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Thursday 1st December
 
Week 5: Beginning of Advent

Welcome to Week 5’s blog. Here’s what we’ve been doing this week:

 

RE: Year 6 led a reflective liturgical prayer on Monday to mark the beginning of Advent. The theme for the first week of advent is hope. The children reflected on what hope means to them. They read Matthew’s Gospel about the coming of the Messiah and led the school in prayer.

 

English: In English this week, we have started our new fictional topic based on the video clip, ‘Francis’. The children have explored the storyline, characters and settings. The children are looking forward to write their spooky stories!

 

Geography: The children have developed their understanding of the human uses of rainforests in Geography this week. We then discussed the impact this could have in the future and explored ways in which we can protect rainforests and other global biomes.

 

Well done for your hard work this week Year 6! 

 

Miss Thomas

Thursday 24 November
 
Week 4 - Lindisfarne Gospels

Welcome to week 4’s blog. Here’s what we’ve been doing this week:

 

English: In English this week we have been recapping on our understanding of different verb tenses. The children have been learning about simple, prefect and progressive tenses and will continue to learn about this next week.

 

Maths: We have been continuing to learn about fractions in maths this week. We have been focusing on converting fractions between improper fractions and mixed numbers. We have also been learning how to add and subtract mixed numbers.

 

Lindisfarne Gospels: Yesterday we visited Newcastle City Centre. We visited Newcastle Cathedral, Newcastle Library and the Laing Art Gallery. We had a fantastic time completing a range of activities and even had a chance to explore the Lindisfarne Gospels.

 

Well done Year 6. Have a lovely weekend!

 

Miss Thomas

Thursday 17 November
 
Week 3 - Children in Need Day

Welcome to Week 3’s blog. Here’s what we’ve done this week:

 

English: We have started a new topic this week learning about nonsense poetry. The children explored a range of poetic conventions, figurative language and discovered the meaning behind nonsense vocabulary. The children then wrote their own nonsense poetry using figurative language to describe tropical rainforests which we have been learning about in our Geography topic.

 

Maths: This week we have continued our learning with fractions. So far we have been comparing and ordering fractions; adding and subtracting fractions and applying our knowledge when solving reasoning and problem-solving questions.

 

Geography: The children have enjoyed our new topic learning about Ecosystems. So far the children have discovered the difference between ecosystems and biomes and have started to identify the components on food chains and food webs.

 

Well done for another great week of work Y6 – have a lovely weekend!

 

Miss Thomas

Thursday 10 November
 
Week 2 - Year 6 Remembrance Liturgy

Welcome to Week 2’s blog. Here’s what we’ve been doing this week:

 

Maths: In maths this week, we have started our fractions unit. So far we have been learning how to simplify fractions, find equivalent fractions and learnt how to plot equivalent fractions on number lines. Next week we will be learning how to add and subtract fractions with different denominatiors whilst applying our fluency understanding to problem-solving and reasoning questions throughout.

 

English: We have come to the end of our Biographies unit this week. Over the past few weeks the children have been exploring the features of a biography, researched key facts about the theorist Charles Darwin and planned their own biography. Tomorrow the children will be writing their own biography based on Charles Darwin.

 

RE: The children are currently learning about callings, vocation and the sacrament of the Holy Orders. Yesterday Father Michael answered the children’s questions about the topic. We learnt lots about Father Michael’s role within the community and what his calling was like.

 

Tomorrow the children will be holding a Remembrance Liturgy at 9.10am. Looking forward to seeing you there.

 

Well done Year 6,

 

Miss Thomas

Thursday 3 November
 
Autumn 2
 
Week 1: Y6 Faith in Action Breakfast

Welcome to Autumn 2! Here’s what we’ve been doing this week:

 

Maths: We have come to the end of our topic learning about the four operations. This week we have been learning about the order of operations, mental calculations, estimation and known facts.

 

English: In English this week, the children have started a new topic, ‘biographies’. The children have explored the features of biographies and then researched the theorist, Charles Darwin to inform their own biography that they will be writing next week.

 

Science: The children have started a new topic this week learning about ‘Electricity’. We have been recapping symbols in a circuit and then the children constructed their own electrical circuits.

 

Faith in Action:Well done to Year 6 for organising a lovely welcome breakfast for all the families yesterday. Thank you so much to all of the parents for your generous donations, we raised £154!

 

Well done Year 6! 

 

See you Monday,

Miss Thomas

Thursday 20 October
 
Week 7 - Black History Month & Celebration Assembly

Welcome to Week 7’s blog. Here’s what we’ve been up to this week:

 

Maths: In maths this week the children have been learning how to solve long division questions with and without remainders. They have worked really hard with this new learning and have then applied this knowledge when solving multi-step word problems involving multiplication and division.

 

English: In English this week, we have come to the end of our topic based on the text, Skellig by David Almond. The children have written diary entries from the perspective of one of the characters, Michael and used emotive and figurative language throughout their texts.

 

RE: We have started our new topic learning about Vocation and Commitment. We discussed the meaning of vocations and callings and the children gave examples of their own commitments. They produced some fantastic Spiritual Art which demonstrates what it means to be called.

 

October is Black History Month and tomorrow, the children will be learning about the significant individual, Nelson Mandela. We have also explored a number of books including Hidden Figures and Henry’s Freedom Box.

