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Year 6

Well Year 6, this is it! 
 
You have had a fantastic final week in primary school - your celebration assembly was brilliant! 
Well done for all of your hard work, resilience and fun this year - you have been a super year group! 
We all wish you luck as you start your new chapter. You will be missed! 
 
Mrs Bertenshaw 
Thursday 14th July 
Summer 2, Week 6
 
I hope everyone has been enjoying the lovely weather this week - long may it continue! 
 
Year 6 have had an exciting week this week which included two days transition to their secondary school for most pupils. Everyone enjoyed meeting their new teachers and taking part in different lessons. 
 
We were also visited by Julien this week who gave us a workshop on computing. We are going to continue on from this next week and programme our Micro:bits to play a musical tune. 
 
We are very much looking forward to our Celebration Assembly on Tuesday next week, we hope you can make it. 
 
Have a lovely and restful weekend, ready for our final week! Mrs Bertenshaw 
Thursday 7th July 
Summer 2, Week 5
 
Well we certainly ended week 5 with a bang! A huge well done to all of the Year 6 pupils who put on an absolutely incredible performance of 'Rock Bottom' this week. 
The children have all worked so hard on this production and I am sure you will agree that all of the singing, acting and dancing was superb! 
 
I hope you enjoy looking through a few of the pictures from the show! 
 
Have a super, sunny weekend!
Mrs Bertenshaw 
Thursday 30th July 
Summer 2, Week 4
 
How is it the end of week 4 already? These weeks really are flying by! 
It's been another great, jam-packed week in Year 6 this week. 
 
In English, we have been been exploring the short film 'Little Freak'. We have completed a setting description and looked at the use of symbolism in the film. 
 
In maths, we have been busy revisiting some trickier concepts such as relation and proportion. We have been exploring this in real-life contexts. 
 
We have been working hard on our performance this week and have enjoyed practising on the stage. We can't wait for you to see it next week!
 
It was also Sports Day this week which we thoroughly enjoyed! Thank you to all of the families who attended. 
 
Have a great weekend.  

Thursday 23rd June

Summer 2, Week 3

 

This week we have been celebrating STEAM week in school and what fun we have been having!

 

To start the week, we made periscopes to help the Queen’s guards see objects that wouldn’t be in their line of sight. We looked at the science of this and investigated how they work.

We have also used CAD (computer aided design) to create an avatar to help us protect the queen’s crown jewels. We were able to produce orthographic drawings of our avatars before using TinkerCad to created them.

We have also designed and created several structures to help protect the crown jewels as well! We created our own design criteria, sketched our ideas before finally making them!

We’re looking forward to creating our pitches ready for the dragons later in the week! Hopefully the dragons will love our creations and we will be crowned victorious!

Thursday 9 May

Summer 2, Week 1

 

Welcome back to Summer 2 and to your last half term at St Charles’!

It’s been a great week in school this week and we have been very busy with our learning.

In maths, we have started a new project, ‘White Rose Tours’. So far we have looked at climates which involved pupils interpreting graphs and charts in a real life context.

In English, we have started a new unit of writing, non-chronological reports. We have identified features of this genre of writing and have started our own research in preparation for writing our own based on an animal of our choice.

On Wednesday afternoon we enjoyed a visit from the ice-cream van. This treat was in recognition of all our hard work this year! It was delicious!

Have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to seeing you next week – and what an exciting week we have in store!

Mrs Bertenshaw 

Thursday 26th May

Summer 1, Week 5

 

It’s hard to believe we are at the end of summer 1! It has been an incredibly busy but wonderful half term and I am proud of how all of the children have tackled the challenges of this half term.

 

This week we have been very busy preparing for the Reception and Year 6 mass which will take place tomorrow. We look forward to seeing you there!

We have new completed our Pentecost topic in RE and were treated to a wonderful class liturgy by Noah, Sophie and Lizzie. A huge thank you and well done goes to those three pupils who worked hard to produce such a thoughtful and reflective worship.

We have also produced a fantastic piece of writing based on Great Expectations this week. The children really enjoyed contrasting the characters Pip and the Convict in order to convey their personalities.

A huge well done must go to all of the children who have taken part in sporting competitions and activities over the last few weeks – they have represented St Charles’ brilliantly and have been great ambassadors for the school.

I hope you all have a wonderful half term break and I can’t wait to welcome the children back for the final half term at St Charles’.

Mrs Bertenshaw

Thursday 19th May

Summer 1, Week 4

 

This week we have begun our rehearsals for our end of year performance ‘Rock Bottom’. The children have been working hard learning lines and song words to make it a performance to remember! Keep up the hard work, Year 6!

