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End of Year

What a wonderful end to the year we have had this term. With trips to the M-Shed to investigate our local history, a wander around the Upfest Route to decide whether graffiti is 'Street Art or Vandalism?', an evacuation to Ashton Court and a science activity accompanying Y3 to Gorse Marsh. 
We've played on swings and a zipline to learn about forces, debated the demise of the statue to Colston, sung songs from the WWII era, sat in an Anderson Shelter and played a massive game of Manhunt- just for fun!
A terrific term to end a terrific year in Y6. 
The children are ready and eager to head for new adventures, new schools and make new friendships. 

Overview for Term 6

English: Year 6 will continue to read ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’ by Michelle Magorian.  Using the text to continue to develop skills in: Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explain, Retrieve, and Summarise, and to improve our understanding of the written word. 

Linked to Art, the children will discuss the effect graffiti has on an environment including pros and cons, culminating in writing a balance argument. 

In connection with their Science, Year 6 will write a piece of factual work, detailing the journey of food as it passes through the body. They will also take on the character of a piece of food as it moves from the mouth, down through the oesophagus and eventually into the stomach and beyond…

 

Spelling: Pupils will continue to recap many of the statutory spellings for Y6 (to be revised at home) as well in class activities. 

Some Y7 and Y8 spelling vocabulary will also be introduced. 

 

Maths: In Term 6, Y6 will continue to revisit Statistics but in particular Pie Charts. They will review their understanding of measuring angles and units of measure and participate in maths investigations in preparation for Secondary School. 

Mental maths skills will be a primary focus, particularly for speed when solving arithmetic based questions. 

 

Enquiry: Term 6 is Science based.

Living things and their habitats. In this Unit, the pupils will be able to describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including microorganisms, plants and animals, and give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics. 

In Animals, including humans, pupils will identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood. They will learn how to recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function (reviewing what was learned in the ‘Healthy Me! PSHE/Life Skills sessions) and will be able to describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans.Digestive System Stock Illustrations – 24,034 Digestive System Stock  Illustrations, Vectors & Clipart - Dreamstime

PSHE: This term we will reflect on Changing Me. These lessons will involve Sex Education including naming and understanding the function of the male and female reproductive organs. We will also discuss how their bodies are changing height, physique, etc.

Year 6 will also prepare for their transition to Secondary School including visiting their chosen school. 

We will also prepare for our final days at Luckwell School with an end of year performance. 

 

RE: The Big Question for Y6 this term will be: ‘Should religious people be sad when someone dies?’ They will consider: ‘Do religious people lead better lives?’ and ‘Do all religious beliefs influence people to behave well towards others?’

 

Music: We will learn about rhythm in Term 6. They will learn what syncopation is (rhythm), how to create it and layer it and perform it!  

 

Art: Taking inspiration from ‘Upfest’, we will tour Bedminster and the surrounding area to view graffiti- discussing whether it is classed as ‘Street Art’ of an ‘Act of Vandalism’. Y6 will create some graffiti style paintings of their own using poster paint in the style of Bansky and the American artist: Jackson Pollock. 

 

French: We will continue to learn French vocabulary for everyday school stationery such as: ‘une calculette’, ‘un crayon’ and ‘un stylo’. Y6 will also review their knowledge of French vocabulary for foods and drinks. 

 

PE: Using the ‘Real PE’ scheme of work, Y6 will be asked to perform a range of skills fluently and accurately during ball games (sending, receiving and chasing),  whilst thinking about their personal skills of seeing ‘all new challenges as opportunities to learn and develop’.  They will be given the opportunity to recognise their strengths and weaknesses, and set themselves appropriate targets. They will play team games such as Rounders.

We will also participate in athletics in preparation for Luckwell Sports Week. 

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End of Term 5

Term 5 has been a short but extremely busy one for Y6.

The children remained calm and composed when tackling their SATs preparation and most importantly, during SATs Week. We know they will have given their very best; they deserve to feel proud of themselves.

We had a glorious day in the sunshine at Ashton Court spent orienteering, playing parachute games, having a picnic lunch and a massive game of Manhunt to end such an intense week. 

Our Enquiry Unit: WWII, has fascinated the Y6 learners who have been engaged when learning about the start and end of the war, evacuation and life as a soldier in the trenches. 

