Welcome to Year 6
Our teacher is Mrs Zalar and our Teaching Assistants are Miss Curnock Cook and Ms Mason.
21st June 2019
Following an amazing sports day at Barn Elms Sports Trust last Friday, we've continued, with a spring in our steps, straight into 'health and well-being week'.
We've attended all sorts of healthy living workshops and been very active with a variety of sports this week. Tuesday also brought the 'The Life Bus' where the children learnt about choices and decision making.
This half term, Year 6 have been taking part in the incredibly valuable volunteering programme. On Monday, half of the class went to Fulham Food Bank where the children generously brought lots of food for those who need it and learnt about the valuable work they do at the Foodbank. Both this Wednesday and 2 weeks ago at the care home, we set up for a 'favourite things' themed tea party and entertained the elderly with songs, poetry recitals and chatting. The people of the care home absolutely loved it and the conversation and company makes such a difference. All the children involved were so caring and compassionate and the care home want us to visit again and again. Thank you to all parents who donated food for the care home or food bank.
And after such a busy week, I hope the children have a very relaxed weekend!
7th June 2019
In true St Peter’s style we have had a very busy, very fun week back! On Tuesday, the children started learning all about Romeo and Juliet and performed some amazing tableaux based upon the prologue. Getting ready for secondary school, the children are doing lots of fun problem solving in maths at the moment, and had some tricky time problems to solve at the beginning of the week which they tackled brilliantly.
On Wednesday, we had DT day (which has taken us a few days to complete!) based upon Year 6’s favourite game…RHINO HERO!
We've also had children out volunteering at the nursing home and performing fantastically at the gymnastics competition.
Yesterday, we performed Nelson Mandela’s favourite poem, Invictus by William Ernest Henley, for our final poetry recital at St Peter’s. We also had our first mental health and well-being workshop delivered by Mind.
Today, we also had lots of fun designing our own animal sculptures in clay!
We have a busy few weeks ahead so please do keep checking your e-mails and the newsletter…
Monday 10th June – Transition Workshop for Year 6 delivered by ‘Outside Chance’
Tuesday 11th June – GUILDFORD SPECTRUM TRIP! Please see the letter for further information, and please note the information about clothing for the ice skating in particular.
Wednesday 12th June – Shakespearience for Year 5 and Year 6. It is also wear your sports kit day. We are raising money for a sports charity who will be visiting us during our Health and Well-being week. Please wear any sports kit that you like on this day and bring in a donation.
Thursday 13th June – Dad and significant lads breakfast from 8am in the Scott Hall. We are also visiting St Michael and All Angels for a performance.
Friday 14th June – SPORTS DAY. Please read the letters that have been emailed about the details for Sports day, and if you haven’t already please RSVP with your travel details ASAP
Monday 17th - Friday 21st June Health and Wellbeing week. The children can wear PE Kits all week. Throughout the week, the children will be taking part in lots of activities all about our health and wellbeing.
Wednesday 19th June 3.30 – 4.30pm and Thursday 20th June 8.00 – 8.45am Open Classroom. Come along to the Year 6 classroom to have a look at the children’s profile books and see what we have been up to.
Friday 21st June – Own Clothes day – bring a bottle for the Tombola at the Summer Fair
Saturday 22nd June – Summer Fair
Thursday 27th June – Reception and Year 6 buddy trip to the zoo – letter has been sent separately with information.
Thank you all,
Have a really, really wonderful weekend and see you Monday!
24th May 2019
Phew - what a busy, busy half term! I hope you all have an incredibly relaxing half-term break, ready for the next one!
On Monday, we visited an exhibition on Anne Frank which was incredibly thought-provoking and we came away with some important messages.
Yesterday and today were busy taken up with the fun of Young Enterprise. Year 6 were just phenomenal: they came up with fantastic ideas, planned everything down to the minutest detail (I saw some fantastic plans, including shift rotas with breaks on them!), and were brilliant with all of their customers, particularly the younger children. I haven't yet managed to count the money (it looks a lot!) but I am looking forward to finding out who managed to win! It looks close! I am also looking forward to heading to Guildford Spectrum in the second week and bowling, swimming and ice skating! Year 6 have certainly deserved it.
Today we also watched our buddies' sharing assembly - it was just, as Eve rightly said, 'outstanding'! We were like proud parents ourselves.
I look forward to seeing you all back on Tuesday 4th June.
Have a truly wonderful holiday,
17th May 2019
Phew! All done! A huge, huge well done to all of the Year 6 children – they have worked so hard this week and have absolutely been their very best - we couldn’t be prouder of them all. We have enjoyed delicious breakfasts together each morning (thank you Chef Andrew!) and have enjoyed afternoons of PE, art and buddy revision in the playground.
It has been lovely hearing what the St Peter's staff have been saying about Year 6 too and has made me feel even prouder of them. I would also like to say a special thank you to Miss Curnock Cook and Ms Mason for working so hard for the childen and to Miss Frazer too for helping the children with the booster classes.
Since the last test yesterday, we have had a very relaxing time. Our priority has shifted slightly and we’ve been concentrating mainly on playing in the park with our buddies. Very strenuous indeed! Today we had a fun time going to the cinema for an after-SATs treat and have had a fun time in the park this afternoon picnicking and playing rounders.
Again, a huge well done to all of Year 6 – you have all shown such determination and resilience with a smile and a positive attitude. You are all superstars.
Monday 20th May – class trip to Swiss Cottage library to explore a phenomenal exhibition all about the life of Anne Frank.
Friday 24th May – Our Young Enterprise event, which the children are looking very forward to!
Have a very, very relaxing weekend – you all deserve it,
3rd May 2019
Just one week left to go until the SATs! I can't quite believe Beatrice speaks for the entire class when she says that she's excited for them, but I am sure we are all excited for all of the fun things we have planned during, and after, SATs week. The children are working so hard and all of us at St Peter's are just so proud of them.
