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Welcome to Year 6 St Paul

Our Class Saint

St Paul converted to Christianity on the road to Damascus after experiencing a powerful vision. Paul wrote many letters throughout his life to tell people about the works of Christ. His feast day is the 29th June and he is the patron saint of Missions, Theologians and Gentile Christians.

"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." - St Paul in his letter to the Corinthians

Our Class Value

Year 6's class value is 'Persevrance'.  This value is celebrated in April.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

Our Teachers

Class Teacher: Miss Anastasiou

Year 6 Learning

Learning Challenge:

Who were the people of Benin?:
Year 6 have been looking at the country of Benin in depth and been exploring the culture, history and geography of the area. They have used their learning to create fact files which focus on different elements of the country's features such as their religious practices, rulers and art work and presented it in different formats including quizzes, posters and diagrams.  Year 6 also visited The British Museum and the Benin gallieries.

Maths

Solving problems with decimal measures:
In our maths learning we have started to extend our learning on 3D shapes and their properties. This includes exploring and building nets of simple 3D shapes in our booster session! We have also begun learning more about missing angles. We recapped on our previous learning:

A right angle = 90 degrees

Angles on a straight line =180 degrees

Angles in a full turn = 360 degrees

We then challenged ourselves to find missing angles within shapes! We have also gone back to reviewing our learning of rounding and have extended ourselves to round not just whole numbers but also decimal numbers from here we then challenged ourselves by applying this knowledge to converting fractions into decimals (rounding to 3 decimal places was sometimes necessary) this week we have had the challenge of starting our algebra unit where we have been identifying patterns and relationships within linear equations.

RE

As budding filmmakers, we were proud to showcase our first ‘short movie’ of the year called: “Bring back love this Christmas!” This clip was developed during our R.E lessons to highlight our perception of the true meaning of Christmas to Christians. However, instead of keeping the RE learning to ourselves, we shared the clip with the whole school during our superstar assembly because there are many of our own school values reflected within it. The school were very impressed with the level of detail and the clear message that we wanted to portray. Please take a look out our video below and see for yourselves how amazing  it is!

Alongside this success, this term we have started our new unit of learning – Hinduism! We were excited to start answering our big question: “What does it mean to be a Hindu?” During our first lesson, we began learning about the importance of family in Hinduism. We then began to link this learning to our own personal experiences – expressing how ‘family is important to me and to others.’

We have also been blessed to have been allowed the experience to visit our local Dharma Mandir (Hindu temple) where we enriched our knowledge of the Hindu faith by learning more about core Hindu values.  In addition, we learnt in greater detail the story of Rama and Sita and reflected on what this story means to the people of the Hindu faith.

 

Science

We have started our new unit of learning: Body Health. We began our learning by exploring what does being healthy mean? We are confident that a healthy diet is one that helps maintain or improve general health. A healthy diet combined with exercise is thought to reduce the risks of health problems. A healthy diet can be met through a balance of plant-based and animal based foods. We have also been busy looking at the various food groups and how the different parts help us to maintain a balanced diet.  Furthermore, we have been learning to analyse the nutritional value of a variety of food packaging to help us to judge whether a snack is healthy or not. 

Writing

Before half term we were exploring poetry and how to create imagery (similes, metaphors and personification) and we were proud to celebrate our success in creating our own free verse poem based on Pie Corbett’s poem: If I had wings.  See below our version called If I had gills.  We were proud to be in the newsletter and to be able to perform the poem to the whole school.

After Christmas, we began our non-fiction writing unit: Balanced discussions! To launch the week, we were given the question: “Should school uniforms be banned?” From there we started to identify the key features needed to correctly write a balanced argument. Here are some of the features we have discovered thus far!

Once we learnt the features of this text type, we completed a shared writing activity – as a class - to help us practise writing a balanced discussion before we do our own independent writing (towards the end of the unit).

We have also built up to our own balance writing opportunity where we planned, edited and presented an argument on whether video games should be banned for young people under the age of 18.

Bring love this christmas.mp4
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