Using your gifts well…

All staff at St Peter’s are extremely proud of the way each and every member of Year 6 conducted themselves for the duration of SATs this week – they really ‘stepped-up to the plate’ and gave the best of themselves. Every child applied themself in a mature and focused manner, an attribute which will serve them well in the future.

Although the week was centred around SATs, the children have also enjoyed some well-deserved ‘release time’ where they have had P.E and read through the script for our forthcoming production – Joseph. Auditions are being carried out next Tuesday; pupils have a page of the script to learn prior to this.

Once again, a big ‘WELL DONE!’ The adults of Year 6 are all very proud of you.

Enjoy a well-earned, restful weekend.

The Year 6 Team

Keep pushing through…

After a motivational speech yesterday from Mr Cunningham, the children are in a primed position for the week ahead. They have really peaked and are mentally ready; we can all be proud of the efforts they have put in.

Just a reminder that your child can be dropped off from 8am Monday to Thursday to enjoy a breakfast of toast and juice with their peers in Year 6.

Many thanks for your continued support. Have a restful weekend.


The Year 6 Team

We Believe In You!

What makes a great speech? As the final part of our expedition draws to a close, the children have been rehearsing and crafting ideas for a motivational speech. They are imagining that they are Ernest Shackleton, having had to rally the crew following the dramatic sinking of their ship – Endurance.

In other areas, pupils have started to hone their racket skills, where they played against each other in a series of tennis matches. We are looking forward to getting our hands on the new rackets that await us in the PE store, and we will use these to develop our ‘Murray’ forehands!

Maths has taken the shape of fine-tuning our arithmetic fluency and seeing and applying these within a range of problem-solving contexts.

Enjoy your long weekend!

The Year 6 Team

Putting it all together..

After the well needed break that Easter provides it often takes a few days for staff and pupils to get back up to speed in applying their knowledge and understanding. We have therefore spent a good proportion of time revisiting skills learnt in reading, writing and maths and applying these in real world contexts.

Pupils have been able to identify areas of personal need and staff have supported them in being confident in these. In-between, there has been a real emphasis on pupils working independently when solving maths and comprehension challenges – which we would expect in the summer term – and we have been extremely impressed with the confidence, determination and focus shown by all.

Many thanks to parents and carers for their support with half-term homework –  we have had an impressive return.

The Year 6 Team



South of the Equator….

A good week of learning ended on a high with the whole of Year 6 taking a closer look at the country of Brazil. Having identified similarities and differences between Southsea and Waterlooville (there are quite a few!), children moved on to do the same with Waterlooville and Rocinha (in Brazil). We also located Brazil within the world, creating ‘clue’maps to identify where the country sits. This will help develop the children’s prior knowledge of Brazil which is one of our topics for the Summer Term.

We are now well into writing monologues and letters from the viewpoint of Ernest Shackleton; we have been impressed with the children’s ability to empathise with his situation and communicate a certain ‘feeling’ towards the reader.

We are looking forward to taking part in ‘Stations of the Cross’ which will be held in the chapel at Oaklands next Wednesday afternoon.

The Year 6 Team

Working like Shackleton and his team…

What another busy week! The children of year 6 have been exploring and applying their knowledge of area and perimeter within a real-life context in the form of our new Unity Building here at St Peter’s. Within this, some of the children have also been embedding their knowledge of ratio and scale when they were asked to compare the Unity Building with that of an ‘imaginary’ building at Oaklands.

In English, children have deepened and widened their understanding of one of Britain’s great explorers, Sir Ernest Shackleton. We think they are beginning to enjoy the unit more, now that they have a greater understanding – through the use of a DVD – of his Endurance Expedition and the challenges that they faced as a crew. Their understanding and enjoyment should only increase as we have his ‘South’ diary (in the shape of a book) to explore and read. This will really develop their language and vocabulary choices that they have at their fingertips! Full steam ahead!

The children competed in a round-robin hockey competition this week, where they were able to apply their skills in to a game situation. They worked on ‘holding their shape’ as a team, so they would not ‘bunch’ as a group, which meant that players were able to pass around the pitch more easily and they were able to use the full width and depth. This will hold them in good stead for our later invasion games that we will undertake during the summer term. We hope they are looking forward to starting tennis next week with the Year 6 teachers – Mr Land and Mr McEnroe!

