Welcome Back!

We hope you have all had a lovely and relaxing holiday – thank you for all of our lovely cards and gifts that we received before the end of the Autumn term.

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Year 6 have had a really busy couple of weeks back after the Christmas break. Our theme this term is ‘Life is a Journey’ and we have explained to Year 6 how the next few months, of showing off all that they have learnt during their time at All Souls’ and preparing for their transition into secondary school, is all part of that journey. They have really stepped up to the increased workload and should be praised for this – some of them are even attending booster clubs before and during school hours!

In English, we have been reading ‘The Day of Ahmed’s Secret’ and are using this to support our writing of recounts. We have been introduced to lots of new terminology in our grammar lessons and are trying hard to apply this in our writing lessons. We can’t wait to find out what Ahmed’s secret is to see if any of our predictions are true!

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In Maths, we have been getting to grips with fractions, finding the HCFs to simplify them and the LCMs to create equivalent fractions. We have also been converting between mixed numbers and improper fractions – although it has been challenging, everyone has tried so hard to improve their knowledge and understanding. Next week we will begin adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions so our brains might be a little frazzled by the weekend!

We are also trialling Times Tables Rockstars at the minute (as most of you at home are probably aware!) and it is clear that the children are not only really enjoying it but also increasing their speed and accuracy in recalling their times tables which is great to see! Lorcan and Harry continue to steal the top spot from eachother! We invited Year 5 to be part of the fun but that also meant a friendly war…. both classes are currently competing in a battle with eachother and ,with it being so close, it is impossible to predict which one will win! The current score is: Hartwell and the Rolling Year Sixes have 35,457 points and Rolison and the Funky Fives have 34,073 points! The battle ends on Wednesday so we will update you with a winner soon!

We also shared another lovely prayer service with our prayer friends in Reception. Lucas, Luke and Aaron taught us about how we can be more loving and spread peace. We practised offering eachother the sign of peace with a handshake beforesigning the hymn ‘Let there be love’ together.

Have a lovely weekend! 🙂

 

 

Whole school mass

We gathered as a whole school for Mass this morning to mark the beginning of a new term and a new year. Year 6 reverently reflected on the nativity scene to think about the Christmas journey with the arrival of baby Jesus and the three wise men.

Times Tables Rockstars!

Year 6 are currently trialling Timestables Rockstars and it is safe to say the battle is well and truly on!

Currently in the lead is Brock Rockdust (Lorcan!) with an average of 1.37seconds per question! Craig Cutler (Pierce!) is the richest with £39,369 in his bank!

Keep up the good work Year 6 🙂

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Life is a Journey Homework Task

Curriculum Unit Homework Task

Set: Monday 14th January 2019             

Due: Friday 22nd March 2019

Life is a Journey: Confirmation

As part of your Confirmation journey, you are asked to select a Saint’s name to embrace. This should be someone who is a strong catholic role model that you aim to follow on your journey to heaven. It is important to understand the life journey of that particular Saint during these preparation months. The Saint you choose can be someone whose life and/or teaching you look up to. Perhaps the Saint shares a common interest or passion that you do. Perhaps instead, that Saint shares a trait that you desire for your own life.

This term’s homework task is to choose the Saint who inspires you the most and present their journey.

Your project should show understanding of the following areas:

  • Why we choose a Saint’s name for Confirmation
  • A summary of the events of your Saint’s life including any obstacles or struggles they overcame
  • An overview of their catholic journey
  • Their qualities, accomplishments and what they are known for
  • The reason you chose this Saint and what makes you want to be like them
  • How you will try to be more like them as you prepare for Confirmation and how you will continue to try to be like this Saint after you are confirmed.

You could also write a prayer to this Saint asking for guidance through this journey.

If you need any help with ideas or access to resources, please come and ask and I will help in any way that I can.

I am really looking forward to seeing what you produce and sharing your work with your parents and/or sponsors at our Saint-speeding event and the rest of the school on our Celebration Day.

Good luck!

Spellings

This week’s spellings are:

existence

explanation

familiar

foeign

forty

These will be tested, along with 5 previous spellings, on 14/01/18.

Happy New Year!

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We hope you have all had a lovely break!

Please keep up to date with our class blog to find out what the Spring Term has in store for us!

Merry Christmas!

Year 6 have had a lazy PJ day whilst getting into the festive spirit by making Christmas cards and calendars for the new year!

They then spent the afternoon eating donuts and watching How the Grinch stole Christmas!

A perfect end to a busy term 🙂

Thank you for all of the cards, presents and Christmas wishes we’ve received. We look forward to seeing you at the Christmas Eve Mass and hope that you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Mrs Hartwell & Mrs Elkins

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