In maths and English we’ve had a revision-heavy week this week, with the children working hard with their revision buddies to coach each other on their areas for development. The children have also completed their final practice papers before the SATs, and have performed incredibly well. Final scores will be with the children on Tuesday, so please do ask how they’ve done. I believe that they are their best scores yet - a real testament to how hard they have been working.
In addition to this, Year 6 have had three musical extravaganzas of performances this week - a performance from the amazing Nicola Benedetti, the Morris Men and Year 1's amazing sharing assembly.
I hope you all enjoy a well-deserved weekend and Bank Holiday, and I look forward to seeing the children all back on Tuesday. Hopefully this rain disappears and the sun makes an appearance!
Have a wonderful weekend all,
26th April 2019
How lovely it was to see the children after the Easter holidays. It sounds as though they've all had a lot of fun, especially enjoying the beautiful sunshine we had at the end of it! We've had another jam-packed week in Y6. The rate of learning in here is soaring. The buzz of the children eager to improve is really quite something!
With only two weeks to go, we are having a practice SATs week next week where I’m sure the children will do very well. Many interventions are taking place at the moment as well, to boost confidence further.
With the children working so hard, we've been giving lots of reminders to the children about the fun trips and activities we’ve booked, which are coming up soon:
To name a few exciting things we have booked:
Junior Citizenship Awards
Young Enterprise Day
Guilford Spectrum (bowling, ice-skating, extreme swimming)
Community Volunteering (Foodbank and Elderly care home)
Buddy trip to London Zoo
Science and healthy well-being week
Amongst a number of other fun things we'll be doing - more info next week!
Nicola Benedetti visiting St Peter’s
On Tuesday morning, we are incredibly fortunate to have Nicola Benedetti coming to visit St Peter’s. Nicola Benedetti is one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation. Her ability to captivate audiences with her innate musicianship and dynamic presence, coupled with her wide appeal as a high-profile advocate for classical music, has made her one of the most influential classical artists of today. Some of Nicola’s accolades include a MBC, CBE, 2 Classical BRIT awards and playing with orchestras around the world. Nicola will be speaking in a special assembly on Tuesday morning for the whole school about her career, performing for us and answering questions. Why not you read up on our famous visitor and think of a question you would like to ask https://www.nicolabenedetti.co.uk/.
All of the children received a house badge today. They need to wear the badge on their jumper every day. If you lose the badge, you can buy a replacement in the school office.
Miss Cook’s Marathon
On Sunday Miss Cook will be running the London Marathon. She has been raising money for the charity ‘Mind’. I’m sure we will all be cheering her on either stood along the streets of London or at home watching on TV. If you would like to donate click here https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=cook-1421828-hag&pageUrl=1
Good Luck Miss Cook!
I hope that you all have a lovely weekend,
29th March 2019
In English this week, we’ve finally finished our discussion texts, with children writing amazing essays about the best weapon for Bilbo on his quest. We’ve been learning all about passive voice, informal writing, and how to control shifts in formality – there really are some excellent pieces and I will post photos next week.
In maths, we’re revising all of the topics we’ve covered in Year 6, and this week we started off with fractions. The children really, really impressed with their knowledge, solving some incredibly tricky problems which required up to 5 steps! Next week we’ll be moving on to ratio, proportion and percentages before breaking up for the Easter holidays.
In RE, we've been learning about how the key concepts of Hope, Salvation, Incarnation, Strength, Inspiration and Forgiveness are taught through the Easter Story.
Just a few reminders for next week:
There will still be booster sessions on Monday 1st and Wednesday 3rd April.
Easter Bonnet Parade
On Thursday 4th April, please bring your child to school with their Easter Bonnet. There will be a parade in the Scott hall starting at 9am for parents to see all of the creations!
Easter Church Service
On Friday, 5th April at 9am, please come and join us for our Easter Church Service at St. Peter’s.
Next week, we will be finishing school for the holidays at 2pm on Friday.
Have a really lovely weekend,
22nd March 2019
What a week! We’ve had such a fantastic arts week which has been just jam-packed full of wonderful, creative activities.
Throughout this week, we’ve attended interpretive dance workshops, taken part in so many creative dance/musical theatre workshops, learnt all about circus skills, had an amazing talk from an inspirational film and television producer (Rosie's Dad!), had a wonderful Art and Mindfulness session led by some of the lovely Year 6 parents, had a visit from the animal man, painted on canvases in class, and last but not least,went on a fantastic bear hunt with our buddies in Reception (arranged by Stella's mum in Year 3!).
Just a huge thank you to our wonderful arts co-ordinator Mrs Noonan for organising it all and our arts ambassadors.
Alongside this, we focused on Claude Monet as a theme and applied his techniques to canvas, painting using acrylics. The children have created some wonderful pieces which are all very unique and look like masterworks! I can't wait for you to see them at the Arts Cafe.
The whole class has embraced arts week and we had a well-deserved break from SATs practice, focusing only on our creative energy. Being back to English and maths lessons next week will be very relaxing after this week!!
All of our art work (including the amazing art work which the children produced at Chelsea Fine Arts) will be on display on Friday at the Arts Cafe at 3:30pm in the Scott Building.
I hope you enjoy just a selection of the pics taken this week:
Just a couple of notes from Miss Cook:
Yoga is back…
On Wednesday 27th March and Wednesday 24th April at 5.30pm, Miss Cook will be holding yoga classes in the Scott Hall to raise money for Mind charity (as part of her Marathon journey); the classes will be one-hour long and suitable for all abilities, so whether you are a first time yogi or a head standing guru, this class is for you! She hopes to see lots of you there.
From the 25th March until the 5th April St Peter’s School will be taking part in the Big Pedal 2019 and in for a chance to win some exciting prizes. For the next two weeks we encourage you to cycle, scoot or walk to school as much as possible so we are in for the chance of winning; each day Miss Cook will send our totals to Sustrans, who are organising the event at the end of each day.
