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

 

Class Information

 

Who's Who?

Mr Hudson- Year 6 teacher

Mrs Kirkman- Part-time Teacher

Mrs Bent- Teaching Assistant

Miss German -Teaching Assistant

 

 

Homework

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.

    

Reading

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.

P.E. lessons take place on a Wednesday 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... Summer 1  (April-May 2022)

The main focus for our lovely year 6 class this half term is to make sure we are 100% prepared for our SATS tests. The children have been working so hard and they will be here before we know it, so just a little bit more of a push is needed! We are already seeing a much more mature attitude towards work and a raised awareness of self responsibility. Booster clubs before and after school have continued to be really well attended and lots of children are going that little bit extra with some even creating their own revision timetables - very impressive!

Once SATS are done and dusted then we can really focus on giving this wonderful Year 6 class the best possible send off - don't worry, we have lots planned! 

The children have already found out which High Schools they'll be attending and there will be plenty of opportunities to visit, with lots of transition opportunities planned. There is so much to look forward to over the summer term: the school trip to Chester Zoo, the year 6 leavers service in Manchester, the year 6 fundraiser day for Guide Dogs for the Blind, trips to Pennington Park and of course the year 6 'Big Day Out' being just a few events that we will be sure to enjoy.    

In Literacy, there 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! As usual, we will be fine tuning this writing using targets from our Writing Rainbow.

 

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

Spelling work will be set weekly and practised regularly following the Spelling Shed Scheme of Work, as well as the Y5/6 key spelling list. Children will also be developing their reading skills by accessing the Reading Plus intervention scheme throughout the week in school.

 

In Mathematics we will start the term by covering key Year 6 objectives. 

We will then move our learning on to covering a unit of Area, Perimeter and Volume. The small steps that will be our focus in this unit are:

  • Area and perimeter of compound shapes
  • Area of triangles
  • Area of parallelograms
  • Volume of cubes and cuboids, and the formula needed.

Later on in the half term we will turn our attentions to a potentially tricky topic - Ratio, the small steps for this particular topic are as follows:

  • Using ratio language
  • Ratio and fractions
  • Introducing the ratio symbol
  • Calculating ratio
  • Using scale factors
  • Calculating scale factors
  • Ratio and proportion problems

 

As usual, the children will continue to work on their skills of arithmetic and will have the opportunity to work in their target groups with the very talented Mrs Kirkman! Skills in reasoning will also be a big focus in preparation for the demands of the SATS papers, and this is something that we have found particularly difficult to master and we will be pushing this as much as possible. We will also aim to re-cover previous maths topics already covered just to rejog our memories and it's going to be a particularly maths heavy start to the half term!

    

RE - Our topic is 'Ascension and Pentecost'. Following the introduction, children will be asked to think about how it feels personally to be inspired, and their sources of inspiration. They will also explore briefly the lives of Christians today who have been inspired by the Holy Spirit. other key questions include:

  • Why are these two events so important?
  • What is the impact of these events then and now?
  • In what ways do these events and beliefs make Christianity distinctive?
  • What do Christians believe about the nature and character of the Holy Spirit?

 

 

HEARTSMART- 'No Way Through' isn't True

HeartSmart is about love. Our hearts are made healthy by love, love is what makes our heart smart. Hope is the fruit of a healthy heart, believing that there's always a way through. ‘No Way Through’ isn’t True shows that we love ourselves enough to never give up, to keep hoping and believe always. It also shows that we love others enough to look for the potential lying dormant within them.

Visit the website www.heartsmartprimary.com for more information on what Heartsmart is all about.

   

Computing - Programming - Introduction to 'Python'

Children will become programmers in this challenging topic. They will do this using the language Python. They will change a programme, personalise it and evaluate code to understand its purpose. The following objectives will also be covered:

  • Iterate ideas, testing and changing throughout the lesson and explain what their program does.
  • Use nested loops in their designs, explaining why they need two repeats.
  • Alter the house drawing using Python commands; use comments to show a level of understanding around what their code does.
  • Use loops in Python and explain what the parts of a loop do.
  • Recognise that computers can choose random numbers; decompose the program into an algorithm and modify a program to personalise it.

