Spring 2 - 2017/18
Lent and Holy Week
LENT: We will be learning to appreciate that during Lent Christians resolve to change and to try to be more like Christ. We will listen to new Gospel stories about Jesus bringing change into the lives of the people he encountered.
HOLY WEEK: We will deepen our knowledge of the events of Holy week and our understanding of the foundation of the Church's celebration of the Mass.
Virtues and Values
This half term's Virtues and Values are: INTENTIONAL and PROPHETIC.
Intentional in the way we live and use the resources of the earth, guided by conscience; and prophetic in the example we set to others.
Our new topic this half term is.....
Welcome to the planet's coldest lands... vast, wild and hostile territories - incredibly beautiful yet often deadly. Take shelter from the elements or fall prey to icy winds and the deepest chill. Trek bravely and valiantly across the treacherous terrain to the Ends of the Earth, treading in deep snow or be pulled by a team of mighty sled dogs.
Be alert, for magnificent mammals roam these lands, sometime hungry or fresh for a fight. Perhaps a hungry polar bear or arctic fox is hunting rodents, as swift as the wind!
Research facts and figures of climate, temperature, habitats and ecosystems, and compose poems about the Northern Lights.
Become part of an Antarctic rescue team, braving the elements to rescue terrified passengers from a ship struck by a deadly iceberg that hides deep beneath the Antarctic Ocean.
So wrap up well everyone... let's head outside...
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Our next topic is:
We will be kick-starting our topic with a 'Mexican morning': Food tasting, music, dancing and festivals!
Our lessons over the next six weeks will cover everything from Mayans to the geographical features of Mexico; traditional & modern stories as well as learning about different festivals that take place and we can't wait to get started!
-Home work set over the christmas break is due in Monday 8th January
-PE kits need to be back in school this week before Wednesday 10th January
Check back here and look out for news of booster sessions taking place in school time ran by Mrs Armstrong, Mrs Damms, Mrs Heath and Mrs Barnett.
Followers of Christ:
In this unit of work we consider the call of the disciples by
Jesus. The children will learn about the demands that the
call of Christ placed on these first disciples and they will
think about ways in which people answer the call of Christ
today through the life of the Church.
The sun sets on the battle fields of France and a solitary bugle sounds the last post. Known as 'the war to end all wars' the First World War was a conflict that had a devastating effect on millions of people across the world.
What started this global tragedy? What was life like for families on the home front as they waited for the news of loved ones that were'missing in action'? How did the soldiers endure the terrible conditions of the trenches? How was the fragile peace finally achieved?
We will always remember the fallen.
Things to remember this half term:
*Mrs Damms will be running two Maths boosters a week for half an hour during lunchtimes (days will vary).
*Mrs Armstrong will be running a SATs booster once a week for half an hour during lunchtimes (days will vary).
*PE will continue to be on a Friday afternoon but please ensure kit is always in school in case bad weather changes our day. This half term we will be learning netball.
*Trip to Leamington War Memorial on the first morning back - coats needed - we will be back before lunchtime so no packed lunch required.
*Mass at St Peter's church on Wednesday 1st Nov - Year 5 and 6 will be walking to the church in the morning and will be back in school before lunchtime.
*Homework days remain the same as last half term.
*Spelling has moved to a Monday from now on.
Welcome to Y6
I hope you all had an excellent Summer. Mrs Heath, Mrs Vandenberg, Mrs Barnett and I can’t wait to hear all about it!
***TRIP: Day one will kick off with an eye-opening experience to start our first topic of the year off with the level of enthusiasm we mean to go on with – we hope you’re ready! Make sure you remember your packed-lunch, coats and (due to recent wet weather) wear your own clothes that you don't mind getting a little muddy during our trip to the Habitat Survival Trust on Tuesday 5th September.
Year 6 will be taught by Mrs Heath every Monday afternoon – Mrs Heath is very much a part of the Year 6 team so you will also see her on every Year 6 trip as well as taking part in our assemblies and any other lessons that she finds too interesting to miss!
PE lessons will take place on the same day each week (day TBC this week... check back here for updates) so please ensure that your kit is in school and stays in school throughout the week just in case we need a change of footwear or clothing for particular lessons.
This half term Art lessons will fall mainly on a Friday. If you have an old t-shirt (it doesn’t have to be yours, maybe ask parents/guardians for an old one of theirs so it covers more of your uniform!) please bring one of these in as soon as possible.
Please make sure you bring in a water bottle that you can take home each day, wash out and bring back – drinking water is really important!
Pencil cases are not required in the classroom - everybody will have their own pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, sharpener, highlighter etc. These a neatly packed away in a pencil pot on each table to save space, but please feel free to bring your pencil case to school and keep it in your bag ready for wet play times, lunch times or golden time!
Your child will receive a list of Home Learning Projects from which they can choose 4 to complete throughout the half term. These will be displayed on our ‘Home Learning’ board just outside the classroom.
As in previous years St Patrick’s will be providing your child with Homework books again this year. Year 6 homework is set up slightly differently to other year groups.
Monday – Reading Book and English task
Tuesday – Reading Book and Maths task
Wednesday – Reading Book and English task
Thursday – Reading Book and Maths task
Friday/Weekend – 10minuites reading per day; 10 minutes learning spellings per day; 10 minutes revising times-tables per day and lots of family time
This year we are starting a new reading challenge! We encourage children to read every evening, but we know this can be tricky sometimes. Reading at home can happen in the car on the journey home, during time set aside at home to read with your child or they can even read to themselves. PLEASE make sure you comment in their reading record to evidence the fact that they have read at home. Children who read (and have evidence of this in reading records) a minimum of 3 times a week throughout the whole school year will receive a very special reading award: The award for each year group is slightly different - so that means there are 7 to collect in total... I wondered if any children in Reception can collect all 7 by the time they leave in Year 6?
Please regularly check our class page for the latest information, photos of our learning and helpful documents for adults and yourselves.
See you on Tuesday!
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