GSO Test

Welcome to Year 6 

 

Class teacher - Mr Thomas

Teaching assistants -  Mrs Isaac and Ms Brook

 

Friday 23rd July

We’ve come to the end of the most exceptional year. I think I said everything last night at the barbecue- what a lovely evening- but once again, it has been real privilege to teach your amazing children this year- thank you so much.

Here are some photographs from this morning’s service, but I’m sure you have many more!

Photos from today's leavers' service

I wish you all the best for the future- you are going to be brilliant.

Have a great summer.

Nick Thomas

Sunday 18th July

We've had an amazing final day of activities, including canoeing, abseiling and trapeze. We've all had a wonderful time and are looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

What we have learned today:

- How to dragon splash each other

- Jam sandwiches are back in fashion

- Year 6 shop ‘til they drop

- How many bouncy balls you can buy for £5

- How to throw teachers overboard

- Year 6 need a referee for a game of chess

- Max and Angelique are chief cheerers

- Emma is the Queen of Trapeze

- Ms Brook is MVP

- Isambard put us all to shame with his canoeing attire

- Seagulls love an early start

- Year 6 can’t stay quiet long enough to hide from each other

- How lucky we are to be able to have had this brilliant weekend away together

Photographs from Sunday part 1

Photographs from Sunday part 2

Saturday 17th July

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KYEIWAH MAY!

After a good night's sleep, we've had another fantastic day here at Barton Hall. We had great fun in the outdoor pool this morning- amazing in this weather- and tested our construction skills on the raft build lake this afternoon. The children are having lots of fun!

What we have learned today:

- Year 6 really go for it when pretending to be chickens hatching eggs (Oscar worthy performances - each and every one)
- It takes 17 pool noodles to hold aloft a child- Captain Ryan in full control!
- Torquay really is the English riviera!
- Jordan is a speed-climbing champion

- Adam H vs Mr T in the pool needed a photo finish!
- When faced with raft-building, Year 6 would rather swim
- Mr Thomas has amazing aim, especially when throwing pool toys at unsuspecting victims
- Henry loves an impromptu singing performance on the giant swing
- Year 6 love to know exactly what time it is, every single second of the day
- T-shirts with the words 'Have you got your water bottle?' emblazoned on them would be a useful PGL accessory
- Saying 'don't look down' has the opposite effect
- The food at PGL earns it a 5 circles on Trip Advisor alone!
- Year 6 achieve amazing things when working as a team 

Photographs from Saturday

Friday 16th July 

We made it! I am currently sitting in the sunshine with a fantastic view of the Barton Hall site and the sea in the distance- it's stunning!

After an incredibly smooth journey, the children have enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of activities- Giant Swing was certainly the highlight! They have had a site tour, settled into their rooms and enjoyed dinner. They are currently singing songs around the campfire before heading to bed and getting a good night's sleep ahead of a very busy day tomorrow.

We start with swimming in the outdoor pool, which will be a real treat in this amazing weather.

Here are some photos from today.

Photographs from Friday

All the best

Mr Thomas, Mrs Zalar and Ms Brook

 

Friday 9th July

It’s been another action packed week in Year 6! Here is a selection of photographs from Sports Day, our fantastic trip to Guildford Spectrum and an amazing day with Outward Bound in Ravenscourt Park. Look out for more photographs next week. The children have been brilliant all week!

Sports Day

Guildford Spectrum

Outward Bound day

Have a lovely weekend.

All the best

Nick Thomas

 

Friday 2nd July

It’s been another very busy week in Year 6 with lots arts related activities, a debate on the environment with other local schools and more Mary Poppins rehearsals!

Arts week

The children enjoyed a number of activities including three dance and drama workshops, an illustrator masterclass and a circus skills session. They also took part in a poetry workshop and had a very informative presentation from a graphic designer.

Here is some street dance in action:

Surprised! by Henri Rousseau was the focus piece for Arts week and as a class we recreated this painting, with fantastic results!

Environment debate

On Thursday, Year 6 took part in a virtual debate with a number of other local schools about how we can help the environment. I was really impressed with the ideas the children came up with and those who spoke in front a large audience, did so very confidently- well done!

Mary Poppins

We continued rehearsing for Mary Poppins this week. The children are improving every rehearsal, but please help your child to practise their lines and songs over the weekend.

Next week

Here are next week's highlights:

Monday: Sports Day

Wednesday: visit to Guildford Spectrum

Friday: Outward Bound in-school adventure

Have a great weekend.

All the best

Nick Thomas

 

Friday 25th June

It’s been a very busy week in Year 6 with lots of health and wellbeing activities and two fantastic trips.

Health and Wellbeing week

The children enjoyed a number of activities and workshops this week, including a street dance session and trip on the virtual Life Bus. I was very impressed with their maturity during our Relationships and Sex Education lessons too.

Here is some street dance in action:

London Zoo

Year 6 and Reception had a wonderful time at London Zoo on Tuesday. I was so proud of the way the Year 6 children looked after their buddies. We had lots of fun and walked for miles!

Giffords Circus

The children thoroughly enjoyed the trip to Giffords Circus on Thursday- it was an evening to remember!

Mary Poppins

We continued rehearsing for Mary Poppins this week. The children are improving every rehearsal, but please help your child to learn their lines over the weekend and practise with them as much as possible. Please also practise the songs!

Arts week

Next week is Arts week and we’ll be doing lots of activities and workshops about the Arts.

Have a great weekend.

All the best

Nick Thomas

 

Friday 18th June

It’s been a bit warm up in Year 6 this week!

DT Day

Wednesday was DT day, and the children had lots of fun designing and then beginning to make their embroidery hoops using a variety of stitching techniques. There will be time over the next week or so to complete these. Here are some photographs of the day. The children did really well!