A particularly favourite piece of learning this term was from the Royal Navy. WO1 Orr and his team, helped Year 6 build, and fire off paper rockets, and understand the mechanics of a periscope. Each child was given a very special key ring torch, pen, badge a cardboard periscope to take home: watch out- you never know who may spy on you from around a corner!

Overview of Term 5

English:
This term we are reading the book ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’ by Michelle Magorian. Using this novel, based on the life of a WWII evacuee and his relationship with the adults he encounters, the children will develop their skills in writing in role from the perspectives of an evacuee and soldier in the trenches. They will write narratives and setting descriptions based on their enquiry (WWII) to develop their use of tenses, grammatical features and punctuation.

Y6 will participate in discussions to develop inference and using evidence from a text to support their thoughts and opinions,  and will also tackle comprehension questions to improve their skills in scanning, the author’s choice of vocabulary, and reading and responding to questions with greater clarity.

Grammar and Punctuation lessons will be reinforced through many of the writing and reading sessions but will also have ‘stand-alone’ activities; the focus will be on preparation for SATs (including revision of tenses, active/passive voice and object and subject of clauses) and will be encouraged to use and apply these in within their writing.

Reading Records should continue to be brought to school daily. The expectation is that they are reading at least 4 times per week (at home) and are recording what has been read. Children across the school are encouraged to write a few sentences, at least once a week, about what they are reading; perhaps indicating who their favourite character is, or what they predict may happen. 

These records are ‘spot checked’ on a regular basis by the class teacher.

Spelling:
There are three types of spelling:

  • Personal: done at home-individual lists of key words children must know from the Y3/4 statutory spelling list if required
  • Weekly: done in class-developing and reinforcing the rules of spellings such as suffixes and changing y to i when adding ly, e.g. happy-happily
  • Termly: prepared in class but to be practised at home (these are from the Y5/6 statutory list).

 


Maths:
In Term 5, Y6 will investigate ratio, angles, reflection and translation and statistics. They will reinforce their understanding of providing examples and evidence to support their Reasoning and Problem Solving responses.

Mental maths skills will also be a primary focus, particularly for speed when solving arithmetic based questions.

The children will be encouraged to use and say the terms ‘digit’ and ‘zero’ and to place a zero not add a zero, when multiplying a number.

After SATs, part of Friday mornings, Y6 will once again participate in the Luckwell Maths Challenge; this is explained in further detail on the school’s Maths curriculum webpage.

 

Enquiry:

World War II (WWII). Year 6 will begin this History based Unit by investigating how and why war was declared, time lining the key events and people involved. As the term continues, they will learn about shelter and safety, food, clothing, rationing and propaganda and connect their understanding of evacuation and evacuees to Goodnight Mister Tom.

Mapping skills, understanding cause and effect, historical writing and comprehension skills will be developed through this Unit, with several opportunities for cross-curricular art, English and Forest School (mask making, cooking and baking) learning taking place.

The children will be supported in making sensitive and appropriate comparisons to current world events to WWII, including ‘The Windrush Generation’ and current conflicts around the world, making connections to the British Values of Democracy, Respect and Tolerance, and Individual Liberty.

A key aspect of the Y6 Enquiry this term, will be to investigate the impact of WWII on Bristol-The Bristol Blitz, looking at evidence of destruction and regeneration on a walking tour around Bedminster/Southville.

 

PSHE:

This term we will reflect on Relationships. This will have a wide focus, looking at diverse topics such as families, friendships, pets and animals, and love and loss. A vital part of this Puzzle is about safeguarding and keeping children safe; this links to cyber safety and social networking, as well as attraction and assertiveness. The children will learn how to deal with conflict, their own strengths and self-esteem. 

 

RE:

The Big Question for Y6 this term will be: Does belief in Akhirah (life after death), help Muslims lead good lives? They will make connections to their learning from Term 4 (Is anything ever eternal?) in helping them understand this belief and will consider what ‘heaven’ may be. 

 

Music:

We will learn about ‘timbre’ in Term 5 and how to use our bodies as percussion instruments. 

 

PE

PE will continue on a Monday afternoon, with the Tuesday morning session taught by Mr Andrews, moving to the afternoon. The focus will continue to be on team games- passing, defending and attacking. We will also use the Real PE scheme of work, to perform a range of skills fluently and accurately in practice situations such as Bench ball.  

 

ART:

The children will learn about John Heartfield; a German visual artist who was part of the ‘dada’ movement of artwork during the 1940’s. This will include collage and painting techniques. 

