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World Book Day

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We had lots of fun on World Book Day. The theme of the day was 'Curl up with a Book' so we all came to school in our pyjamas. The day started with an amazing breakfast club and/or revision and then we meet Harry Heape the author of Shiny Pipkins and the Broken Forest. The afternoon was spend completing maths challenges based on Miss Taylor's favourite book - 365 Penguins.

Virtues in Action - Theme Week

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We spent the week learning about the virtues of perseverance, determination, faith, hope and charity. Throughout the week we completed lots of interesting challenges including outdoor maths and building tents. We had lots of visitors who taught us about living with a disability and Sikhism, they were inspiring and taught us that everyone is a gift from God. One of our biggest challenges was learning Thrive - a new More than Dance routine which we then performed during our liturgy! We hope you enjoy our photo story.

Christmas Bauble Making

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On Thursday 13th December the children had a fantastic morning making Christmas Baubles! Watch the photo story to see the focus and determination on their faces!

The Start Project - Northern Ballet

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This half term the children have started their work with Northern Ballet and were very excited to find out that they would be one of the first classes to work towards the Discover Arts Award. Phillipa, from Northern Ballet, came into St. Anthony's to introduce The Nutcracker to the children and teach them some of the dances. All of the children were absolutely wonderful and thoroughly enjoyed the workshop where they created their own dances with complete enthusiasm. They were an absolute pleasure to be with on our visit to the theatre and are now looking forward to their next workshop and visit to the theatre to watch The Victoria! Watch our Photo Story to see just how amazing the children were.

Theme Week - Life As A Child in 1918

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Last week the children experienced what life was like for a child in 1918. They spent Tuesday dressed up completing challenges that children at that time would have had to do. On Thursday, the whole school went to Beamish and had an amazing day looking at building from that time, riding on trams, going down the mine and learning what life was like for a child soldier. Have a look at our Photo Story to see the highlights of our week.

Making Periscopes - Science

Mount St. Mary's High School 'Experience' Day!

smiley Welcome to Year 6 smiley

 

Hello and welcome back to St. Anthony’s after what we hope has been a wonderful break for you all. Year 6 is an important time for all of us - we’ve planned some exciting and challenging lessons for you that hopefully you will enjoy and that will help you achieve the very best that you can. There are two phrases that you will hear a lot this year – NEVER GIVE UP and EVERY MINUTE MATTERS but always remember we will always be there for you, to encourage and support you in whatever way we can.

 

You know this half term we will be reading The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and this will link to our History topic of World War 1. Please keep a look out for any mention of this significant event as we commemorate the end of the war 100 years ago this November.

 

Things to remember:

You will be doing Athletics in PE so please remember your PE kits on Tuesday and Wednesdays.

You need to read every night and ask your adult to sign your planner.

 

We are looking forward to seeing you all on Tuesday and starting a very exciting year ahead.

 

See you all soon,

From Miss Taylor and Mrs McFadden

Year 6 2017-18

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Career Kids!

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On Tuesday 12th June, Year 6 had a morning experiencing the world of work working with ‘Business in the Community.’ They undertook workshops from three different companies (a bank, law company and engineering company) thinking about the skill set required for each. Thank you to ‘Business in the Community’ for organising this for us and to the three companies who gave up their time too.

Countryside Live!

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On Thursday 24th May, during our National Trust Week, Year 6 visited the Ledston Estate to celebrate Countryside Live! When we arrived, we headed straight to the arena to watch a wonderful Birds of Prey show, which included owls, falcons and even a vulture! Afterwards, we learnt about bats and how you can determine the age of a tree without cutting it down. Throughout the day, we met a group of adorable beagles as well as different farm animals and even watched the world-famous Sheep Show – they were very entertaining! Finally, we saved the best to last… chicks! All the children were able to hold one and learn about candling and hatching.

Brimham Rocks

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On Wednesday 23rd May, during our National Trust Week, Year 6 visited Brimham Rocks to explore the incredible rock formations from 320 million years ago! When we arrived, we were greeted by Stephen, who then gave us a guided tour of rocks like ‘The Dancing Bear,’ ‘T-Rex’ and ‘ET’ as well as showing an incredible pile of rocks simply balancing on a pedestal. We learnt about the science behind the rocks and how they are all examples of sedimentary rocks due to being formed in a river bed and then rising to the Earth’s surface during the rock cycle. Afterwards, we ate our lunch (which we had to hide from the birds) and set off to explore more of the rocks. In the afternoon, we had lots of fun playing hide and seek and investigating the many formations. We ended our afternoon with a lovely Yorkshire ice-cream. What an amazing day we had – I hope you all told your families about it and you can return with your siblings to explore even more!

Sci-Fi with Robi the Robot

During our English lessons during Spring 2, Year 6 wrote some of the most incredible stories I have ever read! Each story is based on a humanoid named Robi - who came to visit our school during Terrific Technology week last year. Robi has had many amazing senses implemented into his system and we wrote stories about how these have helped him to complete many missions throughout the universe. Please pop into Year 6 to have a read - they are truly out of this world!