YEAR 6 DT DAY JUNE 2021 GALLERY

Mary Poppins

We continued rehearsing for Mary Poppins this week. The children are improving with every rehearsal, but please help your child to learn their lines over the weekend and practise with them as much as possible. It’s important that they read the whole script thoroughly to get an overview of the production.

Health and Wellbeing week

Next week is Health and Wellbeing week and it’s going to be a lot of fun! The children will be taking part in a range of physical workshops, including dance, ballet and yoga as well as educational workshops, based on recycling, plastic consumption, our changing body and all things health and wellbeing. Throughout the week, the children will still take part in their usual PE and music lessons but we will predominantly focus on PSHE and outdoor adventurous activities at other times. Look out for photos on the blog next week.

London Zoo

We are all very much looking forward to the trip to London Zoo with our Reception buddies on Tuesday- it should be a lovely day.

Have a lovely weekend.

All the best

Nick Thomas

 

Friday 11th June

Welcome back- it’s been a busy first week!

Young Enterprise

The children did fantastically well on Young Enterprise Day. As a class they raised over £400; we had a great maths lesson on Tuesday counting money and analysing the data.

Here are some lovely photos from Young Enterprise Day

Our learning

This week we have been doing some creative writing based on a short film, called The Lighthouse. The children have produced some wonderful work. They will be putting together a writing portfolio over the next few weeks to celebrate what they have achieved this year.

Mary Poppins

We have now started rehearsing for Mary Poppins, which is very exciting! Please help your child to learn their lines over the weekend and keep practising over the coming weeks.

Dates

I know there are a lot of trips and events for Year 6 between now and the end of term, which we are all very excited about! Please keep an eye on parentmails and let me know if you have any questions.

Have a lovely weekend.

All the best

Nick Thomas

 

Friday 28th May

We have had a brilliant, action packed last week before half term! The children have had a fantastic time, with the highlight for most being Young Enterprise, which was held this morning.

Young Enterprise

I am really proud of Year 6 for their efforts with Young Enterprise. They have worked hard over the last couple of weeks to prepare for today and they came up with some amazing stalls and activities, which were enjoyed by the whole school at various times this morning. It was a real team effort- they have collaborated brilliantly on this project. Well done. There will be more photos and once all the money has been counted, we’ll let you know the final sum raised. Thank you again for all your help and support with this great project.

Environment Day

On Wednesday we learnt about looking after the environment, with a focus on protecting habitats. The children designed a ‘St Peter’s nature reserve’ for the end of the playground and they designed these lovely plant pots with an environmental theme.

Auditions

The children performed superbly at the auditions on Wednesday for our summer production. They were incredibly brave and there were lots of amazing performances. The competition was fierce and congratulations to all- Mary Poppins is going to be awesome!

Hokusai’s wave

The children completed their Hokusai piece on canvas, with spectacular results.

Cricket

On Tuesday Year 6 played cricket against St Stephens. It was a lovely afternoon with each team playing two matches. The children gave it their best and had a great time; I was very proud of the way they represented the school.

I am really looking forward to all the activities we have coming up over the next few weeks- it’s going to be a lot of fun.

Have a fantastic half term break.

All the best

Nick Thomas

 

Friday 21st May

Our learning

The children have enjoyed some investigative activities in maths this week and we have started a creative writing project in English, which will continue next week. We continued our classification of animals in science, this week investigating invertebrates. In computing, we used online mapping software to plan a tourist route around the local area and we discussed marriage in RE.

Hokusai’s wave

This week we started our Hokusai paintings on canvas using acrylics- the children really enjoyed using the easels! I can’t wait to see the finished pieces.

Cricket

Next Tuesday we are looking forward to some competitive cricket- please see the parentmail for all the details.

Young Enterprise

The children have been working hard on their ideas for Young Enterprise, which takes place next Friday, 28th May. Thank you for all your support with this. I have set the children some homework to work on their stalls and come up with an advert to promote their activities.

Have a fantastic weekend.

All the best

Nick Thomas

 

Friday 14th May

A huge WELL DONE to the children for their super efforts with their assessments this week. They have worked extremely hard and should be very proud of themselves. The assessments dominated the week, but the children supported each other really well and it was lovely to see so many faces every day for breakfast.

Hokusai’s wave

These are the beautiful waves the children sketched based on Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa. We will now be moving on to painting the Great Wave on canvas, using acrylics, which the children are very excited about.

 

Rounders!

To celebrate the end of our assessments and to mark Mental Health Awareness Week, we had lots of fun playing rounders at the park today. There was some brilliant batting!

 

Thank you for all your support with the assessments.

Have a lovely weekend.

All the best

Nick Thomas

 

Friday 7th May

The children have worked really hard this week in preparation for next week’s assessments. I have been impressed their attitude and commitment, and I am sure they will do really well. I hope as many of the children as possible can join us for a nutritious breakfast each morning next week. The children have not been set any formal home learning this weekend, but I have encouraged them to keep up with their reading and revise any areas they are unsure about.

Our learning

Alongside our revision, this week we continued our Science unit on classification by learning about different groups of invertebrates. In RE we discussed Confirmation and the children are enjoying their new History topic: Crime and Punishment.

Looking ahead

We are very hopeful that many of the fun activities we have planned later in the term will be able to go ahead. More to follow on this.

Have a fantastic weekend.

All the best

Nick Thomas

 

Friday 30th April

The children have worked hard this week in preparation for their assessments, which will take place during the week beginning 10th May- I have sent out a parentmail today, detailing all the arrangements, including some information about our special SATs breakfast club.

Our learning

Alongside our revision, this week we have been doing some creative writing in English: continuing the dramatic opening of a story, which the children have really enjoyed. In Art the children have been working on sketching Hokusai’s most iconic painting- The Wave of Kanagawa. There are some excellent examples below from Annabel and Jordan.

