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 1 (Sept-Oct 2018)
Over the next half term our topic will be 'Mountains'
We will start the year with a skills based approach to recapping on the geography of the world and climate zones. The main focus for the half term will be mountains. The children will consider what a mountain is, how it is formed and where they can be found around the world. Human geography will also be studied as the children consider human activity on mountains - can people live on a mountain and what can they do on a mountain? Links well be made to Art and DT as the children consider the seasonality of food based on climate zones and art work by Georgia O'Keefe.
In Science, we will be looking at adaptation and evolution. We will look at how plants and animals have adapted to suit their environment in different ways. We will study how adaptation can lead to evolution; how offspring can differ to parents; and how living things can change over time. Science will be taught in an investigative way, a highlight this term being 'The Bird Beak Buffet'.
In Literacy we will be looking at descriptive and narrative or fictional writing. We will recap the structure of a story and look at various techniques for opening a story. In addition, we will look at the variety of sentence types and where they are best used in a story. Grammar is taught both through writing and in a 'stand alone' lesson and we will begin the year by looking at word classes and sentence types. Inspiration for writing will be from 'The Literacy Shed', notably a unit of work enititled, 'The Ridge'. Spelling will continue through our scheme and it is important that the children recap on spellings at home from their green spelling log. Our class reader is Street Child and we will begin the term by doing some diary writing linked to the characters in the book.
In Numeracy we will ensuring that place value is secure. Children need to be confident with the value of all digits up to 10,000,000 including decimals. We will look at various representations of numbers (place value charts, place value counters, dienes equipment, partitioning) to ensure the children have a firm grasp of the value of the number. We will also be learning how to use standard written methods for all four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. In all of these topics, we will be applying fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills. These are now non-negotiables for Year 6 and are crucial for their end of year SATs tests. There is also a big push on recall of number facts. Children in Year 6 are expected to know all their number bonds, be able to halve and double mentally and recall all the facts from their times tables (up to 12 x 12). It is important that children spend time at home rehearsing these if they do not already know them. Times table Rockstars will continue and we encourage all children to be visiting this regularly.
RE - We have a lovely first topic for RE, 'Life as a Journey'. We will be looking at the symbolism of life as a journey and what it means to us as Christians. Key questions for the unit are:
Life is a Journey. Do you agree? Why?
In what ways can life be compared to a journey?
In what ways does having faith give meaning and purpose to the journey of life?
Is choosing to journey through life as a Christian an easy option? Why? Why not?
Is every person’s journey the same? Why not?
Why do people go on a pilgrimage?
Does a pilgrimage have to be to a place of worship?
SEAL- New Beginnings and Heartsmart - 'Get Heartsmart'
Dates for your Diary:
Please look out for high school open evenings on Seesaw and the newsletter
Robinwood: 8th - 10th October
Puberty sessions: Week beginning 15th October
Parents' Evening: Week beginning 15th October
Enrichment Day: Friday 19th October