The children had lots of fun building microbit robots this weeks with Mr Lewis after meeting old Helenian Josh Valman who recently competed on the T.V show Robot Wars. See how the did in the videos and photos below.
Dear Year 6 Parents,
It was lovely to welcome so many of you at the Open Day last Saturday; the children really enjoyed showing off the work they have done. Next half term promises to be a very exciting one for Year 6, culminating in the residential trip to France. As we approach the Easter holidays, here is a little look ahead to what is happening when we return:
Thursday 20th April - School at Work Open Morning
Saturday 22nd April - Year 6 Bikeability Training
Monday 24th April - Mindfulness for Parents Introductory Meeting
Wednesday 26th April - Year 6 Trip to Imperial War Museum
Saturday 29th April - Year 6 Bikeability Training
Wednesday 3rd May - French Trip Information Evening for Year 6 Parents 7 p.m.
Saturday 6th May - Year 6 Bikeability Training
Thursday 11th May - Musicians Concert’ All Saints Church 7 p.m.
Saturday 13th May - Year 6 Bikeability Training
Monday 15th May - Parents’ Evening 6 - 9 p.m.
Tuesday 16th May - Parents’ Evening 4.10 - 7.10 p.m.
Sunday 21st - Friday 26th May - Residential Trip to France
Fixture dates are available on the school calendar.
We wish you all a very enjoyable and relaxing Easter holiday.
Mr. McLaughlin and Miss Walker
The children will be undertaking an extended project in the second half of the term. The purpose of the project is to develop important independent learning and communication skills that the children will need to be successful in secondary and tertiary education.
The projects may cover the creative arts, science, history, languages, computing and so on. They should not be about sports teams or products such as cars. They may be presented through any medium including physical models, websites, videos and books.
The children have been introduced to the project at school and they will have a chance to ask further questions next term. They will be supported by a mentor who may have some specialist knowledge of their chosen topic, and they will be assisted with the structure and progression of their projects.
Please discuss project topics with your children and, if possible, take them somewhere such as a gallery, museum or performance that might inspire them to carry out further research and to produce something original. They should record their experience.
The children will be focusing on comprehension key skills using World War 2 as a central topic.
Class reader for 6M is Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden and for 6W it is My War Diary by Marcia Williams. AM/DT
This half term we will develop our World War 2 scrapbooks through diary entries, letters of persuasion, poetry and news articles, gradually building our own personalised World War 2 narratives. AM/DT
Mr. Lewis’s group
In algebra we will focus on solving linear equations and plotting graphs of equations; in shape, we will cover reflection, rotation and enlargement; in number we will looks at factors, cubes and square roots. The children will also revisit previous topics to consolidate their learning. MHL
Mr. McLaughlin’s group
We will begin with solving equations and plotting graphs using equations. We will move on to reflection, rotation and symmetry, then finish the half term with probability. AM
This half term the children will complete their investigation on shadows. They will then study the parts and functions of the eye as well as look at the various types of mirrors to study reflection. The next topic will be on ‘inheritance and evolution’. They will be introduced to the idea of natural selection by looking at how birds’ beaks have evolved and adapted over time according to their environment. In this complex but exciting new topic, the children will also learn about scientists such as Charles Darwin, look into how traits are passed on from one generation to the next and how variation in species happens. We will attempt to make DNA from peas or strawberries and explore its importance. EG
This half term we will focusing on France linked to our trip Château de la Baudonnière in Normandy in May. We will investigate the physical and political aspects of France, its role in the European Union and how life in France compares to life in the UK. SAW
Lessons will focus on different episodes in the life of Jesus, the central figure and founder of Christianity. We will look at significant events in his life. SAW
The long awaited and much anticipated trip to Château de la Baudonnière is almost upon us so naturally the focus of all our lessons this half term will be practical preparation in order that your children derive the greatest possible benefit from the visit. Why not take a look at the Château website www.the-chateau.com, where you will find lots of information, photographs, practical tips etc. There is even a dedicated parents’ area. Of course, I look forward to meeting you all at our informal information evening on 3rd May at 7 p.m. when I will give you final information and answer any questions you may have. TMS
This half term we will be looking at things to do in our free time. We will then look at various sports and will practise expressing likes and dislikes. TW