 

Buddy reading

This morning, the children were very pleased to read to their Reception buddies in the playground, even if it was socially distanced.

The local area

We continued our research of the local area for our Computing unit: Travel Writers. If you are out and about locally over the weekend, please encourage your child to take photographs of any sites that would interest visitors to the area, and upload to Google Classroom.

Have a lovely bank holiday weekend.

All the best

Nick Thomas

 

Friday 23rd April

Welcome back!

It has been a great first week back after the Easter holiday for Year 6’s final term at St Peter’s. We are very hopeful that many of the exciting events and trips we have planned over the next few months will be able to go ahead.

Our learning

This week we have been writing newspaper articles in English and doing some revision on fractions and percentages in Maths. We have started a new Art topic on Hokusai, the Japanese artist, which the children are thoroughly enjoying. We began our new Science topic on classification, starting with classifying plants. Thanks to the W6 Garden Centre for providing us with some plants for the afternoon:

Next week

We’ll be continuing with some revision next week, ahead of our assessment week, beginning 10th May.

The Big Pedal 2021

Please try to make your journeys to school as ‘active’ as possible next week. Aim to walk/cycle/scoot your way into school to help boost our position on the leaderboard!

The local area

I have set some optional home learning to help with our computing unit: Travel Writers. We’ll be researching places of interest in the local area and coming up with a walking route for tourists to follow. It would be great if the children can have a think about this over the weekend and add their findings to the Computing topic on Google Classroom.

Home learning

As with before Easter, home learning will be set on Google Classroom, but we will be continuing with the SATS books for the next few weeks. Spelling, punctuation and grammar will be set on Mondays (due Friday) and maths and reading on Fridays (due Monday). Please ensure your child is reading every evening and completing their reading record. Please sign it when you can.

Have a fantastic weekend.

All the best

Nick Thomas

 

Thursday 1st April

We have made it to the end of a very long and challenging term. I would like to commend the children for their resilience and hard work during lockdown, and for their super efforts back at school over the last four weeks. I hope the children have a good rest over the holiday and come back fully refreshed for their final term at St Peter’s- it’s going to be a lot of fun.

The Tragedy of Troy

The highlight of the term has to be the performance of our play, The Tragedy of Troy, last week. Thank you very much for your support and kind words- I am glad you all enjoyed it. Here are a selection of photographs.

 

 

Egg rolling!

Well done to Wilf and Elena for their excellent egg rolling on Wednesday! This was Wilf’s winning roll. Congratulations also to Elsie and Emma for winning ‘best dressed’ egg.

 

TfL presentation

On Monday Year 6 took part in a Transport for London STARS Safety and Citizenship Virtual workshop. The children learnt about how to plan journeys; keeping safe on public transport; how to buy a Zip Oyster card and why it’s needed; where to get help and the benefits of active travel. Many children will need to use public transport when they start secondary school in September, so it was a really informative presentation. The class participated thoughtfully and asked some excellent questions.

Home learning

I have set the children some home learning for the holiday. The pages they need to complete in their Maths, Reading and SPaG books are on Google classroom.  I have also asked them to do lots of reading and to ensure they fill in their reading records.

Have a lovely Easter.

All the best

Nick Thomas

 

Friday 26th March

This week was completely dominated by the Year 6 production of The Tragedy of Troy. All the children were absolutely amazing and we hope you enjoyed the performance. More photos to follow...

 

 

Have a great weekend.

All the best

Nick Thomas

 

Friday 19th March

It has been a very busy second week back following the return of all pupils after lockdown. Today was Red Nose Day and many children made an effort with their ‘mad hair’! Thank you for all your donations.

Assessments

This week the children have worked hard with their assessments in English and Maths, which is helping me to plan for the coming weeks.

Year 6 presents…..

The children are very excited about performing our play, The Tragedy of Troy, next Thursday, 25th March. Please ensure your child practises their lines again this weekend. One last push!

Buddy reading

It was lovely for the children to team up with their buddies in the playground this morning- the Reception children listened beautifully to the stories, which were brilliantly read.

 

Have a lovely weekend.

All the best

Nick Thomas

 

Friday 12th March

Welcome back! It’s been great to have all the children back this week. They have settled in quickly and  particularly enjoyed seeing each other.

Our learning

As part of our learning about the body and health, this week we investigated the effect of exercise on our pulse rate. Below are a couple of photographs showing both vigorous activity and rest and recovery! The children enjoyed analysing data and constructing pie charts in Maths this week and produced some lovely descriptive writing in English. They also started a group project in art- writing and illustrating their own picture books.

Next week

Next week we’ll be doing some assessments to see how the children are progressing in their learning. The results will help me to plan for the rest of this term and into the summer.

Home learning

Today the children have been issued with new home learning books for Reading, Maths and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar. These books are to help re-cap and consolidate any learning we have done this year and in previous years and allow them to apply their knowledge to example test questions. Each week, specific pages will be set which should be completed and books handed in on the normal hand-in days (Monday and Friday). The questions will be marked in school and any misconceptions run through.

The Tragedy of Troy

Please ensure your child practises their lines this weekend, as it’s not long now until our performance on March 25th. I have sent a suggested costumes list out this afternoon by parentmail.

Have a great weekend.

All the best

Nick Thomas

 

Friday 5th March

I am really looking forward to seeing all the children in real life on Monday! I’d like to say how fantastic they have been throughout this difficult period- hopefully it will be the last time they have to learn from home. There have been many positives, not least the bright and cheery smiles everyday, and a group of children still really determined to learn and do their best. I hope there will be many highlights back at school over the next few months.

