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.... Spring Term 1 (January - February 2021)
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.
We will develop our skills in Literacy through the topic of World War 2 and through a range of different texts.
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
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.
In Mathematics we will be starting 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 our 'SODA' sessions. 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.
Towards the end of the term the children will look at Geometry - Position and Direction. The focus will be one:
- Describing positions on the full coordinate grid (all four quadrants)
- Drawing and translating simple shapes on the coordinate plane, and reflect them in the axes.
Once we have finished our unit on electricity, in Science our topic will be the Circularity System. Throughout the course of this topic the children will consider the following questions:
- What is our pulse rate? What is it we can feel?
- Why do we have lungs? Why do we have a heart? How do our hearts and lungs work together to keep us alive?
- Why does our heart beat faster and our breathing increase when we exercise?
- Do different types of exercise affect our hearts in different ways? Which types of exercise are better for our hearts?
- What if our blood always circulated at the same speed?
- What if a human organ fails?
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?
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Computing - We are market researchers
Throughout this unit of work the children will learn the following:
- Create a set of good survey questions
- Analyse the data obtained from a survey
- Work collaboratively to plan questions
- Conduct an interview or focus group
- Analyse and interpret the information obtained from interviews or a focus group
- Present their research findings
After evaluating our project on Ancient Greek sandals our attention will turn back to Art and Design for a unit of work on sculpture. In this new unit the children will encounter the work of sculptors working with linear figures on a small scale - Nelson Nansonn, Alberto Giacometti and Gormly for example. Then, as the children experience control modelling with Mod-roc and wire mesh, they will be asked to base a sculpture on a previously drawn figure of a World War II soldier.
In PE our focus will be on Basketball. We are really looking forward to getting the opportunity to improve the range of skills required to play the game, and playing some competitive sport.
Throughout our sessions, we will be covering:
• To dribble the ball with correct technique
• use elements of the correct technique to pass the ball over a range of distances
• sometimes combine dribbling and passing at a walking pace
• 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
• use at least one technique while dribbling to protect the ball from a defender to keep possession
• know how to adopt elements of defence and man-to-man mark
• 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.
Dates for your Diary:
Parents' Evening: 2nd and 3rd February 2021
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!