 

French:
Naming animals and pets will be the focus in French lessons before moving on to learning the names of everyday pieces of stationery.

 

The Year 6 Team

 

 

End of Term 4

Term 4 was all about CAMP for Year 6! 

From tobogganing to archery, hiking to dancing at the disco, mixed with a little sleep and a lot of chatting, Year 6 had THE most wonderful time. They returned to school exhausted but having loved the opportunity to spend time with each other in a completely different environment- for many, it was the first time being away from home and loved ones for more than just one overnight. 

Term 4 did have some other hot topics to discuss and learn about including a visit from the Air Ambulance Team to tell us about the role they play in our community, and from the Community Police to talk about Keeping Safe. Y6 also had the opportunity to have a virtual ‘talk’ with the award winning author Struan Murray, who write the ‘Orphans of the Tides’ fantasy series. 

Lots of SATs preparation and practise took place this term in readiness for the Term 5 assessments. The children worked hard, listened well and gave of their best to develop their understanding. 

Once again, Year 6 should be extremely proud of their many achievements-social, emotional and academic. Well done everyone! 

 

Overview of Term 4

English:

This term we are reading the book ‘Darwin’s Dragons’ by Lindsay Galvin which links with our Science Enquiry. Using this text about a boy’s adventures (Syms Covington) to the Galapagos Islands, we will be developing our skills in writing biographies, in role as Syms, adventure story text, and to stimulate class discussion and role play.

In cross-curricular science writing, we will create pieces of texts to explain our understanding of adaptation and evolution and write about how animals and plants have adapted to survive in today’s world.

We will also be spending time improving our understanding of grammar and punctuation particularly: the use of main and sub-ordinate clauses, active and passive verbs and the semi-colon to separate a list.

Y6 will also participate more frequently in GPaS and Reading assessments in preparation for SATs in Term 5 (w/c 9th May).

Monday 9th May 2022

English grammar, punctuation and spelling papers 1 and 2

Tuesday 10th May 2022

English reading

 

Reading Records should continue to be brought to school daily. The expectation is that they are reading at least 4 times per week (at home) and are recording what has been read. Children across the school are encouraged to write a few sentences, at least once a week, about what they are reading; perhaps indicating who their favourite character is, or what they predict may happen.

 

These records are ‘spot checked’ on a regular basis by the class teacher and on occasion, by Mrs Noble or Miss Byers.

 

Spelling: there will continue to be three types of spelling:

Statutory: at home and school using the Y5/6 statutory spelling list: recognise, recommend, relevant, restaurant, rhyme, rhythm, sacrifice, secretary, shoulder, signature, sincere(ly), soldier, stomach, sufficient, suggest, symbol, system, temperature, thorough, twelfth, variety, vegetable, vehicle and yacht.

Personal: at home of key words your child finds challenging

Weekly: in school reinforcing spelling rules-homophones, suffixes (ibly/ably/cial/tial) and Enquiry vocabulary: adapt, adaptation, change, animal, evolve, evolution, Charles Darwin, discover, discovery, explore, exploration, nocturnal, habitat, environment

There will also be SATs practise spelling assessments.  

 

Maths:

Throughout the term, Y6 will continue to learn how to use and apply decimals, fractions and percentages, develop their skills in using and applying perimeter, area and volume and their significant unit of measurements, and ratio and proportion.

 

As part of the whole school approach in learning number bonds and times tables, the children will continue to participate in the weekly Luckwell Maths Challenge; explained in further detail on the school’s Maths curriculum webpage.

 

As with English, pupils will practise for their SATs using arithmetic and problem solving and reasoning past papers to assist Staff in developing targeted learning.

 

Wednesday 11th May 2022

Mathematics papers 1 and 2

Thursday 12th May 2022

Mathematics paper 3

 

Enquiry:

In this Science based learning, the children will learn to recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind; but offspring can vary and are not identical to their parents. They will report and present findings from enquiries, including conclusions, in oral and written forms such as displays and information texts. Y6 will also identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support, or refute, ideas or arguments about Darwin’s theory of Evolution.

 

PSHE:

This will continue to be taught by Mrs. Hillberg on Thursday afternoons using the Jigsaw Programme of work. This term it is called ‘Relationship’ learning about the importance of healthy relationships with friends and family. Please note, that bereavement will also be covered during this unit.   