World Book Day

This week we have taken part in a number of activities to celebrate World Book Day- most notably wearing pajamas for the day to highlight the joy of bedtime stories! In our English lessons, the children put their own words to HIKE by Pete Oswald, which is a beautiful picture book:

Pilgrimage

On Wednesday, the children enjoyed a story telling session by Brother Ralph, a medieval monk from Westminster Abbey. They learnt about medieval life and the importance of pilgrimage in many different faiths.

The Tragedy of Troy

We had a read through of the script this morning- well done to those children who know their lines. Please help your child to learn their lines over the weekend.

Year 6 Quiz

Malakai, Ammanuel, Yabsra, Max and Ezana led the very popular Year 6 Quiz today- our final remote quiz. The children are keen to keep this going once we return to school, so it’s something we will look into, perhaps for the summer term.

As we return to school, please do contact me via the school office if you have any questions.

Have a great weekend.

All the best

Nick Thomas

 

 

Friday 26th February

I can’t wait to welcome all the children back to school on Monday 8th March- it’s such amazing news. Just one more week of remote learning to go. Once again, I’ve been really impressed with the children’s attitude at a time when they might be getting a little tired of the online format. They continue to be bright and cheery during live lessons and they have produced some lovely work.

Our learning

This week the children have written online learning guides (hopefully they’ll never be needed!) and shown off their knowledge of instructional writing. In Maths, the children have enjoyed investigating finding the nth term to round off our algebra work. Next week, we’re looking at picture books as part of World Book Day (4th March) and moving onto averages in Maths. In Science, we have started our new topic on Body Health and in RE we are learning about Pilgrimage. Next week we have a special virtual workshop from Westminster Abbey to support this unit. We are learning how to be safe online in Computing and will be linking our English work to Art, which is centred on comic strips this term.

The Tragedy of Troy

We now have a new date for our virtual class assembly! We will be performing The Tragedy of Troy on Thursday 25th March, which is fast approaching. Please help your child to learn their lines from memory by Monday 8th March.

Year 6 Quiz

Adam H, Paul, Isambard and Henry led a very tough quiz this afternoon- well done! One more to go next Friday.

Have a great weekend in the sunshine.

All the best

Nick Thomas

 

Friday 12th February

It’s half term! I would like to take this opportunity to say how brilliant Year 6 have been over the last six weeks. They have fully embraced online learning- contributing intelligently during live lessons and learning how to upload their work, and all with huge smiles! They have also become far more independent, which bodes well for secondary school.

STEM week

The children thoroughly enjoyed all the talks and activities during STEM week. They asked some brilliant questions during the excellent presentations from experts across the world of science, technology, engineering and maths. Here are some photographs from some of our afternoon STEM activities:

 

 Year 6 Quiz

Kyeiwah-May, Holly and Ayaat ran an excellent quiz this afternoon- well done!

I have asked the children to have a break from their screens over half term, but also to make sure they do some reading.

Have lovely week.

All the best

Nick Thomas

 

Friday 5th February

This week is Children’s Mental Health Week and I am very pleased to say morale in Year 6 is high as we come to the end of five weeks of remote learning. Once again, they have been brilliant- participating intelligently during live lessons, completing assignments and generally full of smiles and dance moves this week! We have spoken a lot about the power of positive thinking, which has been especially useful following the very disappointing news of the cancellation of our Outward Bound trip. However, we have promised the children we will do everything we can to make the their last few months at St Peter’s memorable.

Our learning

This week we have continued reading The Hobbit, which the children are really enjoying. We have shared some of their fantastic stories and have been debating Bilbo’s weapon of choice in the battle against Smaug. Next week we’ll be writing this as a discussion piece. In Maths we will be moving onto algebra, having spent a little longer on ratio and proportion this week. On Monday the children presented their research on the heart and circulatory system which produced lots of great information and some excellent graphics. The children are enjoying learning about Sikhism in RE and designing games in Computing. Here are some examples of brilliant artwork- the children have been working on front covers for their adventure stories:

Year 6 Quiz

Today we held our fourth virtual quiz, which is fast becoming the highlight of the week. Ryan, Oskar, Todd and Adam took charge with some great questions on Ancient Egypt, technology, gaming and a random round.

STEM week

Next week is going to be really exciting! We have some great speakers lined up from the world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and lots of fun investigative activities for the children to get involved with. You will find the timetable in our online classroom and I will publish details during registration each day as usual.

Have a fantastic weekend

All the best

Nick Thomas

 

 

Friday 29th January

We are now four weeks into home learning and with the novelty wearing off a little it may have been a time for heads to drop, but Year 6 have been brilliant this week, once again. We have spoken a lot this week about the positives of remote learning and here are a few quotes from members of the class about their experiences so far:

'I am definitely more independent now and I’m always on time for things!'

'I can now manage my time effectively and it's a lot easier to go through a comprehension and amend by typing.’

'I enjoy learning more independently and being able to finish off work in my own time. I have also loved seeing more of my family and doing workouts in my back garden!'

'I have become more organised, gained in my computer skills and, although it's lockdown, still managed to see all my classmates virtually.'

Small group meetings

The group meetings in the afternoon have been really fun and a good way for the children to catch up with each other in small groups. Meeting a number of pets this week was a particular highlight, although I’m happy Archie’s snake was on my screen and not in the classroom!

Our learning

The children are really enjoying The Hobbit and this week they have written some fantastic adventure stories of their own. We will continue to base our learning around this text next week. We have focused on ratio and proportion in Maths and will be moving onto algebra next week

Buddy Reading

A number of children have videoed themselves reading a story for Reception. These have been lovely so far and the Reception children are really enjoying them. Keep them coming-it would be great to have a few more.

Year 6 Quiz

Today we held our third virtual Year 6 quiz. Annabel and Emma took charge with some brilliant questions on food and film. Both produced fantastic graphics in their presentations.

