Year 6 News and RE Homework

Year 6 have been working hard on their learning- they have been developing and writing stories about transporting to new worlds, learning about conjunctions and have been challenging themselves with their reading- asking themselves challenging questions about what they read. May I urge you to hear your child read a variety of sources from newspapers, non-fiction articles and a variety of fiction books and to ask them questions based on their reading. In addition please sign your child’s reading record when you do as they are rewarded for your signatures each week. A week’s worth of signatures is worth 3 Dojo and House points!

In Mathematics, the children are revising and building on their knowledge of multiplying, in particular using long multiplication. This is focused on in their maths homework. Please have a conversation with your child and ask them to explain to you the link between long multiplication and partitioning. I suggest the children have a notebook for the My Maths homework so they can do the working out in it before they submit their answers. This way if mistakes are made they can see why their mistakes were made.

In RE, we have continued to explore the topic of Loving. We explored the Parable of the Prodigal Son, where the story demonstrates the beauty of God’s unconditional love for us- in that He forgives and accepts us as we are, just as the father in the story forgave his son without question. In the picture below, we ‘Hot-Seated’ the main characters of the story whilst the rest of the class interviewed them about their actions and reasons behind their actions.

As a follow up for our RE topic, please can I ask that your child writes and illustrates a prayer of thanksgiving recognising God’s unconditional love for them and perhaps asking Him to help them demonstrate compassion towards others. This work needs to be handed in by Friday 2nd October where we will collate them into a class prayer book to use in class worship sessions.

I wish you all a lovely weekend,

Best wishes,

Mrs Gallaher

Y6 Religious Education Topic: Loving

Year RE Topic Loving

During this topic we will cover this somewhat sensitive theme. The experience of ‘family’ in society today is varied, with many joys and sorrows.  Whatever the experience, family still remains the first place for growth and development, the basic social unit. We will look at questions such as:

  • What does the word ‘family’ mean to you?
  • What people do you associate with ‘family’?
  • What joys and sorrows do you remember of family life?

For Christians the pattern and ideal of family life is found in the Scriptures.  God is the loving parent of the human family and Jesus was born and lived in a human family.  While offering ideals for family life, it is important to acknowledge and respect the real experience of some children which is not ideal.

The following scripture summarises perfectfully what we want to God to reveal to us:

“As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience.  Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive.  Above all clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body.” (Colossians 3: 12-15)

We will ask ourselves:

  • In your daily life, how can you be ‘clothed with compassion’ or ‘with love’?
  • In practical terms, how can these be expressed?

At the end of the topic, we aim for the children to respond to it by asking themselves and each other:

  • What positive message about the family of the school is put across in the classroom?
  • How does the school ensure that when it welcomes a child, it welcomes that child’s family?
  • In what ways can the partnership between home and school be developed?

I’m sure the children will tell you more about the topic as it progresses over the next four weeks. Do ask them what they have been learning- it’s always nice to include you too.

Mrs Gallaher

Y6 RE

During this topic we will cover this somewhat sensitive theme. The experience of ‘family’ in society today is varied, with many joys and sorrows.  Whatever the experience, family still remains the first place for growth and development, the basic social unit. We will look at questions such as:

  • What does the word ‘family’ mean to you?
  • What people do you associate with ‘family’?
  • What joys and sorrows do you remember of family life?

For Christians the pattern and ideal of family life is found in the Scriptures.  God is the loving parent of the human family and Jesus was born and lived in a human family.  While offering ideals for family life, it is important to acknowledge and respect the real experience of some children which is not ideal.

The following scripture summarises perfectfully what we want to God to reveal to us:

“As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience.  Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive.  Above all clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body.” (Colossians 3: 12-15)

We will ask ourselves:

  • In your daily life, how can you be ‘clothed with compassion’ or ‘with love’?
  • In practical terms, how can these be expressed?

