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For all content relating to home learning during the school closure, please scroll down to a section titled "Home Learning." 

 

Remember that Mr Price can be emailed at the following address:

year6@holycrossprimary.thurrock.sch.uk

 

Alternatively, he has just set up a blog on Purple Mash - there is a first time for everything and this is Mr Price's first time to set up a blog (he has never blogged begore)!

Welcome to Year 6 - St John the Baptist

 

Welcome to St John the Baptist Class page. We hope you enjoy looking at our class page and it helps you get a flavour of what life is like in St John the Baptist Class.

 

Teachers: Mr Price

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Shanley

Learning Support Assistant: Mrs Lowry, Mrs Woods

 

 

 

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Saint John the Baptist - Our Class Saint                      Feast Day: June 24th

 

Prayer to Saint John the Baptist

O God, You raised up St. John the Baptist to prepare a perfect people for Christ.  Fill Your people with the joy of possessing His grace, and direct the minds of all the faithful in the way of peace and salvation.

Grant that as St. John was martyred for truth and justice, so we may energetically profess our Faith in You, and lead others to the Way, the Truth, and Eternal Life.

Amen.

 

Who was he?

John the Baptist was the first disciple of Jesus Christ. John  was born of elderly parents, St. Elizabeth and St. Zachariah. They were good, patient, law-abiding people, who had given up hope of ever having a child of their own until the angel’s revelation to Zachariah announced to him that they were to have a son who would be called John (meaning “God is gracious”). This child of theirs was to be the one who would “pave the way” for the Messiah. John was this chosen one who would prepare the people, urging them to repent of their sins, baptizing them, and teaching them the meaning of the Scriptures, in readiness for the coming of the Saviour they had been waiting for so longingly for so many years and who was now at hand. John himself needed preparation for this important mission, and for many years before his public ministry he lived an ascetic life of strict self-discipline, solitude, abstinence and prayer.

 

What were his special qualities?

 

Humility

John the Baptist shows us that the beginning of discipleship is humbly recognising our sinfulness, our helplessness and our absolute need for a Saviour. John says:

I must decrease so He can increase.”

I’m not even worthy to untie the strap of His sandals.”

Lord, it is I who should be baptized by You.”

 

Repentance

Repentance flows from Humility. Before we can turn to Jesus, John knew we had to repent, to “make straight the paths of the Lord”, removing the ‘boulders’ or obstacles in the way.  This means to turn away from sin. We need to eliminate from our lives anything that ‘dominates’ us or leads us away from a virtuous life.

 

Christ-centredness

Christ must be the centre of our lives. John’s entire ministry was to prepare the people for the coming of the Lord. John’s words are a lesson for all Christians; we too should point out Christ to others by having a Christ like behaviour, an integrity of life.

 

Integrity of Life

John shows us the power of conviction, principle and honesty. John didn’t waver even when his life was in danger.He never feared the criticism of others when speaking out the truth; nor did he ever waffle or compromise in the face of very real danger. (Bl. Pope John Paul II said we must tell the truth with love. Sometimes this can be a way to really show we love someone!) We should never fear to live our Faith fully and with integrity.

 

High Frequency Words

All children in St John the Baptist Class should already be able to accurately spell all these words by heart:

Year 3 and 4 Spellings

accident

century

experiment

interest

particular

remember

accidentally

certain

extreme

island

peculiar

sentence

actual

circle

famous

knowledge

perhaps

separate

actually

complete

favourite

learn

popular

special

address

consider

February

length

position

straight

answer

continue

forward(s)

library

possess

strange

appear

decide

fruit

material

possession

strength

arrive

describe

grammar

medicine

possible

suppose

believe

different

group

mention

potatoes

surprise

bicycle

difficult

guard

minute

pressure

therefore

breath

disappear

guide

natural

probably

though

breathe

early

heard

naughty

promise

although

build

earth

heart

notice

purpose

thought

busy

eight

height

occasion

quarter

through

business

eighth

history

occasionally

question

various

calendar

enough

imagine

often

recent

weight

caught

exercise

increase

opposite

regular

woman

centre

experience

important

ordinary

reign

women

 