Have a lovely weekend

All the best

Nick Thomas

 

Friday 22nd January

I have had another really enjoyable week with Year 6. What a lovely bunch. I’ve had to work from home a couple of times this week and the children enjoyed meeting one of my sons as he gatecrashed story time. They also insisted on recording a happy birthday message for my other son, which was very kind.

Small group meetings

This week I have had small group meetings with the majority of the class. These will continue next week at 2:30pm Monday-Thursday. While the children are happy with learning online, what they are missing most, unsurprisingly, is each other. Hopefully the small group meetings will provide the opportunity for them to have a chat with their friends- I will rotate the groups so they see different faces each time.

Our learning

The children are really enjoying The Hobbit and today we started planning our own adventure stories, which we’ll be writing next week. This will hopefully pull together all the writing features we’ve been learning about over the last three weeks. After a successful week solving some tricky percentage problems in Maths, next week we will be moving onto ratio.

Google classroom

The children have got to grips with Google Classroom in terms of finding assignments, following instructions, returning work and interacting with other during live lessons- they are now giving me tips! I’m impressed with their growing independence, which is great to see.

Buddy reading

A number of children have videoed themselves reading a story for Reception. These have been lovely so far and the Reception children are really enjoying them. Keep them coming!

Year 6 Quiz

Today we held our second virtual Year 6 quiz. Wilf, Archie, Otto and Alex asked the questions and challenged us all!

Have a fantastic weekend

All the best

Nick Thomas

 

Friday 15th January

The children have been fantastic again this week. A massive thank you to them for their hard work, good humour and positive attitude. It’s great that all members of the class are joining the live lessons and contributing so intelligently to the learning every day. It still feels like a real community, even though we are in different places in front of different screens.

Google Classroom

The children are getting to grips with completing their work online and returning it to me. I have asked them to practise uploading a photograph this weekend if they haven’t already done so. Just a reminder that I am available after the live lessons if the children need to ask questions or would like to go over anything with me.

Small group meetings

Next week I will be starting small group meetings in the afternoons. This will give me the chance to catch up with children in smaller groups and for them to speak to their classmates. I will inform the children in registration if they are to join me at 2:30pm. It’s no problem if they can’t make it for any reason- they can join another day.

The Curriculum

Our English unit this half term is centred around The Hobbit, which the children are thoroughly enjoying; the highlight of my day is reading to them in the afternoon- something I have promised I will also continue to do everyday when we’re all back at school. We have started learning about Sikhism in RE and we will be beginning a new science unit next week all about the heart and circulatory system.

Reading log

I have set up an online reading log in our google classroom and I have asked the children to fill this in when they have completed a book. Please encourage them to do so.

Buddy Reading

A number of children have videoed themselves reading a book for Reception. These have been lovely so far. Keep them coming!

Year 6 Quiz

Today we held our first virtual Year 6 quiz. It was a great success and the children really enjoyed it. Matilda, Elena, Elsie and Sapphira took control and put together rounds covering music, technology, sport and animals. We are looking forward to next week!

Art

Here is a photo of some of this week’s artwork on landscapes.

Please do get in touch if you have any questions or concerns about any of the home learning.

Have a wonderful weekend.

All the best

Nick Thomas

 

Friday 8th January

It’s been quite a week!

I would like to say a huge WELL DONE to Year 6 for adjusting so brilliantly to online learning. It’s been lovely seeing them everyday...

 

The class have been full of their usual enthusiasm and have worked hard on all the activities. They are getting to grips with the new classroom and I’m sure any issues with uploading work will be ironed out very quickly. Please do get in touch if you’re still having issues with this.

Here are a couple of pieces of artwork from this afternoon from Emma and Isambard.

 

I’m looking forward to next week and the exciting learning to come.

I hope the children have a break from the screen and you have lovely weekend.

All the best

Nick Thomas

 

Friday 18th December

It’s Christmas! We have made it to the end of a very challenging, but ultimately very rewarding term. The children have coped brilliantly in difficult circumstances and they have made fantastic progress- well done Year 6.

There have been many highlights; it was particularly pleasing to see the children perform superbly in Carols by Candlelight and in the final assembly this morning. We hope you enjoyed the productions.

Here is a photograph from the church earlier this week:

The Tragedy of Troy

As we look ahead to 2021, we have a very exciting class assembly coming up in January. The children have brought home their scripts for ‘The Tragedy of Troy.’ I have also uploaded it to Google Classroom. Please help your child to practise their lines over the holiday.

Merry Christmas

I hope the children have a good rest over the holiday and come back fully refreshed for the challenges ahead.

Thank you so much for all the lovely cards and gifts. Have a wonderful Christmas and all the very best for 2021.

Nick Thomas

 

Friday 11th December

The children have worked really hard on their assessments this week, which have shown how much progress they have made in what has been a very hectic term- well done. They are now ready for the final week before we break up for Christmas. Our carol, Carol of the Bells, is sounding fantastic and we are all very excited about performing next week. Some extra practice over the weekend would be much appreciated. We have also been practising O Come All Ye Faithful, so please help the children to be word perfect with this too.

Google Classroom

Thank you to those children who have uploaded homework through Google Classroom. I will continue to put home learning activities on this platform, along with providing paper copies in the children’s folders for now.

Sport

Next week, within our PE lessons, we will be running Christmas themed House Competitions. The competitions will be snowball (dodgeball) competitions which will take place within each year group. Each class will be divided into their house groups where they will compete against their opposing house groups to win the House Competition Trophy. Each year group will have a winning house but the trophy will be given to the house with the most wins across the school; the trophy will be presented in one of our virtual assemblies and each member of the winning house will receive a certificate.

