch. We ended the day eating the lunch we had prepared in a yurt!
In this term, Year Six have been very busy! Firstly, there was a ‘break-in’ in our classroom. When we arrived at school one Monday morning, someone was found lying on our classroom floor and the whole classroom had been ransacked. We investigated the scene and interviewed the witnesses and then we wrote a newspaper report about the crime - after clearing up the classroom!
We also used our artistic skills by making a Noah’s Ark poster for Trinity church! We worked very hard making a lot of animals to be put on it. It was part of a display at the church for over a week along with other displays from schools in the town. The Year Five class went to see the exhibition and they really enjoyed it.
Then, we have been learning about the Vikings in history! Some of the activities we did were: making some fact files, drawing Viking Longboats and writing a description of a Viking travelling in time.
Also, we have had an R.E. day for the whole school and our class studied Easter Sunday. We discussed holy week and then we made a poster showing our versions of the Paschal Candle.
Autumn 2 2018
We have worked very hard this term and improved in many different ways. The topic we have been working on was World War Two which we found very interesting.
The main areas we have learned about are:
• How and why the war started
• The main events during the war
During this half term we have also had the opportunity to help out with the younger children which we really enjoy.
Two weeks ago, we had our Christmas Fair where we sold the Christmas decorations that all the children in the school had made. We made snowmen and lots of them were sold.
On Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th of December, everyone took part in the Christmas play. It turned out really well. We felt scared at the start because hundreds of people were there, but we coped really well in the end! Some people ended up doing other people’s parts, as they couldn’t come, which was very brave.
"Many of our class are in the School Choir and they went to sing at Ostley House last week. We were able to wear our choir uniform for the first time!" Shani, Year Six
Autumn 1 2018
We have enjoyed learning about Victorians.