Macbeth

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On Wednesday 7th March, Maria from ‘One Day Creative’ delivered an amazing Macbeth workshop to Year 6. Firstly, the children were told to think of a protector and traitor within their class; they had to walk around the hall staying as close to their protector and as far away from their traitor! It got very interesting when tags were introduced and everyone forgot who their protector and traitor were as they just wanted to collect tags! This showed us how Macbeth became obsessed with power and forgot about his friends and enemies. Before starting the main activities, we quickly recapped the plot of Macbeth by involving everyone as different characters – this included a lot of deaths! Afterwards, we got ourselves into threes and performed the Three Weird Sister’s famous speech – ‘Double, double toil and trouble! Fire burn and cauldron bubble.’ Then, we played ‘Conscience Alley’ and had to take sides on whether or not Macbeth should murder Banquo – there were some fantastic reasons! Finally, in pairs, we rehearsed a line from one of Macbeth’s soliloquys and performed them to the rest of the class dramatically!

Inspirational visitors

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Throughout Aspirations week, Year 6 had many visitors who inspired us all to strive to achieve our best. Thank you to the many members of the community who gave up their time to talk to Year 6.

Year 6's Aspirations

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During Aspirations week, Year 6 created collages of their hopes and dreams for the future. Firstly, we went to the Computer Suite to save and print different images. Back in class, we cut them all out and positioned them before sticking them down. We decided to put the most important hopes and dreams in the middle to show they will be at the centre of everything we do and then positioned places we want to visit and possessions we want to own around the side to show they are less important. Once our collages were finished, we wrote explanations in our creative writing books about the different images. Finally, we created a gallery and everyone admired their peers’ ambitions.

First Aid with St. John's Ambulance

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On Thursday 8th February, we were visited by Caroline from St. John’s Ambulance who spoke to us about the importance of First Aid. We learnt about the DR ABC:
Danger – check the area is safe around the patient;
Response – see if the patient can communicate with you;
Airway – check the patient’s airways are open;
Breathing – check the patient is breathing;
Circulation – check the patient is not losing any blood.
Afterwards, we learnt how to put the patient into the recovery position and practised with a partner. Thank you Caroline for coming and teaching us these essential skills!

Faculty of Engineering - Leeds University

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On Monday 5th February, to begin our exciting Aspirations Week, Year 6 visited the Faculty of Engineering at Leeds University. To begin we entered an enormous lecture theatre to see where all the students learn; it was huge compared to our classroom and could fit our entire school! Afterwards, we went to classroom and filled in a questionnaire about what we already knew about engineering.
Our first activity was to investigate the different properties and uses for the HESCO bastion – a product primarily used for flood defences and military fortifications. We thought about how HESCO tested it before manufacturing it in large numbers by creating our own smaller versions. Our second activity was to make tetrahedrons using sticks and elastic bands – we didn’t realise engineering was so hands-on! Finally, Dr Kerry Baker gave us a guided tour around the Faculty of Engineering and saw some of the incredible machinery, robots, computers and even drones the students are lucky enough to use. I hope this trip has inspired many of you to become engineers!

Robinwood 2018

 

On Monday 8th January 2018, Year 5 and 6 set off on their residential to Robinwood, Alston. As we pulled into the car park, we were greeted by our team leaders and completed our first activity – walking to Robinwood! When we arrived, we had our lunch and started our first activity – no time to waste! Over the next two days, we all completed a wide range of activities: Obstacle Course, Nightline, Archery, Caving, Piranha Pool, Quest, Dungeon of Doom, Crate Challenge, Climbing Wall, Trapeze, Canoeing, Zip-wire and Giant Swing. All the children gave 100% in every single activity and it was a privilege to accompany them on this trip! I hope the courage, independence, perseverance, maturity and strength they showed over these three days continues at home and in the classroom.

Well done Year 5 and 6!

Hill

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Valley

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Wood

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Year 6's Christmas Adverts

 

During our Computing lessons this half term, we have planned and created our own Christmas adverts. To get inspiration, we watched lots of different Christmas adverts and discussed in detail the powerful messages and hashtags that the companies had used. In groups, we then decided on a plot, message and hashtag as well as creating a props list! On Monday 18th December, each group took their photographs and, in the afternoon, created their photostory in the Computer Suite. Finally, we carefully selected appropriate music to accompany the photographs. Take a look at our amazing creations below…

#includeeveryone

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#helpthischristmas

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#givealittlemorethischristmas

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#respectothers

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#spendittogether

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#wishesdocometrue

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Creative RE - Advent

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During the week commencing 4th December 2017, Year 6 participated in different activities to show the meaning of Advent. Firstly, on Monday 4th December, we learnt a beautiful dance with More Than Dance which celebrated the birth of Jesus; we showcased our amazing dance on Tuesday to the rest of the school and our parents. On Friday 8th December, we combined our maths and art skills to create beautiful stain glass window-inspired artwork using pastels. Take a look at our incredible work….
On Monday 4th December, Year 6 visited Beeston Library to participate in a workshop called 'Hour of Code.' When we arrived, we were put into groups of three or four and used an iPad to complete 20 different coding activities using the website www.hourofcode.com. We were all amazing and every group managed to finish this tricky challenge within the hour we had been given - the best time being just 31minutes! Wow!

