Year 6 @ Holy Family

Class of 2014/15

Cross Country

Posted by Mr Waywell on Dec-17-2014

More running today as Year 6 completed their final cross-country of the year.  This time it had a festive twist as everyone wore a festive hat (or their antlers!)

As a reward for their hard work (and braving the cold once more) we ended with a hot-chocolate (squirty cream and marshmallows too!)

Reindeer Run

Posted by Mr Waywell on Dec-17-2014

To raise money for Brian House, today the school held a ‘Reindeer Run’.

Wearing antlers and a flashing nose, the whole school took part in a run around the school (juniors twice!)

Miss Linton led everyone in a warm-up first and then we all braved the cold weather and ran enthusiastically…good job everyone!

Walking Club: Stannah

Posted by Mr Waywell on Dec-14-2014

This month’s walking club took us around the estuary at Stannah.  Sadly we were not as fortunate as usual and the weather wasn’t the best (it rained for the most part!)


As ever the walk was an eventful one!  We:

  • Saw lots of boats (some very old ones!)
  • Walked in some long grass
  • Got stuck in mud
  • Dug Kyi and Sheick out of mud
  • Jumped in pools
  • Scared some horses
  • Built a den
  • Screamed when Mr Waywell pushed us too high on the swing
  • Jumped in puddles
  • Got very wet
  • Got even more muddy!
  • Finished with ice creams

Christmas Jumper

Posted by Mr Waywell on Dec-14-2014

On Friday the school supported Save the Children by taking part in the national Christmas jumper day.  As ever, Year 6 did not let the team down and almost everyone rocked a fabulous Christmas jumper!  Good job folks!


Posted by Mr Waywell on Dec-14-2014

As Christmas approaches the school has embraced the spirit and arranged for everyone to visit the circus pantomime at the Tower.  The story was Aladdin and as we watched how he met a genie and fell in love with Princess Jasmine, we also got to watch some amazing circus performers (and take a few selfies!)

Christmas Fair

Posted by Mr Waywell on Dec-14-2014

A big well done and thank you to the members of the class who ran their own stalls at the Christmas fair!

You were all very well organised, responsible and made us very proud!  We hope that you had fun too!


Winter Gardens

Posted by Mr Waywell on Dec-14-2014

Continuing our study of Victorian Blackpool, Year 6 visited the Winter Gardens.

We learned how it was designed by the same person as the Grand Theatre and that it was built at the end of the Victorian era.

The visit was led by a very knowledgeable tour guide and we saw the ball room, both theatres, the Galleon bar, the royal dressing room and much more!  We were even lucky enough to hear the Wurlitzer being played!

The Grand Theatre

Posted by Mr Waywell on Nov-26-2014

Year 6′s second visit to discover Blackpool in Victorian times was to the Grand Theatre.

Here we began by listening to a talk about the history of the Grand and why it was built.  We learned that it was one of the first theatres with electric lighting and how the builder pioneered the use of columns around the outside of the stalls.

We then had a tour of the theatre where we saw:

  • some fantastic art work
  • the royal box
  • dressing rooms
  • the staging of one of the current plays
  • the very scary bridge across the riggings
  • the  scary (and high) seats at the top
  • and much much more!

Thanks to the organisers for a fantastic visit!

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