PGL Moments 2019
Welcome to Year 6’s class page!
We have had a busy start to the summer term! Not long to go now before the children will show their academic talents during SATs testing week (WB 13thMay 2019) and their dramatic abilities at our end-of-year production in July! We know that the children will give of their best and that they will all have a fantastic final term here at St Michael and St Martin.
In English we have worked hard on our reading skills and grammar knowledge and will continue to focus on this. We are also providing lots of writing opportunities based on a range of stimuli for the children to showcase their ever-developing written skills. Various text types which we will produce include: information texts, persuasive pieces, narratives and discussion writing. We will produce lots of cross-curricular writing through our Power of Reading and Topics!
SATs are looming ever closer as we continue to cover the objectives within the KS2 curriculum. Over the coming weeks, we will revise previously taught concepts to consolidate our understanding and apply this knowledge to solve problem-solving and reasoning questions.
As we delve deeper into our understanding of our faith, this term we aim to focus on the period of time “From Easter to Pentecost.” Throughout this topic, we will look at the journey the disciples made, both physically and spiritually. We will look at how all the events throughout the Easter period shaped our faith, as we know it. Later in the summer term, we will focus on “Luke’s Gospel: A Godly life.” Throughout this topic, we will explore what it is to be a good neighbour to one another and how we all can truly live our best life to be more like and become closer to God.
During this term in Science, we will be studying the topic, “Animals Including Humans.” Through this topic, we will be focusing on understanding the human circulatory system, allowing us to carry out some very exciting investigations, such as factors that influence heart rate and the differences between human and animal circulatory systems. As Year 6 prepare for the transition to secondary school, we believe that it is vital to understand the importance of having a healthy lifestyle. Through this topic, the children will be aware of the impact a healthy heart has upon us holistically.
In the Summer Term, we will be high above the clouds as we commence our study on Mountains. This topic will allow the children to locate multiple mountain ranges using difference resources, such as maps and atlases. Throughout this topic, we will place an emphasis on the geographical features of a mountain and their formation, before scaling higher and understanding that we play a vital role on preserving the mountainous areas by focusing on the impact that tourism has.
As we continue to develop our historical knowledge, children will continue to focus on “Crime and Punishment.” This topic will link with our upcoming English topic of Shakespeare. Later this term, children will attend the Tower of London for a crime and punishment workshop; here children will get a true sense on what punishments were in place for crimes in 16thCentury Britain and how they differ to the 21stCentury punishments.
This term marks the start of our preparation for our Year 6 production! We will be rehearsing daily for this exciting event in Summer 2 and look forward to showcasing our talents for our wonderful audience nearer the end of the academic year. We hope that you can join us to watch!
We are very much looking forward to our Year 6 residential trip to Osmington Bay, Dorset in June (Friday 7th-Monday 10thJune 2019). We have some very exciting activities planned which will enable children to gain more confidence and also practise team building skills, with the transition to secondary school in mind. Keep an eye on the website for updates during our time away!
As the year progresses, we still maintain our high standards of behaviour and manners. It is important to remember that even when the SATS are over and our focus turns to the productions, we continue to expect all children to demonstrate a 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 staffis 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.
At present, we continue to set a fair volume of homework focusing on Reading, Grammar and Maths, to enable children to have full coverage of all of the KS2 objectives likely to come up in the SATS tests.
In preparation for secondary school in September, we are encouraging children to take an active role in their own learning. During the second half of the summer term the homework focus will be on practising lines/songs/dances and occasional project based work. 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!