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.... Autumn 2 (Oct-Dec 2018)
Over the next half term our topic will continue to be Survival
In this unit, the topic has a Geographical focus. We will look at the topological features of mountains, developing mapping skills and enquiry skills. The children will work in groups and will use their design skills to make a rucksack, fit for purpose, when climbing a mountain in a specific location. In addition, we will study volcanoes - the causes and effects - comparing the Pacific Ring of Fire to Sicily.
In Literacy we shall continue to look at narrative writing and narrative techniques with a focus on remembrance and our class novel Armistice Runner. This is a lovely book, written in the modern era about a young girl's journey as she discovers her Great Great Grandfather's war diaries. Links will be made with the wider curriculum as we will write a letter to the headteacher to request absence from school for a pilgrimage. A non-chronological report will be written about classification in Science. We will continue to explore and embed different sentence types, focusing on selecting the right sentence type for the particular genre of writing. Children will be encouraged to edit their writing by re-reading and re-drafting, fine tuning their language choice and punctuation. Grammar work will continue and will be taught through writing and also in a standalone weekly grammar lesson. The focus for this half term will be formal and informal language and word classes. Spelling continues with our new scheme; this half term we will look at the rules associated with adding suffixes to different root words. Don't forget also to log in to Reading Plus - our personalised reading intervention!
In Numeracy we will be really concentrating on developing out reasoning skills to explain our mathematical thinking. We shall complete the final written method of calculation, division, which is always the trickiest, trying to master the 'bus shelter' method. In addition, we shall look at: common factors, common multiples, primes numbers, square numbers, cube numbers and BIDMAS which is the order of operations. In the latter part of the term, we shall begin to look at fractions, decimals and percentages and make links between them. We will try to develop a 'sense of number' in regards to these and learn how to add, subtract, times and divide these. Fractions, decimals and percentages are a major part of the Year 6 curriculum and they are tested in both the arithmetic and the reasoning papers. Times table facts are crucial for this work, so it is vital that the children continue to work on TTRockstars at home.
RE - We will continue to look as Life as a Journey and explore pilgrimage for Christians considering:
* Why do people go on a pilgrimage?
* Does a pilgrimage have to be to a place of worship?
We will also carry out in depth study on pilgrimage for Muslims and in particular the Hajj.
In the run up to Christmas, we will look at Advent and we will be considering:
* What is Advent?
* When is Advent?
* Why is Advent a time of preparation?
* What is being prepared for during Advent?
In Science our topic is Living Things and their Habitats - Classifying Plants and Animals. We will work scientifically and use enquiry skills to answer the following questions:
- 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?
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Dates for your Diary:
Christmas Panto: Friday 7th December
Cinema Trip: Monday 10th December
Junior Christmas Party: Thursday 20th December
Junior Carol Service: Friday 21st December
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.