     
MUSIC - 
Our class are incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Mrs Loughney On Thursday afternoons. This half term they will be looking at the Street Dance genre. In their lessons they will be working through the following statements:

  •  I can feel and move to a 3 beat pulse and revise rhythmic ostinato
  •  I can perform and improvise rhythmic ostinato
  •  I can sing in harmony and perform chord patterns
  •  I can sing the Flash Mob song and explore extended vocal techniques
  •  I can create musical effects using contrasting pitch
  •  I can understand the process of a musical performance

 

In PE our focus will be to continue our unit of work on gymnastics. The children have really enjoyed the topic so far and have really had to come out of their comfort zone, particularly when working on the vault. We'll move o to striking and fielding at some point this term (rounders) but for the moment our targets are:

Throughout our sessions, we will be covering: 

  • Jumps and leaps - To perform a stag jump and split leap.
  • Rolls - To perform pike rolls
  • Vaulting - To perform a squat through vault
  • Handstands, cartwheels and round-offs - To perform a round-off
  • Linking movements - To independently plan a sequence of gymnastics movements
    that are creatively linked together.
  • Performance - To perform a gymnastics sequence in a pair or group in time
    to music

 

    

Spring Term 2 NEWS!

During Spring Term 2 the children have all worked incredibly hard. Once again they have written some amazing pieces of writing and showcase pieces would be: The Piano and their Easter newspaper writing about the arrest of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane was particularly impressive. Mrs Kirkman has been especially pleased with the progress that has been made this half term, and it's great to see lots of the children really raising their game.

In Maths, the children are becoming more confident in problem solving and recalling their number facts. we have been working really hard to plug the gaps that have needed addressing due to significant time spent away from school. Weekly arithmetic tests have continued with lots of children progressing nicely, and we have plenty of children in the full marks club!   They have all risen to the challenge of assessment and have quite enjoyed finding out their scores on their tests! 

Our class novel, Goodnight Mr Tom has been a truly gripping read. It's an old favourite of mine, but it is a new book for many of the children and it's definitely proven to be a huge hit. There are many highly emotive topics covered and the children have shown just how mature they can be in their responses. We are really looking forward to finishing it next term and we'll definitely be watching the film too!

The term ended with our Easter Worship in church. It was so nice to be back together again as a whole school and it was a lovely service with the Year 6 readers doing us proud - as always!

I think it's fair to say that some of the children are a little nervous but excited about the prospect of next term being their last with their Christ Church family. With SATs on the horizon it's really time to pull out all the stops and show what they are capable of. The children have been really focussed, but they also know that no matter how they do in their tests, their results don't define them, they are all truly unique and talented in so many ways and we are incredibly proud of them.

    

Spring Term 1 NEWS!

 

There goes another really busy half term - where does the time go?

The children have been working really hard since they came back from Christmas, with the timetable changing slightly and the focus being on getting the children ready for their SATs. We are whizzing through our maths work, with a big focus being on not only working our way through the Year 6 curriculum, but squeezing in time to address gaps in learning due to time spent off because of Covid - this has proved particularly challenging! This will also continue into the second spring term, and it's important that children keep practising the methods for the four operations of maths at home, as well as other topics that have been covered. We learnt lots during our unit on decimals and are now able to use that knowledge in order to help us to work out those difficult reasoning and problem solving questions.   

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 children 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. 

We've loved our Wednesday PE Dodgeball sessions and we have certainly got better as the weeks have progressed, with a range of skills on display. In our sessions we have learnt:

  • To use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination.
  • To learn about the basics of dodgeball.
  • To learn how to throw a ball in dodgeball.
  • To learn different techniques to dodge the ball in dodgeball.
  • To learn how to defend in dodgeball by catching and blocking.
  • To work as part of a team.
  • To participate in a class dodgeball tournament. 

It's always nice to break the week up with something a little different, and our well-being Wednesday sessions do exactly that. We've been using a theme called 'Waves Of Wellbeing' in order to discuss and take part in a number of activities based on things like: Growing Up, Tackling Bullying, Thinking Before You React and Being Adaptable.

We are looking forward to what the new half term brings, there are high expectations but we will be ready for the challenges that lie ahead! 

Autumn Term 2 NEWS!

During Autumn Term 2 the children have continued to grow and mature in their attitude and outlook. There has already been plenty of difficult work to carry out, but they have raised to the task admirably. We loved spending time with each other during the build up to Christmas and enjoyed doing lots of Christmas crafts. We were so proud of how responsible and caring they were with their Reception partners on our visit to the cinema, and we had a whale of a time at our Christmas party.  

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 'Number Ninjas'. 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 Who Let the Gods out, our class novel, and are looking forward to picking a new class reader.