Should Honeysuckle Triangle be developed?

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On Friday 1st December, a very important debate was held in Year 6 - should Honeysuckle Triangle be developed into a leisure complex? Firstly, Mrs Nicholson introduced a very idyllic park (Honeysuckle Triangle) which catered for the needs of all the local residents - children, schools, wildlife experts, bird-watchers, grandparents and many more. However, a local property developer had proposed plans to destroy the park to create a new leisure complex which would include: a cinema and bowling alley as well as new houses and a supermarket. The class were torn! We all thought of many different for and against reasons and then the children decided whether they wanted to be a panel member (Chairman, Property Developer, Supermarket Manager, RSPCA representative and local Head teacher) or a local resident who would be asking the panel questions (teenagers, retired residents, graduates and parents). After being given a role, the children then all wrote a speech, which included emotive language, to share at the debate. On debate day, the children all conducted themselves very well throughout both debates and the Chairman and Chairwoman ensured everyone followed the rules. After both debates, the children then all voted in a ballot as to whether or not it should be developed. Ask the children of Year 6 what the outcome was....

Northern Ballet - The Little Mermaid

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On Friday 24th November, Year 6 participated in a ballet workshop with Northern Ballet. The focus was ‘The Little Mermaid’ as this is their Christmas Ballet. During the morning, we completed special ballet warm-ups, learnt first and second position, learnt specific dance moves the sailors will use within the performance and, finally, created our own sailor dances! We are really looking forward to our trip to see ‘The Little Mermaid’ at the Grand Theatre on Thursday 7th December.

The Cave

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On Tuesday 31st October, Year 6 had an action-packed day with the Alive and Kicking Theatre Company in their production of ‘The Cave.’ Over the course of the day, we delved into two stories: one set in Montignac, France in 1940 and one set during the Stone Age. However, both had the same link – the cave!

In France, the main characters were Nicole and Marcel – two cousins – who ventured around an abandoned chateau and came across the most incredible cave paintings. However, this did lead to many arguments when the rest of the town found out! Fortunately, they told their teacher who contacted the French authorities and they were able to confirm that they were genuine Stone Age paintings! These caves can be visited by the public now - The Lascaux Cave.

In the Stone Age, we were introduced to the Reindeer tribe and two special children – Nala and Gam. The medicine woman of the tribe (Olga) named Nala as her apprentice, however, this caused the tribe to worry when Nala began to paint different prophecies on the cave walls. Unfortunately, one of the prophecies showed a man being killed by a bison and when the hunters returned they brought the terrible news that the tribe leader had been killed! Olga announced there was to be a trial held as to whether or not Nala was cursed and would bring more death to the tribe. Fortunately, we all participated in the trial and Nala was found innocent. However, life in the tribe was not easy for her and she decided to leave, along with Gam, and head North.

Year 6 were amazing throughout the whole day and I can’t wait to see the impact of this drama work on their writing. Each child has chosen which story they would like to focus on and we have already linked our grammar work to it – writing informal dialogue and using expanded noun phrases to enhance the description.

Dance! Dance! Dance!

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Throughout #moreincommon week, we had many visitors who taught us dances from different cultures and countries. On Tuesday 17th October, we were taught a dance to celebrate the Festival of Lights – Diwali. On Thursday 19th October, we were taught an upbeat Bollywood dance and performed it to the whole school – they were very impressed. Finally, on Friday 20th October, we collaborated with Year 5, Year 4 and Year 3 and were taught (by More Than Dance Company) a dance to Emeli Sande’s Wonderful. This dance was incredible and we showcased it, along with flags and scarves, in the Key Stage Two playground to Key Stage One and all our parents. It was the perfect end to an amazing week and showed how united we are as a school community. Watch the video above of some of the dance highlights from the week…

Gardening

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On Tuesday 17th October, Beeston in Bloom came to our school to create a new garden area in memory of Val Duggan. With eager, green fingers, the Year 6 children all contributed to making the area look beautiful. It is certainly a part of our school that Val would love!

#moreincommon week

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On Monday 16th October, we began our #moreincommon week by all coming to school wearing something that resembled our heritage and attended an assembly, led by Mr Whittle, to introduce our theme week. Back in class, we told each other what we were wearing and why, as well as learning about the heritage of our teachers. Within Year 6, we represent 12 different countries around the world and 5 different continents. How amazing!

smiley  Welcome to Year 6  smiley

 

I hope that you all had an enjoyable summer break and that you are ready to begin this important and exciting year in school. As this is your last year at St. Anthony's, I hope that we can work together to make it a happy year in which you fulfil your potential. In order to achieve your potential, it is important that you come into school with a mature attitude towards your learning and continue this at home.  Here are a few remainders to help you along the way:

 

*Reading at home every night and ensuring an adult signs your planner.

*Learning your weekly spellings and the rules which will help you to spell unfamiliar words.

