How to survive Year 6
With only 5 weeks left at St Dom's, Year 6 are starting to prepare for their new beginnings at secondary school, and soon it will be our Year 5s turn for a year at the top of the school.
Which got us thinking...
How can we prepare those Year 5s for the year ahead of them?
Luckily, we put together our tips, tricks and advice that we ALWAYS* follow to ensure Year 6 is a happy one!
Check out our fabulous PowerPoints below for more info!
*(ahem) sometimes... kind of...
Guess who smashed their Science Sample SATs (check that alliteration) today...
A MAHOOOSIVE well done to our fabulous five (I'm on a roll) who have worked so hard and done St Dom's proud!
Super, splendid, smashing, sublime, spectacular work guys
This week we had a very special visitor- can you guess who it is?
It's Joe Ikhinmwin, basketballer for the London Lions and England!
Joe came and gave us a fantastic assembly, then answered lots of questions for us about all different aspects of his life, including basketball and also his film reviewing Youtube channel.
Some of our questions included;
What inspired you to be a basketball player?
What has been your proudest moment?
Why did you create your channel (The Cyber Nerds)?
Do you prefer DC or Marvel and why?
What are the pros and cons of being a basketball player?
and the one we were all waiting for...
What's your favourite colour? (It's purple everyone)
We took notes so we could accurately write up our interviews, then it was time for us to teach Joe a thing or two about basketball.
Ok, so we weren't so snazzy at first...
But we soon got the hang of it!
Thanks for coming in, Joe!
SATS, SATS, SATS, SATS-SATS-SATS, EVERYBODYYYY
SATs week is finally over!
Year 6 have done so well and can now look forward to some well deserved fun!
We still have our writing assessments coming up and Science SATs after half term, but it's a relief to have the Big Week over and done with.
Still to look forward to:
* Hampstead Heath
* Sports Day
CONGRATULATIONS YEAR 6!
Panicking? Who, us?
Here in Year 6 we're all super calm.
Ok, so we're not that calm...
SATS ARE NEXT WEEK!!!
Luckily, we are well in the routine of preparing for these pesky tests after two full weeks of practice. Everyone is working really hard and putting in 100% effort. Also, we have Miss Knight and Miss B as our teachers so...
what's all the fuss about?!
BRING IT ON!
How many Year 6s does it take
to change a lightbulb?
In St Martin's class, we have been doing a lot of investigations to help us with our learning!
Recently, we investigated which classroom objects were conductors of electricity and which were insulators. Check out what our results were below!
'The only thing we changed in the circuit was the item we were testing. To keep it a fair test you can only change one variable.'
'The ruler was an insulator because it didn't let electricity pass through it and light up the bulb. The metal of the scissors is a conductor because it does allow electricity through it.'
'All conductors have metal in them, but not all metals are conductors.'
Persuasive Speech - Should we donate to voluntary aid organisations?
Over the spring half term, we looked at voluntary aid organisations around the world and how they support the victims of natural disasters. Using this information, we wrote a speech persuading other people to donate to voluntary aid charities. Within our speeches we had to combine our knowledge of key facts and statistics that we collected during our research sessions. We used a wide range of persuasive language and focused on including examples of the work/support that voluntary aid organisations provide to support our arguments.
Finally, we presented our arguments to each other in the class and evaluated the effectiveness of our arguments. During our presentations, we really focused on our oracy skills, making sure that we were slow and concise when sharing our key points. We tried to use a wide range of challenging vocabulary too.
Poetry Performances - Extended Abstract Learning In Action
At the end of this half term, we completed our literacy learning journey by composing poems about our topic The Thames. As a class, we were able to choose the poetic devices that we wanted to incorporate into our poems; we could use repetition, rhyme, alliteration, metaphors and personification.
Once we had written them, we were given the chance to practise and then perform our poems to our class. We had to focus on our use of tone and pace when delivering them. We wanted to make sure that we didn't read them too quickly, otherwise people wouldn't be able to appreciate them properly. Also, as a final task, we evaluated each poem and choose our favourite class poem. It was a really fun lesson...and the class winner was very pleased! Ask us to find out which few poems we chose as our favourites.
Here are some pictures of us performing to the class:
Science Museum Trip
This half term, we visited the Science Museum as part of our on-going Science work in year 6. To start the day, we were able to go into the different sections of the museum (such as the Space section) and look at the collection of resources/pieces on show. Then, before lunch we went into the Launch Pad. It was AMAZING! There were lots of interactive activities like:
- 3 huge friction slides - we all had a go on these, including Miss Knight and Miss B!