 

PE:

The first slot for PE will cover the social and physical skills of Kabadi and Tag Rugby on a Monday afternoon. Y6 will continue to have specialist PE sessions with Mr. Andrews on a Tuesday morning which will involve blending gymnastics moves learned in T3, with street gymnastics: ‘parkour’.

 

Art:

This term, Y6 will investigate still life with a focus on improving their skills on hand/eye-coordination and pencil control. The will use their imagination to create images which morph fruit and vegetables together to create ‘mutant’ food!

 

French:

Y6 French: Body parts leading to creating a ‘monster’ linking to our Enquiry and English Unit.

 

RE:

Y6 will investigate the questions: ‘Is Christianity still a strong religion 2000 years after Jesus was on Earth?’ and acknowledge the Christian festival of Easter.

 

Forest School:

The majority of Forest School activities will be developed at Barton Camp in Week 5 of T4 however, Y6 will also have opportunities to investigate adaptation and evolution in their environment prior to this with Mrs Prewett.

 

Additional information:

  • PE Monday afternoons and Tuesday mornings
  • CAMP: Week 4 Monday March 21st-Friday March 25th

 

Thank you for your continued support.

The Year 6 Team

 

End of Term 3

What another fabulous term Year 6 has had.

Using their Geography Enquiry: ‘The Alps/Climate Change’, they wrote emotive pieces of writing as Polar Bears on the brink of extinction bringing each other and the Y6 Team close to tears! The children also imagined watching a snowboarding championship and, using technical jargon, created magnificent tales of disasters and successes on the slopes of The Alps!

Year 6 had the opportunity to participate in an online learning session with Bristol Museums about the Bristol Blitz, setting up their knowledge and curiosity for T5 History Enquiry (WWII)

As part of Forest School, the Scottish delicacies of ‘haggis , neeps and tatties’ were made and sampled to commemorate the life and times of Robert Burns and of course, Y6 celebrated Chinese New Year by making and distributing ‘Year of the Tiger’ cards to each class and every adult in our wonderful school!

 

Overview for Term 3

English:

This term we will be reading ‘Floodland’ written by Marcus Sedgwick. Using the text and pictures, we will be developing our ‘VIPERS’ skills: Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explain, Retrieve and Summarise, to improve our understanding of the written word. Our writing will be extended through character description, poetry, writing in role and adventure stories.

We will also use this book to support our Enquiry Unit- The Alps, with a focus on climate change.

As part of a Whole School reading and writing task, Y6 will participate in looking at the book: An Atlas of Imaginary Places, which will support us in writing detailed paragraphs on settings.

Once again, we ask that you do not let your child read on past the point we are at in reading ‘Floodland’ in school, should you decided to buy the book for them. This is to allow for VIPERS skills to be fully developed and support writing tasks. Thank you.

We will also read complete our book ‘Boy 87’.  

In grammar and punctuation, the focus will be on dialogue, tenses and adverbials, and skilfully using a thesaurus to improve and ‘up level’ vocabulary choices.

In addition, we will also use SATs style Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPaS) questions and Reading Comprehension activities to gradually introduce the expected format, layout and presentation of the papers in preparation for May.

 

Reading Records should be brought to school daily.

The expectation is that they are reading at least 4 times per week and from time to time, recording what has been read- a comment about a character they like/dislike, the plot, what they think may happen nest and so on (see example below). This is a priority for Year 6 in Term 3 and groups of children will be asked to bring their Record to school for review and feedback.

 

Spelling:

The three types of spelling will continue in Term 3:

Personal- (done at home: individual lists of key words children must know from the Y3/4 statutory spelling list): answer, colour, colourful, desperate, difficult, different, divide, embarrass, environment, equipment, explanation, immediately, lonely and loneliness. Some Y8 words will also be shared to extend the more able speller.

Weekly- (done in class): developing and reinforcing the rules of spellings: review ‘ough’ words, focus on prefixes such as; bi, aqua, super, auto and ‘cial’ words.

Termly- (prepared in class but to be learned at home) which come from the Y5/6 statutory list: language, leisure, lightning, marvellous, mischievous, muscle, necessary, neighbour, nuisance, occupy, occur, opportunity, parliament, persuade, physical, prejudice, privilege, profession, programme, pronunciation and queue.

 

Maths:

In Term 3 pupils will continue to improve and develop their knowledge and understanding of fractions by adding and subtracting challenging fractions such as improper fractions, and dividing fractions by an integer or by another fraction. We will also learn how to multiplying fractions Work on fractions will naturally lead into learning about decimals.