Have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes

Nick Thomas

 

 

Friday 4th December

The highlight for many of the class this week was performing ‘Stickman’ to their Reception buddies in the playground on Tuesday. The children had very little time to prepare, but they were fantastic and Reception were a very appreciative audience! The Houses are really enjoying performing picture books to their buddies and have taken ownership of the process themselves, which is great.

English

This week we have been focusing on persuasive writing and the children have written a leaflet aimed at Year 5 children to persuade them to stand up to bullying, which built nicely on our PSHE lessons during anti-bullying week. Next week we will be moving on to poetry.

Maths

We continued with measure this week, focusing on area and perimeter, and next week we’ll be learning about time, so any revision of this area would be beneficial.

Google Classroom

The children have now linked to our Year 6 Google Classroom. I have sent home their log-ins this afternoon so they will be able to access it at home. This week I am trialling setting their home learning on this platform- this weekend’s homework is available on Google Classroom, and children can submit their work here too. I have also sent home paper copies. Please do let me know how it goes on Google Classroom.

Christmas cards

We have a post box in the classroom, so children are welcome to bring in cards to post for their classmates or children in other classes.

Eco-Council

The Eco-Council have set the school a challenge: How can we make our Christmas traditions more environmentally friendly? Ideas could include using sustainable wrapping paper or virtual Christmas cards. Be as creative as you can! Entries due next Friday, 11th December.

Christmas carols

Please can the children practise our Christmas carol, Carol of the Bells, as much as possible. Here is the link to the words, which I have also sent home, and backing track:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/p4in3f2x45wcsn5/AAAlQkkgep8gP6ifzcKPilI8a?dl=0

I hope the children get some rest this weekend- it’s going to be a busy last two weeks of term.

Best wishes

Nick Thomas

 

Friday 27th November

It’s been another very busy week in Year 6!

English

This week the children have written their own stories set during World War 1. There have been some fantastically creative pieces and the children are rightly very proud of their efforts. Next week, we’re going to be looking at some persuasive writing and producing a leaflet.

Maths

Maths has gone really well this week; we continued with fractions, decimals and percentages and moved onto measure, with a focus on converting units of measurement. Next week we’ll be solving problems and then moving onto area and perimeter, so any revision of this area would be beneficial.

Reading

Please can the children bring their Reading Records in every Monday, ensuring they have at least five entries in their book. Please do write a comment in your child's Reading Record if you talk about the book, or if you listen to them read.

Art

The children are really enjoying our learning about Street Art and today we looked at the work of Banksy.

Christmas Carols

Please can the children practise our Christmas carol, Carol of the Bells, as much as possible. Here is the link to the words, which I have also sent home today, and backing track:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/p4in3f2x45wcsn5/AAAlQkkgep8gP6ifzcKPilI8a?dl=0

Foodbank Advent Collection

Our School Council is currently collecting items to give to the Hammersmith and Fulham Foodbank to support the local community over the Christmas period.

Children can bring any items they wish to donate into school and give them to their class teacher. We are hoping to make a final collection on the 11th December.

For a list of food items the foodbank accepts, please follow the link below.

https://hammersmithfulham.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/

 

I hope you have a fantastic weekend.

Best wishes

Nick Thomas

Friday 20th November

Our theme this week has been ‘United Against Bullying’ and I hope the children now have a better understanding of bullying and the devastating effect it can have. We talked about the need to speak out against bullying and to talk to an adult if children have any concerns. Part of this weekend’s home learning is to design a poster to reinforce the message.

English

This week the children have written lovely letters in role as a solider during World War 1, with the main focus on sentence openers. On Thursday we had fun planning our own stories set during the First World War; next week we’ll be writing these stories with a focus on using a variety of sentence structures.

Maths

We started learning about percentages this week and learnt how to find percentages of amounts and solve problems. Next week, we’ll be continuing with this and then moving onto measure, so any revision of this area, particularly converting between unit of measurement, would be useful.

Science

We continued our unit on light and investigated how light travels and used mirrors to show how light is reflected:

Art

The children are really enjoying our learning about Street Art and today they children produced some fantastic artwork based on their name.

Christmas Carols

Please can the children practise our Christmas carol, Carol of the Bells, as much as possible. Here is the link to the words and backing track:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/p4in3f2x45wcsn5/AAAlQkkgep8gP6ifzcKPilI8a?dl=0

I hope you have a great weekend.

Best wishes

Nick Thomas

Friday 13th November

It has been a great week in Year 6, with the highlight for many being on Wednesday, when we spent the day designing and building a Formula T Race Car!

It was lovely to see so many of you earlier this week, even if it was on screen rather than in ‘real life.’ I hope you found the parent consultations useful; please do get in touch if you want to discuss anything further.

DT Day

The children worked really hard designing and building their race cars on Wednesday, and we added the finishing touches this afternoon. I was particularly impressed with their focus and how they worked together, helping each other to solve problems. The children will be bringing their finished products home today. Well done! Here are some photos of the day:

NSPCC

We learnt about the NSPCC this week, understanding the importance of ‘speaking out and staying safe.’

English

We continued reading War Horse, which the children are thoroughly enjoying. Next week we’ll be writing letters in role, with a focus on sentence starters and using a variety of clauses.

Maths

This week we have been solving problems using long multiplication and long division and have started learning how to multiply and divide fractions. Next week, we’ll be continuing this, along with looking at percentages.

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes

Nick Thomas

 

Friday 6th November

The children have worked really hard this week, having returned from the half term break full of energy and enthusiasm. We have started a number of new learning units this week.

English

We have started a new unit of learning on historical fiction, centred on the Michael Morpurgo book, War Horse. Below are a few photographs from our drama lesson this week, where the children created tableaus of war scenes.

 

Maths

This week we have been focusing on long multiplication and long division, with some practice to do over the weekend.

Science

We have started a new unit, Light up your world, which is all about light and how we see.

