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 1 (January - February 2019)
Over the next half term our topic will be based around a significant event from British History: 'World War 2'.
This is a really popular topic and we will be looking at what life was like in Britain at the time of WW2. We will start the topic by studying when the war started, who was involved and why. We will learn about bombing raids and how people protected themselves. We will look at evacuation and find out about the experiences of evacuees. We will also look at rationing and what life was like on the 'Homefront'. In Art and Design, the children will design and make their own life-like WW2 figure using modroc and other materials. All of this will be brought to life with a visit from Frank and Angela from Pegasus who will bring in an array of WW2 memorabilia and a wealth of knowledge. Children are all invited to dress in WW2 outfits on this day.
We will develop our skills in Literacy through the topic of World War 2 and through our class novel, Letters from the Lighthouse.
In writing, we will focus on letters, journalistic and persuasive texts. The purpose of the writing will be to inform, reassure and persuade. Hooks for the writing will include our class novel and clips from Literacy Shed. As with all our writing, the children will be encouraged to use a range of high level and ambitious vocabulary and develop their skills as editors through the use of editing stations. The children will also be encouraged to use formal and informal language and a range of sentence types for effect - sometimes less is more!
We will develop these reading skills:
- Research & note-taking
- Exploring the meaning of new vocabulary
- Making inferences from the text
- Retrieving, recording & presenting information from different sources
- Asking questions to improve understanding
- Summarising key ideas from what we have read
- Comparing sources of information
Grammar will continue to be taught through reading and writing. However, we will be focusing specifically on colon between clauses and the use of the colon and semi-colon when writing a list. Spelling will be taught using 'Read, Write, Inc.' and will focus on suffixes and the 'sh' sound (spelt ti, ci, si, ssi) and words containing silent letters.
In Numeracy we will be staring to prepare for our upcoming SATs tests. It is crucial that all children continue to be competent and confident in using formal written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. These will be practised on a daily basis in 'Morning Maths'. During lesson time, we will continue with our topic of fractions, decimals and percentages, focusing on:
- Recognising equivalent fractions and equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages e.g. 1/5 = 0.2
- Comparing and ordering fractions (with different denominators) and a mixture of fractions, decimals and percentages
- Finding fractions and percentages of amounts in real-life contexts
- Adding and subtracting fractions (with different denominators)
- Multiplying and dividing fractions
- understanding the place value of decimals and making connections with fractions and percentages
In all of the above, reasoning and problem solving will be a key focus. For example: Sam has eaten 1/5 of the pizza, John has eaten 25% of the pizza. Who has eaten the most and how much is left? Explain your answer.
RE - Our topic is 'Ideas about God'. We will make links between Bible stories and beliefs and ask questions about God, encouraging the children to reflect on their own beliefs. We will also look at who God is to other faiths. They key questions are:
What words would you use to describe God?
What is the nature and character of God? What images do you have of God?
How is it possible for God to be visible and yet invisible?
Where is God? How old is God?
What is God’s name? What makes God happy? What makes God sad?
What does God do all day?
Does God really know everything?
HEARTSMART- Too much Selfie isn't Healthy!
In Science our topic is entitled 'Let it Shine'. As the title suggests, we will be looking at light: how it travels; how shadows are formed and how shadows may change. We will work practically and as scientists, carrying out investigations and recording then in a scientific way. Key questions to answer scientifically will be:
- How does light travel?
- How do we see?
- How does light get into our eyes?
- How can we use mirrors to see behind us?
- How do shadows created by the sun change during a day?
- How can we represent light travelling in drawings?
- Can you make simple drawings to help to explain how light travels?
- How does light behave?
Dates for your Diary:
SATS Meeting: TBC
World War 2 Themed Learning Day: Thursday 24th January (Remember your outfits!)
Parents' Evening: 12th and 13th February 2019
Enrichment Day: 15th February 2019
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.