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Year 6

Welcome to Year 6

 

As your child starts their journey in Year 6, they are on the verge of becoming young adults, developing inquisitive minds ready to question and challenge the world around them. We aim to encourage them to have a love of learning. Year 6 is an action-packed year, with many opportunities for the children to immerse themselves in much more than SATs. Our class page will keep you updated with what your child has been learning each year as well as links to how you can support them at home. We look forward to sharing our Year 6 journey with you each half term.

Topics

 

Autumn – Crime and Punishment / Our Wonderful World

Spring – Storms and Shipwrecks / Ancient Greece Oddysey

Summer – Digging Deeper/ Moving on

 

 

PE

PE (Wednesday and Friday)

We will be swimming on a Friday during the Spring Term

 

Equipment

It would be useful for all children to have their own equipment in school. Useful items to have are as follows: pencil, ruler, small pencil case, glue stick, handwriting pen (black), highlighter, scissors, water bottle, home/school diary EVERY DAY – (these need to be signed by parents).

 

 

Homework

 

Children will be expected to complete homework on a weekly basis. Homework will be set on a Friday and will need to be returned to school by the following Wednesday at the latest. Tasks will mainly focus on Maths and English and will focus around key objectives which children should meet by the end of year 6. Children are expected to read daily in Year 6, both in school and at home, and to keep a log of their reading in their home/school diary.

Homework will also be set via Seesaw and use apps such as Spelling Shed, TTRS, Spag.com and Purple Mash.

Autumn 1

We have had a great start to the new school, with life at Forsbrook returning to the old ‘normal’. This year we have relaunched our house teams and they now have new names which were voted for by the children last year: Earth, Fire, Water and Air.

Being in Year 6 brings new responsibilities and the children who wanted to put themselves forward for the role of Team Captain by writing their own speeches. The standard was fantastic this year and we were so impressed with the efforts of all of our children. A huge well done to those who were elected – we look forward to you leading and supporting your team this year.

Our topic this term is Crime and Punishment and we started the year exploring the narrative poem, The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes. We rewrote the poem as a narrative focusing on the careful use of language and revising key grammar skills. Next, we wrote a newspaper report about the tragic events that unfolded that night and learnt how to write reported and direct speech.

Continuing our writing theme on Crime and Punishments, we analysed the features of a balanced argument and wrote our own based on the question “Should graffiti be legalised?”. We learned how to structure our writing using paragraphs and impersonal language.

In art, we have been learning about perspective drawing and over the last few weeks have been practising the skills needed to produce our own one-point perspective pencil drawing of the ribbon-of-moonlight-road which stretched across the purple moor in The Highway Man poem.

In maths, we have secured our knowledge of place value and have been learning to calculate both mentally and in written form using all four operations. We have shown excellent problem solving and reasoning skills along the away and we have been learning how to represent the maths both with counters and pictures to help to understanding the key concepts.

Electricity has been our topic in science and we have learned how to draw circuit diagrams using correct symbols. We have had lots of opportunities to experiment using wires, batteries, bulbs, buzzers and motor and we even had a go at making our own switches!

In computing, we have been learning about variables and we’ve made our own ‘catching game’ using Scratch. Why play the games when you can make your own?

And finally, in music Mrs Cooke has been teaching us how to play the ukulele and we’ve been mastering basic chords. Watch this space for our performances. We can’t wait to show the world our musical talents!