Year 6 Class - 6P - Autumn - 2018 - 2019

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Welcome to Class 6P!
Our class teacher is Miss Parry and our classroom assistant is Mrs Coleman.
Some important things to remember in year 6:
Our P.E day is Friday.
-Our Dance day is Wednesday. 
Children will need their P.E kits on these days but P.E kits should remain in school all week.  
Homework will be given out on a Monday night and should be returned to school Friday morning.
Children should read at home every night as part of their homework and ensure that their reading record is signed by an adult. 
Please feel free to explore our webpage and have a look at some of the exciting things we are up to this term! 
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” For I Know The Plans I Have For You, Declares The Lord ” Plans To Prosper You And Not To Harm You, Plans To Give You Hope And A Future ” ~ Bible QuotesImage result for inspirational christian quotes
If you fancy some extra spelling homework, then see if you can spell all of the Year 5 and 6 Statutory Spellings! 
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It's DT week and Year 6 are making Christmas Stockings! We are using our stitching and sewing skills to create mini masterpieces! 
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Year 6 had a brilliant trip today at the World Museum and Walker Art Gallery.
We visited the brand new Egyptian floor as part of our History topic and saw some real Mummies and Canopic jars.
We also had time to visit all of the other floors too!
In the afternoon, we popped over to the Walker Art Gallery and spent some time looking at all of the wonderful paintings. A huge thank you to the parents who helped out and Father Conor for taking the time to come with us as an 'Egypt expert.' 
Have a look at the pictures below! 
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This week it is Art Week! Our new topic is 'Egyptian Masks.'
We have started our topic by studying our own faces and drawing self portraits. We have been using different types of materials, including: HB Pencils, 4B Medium Wash Pencils, Graphite and Pen.
We have also made our own Egyptian Death Masks out of clay! Have a look at the pictures below! 
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Class 6P had a fantastic Christmas Fun Day! We had a visit from Mr Elf, a disco, a visit from Santa and we enjoyed watching a Christmas film and eating popcorn! We also had our pictures taken in the photo booth. Have a look at the pictures below!
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We have been completing 'What if?' experiments today in class as part of our Science 'Electricity' topic. 
What happens to a buzzer/bulb/motor if you increase the length of wires used in a circuit? 
What happens to the brightness of a bulb if you increase the amount of cells? 
What happens to the circuit if you increase the voltage? 
We looked for patterns in our investigation and revisited our knowledge of building circuits safely. 
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Well done to Callum, Kevin and Olivia who attended a 'greater depth' writing workshop in Rice Lane Primary School. Your writing was truly phenomenal!
Three girls from Year 6 visited St John Bosco this week to face some super tough Maths challenges. 
Chidu, Olivia and Isabella had to first solve puzzles made out of wooden blocks.
They had to solve logic puzzles against other schools and St Matthew's won! 
They also made an advent calendar with maths challenges hidden under each day. 
Chidu-'It was really interesting to see how everyone solved the problems. Everybody had different methods.' 
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In our RE lessons we have been preparing for the Christmas season. We thought carefully about what advent is and what it means to us. Each child wrote an advent message and we made a wreath out of them. (See picture below.) 
Ruby-'Advent is a time to think about Jesus and be thankful for everything he did for us.' 
Jack-'During Advent, always look out for people who won't be celebrating Christmas with their family. Be grateful for what you have.' 
Chidu-'Love conquers all, remember to show love this Christmas in everything you do.'
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Class 6P have been learning how to sing 'Twinkle, twinkle little star' in Mandarin! Have a look at the video below! 
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Year 6 will be working with Eddie our school counsellor every Monday for the next six weeks. We had our first session this Monday and Eddie taught us all about using and training our Frontal Cortex in our brain. We thought about where our mind is and how to control it.
The answer is, our mind is anywhere we want it to be!
Eddie also taught us some breathing strategies to calm us down and help refocus our mind to where it needs to be.
We are looking forward to more mindfulness lessons with Eddie. 
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Year 6 have been using Adobe Spark player to create their very own websites all about Howard Carter. This has been part of their English and History topic.
Use the links below to have a look at their websites! 
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Year 6 tasting apple and honey as part of Judaism week.
Have a look at the pictures below! The honey symbolises the excitement for a sweet New Year ahead. It's believed that centuries ago, the apple was chosen as the fruit that was to be dipped into the honey on Rosh Hashanah due to the symbolic nature of the fruit.
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Today in class, we have been thinking about Remembrance Day.
We reflected on the question, 'What does remembrance day mean to you?'
Class 6P have written some really thoughtful and philosophical responses to the question. Some examples are below: 
  • Love is stonger than hate.- Jack B 
  • Pray for your loved ones and give thanks for those who died for us, or continue to be injured in wars.-Kaiden W
  • We shall keep all those who sacrificed their lives for us forever in our hearts.-Joel K 
  • It is a time to reflect and show respect. - George D 
  • I will remember the bravery shown by soldiers in the war. -Ruby H
  • Pray for those who have sacrificed themselves for us, without them life would not be the same. -Chidu 
  • We remember those who fought for our freedom as a school and community.-Jack Mc 
  • Despite the war around them, the soldiers showed a truce on Christmas Day in 1914. We should follow their example and always show love and friendship. -Callum M
Image result for egyptologyHistory week has hit St Matthew's and Year 6 are learning all about Ancient Egypt! During English, we have been learning how to write a Biography all about Howard Carter and today, we were treated to a special visit from Father Conor who is an expert on Egyptology! 
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Have a look at Year 6 learning Chinese Calligraphy! 
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A huge well done to Kevin who has earned his first certificate on Times Table Rockstars! Jack is very close too!
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It's Other Faiths week at St Matthew's, and we have been learning all about Judaism!
Year 6 were treated to a visit from Jeremy who taught us all about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur! 
Callum- 'I learnt that if you are Jewish, you wear a Kippah, but you don't have to wear it all day.'
Eva-'Jewish people read their Torah from right to left.' 
George- When they read the Torah, they have a special pointer so that it does not get dirty. The Torah can take over a year to make on special paper!'
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Collective Worship - A time to reflect on our RE topic of 'Vocation and Commitment'
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Today, Year 6 visited Weaverham Village to explore and expand their mapping skills. We divided ourselves into groups and children had to follow compass points and ordnance survey map symbols to navigate around the village and find their way back to the coach. The day ended with a visit to Walton Hall Park and Gardens where children continued to explore their surroundings and develop their mapping skills in a new and unfamiliar environment. Have a look at the pictures below!
Jack-"I enjoyed seeing the war memorial in the church."
Ruby-"My favourite part was going inside the church." 
James-"It's easier to read a map if you turn it on its side!" 