*Completing your weekly homework to a high standard. 

*Ensuring you bring your planner everyday to school to write any important notes down or important dates.

*Having your PE kits in school (PE days will be a Monday and Tuesday).

*Arriving at school on time ready for our first lesson of the day - Guided Reading.

 

Our classroom is ready for an action-packed year and the displays are waiting for all your wonderful work to go up! My favourite display is our 'Charles Dickens' Reading Challenge' where you can make your way to different Victorian London landmarks as Oliver Twist every time you complete a new book for pleasure. Which books have you read over the summer? Remember to bring one to school on your first day back - Tuesday 5th September. 

 

I am really looking forward to teaching you all this year and there is lots to look forward to, including our first themed week in October - #moreincommon. 

 

Mrs Nicholson 

Sports Day

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On Wednesday 19th July, Year 6 participated in their final sports day. All the children showed fantastic skills and teamwork. A special mention to our winners - the green team! Well done!

Leaver's Trip

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On Monday 17th July, Year 6 had a fantastic day in Leeds City Centre. Firstly, we all caught the bus into the centre and had two games of bowling – there were some extraordinary scores! After lunch, we walked to Vue Cinema at The Light and watched Despicable Me 3 which was very funny. On our return to school, we had pizzas outside and played in the glorious sunshine. A super day for a super class!
On Wednesday 21st June, Year 6 visited Beeston Library. During our visit, we discussed different classic texts and used special Lego kits to create famous scenes from these stories: Oliver Twist, Treasure Island, The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe, Harry Potter, The Secret Garden and Tom's Midnight Garden. Can you guess which scenes come from the different books?

Discover Engineering at Leeds University

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On Friday 16th June, Year 6 caught the bus to Leeds University and spent the morning in the Engineering Department. Throughout the morning, the children developed their team work skills by organising photographs into an order which created a product; working against a time limit to produce as many products as possible as well as creating a 3D pyramid bigger than the teachers! Afterwards, we were lucky enough to be shown around the different laboratories within the department as well as sitting in a lecture theatre which has enough seats for 300 students! It was amazing to see how inspired many of the children were during this morning and I hope many of them return to the university as students!

York Chocolate Story

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On Thursday 25th May, Year 6 visited York for a day full of chocolate! In the morning, we participated in a workshop about how chocolate can change state just like water and made a delicious milk chocolate bar. After lunch (and our chocolate bars) we walked round to York Chocolate Story where we learnt about the history of chocolate, how York is the capital of chocolate as well as how it is made. To finish the day, we completed a treasure hunt around York finding the many chocolate, sweet and fudge shops as well as a new Harry Potter shop - just for Elle-Ann!

Sweet treats!

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We couldn't have a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory themed week without any chocolate! Firstly, we made and decorated our own chocolate lollies; the best part was tasting them! We also created our own Wonka-inspired Knickerbocker Glory with vanilla ice-cream and lots of sweet treats - they tasted amazing after all the hot weather we'd had.

Musicals week - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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Throughout Musicals Week, Year 6 had lots of fun completing activities linked to their own end of year musical - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. On Tuesday, they designed and created their own board games with a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Maths theme - some of the questions were very tricky. Mrs Harvey laminated these and on Friday morning different pairs played each others games! On Wednesday, Year 6 were given a task by Willy Wonka - to create a brand new creation that could be made inside his Chocolate Factory. In groups, the children designed their product and packaging, researched ingredients and pricing and calculated the profit Wonka would make. Finally, they created a presentation which gave all these details and explained it all to Willy Wonka's representative - Miss Leonard! She was extremely impressed!

Year 6 parent leaflet (understanding progress scores March 2017)

Twelfth Night Live

Twelfth Night Live 1 During the Easter holidays, on Thursday 6th April, twenty-one children from Year 6 attended a viewing of National Theatre Live's Twelfth Night at Vue Kirkstall Road Cinema. This trip had been organised due to the children's dedication and enthusiasm during their English lessons on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and Macbeth. At the cinema, many members of the public commented on the children's impeccable behaviour and were extremely impressed that children aged 10 and 11 were able to understand and enjoy one of Shakespeare's challenging plays. The children thoroughly enjoyed watching the play live and were particularly impressed with how the National Theatre Company had adapted it into modern times. I hope Year 6's love of Shakespeare continues at high school!

Robi the Robot

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On Thursday 9th February, Robi the Robot visited Year 6 along with Steve and Emily from Pudsey Computers. Firstly, Robi introduced himself and told us lots of facts about what he can do and his many different sensors. He impressed us with his tai chi, football and story-telling – we couldn’t take our eyes off him! Afterwards, Emily introduced the task we had been set – to write a brand new story for Robi to tell on YouTube! We worked in pairs to complete a story plan all about Robi’s sensors and how, at times, these have helped him to get out of difficult situations! As we were writing, the adults selected the best parts from everyone’s stories and these have all made it into the final story. We can’t wait to watch Robi perform our story on his YouTube channel – the link the follow shortly!