We will continue to review vocabulary and grammatical constructions already learnt whilst at the same time extending the scope of the sentences we translate either to or from Latin. We will look particularly at subject and object plurals. TMS
The children will review video and sound editing techniques they were introduced to in Year 5. They will investigate different types of animation, create a stop motion animation and add a soundtrack to their video. MHL
This half term we will begin rehearsing the songs for the summer play. RA
This half term we will focus on planning, designing and building a mini scaled down version of a set or sets from their current production - ‘Beauty and the Beast’. They will work in small groups to achieve this. If they could please bring in a few boxes to help bolster up the resources we have already that would be fantastic, with the idea that they can also be shared across the year group. Many thanks. AD
The focus throughout the summer term will be on the end of year production of ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ We will be arranging the choreography, singing, blocking and fine tuning our characters ahead of the big performance in July! AM
This half term the children will be recommencing their character values programme. SD/AM
PE & GAMES
We launch our summer sport programme after Easter and the focus in games lessons will be athletics. All the children will try each of the eleven events on offer at Junior Sports Day and will record their personal best time or distance for each. These results will contribute to their English School Athletics Award and the opportunity to gain a bronze, silver or gold award at the end of term. In PE lessons next half term the children will be developing their skills in rounders. Please note summer sports kit should be worn by everyone after Easter: a white polo shirt, black shorts/skorts with house ribbons sewn on the sides, white ankle socks, predominately white trainers, PE tracksuit, a school sunhat and a water bottle. Please ensure your child has all these items with them for PE and games lessons. SAW
Today the children were given their roles for the summer production following the conclusion of the audition process. The range of talent on show and the effort from the children was just fantastic. Whereas some will be delighted, others will be understandably deflated. Unfortunately, that is the nature of casting for a big show and there were some very difficult decisions! We have a large cast to accommodate and the children have been chosen based on their suitability for the roles available. Please help us in reassuring your child that, if they did not receive the exact role they were after, it was not through lack of talent or potential but rather a lack of suitability for that particular character. Regardless of the role your child has received, they will play a big and important part in the success of the show. It is also an invaluable learning process and opportunity for the children to watch, learn and grow as performers alongside their friends in their final term at St. Helen’s.
Our Year 6 pupils have the opportunity to under take a Safer Cycling course next term on Saturdays at St. Helen's College. The level 1 and level 2 training is provided free of charge by the London Borough of Hillingdon Road Safety and School Travel Team. Places must be booked by Wednesday 15th March using the booking form here. Please return completed forms to the school office.
Today the year 6 production was unveiled: Beauty and the Beast! It is an enchanted ‘tale as old as time’ inspired by the hit Disney animation and consequent Broadway musical. It will afford our children a very challenging but also exciting opportunity to try their hand at musical theatre and be a part of something special.
There is a google classroom set up specifically for the production. The first task for the children is to peruse the materials (and the film if possible!) to help make a choice about which parts they would like to audition for. Any parental support with this at home would be greatly appreciated. Once the choices are in and the audition schedule is put together, I will update you with further information.
Dear Year 6 Parents,
As you can see below, next half term is going to be extremely busy. Please keep the following dates in mind when planning.
2nd March - World Book Day (Remember to sort out a costume based on a classic story!)
9th March - Junior Citizens
The children will be visiting the John Locke Academy to take part in the Junior Citizens project which is run by the police/fire service. This is an extremely useful morning which forms part of our transition to secondary school programme. The children learn about many aspects of citizenship and take part in different scenarios to learn about safety and become responsible citizens.
10th March - 6M Assembly and coffee morning
17th March - Half day in preparation for Open Day
18th March - Open Day
21st March - Speech Competition finals
23rd March - Former pupil Josh Valman to visit Year 5/6 to lead a robotics workshop
24th March - Half day - Term ends
We hope you have a restful and enjoyable week.