In maths, we have started our project work. This week we have been looking at salaries and working out the amount of tax paid for different professions. We have also explored new mathematical vocabulary including: gross pay, net pay, taxable income and annual salary.

In RE, we have started our new topic of Pentecost. We have created some beautiful pieces of spiritual art using pastels and have looked at scripture relating to the ascension of Christ.

Have a super weekend! See you all on Monday for our last week of Summer 1!

Mrs Bertenshaw

Thursday 12th May

Summer 1, Week 3

 

Wow - Year 6 really have been superstars this week!

 

A huge well done to all of our wonderful Year 6 pupils who have completed their SATs this week. They have come into school each day with such a fantastic energy and have worked diligently and with resilience. We really couldn’t be prouder of you. 

A particular highlight this week has definitely been the breakfasts each morning – what a lovely way to start the day!

I am very much looking forward to some Commando Joe activities on Friday and spending time with buddies.

I hope you all have a lovely, restful weekend – you have earned it!

Mrs Bertenshaw

Thursday 5th May

Summer 1, Week 2

 

What a busy week we have had, yet again! Year 6 have continued to work so hard in preparation for their SATs next week. I am so proud of the dedication they are putting into all of their revision sessions. This is what we’ve been up to this week:

In maths, we have been consolidating our learning on angles, co-ordinates and ratio and algebra.

In English, we have continued to look at persuasive writing techniques and are in the process of planning a persuasive job application to be Boris Johnson’s personal assistant – we have had lots of interesting qualities so far!  

In reading, we have been concentrating on 3-mark questions. We’re now feeling really confident when answering these types of questions and know how to structure them really well.

I hope you all have a lovely, restful weekend.  

Mrs Bertenshaw

Thursday 28th April

Summer 1, Week 1

 

Welcome back to summer term! I hope you all had a fantastic break – I’ve enjoyed hearing what the children have been up to over the holidays this week!

Year 6 are continuing to work incredibly hard in preparation for SATs, which is in a couple of weeks’ time. As well as this, we have been busy in other curriculum areas too!

In PE, we have started our rounder unit of work. The children worked hard on their throwing and catching skills before we put that work into practice in a game setting.

We have also started a new science topic: electricity. We will be exploring electrical components and investigating what happens if we change components in a circuit.

In English, we are continuing to develop our writing skills and this week have begun looking at persuasive writing. We have feature spotted the common features found in this genre of writing.  

I hope you all have a lovely, long weekend and I look forward to seeing the children on Tuesday.

Mrs Bertenshaw

Thursday 31st March

Spring 2, Week 5

 

Year 6 have worked incredibly hard this week (as always!) as we have begun our revision sessions in preparation for SATs.

In maths, we have looked at different ways to answer the same problem and have used concrete resources to support our understanding. It has been so interesting to see the different strategies and approaches the children use.

In English, we have been using Microsoft Publisher to write our newspaper reports. These are coming along brilliantly and I can’t wait to see the finished product!

In PE, we have been practising different types of rolls in preparation for our final lessons of the unit next week where we will put together everything we have learnt into a sequence.

Keep up the brilliant work, Year 6.

Mrs Bertenshaw

Thursday 24 March

Spring 2, Week 4

 

We have been very busy in Year 6 this week…

In English, we have continued our unit of writing on journalistic writing. We have used drama to familiarise ourselves with the story of the Lighthouse before creating our own quotes using the rules of speech. We are working hard to make sure our writing is formal but is more informal when using dialogue.

 

On Wednesday we celebrated World Maths Day. We had a great time completing maths problems around the book Penguins 365!

 

In DT we explored the different electrical components and investigated how to make bulbs brighter and buzzers louder.

 

We are continuing our work on Living Things and their Habitats in Science. We have been busy classifying different plants based on their features.

Thursday 17th March

Spring 2, Week 3

 

We’ve had another great week in Year 6!

In English, we have started our new unit of writing: journalistic writing. We have looked at the features that make a fantastic newspaper report. Why don’t you ask us which features should be included?

 

In maths, we started our measurement unit. We have converted different units of measure, including miles and kilometres.  

 

In our Hazardous World topic in Geography, we have been looking at earthquakes. We know what earthquakes are and why they happen. We also plotted some of the largest earthquakes over recent years on a world map.

Thursday 10th March

Spring 2, Week 2

 

We’ve had another great week in Year 6!

In English, we have continued our horror unit and have started writing our own horror narrative based on Alma. We have worked really hard at using accurate punctuation for speech and will use speech to help us move our story on.

 

In maths, we have started looking at pie charts. We have solved problems involving pie charts and fractions and percentages and have used protractors to construct our own.

 

In PE, we have started our gymnastics unit. We have practised the following shapes: pike, straddle, dish, front and back support. We have also practised a variety of balances using different body parts.

