Our Year 6 Class
A very warm welcome to our Year 6 class page. Year 6 is a hard year, but a memorable one. The children are our oldest pupils and they are therefore expected to be role models to the rest of the school. It is our intention that the children's experiences will stay with them and they will be able to look back at their time at Christ Church with fond, happy and special memories.
Our Year 6 Class 2018-2019
Mrs Malley - Year 6 teacher
Mrs Percy - Deputy headteacher and Year 6 teacher
Mrs Kirkman - Teacher (Tuesday afternoon)
Mrs Waqar- Teaching Assistant
Mrs Jones- Teaching Assistant
Mr Southern - Learning Mentor
Homework will be set on a Friday and should be handed in on a Wednesday. There will generally be Literacy and Numeracy work and, on occasions, topic work. In addition, they will also have spelling homework from their spelling work in class and written work. Children are encouraged to ensure that their homework is completed to a high standard and we ask parents to support us with this.
Whilst most children now are independent readers, reading at home is still crucial. Children should read for 15 minutes each night - this could be their home reader or a book of their own choice. This will be more productive if it is carried out in a calm, quiet environment. Parents/ carers are encouraged to sign the planners to acknowledge this please. Every Friday a class is chosen with the best effort in reading at home.
P.E. lessons take place on a Monday and Friday. All children are expected to take part in a full P.E. kit and trainers/pumps. Earrings can be worn at school but, for health and safety reasons, they are not allowed during P.E.
This half term.... Summer 2 (June-July 2019)
The next half term is a very exciting one as we prepare for transition to high school and celebrate leaving Christ Church!
We will continue to build our writing portfolio and the necessary evidence which is needed for our assessment of writing. We have some exciting and scary pieces planned which are guaranteed to hook the children in: a story about a girl named Francis who is a free spirit and gets into some trouble on a boat on a lake at night and a non-chronological report about an animal to name a few.
In Maths we will continue to revisit arithmetic daily ensuring that the children are confident in all the written methods with whole numbers, decimals and fractions in order to send them to high school confident in calculation. We will also carry out challenges to keep the children up to speed on their problem solving - these will include creating a new bedroom with a budget, an investigation into the interior angles of any polygon, logic problems and digging deep into pi and how that number originates!!
In Science we will be revising all the topics that are covered at Key Stage 2, but our designated topic is 'Classifying Critters'. During this topic, the children will revise work already covered on vertebrates and invertebrates and what this means. The will explore the five kingdoms of living things and look at kingdoms not yet encountered, such as fungi and microbes. They will extend their understanding of branching diagrams to create quite complex ones, starting with a liquorice allsorts one! Key questions will be:
- How many different animals/plants are there?
- How do scientists group these effectively?
- Are all plants and animals the same?
- How can we use the differences between animals to help us identify them?
- What if all the insects/mammals/microbes/birds died out?
- Who is Carl Linnaeus and what did he discover/create?
In RE our topic will be entitled 'People of Faith'. We will explore what it means to have a faith and how it can empower you in your daily life. Key questions will be:
- What is faith?
- What does it mean for a person to have faith?
- What does it mean to be a person of faith?
- What motivates people of faith?
- How does having faith affect people’s lives?
- In what ways have people of Christian faith built God’s kingdom on earth?
- In what ways do people of Christian faith build God’s kingdom on earth today?
Topic work will be an in depth study of North America. This is a new topic to Year 6, following our revision of the wider curriculum. We will be looking in detail at:
- the countries which make up North America
- comparing the climates in North America
- exploring the geographical features of North America
- exploring the capital cities of North America
- comparing a region in the UK with a region in North America
- researching the human and physical geography of a particular North American country
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Finally, we have lots of 'end of year' celebrations to look forward to, including our leavers' service at Manchester Cathedral (21st June) production of 'Hoodwinked' (Monday 15th July), our 'Big Day Out' (Wednesday 26th June) and the Year 6 prom night (Tuesday 16th July). What a busy half term!
