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.
Autumn – Crime and Punishment / Our Wonderful World
Spring – Storms and Shipwrecks / Digging Deep
Summer – Ancient Greece Oddysey
Swimming (including cap) – Friday (Autumn Term only)
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).
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.
It’s been so lovely being back in school with our friends this half term. Our class reader this half term is Wonder by RJ Palacio which weaves the message #Bekind throughout. It follows the story of a young boy with facial deformities as he tries to fit in as he starts school for the first time aged 10. In guided reading, we have been exploring the characters in the text and how they behave towards each other.
In English, we started this half term studying the classical narrative poem, The Highway Man by Alfred Noyes. We wrote monologues from Tim the Ostler’s viewpoint as he justified his reasons for the events that led to the tragedy of Beth. The children then used their writing skills to retell the poem as a narrative, focusing on the setting description and choosing precise vocabulary. In art, we learnt how to draw using one-point perspective using the vanishing point, horizon line and lines of perspective. We drew a scene from the highway showing the ribbon road disappearing into the distance.
In history, we have been learning about Crime and Punishments through the ages. We’ve discovered that punishments were much harsher in the past. We played a Saxon Punishment game to find out what would have happened to people in those times who committed crimes. Following this theme, we have been watching Oliver Twist and using this as a stimulus for our English work. We have produced some fantastic writing linked to this.
We were also really lucky to have an online workshop delivered by the UK Parliament. We found out about the Houses of Parliament, how laws are made and what our MPs do. We even had the opportunity to ask lots of questions.
In science, we have been learning about electricity. We explored which circuits would light up, drawing these correctly using circuit diagram symbols and what happens when we change components. We then used our knowledge and skills to make a burglar alarm to keep people out of our bedrooms.
In maths, we have been mastering arithmetic skills. We have worked hard to learn how to calculate using all four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and have been working hard to improve our weekly arithmetic scores.