Welcome to Year 6’s class page!
Year 6 have made an impressive start to the new academic year; they have shown drive to succeed and a mature attitude towards their work! We have spoken to the children and addressed any worries or concerns that they had being back in school during this time. The children were very mature and understood the importance of continuing to wash their hands and overall good hygiene. Year 6 are aware of the importance and challenges of this year and have discussed strategies we can adopt to help us reach our full potential. We know a resilient attitude towards challenges and a Growth Mindset will help us grow academically and socially!
Our topic this Autumn in R.E. is ‘Beginning God’ where the children will be learning about how we get to know God through the sources of Revelation - Creation, Human Experience, Tradition and Scripture. We will then delve deeper into looking at how each of these components of Revelation show God’s message to us and how we should be living our lives. Children will also explore the creation of the Church and how it has evolved over the years. In Year 6, we will look closer at the Holy Trinity and how the idea that three in one arose - focusing on Monotheism (there only being one God). Children throughout the school will be constantly reminded of the importance of Laudato Si – a document produced by Pope Francis on how to care for our common home and how we as Christians and occupants of the Earth are duty bound to look after it more than ever. Children will also be taking part in Collective Acts of Worship. The children in year 6 will also become Caritas Ambassadors as they gain a better understanding of Catholic Social Teaching. It is the vision that year 6 will then educate the other children in the school, lead projects and make an impact in our local community.
During English lessons, we have been working on our first Power of Reading text for this year: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. We have been learning all about the story of Bruno, a German child who lived during World War 2. The children have been very engaged so far and we are sure that they will write some fantastic pieces inspired by our text and informed by their learning in History lessons. We are also working on our reading comprehension skills and understanding of SPaG whilst learning lots of new challenging terminology.
We will be revising the key basic skills of Mathematics this term, including: place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division as well as fractions, decimals and percentages. We are starting to prepare for our SATs with arithmetic fluency and reasoning practice 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 ask that you encourage your children to use Times Tables Rockstars to support their learning.
We encourage all children to demonstrate a high standard of behaviour at all times in order to create a safe, respectful and happy learning environment.
Hygiene - With the current situation we will maintain that good hygiene is paramount. Children will continue to follow the rules and procedures to ensure the safety of all.
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.
The children are aware of the school system for house points which will reward positive behaviour - they can use the online “shop” to buy items in trade for House Points!
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 the holidays. We expect the children to take responsibility for their own learning and to organise their workload accordingly. Failure to submit homework on time will result in an immediate detention.
Please check your child’s SATs Companion accounts for tasks set- this is a useful tool to support their learning at home and prepare them for their tests. As teachers, we will be able to monitor your child’s progress and use this as a teaching tool to enable them to meet their individual targets.
Please see our Curriculum Talk and Curriculum Map for further information about your child’s learning and how to support at home - Links will be sent out to you soon to attend our virtual talks. There are also some website links under the ‘revision’ tab which will be useful for revision after a topic is taught.
We ask that you continue to support your child with daily reading at home and a little and often approach to revision to ensure that concepts taught are embedded fully.
Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to working with you this year!
Mr Cassidy and Mr Marston