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St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
Ysgol Gatholig Joseff Sant.

We grow together in God’s love as we pray, learn and play

Dyn ni’n tyfu gyda ‘n gilyddd mewn cariad Duw wrth i ni weddio, dysgu a chwarae

Year 6 2016-17

Assessment Week Timetable

British Heart Foundation - Links with Industry - The children in year six have participated in a 'Heartstart' emergency life support programme. The children have learned what to do if faced with a life threatening situation. The children have learned about the recovery position, CPR, how to address a blood injury and how to help an adult, child or baby if they are choking. The children thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and learned vital life skills.

Welcome to the Year Six Page

Croeso i'r Tudalen Blwyddyn Chwech

Athrawes / Teacher: Ms. D. Houston

Year Six / Blwyddyn Chwech - 2016 - 2017

Year Six Science Investigation: How are craters formed?

Links with Industry: Crucial Crewe. The children in year six went to a series of workshops provided by the RNLI, NHS, Food Standards Agency, Leisure and Rail industries to learn about health and safety near railways, water, preparation of food etc. Here are some photographs of their learning.

Mathematics: Reasoning Questions - Many parents have asked me about what is involved in reasoning. I have attached examples of reasonning style questions that parents may find useful to support their children's leaarning in this area of mathematics. All children will undertake the Welsh Assembly Government Reasoning Assessment in May 2017.

Mathematics Reasoning Questions

Mathematics: As in the case of reasoning in mathematics many parents have asked me to provide examples of mathematics topics covered in number and shape, data and measure. I have attached examples of work that parents can use to support their children's leaarning in the classroom. I hope you will find them useful. Mrs Houston.

Crucial Crewe - Health and Well Being - Links with Industry -Rail, Western Electric, Food Agency, Leisure Industry, Healthcare etc

Incidental Welsh: Following the meeting with parents with regard to the teaching of Welsh as a Second language in the school I have attached a document that will be useful to the children not just in primary school but secondary schoolas well. Many parents who attended requested that it be placed on the website.

Upper Ability Mathematics Group - Time Homework - This week the children will be revising the topic of TIME. IThe children will be covering these tasks this week. Can parents also go through these SAT type questions on time at home and keep for revision purposes for the May 2016 external WAG assessments? Thank you Mrs Houston

Reading comprehension Homework: The children will be ompleting the following group reading activities this half term. The tasks are typical of the types of questions the children will be required as part of the WAG assessments that take place in May 2017. Please remember the children must justify their answer with direct reference to the text. They are a useful resource as preparation for the assessments in May 2017.

Crucial Crew - Educational Visit

Year Six - Summer Reading Awards

The Blitz in Cardiff - Today we had the pleasure to have Mr Bowen to come to talk to year six about what it was like in Cardiff during the Blitz. The talk was fascinating and the children listened attentively and asked lots of questions about what Mr Bowen experienced. This week the children will be writing a report about what they learnt from the presentation.

Oracy Lesson - English Group - Mrs Houston - The children have been developing skills to help them use more ambitious vocabulary and phrases within their independent writing. The children have created group thinking maps to begin this process. The children worked collaboratively and did so effectively to choose vocabulary that will eventually include alliteration, onomatopoeia and a simile. The children each had a different photograph to inspire their writing and at the conclusion of the lessons this week we hope to have created exciting sentences that enhances the quality of our independent writing.

Roald Dahl's City of the Unexpected. As part of these celebrations the children in year six have focused on the life and work of Roald Dahl and as part of this context for learning project on a Welsh author the children dressed as characters from Dahl's children's books.

Design Technology Project - Anderson Shelters

Science / Gwyddoniaeth - Reproduction of the flowering plant

Religion / Crefydd - Come and See - RE Topic: 'Loving'

The children have now commenced their first Come and See topic called ‘Loving’. The children have worked in groups to reflect on and share ideas about how we show unconditional love and how it makes us feel. The children read a reading from the Book of Corinthians and adapted it to write a prayer to illustrate what they understood to be ‘unconditional love.’ All the children worked hard on this task. I have included photographs of their poems below.

