Welcome to Year 6
We were joined by Rabbi Feldman this week to learn more about Judaism. He is a wonderful teacher and we learnt lots of interesting information about Jewish traditions and we even got to see the Western Wall live from our classroom!
Good Life Orphanage donations
This long awaited day finally arrived! Before Christmas, Year 6 collected stationery to donate to our class charity of the year The Good Life Orphanage. It was lovely to meet Mary, a founder of the charity, and learn all about how the charity began. Mary was very grateful for the donations and advised that the children at the orphanage will receive them when she is able to travel back to Kenya.
Saint Peter and Saint Paul Feast Day
We reflected on the transformation of St Peter and St Peter and how we can live as #Missionaries of Christ. To celebrate the positive work they did as apostles we enjoyed had a party which of course enjoyed sports on the MUGA for this football loving class!
National Day of Prayer
Today we took time to reflect on the past year and how important prayer can be to support us and others. We talked about the power of prayer and even wrote our own to our Mother Mary as it is the month of May.
Mental Health Awareness Week
We discussed how we can support each other when we might not know how to express our emotions. As Helpful Heroes, we shared stories then worked in groups to create News stories with top tips to support others on managing emotions.
Let's talk High School
We had a visit from All Hallows' Mrs Teasdale and Jo from Lifecentre Salford - a great opportunity to ask lots of questions about our move on to high school.
It was wonderful to see Year 6 reflect on the significant days of Holy Week in a variety of creative ways. Each group created a liturgy based on a theme of Holy Week; they designed their own altar, acted out scenes or freeze frames. Take a look at their fantastic posters too!
Holy Week Prayer Stations
Year 6 spent time in the presence of God and reflecting on his journey to the grave. Each station was focused on the Easter story and gave opportunity for reflection and prayer.
National Day of Remembrance
Year 6 reflected on the past year of Lockdown, thinking about what they and others have experienced and how this has made us stronger. We designed our own candles to represent how God is the light in our path through these difficult times and that with Him we have the strength to be positive and continue to accomplish what we want to do in life. We made thank you cards to those who helped protect and care for us during these times - some were posted to nursing relatives in France to show our appreciation.
Collective Worship: Lectio Divina
In our homes and families we learn, experience and test out ways of loving. As a class, we listened to scripture from Colossians 3: 12-1. We listened to God's word and reflected on the qualities that we currently possess and what we would like to possess just as God has shown us.
Year 6 Virtual Welfare Assembly
We are the first class to kick-off the virtual assemblies! We may not be together in our classroom but everyone has been working hard at home and contributed to complete a class assembly. Here we focused on supporting our charity of the year 'The Good Life Orphanage'.
Child led collective worship
A wonderful collective worship led virtually by a member of our class. The theme was charity and she linked it to our class charity of the year, The Good Life Orphanage.
Tuesday 26th January saw us take a day away from our screens to enjoy a well-deserved well-being day. Our year 6 class pupils have worked extremely hard with all of their online learning activities - we are very proud of you all! It was brilliant to receive lots of pictures of our pupils taking advantage of this opportunity to learn other life skills at home. Well done!
We have read the poem The Highwayman together as a class (virtually!) and unpicked this romance story between Bess the landlord's daughter and the highwayman. From this, we have looked at features of language, vocabulary choices, created art pieces to retell a part of the story and even rewritten the poem as a story.
This morning, to kick start our Christmas festivities, we were joined by All Hallows to get into the spirit and enjoy some Christmas crafts. We spent the day in our pjs too to raise money for Year 1's charity of the year.
Laudato Si Assembly
We have discussed the inspirational work of William Kamkwamba and Erek Hansen. As young children they both discovered ways to support the environment and help others in the process. They are both what we would like to call 'child fixers'. As missionaries of Christ we understand the importance of the role we can play in taking care of our common home and a regular theme came to mind that we just had to sing about... "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle."
Collective Worship: Child led
Two of our wonderful Year 6 pupils led a collective worship with the focus on kindness as this week is Anti-bullying week. They confidently delivered this to our class and even included a role play.
We have received lots of generous stationery donations for our charity of the year, 'The Good Life Orphanage'. Thank you to everyone that has donated!
We started the day with a morning of reflection in the hall. There was a variety of activities based around friendships and forgiveness. #BeKind
In Learning Challenge we have looked at patchwork quilts made by slaves in South America that they created to send messages. We used this idea to create our own patchwork quilt with the theme being our school mission statement, 'As Holy Family, we learn, believe and seek to make the right choices as God's children'.
Collective Worship: Child led
We stepped out into our school prayer garden for a collective worship planned and delivered by two of our pupils - a wonderful setting to share together whilst being in the presence of God.
Year 6 Charity of the Year
Our class have chosen 'The Good Life Orphanage' as our charity to support throughout this academic year. We have reached out to each class in school to ask for donations of stationery to provide to the children in the orphanage. We understand first hand how important education is and we want to protect the rights of other children by enabling them to access their education with the right resources. Take a look at the leaflet below to find out more about this wonderful charity.
'Brighten up for Harvest'
We dressed in our brightest attire to raise funds for CAFOD - Year One's charity of the year. Even the staff got involved and made donations for some tasty treats.
Collective Worship - Choices
‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself’ Matthew 22:39
This morning's Lectio Divina focused on the parable 'The Good Samaritan'. We discussed what it means to be a neighbour and the importance of treating others as we would expect to be treated.
Laudato Si - Caring for our common home
As a class, we discussed the words of Pope Francis and why we should all act now to save our planet. From looking at how our common home is being damaged we suggested ways that we can reduce or prevent this altogether.
This week, Year 6 have been accessing learning at home and we have received fantastic pieces of work. We challenged them show as many random acts of kindness whilst at home and they got straight to it. They have supported their families, by washing the dinner plates to hoovering and writing letters to loved ones.
Balanced Argument - Do we need sports classes?
We put a debate topic to our Year 6 class: Should Holy Family continue to teach PE as part of the curriculum? Can you imagine their horror? A lot of thought has gone in to this and we received some brilliant balanced arguments to discuss this subject.
Caritas in Action
Focus: People Matter more than possessions
We listened to the story of 'The Son' as it was delivered by pupils from our Year 6 class. We had a great discussion which led to a debate as to whether we believe, "It is money that makes the world go round not people". Children participated and voiced their opinions following discussions with their debate team.
Visit from Father Frankie
Father Frankie visited our class today to welcome us back to Holy Family! We received a blessing wishing us to keep us safe and to have a wonderful final year of primary school.
Welcome Mass with Bishop John
We received a virtual 'welcome back to school' from the Bishop on our first week back and not to mention first week as Year 6! The children have settled back in to school really well and we've had a great start to the week.
Useful websites your child can access to support learning:
BBC Education have produced a whole host of materials for KS2. Follow the KS2 link and then select either Maths or English. Each area usually has an information section for reading, plus an activity and then quiz which is marked online. Some aspects require a subscription.
A site with both Maths and English based quizzes which are marked as you go along.
A site with a range of information and questions – great for revision purposes!
A revision site based upon the old Key Stage 2 Tests but still contains lots of useful information for both Maths and English.
A site with links to old style Key Stage 2 Maths Papers, Maths Tutorials as well as Maths Games. Some of these games are linked to Memory and would therefore help pupils to retain key information.
Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.
Creative computer programming
All sorts of engaging educational videos
National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
Learn languages for free. Web or app.
Free science lessons
The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos
Science awards you can complete from home.
Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
All kinds of making.
Blue Peter Badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities
Red Ted Art
Easy arts and crafts for little ones.
Educational online games
This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.
Additional websites to aid learning and keep children entertained: