Year 6

Mr Tom Shepherd

Yr. 6 Class Teacher

Welcome to Year 6
Hello everyone. I am currently the year 6 class teacher and in my 3rd year of teaching at St Newlyn East. I was fortunate enough to complete my teacher training at St Newlyn East under the guide of our Year 1 Teacher in 2015 before returning as a fully qualified teacher a couple of years later. During my time away, I was still working within Kernow Learning at The Bishops CofE Learning Academy. Having taught across most year groups, I have found it particularly rewarding teaching upper key stage 2 and helping prepare children for secondary school and later life. In school I oversee PE, and alongside Mrs Penrose, help to oversee humanities.

When not in the classroom, i have a number of other passions that are mainly sports. I am often found on a football pitch during the winter and then taking advantage of our wonderful coastline attempting to surf in the summer.

Mrs Kim Thompson

TA

Weeks commencing 9.5.22 and 16.5.22
We made it! We are all so proud of the Year 6 children for finishing their SAT's papers and showing off all that they have learnt over the last 4 years. We have also started our topic work for this half term - focusing on leisure and entertainment in the 20th Century. Focusing on Clarice Cliff's artwork, the children have designed some of their own pieces using a range of techniques including perspective drawing, block colouring and outlining. As part of science week, the children have planned their own investigation into air resistance and air pressue using paper mice and different sized plastic bottles. Well done to our citizens also!
 
Citizens
Josh
 
Weeks Commencing 25/4/22 and 2/5/22
 
Wow! The children in Year 6 have just started their last full term as primary school children - we kicked things off with an exciting trip to Flambards to explore the Britain in the Blitz exhibit. Here the children were able to immerse themselves in a London street and experience a fraction of what life would have been like during the bombind raids of WW2. In the classroom, the children have been working tirelessly to prepare for the SATs that they will sit next week. They have been developing comprehension skills; exploring different areas of spelling, punctuation and grammar and looking at a range of different areas of maths that haven't been covered previously. There is zero pressure next week just a huge good luck message from everyone here at St Newlyn East.
 
Weeks commmencing 28.3.22 and 4.7.22
As the count down to Easter gets closer, the Year 6 children have been working extremely hard. In literacy, the children have been reading Friend or Foe by Michael Morpurgo to support our WW2 history topic alongside planning, inventing and editing their own opinion pieces. To support this we have been exploring 'Why Anne Frank's diary is still important today.' In maths, the children have perservered with percentages and are now coming to the end of the unit on fractions, decimals, percentages and their relationship. We have been lucky this week to be visited by Mr Pitt - from the Royal Navy - who has helped the children construct a wooden plane with the specifcation of being able to glide. All of the children had incredible designs and had great fun decorating and testing them.
 
Have a wonderful Easter and I look forward to seeing you all for your last term in Primary school!
 
Weeks commencing 14.3.22 and 21.3.22
The last couple of weeks have been brilliant in Year 6, we have been exploring different non-fiction texts related to WWII, using a range of VIPERS comprehension skills to answer questions on these. In Literacy, the children have invented some incredible war stories set in a range of different time periods and thoroughly enjoyed sharing these with other during the editing process. In maths we have been focusing on the relationship between decimals, fractions and percentages and how they can be applied to real life problems. Our afternoons have seen the children become scientists, carrying out a growth experiment looking at osmosis. Some of the results were suprising when seeing how large a gummy bear can grow in different solutions!
 
Citizen of the week:
Dani
 
Weeks commencing  28.2.21 and 7.3.21
 
After a well deserved half term break, the Year 6 children have returned eager to learn. In Literacy, we have been exploring the D-day landings during WW2; we have created an initial ideas sketch for our own war narratives before the children write their 1st drafts next week. In maths, we are working through a unit on decimals and percentages and how these can relate to fractions. We have been exploring Christianity in RE, discussing how Christians see Jesus' crucifixion as a sacrifice in order to save the world - the children have then been considering about what sacrifices they could make to help others during their school and home life.
 
Citizens of the week:
Evie
Dameon
 
Weeks commencing 31.1.22 and 7.2.22
 
What a fortnight in Year 6! The children have really been focusing on persevering with any areas of school life that they might find challenging. In Literacy, we have been exploring the Suffragettes and the different ways in which they protested in order to secure 'Votes for Women'. The children have written some wonderful letters, balanced arguments and diary entries. In Maths, we have been exploring relfection and translation of shapes which the children have enjoyed. Our afternoons have mainly focused on WW1, where the children have created some wonderful poems dedicated to animals in war, storyboarded the main powers and reasons behind WW1 and looked at what like was like in Britain during WW1. It has bee a wonderful half term, enjoy the well deserved break!
 
Citizens of the week:
Ila
Arthur
Weeks Commencing 17/1/22 and 24/1/22
 
The last 2 weeks in year 6 have flown by and the children have really engaged with their learning. In literacy, the children are well into writing their own invented animal hero stories, using a range of new skills after exploring 'War Horse'. In maths, the children have persevered with fractions and can now apply the 4 main operations to different fractions. We have been exploring light in science, the children have enjoyed carrying out investigations looking into reflection, refraction and the spectrum of colour.
 