Geography

The children will be learning about Natural Resources this half term.

Art

Today we began out ‘Street Art’ topic by trying some bubble writing, which the children thoroughly enjoyed.

Buddy Reading

This morning, in their house groups, the children performed some stories virtually to their buddies in Reception. They did brilliantly, particularly as they had only worked together at break times to prepare. The Reception children loved the performances! Here are some photos:

 

House Athletics Competition

We would like to congratulate all the children for their wonderful sporting skills in athletics. Mr Cotton was so pleased with the determination and fair play from all the participants. Well done to Keys, who received the most points in the competition this time around. We look forward to running the next house sporting competitions at the end of this term.

Christmas Cards

We loved seeing all of the amazing artwork for the Christmas Cards homework and we're sure that all of the pieces which were sent in are going to make absolutely beautiful cards!  Above is a gallery of a selection of artwork from across the school and we hope that you enjoy!

I hope you have a great weekend.

Best wishes

Nick Thomas

 

Friday 23rd October

It’s half term! Well done to all the children for working so hard over the last seven weeks. I hope they have a good break and come back fully refreshed for the exciting learning to come.

Windrush

Our Windrush unit came to an explosive end with a fantastic workshop led by Sinai Fleary on Wednesday. The session helped our understanding of the impact of the Windrush generation and the children have now completed their reports; the outcomes have been excellent. Here are a couple of photos from the workshop:

 

Home learning

I have set the children some homework for the holiday: Windrush Child by John Agard, which they need to learn for our poetry recital and some worksheets for Maths (answers are included). I would also like the children to do lots of reading and ensure they fill in their reading records.

Mayor’s Cup Trials

Thank you so much to those who took part in the Mayor’s Cup trials this week. Mr Cotton was impressed with your enthusiasm and etiquette on the pitch. After a long and hard deliberation, the team has been selected and the information regarding training will be sent out in due course. Congratulations to all of those who took part.

House Competitions

What a wonderful week for sport. Thank you to all year groups for taking part in the house athletics competitions this week; it has been lovely to get the children involved in competitive sport, and they really enjoyed it. It has been a very close call but Mr Cotton will tally up the results and announce the winning house after half term.

I hope you have an enjoyable week.

Best wishes

Nick Thomas

 

 

 

Friday 16th October

It’s been another action packed week in Year 6…

Windrush

The children have been working really hard on researching the Windrush and we have started writing our reports. We were delighted to welcome some very special guests to our classroom yesterday- Mr and Mrs Uylett joined us via video call. Mr Uylett came to London from Jamaica in 1959 when he was just twenty-one. Last week the children put together a list of question about his experience and he sent his answers through earlier this week. Yesterday the children were able to meet him virtually, ask some follow-up questions and say thank you. Mrs Uylett commented: ‘’It was so nice to meet the children. They were inquisitive, charming and so eager to learn.’ Huge thank you to the Uyletts; here are a couple of photographs:

 

 

Science

In Science we are coming to the end of our Electricity unit and this week we posed a question to investigate and began the process of answering it scientifically. Here are a couple of photographs from Monday:

 

 

Home learning

Well done to the children for their fantastic presentations on a Caribbean island- they clearly put a lot of effort in last weekend. We will continue to share these next week.

Mayor’s Cup Trials

A reminder that Mayor’s Cup trials will take place next Tuesday afternoon. We would like to encourage as many children as possible to go along. The children have PE in the morning, so those taking part can remain in their PE kit for the afternoon.

Walk to School Week

Many children from Year 6 walked, cycled and scooted to school last week, which was fantastic. However, Reception scored the highest overall total and are the winners of this year’s competition. Congratulations to them. Please remember we encourage you to walk, scoot or cycle to school (all year round) as much as possible to help our local environment.

I hope you have great weekend.

Nick Thomas

 

Friday 9th October

It’s been another busy week in Year 6, with lots of hard work and creativity. It was particularly pleasing to see the children’s artwork developing this afternoon in our ‘Trees’ project. I look forward to sharing the final pieces in a couple of weeks. 

Black History Month

We started researching the Windrush and next week we will be using our findings to write reports in our English lessons. I hope the children enjoy finding out about a Caribbean island over the weekend.

Reading

I have asked the children to make sure they bring their book and reading record in every Thursday. A reminder they should be making five entries per week. Please listen to them read when you can and it’s great to have a comment in their reading record too.

House athletics  

During the final week of school before half term (commencing 19th October 2020), we will be running sporting House Competitions in our PE lessons. The competition will be house athletics, which will take place within each year group.  Each class will be divided into their house groups where they will compete against their opposing house groups to win the House Competition Trophy. Each year group will have a winning house but the trophy will be given to the house with the most wins across the school; the trophy will be presented in one of our virtual assemblies and each member of the winning house will receive a certificate.

Mayor’s Cup Trials

On Tuesday 20th October Mr Cotton we will be holding Mayor’s Cup trials for children in Years 5 and 6.  Competitive sport is an integral part of PE and Sport; it develops team skills, sporting capabilities and friendships. At present, Mayor’s Cup competitions are on hold across the borough. However, we would still like to select this year’s teams and provide sufficient training for the selected children with the hope that at some point this year we can take part in friendly matches or the official Mayor’s Cup games. We will be selecting 14 boys and 14 girls; Matches will usually consist of 8 a-side teams with 2 subs.

I hope you have fantastic weekend.

Nick Thomas

 

2nd October 2020 

It’s been another excellent week in Year 6, with lots of fun and hard work. We have been focusing on reflecting on our learning and thinking about how we can improve.

Black History Month

October 1st saw the beginning of Black History Month and we will be focusing on black British history throughout the month, with a particular focus on Windrush coming up the week after next.

