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 2021-2022
Mr Hudson- Year 6 teacher
Mrs Kirkman- Part-time Teacher
Mrs Bent- Teaching Assistant
Miss German -Teaching Assistant
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 comment in Seesaw under the picture of the reading books 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 2021)
Over the next half term our topic will be 'The Ancient Greeks'
We will start the year with a fascinating look at the Ancient Greeks. We will first learn about who the Ancient Greeks were, when they lived and how and where they were able to establish their empire. They will learn how the political system worked in Ancient Greece, investigate the legacy of Democracy and compare it with the political systems we have today. The children will also compare and contrast the modern day Olympics with the Ancient Greek events and present their findings. Children also will learn about and order events from the battle of Marathon and present the events from a specific viewpoint. In addition to this they learn about Ancient Greek religion, research information about a variety of Greek gods and write their own Greek myth. Finally they use historical evidence to find out about the Trojan War and use the information to re-enact scenes from it. There will be lots of Design Technology opportunities throughout the unit with the children designing and creating their own Greek sandals amongst other things.
In Science, we will be looking at light. The children will learn how light travels and how this enables us to see objects. They will demonstrate their knowledge by making and starring in their own television programme. The children will have the opportunity to make a functioning periscope, finding out about mirrors and the angle of reflection and incidence. They will be encouraged to work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate refraction, carrying out some fascinating experiments into the effects of bending light. Furthermore, they will have the chance to predict what will happen in an exciting investigation into the visible spectrum. They will look at how light creates the colours that we see, and finally learn about Isaac Newton and his theory of light and colour.
In Literacy we will continue to produce writing following targets from our Writing Rainbow. We will start the term by using our writing skills to produce a newspaper article, a first person narrative recount and a report. 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. We will draw inspiration for our writing from 'The Literacy Shed', notably a unit of work entitled, 'Titanium'. Later on in the term we will be creating our own narrative story based on a short film called 'Paperman'. Our class reader is 'Who Let The Gods Out', By Maz Evans, which fits in nicely with our topic work on Ancient Greece, and also gives the children the opportunity to improve their VIPERS skills for reading.
In Maths we will be ensuring that knowledge of 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.
Computing - We are app planners - The children will be planning the creation of a mobile app. Expectations from this unit are for the children to;
- Develop an awareness of the capabilities of smartphones and tablets.
- Understand geolocation, including GPS.
- Identify interesting, solvable problems.
- Evaluate competing products.
- Pitch a proposal for a smartphone or tablet app
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?
Heartsmart - 'Get Heartsmart'
HeartSmart is a creative approach that our school uses to build character, emotional health and resilience in children. It equips them with foundational principles and skills that will improve their mental health, relationships and academic achievement.
PE - Invasion games (Indoor)
Throughout this unit of work, children are taught to:
- Help lead and take part in warm-ups and cool-downs safely
- Move with the ball using the correct technique in one or more invasion games with increasing speed and control, including changing direction
- Pass and receive the ball using the correct technique in one or more invasion games with some control and accuracy
- Begin linking together different skills in a game with some fluency and success
- Begin demonstrating an awareness of space in a game
- Create rules to play a new game successfully, with support
- Follow more complex rules to play a new game, with support
- Demonstrate knowledge of and begin to use some skills and techniques forattacking and defending in a game situation, with some success
- Evaluate their own and others’ work and suggest improvements with support.
Throughout this unit of work, children are taught to:
- Dribble with the ball using some elements of the correct technique
- Occasionally look up when dribbling with the ball
- Use elements of the correct technique to pass the ball over a range of distances
- Sometimes combine dribbling and passing at a walking pace
- Sometimes move around the court using an effective technique without a ball but find it more challenging when a ball is introduced
- Know the rules for pivoting and sometimes perform this skill, using the correct footwork
- Occasionally combine more than one skill, such as dribbling and pivoting, at a walking pace
- Use at least one technique while dribbling to protect the ball from a defender to keep possession
- Know what to do when an opposition player is in possession of the ball and sometimes adopt elements of the defensive stance when marking
- Know how to man-to-man mark and sometimes do this with success
- Attempt to get free from a defender, sometimes with success
- Understand and sometimes use attacking and defending skills and tactics to contribute towards the success of their team
- Understand what being part of a team involves
- Evaluate their own performance, with support
Music - We are very lucky to have Mrs Loughney teaching our class for music, she certainly knows her stuff!
This term she will be teaching us to:
- Feel and move to a 3 beat pulse and revise rhythmic ostinato.
- Perform and improvise rhythmic ostinato.
- Sing in harmony and perform chord patterns.
- Sing the Flash Mob song and explore extended vocal techniques.
- Create musical effects using contrasting pitch.
- Understand the process of a musical performance.
Dates for your Diary:
Please look out for high school open evenings on Seesaw and the newsletter
Parents' Evening: Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th October