Year 6

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Welcome to Year 6 Class Page

Welcome to Year 6’s website page! I hope you have all had a fantastic Christmas break and are ready for the Spring Term.

Key dates:

Wednesday 15th January- Termly update for parents (PowerPoint emailed to those who cannot attend)

Monday 20th January – visit to St Maxentius Church to discuss Eucharist

Thursday 30th January – Year 6 visit to Crucial Crew

Friday 7th February – NSPCC Number Day – more information to follow

Friday 7th February at 2pm – Reception and Year 6 Buddy Service at church (parents welcome to attend)

Wednesday 12th February – Disco (Rec/KS1 6.00-6.45; KS2 7.00 – 8.00)

Friday 14th February- School closes for half term

Monday 24th February- School reopens

Wednesday 4th March- Story Magic Theatre- Read to Achieve- The Magic of Stories

Thursday 5th March – visit from GB Athlete (sponsored event – more information to follow)

Friday 6th March – World Book Day

Wednesday 18th March- Parents Evening

Friday 27th March- Easter Service 9am. School closes at 2.30pm

Curriculum News

Our topics for Spring Term:

Spring 1 – Revolution – this will be a history focus

The Victorians – What life was like during Victorian Times?

The Industrial Revolution and the impact of this on life in Britain

Queen Victoria

The British Empire (link to geography)

William Morris (linked with art)

Isambard Kingdom Brunel (link to design technology and building bridges.)

Spring 2 – Darwin’s Delight (Science and geography focus)

The journey of Charles Darwin on The Beagle

The Galapagos Islands and the wildlife found there

The Theory of Evolution

How characteristics are inherited from parents.

English

Writing

As much as possible, our English will be linked with our class topic to make the learning as immersive as possible for the children.

We will look at a wide range of genres, finding out the features and literary devices used by authors before producing our own writing.

We will be writing: non-chronological reports, biographies, narratives, newspaper reports, persuasive writing this term.

There will be a focus on building stamina for writing and developing proof-reading and editing skills as part of the writing process.

Handwriting will continue to be a focus in all sessions.

Reading

Guided reading sessions happen every day in school and develop key reading skills.

Children are heard independently by staff on a 1-1 basis every week.

Children have a school reading book as well as a library book to bring home and share with you.

Class novel is also a big part of school life – this term we are reading Street Child by Berlie Doherty.

Children are encouraged to read aloud at home at least 3 times every week – even if this is just for a few minutes. Children can carry on reading independently – they will be asking you for signatures to show they have been reading at home.

We are always encouraging a love of reading and reading for pleasure so if your child is struggling with a book or doesn’t feel it appeals to them, please put a note in their reading record and we can address this at school.

We will be completing a reading test every fortnight with opportunities to go through test papers and improve our test technique as well as practise skills taught during our guided reading sessions.

Maths

We will continue to practise our key number and arithmetic skills this term and will be tested on this once a week.

We will be focussing on shape for the first part of this term, looking at 2 and 3 dimensional shapes, area, perimeter, volume, angles. We will also look at measurements, ratio and proportion.

It is expected that all children will continue to practise their times tables and should know up to 12 x 12.

Topic

These are now ‘blocked’ so children will spend a week’s afternoon sessions on one subject at a time – this allows for deeper learning to happen and skills and knowledge to be built upon gradually.

Revolution will take:

Three weeks of history;

One week of art;

Two weeks of design technology.

Science will be taught discretely in Spring 1 (Electricity) and as part of our topic Spring 2 (Evolution and Inheritance).

R.E.

Spring 1 topic – Eucharist

  • Why do Christians celebrate the Eucharist?
  • What is the reason for celebrating the Eucharist?
  • The Eucharist service has several names. Why is this time of worship called the Eucharist/Holy Communion/Mass/The Lord’s Supper?
  • What questions would you like to ask about the Eucharist/Holy Communion Service?

Spring 2 topic – Easter – Who was Jesus?

  • Who was Jesus?
  • Who is Jesus?
  • Who did Jesus say he was?
  • Was Jesus the Messiah?

P.E.

PE will take place on Monday and Wednesday afternoons.
Please ensure your child has a full PE kit in school – including suitable footwear – on these days. Girls with long hair should have it tied up and earrings should be removed.

Our class behaviour contract

On transition day the children wrote, and signed, a behaviour contract which states:

  • Be polite and patient
  • Be respectful an selfless
  • Try your best and encourage others
  • Believe in yourself
  • Be positive

Other information

Knowledge organisers are sent home to support your child’s topic and maths learning. These contain an outline of areas covered in school.

Times Table Rock Stars – ensure quick, rapid recall of multiplication and division facts.

Children have their own log ins for this online resource – should be stuck into inside front cover of their reading journal.

Spellings – sheet to stick into spelling journal every week. Tests on Fridays. Children are free to practise spelling in any way that suits them. We will be introducing a range of ways to support spelling in the coming weeks in class.

Maths homework will be sent out to practise key skills – this will not be every week – just as and when needed.

Our reading scheme for this year is Oxford Reading Tree!

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