All children in this class need to be able to spell these words accurately by heart:

Year 5 and 6 Spellings

accommodate

communicate

equip

immediately

physical

sincerely

accompany

community

equipped

individual

prejudice

soldier

according

competition

equipment

interfere

privilege

stomach

achieve

conscience

especially

interrupt

profession

sufficient

aggressive

conscious

exaggerate

language

programme

suggest

amateur

controversy

excellent

leisure

pronunciation

symbol

ancient

convenience

existence

lightning

queue

system

apparent

correspond

explanation

marvellous

recognise

temperature

appreciate

criticise

familiar

mischievous

recommend

thorough

attached

curiosity

foreign

muscle

relevant

twelfth

available

definite

forty

necessary

restaurant

variety

average

desperate

frequently

neighbour

rhyme

vegetable

awkward

determined

government

nuisance

rhythm

vehicle

bargain

develop

guarantee

occupy

sacrifice

yacht

bruise

dictionary

harass

occur

secretary

 

category

disastrous

hindrance

opportunity

shoulder

 

cemetery

embarrass

identity

parliament

signature

 

committee

environment

immediate

persuade

sincere

 

 

 

Home Learning

Please find below all the content for home learning.

Physical Education:

P.E. with Joe / Monday 23rd March 2020

Day one of my 9am daily workouts

Mathematics:
Children should visit White Rose home learning daily for their Mathematics, there are video tutorials and accompanying work for the children. 

March 25th - The Same Difference, Y5 & Y6

Daily problem solving and reasoning activities. Today, Gareth challenged children to explore differences using related subtraction facts to help children in Y5 and Y6 to become more fluent in calculation.

English:

There are a number of useful links below. Children should read (or listen to an audio book) on a daily basis. They should also engage in a mixture of writing and GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling) activities on a daily basis. I would recommend that children explore the resource links provided to work on areas they know that they need to develop.  

 

The diary writing mentioned below is highly recommended. 

 

A lot of the links and resources listed here are resources which should be "dipped into, " rather than worked through in order. For example, with the Literacy Shed, I would recommend that children should pick and choose the videos that interest them on the site and use them to lead into writing.

Having just checked my personal email, I found a message from audible that they are offering hundreds of free audio books for children in the light of the current situation. The link below will take you to their website.

This is an example of some writing by Kaima based on a Literacy Shed video, 'The Robot and the Butterfly' which can be watched below.

This is an example of some writing by Kaima based on a Literacy Shed video, 'The Robot and the Butterfly' which can be watched below. 1
This is an example of some writing by Kaima based on a Literacy Shed video, 'The Robot and the Butterfly' which can be watched below. 2
This is an example of some writing by Kaima based on a Literacy Shed video, 'The Robot and the Butterfly' which can be watched below. 3
This is an example of some writing by Kaima based on a Literacy Shed video, 'The Robot and the Butterfly' which can be watched below. 4

The Robot and the Butterfly Animated Movies

This is the film (which can be found on the Literacy Shed) which Kaima based her story on.

A suggested ongoing writing project:

 

Below you can find a YouTube video of Anne Frank's diary. Anne Frank was an ordinary young girl who kept a diary while living through extraordinary times. As I suggested to those children who were in school on Friday, you might want to follow her example by keeping a diary yourselves. 

 

If you do, try to focus on recording things you observe and your thoughts about them. My diary entries for this weekend are as follows:

 

Saturday, 21st March, 2020.

 

Dear Diary,

 

Today, while I waited for my order in the fish and chip shop, I witnessed an elderly lady, with a shock of white hair and all her frail weight rested on a metal walking stick, ask if she could buy a whole chicken.

The man behind the counter looked puzzled; this item was not listed on the menu displayed above the counter. 