Phenomenal Photography

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During our Technology week, Year 6 have taken incredible pictures of the nature around St. Anthony’s. Before we headed outside, we practised focusing, zooming in and out and ensuring we knew how to get the perfect shot. I have a feeling there may be some professional photographers of the future in this class!

Technology at Northern Ballet

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On Wednesday 8th February, the Northern Ballet Technicians visited Year 6. Firstly, they explained what their job entails and how technology is used in every single department at Northern Ballet. We watched a time-lapse video of a set being created and couldn’t believe how many props and lights were needed! Afterwards, we were split into three groups and explored some of the equipment used by the technicians. We all became Stage Directors with headsets and had to give instructions to our team around the hall. Then, we became Lighting Engineers and used different colours and effects to light up our hall. Finally, we used some of the different props like the robotic swan from Swan Lake and the incredible snow machine. We are extremely grateful to Northern Ballet for giving us the opportunity to explore all these incredible examples of technology!

Junior Jam - GarageBand

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On Monday 6th February, after we had all met Titan, a company called ‘Junior Jam’ came to our classroom to teach us how to use GarageBand. Throughout the day we used the app to create a song which included: an intro, verse, chorus, bridge and outro. We learnt how to include different instruments, how to change the tempo and dynamics and also recorded ourselves. The day after, we wrote instructions on how to use the app for the younger year groups and hope to test out these instructions with Year 3 at the end of the week.

Titan

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To begin our Terrific Technology week, the whole school went into the hall for a special assembly. Mrs Shelton began by asking us all to think about when we use technology and why it is so useful. After a few minutes, she said a special friend was coming to visit. The hall fire door crept open… for us all to see an enormous robot – Titan! He was huge! We all had so much fun getting to know Titan as well as also getting a little wet! Watch the video above to see how incredible Titan is…

Robinwood 2017

 

On Monday 9th January 2017, Year 6 set off on their residential to Robinwood, Alston. As we pulled into the car park, we were greeted by our team leaders (Bradley, Arthur and Carrig) and completed our first activity – the Moorland Challenge. On arrival at Robinwood, we were shown where our bedrooms were and all packed our kit bags ready for the day’s activities. Over the next two days, we all completed a wide range of activities: Obstacle Course, Nightline, Archery, Caving, Piranha Pool, Dungeon of Doom, Crate Challenge, Climbing Wall, Trapeze, Canoeing, Zip-wire and Giant Swing.  All the children gave 100% in every single activity and it was a privilege to accompany them on this trip! I hope the courage, independence, perseverance, maturity and strength they showed over these three days continues at home and in the classroom. Well done Year 6!

Avalanche

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Waterfall

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Christmas Computing 

During this half term, Year 6 have been thinking about the importance of ensuring everyone has a wonderful Christmas. After watching some very famous Christmas adverts as inspiration, in groups of five, the children created their own Christmas slogans and generated a story which would promote this. In the next lesson, the children created a storyboard and planned where, when and what they would need to act out their story. Once all of their props had been brought into school, each group organised themselves into: actors, director and photographer. Finally, once all the photographs had been taken, in their groups they used Photostory to create their story as well as selecting a song which also highlighted the slogan. Look at their amazing teamwork and computing skills below.... and Merry Christmas everyone! 

#Presentsforeveryone

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Group 1 - Jessica, Isabel, Isaac, Niamh and Amaan

#MerryChristmas

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Group 2 - Kaii, Cameron, Olivia, Emily D and Oscar

#Sharingiscaring

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Group 3 - Jasmine, Emily S, Ben, Gabriel and Elle

#SpecialChristmas

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Group 4 - Lennan, Adam, Elle-Ann, Sienna and Daisy

#Christmasisforeveryone

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Group 5 - Bonnie, Darragh, Joel, Dylan and Kasia

#Christmasintheair

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Group 6 - Connor, Libby, Ify, Shehzana and Jack

Sing-a-thon at Leeds Trintiy

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On Friday 9th December, St. Anthony's Chamber Choir participated in the St. Vincent's Sing-a-thon at Leeds Trinity Shopping Centre. The event was organised by St. Vincent's in order to raise money for the less fortunate in our area this Christmas. Our slot was between 2pm and 3pm and we sang a total of 18 Christmas carols. Throughout the hour that we sang, many shoppers stopped to watch us perform and the public on the escalators could be seen singing along! A huge thank you to all of the children's families who also came down to the centre to support us too! Merry Christmas!

Northern Ballet - Beauty and the Beast

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On Friday 2nd December, we participated in our second Northern Ballet class which this time had a focus from 'Beauty and the Beast.' Just like our first session, we began by warming up and then learnt about how Northern Ballet have adapted the story. Following this, we created our own short dances, in groups of four, using what we had learnt about the beast. Once again, the children were all incredible during this session and particularly impressed Leanne (Director of Learning for Northern Ballet). We can' t to see the performance on Thursday 15th December at The Grand Theatre in Leeds.

Should Honeysuckle Triangle be developed into a leisure complex?

