Welcome to Year 6’s class page!
Year 6 have continued to work incredibly hard and have made a good start to our second term; they have shown drive to succeed and a mature attitude towards their work! We continue to speak to the children about any worries or concerns that they have being back in school during this time. The children continue to be very mature and understand the importance of washing their hands and maintain 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 Spring term in R.E. is ‘Being a Sacramental People’ where the children will be learning that, despite not having God to physically look at or listen to, Christians believe that God remains here with us in our lives – the Holy Spirit. The children will learn about the Seven Sacraments, we will however be focussing on Reconciliation and the Anointing of the Sick. They will also examine how the Sacraments link together, understanding that people are not expected to receive every Sacrament during their life but, in some exceptional circumstances, how this can be possible. Moreover, we will be exploring human experience, ‘bidden or not bidden, God is present’. Children will also focus on the ideas of initiation, healing and commitment.
The Children will also be taking part in Collective Acts of Worship. They have embraced the role of Caritas Ambassadors and deepening their understanding of Catholic Social Teaching. Through assemblies they will continue to educate their peers, lead projects and make an impact in our local and wider community.
During English lessons, we will continue to delve deeper into our nPower of Reading texts: Skellig, Shackleton’s Journey and Macbeth. The children have been very engaged during our work on Skellig so far and we are sure that they will be inspired by Shackleton’s Journey to produce some amazing pieces of work. The children also have their science and geography lessons linked to their English where they will look at “Poles apart” in Geography and “Evolution and Inheritance” in Science. We believe we will have some explorers at the ready once we have covered it all. We are also working on our reading comprehension skills and our understanding of SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) whilst learning lots of new challenging terminology that we can also implement within our writing.
We will continue to revise the key 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, SATs Companion and Mathletics 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.
SATs Companion and Google Classroom
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 be aware that as a school we are aiming to be more eco-friendly. More work will be set on Google Classroom. Children should be checking Google Classroom each day for homework or general announcements. If a child has been informed to isolate and is well enough, they should be encouraged to complete the work that has been uploaded by their class teacher.
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 in 2022!
Mr Cassidy and Mr Marston ☺