St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Love, learn and live in Christ!

Our Ethos Question this week 23rd April: How do I deal with comfortable and uncomfortable feelings?


Welcome to the Year 6 Web Page!

Our Year 6 team are: Mrs Foxcroft (Class Teacher) and Mrs Payton (Teaching Assistant)  

During half terms 5, we will continue to learn about invaders and settlers, looking at how our country has experienced different settlers, the impact made and the different cultures brought to our land. We have already used stories such as Beowulf as a base for our English lessons.

The Battle of Hastings will also provide us with a stimulus for writing. Why was it such an important event? Do you know the name of this famous tapestry? What can it tell us?

In history workshop, we learnt about the Vikings: where they came from, their beliefs and how they attacked Anglo-Saxon Britain from the east. We learnt some warrior moves and re-enacted a Viking raid on the monastery at Lindisfarne (Holy Island), sailing in our longboat and singing our victory song!

Half Term 3 (Spring 1) was 'Frozen Kingdom'. A geography topic, but one which inspired our artwork and English.

Well done for your very creative homework on animal adaptation. They all looked fabulous! Following our visit to see the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, we also made masks for the 'Snow Queen'...


Homework will be set each week, alternating between Maths and English. Spellings recorded in your spelling log must be learned. Parents should test you and sign the page to show this has been done. If you don't have any recorded, learn some of the Y5/6 orange words at the back.

Remember, half an hour reading every night will make a huge difference to your writing and is a great way to wind down at the end of the day.  Put those devices down and relax with a good book...

Our topic for Half Term 2 (Autumn 2): The World Wars

We looked at the causes of the World War I and the great loss of life, remembered 100 years later. Our main focus was World War II and how this impacted on life in Britain and differed to the first Great War.

Eden Camp Visit Photographs. A brilliant visit - we learnt a lot!

We have written our own poetry based on the theme of war and have tried to use rhyme, repetition and imagery.

Our PE topic for Spring 1 is gymnastics.  You will need indoor PE kit in school

We had fun last half term learning archery and fencing skills. Plus, you can watch our dance based on our World War topic (below).

Our eyes reveal a lot about us.  We were very proud of our detailed sketches in our art lesson!

Our Topic for Autumn 1 was I.D.

Who are we?

We had a visit from Hollie, a CSI (Crime Scene Investigator) who explained her work.  The protective suits are tricky enough to get into but we tried racing each other! She showed us how footprints are a good way of identifying criminals but finger printing is the best because all finger prints are unique. She loves her job and maybe one of Year 6 might be inspired to work in this scientific field?


A visit from 'The Better Living Health Team' reminded us about the importance of a healthy diet and the living well plate quiz helped us remember the food groups plus the proportions we should be eating.

We finished with a great yoga session...

Our science lessons will focus on evolution and the work of Charles Darwin. How did he challenge scientific thinking?

We learnt about the two great Anglo-Saxon archaeological discoveries of Sutton Hoo and The Staffordshire Hoard. In English, we wrote our own news scripts to announce the Staffordshire find and recorded the opening headlines using a computer autocue - just like the professionals! Have a look below...

Please listen to our latest ukulele composition: 'Molly Malone'

Below that is February's experiment with different layers using ukulele, guitar and percussion. The third piece 'Rollercoaster' was recorded in January.

Celebrating World Book Day...

We have looked at the artist Cathy Hillegas and copied her style using watercolour. What a fabulous gallery of work! 

Y6 were able to watch the progress of the chicks in Y5 and have the chance of a cuddle!

In the Autumn term, we worked on a ukulele composition called 'Blues Mobile'. It includes some improvisation...

We thoroughly enjoyed our music workshop! Watch the video of our samba inspired music and the variety of instruments used...


The display in class looks fabulous and it is wonderful to see how creative you have been. It has been great to see the things you have brought in from home too which have helped support out topic.

We tried some world war II recipes: chocolate wheels, chocolate cake and carrot cake. Eggs were in short supply so cooking without them was challenging. Products such as potato and carrot were added to bulk out the cakes.


At the beginning of the year, Year 6 welcomed their buddies from the reception class into our school family. Each child placed a bead into our heart shaped basket as a symbol of joining our loving community of faith.

 Important Dates

16th April reopen

23rd April St George's Day. Wear red & white!

3rd May 2:30pm May devotion in hall, all welcome

5th May: 6pm mass at church, bring a flower for Mary

7th May: closed bank holiday


Free breakfast from 8:30am Monday to Thursday

14th May: SPaG test

15th May: Reading test

16th May: Maths test arithmetic & paper 2

17th May: Maths test paper 3


Our RE topic for Half Term 5 is 'The Work of the Apostles'.

We will learn about the coming of the Holy Spirit to the apostles at Pentecost and how they spread the Gospel message to the world. We will also consider our role as Christian witnesses, continuing the work of the first followers of Christ.

The worship team helped prepare our school liturgy for candlemass when we remember Jesus being presented in the Temple and the words of Simeon as he described our Lord as 'The Light of the World'. It was beautiful and made us reflect on the importance of letting the light of Jesus shine in our lives...

RE Topic Spring 1 was: Jesus the Bread of Life

We will learn about the Passover meal and how it links to the Last Supper and the Mass. We will discuss how a belief in the Eucharist shapes the life of a Catholic and how the Our Father Prayer should inform our lives.

 Our R.E. topic Autumn 2 was Justice

 We learnt about those who have worked for justice in the world (such as Archbishop Romero) and how a belief in justice and peace is central to our Christian faith. We will find out more about the Catholic charity CAFOD. We used the book 'The Island' in our English lessons to consider the plight of refugees and the lack of justice in this story. We copied some of the illustrations , which add to the mood of


The Kingdom of God Autumn 1 

We listened to Jesus' parable of 'The Workers in the Vineyard' then freeze framed part of the story.  An interesting discussion followed about the fairness of this parable and its meaning.  We realised God's Kingdom is open for all and it is never too late to enter. God our Father is love and all forgiving.