Ambassadors

Congratulations to our recently elected Ambassadors, who are looking forward to championing their areas over the coming year:

RE

Art

Eco

Kindness

Online Safety

Ammanuel

Isambard

Ryan

Elena

Ezana

Jordan

Elsie

Otto

Paul

Wilf

 

Macmillan Fundraiser

Here are a few more photographs from last week’s marathon. Thank you to everyone who has donated; we have now raised nearly £600- a fantastic achievement.

Walk to school week

Continuing with the fitness theme…. Next week is ‘walk to school week’- let’s do as many journeys as we can on foot, scooter or bike and be the winning class! Here are all the details:

WALK WITH US
ON W/C 5 OCTOBER!

Get your happy feet on, it’s time to celebrate.
Living Streets, have created the greatest national Walk to School celebration, where pupils and grown-ups around the UK unite for one week of walking to school.

The five-day walking challenge aimed at primary schools is a fun and engaging week-long activity, raising awareness and celebrating walking for all. Not only will it set them up for a positive day in the classroom, it will also help create healthy habits for life.

Walk to School Week is now scheduled to take place on w/c 5 October 2020, during International Walk to School Month.

The class with the most amount of children and staff walking to school will receive a lovely, sparkly certificate.

Harvest

Our Harvest festival service will be on Monday- please bring in any tinned goods/long lasting produce or toiletries if you are able to donate.

I hope you have lovely weekend.

Nick Thomas

 

25th September 2020

 

Marathon success!

Today marked the highlight of our week as we attempted to run a marathon to raise money for Macmillan. The children were absolutely fantastic; we smashed our target by running over 1000 laps of the playground and reached a grand total of 32.6 miles, making it an ultra marathon! Huge well done to everyone- it was a real team effort and great to see the children encouraging each other along. Thank you to the other classes who came to support us- it really helped. As it stands we have raised £501.20! Thank you so much. Please continue to donate through the link sent out by parentmail.

Here is a finishing photo- more to follow:

 

Think! workshop

This morning the children took part in a Think! workshop run by Equaliteach, which focused on understanding stereotyping and encouraging the children to think critically about the information they receive. The class participated thoughtfully and they gained a lot from the session. It linked well to our learning in RE this week.

School Council

The class have now elected their school council representatives- congratulations to Adam H and Kyeiwah May.

Ambassadors

The children have also voted for class ambassadors for the following roles: RE, Arts, Eco, Online Safety and Kindness. I will publish these next week.

Reading

Please support your child by encouraging them to read for at least half an hour each day and to fill in their reading records five times per week. It would be really helpful if you speak to them about their reading and write in a comment each week. Children should bring their book and reading record into school each day.

Have a lovely weekend

Nick Thomas

 

 

18th September 2020

 

It’s been a fantastic week in Year 6, with Thursday’s House Captains speeches being the highlight. I was so impressed with how all the children performed- they had clearly prepared very well. Although it was a shame for them not to be able to speak to all the children in the usual way, they did an amazing job in front of the webcam. The children of St Peter’s had a difficult choice, but the following were elected as House Captains for this year. Huge congratulations to them.

House

Captains

Cross

Matilda and Angelique

Keys

Malakai and Emma

Fisher

Max and Holly

Rock

Annabel and Yabsra

 

Year 6 provides the children with many opportunities to take on extra responsibility, so well done to everyone who successfully applied to be Librarians. It’s a very important role and I’m sure the children will do a great job.

The children have now been matched up with a ‘buddy’ from Reception and their first task was to write a welcome card, which will be posted to the Reception children next week. In the current situation we are still working out how we can meet our buddies- this will be virtually to begin with.

We are all looking forward to the Macmillan fundraiser next Friday (25th September), when we will be attempting to run a marathon as a class! Sponsorship details to follow.

Thank you to all parents who were able to join the virtual open evening on Wednesday- do let me know if you have any follow up questions. It has been lovely to meet lots of you, if only briefly, at the school gate over the last two weeks.

In terms of learning in the classroom, the children have made a great start. We have been learning about place value in Maths and writing a biography about Roald Dahl in English. The children are looking forward to doing their own research about someone who is inspirational to them for the next part of the unit. We have also made a good start in Science, where we are learning about circuits and in RE we discussed our big question- ‘How has the Christian message survived for over 2000 years?’

We’re all looking forward to week 3!

All the best

Nick Thomas

 

Welcome Back! 

Year 6 have had a wonderful start into the year. I've really enjoyed getting to know every member of the class this past week and I'm looking forward to seeing more fantastic work next week. Now Year 6 are top of the school, they are taking on more and more responsibilities. This week they have shown that they can be great role models to the rest of the school and they should be really proud of themselves. 

House Captains: 

Another responsibility special to Year 6 is being a House Captain.  Today, the children were all given homework to write a speech explaining why they should lead their house.  On Thursday, the children will be delivering their speeches in assembly and the school will be voting for who they want to represent.  I’m looking forward to hearing what they come up with!  I've already heard some excellent ideas!

Librarians

We've started to receive some excellent application forms to be librarians.  Mrs Zalar most certainly needs help with the library, and is looking forward to interviewing the applicants next Tuesday, so there is still time to get those applications in!

A few reminders...

The children have been given their reading records and have taken home both a class book and a brand new library book. It is expected that the children make 5 entries per week. These entries can be adults at home listening to them read or the children themselves making comments. The children need to bring their reading record in every Monday to be checked. 

We have our PE lessons on Tuesday and Thursday so the children need to ensure they bring in their full PE kit. 

Next Wednesday, we are holding our virtual open evening from 5:40pm-6:00pm where you will hear more information about Year 6, and it will be an opportunity for you to ask any questions. 

I hope you all have an enjoyable weekend, and enjoy the lovely sunshine we're supposed to be having! 

Mr Thomas