With very best wishes,
Miss Walker and Mr. McLaughlin
In Year 6, we will continue to develop the key skills of comprehension using a variety of text types whilst having opportunities to work both independently and collaboratively. DT/AM
This half term, our writing will be inspired by our historical studies of World War 2 and will include both formal and informal persuasive texts, in addition to war inspired poetry. DT/AM
Mr. Lewis’s group
This half term we will cover shape and ratio and proportion. In shape we will study the properties of shapes including circles and the rules governing the angles in triangles, quadrilaterals and on parallel lines. The children will need their protractors. MHL
Mr. McLaughlin's group
This term we will begin with a recap on rounding numbers and also look at multiplying and dividing positive and negative integers. The group will then move on to looking in detail at mass, length and capacity. AM
This half term, we will complete ‘healthy bodies and body systems’ and finish the children’s independent investigations. Thereafter, we shall be studying ‘how we see things’. This topic includes studies on light, how it travels and the path it takes in order that we see things. The children will also learn about the parts of the eye and their functions, a brief study on reflection and various types of mirrors. For the investigative part of the work, children will design and plan an experiment on how shadows change and will be creating graphs and making conclusions. To explore light further, the children will also work on changing the direction of light using ray boxes. Their homework challenges them to present their understanding of how we see things, including the process of how we interpret the image that we see. EG
This half term we will begin our study of World War Two. We will focus on: the reasons behind the war, the chronology of main events, the key personalities involved, the importance of Hitler and the use of propaganda. DH
We will be continuing our work on mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes and plate tectonics, focusing on earthquakes and investigating modern case studies of volcanic eruptions. We will conclude the unit by investigating the effects of mountain tourism. SAW
Lessons will focus on different episodes in the life of Jesus, the central figure and founder of Christianity. We will look at significant events both in his life and teaching leading up to Easter. SAW/EG
We will be beginning our preparations for our much awaited trip to France. We will look at the geography of France - the main rivers, mountains, regions etc. and will then focus on the local area we will be visiting. We will develop our links with the Ecole Publique de Hayes Pesnel in preparation for a morning spent together when we visit France. TMS
This half term we will be looking at various Spanish artists and will look in particular at ‘Valencian Fisherwomen’ by Joaquín Sorolla. We will describe the things in the painting using different verb forms. We will also be learning a Spanish poem about a beach. TW
We will continue to work on plural nouns both as subject and object and verbs of 1st and 2nd conjugation. Vocabulary will be significantly extended and translation of phrases and sentences more complex. TMS
The children will extend their spreadsheet skills this half term. They will learn about formulae and will write some basic SQL, the language used to find information held in databases. MHL
This half term, the focus will be on learning about different singing jazz styles and lyrics. The children will continue learning new notes and pieces in Recorder from the Beginning book 2. RA
This half term your children will be completing pieces of work using a wide range of techniques with cross curricular themes to display in their classrooms ready for Open Day. AD
The children will begin looking at their summer production and developing the skills required for audition pieces. AM
The Year 6 children will be completing their .b Mindfulness training in the second half of this term. SD
PE & GAMES
In games 6W will be taking part in hockey activities and therefore all pupils will need mouthguards after half term. 6M will participate in tag rugby activities on the sports field so football boots or old trainers will be needed in addition to the smart trainers they wear to school in the mornings. In PE the children have the opportunity to try a new activity for St. Helen’s College: pop lacrosse. Winter layers for PE should still be worn when needed e.g. full tracksuit, school fleece, woollen hat and gloves. SAW
There will be many activities on Wednesday and Thursday this week for pupils to participate in to support this half terms Charity sign2sing. Please find links to short videos to learn the BSL Alphabet and the sign2sing song. They will need to know this to be able to participate so do encourage them to practice at home.
To take part in the SIGNMAN game on Wednesday and the Sign Along assembly on Thursday pupils will need to bring in minimum £2 donation by Wednesday morning.
On Thursday the Y4 classes will also be holding a cake sale fundraiser and pupils may bring in some additional money if they wish to purchase cakes.
Thank you for your continued support.
Miss Walker and Mr McLaughlin
On Tuesday morning, the whole of year 6 went to see the About Turn theatre company perform the Diary of Anne Frank opera at Royal Masonic School in Rickmansworth. It was a very moving performance and something completely out of the ordinary for many of the children. They really grasped the meaning behind the staging of the show and made links to situations around the world since World War 2, giving real relevance to their current history, drama and English topics.
For those of you with children in drawing club, there will be an extension to the time of the club starting this Wednesday. It will now run until 4.50pm rather than 4.30pm.
Dear Year 6 parents,
Tomorrow morning the children will be visiting the Royal Masonic School in Rickmansworth to view a professional opera performance of the Anne Frank story by the About Turn theatre company. The show earned excellent reviews at the Edinburgh fringe festival and will link to the upcoming World War 2 topic in English, History and Drama. The visit will also include an interactive workshop session.
Please arrive to school in plenty of time as we are aiming to board the coaches at 8.40 and leave promptly at 8.45. Children should wear full school uniform and bring bags as normal. They may bring a small snack to bring along in the class snack box.
Y6 Class News