Come and See - Topic: Loving - Unconditional Love Prayers

Gallery pictures designed by year six.

Year 6 Participating In The May Procession Mass with Father Ambrose

Gallery Project: All the children in saint Joseph's will be required to produce a picture, collage , painting etc. that will be sent away to be framed. the work will be exhibited in the school hall and will be sold to raise monies for the school, but also to provide a 'memory' for the children of their time in Saint Joseph's. The children in year six created their own plate designs in the style of Clarice Cliff. I am sure you will agree the standard of work produced is excellent. Da iawn blwyddyn chwech!

Enterprise Project and Links with Industry: In year six the children are required to learn about the mathematic focuses of profit andloss. To this end the children are required to set up a class business in which they are provided with fifty punds from the chool to creat a business in which the aim is to make a proft. as you can see the children have been busy during the last fortnight making items that can be sold in a sale. However, the children wrote letters of request for donations from our local tesco Superstore as well as letter sof thanks as part of literacy across the curriculum and have received many donations that can be included in our sale with a range of raffle prizes. In additon a big thank you must go to ms.nolan a year six parent who also contacted local bsinesses and has managed to get a spa day and a meal for two at Mowgli's. The children have undertaken mathematics problems calculating potential profit and used their literacy and It skill to adverise the sale. We hope as many parent sof the school can attend the enterprise event and I think you will all be in awe of the children's hard work - I think there are a number of potential millionaires in the making!

Easter - Symmetry, Fractions, Decimals, Percentages, Data Handling, Ratio, Agebra, Time, Area, Perimeter, Probability - Maths

Easter number homework year five and six

Ash Wednesday Service 2016

Year Six - Forces and Motion Investigations Workshop

PPT about Amelia Earhart byReeha

Science / Gwyddoniaeth


This week the children in year six had the opportunity to participate in a space workshop where they were able to focus on Science in the news with the British astronaut Tim Peak working on the International Space Station. Children used robots to move objects around ‘space’, beebots were used to map out a route for the astronauts in space and used circuits to make equipment that could be used by the astronauts to complete their tasks on the space station. 

Mis Iownar22 / January 22nd

Saesneg / English

On Tuesday 19th the children in year six participated in an English Creative Writing workshop. As parents will have observed in the children’s books I will often give the next step of asking the children to write in more detail and to use more ambitious vocabulary within their independent writing. To support the children in achieving these targets Mr Chapman from the authority and an author Ms. Farr came to provide learning strategies to help the children achieve this goal.


Children began by listing as many ambitious words that they can use for said. This was extended to the use of ambitious adverbs that could be used to describe the way in which the words were spoken. Using a technique called ‘Quopying’ the children took an extract from the book ‘Moon Chase’ and used these techniques to re write a section of the text. Children were encouraged to use a range of pronouns in order to enhance the atmosphere of the writing that they produced and to create a sense of suspense. Below are examples of the extended writing produced as one of the literacy activities undertaken within the workshop.


Extended writing produced from the creative writing workshop


Amelia woke up in her school hall. She was cold and tired. She found some of the old tennis balls that they had been using earlier and threw them aggressively at the wall.  Nobody would believe her. They said that she had hit Amy, but she hadn’t. She reflected on how furious the teacher had been when someone had informed her of what she had supposedly done.

Amelia thought she was dreaming. It couldn’t really be happening. Just to make sure she pinched herself, no it was real. She stared at the bright red mark on her skin and the pain burned.

She thought how her mother would be feeling. She would be worried about where she was. She would be anxious. Amelia wished she had listened to her friends to just leave Amelia alone after she had been told off.

Then the heavy door of the silent school hall opened, creaking ominously as it did. The light from the corridor behand illuminated the floor of the hall and somebody walked in. It was a tall man with dark hair and as he walked in Amelia could hear his shoes, one step after another. As he came in he closed the door quietly behind him. Amelia could hear his footsteps getting closer and closer... everything else was silent.


Max sat silently in his cell. Everything was dead silent … nothing moved. He was quite, tired and hungry. There were bits of damp on the walls. He was also annoyed. He picked up twigs and stone off the floor and in a moment of anger, disappointment and heed he threw them all and all of them broke. Nobody knew he was only trying to help his twin brother. His parents were disappointed and just yelled. They wouldn’t let me even speak. This was all about a silly argument between his brother. I don’t deserve this – I know the truth!

