Virtues : Eloquent and Truthful
Eloquence is the ability to articulate clearly what we believe and feel, and to do so in a way that persuades others. But eloquence must be used in a truthful way – to speak truth about ourselves, about others, about God and the world around us. Education is the search for truth and an understanding of what we discover. Jesus said, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life.’
In year 6 our class Saint is Maximilian Kolbe.
He is patron Saint of many things, including political prisoners, families, journalists and prisoners. He was born in Poland on the 8th of January 1894 and died in 1941. When he died he was being held in a German concentration camp called Auschwitz, as a prisoner of war. Saint Maximilian Kolbe offered to give up his life in order to take the place of a stranger and save their life. During the war Kolbe was able to shelter 2,000 Jews at his monastery and kept them safe from the German invaders. He continued to act as a priest and hold services, even after he was captured and taken to the concentration camp.
We will be studying the book, Way Home by Libby Hathorn and Gregory Rogers .
Shane is a boy who lives alone on the streets. We don’t realise this until the end of the book, when he takes the cat he has found back home with him to a shelter filled with his possessions, to be his friend. Shane's fast paced story is told to the cat.
The book provides us with lots of writing opportunities and it also highlights the issues around homelessness today.
Our focus this half term will be on decimals and percentages.
The children will identify the value of each digit with numbers to 3 decimal places and multiply numbers by 10, 100 and 1,000 giving answers up to 3 decimal places. We will also multiply and divide one-digit numbers with up to 2 decimal places by whole numbers.
We will solve problems involving the calculation of percentages such as 15% of 360, and the use of percentages for comparison. The children will also recall and use equivalences between simple fractions, decimals and percentages, including in different contexts.
Topic : Blood Heart
Doctor Dan’s visit to Year 6 on Tuesday afternoon Dr Dan came to visit Year 6 as their topic for this half term is all about the heart. He spent two hours answering the children’s questions and Year 6 learned so much about their heart and how to keep it healthy.
‘A child’s heart is the size a fist and an adult heart is the size of two fists’.
‘The only organ in the body that can regrow is the liver.’
‘Your heart beats around 100,000 times a day or to be exact, 115,200 times a day.’
His main message was that in order to keep our hearts healthy we must: exercise, eat healthily and not smoke.