Dates for your Diary:
Sports Day: Wednesday 19th June 1.30pm
Manchester Cathedral (Leavers' Service): Friday 21st June (children only)
Big Day Out: Wednesday 26th June
Class Photographs: Thursday 27th June
St Mary's Transition Day: Thursday 27th June
Bedford's Transition Day: Friday 28th June
Lowton's Transition Day: Tuesday 2nd and 3rd July
Oakfield Transition Day: Tuesday 2nd July
Summer Fayre: Saturday 30th June 12pm
Y6 production: Monday 15th July
Prom night: Tuesday 16th July (5.30pm)
Leavers' Service in Church: Friday 19th July (9am)
Last day of term: Friday 19th July (finish at 3pm as usual)
We are glad that we have Summer Term 1 under our belts - SATs are well and truly over with! The build up to SATs is always hard work. Each and every lesson really counts as we try to ensure that the children are fully prepared for their assessments. We had a huge push on improving reading skills and problem solving skills and the children worked their socks off.
During SATs week, the children all enjoyed a healthy breakfast in school and an early start!! They completed their tests in admirable style: they all tried their absolute best and that is all we can ask.
After SATs, we had a brilliant day at Pennington Park: it was lovely to see children being children, swinging on swings, playing games and just having fun!
After SATs, we created an amazing collage of Nelson Mandela with each child contributing a square to it: the finished product is most effective!
Finally, we held our auditions for the end of year production - Hoodwinked. As always, it was a difficult decision assigning parts, but we look forward to getting rehearsals under way after half term.
Spring Term 1 started by going back in time when we celebrated the 150th birthday of our very own Christ Church School. Mrs Percy and Mrs Gornall gave an informative and emotional presentation in church when we looked at how our school has evolved - we couldn't get over the climbing and sand in the Infant yard! Every child in school decorated a stone as a memory of this day and Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed helping their buddies with this.
A couple of weeks into term, we had a memorable and productive day with Frank and Angela reliving the war years. We all gained so much from this day and it really got the WW2 topic off to a flying start. The photographs from this day can be found below and we must say a big thank you to all our families for providing such amazing costumes. Have any of you tried to recreate the woolton pie yet?
The topic has produced some super writing namely Germans in the Woods and a letter as an evacuee. We hope you enjoyed reading some of these on Seesaw. It also produced some stunning art work; the children's Spitfire sketches blew us all away!! The children have also enjoyed taking on the role of an evacuee at a reunion discussing their experiences - it wasn't as a positive a process as the government led us all to believe. We have also discussed appeasement and whether WW2 should ever have begun - the children's enquiring minds really stood out!
We have started the 'SATs revision' process and the children have generally responded well to the challenge. Arithmetic tests are under way: scores and times are improving, but there's still a way to go. Revision books have been handed out to all the children that ordered them and we hope that you find them useful. We have started to look at past papers; these are a shock to some children. Please do talk to your child about these and encourage them in whatever way that you can. If you have any concerns, please do pop in to see us.
TT Rockstars has been a hit this half term!! There has been a buzz in the classroom with some of the battles! Keep going everyone - we need to reach Ethan and Keegan at the top!
Finally, we have begun our preparations for Let's Sing and the song choices are amazing!! We do hope that some children will have the confidence to consider auditioning for a solo part.
During Autumn Term 2 the children have continued to grow and mature in their attitude and outlook. We think that all of Year 6 would say that a highlight of this half term has been the buddying activities. Each child in Y6 has been paired up with a buddy in Reception. To see the oldest children working with the youngest children is heart warming and we're sure these relationships will flourish. Mrs Gornall is certainly over the moon with the support she gets from Year 6. In addition, we have a team of prefects; children who have consistently gone the extra mile and who can be relied upon to be a role model for others.