Just to make sure he wasn’t dreaming he bit his lip and pinched his arm. Everything still hurt and there was blood dripping like raindrops. He was wide awake; he thought about his brother he knew he would be worried. I’d began to think he wished he listened to his brother.

At the end of this empty jail a door knob turned and the door blasted open. The shining light of the moon reflected on the cold dark floor. An older looking man came through the door; he looked around the jail and just continued walking. I thought he was the caretaker he had a bucket behind him

He made no sound and was as quite as a mouse. No footsteps were heard as he went towards Max’s cell. All that was heard was the small round wheels rolling across the floor and …

Photographs of the creative writing workshops are below.

Creative Writing Workshop - Year Six

DT and Art and Design Project: Hot Air Balloons. Part Two


DT and Science - Model Planes for Science Investigation

The children in year six have designed and made the model of a paper plane. The children have designed a plane that they believe will travel the furthest distance in a flight experiment being conducted in a science next week. They have written a report to describe how they made their model and used their mathematics skills to calculate perimeters of the model and record in decimal form the dimensions of their plane. Below are photographs of their final models..

Paper Plane Models: Science flight investigation.

 Amelia Earhart - Context for learning - Flight - Art and Design


The children have used their line, mark and tone art and design skills to make a portrait using charcoal and pastels  of Emilia Earhart the first woman to fly the Atlantic solo She later died under mysterious circumstances on a solo flight over the central Pacific Ocean. In addition the children used the same mediums to create a sunset showing silhouettes of birds in flight to provide a contrast as to how the Art and Design skills can be used in different contexts.

Art and Design: Portraits of Amelia Earhart and landscapes depicting birds in flight.


Corpus Christi Transition Project



All the year six classes from the feeder school to Corpus Christi participate in this project. The topic is centred on the theme of flight and will focus on English, mathematics and Science. In English writing, reading and oracy activities will focus on the life of Amelia Earhart. Through the English part of the topic the children will focus on biographical newspaper, empathy, report and non fiction writing genres


Let’s Fly - In mathematics the children will be required to complete a series of investigation and reasoning problems similar to those undertaken in Easter as part of the Welsh Assembly Government assessments for eleven year olds in Wales. Each piece of work will be levelled and work produced will be analysed by year six teachers and headteachers’’' from all the Catholic primary schools in cluster meetings to be held at Corpus Christi High School.


Art and Craft on the Topic of Flight

I like to undertake the art and craft and DT activities as soon as possible into the term as is possible so that the classroom is a reflection of the context for learning topic. Activities will require an old t shirt as the children will be engage in a range of painting activities.

Painting projects to be conducted on the topic of ‘Flight’:  

Art and Design Skills: Line mark and tone: Modern artists showing birds in flight

Art and Design Skills: Line mark tone and colour mixing. Aborigine depictions of birds in flight

Art and Design: Form and Tone – 3D Air Balloons

Line and Mark and Tone: Cross hatch /charcoal sketches of Amelia Earhart

Hot Air Balloons: Would parents be kind enough to provide their child with an empty paper cup and a large round balloon – the colour is not important as we will be using paper mache to create a tonal balloon. In addition we will need lots of newspaper for the project so donations would be much appreciated.


Gwyddoniaeth / Science / Dylunio a Thechnoleg /   DT

Gwaith Catref / Homework


The children will be required to make a spinner and a model   aeroplane. I will provide the children with the card and paper clips to make the plane. The objective is to create a model paper plane that will travel the longest distance and to identify why the most successful. In addition the children will measure, cut and make a spinner and who can make a spinner that will take the longest to fall to the ground.  There are lots of examples on various websites to give the children ideas about how to approach the task. Once the science investigations have been completed the models will be used to contribute to the flight display in the classroom. Both these models will be required for the children to undertake a science investigation as part of the year six project on ‘Flight’ The children will be assessed on the following criteria within their groups:

  • Planning the investigation
  • I identifying and being able to apply a fair test
  • Identifying variables
  • What and how you are going to measure.
  • Describing the method to be used in the investigation
  • Collect data independently and determine how data collected will be recorded.
  • Analysing and drawing conclusions from data- what have they learned/
  • Choosing appropriate graphs to present data – using mathematics skills to compare data, find totals, differences, the range, mean, median and mode of the data gathered.

