Welcome to 'Barack Obama' Class
The representatives of 'aspiration.'
Class Teacher: Mrs Theresa McDonagh
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Hilary Keane
Year 6 is a special and exciting time as the children of St Mary’s bring to a close their primary school days. It is a fast-paced year when the children consolidate their existing learning and face new challenges. This year has been special as we have welcomed some Year 5 pupils to join us. The transition was easy, and we are all working together so positively in what I would describe as a warm and happy learning environment.
Creating awe and wonder around learning is paramount at St Mary's; we aim to instill in the children a deep passion for learning and a self-confidence that will serve them well as they mature into young adults. Happy children thrive, take risks and enjoy the sweet taste of success.
Since our long-anticipated return to school in September, our creative curriculum has already ignited extreme passion among our budding scientists, historians and geographers in Barack Obama Class: our studies have so far included The Ancient Greeks, Earth and Space, The Ancient Maya, Our Changing World, STEM, Spanish and food technology. Yet to come is our unit in Forest Skills when we will once again enjoy a campfire in our super outdoor learning area/camp.
In conjunction with our school values, we have thoroughly enjoyed - and continue to enjoy - our Recovery Curriculum whereby we took time to reflect upon the events this year, and the way in which we have dealt with constant change. The children in Barack Obama Class are outstanding role models for the younger children of our school. Their determination, passion for learning, growth mindset and positivity impress me every single day. The value 'aspiration', one that we have seen demonstrated by Barack Obama, is one that is alive and very much present in our class.
Should circumstances allow, there should be many highlights for the children to look forward to throughout the year, including: local sporting competitions; a 4 night residential to Whitemead (Year 6 only); a Dragon’s Den style competition; a class assembly and mass; Bikeability ; personal projects; a Year 6 Café; an end of year production; and an end of year mass at Clifton Cathedral.
When the summer term arrives, we look forward to the sunshine and the many outdoor lessons. Sports Day is always a joyous occasion - one we hope to see this summer, and the Year 6 rounders match is a particular highlight for the whole school . This is when the eager and determined Year 6 children challenge the equally determined staff.
To bring to a close the end of a chapter, the Year 6 children will hopefully have a wonderful party with friends and family, to celebrate their many successes. Once again, circumstances permitting, the entire school and their families should also give them a farewell assembly. Here, at St Mary’s, we certainly like to do things in style.
Our Year 5 class members will be the lucky ones to participate in all the excitement once again when they transition into Year 6 themselves.
Let the year commence, and let us make many happy memories that will stay with our children for a long time to come.
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