Year 6 are taught by Miss Anthony and are supported by Mrs Mallinson, Mrs Bewley and Mrs Donkin.
If you want to know what we are doing, please read our curriculum overview for the current term.
Look at how busy we’ve been at home …
May – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
April – Funky Chickens by Benjamin Zephaniah
World Book Day
Year 6 turned into a scene from a Shakespearean play on Thursday (5th March) as pupils and staff dressed up to celebrate World Book Day. They spent the day looking at the work of William Shakespeare and studying one of his most famous plays, Macbeth. It was clear to see that lots of time and effort had gone into making the outfits and by the end of the day, everyone had developed an appreciation of the great work produced by Shakespeare. Well done for all of your efforts!
O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?
On Tuesday 3rd March, Bigfoot Arts Company spent the day in school helping us to learn more about Shakespeare and his plays. In Year 6, Beth helped us to understand the story of Romeo and Juliet. Using a range of drama techniques, we were able to bring the play to life. It certainly helped us to understand the play and develop an appreciation of Shakespeare’s work. Take a look at the photos below and see if you can work out the story from the freeze frames.
In Year 6, pupils have been learning about electricity. As a class, they thought about possible investigations linked to electricity and decided to investigate whether voltage of a battery affects the volume of a buzzer. They planned the experiment together as a class and then worked in groups to carry out their investigation and present their results in a clear, concise manner. Take a look at the photos to see the results. Was your prediction accurate?
As part of their life skills curriculum, Year 6 had a visit from Newcastle University student ambassadors Amy and Isabella. They used an interactive map of Newcastle University to introduce pupils to the different buildings around the university campus and the types of degree courses on offer in each one. They also spoke about the types of clubs and societies that people can join at university. It was a helpful insight into university life and hopefully will inspire some of our pupils to pursue further education in a university setting.
Life Skills Week – Nissan Monozukuri Caravan Visit
Year 6 have been thinking about their work aspirations for the future. As part of their life skills week, they had a visit to the ‘Monozukuri Caravan’ workshop at Nissan, where they found out about life in the automotive industry. They discovered what it takes to be a modern engineer, designed their own car and learnt about Nissan’s Kaizen philosophy for constant improvement. It was a fantastic day and hopefully it will have inspired some pupils to think about a career in engineering.
Year 6 have been busy in Science lessons learning about how electricity works. They looked at the different components in a circuit and looked at the scientific symbols used to represent them. They were then given the challenge to build a range of different circuits using cells, wires, lamps, buzzers, motors and switches. I think we have some future scientists in the making!
SATs Information Evening Presentation
Holocaust Memorial Day: Stand Together
On 27th January each year, we mark Holocaust Memorial Day. This year, 2020, marked 75 years since the liberation of the Nazi Concentration Camp Auschwitz- Birkenau. To mark this significant event, Year 6 held a liturgy for their parents and the pupils of Year 5. Through readings, prayers and songs, they told the story of the horrific events of one of the darkest periods of our history. However, they also told the stories of brave, courageous individuals who risked their lives to help others. Year 6 clearly delivered the message that we need to ‘Stand Together’ so that these events of the past can never again be repeated.
The Real Meaning of Christmas
In RE lessons, Year 6 have been thinking about what Christmas truly means. They spent time learning about the Incarnation and the importance of this belief for Christians. They discovered that the Incarnation is not an easy concept to understand, so they prepared a two minute ‘Thought for the Day’ radio broadcast script to help people understand more. You can see some of our pupils presenting their broadcasts in the photo below. They certainly taught me a thing or two!
At St. Cuthbert’s, we marked Armistice Day with a special liturgy led by Year 6. They used the image of an empty chair to remember the soldiers who went off to war and never came home. They also reminded us that November is a special time to remember all of our family members and friends who have passed away. Throughout this week, the empty chair will be left in the hall and the names of those we would like to remember will be added to the chair.
Thank you Year 6 for leading such a prayerful, reverent liturgy.
RE: Vocation and Commitment
In Religious Education lessons, Year 6 have been learning about vocations to the religious life. They were extremely lucky to have a visit from a lady named Sr. Josepha, who works as one of the Sisters of Mercy across our diocese. Sr. Josepha shared with us her life story, from her decision to become a Sister of Mercy through to her work as a Head Teacher and even a football team manager! Sr. Josepha’s visit left us feeling awed by the mercy and love of God. She is truly an inspirational person.
In Year 6, we marked ‘Parliament Week’ by debating the following motion: This house believes that homework should be banned. Pupils had to write down arguments for both sides of the debate before being split into two teams: one team for the motion and one team against. Four representatives from each team were selected to hold a live debate before their classmates and Year 5. Although lively, all members of both teams and the audience were kept in check by Speaker of the House Nathan S. Once the debate was finished, a vote was held and the motion was passed. However, it is not yet law, so Year 6 pupils will still be receiving homework!
On Tuesday 8th October, Year 6 had a fantastic morning with Katy from ‘Poco Music’. They analysed different pieces of music composed during WW1, sang songs from this time and created their own musical compositions in groups to reflect the different emotions felt by soldiers throughout the war. A huge thank you to Katy who helped us to enjoy and appreciate the music from this time.
Tag Rugby and Netball fixtures information can be found on the Sports page.
Year 6 have been busy in Computing lessons designing their own websites. They have been learning how to create a home page, insert tabs and make hyperlinks so people can navigate their website with ease. Future web designers in the making!
Year 6 have been practising their rugby skills with coach with Mr Garrity. They have been practising their throwing, catching, attacking and defending skills. Mr Garrity was impressed with all of the pupils, and ten have been chosen to represent St. Cuthbert’s in the upcoming Tag Rugby tournament for district schools. Good luck, we wish you well!
Year 6 have had a tremendous week at Hawkhirst Scout Camp in Kielder. Their teamwork and resilience has shone through and they have been a credit to our school and their families. Here are a few snaps to give you a feel of the great week they have had.
Information Evening Presentation
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