Remember you can decorate your plane models as you so wish, but you must make sure that your name is recorded on each of the models that you make. MODELS to be returned on Monday 11th January 2016.


Crefydd / Religion / Come and See



The first theme of the Spring term is entitled ‘Sources’ The children will primarily focus on the Bible with specific studies of the four Gospels – Matthew, Mark Luke and John and their significance in teaching us how to follow the teachings and examples of Christ. Parents are reminded that the first class mass for year six will be on the 21st of January to be celebrated in year six’s classroom at 10.30a.m. The class assembly will be on Friday 12th February. It is very much hoped that where possible that all children will have family members or friends to celebrate these acts of collective worship in order to support the children in their faith journey.


Avoid Absence from School

It is very important that with the exception of illness that your child does not miss school. In mathematics and English the children are introduced to new concepts very lesson and occasional ‘days off’ mean that children miss key areas of their learning and often find such a topic as angle very difficult if they are not there for all the lessons on the topic. With the Welsh assembly Government assessments immediately after Easter it is essential that your child is in school so that they can give of their best and not hindered by gaps in their learning that intermittent absence results in.



Maths Investigations

The children in year six were provided with a series of investigation tasks using kits provided by Techniquest. In these investigations the children were required to use their mathematical knowledge and reasoning skills to solve each of the problems. Attached are pictures of the children engaged in these activities.

Visit by PC Mark Payne: The dangers of misusing alcohol.

Year Six Anti - bullying Presentation - Play - David and Goliath

Happy Puzzle


Problem Solving and Reasoning Investigation


The children in years five and six have participated in a mathematics problem solving workshop and had to work as a team, apply the mathematical knowledge and reasoning skills to solve a series of problems.

Mathematics Investigation One - Balance the Iceberg:

The children were given a loose fitted iceberg and were required to balance a series of penguins all at once on the moving formation.

Kane: We started from the bottom to ensure that each part of the base of the iceberg was relatively balanced and we worked up to the top - we had to do this because if you placed the penguins randomly and not in a systematic manner starting at the widest point first the iceberg would not balance and the penguins would fall off.

Mathematics Investigation Two - Road Map:

Riona.    We were provided with  a jigsaw of a road map, but the jigsaw was unusual because no matter where you placed the pieces they would always fit. So my group had to create a road map that contained no dead ends. This was challenging and we had to work as a team to indentify when we made errors in the making of the road - We learnt that we needed to find the corners first and then the whole investigation would have become easier.

Mathematics Investigation Three - How can we make a huge hexagon from a series of trapeziums?:

Angelo: We were provided with a large hexagonal tray and we had to fill it with trapeziums. However, it was not as simple as that! We had to ensure that no trapezium of any colour actually touched. This was a challenging investigation, but my team really  enjoyed it because we solved the puzzl successfully.



Mathematics: Problem Solving / Reasoning Workshop - Happy Puzzle - Years' Five and Six

Angelo - ICT Computing - Using Powerpoint's, Word Prossessing and Spreadsheets

Autumn Term 2015


IT Projects

During this initial term of the academic year the year six children have participated in the following activities as vehicles for developing their computing skills:


Word Processing: Job description for becoming a priest. The children had to type in the text, use bullet points, vary font size and style, copy and paste pictures to illustrate our learning in religion.


Multimedia Project: From previous class articles on work conducted on IT, this multimedia project has focused on using the Aurasma App. The children have concluded the project by uploading their video presentations and providing a PPT on how to use the Aurasma App so that it can be used by other children.


World War Two: What were the causes? Research project on causes of World War Two presented in a PPT form.


Spreadsheets; Excel: The children have applied their learning on the mode, median, range from mathematics and have calculated these aspects of mathematics within their spreadsheets as part of a mathematics investigation on the impact of rationing on the people who experienced this in World War Two.


