In our art lessons this half term, Year 6 have been using watercolours and experimenting with the different effects they can create. We have used a: flat wash, graded wash, spray wash, sponge wash, colour lifting and edge softening. We have used these techniques on the background of our cityscapes to represent the different times of day. After half term, we will be finishing these and there will be more photographs of the work to follow.
RE - The Kingdom of God
During Autumn 1, Year 6 have all gained a deeper understanding of 'The Kingdom of God.' We have looked at the virtues, parables and miracles that help us all able to understand what the Kingdom of God is like, how we respond to it and how we show our commitment. At the end of the topic, in pairs, we created a poster to show how The Kingdom of God grows at St. Anthony's - I'm sure you will agree that we are all incredibly lucky to be a part of our special community!
Science - Light
During Autumn 1, Year 6's science topic was Light. We investigated how we are all able to see using yellow wool as light rays and established that light travels in straight lines. In our second lesson, we investigated how periscopes function using mirrors to see what is happening where the eye can not visibly see. Next, we investigated refraction and how light can bend when it travels through a transparent object/liquid like glass and water. In addition, we explored how, although light appears to be white, it is actually made up of 7 colours called the visible spectrum and we used transparent triangular prisms to see this spectrum; in the same lesson, we created colour wheels and investigated how when the colours are travelling at the same speed, they appear white. Finally, we investigated shadow size and how the position of the light source can affect this. Watch the video above to see some of our practical work!
English - The Boy at the Back of the Class
Throughout Autumn 1 half term, Year 6 have been captivated by our class text: The Boy at the Back of the Class. Everyday, during Guided Reading, we have read more about Ahmet (a nine-year-old refugee from Syria) and his quest to find his parents - it is a truly wonderful book and received a round of applause from all the children when we finished it! Each week, we identified new 'Words of the Week' and added them to our backpacks on our reading display so that they were always there for us to be able to use them in our own writing. Firstly, we wrote informal diary entries from Ahmet's point of view - detailing his treacherous journey across Europe to find sanctuary. Every single child's writing was outstanding and we recorded each diary entry for their parents to watch on Google Classroom. Finally, we ended the half term, writing formal persuasive letters to Her Majesty to highlight why the UK borders should remain open to refugees. These are also phenomenal pieces of writing and, as a result, after half term, we are going to complete a final draft and select 5 letters which we will send to Queen Elizabeth II to show her our very impressive work. Have a look at the displays above to see our wonderful work...
Welcome to Year 6
I hope you have enjoyed your summer holidays and are all looking forward to starting back at school – I can’t wait to see you all! I know there are probably going to be a few butterflies floating around and making us feel a little nervous, but please do not worry at all; on our first day back we will go through all the expectations of Year 6, how some of our school routines may be a little different as well as give you all the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
Tuesday 8th September 2020 marks the start of your final year at St. Anthony’s and I hope that we can all work together to make it a happy, successful and memorable year. 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. I am very excited about our brand new Year 6 reward system too – all will be revealed on our first day back!
Over the summer holidays, I have been planning our Year 6 curriculum and can’t wait to get started. Here are some of the subjects and lessons you can look forward too…
English/Guided Reading – We are going to be reading ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ in our Guided Reading sessions and linking it to our writing in English. It is an absolutely fantastic book about a challenging issue which we will learn more about through this work. If you would like to borrow your own copy from your local library or purchase your own copy, you do have permission to bring these into school.
Maths – we will begin by looking at place value and the four operations. Make sure you have your Mathletics login details and see how many points you can achieve in the first week back!
Science – our topic is going to be about ‘Light.’ This is a wonderful topic as it involves lots of hands-on investigations like making: a periscope, colour wheels and an underwater mirror!
History – our topic is ‘British Heroes.’ We are going to be finding out how Elizabeth Fry and William Wilberforce have shaped Britain’s history and improved the lives of many. Can you name any other British heroes?
Art - we are going to be creating our own cityscapes and investigating the different techniques we can create using paint. What is your favourite city?
RE – our topic is ‘The Kingdom of God.’ We will be looking at the virtues within the Kingdom and how Jesus told parables and performed miracles to show what the Kingdom of God is like when you have faith.
French – we will continue to have our French lessons on a Tuesday afternoon.
PE – your PE days will be Tuesdays and Wednesdays this half term with a focus on athletics and dance.