Citizens of the Week:
Ethan
Tyler
Weeks commencing 5/1/22 and 10/1/22
 
Happy New Year! It has been brilliant to see the children return to school after the christmas and new years break; they have all shown they are enthusiastic about our learning this half term. Over the last fortnight, we have completed a unit of Art, focusing on WW1 landscapes. The children created there own using a choice of oil/chalk pastels. We have started our new guided reading book and the children are enjoying the story that is told from the perspective of a horse during WW1. In maths, we have been multiplying and dividing fractions and the children can now apply this to real life problems in a range of ways. The Year 6's have taken part in music delivered by our expert foundation teacher, Mrs Penrose, where they explored pitch, rhythm and beat.
 
Citizen of the week 
Annabelle
Weeks commencing 29.11.21 and 6.12.21
It has been a thoroughly enjoyable couple of weeks in Year 6, where the children have been working extremely hard. Our Literacy has covered Remembrance poetry before beginning a unit on writing a travel guide; in maths we are well into our unit on fractions. Our afternoons have been exciting: taking part in decorating afternoon, attempting to break the world record for stretching a Curly Wurly and exploring mountains in greater detail. A particular highlight this week has been our Christmas Lunch that the children loved. I wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year and look forwrd to seeing everyone after a well deserved break in January 2022!
 
Citizens of the week:
Lilly-Rose
Rory
Weeks commencing 15.11.21 and 22.11.21
It has been a brilliant couple of weeks in year 6. We have reached the end of our guided reading text 'The Explorer'. The children have loved following the adventures of the group of stranded children getting from the Amazon rainforest back to their families. The children have shown off their creative skills as authors and are now in the final stages of completing an apocalypse story. In maths we are now moving on to a fractions unit which is key to the children's learning. During our afternoon learning, we have been looking at living things and their habitats - the children are now going to investigate micro organisms and optimal conditions for mould to grow. 
 
Citizens of the week:
Eliza 
Jude
Weeks commencing 1.11.21 and 8.11.21.
 
We have had a whirlwind first fortnight since everyone's well earned half term break. We are extremely close to finishing our class guided reading books, the children's comprehension skills are improving and they are eager to find out what happens to the children who were stranded in the rainforest. In maths, the children have really persevered with multiples, factors, prime numbers and order of operations; now they are able to apply these to real life situations. It has been wonderful to see the learning the children have produced during our RE unit. Discussing creation and science and how they can compliment and conflict each other from a Christian perspective has been interesting, alongside the children developing and their own thoughts and opinions on this area.
 
Citizens of the week:
Nikola
Tom
4.10,21 - 11.10.21
It has been a wonderful fortnight in Year 6, we are into the final third of our guided reading text and the children are enjyoing the adventures of the children stranded in the Amazon rainforest. In literacy, the children are now inventing their own pieces of non fiction, a balanced argument, looking at the issue of the oceans coral reef disappearing. The children have made great progress in maths, we have spent the last few days focusing on different methods of long divison and using these stratergies in real life contexts. Our topic learning has had a geography focus, looking at Iceland, the volcanic islands surrounding Iceland and how life on one of these islands is impacted by a volcano.  
 
Citizens of the week
Harry
Amelia
Week commencing 27.9.21
What a productive week in Year 6. This week the children have continued our class guided reading book and are gripped to find out what happens next to the group of survivors that have crash landed in the Amazon Rainforest. In Literacy, after exploring lots of different Grimm Tales, the children are now at the end of the process of drafting, editing and impriving their pieces of writing before producing the final version. We have been building our maths skills by focusing on short divison before moving on to long division next week. In Science, we are reaching the end of our unit on evolution and inheritence where the children have enjoyed exploring Darwin, his discoveries and how evolution is evident today.
 
 
Friday 24th September - Cake Sale
A huge congratulations to our wonderful Environmental Team! Not only are they doing a brilliant job of raising the profile and sharing the message of enironment protection throughout the school, but they organised and ran a cake sale to raise money for charities that support environmental protection. It was fantastic to see so many families come together to support their after when school finished on Friday. Well done! 
Weeks Commencing 25/4/22 and 2/5/22
 
Wow! The children in Year 6 have just started their last full term as primary school children - we kicked things off with an exciting trip to Flambards to explore the Britain in the Blitz exhibit. Here the children were able to immerse themselves in a London street and experience a fraction of what life would have been like during the bombind raids of WW2. In the classroom, the children have been working tirelessly to prepare for the SATs that they will sit next week. They have been developing comprehension skills; exploring different areas of spelling, punctuation and grammar and looking at a range of different areas of maths that haven't been covered previously. There is zero pressure next week just a huge good luck message from everyone here at St Newlyn East.