Year 6 @ Holy Family

Class of 2014/15

Springfield Nuclear Power

Posted by Mr Waywell on Nov-18-2014

Today Year 6 visited Springfield Nuclear Power Plant over in Preston.

In the morning we learned about how electricity is made and the different types of fuel used, including nuclear power.  We then did some work on circuits, conductors and more that will  be very useful in our science topic this term!

In the afternoon we were given a tour of the plant and shown what they do to create fuel.

Garstang Walk

Posted by Mr Waywell on Nov-17-2014

This month’s walk was a muddy one as we made our way around the fields in Garstang.  Once more, the sun was shining and the rain stayed away!

Along the way we:

  • Walked in mud!
  • Stroked a horse
  • Stroked a cow
  • Walked in mud!
  • Had a picnic by a horse track
  • Saw a swanky modern house
  • Walked in mud!
  • Saw some ducks (one with a broken leg!)
  • Had a mud fight (Mr Waywell lost big style!)
  • Saw the ruins of a castle
  • Bought slush puppies (from  a shop that had award winning ice cream!)
  • Pushed Mr W over so he was even more muddy!

A great day all round!

Victorian Day

Posted by Mr Waywell on Nov-12-2014

Today was Victorian Day at school.

All of the class attended school dressed as Victorian pupils.  We then learned about the strict rules of a Victorian classroom before being given a Victorian name and having an inspection of hands and clothes.  Mr Waywell led the class in his Victorian school master costume and tried to be strict (though sometimes smiling got the better of him!)

Lessons were the 3 R’s, Reading (of poems and prayers), Writing (including spellings and ink writing) and Arithmetic (chanting times tables and solving problems involving Victorian money).  We also had a geography lesson to learn about the Victorian Empire and a PE lesson where Miss Linton strictly ran the class through a Victorian drill!

What did you think of the day?  Did you like your Victorian name?

Blackpool Library

Posted by Mr Waywell on Nov-12-2014

To begin our topic, “Victorian Blackpool”, we visited Blackpool Library.  Here the librarian, Tony Sharkey, taught us about how to use historic resources to find out what Blackpool was like in Victorian times.  We looked at photographs, census records, Victorian newspapers, school books and school attendance records (often having to read old Victorian handwriting!)

Year 6 used their research skills and the primary resources available to find out lots of new facts about what life in Victorian Blackpool was like.  We’ll next visit some important buildings in Blackpool to find out why the Victorians decided to build them.

Cosmic Quenchers

Posted by Mr Waywell on Nov-12-2014

A treat for the Cosmic guided reading group this week as we tried Cosmic Quenchers as Liam (the main character in the book) did!

Hunchback of Notre Dame

Posted by Mr Waywell on Nov-7-2014

Today M and M Productions visited school so that we could all watch the Hunchback of Notre Dame.  With lots of popular songs, jokes and some very funny scenes they told us the story of poor Quasimodo.

The poor man had no friends, even his own brother, the evil Mayor De Vile (who sang a love song to Miss Monaghan!), despised him. We watched as his mum kept telling him that it was his character that was more important than his looks and how he made a friend in Esmerelda.

What did you think of the play?  What was your best bit?


Posted by Mr Waywell on Oct-28-2014

To end health week, Year 6 had a day of cooking.

In Sainsburys each group had to find their way around the supermarket and buy all of the ingredients that they needed, checking that they were not going over-budget!  With all the shopping found, some groups even self-scanned their own shopping!  Well done to the whole class…you represented the school well and many members of the public commented on how much fun you looked like you were having and how polite you were (one also said it is why I have grey hair!)

Back in class each group go on with their cooking, Year 6 style they had to do this on their own with only a little help on how to use a sharp knife and using a hob to  cook food.  Everyone worked really hard and produced some great food!

Among the meals we had:

- homemade burgers

- eton mess

- vegetable pasta

- fruit salad

- oatmeal biscuits

- cheese pasta

and lots more!