Have an absolutely amazing weekend,
15th March 2019
Another week in Year 6 and another week further in the year. Even though the weather has been awful this week, it’s so lovely to see the first signs of spring appearing: daffodils are blooming, blossom is on the trees, and the SATs practice tests are in full swing! But not for long….for next week is the week we’ve all been waiting for… a week of creativity, imagination and inspiration… a week of no maths and no English and more importantly, no tests…it’s…
We have so many amazing workshops booked already and lots and lots of fantastic activities in class too. We are really looking forward to it, especially because this week we’ve had a practice SATs week. Please do ask children how they found the tests – they will receive scores back the week after next. At this point in the year, it is important that both children and parents keep me informed of any worries or lack of confidence in any subject area. I am here to help!
I also need to thank you to everyone who joined us for Grandparents’ Day. The Year 6 children really shone: they are just beautiful singers and moved us all to tears.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend; it was lovely speaking to you all on Parent's Evening too,
8th March 2019
Phew - what a busy week in Year 6! In Maths this week, we've been learning all about statistics, including bar graphs, pie charts, finding the mean and line graphs. The children have been make sure to annotate their charts to help interpret them and have been very successful. We've now pretty much covered the curriculum, so next week we will be having some practice SATs papers to review everything and then will be planning lots of revision and mastery sessions in maths, making sure we can fully apply our knowledge to lots of different situations.
In English, we've been writing discussion texts on what would be the best weapon for Bilbo in the Hobbit. We've also been reviewing different types of punctuation and have been revising some reading comprehension. Next week again we will be doing an assessed piece of writing, showing off what we know, and some practice SATs. Fun!
We've also had a lot of fun with Book Day this week. Tuesday saw our Big Book Swap, and I hope the children came home with some fun new books, and Thursday saw our dressing up day. The children looked absolutely amazing: so much creativity had gone into their outfits. On the day, we had a 'DEAR' moment where we dropped everything and read (the school was very peaceful!) and also read with our buddies, as well as hearing a lovely story from the wonderful Miss Murphy. The fantastic Ms Ridgeon, dressed as Trunchbull, terrified and made us laugh (in equal measures) whilst reading us a chapter from Matilda about a chocolate cake.
Next week, we have Parent's Evening on Monday and Tuesday and I look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible!
Have a really wonderful weekend,
1st March 2019
I would first of all like to wish you all the best of luck for your secondary schools. As I’ve said to the children many times, they are all absolutely wonderful and I am sure that they will flourish in whatever setting they will belong to – and any school who has any of our Year 6 pupils will be a very lucky school indeed!
We’ve had a very fun start to Spring 2, even though we are properly gearing up for SATs season! On Tuesday, we travelled to the science museum and had lots of fun learning about light and friction. On Wednesday, we had our second DT day where we had lots of fun making sushi. We also designed the packaging for it using a computer graphics programme to make it look extra professional. And most importantly…it was very tasty too!
On Thursday, we had our poetry recital and Year 6 performed ‘Sick’ by Shel Silverstein beautifully, making everybody laugh and smile. A huge thank you to the effort at home which had gone in to helping the children perform to their very best.
A couple of dates for the diary:
Tuesday 5th March is Book Swap Day, where children can bring in a maximum of 3 books and swap them for a different 3 books in school.
Wednesday 6th March is Ash Wednesday so we will be having a very special service in the church at 9am, with parents/carers very welcome. Year 6 will also be performing ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ in the church too.
Thursday 7th March is World Book Day where the children are invited to dress up as their favourite book character. I’ve got my costume sorted and look forward to seeing what the children have up their sleeves!
I hope you all enjoy a wonderful weekend,
15th February 2019
Another half term over and what a busy one it’s been.
Thank-you so much to the PTA for hosting an amazing Valentine’s Day School Disco yesterday evening. The decoration, organised fun, snacks and music were super!
Thank you to those of you who came along to the SATs meeting last Monday. I hope it was helpful. Any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to email me.
In computing, we’ve been learning lots about Online Safety, looking particularly at how sharing photographs online can be dangerous. We focused on avoiding giving any personal information away online and how photos can potentially stay on the internet forever. Please do make yourselves aware of the dangers involved with social media and ensure that your child is staying safe online – privacy settings are key! Here we are doing lots of drama about how to stay safe online:
In English we’ve written instructions for a burglar on how to enter a mountain (guarded by a dragon) undetected. I have to say, the writing produced has blown my mind. It is of such high quality! The children have become really reflective writers, always trying to better their previous piece, independently.
In maths, we’ve been having fun with the dreaded algebra, discovering that actually it isn’t always that tricky and can actually be quite fun believe it or not!
To top the week off, we’ve had fun with our buddies, looking through their portfolios and helping them to reflect upon their learning this year.
Have a very happy half term, and long may this weather continue!!
1st February 2019
We’ve once again been hobbit mad this week, finishing off our fantasy stories in English and they are absolutely fantastic. We have a class just chock-full of budding authors in Year 6! We’ve also been re-capping word classes in grammar, and exploring how we can use the same word as either a noun or a verb, or an adjective or an adverb, depending on what it modifies. Next week, we’ll be doing some practice SATs papers, and will be exploring passive and active voice in grammar, and the subjunctive form. We’ll be learning how to integrate this into our writing too to control shifts in formality, ready for Greater Depth writing.
In maths, we’ve been scaling shapes up and down, and applying this to real life problems, such as map scales. We’ve also been looking at proportion and what this means, and applying to some very tricky problems. Next week, we’re going to be applying our understanding in practice SATs papers.
In art, we’ve had lots of fun making clay models, getting the art room very messy in the process (!). In RE, we’ve been exploring the question, ‘Should every Christian go on a pilgrimage?’ and next week we’re going to be writing discussion texts based upon it. In science, we’ve been exploring reflective surfaces and how light travels.
I’m looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Monday for our SATs meeting at 6pm! Please feel free to bring any questions you might have.
Have an absolutely wonderful weekend,
25th January 2019
In English, we have joined the dwarves and Gandalf on a fantasy quest through Middle Earth. The Hobbit has taken Y6 by storm and we are relishing being immersed in Tolkien’s mysterious world, painted with luxurious vocabulary. We have compared the opening of the novel with the graphic novel and the film this week, discussing the portrayal of characters and settings between the three – very interesting. We’ve also learnt this week that Year 6 really love Gollum, trying to shoe-horn him into their stories at any point. Jack really impressed with his dramatic acting of Gollum too.
