Class 11

Hello and a warm welcome to you from Class 11.

Our class teacher is Mr O’Donnell and our teaching assistant is Mrs Horner.

They have already said that they have been very impressed with us and that they are really looking forward to helping us to learn this year.

We are very excited about the year ahead: it will be challenging; a lot of fun and hopefully a year that we will never forget – particularly since this will be our last year at St Patrick’s!

Being in the top class – Year 6 – brings about lots of responsibilities; we are all prefects and have lots of duties to fulfil throughout the week. Looking after the younger children in the school is something we particularly enjoy doing – we realise that our good behaviour and example is so important.

If you want to find out what we will be learning about each term you will find really useful information on our curriculum newsletters. They will be on our school website too.

If you ever have any questions about what is going on at school or in Class 11 simply call in and speak to Mr O’Donnell or Mrs Horner – they would love to be able to help answer your questions.

God Bless. From all of us in Class 11!



Mr O’Donnell  – Teacher


Mrs Horner

Additional Links:


DT and Art Objectives for Year 6

Year 6 Autumn Newsletter 2017

Year 6 French Scheme of Work 2016/2017

Year 6 Spring Newsletter 2017

Year 6 Curriculum Overview

Writing objectives for Year 6

What Maths a child should learn in Year 6

Science objectives for Year 6

Reading objectives for Year 6

Grammar Help for Parents

Homework Information

We can keep safe…

It is important that we learn how to keep ourselves and others safe and know what to do if we don’t feel safe. We went to the “Crucial Crew” event where we learned how to keep safe in our homes and in the street. We learned what to do if there was a fire in our homes, about electricity dangers, carbon monoxide poisoning and firework safety. We have also learned how to use our bikes safely on the road as well as keeping ourselves safe in water!

We pray for others…

We prayed for the brave men and women that gave their lives for us. This included a Liturgy in school and a parade to the Thornaby Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday. There was also a visit to the Airman’s statue and a service to remember the RAF servicemen and women that fought in the Battle of Britain. We will remember them…


We work hard…

Some children are awarded the ‘Consistency Achievement Award’ for their determination, diligence and self-motivation. They are looking forward to spending their vouchers. Well done and well-deserved!


We are Disciples…

In Year 6 we spread God’s word through our thoughts and deeds.

This Christmas, before our parties we held a Liturgy for the homeless in our society and collected loose change for the charity Crisis.

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We are Readers…

A group of Class 11 readers are taking part in the Stockton Book Festival project to find the ‘2017 Book of the Year’. They are reading and reviewing a number of new and exciting pieces of children’s literature!


We are writers…

We are developing as writers and have had the opportunity to write a number of different genres so far this year. Stories, biographies, commentaries and reports have all been tackled with a great enthusiasm and much talent! Have a look at some of our work.

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We are mathematicians…

We are developing into great Mathematicians and have fun in Maths – solving puzzles and problems. Some of us have even joined a Maths club on Friday night! In this club we use a program called ‘Maths in Motion’ to set up and race a virtual formula one racing cars. If we get our Maths wrong (percentages, scale, angles etc.) then the car will crash. Get it right and we could be celebrating on top of the podium!! Last year the Year 6 children came 2nd in the World Championships – we want to go one better this year. Wish us luck.

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We are Scientists…

Have you ever wondered why birds have different beak shapes? We investigated scoop beaks, strong jaw beaks and long pointed beaks to see which type was the best for eating ‘fish’, ‘insects’ and ‘worms’. We had lots of fun finding out!

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We are Historians…

We have travelled back in time to 1914 and the beginning of World War 1. We have discovered what life was like in the trenches and found out about some of our local soldiers from Thornaby. We visited trenches at The Castle Museum in York and were enlisted into the Army with Lieutenant John Wood from the Yorkshire Regiment. We also found out about different periods of history on a Ghost Walk.

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We are designers…

In Year 6 we have designed and made slippers. These were given as presents for Christmas to family members. Lots of hard work was in evidence to make sure the finished article was of a high standard. They all looked great and were very comfortable!

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We are Geographers…

We enjoy learning new skills in Geography. We are currently learning about mountains and have discovered that Roseberry Topping is just a hill (a very steep hill though!). Have a look at some of our map work and research work. Pretty impressive stuff!

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We care about others…

During National Dementia Awareness week we went over to the Hub to perform some poetry for the elderly.

We performed popular poems such as ‘If’ by Rudyard Kipling, ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae and ‘On the Ning Nang Nong’ by Spike Milligan.

The highlight of the visit was writing some original pieces of poetry with the elderly people. Young and old worked together to produce some lovely and impressive poetry on the theme ‘Memories’. It was a wonderful occasion that we will definitely repeat!

This is one of the poems that we wrote, it’s called ‘Simple Things’

The Simple Things…

I like to knit,

I like to sew.

I like the soaps,

Wherever I go.

I like to read;

I love Vera Lynn.


We will meet again!

I love reading my soap magazines,

And the old cobbled streets,

Which are now so few and far between.




We are world class mathematicians…

We have just qualified for the World Final of Maths in Motion! Talented mathematicians from class 11 and 12 won their first round race and then in a nail-biting semi-final, in which the children’s car set the fastest lap record, the Maths in Motion Club’s car managed to race to second place. This means that we have secured a spot in the Jaguar Cars Maths in Motion World Finals to be held at the Heritage Motor Museum, in Gaydon on the 21st June.

A team of 4 pupils will travel to compete against teams from Australia, China, Wales and Scotland. Who will be crowned World Champions? It could be St Patrick’s!!

Here is the moment we found out we’d qualified for the finals…


We love reading and listening to fantastic stories…

Chris Connaughton came in to school and told us the tale of ‘Treasure Island’. He is brilliant and really brought the tale of piracy on the high seas to life.