What a great way to end a great week!

Cheese Challenge

Posted by Mr Waywell on Oct-22-2014

After a day learning about how to make cheese, Year 6 spent the afternoon taking part in a cheese challenge.  The aim to try lots of different cheeses and see who was brave enough to try the stinkiest cheeses!

Well done to the class for trying the different ones, almost everyone completed the challenge and tried all of the cheeses on offer!

Which was your favourite?  Worse?

Cheese Factory

Posted by Mr Waywell on Oct-22-2014

Today we visited the Cheese makers at Dewlay on Garstang Rd.

We began the trip with a look around the museum seeing what tools would have been used to make cheese in the past.

After a drink and a biscuit, we then learned how to make cheese by hand.

Step 1:  Add pasteurized milk to a container

Step 2:  Add some culture (good bacteria like we discussed in science!)

Step 3:  Add some rennet (vegetarian for ours)

Step 4:  Cut the cheese (already it had started to turn solid!)

Step 5:  Put the mixture into a muslin and squeeze out all of the liquid (whey)…very messy indeed!

Step 6:  Empty the solid (curds) from the muslin and crumble with your fingers.

Step 7:  Add some salt

Step 8:  Put the substance in a truckle and press it down to squeeze out more liquid

Step 9:  Take out the cheese and put it in the fridge for a few weeks…done!

After making our own cheese we got to see how the process happened in the factory.

Finally we were showed how to taste some different cheeses (squeeze it in your hand to make it room temperature and release the smell then eat it!)

All in all a great day out! What did you think?

Health Week: Day 2

Posted by Mr Waywell on Oct-22-2014

This morning the dentist came to talk to us about keeping our smiles shiny and white!  We learned about sugar in food and drinks, how to brush our teeth and the causes of gum disease.

It’s great to try new types of food so that we can learn about new things that we might like. Year 6 had to decide on their favourite fruit, in the afternoon,  marking them for appearance, smell and taste.

We tried: pineapple, kiwi, coconut, pomegranate, papaya, blueberries, apricot, olives, avocado, mango, figs and passion fruit!

First Aid

Posted by Mr Waywell on Oct-22-2014

This week is Health Week in school, a week filled with different ways to stay healthy, chances to try new foods and extra exercise.

Monday began with a wake and shake led by Miss Linton.

In English Year 6 added a little exercise with some Kung Fu punctuation!

In the afternoon, the school nurse team met with the class and taught us some basic first aid. We learned how to call 999, how to put someone into the recovery position (Help Miss, “My ear’s sore and I need a wee!”) and finally how to put on a sling.

A great first day!


Posted by Mr Waywell on Oct-19-2014

Don’t cry!

Posted by Mr Waywell on Oct-14-2014

I don’t want you all to cry but you may want to watch this science video again!

Angles Homework

Posted by Mr Waywell on Oct-14-2014

In case you need some help with your homework!

Charlotte’s Worship

Posted by Mr Waywell on Oct-14-2014

Here is the super-cute film that Charlotte chose for her class worship!

Minecraft After School Club

Posted by Mr Waywell on Oct-13-2014

Rivington Pike

Posted by Mr Waywell on Oct-12-2014

This month’s walking club was to Rivington Pike.

Silly Sock Day

Posted by Mr Waywell on Oct-12-2014

Friday was silly sock/hat day in school to raise money for Cafod.  Year 6 all put in the effort and donated money to charity so that we raised £29 for Cafod! Well done folks…you looked ace!

IMG 4588 300x225 Silly Sock Day


Posted by Mr Waywell on Oct-12-2014

Look what we’ve been growing in science!

The task was to find the best place to grow mould as we continue to learn about microorganisms!

Get Well Soon Mrs Whitmore!

Posted by Mr Waywell on Oct-12-2014

IMG 4582 300x225 Get Well Soon Mrs Whitmore!