As you can see, we are going to have an action-packed half term!
See you all on Tuesday,
Mrs Nicholson x
Bishop Marcus - Message for Year 6
St Anthony's Leavers' Assembly 2020
Please join Year 6 in celebrating the end of their journey at St Anthony's.
Beowulf and the Warriors workshop
On Wednesday 4th March, Year 6 participated in a 'Beowulf and the Warriors' workshop - it was a wonderful afternoon! We learnt that Beowulf is the oldest story in written form from England and dates back between the 8th and 10th Century. We completed several activities throughout the afternoon: 1. Created our own imaginery swords and used superb vocabulary to describe them as well as create a backstory as to how we acquired the sword. 2. Became warriors within a mead hall and shared tales of our recent battles - there was a little exaggeration at this point! 3. Used freeze frames to show our warrior qualities in the hope that Beowulf would choose us to join his army.
Writing in Year 6
To begin our African Art, Year 6 experimented with water colours and the different shades they could create by mixing. Then, we looked closely at traditional Tingatinga artwork and identified the characteristics associated with this extraordinary style. Afterwards, we combined our watercolour and Tingatinga work: we used water colours to create an African background and then, once they had dried, sketched onto the background African animals using the Tingatinga style. In addition, we have also created vibrant African patterns and completed portraits of Nelson Mandela.
British Heroes and Victorians
Palm Sunday Pastels
In Year 6, we have all worked incredibly hard to improve our writing this year. We have written a wide range of genres and thought carefully about who our audience is and what the purpose of the text is. Whenever we have started a new genre, we always read an example and annotate the different features as well as conducting research (if it is non-fiction) or reading more examples (if it is fiction). Once we have learnt new grammar and punctuation linked to the genre, we will then complete a first draft. Afterwards, Mrs Nicholson or our writing partners will assess our work and we use green pen to make improvements. Finally, we complete a final draft which could be chosen for display. Have a look at the photographs above of our Quest chapters, Nelson Mandela biographies and Macbeth diary entries…
RE in Year 6
During our RE lessons this year, Year 6 have enjoyed a range of topics. In ‘Justice,’ we found out about what Jesus taught us all about justice and injustice as well as gaining an understanding of Oscar Romero and Martin Luther King’s actions and beliefs. In ‘Exploring the Mass,’ we found out about the 10 plagues and how Moses helped to release the Israelites on the very first Passover as well as how Jesus is the source and summit of the Christian faith. Have a look at the photographs above to see some of the extremely mature and reflective work we have completed.
Year 6 have thoroughly enjoyed all their Computing sessions this year! They have used GarageBand to compose a wonderful song as well as using Lightbot and Hopscotch to develop their coding skills.
World Book Day 2020
What an action-packed World Book Day Year 6 had! Firstly, we all came dressed as a book character – our costumes were fantastic! In Guided Reading, Miss Taylor shared her favourite childhood picture books and let us read them too. In maths, we used a book called’365 Penguins’ to learn more about days, weeks, months and years. In English, we designed and described Macbeth’s sword. To end the morning, in pairs, we made a book character using a potato and art materials – it was so much fun and Miss Leonard came to vote for the winning potato character! Finally, in the afternoon, some of Year 6 participated in a Family Learning Reading session whilst the rest of the class shared picture books with our Year 1 class. What a wonderful day
On Monday 9th March, Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed their visit from SPLATS Entertainment! The class were split into four groups and each group rehearsed an act from the play written by William Shakespeare. To end the day, the children performed Macbeth to Year 4, Year 5 and some of their parents. It was a wonderful experience and is really going to help inspire their diary writing from Macbeth's perspective.
World Book Day - reading with Year 1
In the afternoon, Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed reading to our Year 1 children. The weather made it even better - we love reading outside!
World Book Day - Family Learning
On Friday 6th March, Year 6 completed their final family learning session, with a focus on reading this week. Firstly, our adults shared their favourite childhood story and then we discussed the books we remember our families reading to us when we were younger. It was lovely to see familiar authors being mentioned by all, for example: Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton, Julia Donaldson and Michael Rosen. We all agreed that reading can be enjoyed by all from such an early age!
Afterwards, we completed a word study about the word: superiority. We investigated: how many syllables it has, how to spell it, the different meanings it can have as well as its synonyms too. Remember you can complete a word study about any word at all – pick one out in your reading book tonight!
