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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!

 

Upcoming Events:

 

14/05/18 - 17/05/18 - SATs Week

21/05/18 - SRE week

05/06/18 - Special Visitor in school

 

 

Latest News:  18-05-18

 

SATs and Amazing attitudes in Year 6!

Phew - SATs are over and we all survived the week!

We would like to say just how proud we are of every member of our class. You have approached this week with great determination, perseverance and courage. Everyday you have walked into school and tried your hardest and we could not ask for anything more from you. SATs and testing are a part of school life but it is important to remember that they don't assess everything about you. They don't tell us about how determined you are; what a great footballer, dancer, sports leader, brother or sister that you are; how kind you are or what a superb friend you are. All of these things (and more) link together to make you into the person that you are and will become. This weekend there will be no homework as we would like you to enjoy the sunshine and have a well-deserved rest!

Over the next few weeks we will be focusing on our teacher assessments in writing, reading, maths and science.  Our teacher assessments will be submitted to the authority at the end of June. It is important that the children continue to work hard and push themselves after SATs.  

 

Next week is SRE week. We will start our learning on Tuesday because some children will be out at the cricket event. If you have any queries about this, please speak Mrs Myers or Miss Hicks on Monday or email the school office.

 

 

 

Time is flying by and we can't believe you are now in your final term in our school. This term will be the busiest, but the most exciting, as you prepare to move onto new and exciting adventures. But before you leave, we have an incredible amount of hard work to get through to ensure that you are 'High School Ready'! We know that you will continue to thrive throughout the rest of the year and we will continue to have fun with our learning. 

 

D-Side: A few weeks ago, 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.

 

 

Homework

 

Homework expectations:

In preparation for the children being ‘High School Ready’ homework will be planned in the following way:

  • Weekly times tables test on a Thursday to be marked in class.
  • Weekly short SPAG or maths consolidation /revision exercises using the books to be self/peer marked during lessons. 
  • Spellings – The children will have fortnightly spellings tests based on spelling patterns rather than a list of words. Following the test in class, words that the children will need to learn again will be recorded in their spelling books and we ask that you revise these with your child at home. 
  • Reading – reading journals to be completed, signed and brought into school every Thursday. Please record the comprehension questions you ask your children but answers do not need recording.
  • Longer topic-based learning will be sent home with clear instructions as to how and when it will need to be completed by. In order to get children High School ready, part of this will include research and therefore longer deadlines will be given. The beauty of these learning logs is that when completed, they are incredibly different as the children take their learning in different directions.  This is then shared and marked with peers so all children can access these amazing learning discoveries.
  • Homework diaries contain a weekly thinking activity that will need to be completed. (These are not formally marked.)
  • From January 2018 we will be sending home short SPAG, Reading and Maths  SATs papers as part of the homework.
  • Purplemash 2Do activities and Active Learn maths - We have just started to send home some computer based learning. The children have all been given a log-on these and they write in their planner the homework. When the children log onto their accounts they will be able to see their homework in the 2Do section on Purplemash and in their account on Active Learn. The children have all been shown how to use their accounts.  Please talk to us if you are unable to access online learning.

 

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:

 

Topic:

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:

Festivals:

  • Greek houses;
  • Myths and legends;
  • Greek Gods;
  • Greek food and drink;
  • Greek entertainment;
  • Greek pottery.

Famous battles and wars:

  • The Peloponnesian War, the Battle of Marathon, the Trojan War;
  • Armour and weapons;
  • Animals used in war.

Their legacy:

  • Greek medicine;
  • The 'Big Thinkers';
  • Social hierarchies, citizenship and democracy.

 

English:  

Writing: We will be assessing the children on all of the key aspects of writing for the end of KS2. Our writing will still be linked to our topics and will include the SPAG features that the children have been working on.

The children can:

• write effectively for a range of purposes and audiences, selecting language that shows good awareness of the reader (e.g. the use of the first person in a diary; direct address in instructions and persuasive writing)

• in narratives, describe settings, characters and atmosphere

• integrate dialogue in narratives to convey character and advance the action

• select vocabulary and grammatical structures that reflect what the writing requires, doing this mostly appropriately (e.g. using contracted forms in dialogues in narrative; using passive verbs to affect how information is presented; using modal verbs to suggest degrees of possibility)

• use a range of devices to build cohesion (e.g. conjunctions, adverbials of time and place, pronouns, synonyms) within and across paragraphs

• use verb tenses consistently and correctly throughout their writing

• use the range of punctuation taught at key stage 2 mostly correctly^ (e.g. inverted commas and other punctuation to indicate direct speech)

• spell correctly most words from the year 5 / year 6 spelling list,* and use a dictionary to check the spelling of uncommon or more ambitious vocabulary

• maintain legibility in joined handwriting when writing at speed.2

 

 

Reading: Linked to a topic-based book.

Children to be able to understand what they read by:

  • checking that the book makes sense to them, discussing their understanding and exploring the meaning of words in context
  • asking questions to improve their understanding
  • drawing inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence
  • predicting what might happen from details stated and implied
  • summarising the main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph, identifying key details that support the main ideas
  • identifying how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning
  • discuss and evaluate how authors use language, including figurative language, considering the impact on the reader
  • distinguish between statements of fact and opinion
  • retrieve, record and present information from non-fiction
  • participate in discussions about books that are read to them and those they can read for themselves, building on their own and others’ ideas and challenging views courteously
  • explain and discuss their understanding of what they have read, including through formal presentations and debates, maintaining a focus on the topic and using notes where necessary
  • provide reasoned justifications for their views.

 

SPAG:

  • I can use a semi colon, colon and a dash.
  • I can use a hyphen.
  • I can identify the present perfect, past progressive and the subjunctive form in a sentence.
  • I can identify antonyms and synonyms.

 

Spelling:

Read Write Inc. Spellings

 

Unit 9 - ei and ie spellings

Unit 10 - words ending in ible and able

Homophones

 

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.

 

 

Maths:

 

  • Statistics - Calculate and understand the MEAN average.
  • Construct and interpret time line and conversion line graphs.
  • Construct / interpret pie charts.
  • Consolidation of percentages
  • Multi-step word problems using all four operations.
  • Ratio and proportion -
  • Continue sequences and finding the nth term.
  • Negative numbers

 

Science: 

Our topic will be all about 'Evolution and Inheritance ' covering the following objectives:

  • Recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago
  • Recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents
  • Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution
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ICT:

Algorithms and Programming:

  • I can design a solution by breaking a problem up.
  • I recognise that different solutions can exist for the same problem.
  • I can use logical reasoning to detect errors in algorithms.
  • I can use selection in programs.
  • I can explain how an algorithm works.
  • I can explore 'what if' questions by planning different scenarios for controlled devices.

 

RE:

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.

 

PE:

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.

  • Monday: Rugby and then moving onto football. We will be outdoors for all our PE sessions.  
  • Friday: Haka dance 

 

Geography:

 

We do not have a geography focus this half term.

 

French:

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.

 

PSHE/British values:

  • Identifying barriers to friendships.
  • Exploring ways to understand conflicts in friendships and finding ways to manage and overcome these conflicts.

 

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