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Since the beginning of the new half term, Year 6 have begun their 'Balanced Arguments' unit in their English lessons. Firstly, Mrs Nicholson introduced a very idyllic park (Honeysuckle Triangle) which catered for the needs of all the local residents - children, schools, wildlife experts, bird-watchers, grandparents and many more. However, a local property developer had proposed plans to destroy the park to create a new leisure complex which would include: a cinema and bowling alley as well as new houses and a supermarket. The class were torn! We all thought of many different for and against reasons and then the children decided whether they wanted to be a panel member (Chairman, Property Developer, Supermarket Manager, RSPCA representative and local Head teacher) or a local resident who would be asking the panel questions (teenagers, retired residents, graduates and parents). After being given a role, the children then all wrote a speech, which included emotive language, to share at the debate. On Wednesday 9th November, it was debate day! The children all conducted themselves very well throughout both debates and the Chairman and Chairwoman ensured everyone followed the rules. After both debates, the children then all voted in a ballot as to whether or not it should be developed. Ask the children of Year 6 what the outcome was....

Quest chapters

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During our first half term, Year 6 have created a full Quest story by all writing different chapters within it.  The Quest story we have written is non-linear, therefore the reader is given a choice at the end of each chapter which allows them to create a personalised route through the story. Before starting to write our own Quest story, we read 'Barrowquest' which gave us lots of ideas, new vocabulary and gave us an understanding of the features. Once we had planned our chapters, we then wrote our first draft. After this, we edited and improve this version and allowed our writing partners to peer assess this before then copying it for our display. Before putting all the chapters on display, Mrs Harvey created a booklet of all our work so we could all take it home and read our complete story. We gave Miss Leonard and Mr Whittle a copy too - we hope they enjoyed reading it as much as we enjoyed writing them! 

Marvellous Maths week

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Year 6 had an action-packed Marvellous Maths week - watch the video above to see the different visitors we had and the exciting activities we completed.

Chicken Shop Shakespeare

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On Wednesday 19th October, Year Six were invited over to Beeston Library to participate in a Shakespeare workshop which was led by the Chicken Shop Shakespeare group. The afternoon focused on the children gaining a better understanding of the different roles within Shakespeare's plays - hero, villain, royalty and jester. We focused on 'Romeo and Juliet' for the majority of the afternoon and tried to take on each character's persona. We certainly have actors and actresses of the future in this class!

Den Building

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On Tuesday 18th October, during out Marvellous Maths week, Year 6 spent the afternoon creating dens! Firstly, we organised ourselves into teams of five and decided what shape the base of our den would be. Next, we used different sized sticks to give our dens height - it was important to put the sticks into the ground diagonally to make the den stronger. As we began peg sheets onto our dens, it did start to rain but we didn't let this dampen our spirits! Quickly, our dens were finished - some with every impressive entrances! We all then sheltered in them as the rain pitter-pattered on the roofs! As always, the children used fantastic co-operation and listening skills throughout the activity - well done Year 6!

Northern Ballet - Hare and the Tortoise

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On Friday 7th October, Northern Ballet visited St. Anthony's and held a workshop for our Year 6 class. The theme of the workshop was 'The Hare and the Tortoise' as Year 6 will be going to watch it being performed by Northern Ballet at the Bradford Alhambra. We began by warming up and learning first and second position; we then listened to the story of 'The Hare and the Tortoise' and learnt some of the moves that the dancers will be performing live on stage. Finally, in groups of four, we put together everything we had learnt and created our own dances. The children's teamwork and co-operation was excellent - I was very proud and impressed! We all can't wait to our visit to the theatre now!

Dissection of the lungs and heart

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On Monday 19th September, Mr Hicklin and Martin (from the Mount St. Mary's science department) spent the morning with Year 6 and completed a dissection of the lungs and heart! Firstly, we talked about our many organs and how they all work together to keep us alive. We then looked closely at the Respiratory System and labelled the parts on a diagram: trachea, bronchus, bronchioles and alveloi. Mr Hicklin then showed us these parts on a pair of real lungs and then allowed us to work as a table to complete a dissection of the lungs. Afterwards, we impressed Mr Hicklin with our own knowledge of the heart: how it has four chambers, sends deoxygenated blood to lungs and then sends oxygenated blood around our bodies - he was very impressed! Due to this, he then allowed our tables to dissect a heart. Mr Daly visited our class during this lesson and also learnt lots of new facts! Watch our video to see how much we all enjoyed this lesson...

Roald Dahl's 100th birthday

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On Tuesday 13th September, Year 6 celebrated Roald Dahl's 100th birthday with the rest of the children and staff at St. Anthony's. The day began with a wonderful whole school assembly which included a very special Roald Dahl quiz as well as a brand new story which included many of our favourite characters (although they did look a lot like our teachers too!) Back in Year 6, we continued to focus on Roald Dahl's 'Boy: Tales of Childhood' and planned chapters for our own autobiographies which included lots of exaggeration like his! In the afternoon, we created gruesome stories of how our favourite sweets were created - just like Thwaites did in 'Boy' and we ended the day with our own quiz. Have a look at our amazing outfits in the video above...

smiley Welcome to Year 6 smiley

 

I hope that you all had an enjoyable summer break and that you are ready to begin this important and exciting year in school. As this is your last year at St. Anthony's, I hope that we can work together to make it a happy year in which you fulfil your potential. In order to achieve your potential, it is important that you come into school with a mature attitude towards your learning and continue this at home.  Here are a few remainders to help you along the way:

 

*Reading at home every night and ensuring an adult signs your planner.