Finally, we read an extract aloud with our adults from H. G. Well’s ‘The Time Machine.’ We then completed some questions which required us to create our own point and then justify it using evidence from the text. A tricky concept but we are all getting much better at it!
Many thanks to all the families who participated in Family Learning this year; we hope it has been beneficial for yourselves and your children. Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Nicholson or Miss Taylor with any questions you have regarding your children’s learning.
During Spring 2, Year 6's History topic is going to be 'The Victorians.' In our first lesson, we completed a 'British History Timeline' to identify and understand where in historical chronology Queen Victoria reigned. We found it really interesting to see how the Victorians were only around 200 years ago in comparison to other aspects of British History we have studied previously (like the Roman Britian and the Vikings) which are over 1000 years ago. We are really looking forward to finding out more about Queen Victoria, the Industrial Revolution, inventions during this era as well as medicial developments too.
Cooking in Year 6
During Spring 1, Miss Leonard set Year 6 a challenge: could they raise 10% of the fee for a Macbeth day in Spring 2? Of course... Year 6 got straight to work.
Firstly, we worked in groups to discuss ideas of how we could raise the money. Eventually, we all decided on baking treats which we could sell to the rest of the school. Each table then began researching ideas for healthier treats to link to our Science unit about the importance of a balanced diet. The final products agreed were: raspberry oat bars, raisin flapjacks, cherry flapjacks, banana and strawberry smoothie and mixed berry smoothie.
On Wednesday 12th February, we spent the day preparing the oat bars and flapjacks. We used our mathematical knowledge of ratio to double the recipes to ensure there would be plenty to sell! On Thursday 13th February, we prepared the fruit for the smoothies - we wanted these to be as fresh as possible.
At playtime, we invited all the classes to come and purchase a treat - it was a huge success! We quickly made the 10% required for our Macbeth day and also made an additional £80 which we are going to donate to Wheatfields Hospice. Well done Year!
French in Year 6
This half term, Year 6 have thoroughly enjoyed their weekly French lessons. We have focused on the names of our family members, hobbies, where we live, how old we are and the names of different fruits. In our final lesson, we showed how much we had learnt by creating a puppet show and having a conversation in French.
Investors in Pupils
On Monday 3rd February, we all enjoyed participating in our 'Investors in Pupils' day. In our maths lesson, we learnt about the school budget and how much stationery costs - we are all going to try hard to look after the contents of our pencil pots after calculating how much it all costs! We also found out that we are going to be having a Macbeth day next half term and that the school budget it going to pay for 90% of the overall cost, however, we have to find the remaining 10%. As a class, we have decided we are going to bake and make healthy treats to sell to the rest of the school on Thursday 13th February to, hopefully, cover the 10% needed! Finally, we were very lucky as Mrs Windross (our class governor) visited our classroom and told us all about what being a governor means; she let us ask her questions as well as asking us how we think our school could be improved. Thank you for giving up your time to come and speak to us, Mrs Windross!
Family Learning Session 3
Today in Family Learning, the children demonstrated all the different methods that we use to solve a range of arithmetic calculations before going outside to complete a treasure hunt! We just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended, It is always such a pleasure to see you working so closely together and we can't thank you enough for your continued support - it really does make a huge difference.
Exploring the Mass
On Tuesday 21st January, Year 6 had a wonderful morning with Father Whitwell! Firstly, we celebrated Mass together - a special mention to all the children who read so beautifully. Afterwards, we all lit a candle and thought about somebody who particularly needed our prayers. Finally, we all congregated on The Sanctuary and Father Whitwell explained the different parts of the Mass. This has particularly helped our understanding of our current RE topic - Exploring the Mass.
Today (Friday 17th January) was our first Family Learning Session in Year 6 and what an amazing afternoon it was! The focus for today was time and the children worked with their adults to become more fluent in telling the time, calculating time intervals and learning key facts that they will be able to use when solving problems. They also learnt how to read timetables as this will be a skill that is required throughout their lives especially when they start at high school in September. I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all those who attended, it was an absolute privilege to work with so many parents and your wonderful children. I look forward to welcoming you all back next week when the focus will be MONEY! Many thanks once again and if anyone else would like to join us next week just let me know! Miss Taylor
Northern Ballet - Cinderella
On Thursday 21st November, Year 6 participated in a Cinderella workshop led by Northern Ballet. We learnt about the importance of warming up and learnt some of the special techniques the dancers use to make it seem like they are ice-skating on the Crystal Lake! We can't wait to attend the performace of Cinderella on Thursday 19th December at The Grand.
