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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:

Year 6 Spring Newsletter 2018

DT and Art Objectives for Year 6

Year 6 Autumn Newsletter 2017

Year 6 French Scheme of Work 2016/2017

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 care for others…

‘Forget Me Not Trail’ – A walk for World Alzheimer’s Day and to celebrate Older People’s Day.

On Sunday 1st October a large group of children (including many of Year 6),  parents, grandparents and teachers from St Patrick’s joined with Cleveland Alzheimer’s Society for a special walk to raise awareness for those people that are learning how to live with dementia.

With the rain just being held at bay the walkers set off from the Tees Barrage on a circular route that progressed along the River Tees, over Infinity Bridge and back along the river.

Crossing Millennium Bridge in Stockton…

At the end of the walk the children enjoyed a mini picnic by the barrage; a well-deserved drink of juice and a packet of crisps.

A lovely way to spend a Sunday morning.


We remember our brave soldiers…

On Sunday 12th November it was the Remembrance Sunday Parade in Thornaby. We marched to the Cenotaph for a service of remembrance, at which prayers were said and hymns were sung to remember those that had sadly lost their lives in war.

It was lovely to have so many of our children taking part and remembering the brave soldiers that gave their lives for us.

The entrance to the Cenotaph has an arch with the words, ‘Lest we forget’. The children of St Patrick’s will always remember our town’s brave soldiers…


We are Historians…

This November Year 6 visited York for a fun filled and action-packed day.At the Castle Museum the children visited the World War 1 exhibition; learning a lot about the war. Life in the trenches was tough!

A walk down the Victorian street was another highlight; it really felt like you had gone back in time.

In the afternoon all the children headed to York Dungeons for ‘Horrible History’ style tales about York and it’s gruesome past. Lots of fascinating stories about Guy Fawkes, Dick Turpin and the plague were told, with a few scares and surprises.

The trip ended with a trip to McDonald’s followed by Evening Prayer in York Minster. The Minster was majestic inside and out and we were made to feel most welcome. A wonderful day was had by all.


We enjoy learning about other languages…

Celebration of European Languages Day

St Patrick’s celebrated European Languages Day in style as children spent a day learning a European language for the day. They dressed up in traditional costume or colours of European flags –even faces were painted with colours of Europe! Parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles were also invited to this ever popular St. Patrick’s Continental Café, where the year six children greeted, cleaned, served and waited on people within the community. Brunch consisted of delicacies such as croissants, Belgian waffles, brioche rolls and much more. The year six children practised their French whilst having an important role to play so that the café ran smoothly. The day proved to be a great success yet again and all of the children thoroughly enjoyed their language learning experience!  Fantastique!


We understand how to keep safe on the road…

Road Safety Finalists 2017!

On the 15th December Year 6 (Class 11 and Class 12) went to Stockton to take part in the prestigious finals of the Road Safety Quiz. St Patrick’s had beaten over 30 schools to qualify.

Second place for our team and well done to all of Year 6. In the team rounds a maximum of 4 out of 4 marks were scored.


Our Christmas party 2017…

Before our party we had a liturgy for the homeless, we thought about how lucky we were and said prayers for those less fortunate than us. We also raised some money so they could have a nice meal this Christmas…

After our Liturgy it was time to eat and dance

We are Scientists…

Investigating our Digestive system…

Investigating bird beaks as part of our Evolution and Inheritance topic. Have you ever wondered why birds have different beaks? We investigated scoop beaks, strong jaw beaks and long pointed beaks to see which type was the best for eating ‘fish’, ‘worms’ and ‘insects’. We had lots of fun finding out.

Fantastic Fundraisers…

We raise money for lots of different charities and the girls from Class 11 had a great idea.

They baked cakes and set up a mobile cake-stall, touring the school. They raised over £160 for the Kenyan Sahara Project. Well done girls.

The cakes were delicious!

We investigate and draw conclusions…

We made our own ‘blood’ using a variety of ingredients. We used water, orange juice, polos, cheerios soaked in red food colouring and mini white marsh mallows to represent… water, saliva, plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets!

We pray for other in our class liturgies…

We are always respectful and understand how important prayer is



We are Designers…

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


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 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 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.