Year 6 had a very busy start to the year. All the prefect badges were quickly distributed and the children are demonstrating every day that they are ready to lead the school as good role models. 

One of their prefect roles was to prepare for a special mass to welcome our new Reception Class. The children worked in groups to create posters which described to the younger children the things they enjoy most about Holy Redeemer. They also wrote poems and reflections to tell them about Holy Redeemer and the wonderful experiences they will have during their time here.  



In English their first Book as a Hook text was ‘Street Child’, by Berlie Doherty, which links to their history topic on the Victorian era. The children wrote descriptions of the work house, using a range of figurative language.  



This term’s first Science topic was Evolution and Inheritance. The children learnt about adaptation and how it links to evolution. They researched living things and their habitats, to discover how specific adaptations help them to survive. They also learned about Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution by natural selection. The children found out about his expedition on The Beagle and the research he carried out. They used a variety of objects: chopsticks, spoons, tweezers to emulate the beaks of Darwin’s finches and investigate which type of beak was best for each food type. This helped them to understand how the finches had adapted over time in order to survive. 



In History during the Autumn Term, the class topic focused on the impact of the Victorian era. The children focussed on the industrial revolution and Victorian inventions, and how the Victorians celebrated Christmas. They also researched the lives of rich and poor children and learnt lots more during their visit the Black Country Museum! 



In music, Mr Johnson worked with the children to develop their percussion skills. The children worked together to create and perform some wonderful percussion pieces.  


In art the children have been working on developing their drawing skills, using charcoal. In their History topic on the Victorians, they have been earning about child labour, and the jobs that children carried out in mines. They used this as their inspiration for their art.

They also used their Book as a Hook, ‘The Lost Words’ to inspire their final pieces in their unit on drawing and watercolour painting.



In PE this term Year 6 have had a wealth of great learning opportunities in their lessons: swimming, invasion games (complete, collaborate, create), and dance. They have also been able to apply these to matches, tournaments and festivals.



Year 6 took part in the Primary STEM Challenge. They had to design and build a bridge to fit a specific gap, as well as a mechanism for lifting the bridge into place. The class had a wonderful morning of practical learning and our class winners will now go forward to compete against other schools later in the academic year.