- vibration balloons
- Thermal body measures
- Pulley and levers system
- Ice steam
The list is endless; check out some of our photos to see us in action.
Also, while at the museum, we were lucky enough to experience a real show; called Prime Time. In the show, we locked up Miss Knight (we rescued her by solving math's problems), Alex got to hold a flame and Maks got the chance to hold a huge air blower!
We had such a good time, we didn't want to leave.
Final date = 27th Feb 2018
We are SUPER excited!
Over the last few months, a group of specially selected year 5 and 6 children have competed in our local Camden Football league. The last match was on Tuesday and we are very pleased to report that the boys team came in second in the overall league. The girls worked really hard and have come in 7th too!
So, as a school we are REALLY REALLY pleased! Stay tuned to find out how we do in the finals coming up in February.
Happy New Year
Welcome back to St Martin's and 2018...the year where we aim to work hard, achieve lots and be as successful as we possibly can be!
Stay tuned to find out what we are up...
With only one more match to play this term, St Dominic's boy's football team currently stand at second in the league- wish us luck!
Our girl's team have also been working really hard- keep up the good work!
This week we were lucky enough to go ice skating at the Tower of London! Everyone had a fantastic time and showed great perseverance despite hitting the floor many times- check out our pictures!
This week we have been celebrating 'Book week'. We have completed a number of different activities including:
- Creating our own front covers for our favourite books
- Creating PPTs all about top Year 6 reads
- Writing quizzes about books
- Making word searches
- Presenting a speech based on the title 'Best Book In The World'
-Creating poems in the style of Paul Cookson
And we have even visited the book fair to see what new books we could start reading!
Junior Citizenship Day - London Transport Museum
On Monday 6th November, Year 6 went up to Covent Garden to complete their junior Citizenship qualification. As soon as we arrived, we were split into 6 groups and waited for the second school (New End Primary) to arrive too. Then, within our new groups we began our activities. During the afternoon, we meet professionals from:
- The Police
- The Fire Brigade
- Blue Cross - Dogs awareness
- GAV (Growing Against Violence)
- Camden Council - Cycle safety team
During each activity, we spoke to the professional and learnt about the possible dangers that we might meet in our daily lives. Some of the best facts we learnt were:
1. Never put your face down when you first meet a dog.
2. You should take a body length step back at every bus stop, then if someone was to push you, you wouldn't be hurt by the bus or passing car.
3. If you think there is a fire, test the door handle with the back of your hand.
4. On the underground, the tracks carry electricity that could kill you instantly if you were to touch them.
5. You have to be 11 years old to have a bus pass.
6. Gangs are not cool, they lie to you and can ruin your life. The big myths are money, respect and friendship.
7. Always ask the owners permission if you want to stroke a dog.
8. Be careful with clothes and scarfs when boarding the train.
9. Press the emergency button if you are on the tube as a child and you are scared.
10. If your phone gets stolen, never chase them, as they could be carrying a weapon.
Ask us if you want to hear any more facts...don't forget to check out our photos too.
This term we will be competing in the Camden Cross Borough Primary competition. We will be competing at Castlehaven this year and will have matches on the following dates:
All of our matches will be after-school and will involve both the girls and the boys team. Stay tuned to find out more about our awesome football teams.
The circulatory system
We looked at the circulatory system and how it works in our body. We learnt all about the heart and even learnt the different scientific parts of it. Then we discussed how our heart helps to keep us alive. As a class, we acted out the circulatory system; some of the children pretended to be parts of the heart (such as the left and right Atrium) and others took on the role of the lungs and blood. Miss Scanlon acted as the muscles so we set her off to work quickly. Thankfully though, we managed to keep her going by providing her with lots of oxygenated blood. Have a look in our Science books to find out more.
SOLO - What's it all about?
At St Dominic's we use SOLO to help us recognise where we are in our learning journey. We start off at the beginning with all of our topics at a pre-structural phase. This means that we don't really have any ideas about the new topic or subject we are learning. Then as the term or week progresses, we move into uni-structural (one or two ideas), Multi-structure (lots of ideas), Relational (where we link our ideas together) and finally into Extended abstract (where we use our ideas to create different things).
Using SOLO is easy when you practice lots so we make sure we use the SOLO language in each and every lesson.
Please come along to year 6 and ask us more about SOLO; find out what we are learning and where we are in our learning journey, you'll be impressed!
Welcome to St Martin's class 2017-2018
We are so lucky this year as we are working as whole year 6 class and have TWO incredible teachers.
We have Miss Knight and Miss B, as well as Miss Hills, Miss Guppy and Miss Scanlon. WOW - what a year it is going to be. Stay tuned to find out what we have been up to...