 

Well done for working so hard this half-term Year 6. Have a lovely week off and I'll see you on 31 October!

 

Miss Thomas 

Thursday 13 October
 
Week 6 - Take One Picture!

Welcome to Week 6’s blog. Here’s what we’ve been up to this week:

 

Maths: In maths this week we have been learning rules of divisibility; learning how to divide using factors and learning the process of long division with no remainders. For this week’s homework, I have attached an example of how the children should be calculating their division questions. Next week we will be moving on to using long division with remainders.

 

English: In English this week we are beginning a new fictional genre based on writing diary entries. So far in this topic, we have explored a number of features of diary entries and have also explored our new text that we will be basing our diary entries on, ‘Skellig’. The children have been exploring the characters’ thoughts and feelings as well as using emotive and figurative language to describe the setting.

 

History: The children have loved our topic learning about changes to crime and punishment across periods of time. This week, we explored the gruesome Tudor punishments and compared these punishments to those used in the Roman and Anglo-Saxon period.

 

For the next few days, the children will be taking part in, ‘Take One Picture’. These will be art themed days based on the artist, ‘Claude-Joseph Vernet’. We can’t wait to share our sculptures with you!

 

Great work this week Year 6 – well done!

 

Miss Thomas

Thursday 6 October
 
Week 5 - World Space Week

Welcome to this week’s blog. Here’s what we’ve been doing this week:

 

Maths: In maths this week the children have been multiplying 4 digits and 2 digit numbers. We have then applied their fluency understanding when solving multi-step word problems linked to multiplication.

 

English: In English this week, the children have come to the end of our topic learning about persuasion. The children have written persuasive letters using a range of persuasive features including fronted adverbials, hyperboles, conditionals and rhetorical questions.

 

Science: In Science this week, we have been learning about the theory of Evolution. The children have learnt about the theorist, Charles Darwin, and explored the theory of natural selection through adaptations to species from their environment. The children explored case studies to support this theory including the evolution of giraffes; species of finches from the Galapagos Islands and the white-peppered moth.

 

Tomorrow the children will be enjoying a day of Science activities linked to World Space Week. Year 5 & 6 will be focusing on the first man and woman in Space!

 

Have a lovely weekend everyone,

 

Miss Thomas

Thursday 29 September
 
Week 4

Welcome to week 4’s blog. Here’s what we’ve been doing this week:

 

English: We have come to the end of our ‘flashback’ unit and we are now focusing on persuasive texts. We have explored the features of persuasive writing and taken part in balanced arguments as a class – they were very persuasive!

 

Maths: In maths this week, we have explored factors, multiples, prime, square and cube numbers. Using this knowledge, the children explored patterns with numbers and applied their growing knowledge when answering problem-solving and reasoning questions.

 

RE: In RE this week we have come to the end of our unit learning about unconditional unit. Throughout this unit we have explored the lives of many martyrs and saints who demonstrated love and care for others including Oscar Romero and Mother Teresa.

 

Thank you for joining us for the curriculum evening earlier this week. The slides from the evening can be found below:

 

Miss Thomas

Thursday 22 September
 
Week 3 - House Captains

Welcome to Week 3’s blog. Here’s what we’ve been doing this week:

 

English: In English this week the children have been exploring the features of a flashback. We have focused on the Literacy Shed flashback, ‘The Piano’ and the children have been writing a narrative to add to the video. They have included different tenses, setting descriptions and figurative language.

 

 

Maths: In maths this week we have consolidated their understanding when using number lines and negative numbers and have come to the end of our ‘Place Value’ topic. Over the next few weeks we will be reconsolidating and building upon our knowledge of ‘Addition and Subtraction’ and applying this knowledge when answering problem-solving and reasoning problems.

 

 

RE: We have continued our unit learning about Unconditional Love in RE this week and the children have been forming links between parables and scripture that demonstrate unconditional love. The children were able to form links between the prodigal son, Zacchaeus the tax collector and Oscar Romero.

 

 

Earlier this week, the school voted for their House Captains and the votes were announced this week. Well done to all of the Year 6’s who took part, you were all brilliant!

 

 

Have a lovely weekend, 

 

Miss Thomas

We join with Bishop Robert and the whole of BBCET, to mourn the loss of our beloved Queen. We pray for the repose of her soul and for her family. We are very grateful for her years of service. We give thanks to God for everything she has done. May she rest in peace.

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Thursday 8 September
 
Week 1 - Welcome back!
 

Welcome back Everyone!

 

It is so lovely to have all the children back in school. We have really missed them! The Year 6's have done some fantastic work this week. Here’s what we’ve been doing:  

 

RE: We have started our new topic in RE this week based on unconditional love. We discussed what unconditional love is and shared examples of when we may experience unconditional love. We then created beautiful Spiritual Art that reflected the scripture that we read together.

 

Maths: We have begun our Place Value topic in Maths this week. We have been reading, writing and partitioning numbers up to and including millions and applied this knowledge when solving reasoning and problem solving questions. 

 

English: In English this week, we have explored the features of poetry including types of figurative language. The children have used examples of personification, metaphors and similes within their autumnal poems.

 

Well done Y6, have a lovely weekend!

Miss Thomas