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 2020-2021
Mr Hudson- Year 6 teacher
Mrs Waqar- Teaching Assistant
Mrs Hayden -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.... Summer 2 (June-July 2021)
The next half term is a very exciting one as we prepare for transition to high school and celebrate leaving Christ Church!
We will continue to build our writing skills in preparation for the demands of High School. We have some exciting and scary pieces planned which are guaranteed to hook the children in: a story about a girl named Francis who is a free spirit and gets into some trouble on a boat on a lake at night and a non-chronological report about an animal to name a few.
In Maths we will continue to revisit arithmetic ensuring that the children are confident in all the written methods with whole numbers, decimals and fractions in order to send them to high school confident in calculation. We will also carry out challenges to keep the children up to speed on their problem solving. This term also gives us an opportunity to cover previous topics that we found particularly difficult.
In Science we will be revising all the topics that are covered at Key Stage 2, but our designated topic is 'Classifying Living Things'. During this topic, the children will revise work already covered on vertebrates and invertebrates and what this means. The will explore the five kingdoms of living things and look at kingdoms not yet encountered, such as fungi and microbes. They will extend their understanding of branching diagrams to create quite complex ones. Key questions will be:
- How many different animals/plants are there?
- How do scientists group these effectively?
- Are all plants and animals the same?
- How can we use the differences between animals to help us identify them?
- What if all the insects/mammals/microbes/birds died out?
- Who is Carl Linnaeus and what did he discover/create?
In RE our topic will be entitled 'People of Faith'. We will explore what it means to have a faith and how it can empower you in your daily life. Key questions will be:
- What is faith?
- What does it mean for a person to have faith?
- What does it mean to be a person of faith?
- What motivates people of faith?
- How does having faith affect people’s lives?
- In what ways have people of Christian faith built God’s kingdom on earth?
- In what ways do people of Christian faith build God’s kingdom on earth today?
Topic work will be an in depth study of North America. We will be looking in detail at:
- the countries which make up North America
- comparing the climates in North America
- exploring the geographical features of North America
- exploring the capital cities of North America
- comparing a region in the UK with a region in North America
- researching the human and physical geography of a particular North American country
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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.
In our P.E. lessons this term we will be preparing for a inter-school football competition by practising a number of different skills such as dribbling, passing, shooting and attacking/defending. The children will also get the opportunity to plan their own games and activities. Gymnastics will be our final indoor unit of the year with the children learning to:
- perform recognisable movements e.g a pike backward roll.
- Describe how their performance has improved over the lesson.
- Link a series of different movements together to form a short routine.
- Practise and refine their own movements independently, showing an awareness of others around them
Computing - We are marketers
Creating video and web copy for a mobile phone app.
Children will be learning to:
- Consider key marketing messages, including identifying a unique selling point.
- Develop a printed flyer or brochure incorporating text and images.
- Further develop knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to creating a website.
- Further develop skills relating to shooting and editing video.
We want to ensure that we give the children the best possible send off, and there are lots of fun activities planned for this term, including a few 'top secret' treats - watch this space!
Summer Term 1 NEWS!
Well, what a action packed start to Year 6's final term in our school!
The children have worked really hard in their Maths and English sessions over the last 5 weeks, and the work that they have produced has shown that this is a class that is definitely ready for the next chapter in their school journey, and we will continue to do our very best to prepare them for the challenges and opportunities that High School offers.
In our Maths work we have been really getting to grips with our unit on geometry, and have been learning how to measure angles accurately using a protractor. We have also been looking at the properties of triangles and quadrilaterals and problem solving questions related to these. We continue to dedicate time for brushing up on our arithmetic skills and the children have been enjoying the opportunity to work in their target groups too.
We really enjoyed finishing our unit of work on WW2, with some fantastic pieces of writing, in particular the work that the children produced based on a short film clip called 'Beyond the Lines' was of a superb quality, and lots of thought provoking discussion took place.
You'll be able to see from the pictures on this page that we had an absolute blast dressing up and taking part in activities during our VE Day celebration party. The children enjoyed watching a war-based film in the morning, whilst gorging on traditional war era sweets. The children also took part in some special ww2 code breaking activities, which left us all scratching our heads! In the afternoon we played songs of the 1940's and really enjoyed eating our traditional afternoon tea, scones and jam included! I'm sure you'll agree that the children looked absolutely brilliant in their clothes and we had a whale of a time!
The standard of Science work this term has been really high, and we are looking forward to lots more opportunities to work on our investigation skills next term, and there's lots to catch up on!
We approach the next half term with excitement, but also a twinge of sadness as it will be our last in school before starting High School. We have lots of exciting activities planned and are determined to really go out with a bang, watch this space!
During Spring term we were in Lockdown, so News updates were done collaboratively through Seesaw.
Autumn Term 2 NEWS!
Another jam-packed half term filled with lots of challenging work for our lovely year 6 children! They have all really stepped up to the plate, and it's been noticed throughout school just how mature and responsible they are; they make me very proud!
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 'SODA'. 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! We've enjoyed the new way of working following The Write Stuff frameworks and loved the opportunity to regularly share our ideas and celebrate our work. The children, as did we, thoroughly enjoyed Who Let the Gods out, our class novel, and are really looking forwards to seeing which books we will be focusing on after Christmas - it's Mr Hudson's favourite! ;)
Due to the sheer amount of work we have to get though, our Science work on Electricity will continue after the Christmas holidays. The children are keen to get to grips with this topic and finding out as much information as possible, and 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.
The Design Technology unit for the second half of Autumn Term certainly kept Year 6 busy on a Thursday 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 – are sensational and were certainly worth all the tears (mostly Mrs Kirkman's) and sweat that they took to make them!
As always, the children have enjoyed their PE lessons this term. We have been fortunate enough to welcome WigLe Dance into school and use their expertise to deliver a unit of dance that will link in nicely to our WW2 topic that we start in the new year. The children were introduced to a range of different dances of that era e.g. the Charleston and the Lambeth Walk, and worked in groups to create their own routine focusing on things like dancing in unision, improvisation, creating motifs and performing with expression and emotion.
Due to the Covid19 outbreak, Christmas was celebrated in a slightly different manner than we would usually do, but it was no less enjoyable. We loved having Christmas dinner and singing Christmas songs. The Christmas pantomime was hilarious, but as not nearly as hilarious as some of the dance moves that were witnessed at our class Christmas party!
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 and our whole school online Christmas service taken from church.
Autumn Term 1 NEWS!
It's been an absolute delight to have everybody back in the class again, and they've started their final year in school in a really positive manner. The children have quickly settled into the new routine, and have been exceptional role models to the rest of the school. We've already got through lots of work and have set ourselves high expectations across all subjects. Usually Year 6 would start the term with a residential visit to Robinwood, however this was cancelled due to the ongoing COVID situation. We plan to make this year memorable for our class, so don't worry, there's plenty of treats in store! :)
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. 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 diary entries. 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 diary entries, 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 has already planned for a 'Spelling Bee' competition when we return to school. Reading Plus, our online reading program, is in full swing and it is pleasing to see children unlocking new levels. It is important 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 - their Spartan soldiers were wonderful, and are proudly displayed on our topic working wall. The children continue their DT work - creating Greek sandals, and the project is developing nicely!
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.
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 Mental Health Awareness Week, we discussed what the term actually means, and potential triggers that can effect our own mental health. The children were really sensitive and thoughtful in their responses, and created some lovely work that was displayed in class.
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!