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.... Autumn 2 (November - December 2020)
Over the next half term our geography topic will be 'Russia'
We are looking forward to starting our new topic, with the children using a number of their skills in geography to discover more about this fascinating country. Skills that will be developed over the course of this unit will be:
- To identify the countries of Europe.
- To compare features of eastern European landscapes with my own area.
- To compare climate
- To compare the human geography of eastern European regions with that of my own area.
- To present information about one area of eastern Europe (Russia)
- To explain the impact of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
In Literacy we will begin the term by looking closely at biography writing. Throughout this unit of work the children will learning to:
- Identify features of a biographical text.
- sequence events in chronological order, using conjunctions, adverbials and prepositions of time.
- Use correct pronouns and tense for the purpose of biography writing.
- Identify passive and active voice.
- Reference and demonstrate the writing skills learnt to write a biography.
There will be a number of different genres covered with links being made with the wider curriculum as we will write a letter to the headteacher to request absence from school for a pilgrimage. We will continue to explore and embed different sentence types, focusing on selecting the right sentence type for the particular genre of writing. Children will be encouraged to edit their writing by re-reading and re-drafting, fine tuning their language choice and punctuation. Grammar work will continue and will be taught through writing and also in a standalone weekly grammar lesson. Spelling continues; this half term we will continue look at the statutory spellings for Year 6. Don't forget also to log in to Reading Plus - our personalised reading intervention!
In Mathematics we will be really concentrating on developing our reasoning skills to explain our mathematical thinking. We shall complete the final written method of calculation, division, which is always the trickiest, trying to master the 'bus shelter' method. In addition, we shall look at: common factors, common multiples, primes numbers, square numbers, cube numbers and BIDMAS which is the order of operations. In the latter part of the term, we will begin to look at fractions, decimals and percentages and make links between them. We will try to develop a 'sense of number' in regards to these and learn how to add, subtract, times and divide these. Fractions, decimals and percentages are a major part of the Year 6 curriculum and they are tested in both the arithmetic and the reasoning papers. Times table facts are crucial for this work, so it is vital that the children continue to work on TTRockstars at home, if necessary.
In Science our topic is Electricity. We will work scientifically and use enquiry skills with the children learning to:
- Explain how our understanding of electricity has changed over time.
- Draw circuit diagrams using the correct symbols and label the voltage correctly.
- Decide which variables to control while planning an investigation.
- Decide how to report their findings.
- Make new predictions based on the previous results.
- Select an appropriate scientific enquiry.
RE - We will continue to look as Life as a Journey and explore pilgrimage for Christians considering:
- Why do people go on a pilgrimage?
- Does a pilgrimage have to be to a place of worship?
We will also carry out in depth study on pilgrimage for Muslims and in particular the Hajj.
In the run up to Christmas, we will look at Advent and we will be considering:
- What is Advent?
- When is Advent?
- Why is Advent a time of preparation?
- What is being prepared for during Advent?
In PE we are really fortunate that our Dance unit is going to be delivered by Amy from Wigle Dance. She has already worked with other classes throughout school and they have the opportunity to take part in the sessions that she has planned. The Dance theme will be closely linked to our topic work, and we're all really excited to make a start!
Computing - We are app planners
Throughout this unit of work the children will learn the following:
• Develop an awareness of the capabilities of smartphone and tablets
• Understand geolocation, including GPS.
• Identify interesting, solvable problems.
• Evaluate competing products.
• Pitch a proposal for a smartphone or tablet app.
Heartsmart- Don't forget to let Love In
You’re important, you matter, you’re one in a million and above all you’re loved. These are messages that we all need to hear, believe and remember – because sometimes we forget. The healthier our internal dialogue, the greater our sense of worth which is the cornerstone of character and resilience. How kind are the thoughts we listen to? How patient are we with ourselves? How often do we find ourselves listening to the Scrapman?
Don’t Forget to Let Love In helps us grow in self compassion. You’ll notice we don’t shy away from using the word love. It’s a big deal. Without it we’re no one, but no one is without it. The ability to receive or reject it in our lives defines us. Our actions, beliefs and very essence is shaped by our experience of it. Our hearts are made strong because of it. So in partnering with love, we partner with a strength that’s stronger than any challenge life might throw at us. Although it can be a challenge to receive it, love never fails. Don’t Forget to Let Love In!
Visit the website www.heartsmartprimary.com for more information on what Heartsmart is all about.
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!