In maths, we’ve been focussing on ratio and proportion. The children have worked amazingly on some incredibly tricky problems. Five house points to anyone who can work this out:
Emma buys a pack of stickers that contains furry stickers, shiny stickers and glow-in-the-dark stickers. The ratio of the number of furry stickers to the number of shiny stickers is 3:5. There are 32 fewer glow-in-the-dark stickers than furry stickers. There are 221 stickers altogether. Find the number of glow-in-the-dark stickers in the pack.
Next week, we’re going to be learning all about scaling amounts, and shapes, up and down.
In RE, the children have been learning all about pilgrimage and this week we’ve been comparing pilgrimages from different faiths and looking at the similarities and differences. Children produced some fab posters (which are on display) to help them present to the class.
A couple of dates for your diaries:
Tuesday 29th January - 5:30pm-7:00pm – We have an Online Safety workshop for parents in the Year 6 classroom.
Wednesday 30th January - The children have some Online Safety workshops in school!
Monday 4th February – 6:00pm – We have a meeting all about the SATs in the Year 6 classroom from 6pm and all welcome.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend,
18th January 2019
Year 6 have continued to show such focus and determination in their learning, really impressing myself and Miss Curnock Cook.
In maths, we have been doing all sorts of fun calculations with fractions: multiplying and dividing mixed fractions, adding/subtracting, converting answers from improper fractions to mixed number fractions and simplifying. You name it – we’ve calculated it! The children have been challenging themselves on every level. Next week, we’re going to have a look at proportion and ratio.
In English, we have had a lot of fun starting our new class text ‘The Hobbit’. The children have written some outstanding diary entries in role as Bilbo, making sure that they are showing the reader what the character is like, and not just telling them! In SPAG, we’ve been revising sub-clauses and all of the different ways they can be written and positioned. We’ve also been learning about expanded noun phrases and how they help the reader to picture what is being described. The children have all been working really hard at including these elements of SPaG in their writing, too.
In Science, we’re learning all about light and how our brain processes the images which the eyes see which has been fascinating. In RE, we’ve been learning about Pilgrimages and I have been so impressed with the work that the children have produced: they have been thinking so deeply about some tricky concepts. In Computing, we’ve been thinking more in depth about our apps and have come up with a list of jobs we’d like to complete!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend,
11th January 2019
Welcome back and a Happy New Year to one and all! I hope you all had a delightful Christmas holiday.
An excellent start to 2019 (can you believe it?!) in Y6 and although we’ve only had four days back at school, it’s full steam ahead with learning. Although it seems like a long way away, SATs will be upon us surprisingly shortly so it is important that we pack our days full of learning, as well as fun, such as our Chemistry lesson on Thursday!
A few reminders:
- P.E. Will take place on Mondays and Tuesdays. Tuesdays will be gymnastics so please remember: no earrings and either shorts or skorts must be worn.
- Maths homework has been handed out today and must be handed in on Monday as usual. SPAG and Reading Homework will be distributed on Monday and must be handed in the following Friday.
- Please remember to continue practicing spelling and maths on Spellodrome/Mathletics.
New Homework Books:
The children now have their very own, brand new revision books for SPAG, reading and maths. 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, pages will be set from the sections and these sections 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.
Please make sure that these books stay in perfect condition. They must not be carried to and from school without the poppy wallet. Any lost or damaged books will be charged to parents as they were very expensive, so please do take care of them.
Have a peaceful weekend,
21st December 2018
Well what a fun and busy week! Monday had us carolling at the residential home and we received the loveliest e-mail from the Nursing Home:
Dear Mrs Zalar,
Thank you so much for bringing the children. Feedback is that it was excellent, staff and residents very positive. Today they are still talking about it, the part singing and the solo. Please tell all involved that it raised the atmosphere and was a special moment at a special time of the year.
Hopefully see you next year. Happy Christmas to you all and hope 2019 is kind to you and yours.
It gives us all a warm feeling to know we were able to spread cheer this year to others. We had many of the residents asking for an encore! We look forward to Summer where we’ll be able to go visit again.
On Tuesday, we had the beautiful ‘Carols by Candlelight’ service in the church. All of the KS2 children performed beautifully, with ‘Hallelujah’ bringing many of us to tears, but I may be biased but I think Year 6’s amazing ‘Carol of the Bells’ was my personal highlight. They sounded like a professional children’s choir! Mr Alex has recorded them singing and will hopefully be able to share it with us. A huge well done to Mr Alex who has just performed wonders with singing at St Peter’s – we’re so lucky to have him working with us.
On Wednesday, we had our tasty Christmas Dinner & all the trimmings prepped by Chef Andrew. Yesterday we had our Christmas Quiz and today we had our Christmas service in the church. Year 6 are now busily playing with their buddies – what better way to end the term?
Myself, Miss Curnock Cook and Ms Mason want to say a special thank you as we are overwhelmed by your generosity. We can’t thank you enough. And all of your kind words mean so much to us.
We wish you all the very merriest of Christmases, and a happy and peaceful New Year. We can’t wait to see you all back in 2019.
Have a truly wonderful holiday,
P.S. The children start back on Tuesday 8th January. Year 6 will have Gymnastics on that first day back so please ensure PE kits are in. I will send out their new timetable in the first week back. Thank you!
14th December 2018
Well the festive season feels well and truly in swing.
We’re feeling very festive in Y6 this week, particularly with today being Christmas jumper day! I hope you enjoy the pics from Buddy Reading this morning!
In other curriculum news: we've been learning about percentages in Maths, writing recounts to Treginnis in English (which are amazing - I'm going to find it difficult to choose some for our display) and we've been writing Christmas Cards and letters in Spanish.
On Tuesday, we had a very interesting performance of the Christmas story in school by Reverend Hirst and his sheep side-kick.
