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.... Spring 2 (February - April 2019)
Over the next half term we will be continuing with our topic of World War 2 - it's too good a topic to only last half a term! We'll be looking at The Blitz and some of the battles. We'll also look at daily life, food and jobs and will have a go at making and sampling some ration biscuits. We will make links with our creative side by creating a mod roc person from WW2 and creating an Anderson Shelter! However, as we are in the build up to our SATs tests, there will be a big push on Maths, Reading and SPaG.
In Literacy we will continue to do some topic based writing on World War 2 and we aim to finish our class novel 'Letters from the Lighthouse'. We will be writing descriptively in response to 'The Piano' from Literacy Shed - this is an emotive piece of writing, one of our favourites! In addition, we will use the Christian festival of Easter to inspire us with our writing, we will write from a character's point of view and really try to recreate the events and feelings of Good Friday. We will try to teach grammar as much as we can through reading and writing, but we do have a lot to cover and will be looking in depth at word classes, punctuation, verb tenses, phrases and clauses. Reading lessons will focus on the key skills addressed in the reading paper namely: retrieval, vocabulary, inference, predicting and explaining and summarising. These will be taught across a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts, including poetry. It is vital that your child is building their reading stamina and reading a range of genres. Please do discuss your child's reading with them and don't forget that we all still love having a book read to us occasionally! Spelling is now taught through our scheme, Read, Write, Inc, and the children will be bringing their individual spellings home to learn. Please do focus on the spelling lists that have been sent home and ensure that you work on them regularly; in our experience, little and often is the best!
In Numeracy we will aim to carry out revision SATs tests every week and review them. The children are coping well with the Arithmetic test, but it is imperative that the written methods are kept up to speed. The reasoning papers are proving to be more of a challenge; please find time to discuss these papers with your child. We shall complete our topic on percentages and will look at equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages before looking a finding percentages of amounts and applying these to problem solving situations. We will then move on to algebra by finding possibilities and the 'nth term'. Topics also to be covered in depth this term are: measures - the children need to be able to convert between measures e.g. 200g = 0.2kg and to order measures e.g. 1.5m, 2275mm, 325cm and to reason with measures; co-ordinates - the children need to be describe points and plot co-ordinates to complete a shape and translations and reflections where the children need to be able to identify, describe and represent the position of a shape following a translation or a reflection. All of the areas that we study can be reviewed in the CGP revision books. We make no excuses for mentioning TTRockstars again this term - recall of times tables and their related facts are a key life skill and a non-negotiable for us at Christ Church. If you are experiencing problems with the internet, paper copies can be requested from school.
RE - Our topic is centred around the Easter story and is entitled 'Who was Jesus? Who is Jesus?' The children will be challenged to think in depth about these questions and their relationship with Jesus and why Easter is such an important time of the year for us as Christians.
Music - Performance and singing skills will be developed as we take part in Let's Sing with all our local primary and high schools later this term. The songs can all be found on the school website and the children need to know all the lyrics.
HEARTSMART: 'Don't rub it in, rub it out!' Heartsmart is a resource that builds resilience, emotional intelligence and empathy in the hearts of children.
Dates for your Diary:
World Book Day: Friday 8th March
Red Nose Day: Friday 15th March
Let's Sing: Monday 18th March @ 6.30pm
Easter Eggsplorers Workshop: Monday 1st April
Easter Service in Church: Friday 5th April
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.