Welcome to Year 6’s class page!
Year 6 have returned to school in the Spring Term both refreshed and with a positive attitude to work! We have spoken about the importance of this year and have discussed strategies we can adopt to help us reach our full potential. We know a resilient attitude towards challenges will help us grow academically and socially.
We have started our new topic: ‘Sacramental People’ and will be learning about the Sacraments. Within this unit, the children will gain a deeper understanding of the seven blessed Sacraments; they will explore the importance of these and the significant impact that they can have on our lives as Christians today.
Following on from this, in spring term 2, the children will be studying their new topic ‘From Lent to Easter.’ We will be discussing how we as Christians prepare for the Death and Resurrection of Jesus and the Salvation provided by Our Lord. We will be learning about the Stations of the Cross in greater depth.
In English, we will be studying some new texts: Shackleton’s Journey- which will further enhance our Geography topic about the Earth’s Poles and the Antarctic- and Macbeth/Holes which will link to our History topic Crime and Punishment. The children will be writing a range of text types including a biography, story, newspaper report and non-chronological report. We will later cover Poetry where we will read, sequence and recite poems. The pupils will be analysing and identifying rhyme schemes and familiarising themselves with figurative language which will help them to write their own descriptive poems.
For the next 6-7 weeks we will be following a Reciprocal reading program where each reading skill will be explicitly taught through clear modelling of the use of the skill alongside carefully chosen text.
Each week will focus on one key reading skill from the skills below:
- Ask questions
- Clarify (Spot breakdowns and try to mend them)
- Summarise (put important items together)
- Inferring clues
- Make connections to background knowledge
This term, the children will be covering all aspects of shape and measurement. They will learn about algebra, ratio and proportion and time. We will be revising the key basic skills of mathematics this term, including: place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division as well as fractions, decimals and percentages. We are starting to prepare for our SATs with arithmetic fluency and reasoning practise in our lessons. We continue to encourage the children to be proficient in their times tables as this is something which is vital for every aspect of mathematics. We encourage the children to utilise TimesTable Rockstars as this is a fun way to revise times tables and increase their speed and accuracy.
This term children will be focusing on the topic, “We are Creators.” Children will think, plan and develop quizzes related to particular topics, which they are covering in other subjects such as Hemispheres (Geography) and Shackleton (English).
Children will be provided the opportunity to create their own quiz using a website known as “Gimkit.” Through this platform, children will follow prompts to add questions and images. Children will then publish / test their quiz, attaining feedback from their class teacher and other pupils.
Throughout this term, children will be gaining a deeper understanding of the world we live in today. The children will be focusing on the topic “Poles Apart.” During our time studying the topic we will be looking at our earths hemispheres, understanding the equator and the impact it has on the Earth’s weather.
Light – How light travels
Reflection and refraction
Making Periscopes (to see around corners - bending light)
Recording observations in many complex ways and findings
It is never too early to begin revising steadily for the SATs tests. Being organised and prepared will help the children feel confident in their abilities during the week of their SATs. After learning a concept during the school day, we are encouraging the children to revise the topic at home to help them recall their prior learning. There are some helpful grammar and maths videos and links on this Year 6 website page for you to use at home.
We encourage all children to demonstrate an extremely high standard of behaviour at all times in order to create a safe, respectful and happy learning environment.
Each class has participated in the process of making a set of ‘Golden Rules.’ The children have agreed to follow the rules as they understand that this will help their learning.
Respecting each other and all members of staff is expected and reflects the ethos of our school.
The children are required to listen carefully and to develop their self-control and concentration in class and in the playground.
Working together with parents and guardians plays a big part in establishing good relationships and standards of behaviour.
We are encouraging children to take an active role in their own learning as they will soon be coming to the end of their time at primary school. We will be giving out a larger volume of homework both weekly and during holidays. We expect the children to take responsibility over their own learning and to organise their workload accordingly. Failure to submit homework on time will result in detention.
Thank you for your continued support!