It is imperative that all pupils know their times tables and related division facts up to and including the 12 x table.

The Luckwell Maths Challenge will continue to be a timed activity to support quick recall of times tables, division, squared and cubed numbers.

 

Enquiry: Geography: The Alps

The Big Question we will be asking during Enquiry this term will be: How might climate change affect the Alps?

During this Unit of Geography, the pupils will research and compare the human and physical aspects of The Alps, considering the terrain, climate, its use as a tourist and sporting attraction, and the effects these have on pollution. The children will be asked to describe key aspects of climate zones and biomes, and investigate how mountains are formed.

Enquiry sessions will often be linked to reading, writing and Art.

 

PSHE (led by Mrs Hillburg):

For Term 3, the Unit is called ‘Dreams and Goals’ which will help us discuss what our hopes are for the future- short term and longer term, what makes us feel proud and confident about ourselves and how we can support each other in feeling proud and confident.

 

PE: Y6 PE is on a Tuesday.

 

This will be the first time Y6 will participate in the whole school PE- Real PE/Gym sessions.  

The morning PE session will be led by a PE expert: Sam Andrews, with the follow up afternoon session by Miss Carroll. The children will develop balance and control techniques using gymnastic equipment and also learn how to play seated Volleyball as part of floor gymnastics.

 

These sessions will also include social and cognitive skills to:

  • negotiate and collaborate appropriately
  • cooperate well with others and give helpful feedback
  • help organise roles and responsibilities

 

Art:
Year 6 will learn about the British artist: JMW Turner, who created stunning landscapes of The Alps. The children will develop skills in choosing the most effective medium to create landscapes (pastels, charcoal, paint etc.) and improve their skills in collage.

 

French (fortnightly with Mrs Hillburg):

Through role-play, pupils will continue to develop their basic French vocabulary including names of food and drink, while ordering in a restaurant.   

 

Music (fortnightly with Mrs Hillburg):

Using Oak National Academy resources, Y6 will learn about ‘Timbre’ specifically: classifying instruments, understanding the role of percussion in music and using everyday objects as ‘instruments’.

 

RE:

Year 6 will investigate the question: Is anything ever eternal? This involves the pupils making links between different Christian beliefs and their own views on whether anything is ever eternal.

 

Please remember to check Class Dojo from time to time for weekly spelling updates and pictures of the wonderful work Y6 create.

 

Thank you for your continued support in Y6.

The Y6 Team: Miss Carroll, Mrs Hillberg and Mrs Prewett.

 

End of Term 2

Once again Year 6 have had a super term.

The Y6 classroom was full of ‘Light’ and at times, rather ‘electrifying’ with our Light and Electricity Science Enquiry Unit including an exciting visit from the Engineers from Babcock who supported the year group in understanding circuits and ‘power’ of different components.

A ‘fraction’ of maths was taken over by finding equivalent fractions and reminding ourselves how to simplify them, with some adding and subtracting simple fractions too.

We wrote diary entries and letters in the role of the characters from one of our class books: The Firework Maker’s Daughter, and researched famous scientists such as Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin and Marie Curie, to produce informative pieces of writing.

Our Art work was full of shading and cubes to mimic the style of the Cubism artist Georges Braque.

We have baked shortbread-developing skills in reading scales and measuring weights, following instructions and team work- as a recognition for the celebration of the Patron Saint of Scotland, St. Andrew. We have turned oranges into Christingles and used newspaper, wire and leaves to make stunning Christmas wreaths.

Thank you Year 6 for yet another wonderful term jam packed with hard work, great effort and some fun along the way!

 

Overview for Term 2

English:

This term we will continue to read ‘Street Child’ and ‘Boy 87’ as stimulus for writing, understanding of an author’s style of writing, awareness of social studies, and as their ‘listening for pleasure’ books.

As the term progresses, we will read ‘Firework Maker’s Daughter’ by Philip Pullman; the story of a brave young girl called Lila who has to go on an exciting adventure to fulfil her dream of becoming a Firework-Maker like her father. The children will use this stimulus to develop their skills in prediction, storytelling, character descriptions and profiles, and as a key in guiding them to improve their understanding of writing with paragraphs.

We know that many of you purchase the book that we read in class to support your child in their learning. We ask however that should you do this, your child does not read on further than has been read in class. In doing so, it can have a negative impact on their reading and writing skills particularly when being taught how to make predictions, use inference and evidence from the text to support their thoughts and answers. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. 

