Welcome to Year 6!
Please take the time to read our class page.
Topic information will be updated ready for the start of each half term. Latest news will be updated fortnightly on a Thursday. Photographs will be updated after an event.
Your teaching team will be Miss Hicks, Mrs Myers, Mrs Harkins and Mrs Questa. Miss Hicks will teach all day on a Monday and Tuesday and every alternate Wednesday afternoon. Mrs Myers will teach every Wednesday morning, alternate Wednesday afternoons and all day Thursday and Friday. Mrs Harkins will be our teaching assistant and she will be with us Monday – Friday mornings. We will also have Mrs Questa joining us on a Friday morning to teach small groups of children.
In Year 6, we are becoming even more responsible and independent learners. We inspire and cultivate a mature approach to taking control of our own learning, becoming ready to face the risks and challenges in our futures, whilst embedding independence, resilience, teamwork and empathy.
Our PE days are Mondays and Fridays. Please ensure that you are wearing your PE uniform with suitable sports trainers, have long hair tied up and earrings either removed or covered with a plaster – before you come to school!
12/03/18 - Bike Ability week (Further information already sent home)
12/03/18 - Science Week
22/03/18 - Harlow Carr Science Trip
27/03/18 - Non Uniform Day - Please bring an Easter Egg for the Easter Bingo
28/03/18 - Rugby Tournament (pm) for Y6
14/05/18 - 17/05/18 - SATs Week
21/05/18 - SRE week
05/06/18 - Special Visitor in school
08-03-18 Homework for this week: The children have been given their homework for this week. The purplemash activitiy is the 'Football Time' which links to the passive and active voice - this, and all other homework sent home, will need completing by Tuesday 13th March. There are some other activities set on purplemash which were added as optional homework for last weekend (when we were unable to send their homework home due to snow), these are optional, but please feel free to complete any today! Alternatively, there are lots of activities linked to the Ancient Greeks on purplemash which your child can look at if they wish. These have not been set as a 2Do, but you can find them from the home section.
D-Side: Last week, the children had a visit from D-side to support with our PSHE Curriculum. D:side is a comprehensive drug and health education programme which encourages children to make positive and healthy life-choices and promotes a positive approach to life. Year 6 had a workshop on Cannabis and the effects on the body. Cannabis is an illegal drug that is very often talked about in the media, and unfortunately is the first illegal drug that a lot of young adults are introduced to. d:side discuss why people may decide to take cannabis, what effects it could have on a person’s body, the laws surrounding it (and the possible consequences if found using it by the police). They deliver a drug chat whereby they ask the children to help us make a list of any drugs that they have ever heard, and they then talk about why some drugs are medical and some non-medical, and also why some are legal and some illegal. They only work with the drugs that the children tell them (and don’t introduce them to the names of any new drugs).
27-02-18: Health and Wellbeing Hygiene Discussion - This session was really valuable and the children enjoyed being asked their opinions on things. It was really informative and they learnt a lot about why we need to wash their hands; why they need to catch their sneezes; antibiotics and the importance of why we only need to take antibiotics when we only need them and not at other times. The visitor leading the workshop praised the children for their excellent behaviour and positivity. Well Done Year 6.
Bike ability - Letters went home last week outlining the days which your child needs to bring their bike and helmet into school.
Please remember the training will take place in all but the most severe of weather so you should ensure that your child has warm and waterproof clothing especially gloves - last year we had snow, rain and hail. We suggest that children wear trousers or tracksuit bottoms when training. The children will have lunch at school as usual. If you have requested to borrow a bike or a helmet, these will be loaned to your child on the day. The children are not to ride their bikes in the school playground. Please remind them to walk their bikes round to the Year 6 classroom. If the children are at Breakfast club, they may put their bikes in the shelter in the front playground.
John the Greek - Thank you for providing the white sheets last week! The children had an amazing topic launch day learning fascinating facts about the Greeks - including gruesome medicine! Please ask them to talk to you about their favourite part of the day.
In preparation for the children being ‘High School Ready’ homework will be planned in the following way:
In Year 6, the children will all receive a homework diary in which they will record all their homework and deadlines. These are similar to the journals most schools use in Year 7. These will need signing each week and brought into school every day.
Curriculum this half term:
This half term we will be learning about the Greeks. The children have discussed what areas of Ancient Greeks they would like to learn about - mostly the gruesome bits! As well as the important questions like the 'WHO', the 'WHAT', the 'WHERE' and the 'WHY', the topic will be based around these areas:
Famous battles and wars:
Writing: Big writes will be linked to topics and will include the SPAG features that the children have been working on. Our composition focus will continue to be:
Reading: Linked to a topic-based book.
Children to be able to understand what they read by:
Read Write Inc. Spellings
Unit 5 - suffixes
Unit 6 - sh sound spelt ti or ci
Unit 7 - sh sound spelt si and ssi
Unit 8 - silent letters
Unit 9 - ei and ie spellings
Unit 10 - words ending in ible and able
Alongside these will be the orange words, these are spellings on the word list for Year 5 and 6. A copy of these can be found in the back of their spelling logs.
Our topic will be all about 'Living Things' covering the following objectives:
Algorithms and Programming:
People of God: How can following God bring freedom and justice? Using the Bible, children will look at Exodus and explain connections between the story of Moses and the concepts of freedom and salvation, using theological terms.
Our PE days are Mondays and Fridays. Please ensure that you are wearing your school PE uniform, have long hair tied up and earrings either removed or covered with a plaster.
We do not have a geography focus this half term.
French will taught with Camille Savy, who is a trainee teacher from France. She will be supporting Mrs Myers in the teaching of language and French culture.