The lady, who looked to be at least eighty years of age, explained that her husband had been out all morning, trying to shop for food, but had failed to get anything substantial for their main meal that day.

Kindly, the shop owner agreed to her request and she handed over a ten pound note for the chicken he had quickly retrieved from a refrigerator at the back. 

As I was thinking about how selfish some people are (I have heard that places like Curry's are now running out of freezers as people continue to panic-buy), the lady took her chicken back home. I wonder if they had anything to go with their chicken. I do hope so and I wish that I had had the presence of mind to offer to pay for the old bird's bird. Ten pounds is about twice what a free-range chicken would cost in Lidl or Aldi and the pensioner had not looked like someone who could easily afford such an amount.

 

 

 

Sunday, 22nd March, 2020.

 

Dear Diary,

 

I was on a bus today when a man who looked old enough to say better than he did (more about what exactly he said in a moment) had an argument with the driver. The man had got on the bus and sat down at the front, near to the driver, without paying.

I could not hear exactly what the two men were saying, but it was obvious that the driver was asking the man to pay and I got the impression that the man was saying something about who he was and how that meant he did not have to pay. Eventually, without getting up from his seat, the rude man practically tossed some sort of identification at the driver, saying "I hope you get coronavirus!"

The bus driver kept much calmer than I could have done, examined the identification and appeared satisfied that the man was indeed entitled to travel free of charge. I doubt, though, that he was satisfied with how he had been addressed.

When the bus arrived at my stop, I loudly and cheerfully said, "Thank you driver, and please accept my apologies on behalf of the idiot!" 

As the bus doors closed, I must admit to feeling a certain level of satisfaction that the hand-gesture the lout made at me through the window of the departing bus clearly demonstrated that he had recognised himself as being the idiot.

 

 

If you do decide to keep a diary, and I hope that you do, please email me any entries that you feel are of interest.

 

Anne Frank:The Diary of a Young Girl

The Diary of a Young Girl, also known as The Diary of Anne Frank, is a book of the writings from the diary kept by Anne Frank while she was in hiding for two...

Religious Education:

This is the planning and scripture notes for the next Religious Education topic the children would have studied in school. As it is the season of Lent this would be a good thing to share with your child. Last year the children baked bread formed in the words 'I am the Bread of Life,' when they reached Learning Focus 2 - a really lovely thing to do while considering what Christ meant by those words.

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Art:

This afternoon (Monday 23rd March), the upper key stage 2 children will be drawing old shoes in as much detail as possible, using shading to make the shoes look as realistic as possible. If you are at home, you could have a go at doing the same. If you can email photos of your drawings to Mr Price, they might finish up on the school website. There are some examples, taken from the internet, below.

Drawings we did in school...

Life in Saint John the Baptist Class.

 

One of the reasons we are fortunate to be a part of Holy Cross - the beautiful mornings in the school grounds...

One of Holy Cross' foxes out on the field at the end of the day.

For Roald Dahl week we looked at how the author described his villainous characters. We then looked at 'The Child Catcher,' a character he created for the film 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,' and wrote our own descriptions of this character.

For Roald Dahl week we looked at how the author described his villainous characters. We then looked at 'The Child Catcher,' a character he created for the film 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,' and wrote our own descriptions of this character. 1

School Journey 2019 - we arrived early, with forty-five minutes to spare so we took a stroll down to the beach...

School Journey 2019 - Mr Price's group on their first activity: fencing!

School Journey 2019, day two.

More from School Journey 2019:

To the parents of children in Saint John the Baptist class who went on the school journey, they have all done you proud this past week. They truly have. I hope that you will all ensure that they spend the weekend 'chilling' - I am probably showing my age by using that term, I expect to be told on Monday that it is 'soo out of date!' 

 

I will not pretend that everything has been perfect at all times - there would be no point in undertaking an adventure like this if it had; learning to grow as a person comes from our imperfections. I have seen signs of doing just that in all your children. Again, you should be proud, very proud.