 

In computing, we have revised how to use Microsoft PowerPoint. We can add images and transition between slides.

Thursday 3rd March

Spring 2, Week 1

 

 

Welcome back, Year 6! It has been lovely to see everyone after the half term break and we have started the half term really positively.

 

In English this week we have started our new genre of writing: horror. We watched the short film Alma and wrote a setting description that conveyed tension and atmosphere.

 

In maths we have been concentrating on statistics. We have interpreted line graphs and constructed our own.

 

On Wednesday we attended Ash Wednesday mass. It was lovely to be able to celebrate this together again and with so many in the congregation.

 

Today, we have celebrated World Book Day! We have explored Shaun Tan’s novel, The Arrival. As it is a picture book, we explored several images and discussed how they impacted the reader and moved the story forward.

 

Well done for all of your hard work this week. Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Bertenshaw

Thursday 17th February

Spring 1, Week 7

By Daniel, Sebastian and Christa

 

Monday

English

In English, we learnt and re-capped the subject, object and verb. When it is in the order of SVO it is in the active voice.

As an example, the ostrich kicked the ball; Ostrich is the subject , kicked is the verb and ball is the object.

 

Maths

In maths we learnt about ratio and we used numbers for it. The ratio of girls to boys in our class is 13:17

R.E

In RE, we started a new topic called unity. Today we made some spectacular spiritual art.

Tuesday

English

In English today, we looked at re- arranging sentences from the active to the passive voice. Here is an example: The ostrich kicked the ball (active) would change to the ball was kicked by the ostrich.

 Maths

Today in maths we looked at the scale factors and tried extremely challenging problem solving questions.

History

In history today we learnt and researched all the roles of women in WWII. We found out that single women between the age of 20-30 were expected to work from 1941.

Wednesday

In science today we dissected a sheep heart! It was cool but it did get rather sticky! We looked at arteries and valves.

 

Thursday

Today we finished off our history topic of WWII. We have really enjoyed this topic and have found out so much about the war.

 

It’s been a busy half term and we are looking forward to a week off next week so we can recharge our batteries ready for Spring 2!

Friday 11th February

Spring 1, Week 6

 

What a brilliant, busy week we have had in Year 6 this week!

 

English

In English, we have been writing balance arguments on the subject of xenotransplantation.

 

Stop, Drop and Read

This week we completed our Stop, Drop and Read quiz! We have spent the last two weeks reading extracts of various tasks and completed a Kahoot quiz on them. The boys came out victorious!

 

Children’s Mental Health Week

We have celebrated Children’s mental health week in school this week by coming into school in clothes that ‘express’ us. We also completed lots of fun activities, including creating movies based on our current learning!

Spring 1 Week 2 13.1.22
by Lizzie, Maddie and Oscar
 
We completed the Smart Walker session to learn how to safely cross the road.
We have started a new topic in PE working with a coach doing dodgeball and balancing.  
In maths we have been working really hard to understand fractions of amounts and in English we have been writing non-chronological reports about Greek Gods and Goddesses. We put in some interesting facts about our chosen God/Goddess and have been thinking of fun ways to present them!
 
Thursday 18 November
Written by Harry, Polly and Sophie
 
We had a very special visitor this week in our RE lesson - we interviewed Fr Jonathon about his experience in being ordained a priest.
 
This week in English we have been looking at biographies - Christopher Columbus. After researching and planning, we wrote our biographies. Did you know he brought our beloved chocolate?
 
We have been learning about co-ordinates in maths and we have learnt about translating, reflecting and plotting co-ordinates in all four quadrants.
 
In D&T we have been learning how to sew. We have also been planning and designing our very own Christmas stockings.
 
In PE we have been playing badminton and we have been practising our dance for Children in Need Day.
 
We have been looking at ecosystems and biomes, including tundra, aquatic and rainforest. We have even used some of our STEAM week art for display. 
 
As it is Anti-bullying Week, we have been looking at bullying and abuse and how to prevent it and learning what to do if it happens. We have also been making resources to celebrate World Youth Day by looking at what our mission is in life, given to us by God. 
 
We are really looking forward to wearing our PJs tomorrow for Children in Need!
 

Thursday 4 November

Week 1

 

Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely, relaxing half term break.

On Monday, we were very lucky to take part in a virtual meet the author session with Gill Arbuthnott. We found out about her new novel, ‘The Secret Diary of The First World War’. It was such an interesting session and I know lots of children are eager to read Gill’s books.

 

On Thursday, we attended mass at church. Some Year 6 children led the mass and did so brilliantly. It was lovely to be joined by some of our parish community.

 

Have a great weekend everyone and do be safe if you are out and about enjoying the fireworks.  