Dates for next week:
Monday afternoon - carolling at the Nursing Home
Tuesday - Carols by Candlelight. We ask all Key Stage Two children to arrive at St Peter’s Church dressed in their school uniform at 6pm please.
Wednesday - Bling your Bike (or scooter)! Bring your bike or scooter to school next Wednesday properly blinged out and you may win a prize...
Thursday - KS2 Christmas Quiz
Friday - service in the church beginning at 9am
Next Friday (21st December) is the last day of term and we’ll be finishing at 14:00.
Have a festive weekend of Christmas cheer, preparing for the hols,
Day Four at Treginnis
We've reached the end of a fantastic week and what an amazing time we've all had. The rain and wind have not managed to dampen our spirits as we have embraced every opportunity we've been given with a smile.
And now for a final what we have learnt:
Wellies can hold a grand total of 6 litres of water including a foot
A thousand piece jigsaw takes longer than 4 days to complete even when 20 people are helping
Ethan has the voice of an angel and is brave enough to perform a solo
The beach is great fun even in December
It takes a village to move 72 chickens from one pen to another
Nobody can find a crab bigger than Farmer Andrew's
We all look fab wearing numerous bobbles in our hair
Puddles the dog doesn't like puddles
You can never have too many Christmas dinners
Pigs will eat anything, even when it's on the ground
The Friends of Treginnis are friends indeed!
St Peter's children have boundless energy
Year 6 are amazing - but we already knew that!
Well that's all from us - we'll see you tomorrow at approximately 3pm! We'll message the office with an ETA.
Before signing off I just want to say a huge thank you to Miss Frazer, Miss Curnock Cook and Mrs Tanner for coming along to help Year 6, care for them so well and be so much fun in helping year 6 to just have the best week ever.
Have a lovely evening all and we'll see you tomorrow!
Good night all,
Day Three at Treginnis
Today we got wet! Despite that, Year 6 have had another fantastic day on the farm.
We have learnt:
That herding chickens is really difficult (as is herding children!)
Donkeys look great with a variety of hairstyles, including mohawks and plaits
Connect 4 creates a lot of noise
5pm is prime-time for giggles
Pizza tastes better when you've made it yourself
Mrs Tanner loves a jigsaw
Calves are master escape-artists
Treginnis cakes are the best cakes
How much you can get for a fiver at the shop
Miss Frazer can cook!
It is possible to get sick of hearing Spice Girls and One Direction on repeat
Miss Curnock Cook loves soap so much that she bought 4 bars at the shop
Donkeys aren't waterproof, even though sheep are
Animals are very fascinating according to Jayden
Wheelbarrows of poo are heavy, and fall over easily requiring it all to be scooped back up again, repeatedly
Milo the dog likes to steal the eggs that Year 6 wake up at the crack of dawn to collect
Calves tongues are great exfoliators
Tomorrow, we have more fun planned, including a trip to the beach and a Christmas Dinner! But tonight...St Peter's Got Talent!
Good night all,
Day Two at Treginnis
Dear all,Today we've officially been proper farmers getting stuck (sometimes literally in the mud) into farm life. We've had an amazing day and Year 6 have been totally amazing - despite the rain in the afternoon!
Today we have learnt:
How to milk a goat
Jayden is a machine with a wheelbarrow - no chicken or turkey is safe
Piglets squeal very loudly when they're picked up
Tommy would rather be on the farm than have £1000 and even offered to sleep in the duck shed because he'd made it so cosy
Poo is everywhere on the farm and never-ending no matter how much you sweep
Turkeys can be difficult to catch
Never be a potato farmer - Etta has 'literally never seen so many potatoes in her life'
Rosie is an expert at chopping wood
Chickens enjoy sitting on heads
Lilly is ace at jigsaws
Cabbage can be tasty, honestly
Walking dogs is so much fun
Liberty is a turkey whisperer
Baby calves at 6 weeks old have no teeth and will take milk from your hands
Tomorrow we have the following activities:
More goat milking, checking calves and sheep, pigs and poultry, cooking, looking after horses, weighing and bagging the million potatoes we picked today, walking donkeys and a whole lot more....including St Peter's Got Talent!
Due to an ongoing technical issue (hopefully fixed soon) we are sadly unable to upload any pics at the moment but at last count we had almost 500!
Good night all - year 6 will certainly sleep well tonight!!
Day One at the Farm
Year 6 are currently looking very happy and snuggly in a fantastic array of pjs and onesies. They are happily playing board games and charades and are waiting for their hot chocolate.
We've arrived safely at the farm (after a fun 8 and a half hour coach journey!) and are already throwing ourselves fully into the farm life. Miss Frazer has even swapped her high heels for a pair of wellies.
For dinner, we had a huge, very tasty, baked potato fresh from the farm with a lovely pudding for afters.
Group A have been out milking the goats and were all very brave, even though it 'felt very weird and moley' according to Max. We stayed away from Pen 2 though with Mervin in it, as we discovered that the reason he's very smelly is because he likes to wee on his head.
Year 6 have been amazing - Dan the farmer is very impressed already and I'm sure he'll have a difficult time picking the farmers of the week.
We will try our best to upload photos tomorrow, as there are currently a couple of technical problems with the Wifi but rest assured we are taking plenty!
We're really looking forward to tomorrow: we've got all sorts of activities: log sawing, sheep checks, horses and donkeys, pigs and poultry and a few surprise 'farm tasks'!
Good night all.
30th November 2018
"I'm Stickman, I'm Stickman...thats me!"
There was lots of excitement in Year 6 today – not only have the children received their beautiful hoodies, but we have the farm on Monday and we cannot wait!
A few reminders:
- Any medication is put in a named bag and brought to school on Monday morning and given to me directly.
- Arrive promptly at school for 7:00.
- Packed lunch for day one separate to the suitcase (no extra snacks please - there will be plenty of food available at the farm).
- Very, very, very warm clothing (layers are good) and wellies (warm socks are vital).
- Bath towel, toiletries etc.
- No electronics please.
Any other questions, please don't hesitate to e-mail me.