*Learning your weekly spellings and the rules which help you to spell unfamiliar words.

*Completing your Learning Log to a high standard.

*Ensuring you bring your planner everyday to school to write any important notes down or important dates.

*Having your PE kits in school (PE days will be a Monday and Wednesday)

*Arriving at school on time ready for our first lesson of the day - Guided Reading.

 

Our classroom is ready for an action-packed year and the displays are waiting for all your wonderful work to go up! My favourite display is our new 'Charles Dickens' Reading Challenge' where you can make your way to different Victorian London landmarks as Oliver Twist every time you complete a new book for pleasure. Which books have you read over the summer? Remember to bring one to school on your first day back - Tuesday 6th September. 

 

I am really looking forward to teaching you all this year, there is lots to look forward to including our Marvellous Maths week which begins on 17th October this half term.

 

Mrs Nicholson 

London

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On Thursday 14th July, Year 6 travelled down to London for their final school trip. Bright and early, we all arrived at Leeds Train Station and set off down to London King’s Cross Station. We went straight onto the Victoria Underground line to Green Park – the station closest to Buckingham Palace. When we arrived, the Changing of the Guard was taking place so we squeezed our way through all the crowds to try and see! From there, we walked round to St. James’ Park and ate our lunch. In the afternoon, we walked to the London Eye and saw many spectacular views from the top. Afterwards, we walked over Westminster Bridge and saw Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Downing Street and Trafalgar Square. Finally, we walked to Covent Garden and all thoroughly enjoyed watching the street entertainers – especially Marcus and Lewis!

Fun Run 2016

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On Friday 27th May – the final day of our ‘Going for Gold’ week – the whole school took part in a Fun Run. It was lovely to see so many parents coming to support the children as well as some who participated themselves – thank you! Take a look at the pictures above to see how we all got on…

Xscape

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On Thursday 26th May, Year 6 spent the day at Xscape. When we arrived we headed straight for Volcano Falls Adventure Golf and all completed 18 difficult holes! Favour did incredibly well on the special 19th hole and got a hole in one which earned her a free game of golf that she can bring her family for.
Afterwards, we walked round to the Snozone and all got ready for our very first ski lesson. The equipment was very hard to get on but we got there….finally! We entered the Snozone and the temperature plummeted – good job we were all wrapped up. At the beginning of the lesson we all became familiar with moving the skis along the snow as well as attempting to stay upright! Once we were all a little more confident we all began to move up the slope and ski down; a few of us did end up doing the splits! Overall, we had a fantastic day!

Yoga

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We also all took part in a Yoga session on Wednesday 25th May. Have a look at our impressive poses…

Olympic Presentations

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On Wednesday 25th May, Year 6 spent the morning researching different countries who are going to be participating in the Rio Olympics 2016. Firstly, we organised ourselves into pairs and selected a country we would like to find out more about. We then used the atlases and the internet to research: the location of the country, the climate, places of interest, famous athletes from the past as well as athletes to look out for in Rio. Using this research, we then created presentations on Keynote and presented them to the rest of the class.

Kwik Cricket

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On Tuesday 24th May, Year 6 participated in a Kwik Cricket tournament at the Hunslet Nelson Cricket Club. The class were split into three teams and were accompanied by Mrs Nicholson, Mrs Harvey and Mr Hanson. Throughout the day, each team played many different schools and everyone had a go at bowling, batting and fielding. The sun shone all day and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves!

A Royal Banquet

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On Friday 12th February, to end our Marvellous Monarchs week, we all came to school dressed as kings, queens, princes and princesses.

Many year 6 children wrote applications to Miss Leonard and Mr Whittle to apply to become King and Queen of St. Anthony’s for the day; the lucky children were Grace and Ahad! They had many duties to fulfil throughout the day: leading good work assembly, touring the school, giving punishments to misbehaving children and attending the Year 6 afternoon banquet.

Whilst Queen Grace and King Ahad were busy fulfilling their duties, the rest of Year 6 prepared for our afternoon banquet. Each child was given a different role to play, we had: servants, dancers, jesters and jugglers as well as children who made the menus, invitations and table decorations.

What a wonderful end to our Marvellous Monarchs week!

Marvellous Monarchs artwork

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On Wednesday 10th February, Year 6 created incredible pieces of artwork using Tudor artefacts. We were also visited by a town crier and created our own proclamations!

Temple Newsam and Tudor dancing

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On Tuesday 9th February, Year 6 visited Temple Newsam House to participate in a murder mystery workshop! We had to use information we already knew and clues around the house to identify who we thought murdered Lord Henry Darnley.
When we arrived back at school in the afternoon, we learnt a traditional Tudor pastime – dancing!
Watch the video above to see our action-packed day!

