GSO Test

Welcome to Year 6 

 

Class teacher - Mr Thomas

Teaching assistants -  Mrs Isaac and Miss Brook

 
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