This morning, we had a fantastic time playing football with St Stephen's - we made friends and had fun. A huge thank you to Charlie Orr for organising it for us.
This afternoon, we had a lovely morning in Ravenscourt Park with our reception buddies, taking Reception's stick men on an adventure. Year 6 performed the book to their buddies, which they’d learnt beautifully. After that, we then went around the park making tree houses for the stick man. Year 6 were so incredibly responsible with their buddies and helped let their imaginations run wild by encouraging the reception children to come up with new and exciting adventures.
And in between all of that, we still managed to fit in our mock SATs! We’re all ready for the farm now though, and I look forward to seeing lots of you tomorrow for the Christmas Fair, and everyone bright and early on Monday at 7am!
Have a very relaxed and peaceful weekend (and good luck with the packing!)
23rd November 2018
We have just one more week to go! One more week until the farm! I certainly cannot wait and I know that lots of Year 6 can't either. We're going to have the most amazing time.
But in the meantime, we've been doing lots and lots of learning.
In Maths this week, we've been learning all about volume and applying our understanding to some very tricky problems. Year 6 have really impressed - we just need to keep practising that long multiplication, particularly with decimals! In English, Year 6 have planned a persuasive letter about anti-bullying, ready to write next week. We have finally finished our War Stories and they are simply amazing.
In RE, we've started looking at....Christmas! We've been exploring how Christmas is portrayed in the media, and have looked particularly at advent calendars this week. As lovely as advent calendars filled with toys, or nail polishes are, we've decided that they don't really convey the true meaning of the season and we've evaluated lots of different Advent Calendars.
Yesterday, we had fun jet-setting to four different countries in one day! How you might ask since they are thousands of miles apart? Well, we brought the countries to the children. It was so much fun watching the children dance the Tango in the Year 6 classroom - I can't wait for St Peter's Got Talent at the farm! I'll have my camera ready don't you worry parents.
On Wednesday, we visited the pantomime and had a terrible time. Oh no we didn't! We had a great time - it was hilarious, and the children were beautifully behaved, even when they were being showered by sweets.
Next week, we are going on a Stickman adventure with our buddies on Thursday, and we can't wait.
We'll also be sitting a couple of practice tests too.
Have a really lovely weekend and see you all Monday,
16th November 2018
Time is absolutely flying by in Year 6 – I cannot believe that we only have just two full weeks left to the farm…we are all very excited! In the meantime, we’ve been fitting in lots of learning. This week in maths, we’ve been exploring area and perimeter and how to calculate these in compound rectilinear shapes and triangles. We’ve also been applying this to solve problems. In English, the children have written the most amazing stories set in WW1, using advanced punctuation such a semi-colons and colons and some powerful vocabulary.
In RE this week, we’ve been exploring the key messages of peace from different religions. We’ve had fun in computing creating presentations for our apps, ready to pitch our ideas to the class next week. In humanities, we used Ordinance Survey symbols to design our very own town.
Next week also promises to be lots of fun.
A few reminders:
On Thursday 22nd November we are celebrating International day. The children will be invited to come to school dressed in traditional clothes or outfits inspired by a country of their choice. Throughout the day the children will visit different classrooms and teachers and travel the world. The children will be engaged in a wide range of creative activities including; Music and Art. They will also learn a little about the geography of the country and will have the opportunity to taste some traditional foods.
Visit to The Lyric
On Wednesday, we are off to the Lyric Theatre to watch a performance of Dick Whittington. It promises to be a lot of fun!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend,
9th November 2018
Well what another busy week! First of all, a huge thank you to all of the parents for attending parent’s evening – it was so lovely to speak to you all about your wonderful children and just to reiterate that I am always available before and after school if you ever want to chat.
In English this week, the children have written some really beautiful letters in role as a soldier writing to their parents during the war. We’ve taken lots of inspiration from War Horse. Next week, the children will be writing their war stories and I’m already looking forward to reading them. In Maths, we’ve been learning all about measure conversions and converting between metric and imperial measures and solving some word problems. We’re going to be extending this to area, perimeter and volume, next week!
We’ve had a super fun week just filled to the brim of workshops and trips.
On Wednesday, we had a day filled with ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ workshops which were just amazing and the children gained a lot from them. On Thursday, we visited Lotte who is an author with many inspirational stories to tell about her experiences of being World War 2 evacuee. With the help of Amanda, she transformed the Corinthian Sailing Club into a WW2 museum which included lots of artefacts from the war. We also had a very special visit from a Chelsea Pensioner who came into class to talk to us all about his experiences which really impacted upon us. He also brought us a very special present – a poppy pin to treasure.
Today, we travelled to St Paul’s to take part in a very special service all about being peacemakers. We also held a 2 minute’s silence and reflection at 11:00am whilst listening to the bells of the cathedral – it was very moving. Yesterday, the children wrote some beautiful prayers, which today were spectacularly dropped from the Whispering Gallery during the service to some beautiful organ playing. It was just wonderful and the messages and words spoken during the service challenged us all to be peacemakers – so I hope the children are very peaceful this weekend and help out with the chores…or at least don’t argue with siblings!!
A few reminders:
On Monday it will be ‘Odd Socks Day’. Get your odd socks ready to celebrate how unique we are!
On Monday, I am also holding a meeting at 6pm in the Year 6 classroom all about our upcoming trip to Treginnis.
On Friday we are asking children to add spots to their uniform for ‘Children In Need’. A few ideas could be spotty socks, spotty tights, a spotty tie, a spotty headband or even spotty stickers on your jumper! The School Council will also be collecting any donations for the charity in the playground before school and will be hosting a cake sale after school outside the Year 1 classroom.
I hope you all have a very peaceful weekend,
2nd November 2018
What a lovely first week back it has been and so lovely to see the children again and hear all about what they’ve been up to. As is the way in St Peter’s, it is never a quiet week and it's been jam-packed full of fun!
On Wednesday this week, we had a fantastically fun DT day where the children had great fun making some electronic cars using Tech Card. They brought them home this afternoon and I hope they are all still working! There were some fantastic designs: from Formula 1 cars, pumpkin based buggies, bunnies and even a mermaid car.