Grammar and punctuation will be reinforced with a focus on expanded noun phrases, the use, and effect of, using repetition in writing, and using the semi-colon in place of a conjunction.

Reading Records to be brought to school daily. The expectation is that the children are reading at least 4 times per week and record some simple reviews (as demonstrated in class) on a regular basis. These will be spot checked by the class teacher, Mrs Noble (English Lead) Miss Byers and on occasion, Mr. McClelland.

 

Spelling:

There are three types of spellings:

 

Personal-done at home: because, difficult, different, which, colour, colourful, result, answer, gloomy, depressed, depressing, abandoned, lonely, loneliness, with and when.

 

Weekly-done in class: developing and reinforcing the rules of spellings: cious/tious, homophones, revisiting words ending in ‘er’ and se/ce, and more practise of SATs assessments and dictation.

Statutory- Y5/6 spelling list words beginning:‘d to i’

 

Maths:

Y6 will continue to improve their understanding of the four mathematical operations with a particular focus on long division. The children will improve their understanding and application of working with fractions and decimals: adding, subtracting, ordering and comparing, and they will also investigate improper and mixed fractions. Prime numbers, common multiples, squared and cubed numbers will also be explored as part of their mental maths activities.

On Friday mornings, as part of the whole school approach to learning number bonds and times tables, the children will continue to participate in the Luckwell Maths Challenge; this is explained in further detail on the school’s Maths curriculum webpage.

 

Enquiry:

This term’s Enquiry Unit is Science based: Light and Electricity.

For Light, the children will investigate the following questions:

What is light and where does it come from? What is reflection and how can we use it? How do we see light? Where do different colours come from?

They will use prisms and light sources to answer many of these questions.

 

During electricity activities, the children will learn about the importance of the many of the devices we use today including the microwave. They will learn to recognise, use and draw scientific circuit symbols and observe and explain the effects of differing voltages in a circuit; Babcock will visit Y6 to support the children in their understanding of this part of Enquiry.

 

In both Light and Electricity sessions, the children will make hypothesis and plan and implement their own investigations and experiments.

 

Year 6 will also use a ‘Little Book, Big Dreams’ book to learn about Albert Einstein and help them to understand the importance of scientists in their everyday lives.

 

PSHE:

The importance of understanding how we are all “different pieces of the same big jigsaw of the world”, will continue in this term under the heading ‘Celebrating Differences’. This will include additional work on racism following on from October’s Black History month and also in using the social setting of ‘Boy 87’- as an illegal migrant seeking asylum.

 

The children will also have the opportunity to debate and challenge views in a ‘safe’ environment about the media and society’s coverage of those people who are disabled, of a different religion, ethnic background or sexual orientation.

 

To commemorate Armistice Day, the children will participate in poetry writing and art, considering the significance of the Fallen since World War I and beyond.

 

PE:

PE will continue as swimming- please ensure your child does not wear earrings to school on Tuesday and all long hair must be tied up.

 

Art:

Year 6 will use the art of Georges Braque, a major 20th-century French painter and collagist to support them in understanding pencil control to show depth of shade, shadow and light. They will also investigate further the work of William Morris as a stimulus to develop their skills in mixing and blending with paints.

 

French:

The children will continue to improve their speaking skills with short, simple role plays. They will revise their knowledge of colours and names for food and drink.

 

RE:

Y6 will investigate the question: ‘How significant is it that Mary was Jesus’ mother?’ in the lead up to the Christian festival of Christmas.

 

Forest School:

As part of their Forest School activities, to celebrate St. Andrew’s Day (Patron Saint of Scotland), Y6 will make shortbread.

The children will also participate in celebrating and making ‘Christingles’ using oranges and candles.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

The Year 6 Team

 

End of Term 1

What a terrific term!
Year 6 quickly settled into the expectations of the work, behaviour and learning opportunities of a Y6 Class becoming fully engaged in everything they did: writing as characters in the Victorian era, discussing the effects of childhood poverty through the class book 'Street Child', cooking gruel and kedgeree, solving tricky division and subtraction equations,reading sessions with Y1, visiting Lifeskills, Active Mojo and the weekly swimming sessions at our local pool. 
 
Their behaviour and positive attitudes have been commented upon by several people including the volunteers at the Create Centre and the Swim Teachers: this filled the children with a great sense of pride and achievement, knowing they had represented themselves, their families and our wonderful school. 
 
Well done Year 6! 