Graphing Work: Graphs have alo been created using our IT skills in relation to science the length of a shadow, pie chart on the numbers of deaths suffered by different countries during the Second World War and line graphs relating to healthy eating.

Year Five and Six Educational Visit to a Synagogue. As part of learning about another faith tradition, the children have visited a synagogue to consolidate their learning covered in the Judaism project conducted as part of the Come and See RE programe.

Religion – Come and See












The children have worked hard on this topic and have produced job descriptions about the role of priest, they have written manifestos outlining their ideas about what our vocations as Christians should be. Below are a series of photographs to illustrate the children’s learning on this topic. Once the project on Hinduism is completed the children will begin the topic on ‘Expectations’ in which the children will learn about and respond in prayer in class worship on the holy season of Advent.

Come and See: Vocations

Science / Gwyddoniaeth

Health Education

Dangers of smoking / How to have a healthy heart


As part of our science lessons this week the children have been learning about the dangers of smoking and the impact that it has on having a healthy heart. The children have plotted and compared two sets of data about heart rate in line graphs. Year Six have learnt that the line graph is the only type of data graph that allows them to make sensible estimates about data with which they were not provided. Again children analysed the data finding differences, making estimates, calculating the mean, median, mode and range of the data gathered.

Dangers of Smoking / Healthy Heart

Science / Gwyddoniaeth

Forces Investigation


The children in year six have conducted an investigation on the forces of buoyancy as opposed to weight and gravity. The children were placed in mixed ability groups and were set the challenge of designing a boat that they thought would hold the most marbles before it sank. The children focused on the following science and mathematics skills:


  • Making scientific models

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    How could they make the test fair?

  • Identifying the variable in their investigation.

  • Gathering data independently.

  • Plotting data in a graph

  • Analysing and drawing conclusions from the data including gathering the mean, median, mode and range of the data.

Religion / Crefydd

Another Faith Tradition



As part of our Come and see religious teaching programme is to teach children about another faith tradition. In preparation for our educational visit to a synagogue, the children have learnt about the history of Judaism, the religious furniture contained within a synagogue, the Torah scrolls and the festival of the Jewish new year Rosh Hashannah. Below are pictures of some of the work produced as part of the Judaism project.

Judaism: Examples of workproduced on teaching children about another faith tradition.

Sky Sports Day Event.


















On the 11th of November Mrs Jefferies, Ms Houston and Ms. O’Brien took the children in class eight to Sophia Gardens to participate in the sky sports event. This was the first time the organisation had visited Wales and the children met athletes that had represented their country at a national level, at the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics. The children engaged in football skills, healthy eating games, listening to a famous female Welsh rugby players aspirations and triumphs within her sport and developing their rugby skills. The pictures below illustrate what a wonderful time the children had today. However, as we left an organiser of the event approached us and congratulated the children for being so polite, enthusiastic and so well behaved. Indeed they were, and this reflects on the expectations of parents and the school. The adults accompanying the children were as always very proud of the children today. I have placed photographs on the year six class page and more photographs will follow from Ms. Jefferies which will be placed on the school gallery.

Year Six Class Mass – Vocations

Athrawes: Ms. D. Houston

Multimedia  Project

Recap on the Aurasma Map – The children were required to compile a series of questions to explain to other pupils’ how to use. This is the instruction guide created by Angelo:

Information Technology / Computing – Multi Media Project

Instruction for using the Aurasma App within  a multimedia context



  • Create a video clip for overlays
  • Take a photo with the camera ion.
  • Edit, crop and filter the photograph
  • Locate thw Aurasma app.
  • Enter Username: MrsHoustonyear six
  • Enter password: year six

Choosing  Overlay

  • Press on the ion
  • Choose an overlay from one of the libraries created.
  • Press the select ion

Choosing our Triggers

  • Hold I pad over the trigger
  • We need to ensure that we focus on the trigger.
  • There is a line showing red, yellow and green. This indicated how could the focus is.
  • The white dot should be on the green line.
  • Press the camera icon.
  • Press the > button
  • We must then make sure the purple box entitled ‘Private’ is selected.
  • Press finish