On Thursday the children performed amazingly in the poetry recital. Their poem was ‘The Listeners’ by Walter de la Mare, which is a very long poem full of powerful, tricky vocabulary, and Year 6 were able to recite it clearly and confidently - well done! We look forward to the next one where our buddies will be performing too! Thank you parents for helping the children to learn it and for coming along to support.
A well done to our tag rugby teams and Mayor’s Cup teams this week for performing well and more importantly, for showing amazing sportsmanship in games. You’ve made yourselves and St Peter’s proud.
We’ve also managed to get a lot of learning in this week believe it or not! We’ve been learning all about War Horse in English, and have been completing reading comprehension tasks and have also created a series of tableau in our drama lessons, posing with expression and energy. In Maths, we’ve had just as much fun learning formal written methods for division.
To end, I must say how proud I was of all the children during their sharing assembly before half term. They truly were outstanding. I want to say a huge thank you to all of them, and to all of the parents, for helping to make it so amazing. Thank you to all of the photos which have come through and videos and I have added a selection on the blog. I'm sure you won't be able to tell the difference between the photos we took and the photos that Finn's mum took!! As a result of the assembly, the children wrote some fantastic non-chron reports about the Windrush which I look forward to you reading on parent’s evening!
A couple of reminders to end:
Don’t forget Parents evening is on Monday 5th November and Tuesday 6th November in the Scott Hall. Please remember that the appointments are for 10 minutes, if there are any issues that you wish to discuss in more length please let me know and I can arrange a meeting at a separate time. I hope to keep appointments on time so it is always helpful if you are aware of your time slot and between us we can keep the appointments running on time.
I’ve noticed that we had a number of missing reading records on Monday last week. Please remind children to make sure they’re filled in with a minimum of five entries per week and that they’ve got them in their bag ready to bring in on Monday.
Next week we have two trips:
On Thursday we are dressing up as evacuees to go see Lotte Moore and hear about her time in the war.
On Friday we are off to St Paul’s to take part in a very special service about peace. Children will need a packed lunch.
Between Monday 12th and Friday 16th November we will be celebrating Anti-bullying week in school. To start this week off we will be taking part in The Anti Bulling Society’s ‘Odd Socks’ day. On Monday 12th we ask that all children wear a pair of odd socks to school. The Anti Bullying Society mark this as an opportunity for children to express themselves and celebrate their individuality. Throughout the week in school we will be having special assemblies and lessons.
And that’s all! Have a wonderful weekend, and a safe one if you are doing anything fireworks related!
12th October 2018
The Year 6 team are so proud once again of the children this week, particularly watching the determination in which they’ve been completing their assessments. They’ve worked so hard and they’ve certainly made a good show of enjoying them! We’ve had a lot of fun in the meantime too. In English, we’ve been beginning to learn about the Windrush and have researched lots of facts for it, ready to write a report and diary entry next week. In Science, the children had a lot of fun learning how to make a burglar alarm for Miss Frazer’s office. In RE, we’ve learnt all about why the Amrit Ceremony is so important for Sikhs and the children have written some amazing diary entries in role. And I think the highlight of the week was the Greek Olympics which Mrs Fox hosted on Thursday. I think the pictures speak for themselves!
We’ve also had a lot of sporting competitions going ahead this week, with our Cross Country team and Mayor’s Cup teams playing very well and showing amazing sportsmanship.
A couple of reminders for next week:
It’s our class assembly this Thursday so please practise your lines and the song over the weekend.
We have the Gospel Choir coming to sing for us on Tuesday and all parents are welcome.
It’s ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ day on Friday so children please come to school wearing your uniform, but with a red token added.
And finally it’s the best day of the year on Thursday: Family Supper! It’d be lovely to see as many of you there as possible - it’s always such a lovely (and tasty!) event.
I hope you all have an absolutely wonderful weekend and I look forward to seeing the children back on Monday,
5th October 2018
We’ve had yet another fun week in Year 6! In English, we’ve had a lot of fun writing ‘nonsense narratives’ based upon the Walrus and the Carpenter. They have been a lot of fun to mark! We’ve had all sorts of weird and wacky characters in them: from the Queen and F1 drivers to lions and mabbits (a sort-of cross between a rabbit and a mouse). We’ve been making sure our punctuation of dialogue is perfect, and have learnt how to include action clauses into our speech. Marking them in the evenings has certainly helped keep me cheery with these nights drawing in! We’ve also had even more fun, ok well maybe not quite as much, in maths learning about fractions! We can do all sorts of calculations with them now.
We’re all ready for our first Year 6 assessment week next week: children don’t need to worry about this at all but it will be really useful to me to assess where exactly where they when sitting last year’s SATs papers.
In Humanities this week, we’ve had a lot of fun writing a debate about schooling in Ancient Greece. Mrs Fox has also sent a letter home this week and has asked if the children could please bring in a bed sheet/Ancient Greece costume on Thursday to re-enact the Olympics. Watch this space for photos! We’ve also been learning to conduct experiments about electricity in Science, and have learnt all about a Gurdwara (Sikh place of worship) in RE and how this place of worship reflects Sikh values.
Upcoming events and dates for your diary:
Please join us on Monday 8th October, 9am, in St Peter’s Church for our Harvest Festival. If your child is bringing donations for the festival, then please bring them into school on Monday morning and the children will carry them over to church before making their offering at the beginning of the service.
Black History Week
The week beginning 15th October as a school we will be celebrating Black History Month. If you would like to be involved and come into school to help us celebrate please email and let us know. This week will include a special assembly on Tuesday 16th October at 9am with a Gospel Choir, please come and join us in the Scott Hall if you are free.
I hope lots of you will be able to join us on Thursday 18th October for our annual Family Supper. Please bring along a dish to share to the Scott Hall from 5 – 7pm.
Show Racism the Red Card
On Friday 19th October we are asking all of the children to add something red to their uniform to mark the national event ‘Show Racism the Red Card’.
Have a lovely weekend - hopefully the weather will be as beautiful as it has been today!