Overview for Term 1

English

This term we are reading the book ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty. Using this text, we will be creating character descriptions, developing our drama skills, and writing in role from the different perspectives of the characters.

Street Child (Essential Modern Classics) (Collins Modern Classics):  Amazon.co.uk: Doherty, Berlie: 9780007311255: Books

Grammar and punctuation will be reinforced during these activities with a focus on expanded noun phrases, the use of the semi-colon to add detail to a sentence, using the past tense of verbs and improving our understanding of paragraphs.

As a ‘reading for pleasure’ book, Y6 will read and listen to the story of Shif, a boy trapped in a war zone, in a book entitled ‘Boy 87’ by Ele Fountain. This will support the children’s understanding of world events, the UN’s Rights of The Child and in their knowledge of British Values.
Boy 87 by Ele Fountain | WaterstonesWe know that many of you purchase the book that we read in class to support your child in their learning. We ask however that should you do this, your child does not read on further than has been read in class. In doing so, it can have a negative impact on their reading and writing skills particularly when being taught how to make predictions, use inference and evidence from the text to support their thoughts and answers. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. 

Spelling

There are three types of spelling:

Personal (done at home: individual lists of key words children must know from the Y3/4 statutory spelling list

Weekly (done in class): developing and reinforcing the rules of spellings such as suffixes and changing y to i when adding ly, e.g. happy-happily and Enquiry based words

Termly (prepared in class but to be learned at home) which come from the Y5/6 statutory list.

 

Maths

Throughout this term, Y6 will improve their understanding of place value up to 10 million.

 Place Value Chart | Place Value Chart of the International System

They will also improve their skills in working backwards and forwards through zero, when investigating negative numbers. They will then apply this knowledge to questions involving the four mathematical operations (add, sub, multiply and divide).

On Friday mornings, as part of the whole school approach to learning number bonds and times tables, the children will participate in the Luckwell Maths Challenge; this is explained in further detail on the school’s Maths curriculum webpage.

 

Enquiry

Term 1 is a History based unit: Who were the Victorians?

Although primarily a history topic, whenever relevant, Y6 will endeavour to participate in multi-curricular aspects making connections within a variety of their learning e.g.: Art, English, and Reading.  

They will learn about what life was like for a child (rich or poor): learning about workhouses, education, family life, and homes and housing. The skills to be developed will include retrieving information from primary and secondary sources; understanding what each type of source can tell us, reading and responding to questions about life in the 19th Century including understanding timelines.

As part of Forest School activities, the children will learn about the foods both rich and poor had access to during this period of time.

 

PSHE
This is taught by Mrs. Hillberg on a Wednesday afternoon. The whole school approach to PSHE will be supported by the Jigsaw Programme of work. This term it is called ‘Being in my World’ and encompasses learning about and understanding, the importance of rules in society: class, school, home and the wider community. The children will also participate in learning about democracy when thinking about class Student Council Class reps. 

 

I.T
This will also be taught by Mrs Hillberg on a Wednesday afternoon. In Term 1, the children will be coding. It will consist of learning about loops, conditionals, and events. Beyond coding, Y6 will learn about digital citizenship and safety aspects when online including password safety.

 

Music
This term’s music is based on Pulse and Metre. The children will begin to learn to understand pulse, rhythm, beats and signatures within music.

 

PE
Y6 PE is on Tuesday afternoon and consists of swimming sessions.

 

Art
This will link to the Victorians Enquiry Unit. The children will use the art of Victorian artist William Morris, to create patterns and images of their choice with a focus on pencil control. They will also develop their skills in drawing portraits.

 

French
Y6 will be reminded how to greet each other and say how they are feeling using French vocabulary. They will also learn how to ask for their lunch politely using the phrases: ‘diner de l’ecole’ and ‘le panier repas’.

 

RE
Y6 will investigate the question: ‘What is the best way for a Muslim to show commitment to God?’ This includes learning about the importance of symbols and patterns in a Muslim’s life.

 

Additional information:

Lifeskills: Friday September 18th

Active Mojo: Monday October 18th

Reading Records to be brought to school daily. The expectation is that they are reading at least 4 times per week and are recording information about what they are reading every few days. Examples are: information about a character that interests them, why they are/aren’t enjoying the book, perhaps 5 new words they’ve learned, a cartoon strip etc.  These may be spot checked by the class adults, Mrs Noble (English Lead), Miss Byers or Mr. McClelland.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

The Year 6 Team