Have a good weekend.

The Year 6 team.

Improving statistics…

This week we have spent much of our math’s time learning how to read and interpret data presented in line graphs. The children showed real creativity in conjuring up stories to match the journey of lines across a range of graphs, and this experience helped them when faced with the real thing. We finished up with conversion graphs which challenged the pupils to identify equivalent values for pounds, dollars, euros and even Polish zloty!

We must congratulate Alicia Lea, Ernie Purkis and Freya Bijumon who were worthy representatives for Year 6 in today’s ‘Off-By=Heart’ Poetry Competition. Having been selected from a pool of 64, each child put tremendous efforts in to bring their chosen poem to life, entertaining the entire school and visitors with their renditions. In fact, the whole show was a rousing success, illustrating that it is possible to master something when we put our minds to it.

Thank you to those parents who attended this week’s parent’s evenings; we value the opportunity to meet face-to-face, sharing successes and next steps. If you didn’t manage to make an appointment, you may still contact the school and arrange to meet teachers at a mutually convenient time.

Don’t forget – check out Mr Land’s, Mr Pratley’s and Mrs Moore’s bedtime stories in the KS2 section of the blogs!

Have a good weekend.

The Year 6 Team


Here comes the sun!

What a wonderful week of weather we have enjoyed, welcoming the pupils back to school after a well-deserved week off. We hope you enjoyed a restful break – the pupils certainly seem ready to get back on with their learning!

In English, we have been looking at how writers use dialogue in their stories to move the action on. Children played around with this technique using some scenes from Stormbreaker; we aim to write an additional chapter in the next few days.

Our maths lessons have focused on using and applying understanding of co-ordinates relating to the position of shapes on axis. We are now much more confident in translating shapes, completing shapes with missing sides and identifying missing co-ordinates on blank grids.

If you would like to find out more information about the teachings of the ten gurus in Sihkism, please ask a Year 6 child. Having researched facts surrounding this interesting religion, pupils were given a choice of form to present their information: non-chronological report, leaflet or poster. The resultant pieces have been well though out and creatively produced; it is going to be a challenge to pick some for the KS2 Spirituality Book.

Many thanks for your continued support and we look forward to meeting with parents and carers at the upcoming parents’ evenings.

The Year 6 Team.

Selling our gadgets in the ‘Teacher Den’!

The end of the week and half-term culminated with a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitch to the Head Dragons, Mr Cunningham and Mrs Knight. This was in our English unit, where the children had written speeches to convince them to purchase their ‘must-have spy gadget’. Being enthused by their product meant that the speeches came across with purpose, persuasion and vigour, making the judging extremely difficult.

This week, the children also presented their poems ‘off-by-heart’ to their peers, impressing themselves and each other with their memorisation skills. It was just unfortunate that only three could be chosen from across the year group as there was a whole host of talent on display – the adults were bowled over.

Enjoy a well-earned restful break this half-term. We would encourage children to have the odd bit of time spent working through homework set and Satsbootcamp online.

Many thanks

Year 6 Team

STEM Day – filling the vacuum!

Another busy week in Year 6 culminated on Friday with our second STEM Day of the year! The children designed and constructed their very own personalised vacuum cleaner – they were that good, that a lot of the groups ended up being able to hoover the mess they had created! There is officially now no excuse why your child/children cannot keep their bedroom floors tidy! It was fair to say that some of the children, in the morning, found the prospect of this task a challenge but they honestly really showed their inner steel and resilience. All adults were genuinely proud at their perseverance.


In other news, the children have really developed their collaboration skills – one of our 6C’s – in their PE time where they have combined and applied their hockey skills to partake in small-sided matches. It has been good to witness their independence and maturity with the demands that this sport brings. Hopefully, some of the girls can aspire to reach the gold standard of our current Olympic champions!

Please keep the SATS Bootcamp revision sessions going as part of your child’s home learning. We very much appreciate it.

The Year 6 Team.