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn visit Year 6!

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On Monday 8th February – the first day of our Marvellous Monarchs week – Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn visited Year 6 to introduce our focus upon the Tudors.
Firstly, the whole school gathered in the hall to learn how to greet a king – we all had to make sure we didn’t look directly at him! Afterwards, Henry VIII came back to the Year 6 classroom where we learnt about: his six wives; the Church of England and his many weapons! After playtime, we were taught by Anne Boleyn about the daily life of the Tudors; what they wore; what they cooked and which games they enjoyed playing! In the afternoon, we made pomanders, churned our own butter and met two beautiful birds of prey!
Watch the video above to see our amazing day!

Robin wood 2016

On Monday 11th January, Year 6 set off for their residential trip to Robin wood in Alston.  We were dropped off by the coach a few miles from Robin wood and this was where the class separated into their three groups (Crag, Mountain and Ridge) and set off to complete their first activity – the Moorland Challenge.  Once we arrived at Robin wood we all had an action-packed three days of many activities and challenges.

 

All the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves; many conquered fears and helped their peers along the way.  Below there are three videos which show all the fun each team had along the way – it has been such a pleasure to create these and see that in every single picture there are smiling faces!

 

Thank you Year 6 for three wonderful days! 

 

Crag team

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Mountain team

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Ridge team

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Merry Christmas to you all!

I would just like to say an enormous well done to all the children in Year 6 who have had a fantastic first term, I have thoroughly enjoyed our first term together.  I would also like to add a huge thank you for all of the Christmas cards and gifts! Finally, I wish you all a very happy and holy Christmas, see you all in 2016 - ready for Robin Wood!

 

Mrs Nicholson xx

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas from everyone in Year 6! Take a look at all of our festivities....

Carol singing

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On Tuesday 15th December, the KS2 choir visited South Leeds Independence Centre and treated the residents to a selection of Christmas Carols. All the children sang beautifully and brought a tear to many eyes!

Dissection of the heart and lungs

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On Tuesday 1st December, Mr Hicklin (from Mount St. Mary’s) visited Year 6 and we all took part in a dissection of the heart and lungs. We were able to identify key features of both organs which we have been learning about in our science lessons this half term.

The Heart Song

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Year 6 have been using this song to help them to remember the different parts and functions of our hearts. Have a go at singing it too!

Honeysuckle Triangle debate

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On Friday 13th November, Year 6 held a debate as to whether Honeysuckle Triangle should be developed into a leisure complex. Honeysuckle Triangle is a beautiful local park where children go to play and feed the ducks; schools can visit to explore the wildlife and families can spend time together in a peaceful environment. However, a local property developer wants to destroy this and build new houses, a supermarket, a bowling alley and a new cinema. Year 6 debated for and against….
All children were incredible during the debate, especially Ted and Connor who particularly impressed Miss Leonard! We have seen potential in all the children to be business men and women of the future!

The Big Sing!

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On Thursday 22nd October, Year 6 spent the day at Mount St. Mary’s with many other Year 6’s from Catholic Primary Schools. The day was spent preparing for a Liturgy, which we all participated in, during the afternoon session. We learnt many new songs, actions and ways of praising God. Finley and Vanessa helped to lead the Liturgy by bringing items to the focal point and reading. We all had a wonderful day and enjoyed praising God in many different ways.

Year 6 visit the Gurdwara

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During our Journey of Faith week, Year 6 visited the Gurdwara to learn all about the Sikh religion.

Buddhism

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Throughout our ‘Journey of Faith’ week, Year 6 learnt about Buddhism:

*We listened to the story of Siddhartha who was the very first Buddha and founder of the religion.
*We researched the Angkor Wat temples and created information leaflets about these amazing religious buildings.
*We looked at different Buddhism symbols and explained the meaning of each one.
*We researched Vesak (a Buddhist festival) and wrote newspaper articles about this is celebrated.
*We participated in Yoga and understood why Buddhist monks are able to meditate for great lengths every day.

St Patrick

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On Tuesday 20th October, Year 6 spent the day learning about St. Patrick. We began the day with the More than Dance company who taught us a beautiful dance based on St. Patrick's life and why he is such an inspiration. After this, we wrote biographies about St. Patrick and made paper string shamrocks which St. Patrick used to explain the Holy Trinity. Take a look at our wonderful day above...

The Kingdom of God

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During our first half term, Year 6's RE topic has been 'The Kingdom of God.' Throughout this topic, we have read many parables to better our understanding of how the Kingdom of God has grown, what it is like and who is allowed to enter. We have also learnt about why Jesus performed miracles and what this shows us about the Kingdom. In the video above, you can see our beautiful, reflective work on display as well as our Kingdom of God Collective Worship which was based on forgiveness...

The parable of the mustard seed

Year 6 have used this video to help to understand how the Kingdom of God grows as well as use it for inspiration to describe what grows in their life like the Kingdom of God. Take 2 minutes to watch it yourself and spend the time reflecting on the things in your life that have started very small and grown into amazing, beautiful things...

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