Gwaith Catref / Homework: Would all year six parents please note that homework has been set on 2nd November.The children have two weeks to complete the work set. the mathematics homework should be printedoff and answers recorded on the sheets. The homework set is similar to the type of tasks the children will be asked to complete in assessments this coming May and so it is very important that homework is completed by the set time. Please store the work carefully so the children can revisit it at home. (Homework can be found above on the year six homework section)

Ten Ten Theatre

‘The Blitz’

English and Religion Workshop

Years Six – Mrs Houston


On Monday the children in year five and six had the opportunity to watch a performance by the Ten Ten Theatre Company. The play was fantastic and had the children totally engaged for the hour and ten minute performance. The children were able to see and learn about the impact of war in terms of bombings, evacuation, men going off to war and women, who had not worked before, undertaking employment previously considered to be work only to be conducted by men. The children learnt to be grateful for the gifts that God has given them and the importance of helping and supporting others in time of need. The play was ensued by a question and answer forum and the quality of the answers reflected the children’s enjoyment and understanding gained from the performance. At the conclusion of the workshop the children participated in a meditation and were reflective in their responses once more. This was a fantastic learning opportunity for the children.


Year Six comments about the performance:


Luke: The performance by the Ten Ten theatre Company provided me with a moving experience which I think people of all ages would appreciate.


Niamh: I enjoyed learning about the different emotions that the children in World War Two would have experienced especially about evacuation and the Blitz.


Kristof: I thought this was an inspiring story and it reminded us not to take for granted the wonderful gifts of parents and love that God has given us.

Year six educational visit to Cardiff Castle. What was it like for the people of Cardiff during the Blitz of World War Two. (A storyboard of our day will appear in the October 23rd newsletter of all that we did during the visit.

Playing Welsh games. The children in year five and six have participated in games designed to reinforce vocabulary and sentence structures about food, parts of the body, greetings, weather, and providing personal information in Welsh.

Multimedia presentation. This week the children have been learning about 'Triggers' for their presentations. They can point their i pads at their work and the IT pictures and explanations that they have composed come up on their i pads. The children were really impressed by this. A big thank you to Ms. Jefferies for such an exciting lesson! Year six have also been creating PPTs to illustrate the causes of World War Two as part of our project on the Blitz.

Context for Learning: The Blitz - the children are applying their skills from mathematics and literacy to inform their understanding of the consequences of the Blitz. This week we will be analysing poetry fro this moment in history.

IT Multimedia Project: Learning to crop pictures. The children have now finished recording their videos and this week have focused on learning how to crop and edit pictures that can be incorporated into their presentations using the Aurasma app.

Computing Lesson. The children have begun using the Aurazma app to create multi media presentations on World War Two. This week we will learn a speech about the Blitz in Cardiff using this app. Below are photographs of the children preparing their presentaions.

Year Six - Class Assembly. The children presented a prayful and reflective assembly this week. For those parents that were unable to attend I have attached photographs of the children preparing their collective worship.

Multimedia Computing Project

For the remainder of the year the children will participate in a two hour computing lesson. These classes will be run by Ms. Jefferies, an ex pupil and graduate from Chichester University, and Mrs. Houston.

Today we had the support of an ex pupil Mr. D. Jones, who has recently graduated from Swansea University and has participated with lessons as part of his PGCE course.

The aim of our initial lesson was to experiment using the Aurazma App. The children read facts about World War Two that they found interesting. This was the children's first attempt at using this multimedia software. Next week we will learn our words off by heart and produce a script about the Blitz in Cardiff.

Please find attached our initial efforts at using the Aurazma App. We know as we become accustomed with this software our work will improve further.

Watch this space!

World War Two Facts for Multimedia Project

Still image for this video
The children researched and came up with interesting facts about World War Two and the Blitz. Working in pairs, the children practiced reading their facts aloud making sure they spoke clearly, slowly and loud enough to hear. This task was then filmed providing video clips which will be eventually be used as footage for the Aurasma App.

Next week the children will be able to memorize their speeches and perform them in front of the camera.

History and Design Project - Year Six - Anderson Shelters