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Today, three of St John Bosco's Catholic feeder schools gathered together to celebrate our shared Catholic ethos. 250 Year 6 students and their teachers worked with St John Bosco Arts College staff looking at the theme of ‘Bread’. Children made alter cloths, prayer chains and a salt dough wheatsheaf symbolic of the bread of life. The day ended with a prayerful liturgy which celebrated the altar cloths, made earlier in the day. 

It was a fantastic spiritual day that was enjoyed by students and staff. Have a look at the pictures below! 

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This week Year 6 have been working with James from the 'Gangs' organisation. 

Gangs was set up by James Riley after working within the Criminal Justice system for over 18 years as a Probation Officer,  its mission is simple;

"To educate, inspire and empower young people to take control of their future by rejecting the gang lifestyle"

This is what the children had to say about working with James:
  • Kaiden- I have learnt that I should not be in a gang and if I was I should get out of it. It is not safe or fun. I now know that you can get a criminal record for being in a gang. 
  • Evarose-Even if you want protection don't carry a weapon because it can injure people and you'll go to prison. You won't need protection if you are a good person. 
  • Callum L- James has helped me to understand that I should never enter a gang because it can also put your family in danger. 
  • Sienna- Being in a gang will ruin your life. It is not a happy life.
  • Jack- Joint enterprise is all about how you can go to jail for being associated with the gang or a crime. 
  • Ruby- James has taught me to always be brave and confident! 
  • Caiden- James has taught me to never trust a gang, prison is not a nice place to be.
  • Chidu- Eventhough weapons can hurt you, your brain is the most powerful weapon you can have in the world. 
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In Science our current topic is 'Light'. We have been learning all about how light travels and how we see objects with the human eye. We can explain that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes. We have been taking part in lots of experiments, including investigating how light travels, building periscopes, exploring shadows and looking at a range of phenomena including rainbows, colours on soap bubbles, objects looking bent in water, and coloured filters.  In addition to this, we have of course been revisiting our usual Science skills of predicting, measuring, observing, communicating and inferring. 
  • Finnley - I have learnt that light travels in a straight line and can bounce off an object. 
  • Georgia- I learnt that light waves don't always go straight from the light source into you eye, they can bounce or reflect off another object. 
  • Chidu- Our pupils allows light to travel to the retina and it sends messsages to our brain. 
  • Kevin- The pupils can change size if you are exposed to light to quickly or if it is dark or light. 
  • Joel- The object is hit by travelling photons in the light wave. 
  • Callum M- Light is a type of energy known as electromagnetic radiation.It is made up of photons, little particles of energy.
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We have been using Talk for Write to learn the Beowulf legend orally! Have a look at the videos below! 
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Today, we had a really exciting philosophy lesson in Class 6P. Our stimulus was, 'The Flat Earth Theory' and we began to generate lots of questions about trustworthy sources. Have a look at some of the questions we thought of below: 
  • Does money make a difference? 
  • Does money change minds? 
  • Should we automatically trust rich corporations? 
  • Should we trust ancient historians or future scientists? 
  • Should we trust the internet? 
  • Why should we trust scientists? (NASA) 
  • Does technology influence our beliefs/decisons? 
Does age influence our beliefs and who we trust? 
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We have been using Talk 4 Writing techniques to write like a journalist! Next stop, fictional writing about Myths! 
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In Geography we have been looking at landscapes and settlements.
Soon, we are going to visit Weaverham Village. So today, we plotted a route from school to the village. We used compass points and named roads that we will travel on. We then used Google Earth to look at the village in closer detail. Have a look at the pictures below! 
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Year 6 have been using number cards to learn all about place value with 7 digit numbers! Have a look at the pictures below! 
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Today we had a very special visit from the artist Faith Bebbington. She has made sculptures all around the country out of recycled materials. Some of her sculptures can be seen at the Albert Dock. Today she was working with Year 6 to create a new sculpture of St Matthew for our school. Have a look at the pictures below! 

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