 

I hope that you will accept my apologies if your son or daughter has not yet featured in the photos above; not all the consent forms came through 'the system' in time. This is in spite of the fact that Mrs Strange took boxes of forms (from all classes in the school) home last weekend in order to process them, she deserves praise for that - above and beyond the call!

 

I will endeavour to update this page with photos of as many children as possible once I have seen the updated list.

 

To those that stayed behind... we missed you. However, you have done a fantastic job on the solar system display and I believe you have much more to tell me about your week.

 

 

A rainbow over the school playground yesterday...

A rainbow over the school playground yesterday... 1

Aurelia produced a beautiful cartoon for her work on our 'Loving' RE topic:

Aurelia produced a beautiful cartoon for her work on our 'Loving' RE topic: 1

On the last Friday of the first half term, we made a gravity-well simulator. It was fun while it lasted, but masking tape is not as strong as one might wish! Check out the video link below to see what could have been!

On the last Friday of the first half term, we made a gravity-well simulator. It was fun while it lasted, but masking tape is not as strong as one might wish! Check out the video link below to see what could have been! 1

Advent has begun - today we made a wreath of holly and ivy collected from the school grounds.

Viking Longships and some Viking Jewellery (made at home with the help of many parents, no doubt!)

There was a beautiful sky to be seen over the school grounds this morning...

There was a beautiful sky to be seen over the school grounds this morning... 1
There was a beautiful sky to be seen over the school grounds this morning... 2

Have a very happy and peaceful Christmas.

Have a very happy and peaceful Christmas.  1

Science: Investigating Levers

We have been designing Maya masks this week.

We have been designing Maya masks this week. 1
We have been designing Maya masks this week. 2
We have been designing Maya masks this week. 3
We have been designing Maya masks this week. 4

We also learned about Maya gods and invented some of our own.

We also learned about Maya gods and invented some of our own. 1

Science: using force meters to investigate the relationship between weight and mass.

We have been working on instructional writing this week and looking at recipes...

We have been working on instructional writing this week and looking at recipes... 1
We have been working on instructional writing this week and looking at recipes... 2
We have been working on instructional writing this week and looking at recipes... 3

This should interest any budding astronomers: that star above the school is, in fact, the planet Venus. It shows up better if you click on the photo. In real-life, so to speak, it is much more obvious, a photograph does not actually do it full justice.

This should interest any budding astronomers: that star above the school is, in fact, the planet Venus. It shows up better if you click on the photo. In real-life, so to speak, it is much more obvious, a photograph does not actually do it full justice. 1

Science - making parachutes with different sized canopies so we can investigate whether the size of the canopy has an effect on how quickly the parachutes fall.

We had a delivery of masks which we are going to build up with paper mache to make our own Maya masks. However, as should have been expected, the children were far more interested in donning their masks first. Thank goodness this was in broad daylight!

Finally they settled to working on their masks...

Some of our finished Maya masks:

Our Lenten candle, wrapped in barbed wire, represents Jesus' suffering on the cross.

During World Book Day the children in Year 6 shared some books with those in Year 2...

Indian Dance Workshop...

For those of you who were not in school today, we started a new maths topic, you can view the resources here and use them to continue your maths learning while not in school. I will try to update this daily.

This word document contains a new 'Fluent in Five' sheet and the second White Rose lesson on ratio.

If you have a limited number of books at home for your children, are you aware that you can find many audio books for free on You Tube? Reading is not just about processing printed text, it is also - and one could easily argue this point - about opening minds to the world of ideas. Listening to a book being read aloud by someone can serve to be a luxurious thing, it is one of my great pleasures. I will try to provide a few links below to help with this, but will probably leave doing that until tomorrow (or the weekend) as I have yet to get my supper and it will soon be time for me to go to bed! Keep well, all of you. 

Happy Mothering Sunday.

Happy Mothering Sunday. 1

The children spent their last day in school, for the time being, making Mothering Sunday cards.

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