It has been wonderful to see the safe return of everyone in Year 6 back into our wonderful school this week. The sound of laughter and chatter has happily rang out from our classroom - sounds which have truly been missed! I have been so proud of every single child as they have re-adapted into school life and face to face teaching. Well done Year 6!
Year 6 have been studying different countries in The United Kingdom. Working remotely, they have researched and produced some amazing powerpoints about each of their countries, combining their English, computing and geography skills. They have also made 3D models of key landmarks in each of their countries. Our short video just gives a small snapshot of some of the fantastic work happening in our virtual classroom.
Year 6 have become authors and publishers of their very own quest stories. They have used quest stories as a model for their own writing, planned, drafted, edited and improved their own stories whilst learning remotely. I have been so proud of them as they have applied their knowledge of the writing journey to achieve a super piece of work. Everyone has also used their confident computer skills to produce a final draft ready to publish in their own book. How amazing are the front covers, blurbs and personalised publishers logos? Happy reading everyone!
Year 6 have even booked their own personal studio to begin recording their audio book!
Year 6 have had another amazing week learning remotely from our virtual classroom. I have been so impressed with their dedication, engagement and focus during all our daily LIVE lessons. During maths, we have been focusing on finding equivalent and converting fractions, percentages and decimals. The children have displayed their knowledge at the end of the week, in their own creative way. I am so proud of how much Year 6 are taking responsibility for their own learning - displaying skills and qualities ready for high school.
We are Readers - Virtual Library
Oak Academy have launched a virtual library. Every week a new children's author or illustrator will provide free books, exclusive videos and their top three recommended reads. To begin, Jacqueline Wilson can be watched talking about her book Tracey Beaker as well as free access to the novel. Click on the link below to access.
Year 6 are currently enjoying reading 'Barrowquest Adventure story. They are using this text to inspire their own adventure quest stories which they are looking forward to sharing their final published versions with everyone. Year 6 are enjoying entering the magical world of stories, both to support learning and for pleasure.
Year 6 have been focusing on the artist David Hockney. Everyone has been using their research skills to investigate information about who David Hockney is alongside studying some of his most famous artwork. David Hockney is famous for using patterns when recreating UK landscapes and Year 6 have been inspired by this and recreated their own 'Patterned Landscape' using the art media which they have available at home. As part of our UK topic, Year 6 have also used different line drawing techniques to recreate images of key landmarks. Super work Year 6 demonstrating one of our school intentions 'We are creative!'
Welcome back to school Year 6 and our brand new virtual classroom! All our learning this half term will take place virtually and 'LIVE' on Microsoft TEAMS. I will be introducing our brand new Geography topic 'The United Kingdom' as well as sharing an exciting Quest adventure story which will be the focus of our English writing journey. Please take a look at our remote learning timetable and curriculum newsletter so you are familiar with everything we will be covering virtually. We have a 'different' but exciting learning journey ahead Year 6 and I can't wait to get started. See you there!
►Reading - Reading is at the heart of all our learning at Holy Family and it gives me great pleasure to see all the children developing a love of books and becoming life-long readers. To support this at home, please could all children ensure that they read their school reading book every night and that the planner is signed by an adult. Alongside this, it is also key that all children select their own reading for pleasure book which they will also have opportunities to read and share with others in school. I can't wait to hear about all the 'Recommended Reads' from each of the children and any new vocabulary which they may have collected on their reading journeys.
►Spellings - Every Friday all children will receive a new spelling list based on spelling rules/patterns which have been our focus in class. Please can all children learn ready for the following Friday. It is also key that the children understand any new words met and can apply into their writing. To support this, please could all children take each spelling word and put it into their own engaging sentence which can shared back in class. All written homework must be presented to the highest standard.
►Homework - All children will be given weekly English and maths homework. This is to be completed and returned to school as required.
►PE - PE will take place every Wednesday and Friday. All children must have the correct school PE kit of white t-shirt and black shorts. (Track suits may be worn as the weather turns colder). Please ensure that all children have trainers to enable them to fully particpate in this key subject.
As always, thank you for your continued support.
Please don't heistate to contact me at school if you have any questions or concerns.
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We are United Against Bullying!
The Remembrance Day service was a poignant reminder to Year 6 that their learning during our WW2 topic had a real-life context. It was wonderful for members of our class to take the lead and read parts of the service to their peers. It was a chance for everyone to reflect on their learning and remember that by learning from the darkness created in the past - we can create a brighter future together!
Enterprise Week 2020
Year 6 have been very busy this week making our Christmas crafts ready to sell as part of our Enterprise work. Each Christmas craft has been individually made by a child with much love and care! Please support us in making us much profit as we can. All monies received are used to support the future learning of all children at Holy Family. On sale now! Thank you so much to everyone who supported our enterprise week. We have made over £90 profit! Well done year 6!
Year 6 have really immersed themselves in our World War Two topic this half-term. The topic started with recording what the children already knew and what they wanted to know about the war. This enabled a personalised approach so that everyone could research aspects of the topic they wanted to develop a greater understanding in. All our English lessons have been linked to the war and everyone showed wonderful imagination and creativity when creating war flashback stories. Year 6 have also really enjoyed studying our class text 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas', developing their reading skills by diving deep into the text alongside finding out lots of new historical knowledge and applying previous learnt knowledge to answer tricky questions. Everyone has also been such an independent and creative learner when responding in their own way to key history questions. Our short clip shows a sample of the amazing work produced by the children in our new books.
We are creative!
Cross curricular learning opportunities have been a great way for year 6 to be creative! They have used their design and technology skills to plan, design and evaluate their own WW2 fighter planes and Battle of Britain medals.
We are creative!
Autumn 1 2020 - Our Learning Environment
Miss McFadden's Recommended Reads!
This half term we are reading 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' in class.
If you are enjoying this, you may also like....
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
War Games by Michael Morpurgo
The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak.
Happy reading Year 6!
Year 6 Transition
McAuley Catholic High School are offering Y6 Families an opportunity to visit the school and talk to the Headteacher, and Transitions Co-Ordinator. This will take place on Thursday 22nd October. See details below.
When: Thursday 22nd October
Where: McAuley Acacia Road Site
Time: There are 2 sessions 4:30-5:30pm and 5:30-6:30pm
You will need to book a session and places are limited to ensure social distancing. If you would like to book a place please email firstname.lastname@example.org and give the following details
Which session you would prefer
Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. You will need to wear a face covering during your visit. We look forward to welcoming you to our school.
Watch over our children as they begin their new school year.
Bless them with joy at seeing their friends, excitement at new experiences and a love of learning.
Guide and protect all who learn, replacing fear with joy, anxiety with peace, and tiredness with energy. Give wisdom, patience and joy to teachers as they serve their students.
In Jesus's name we pray.
Welcome back to school Year 6! Tuesday 1st September 2020 marks the beginning of your final year at Primary school and the start of a happy, successful and memorable year as we begin a busy and exciting journey ahead of us in Year 6. I am looking forward to getting to know each of you and your families and helping you all shine brightly to ensure you all achieve your very best every single day.
I know some of you may be feeling a little bit nervous about your return to school especially as things may look a little different for now. Always remember that we will adapt together. The things which make Holy Family such a special place to learn are exactly the same; the wonderful children and adults, the love, care and support for each of you.
Miss McFadden and Mrs Curran