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Term 1

In Maths, we've been working on equivalent fractions. To help us understand, we've been using our fraction walls.

Today was our final session with our Chance to Shine cricket coach, Jamie. To enable us to practise all of the skills he'd taught us through the term, we played a game of cricket: we all had a chance to bat and to field, to show off everything we have learnt.

This week, in Art, we completed our final pieces, inspired by the work of Robert Duncanson. We painted out own version of a landscape, focussing on mood and colour.

Today was St. Edward's Feast Day so we decided to research him and create posters to inform others about him. We found out he was called Edward the Confessor because he was always confessing his sins to God.

We have had a really exciting opportunity this term: training for leading games at lunchtime! Firstly, we went into the hall to learn the theory of how to include everyone and what good play looks like; then, we got to play the games and get a feel for how we wanted the games to look. Lastly, we worked with year 1 to showcase our understanding of how Play Leaders should act and lead by example.

We've continued our Cricket workshop this week with Jamie, this time honing our fielding skills. We looked at being spread out (spacial awareness), being able to throw accurately and with strength to stump people out and our reaction times.

In Art, we've been looking at the work of Robert Duncanson. This week, we studied his landscapes to decide what we would like to magpie when planning our own piece in the style of Duncanson.

We took part in the whole school Harvest celebration this week. Follow the link to watch our section or visit the School Videos page to watch the whole celebration.

In Geography this week, we started looking at the four parts of the Earth; we then used water to represent the mantle and a plate, broken into pieces, to represent the crust. This showed us that the crust is always moving, explaining why the tectonic plates are moving. We then put together a jigsaw of all the tectonic plates to help us locate and size them.

To help us learn about longitude and latitude in Geography, we combined with music to learn a song explaining exactly what these important, invisible lines are. Follow the link to hear us perform our song.

In Science, we learnt about the nutrients in our food and how our body uses them; we then presented our findings to the class.

Year 6 took a trip to our church, St Henry and St Elizabeth, today. We celebrated Mass with Father Frank, Deacon Paul and some members of our parish community.

This week, we have been learning about the artist Robert Duncanson, copying one of his paintings, exploring different paint types and showing our mood through paint.

This week in PE, we played batting games to help us learn that the key aim when batting is to hit the ball then run. We played "Caterpillar Teams" so when the batter ran, everyone on the team had to run too! The aim was to get everyone back to the base before the bowler had the ball again.

This week, in Maths, we've begun exploring decimal numbers. To help us understand what they are, we took 1 whole pot of Playdoh and split it into tenths and hundredths, to show that they are 10 and 100 times smaller. We then looked at how to write these decimal values before moving on to sequencing them (adding in thousandths too!).

Year 6 have been learning how to read maps to find places using longitude and latitude. This week, we took this a step further and used the meridians - time zones. We had to find countries, work out which meridians it lay between and then work out what time it would be, given a certain time in London. We found this tricky but worked hard to understand.

In Science today, we were learning about blood. We learnt about the components of blood by using food ingredients to represent them: raspberries for red blood cells; marshmallows for white blood cells; pineapple juice for plasma; and sprinkles for platelets. We then combined the ingredients to show how you can't see the individual parts in blood.

In RE this week, we looked at a picture of Jesus where he was knocking on a door while holding a lantern. We discussed the symbolism and realised that Jesus was knocking because there was no door handle - He can't let Himself in, we have to let Him in to our lives to help us grow the Kingdom of God.

This week, in our cricket coaching session, we learnt how to bowl! We had to remember to keep our arm straight when bowling, release the ball when our arm reached 11 o'clock and make sure we aimed in the correct direction!

Last week in Computing, we learnt how to change a background, add objects and make them move on command. This week, we remembered those skills and created our own mini-story with objects that moved on their own, objects that only moved when clicked and objects that stopped when a key was pressed on the key board. We had to employ all of our problem-solving skills to do this - as we had to keep de-bugging our programs!

We have been really lucky this week: we've had the opportunity to take part in a Midsummer Night's Dream workshop! We acted out parts of the play in small groups, freeze-framing and thinking about the characters. We then acted the play as a class, with each group speaking and acting out their parts as Jane read the play aloud. We had really good fun with it - and it will help us in English when we are writing about the play all term!

In Science this week we have focused on one part of the circulatory system: the heart. We started by piecing together a jigsaw of the heart before learning the parts of the heart and how it pumps the blood.

In RE, we reminded ourselves of the stories from Luke of The Lost Sheep, The Lost Coin and The Prodigal Son, before presenting our ideas of the deeper meaning, understanding who we are in the story, who God is in the story and who sinners are in the story.

This week, in our cricket workshop, we looked at batting skills; it was really good fun!

In Geography, we are looking at mapping skills this term. We started by remembering the eight-point compass, before learning about the invisible lines around the world called longitude and latitude.

In Science, we are learning about the circulatory system in the human body. This week, we are learnt the main parts, their jobs and where they are located in the body.

In RHE, we started by looking at ourselves, examining our own gifts and talents. To help us understand, we performed a play to the class to discuss it.

This term we have an exciting opportunity to learn to how to play cricket. To start, this week, we learnt how to throw and catch a ball accurately.

In Computing this week we started learning about coding. To help us understand this, we guided each other across the playground, learning that they are precise instructions that only work if you are exact.

In Maths, we have been learning about place value, using counters and charts to help us understand the value of each digit in a number.

To welcome us to our new classes, we had a Welcome Mass, where Father Frank and Deacon Paul came to school. Writing our prayer to help us over the next school year was fun; we really enjoyed having our church family in school again.

What an exciting return to school we've had! Year 6 began by looking at the harvest, creating paintings using view-finders.

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