Mrs Bertenshaw

Thursday 21 October

Week 7

 

This week we have celebrated MADD days. Our topic was nature and we have explored the artist Henri Rousseau.

To begin with we created a double page spread all about the artist before looking at one of his paintings in detail. We then explored tones of colours using acrylic paint. After this we created a mood board in preparation for our final piece of art which was a nature scene.

 

We hope you enjoy all of the artwork. Well done to all of the children – we are so proud of all your hard work and effort.

I hope you all have a fantastic half term break and I look forward to seeing back in school on 1 November.

Mrs Bertenshaw

 

Thursday 14 October

Week 6

 

On Monday we completed our Commando Joe adventure morning and what great fun we had! The children demonstrated great problem-solving skills and worked well together in teams, showing super perseverance and resilience – well done, everyone!

 

This week, we have also been busy doing:

 

Science: In science, we have planned an experiment relating to our Evolution and Inheritance topic. We are looking forward to completing this next week!  

Art: We have been looking at the artist Geoff Nutkins and have evaluated his sketches of World War II planes. We were very impressed with his techniques!

History: This week we have concluded our Ancient Greece topic – why don’t you ask us about the things we have learnt this half term? I am sure we will impress you!  

 

It’s been a brilliant week – well done, Year 6!  I hope you all have a relaxing weekend.

Mrs Bertenshaw

Thursday 7 October

Week 5

 

 

This week, we have been busy doing:

 

English: In English, we have written formal persuasive letters in favour of evacuation. The quality of work has been fantastic and I am impressed with the finished products.  

Maths: We have been consolidating our multiplication skills this week – we are multiple experts! We’re now very confident multiplying a multi-digit number by a 2-digit number.

History: We have learnt about the battle of Marathon this week. Why don’t you ask your child to tell you all about it?

 

It’s been a super week – well done, Year 6!  

Mrs Bertenshaw

 

Thursday 30th September

Week 4

 

We had a very exciting start to our week by finding out our house captains! Well done to all of the children who put themselves forward for this role. I know our elected captains and vice captains will do a superb job!

 

This week, we have also been busy doing:

 

English: In English, we have been exploring persuasive writing and have written our own arguments. We have also completed drama activities where we had to argue for and against evacuation.  

 

Art: We have been working on our sketching skills in art this week. We were introduced to a super video which taught us different sketching techniques. If you want to have a go yourself then the link is below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iijhNQyF-gg

 

RE: We have concluded our first RE unit for the year and have celebrated with a class collective worship.

 

It’s been a super week – well done, Year 6!  

Mrs Bertenshaw

Thursday 23rd September

Week 3

 

What an amazing week it has been in Year 6 this week! Here’s what we’ve been doing:

 

Maths: This week we have recapped the rules of rounding and have rounded numbers to any degree of accuracy. We have also explored negative numbers within the context of real life. Well done for all of your hard work in maths this week, Year 6.

 

English: In English, we have started writing our flashback based on ‘The Piano’. The description and language used by the children has blown me away! I can’t wait to read the finished pieces and I hope the children share their ideas with you at home too.

 

PE: We are completing our Outdoor Adventurous Activity unit in PE this half term and this week saw us working on our problem-solving skills with positivity and perseverance! I was so impressed with the fantastic team work as well as the resilience demonstrated by children.  

 

Well done for all your hard work, Year 6.

 

Mrs Bertenshaw

Thursday 16th September

Week 2

 

Year 6 have had another busy yet fantastic week. Here’s what we’ve been doing:

 

Maths: In Maths this week, we have been continuing our place value topic. We have been ordering and comparing numbers up to ten million as well as working hard on our arithmetic skills.

 

English: In English, we have started our exciting new genre of writing: flashbacks. We have watched a short film entitled ‘The Piano’ and have explored the different techniques used in order to convey a particular emotion and atmosphere. We are very much looking forward to writing our own flashback pieces inspired by this stimulus.

 

History: This week we have continued our topic learning about Ancient Greece and have plotted key events on a timeline. Our knowledge of this topic is super – ask us something about it!

 

We have also celebrated our new year mass with KS2 this week. It was lovely to be all together and to be joined by Father Jonathon.

 

Well done for all your hard work, Year 6.

 

Mrs Bertenshaw

Thursday 9th September

Week 1

Welcome to Year 6!

It has been lovely to get to know all of the children and welcome them back to school. We have had a great first week and the children have impressed me with their efforts and enthusiasm towards their learning.

We have started our ‘Loving’ topic in R.E and the children have enjoyed creating spiritual art. Year 6 have been busy learning about the Ancient Greeks and are excited to discover more about this fascinating period of history. In English, the children have been preparing to write their own poems.