St Ambrose Barlow Catholic Primary School

Year 6

Welcome to Year 6.

Year 6 is an exciting, motivating and important year for all pupils as we spend our final year in primary school. Our class teachers are Mr Winters and Mrs Kavanagh and our teaching assistant is Mr Turner.

The children are fortunate at St. Ambrose Barlow to work in very small teaching groups during part of the week, led by our teachers Mrs Kavanagh and Mr Winters and our teaching assistant, Mr Turner. All staff work very hard to make sure that the children reach their full potential and achieve their goals.

Children in Year 6 take their faith very seriously. In addition to regular participation at Mass, together with other services at Church, children are given the opportunity to conduct and lead their own prayer services for our class. Our altar is the focal point of our classroom, dressed in accordance to the colours of the liturgical calendar. Our altar has a 'prayer box,' where children are given the opportunity to privately deposit their own petitions to God.

We also work together to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation. This is a very special time for us as it encourages us to reflect on our faith and think about what it means to be an ambassador of Christ.

Our daily prayers, hymn practices and participation at Mass enable us to learn and grow in our faith. We each choose a saint who inspires us and who we can follow as an example on how to live a life of dedication. Our faith permeates all that we do in school and we live as witnesses of our faith at all times.

Every morning we have Literacy and Numeracy lessons as well as History/ Geography and RE. In the afternoons we study PE, Computing, Art and RSE. Miss Newman teaches our class Science on a Wednesday afternoon, each week.

Furthermore, we have the opportunity to take part in a residential trip. This is a fantastic opportunity to acquire new skills and participate in outdoor learning opportunities. We also visit the Islamic Exhibition, St. Chad's Cathedral and experience a retreat at Alton Castle. Some of us will be undertaking Level 1 and 2 cycling proficiency during the Summer term.

In Year 6, we take preparations for secondary school seriously, this starts with completing our homework on time. We are expected to complete Literacy and Numeracy homework each week, together with spellings and times tables revision. We also have one other written piece of homework each week. Spellings and times tables tests take place on Friday mornings. In the Spring term, we will often bring home practice papers in preparation for our SATs.

This is a vitally important year for us as we grow and become more independent. We have lots of jobs and responsibilities to help with the smooth running of the school. Our teachers have very high expectations of us and we know that we have to set an outstanding example to the rest of the school.

Our time at St Ambrose Barlow Catholic School is celebrated at the end of the year with a Leavers Assembly, a Leavers Mass and a party. These provide us with fond memories which we take with us to our new school. No matter where we end up in life, we always remember the experiences, community and the life we led at our primary school.

Our Learning

Find out what we are learning this year:


Linking Pope Francis’ message contained within Laudato Si’, Global Goals and A.24 of the convention, we felt compelled to write to our local MP about what action is being taken against climate change in our local area.
Our class composer is Handel. We wrote biographies about the infamous musician and listened to his music, discussing pitch, tempo, duration, timbre, texture and dynamics of his infamous tunes.

We were inspired when we found out more about the young women’s rights campaigner, Malala Yousafzai, who campaigns for women who are deprived of the right to education, globally.
Fulfilling the fact that we are a rights respecting school, we designed and wrote a class charter of our own based on the UNICEF Convention.

Combining History and Art, we wrote newspaper report and designed blitz scenes of our own. We analysed many sources and considered what Birmingham may have been producing during that WW2 and what targets might the Germans have attacked.
Exercising our brilliant brains!

Following the feast day of our patron saint, St. Ambrose Barlow, on 10th September, we wrote prayers asking him to intercede to Jesus on our behalf, concerning all our worries and hopes for the future ahead.