Welcome to Year 6!
05-02-19 - PE: The children will be having an additional PE lesson on Wednesday 6th February so will need to come to school in their indoor PE kits. Thank you
Next week will be our assessment week in Year 6. We are calling it a 'Mock SATs Week' as we will be completing SATs type assessments and will follow the structure of SATs week. We have always run this week as a 'Mock SATs Week' as it enables the children to become familiar with what will happen during SATs week; where they will sit; the layout of the classroom; the information they need to put on the test papers; which tests we will do on which day and how long they will have to complete each test. Previous year groups have always found the 'Mock SATs Week' to be really beneficial and it has always calmed any worries the children may have had ready for May.
The children will complete the tests on the following days:
Monday - English Grammar Punctuation and Spelling Paper 1: 45 minutes
GPS Paper 2: Spelling. Not strictly timed but around 20 minutes.
Tuesday - English Reading: 60 minutes
Wednesday - Mathematics Paper 1 - Arithmetic: 30 minutes
Mathematics Paper 2 - Reasoning: 40 minutes
Thursday - Mathematics Paper 3 - Reasoning: 40 minutes
The tests will all take place in the morning and where there are two papers on one day, the children will have playtime between them.
Miss Hicks and Mrs Myers will mark and analyse the test papers and we will share the information with you during the Parent Consultation Evening in March. Please tell your children not to worry about next week as we are running it like this to prepare them for May. The assessments will also enable us to see the progress the children have made and which aspects of the curriculum they still need to cover. We will complete our writing assessment the following week, there is no test for writing.
The real SATs week will be Monday 13th May - Thursday 16th May 2019.
BikeAbility - Letters have gone home on 30/01/19. Please complete the forms and return asap. Thank you.
Bikeability will take place from Monday 18th March until Friday 22nd March 2019. The children will be split into three groups and each group will access up to one and a half days training.
Group 1: Will have Bikeability on Monday all day and Tuesday morning.
Group 2: Will have Bikeability on Tuesday afternoon and all day Wednesday.
Group 3: Will have Bikeability all Day Thursday and Friday morning.
Once all the forms are returned, we will organise the groups and let you know which days your child will need to have their bike in school. Children attending Breakfast club /After school club can place their bikes in the bike rack at the front of school. Bikes can be left in the classroom overnight to avoid them being taken home and brought back again. If you need to borrow a bike or a helmet from the Bikeability team, please indicate this on your forms. They will bring the bikes with them for your child to use.
More information will follow.
Year 6 become Ancient Greeks!
This week, Year 6 welcomed a special visitor who had travelled across lands and through time - Katerina the Greek - into the classroom. The children dressed in Greek chitons (a white sheet) and had the chance to handle artefacts from the Classical Greek period. They learnt all about the gruesome battles and the tactics and weapons used; gory medical practices of the times and Hippocrates; compared life in Athens and Sparta; played Greek games and created amazing Greek artwork. There was far too much information and far too little time but we are sure that Year 6 discovered lots of knew things about their topic – it was a great way to launch it!
Spring Term: PE will be on Monday (outdoor) and Friday (indoor). Please make sure that you have ALL your school PE kit on to come to school. Even is you have indoor PE, you should have it underneath your outdoor PE kit to travel to and from school.
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.
Welcome to Year 6 and we hope you enjoy reading our class page. We hope you have all had a wonderful summer and are ready for an exciting year. 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.
As Year 6 children, 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 developing independence, resilience, teamwork and empathy.
Our PE days are Mondays and Thursdays. Please ensure that you are wearing your PE uniform, have long hair tied up and earrings either removed or coved with a plaster.
BikeAbility - Monday 18th March - Friday 22nd March 2019 - Letters went home on 30/01/19
Wednesday 27th March - Open Afternoon from 2.15pm
Monday 13th May - Thursday 16th May - SATs Week (More information will follow)
Tuesday 2nd July - Open Afternoon, from 9.00am
BikeAbility will take place during the week from Monday 18th March - Friday 22nd March 2019. Each child will take part in the training for a day and a half. Children are able to borrow a bike and a helmet if needed. More information will be sent out after Christmas.
In preparation for the children being ‘High School Ready’ homework will be planned in the following way:
Weekly times tables test on a Friday 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 weekly spellings tests on a Tuesday. These will either be based on spelling patterns rather than a list of words, or a group of Y5/6 Statutory words. The Y5/6 words will be sent home to practise and will be tested fortnightly. The spelling rule will be tested on the alternate weeks to the Y5/6 words with no formal list going home to learn. 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. (Please see the Spelling in the English section further down the page for clarification.)
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 2019 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 The Ancient Greeks!
We will be finding out what life was like for Ancient Greeks and how it was different for those living in Sparta and Athens. We will also be learning about the influences the Ancient Greeks have had on our modern world.
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.
Active and passive sentences.
Past / present progressive and present perfect.
Use hyphens to avoid ambiguity
Use colons to introduce a list
Use possessive apostrophes
Identify determiners in sentences
identify co-ordinating and subordinating conjunctions
Know how to use a word as a noun or a verb
Formal and informal language
Colons, Semi-colons and Dashes
This half term we will be writing:
- Poetry - personification, figurative language, passive voice.
- Non chronological report linked to our topic.
Writing a biography of William Shakespeare.
- Re-telling of the '3 Witches'
- Diary piece
- Newspaper report of Duncan's death.
We will cover the following objectives:
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
• use a range of devices to build cohesion (e.g. conjunctions, adverbials of time and place, pronouns, synonyms) within and across paragraphs .
Year 6 will continue to follow the Read Write Inc Spelling programme. Each unit will cover a spelling pattern focus and a selection of Y5/6 Statutory Spellings. The children will have a weekly spelling test. This will either consist of selection of spellings linked to the spelling pattern which will be practised during the lessons. These are not sent home to learn because we want children to be able to apply the spelling rule to a range of words. However, any mistakes in the test will be recorded in their log books and we urge the children to practise these.. Y5/6 words will be sent home to learn and will be tested on alternate weeks. The children will bring their spelling log books home daily where spellings will be recorded by the children.
Unit 6: 'sh' sound spelt 'ti or 'ci'
Unit 7: 'Sh' sound spelt 'si' or 'ssi'
The children will complete a mental maths activity using the four operations on a daily basis as part of their learning.
The Heart and Circulatory System
The World Wide Web – Communicating, E-safety and using the internet.
I can make safe choices about the use of technology.
I can use technology in ways which minimise risk.
I recognise the potential risk of providing personal information online.
I know how to report anything suspicious.
I can create strong passwords.
I can use knowledge of the meaning of different domain names.
Algorithms and debugging.
Kingdom of God: What kind of king is Jesus?
Easter: Salvation - What difference does the resurrection make for Christians?
Our PE days are Mondays and Friday. 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 will be outdoors on a Monday for our PE sessions.
Monday: Orienteering - we will be having a coach in school for this unit of PE and will be learning how to read an orienteering map; find markers in the correct order and complete a variety of different orienteering courses set up around the school grounds. We will be using electronic orienteering equipment which record the order in which you reach a marker and the time it has taken you to complete the course! This will be outdoors so please wear appropriate clothing.
Friday: Problem solving - creating games.
This will be linked to our PE and we will learning about using a compass, map symbols and keys and 6 figure grid references.
Keeping Healthy. We will be learning about how a healthy diet and how exercise helps the body.
ART and DT:
Mouldable materials: Creating a heart.
Painting an Amphora