A lot of hard work has taken place in Maths and English as we work towards Year 6 expectations and the sheer volume of work that needs to be completed. All the children have now completed all the written methods for calculation and regular practice of these takes place every morning during 'Fluent in Five'. We have also dived right in to our fraction topic and the children are beginning to have a good feel for the sense of number with fractions when comparing and ordering them. Reasoning and problem solving skills linked to these topics is developing, but there is still a lot of work to be done in deciphering what some of the trickier questions are actually asking them to do. We have seen some super progress in writing; children have really taken on board the importance of careful and thorough editing and the results have been encouraging to see! The children, as did we, thoroughly enjoyed Armistice Runner, our class novel. We all really connected with the characters in the book and indeed took the theme of dementia to our hearts by holding our very own Elf Day. We held a bake sale and visited the residents of the day centre on Etherstone Street.
We're all mountain marvels now and used the novel to draw and label the topological features of a mountain - you can see examples of these in the slideshow below! We were all amazed to find out about the different climate zones that exist as you ascend Kilimanjaro - did you know there were 5 distinct climate zones?
In RE, we have learned about pilgrimage and made links between a Christian pilgrimage and a Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. Mrs Waqar was invaluable in her first hand knowledge of this as her husband has been to Mecca. The children have made connections and were able to ask our Ugandan Band questions about their life as a journey as a Christian and whether they considered their visit to us as a pilgrimage.
The story of Malala touched our hearts as we learned about her struggle and determination to stand up for the rights of girls and education and stand against the Taliban. We are sure that 'One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world' will remain with us for a long time.
We celebrated Christmas in style with parties, a Cinema trip and pantomime. However, I think it is fair to say that all of the children will have taken away the true meaning of Christmas from our Advent discussions around the crib and our traditional carol service inspired by the humble candy cane.
Mrs Kirkham was mightily impressed with the rucksacks that the children have designed and started to make. They link to our topic of mountains and the detail and thought that has gone into them is impressive. From the evidence we have seen so far, we are sure that they will surpass our expectations.A special thanks should go to Reece's grandma who came in with her sewing machine to assist!
It’s been a busy first half term and the class are beginning to rise to the challenge of meeting Year 6 expectations. All of the children have been assigned Reception buddies and it's been heart warming to see the relationships develop. The children have been busy thinking about the next step in their school journey and have visited Lowton High School for a taster day and many have also attended open evenings.
We have had lots of amazing experiences already, the highlight of which has to be Robinwood! The children were a credit to themselves, their families and our school family. Many of the children faced real fears head on and we were so proud to see their determination and self belief develop. The staff at Robinwood spoke so very highly of all our children: we could have burst with pride! Do take time to look at the pictures on the outdoor learning tab in the teaching and learning part of the website.
We’ve been working hard on our Literacy and Numeracy skills, but there is still a way to go given the requirements and demands of the new curriculum. Written methods are coming along nicely and these will stand the children in good stead for the Arithmetic test and problem solving. Place value work and addition, subtraction and multiplication skills are pleasing and the children's resilience to problem solving is getting better. The Battles in TTRockstars have been a beauty to behold - who would have thought that the children could be so competitive over times tables!! In Literacy, we've enjoyed reading Street Child, a story set in Victorian times depicting Jim Jarvis' struggle for survival in harsh conditions! Writing has shown promise, especially the diaries, and the children all have targets to work on. As always, we're trying to master the non-negotiables, but we do still see missing full stops and capital letters. Reading Plus, our online reading program, is in full swing and it is pleasing to see children unlocking new levels.
The children have loved the evolution and inheritance topic in Science, planning investigations to find out which bird beak was fit for purpose and finding out about the many cross breeds of dog which we now can find! I don't think they'll ever forget what adaptation means after our catchy song, 'Adapt... adaptation... changes in the body to fit a location'!!
We have been amazed with the children's art skills - their oil pastel work in the style of Georgia O'Keeffe has been a fantastic launch to our topic work on Mountains!
On our final week of term, we learned all about what to expect as we approach puberty with a visit from HH Kids team. As ever, the children listened intently, with a few giggles and 'oohs' along the way! Finally, as part of our British Values work, we look at Malala's story. We were amazed with the children's response to this and we hope that they will remember her message, 'One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world' for a long time.
So, all in all, a very busy first half term - we're planning a quiet November in school to fill up our lovely new exercise books which are coming along nicely.