Due to the sheer amount of work we have to get though, our Science work on Electricity will be completed after the Christmas holidays. The children have really get to grips with this topic and enjoyed finding out as much information as possible. We have already completed a number of investigations into electrical circuits and are able to understand the different scientific symbols linked to these. It's been nice to build on their knowledge of this topic from their time in Year 4.

In RE, we have learned about pilgrimage and made links between a Christian pilgrimage and a Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. Our research pulled up some very interesting points, did you know that...

  • It is held in Mecca, in Saudi Arabia.
  • More than 3 million Muslims take part in the Hajj.
  • The Hajj is one of the most celebrated events in the Islamic calendar.   

We also enjoyed learning about how Christians prepare for Christmas and were proud to lead the school advent service in church. We were able to:

  • delve deeper into the themes of the season of Advent
  • understand the Christian belief that Jesus will return (the second coming).

The Design Technology unit for the second half of Autumn Term certainly kept Year 6 busy on a Tuesday afternoon! As part of a textiles unit, the children designed and made an Ancient Greek sandal for a Greek man/woman. Initially they conducted research into the styles of sandals they would have worn in Ancient Greece and learned about the materials they would have been made from as well as their construction, shape, distinguishing features, comfort and function. With this in mind, the children thought about what a designer would have to consider back in those times before deciding upon a final design for their sandal. On the design journey, as part of product research, the children were encouraged to evaluate a range of modern sandals and compare them to the Ancient Greek sandals. They learned about paper patterns and making prototypes, seam allowances, joining techniques and joining different materials. The final results – sandals which are fully functional and robust – should be sensational once we have finished them!

Our topic work on South America was really interesting and the geography work that was produced was of a very high standard. We loved the use of the Oddizzi website, especially the quiz pages. We learnt the names of countries in this continent, the different geographical features, how to use longitude and latitude, different time zones and compared features with our own country. We also created an Amazon fact-file.

As always, the children have enjoyed their PE lessons this term, and were able to show off their Tennis skills. The children learnt how to use the forehand and backhand technique with control, develop a rally and apply these skills in a game situation. In their Dance sessions the children worked hard to perform actions and sequences of movement using a range of different technical language. They also enjoyed the opportunity to challenge and share their results in a group situation. It was really interesting to see the children using their imagination in creating their own movement and sequences when creating their own routine.

 

       

Autumn Term 1 NEWS!

 

It's been an absolutely brilliant start to the new school year and the children have really stepped up to the mark and shown that they are ready for their final year at our school. It's been wonderful to have all the children back in the classroom and back to some sort of normality - it's been a long time coming! With so much to do, Year 6 is a year unlike any other and we're determined to make it one never to forget. 

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 Year 6 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. However, we have found that some children still aren't confident in their times table knowledge and this will be a huge focus in the next term. In Literacy, the children used David Guetta's video 'Titanium' as a writing stimulus to complete a number of different written activities: report writing, setting descriptions and prequels. The resulting work that was produced was truly deserving of Year 6 status. We've really enjoyed reading 'Who let the Gods out', a story which has fitted in nicely with our topic work on Ancient Greece, and allowed us to further develop our VIPERS reading skills. We will continue to read this book after half term. 

Writing has shown promise, especially the story prequels, 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, and there will be a real push with spelling: Mrs Kirkman is already planning for a 'Spelling Bee' competition when we return to school and has plenty of 'Kirkman Killers' up her sleeve! Reading Plus, our online reading program, is in full swing and it is pleasing to see children unlocking new levels. It is vital that this is constantly being accessed at home too.

The children have loved the Light topic in Science, planning and carrying out investigations related to reflection and refraction. The children have been able to understand that light travels in straight lines from light sources to our eyes and been able to investigate what happens to the size and shape of a shadow  when an object is moved from the light source.

We have been amazed with the children's art skills and Mrs Kirkman has been massively impressed! The children particularly enjoyed creating their own Ancient Greek vases using sketching and up-sizing skills as well as using graphic technique. More recent work on the study of Monet's Japanese Footbridge was particularly stunning.

In Music, the children learnt to perform together in an ensemble and make musical decisions in order to refine their performance work. They also learnt about musical structure and arranged a set of complex rhythms into a group ‘body percussion’ composition that featured contrasts in tempo (speed) and dynamics (volume). Finally they used traditional musical notation to record their ideas.

We've loved our Wellbeing Wednesday sessions and have shown just how empathetic and compassionate we can be with our responses. We've also really enjoyed meeting new characters to our weekly story and sharing their wise words! 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!  

So, all in all, a very busy first half term - there's more hard work on the way, but we'll definitely rise to the challenge!