On Tuesday 19th November, our Year 6 children celebrated their sacrament of Confirmation at a liturgy at St Anthony's Church. We were blessed to have Bishop Marcus leading our liturgy and confirming each of our children in a most special moment in their journey of faith. Miss Leonard, Mr Whittle, Miss Taylor and Father Whitwell were all with our children to be a part of this very special next step in their journey of faith.
God bless you all Year 6.
The Big Sing
On Wednesday 6th November, Year 6 attended 'The Big Sing' at Mount St. Mary's. In the morning, we all prepared for a special liturgy by learning new songs and actions as well as selecting children to learn a new dance and read bidding prayers. After lunch, along with many other children from Catholic primary schools across Leeds, we participated in the special liturgy. We had so much fun!
Science week visitors
During science week, we were extremely lucky to participate in a wide range of science-based workshops. Watch the video above to see us becoming forensic scientists, palaeontologists, robot handlers as well as sweet and slime creators…
On Friday 25th October, Mrs Mehmood visited Year 6 to explain her fascinating job as an optometrist. Firstly, we looked a model of our eye and explored the different parts and their functions. Next, we were taught why a person would be short or long sighted and how glasses can correct this as well as learning new scientific vocabulary like convex and concave. Finally, we all explored a contact lens…
During Autumn 1, Year 6 have been reading Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy in Guided Reading. As we have been reading and identifying our words of the week, we have noticed a lot of scientific vocabulary. Therefore, we completed two experiments to further our knowledge on density and air resistance. We made lava lamps to explore the density of water and oil and we created our own sky ships with a variety of materials as the balloon to investigate air resistance. It was all so much fun and we learnt so much…
As we came to the end of our Circulatory System unit, the science department from Mount St. Mary’s came to complete a dissection lesson of the heart with us. Mr Hicklin was extremely impressed with our knowledge of the heart, particularly the four chambers and how blood leaves the heart in an artery and returns in a vein. After the dissection, we extended our knowledge about arteries, veins and capillaries. Watch the video above to see our very exciting lesson…
During the week beginning 30th September, all the Year 6 children completed their Bikeability Level 1 and 2 training with Cycle North. Well done!
Leeds United's Centenary
On Monday 30th September, six very lucky members of Year 6 visited The Centenary Pavilion at Elland Road to share the research and project the whole class have been working on to mark Leeds United's Centenary. For the last two weeks, the children have been inspired by Albert Johanneson (the first Black African to play in the FA Cup final in 1965 for Leeds) and have worked in groups to find out about more inspirational Leeds players from around the globe. In addition, everyone has been raiding their attics to find all their Leeds memorabilia and we created our own Leeds United museum filled with shirts, programmes, scarves, balls and much more. Marching on Together!
Parliamentary Education Service
On Tuesday 24th September, all KS2 had a special assembly with Rachel from the Parliamentary Education Service. We learnt about what happens in the Houses of Parliament and what living in a democracy means. Afterwards, Rachel visited Year 6 and completed an 'Elections and Voting' workshop. All the children worked in groups to create a new political party and had to collaborate to produce a party manifesto. At the end they all presented their manifesto and we voted for the party with a manifesto that appealed to us. Congratulations to the Square Party who won!
The Heart SongLearn about how the heart functions by singing along to this song!
Science - The Circulatory System
This half term, Year 6 have been studying The Circulatory System. We began by creating a gigantic system in the school hall, with the children representing the heart, lungs, arteries, veins and blood. After wards, we created a labelled diagram of this in our books and were able to see why it is known as a double circulation system. In our next lesson, we created 3D hearts which has helped in our most recent lesson in which we labelled the human heart. Year 6 are heart experts!
We 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, we hope that we can work together to make it a happy, successful and memorable year. 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 reminders 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 Tuesday and Thursday).
*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! I am really looking forward to seeing your exciting vocabulary A-Zs as well as seeing where and what you have been reading over the holidays – remember your photograph for our ‘Readagram’ display.
We are really looking forward to teaching you all this year and there’s to look forward to, including our first themed week in October – St. Anthony’s Scientists!
Mrs Nicholson and Miss Taylor