At the end of the topic, we aim for the children to respond to it by asking themselves and each other:

  • What positive message about the family of the school is put across in the classroom?
  • How does the school ensure that when it welcomes a child, it welcomes that child’s family?
  • In what ways can the partnership between home and school be developed?

I’m sure the children will tell you more about the topic as it progresses over the next four weeks. Do ask them what they have been learning- it’s always nice to include you too.

Mrs Gallaher

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

Dear All,

Today is the first day of Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 (18th-24th May) and the theme this year is Kindness. Take a look at the video below to learn more about the importance of kindness!

Kindness matters most!

We would like all of St Adrian’s to get involved, so we have attached some activity ideas at the bottom of this post to help you to celebrate this week – if you would like to.  

There is a Kindness Calendar which challenges you to be kind twice each day – once to yourself and once to someone else (that is only two acts of kindness a day, we’re sure all of us St Adrian’s are kinder than that!!)

And for our competitive pupils there is a Kindness Cup trophy to design. If everyone in your home takes part in in the Kindness Calendar Challenge you can award your Kindness Cup to the winner! 

Finally, if you want to learn a little more about the science behind why kindness matters try the following link: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week/kindness-matters-guide


Take care to be happy and healthy.

The Wellbeing Team

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Seven days of Kindness: https://mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/media/2036/seven-days-of-kindness-calendar.pdf

Also, we’re already in May but this Meaningful May Calendar has daily actions for May 2020 which you may want to try beyond this week: https://www.actionforhappiness.org/media/875760/may_2020.jpg

Wellbeing: Helpful Links and Tips

The five ways to wellbeing we promote at St Adrians

As the number of weeks away from our usual routines of work, school and activities with friends grows, it is increasingly important to focus on looking after our mental health. 

In response to the impact that COVID-19 and isolation poses to our wellbeing, many organisations are offering support and resources – we would like to share some which your may find helpful. These include:

• The ‘Schools and Families Advice Line’ (SFAL) is a new service established to provide emotional wellbeing advice and early help to children and young people, school staff and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. It can be really worrying when you, or someone you know is going through a difficult time.
If you feel this service could help, please call the Single Point of Access (SPA) who will take your details before passing them onto a call back service.
Telephone: 0300 777 0707
Email: hpft.spa@nhs.net
You will then get a call back from a mental health practitioner between 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday.

• The Spot the Signs & Emotional Wellbeing project by the Herts Mind Network are offering free webinars for young people and parents/carers. You can book onto a session by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2QZqK4f
Below is a snapshot of some webinars being held:

• Mentally Healthy Schools have put together a list of helpful links focused on coping exercises and activities:

• Wellbeing activity ideas for families: https://www.place2be.org.uk/our-services/parents-and-carers/coronavirus-wellbeing-activity-ideas-for-families/

• Looking after your family’s mental health while staying at home: https://www.place2be.org.uk/about-us/news-and-blogs/2020/march/coronavirus-advice-for-families-staying-at-home/

• Here is a comprehensive list of links/websites/apps to aid in looking after your mental health and wellbeing during Coronavirus:

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Please take time to look at the attachments, particularly if you or your loved ones are worried or anxious about Coronavirus.

Take care to be happy and healthy.

The Wellbeing team.

Keeping active

Alongside your daily home learning tasks I would encourge you to try and stay active!

You may also want to take this opportunity to become Master Chefs.

Imoves

Imoves is available to access from home.  No login is required and no password. sign up using the link:. http://join.theimovement.com/

Change for life

Change for Life website has activities for Early Years, KS1&KS2.  It has fun food facts, recipes to make and activities for inside and outside for all the family.   https://www.nhs.uk/change4life 

Tuesday 24th March

Please log on to Google Classroom to see the work for today. Remember that you will need to go into designated groups to find the work (Mrs May or Mr Sallis). You will find your English and Maths work under your respective teachers and any other subject work under the Y6 classroom folder.

Today your subjects will be English, Maths and Science. Your new RE homework task is available too. Continue to read daily and use additional resources to practise skills of other key areas.

Remember that you can use the stream to ask questions.