28th September 2018
Cakes, Cakes, Cakes
First of all a huge, huge thank you to everyone who donated towards our Macmillan Coffee Afternoon, and to everybody who attended. The biggest of thank yous to our wonderful Year 6 children, who worked tirelessly all afternoon promoting this amazing charity, welcoming everyone, serving and selling cakes, and our wonderful Y6 parents who helped out so much too.
We had so many cakes donated - they all looked amazing and tasted it too! I certainly won’t be needing dinner tonight! I am sure that by selling them Year 6 have raised lots of money for this special cause. I will update you on the amount once it’s been counted. Until then, I hope you have fun looking through our photo gallery!
We’ve had another fun week of learning in Year 6. In English, we’ve been learning all about semi-colons and colons and using them in our writing. We have also read a piece of classic poetry: The Walrus and the Carpenter by Lewis Carroll and acted it out. Next week we look forward to writing our own ‘nonsense’ narratives based upon it. In Maths, we’ve been calculating with fractions and have learnt that it is really important to know our times tables, inside and out, to help us calculate them quickly. In RE, we’ve been learning all about Vaisakhi and how it is a celebration of the founding of the Khalsa Sikhs.
Year 6 have worked very hard this week and I hope that you all have a very relaxing weekend.
See you Monday!
21st September, 2018
We’ve had yet another jam-packed week in Year 6! We’ve been very busy writing our biographies which the children researched over last weekend. They really are fantastic; it’s wonderful reading about the wide and varied people that inspire the children. There is some real heart felt writing going on, and I loved reading some of the anecdotal stories which the children have included when writing about family members! They are a must-read!
In maths this week we started off by playing a game using hot air balloons to help us with adding and subtracting negative numbers, and the children really flew with it. They’ve been impressing with their understanding of place value in both very large numbers (up to 10,000,000) and very small (decimals). Next week, we’re going to be learning all about calculating with fractions, beginning with adding and subtracting.
In RE, we’ve been learning about symbolism in Sikhism, and why the 5 ‘Ks’ are worn by Sikhs - the symbolism and importance is very interesting. In our Ancient Greece topic, we have had fun learning about Greek words and symbols. We’re very excited about the circuits in Science, and have learnt all about symbols which are used in technical drawings. We’re looking forward to investigating them further next week!
We also had a special video message from Dodge the Dog from CBBC who has promised us a visit!
A lot of children have started visiting secondary schools, which is great to see. Remember to tell the office too when children will be visiting. Remember to ensure you have submitted your application by 31st October.
Just a quick reminder that Year Six will be hosting a ‘Coffee and Catch Up’ afternoon next Friday (28th September) in order to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. From 14:30 3:15 we welcome you to the Scott building. A perfect opportunity to raise money for a worthy cause, catch up with friends and enjoy some cake and a hot drink. Ensure you bring along some change. All money raised will go to Macmillan. Any cake left over will be sold after school between the Scott building and KS1, allowing the children to join in with the fundraising too. Please donate a cake or two by delivering to the Scott building on the morning of the event.
Have a lovely, relaxing weekend,
14th September 2018
First exciting week of Year 6
First of all, it was so lovely to see so many of you yesterday at the Open Classroom Event and BBQ and to have a chat (and a burger!). I know that there were a couple of secondary open evenings last night so not everyone was able to make it, but if you do want to pop up and see the classroom then please do!
A fantastic first, full week back with Year 6! We have been re-capping the full range of place value this week in an attempt to restore any information forgotten over the long and probably non-mathematical summer holiday. At home this weekend, please keep on practising those time tables for a test on Monday. In English, we have been reading ‘Boy’ by Roald Dahl and writing a biography all about his fascinating life. We’ve been looking at using interesting sentence openers to make our writing more cohesive and engaging for the reader.
This has been a truly exciting week in Year 6 with two major events. The first and foremost being meeting our buddies. We were paired up on Thursday, had a little play together, and then today we had our very first Buddy Reading session which was just wonderful. The reception children were very sweet and well behaved (as were the Year 6s!) and Y6 looked after them extremely well. We can’t wait to see them again next week.
The second extra exciting event this week was that the children gave their House Captain speeches and the House Captains were chosen. The speeches were of an incredible standard; I am sure that the rest of the children in the school had a very difficult time choosing. We have been eagerly awaiting the results and we know that the chosen children will represent their houses well across the whole school.
Ethan and Nefertiti
Finn and Allegra
Jack and Beatrice
Eve and Eliza
Well done to all; the standard was excellent and we are full of pride. If you didn’t get house captain, don’t worry: we have plenty of extra responsibilities lined up for you! Watch this space for more info soon!
Have a wonderful weekend,
7th September 2018
Welcome back after the summer holidays - I hope that you had a wonderful one. It’s so lovely to see the children back again and they are looking very grown up!
They have all settled extremely well into Year 6, and have been excellent role models, fully showing that they are up to all of the extra (fun!) responsibilities that the year brings. Already, they are serving up the food in the lunch hall very well and making sure that all of the other children are eating well and healthily. Our fab chef, Andrew, has been full of praise for them.
One responsibility that Year 6 are certainly looking forward to is having a Reception Buddy! Next week we are hoping to meet our buddies and help them settle into school life. It will also give the Reception children a chance to interact and make friends with the older children.
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!
As well as doing lots of learning in English, Maths, Computing and RE this week, the children also had lots of fun trying out or new playground!
A Couple of Notices
Reading records are check every Monday, so please remind your child to bring in their reading record on Monday. We ask that children complete five entries a week in Year 6, but obviously because they've only been back two days we don't expect that much from this week - although they can if they want to!
We have PE on Monday, so please make sure that children bring in their PE kits school on Monday. Thank you.
Next Thursday 13th, we have our open classroom event from 5pm-6pm which will give you a chance to chat with me and have a look around the room - and please don’t forget our BBQ in the Scott Playground afterwards where hopefully the sun will continue to shine! It will be lovely to see lots of you there.
I hope you all have a very relaxed and restful weekend.