Year 6 2019/20

Welcome to Year 6!

Mrs Adams (6LA), Mrs Levick (6KL) and Mrs Glossop (6MG) would like to welcome to our Year 6 page for this year.

PE: Please ensure your child's PE kit is available from Monday to Friday, with the appropriate coloured t-shirt, black shorts and pumps. All children will also need a kit suitable for outdoor PE. Our usual PE day is Friday.

Water Bottles: It is important that children remain hydrated throughout the course of the day, therefore we would recommend that your child brings in a clear bottle (no larger than 500ml), containing only water. To prevent spills, the bottle must have a sports top.

Dinner Money: To be paid via Parent Pay.

Our Y6 Long Term Plan 2019/20 is available to download.

Our Spring Term Learning

Maths: During Spring 1, the children will be continuing their work on fractions, decimals and percentages followed by measurement of length, capacity and mass. The focus for Spring 2 will be algebra, ratio, geometry and statistics. In addition, regular revision of the four operations will be completed to support the children in their forthcoming SATs tests.

Literacy: Throughout the spring term, in literacy, we be studying historical fiction and analysing a variety of extracts from 'Treasure Island' to stimulate writing which will consist of: character descriptions, letters, diaries and the continuation of a narrative.

Science: In the first half term, we will be studying 'Animals Including Humans'. This will also incorporate the importance of exercise and a healthy diet, and the impact of drugs and alcohol.
During the second half term, our focus will be on 'Living Things and their Habitats'. Please refer to the knowledge organiser that has recently been emailed to you.

Computing: Children will be using web-based activities to support their grammar skills and understanding.

Art: In Spring 1, children will be studying the artist, Henri Rousseau. They will be exploring a range of different art techniques based around collage (using textiles) and painting. Children will work collaboratively, in small groups, to produce a collage in the style of Rousseau.

SATs & Mock SATs: The next practice tests will take place the week commencing the 3rd February and these papers will be sent home. We would very much appreciate you supporting your child with their corrections. We will then stage a Mock SATs Week from the 16th of March onwards. Boosters groups for reading and maths will continue to be held throughout the term.

Topic: Our focus this term is Brazil. Children will have the opportunity to practise their geographical and researching skills. We will be studying climate zones, comparing economic activity, topographical features and comparing these with the children's locality.

Y6 War Experience

As an enrichment activity to complement learning about war, our year 6 pupils visited Eden Camp History Museum.

Here they took part in a variety of fun-packed activities including: experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of life on the home front and front line. The activities were all set in the buildings and grounds of an original World War 2 Prisoner of War Camp.

Despite this being a very long day, staff and pupils thoroughly enjoyed this visit.

Who killed Macbeth?

The Young Shakespeare Company arrived in school to stage a performance of Macbeth, which is currently being studied as part of the Year 6 literacy topic.

The actors were fully-dressed and brought the story to life, engaging and interacting with the children throughout.

This is a highlight for our Year 6 children.

Our Autumn Term Learning

Maths: The children will be covering work on place value and the four operations of number, including long multiplication. They will be using these four operations to solve word problems. We will also be covering fractions, decimals and percentages and the equivalences between them - including in different contexts.

Literacy: The English literature that we will be studying is closely linked to our Autumn themes of WW1 & WW2. It focuses on narrative which includes: War Horse and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas - historic novels - and, Shakespeare's Macbeth - for which we are lucky to have a theatre group to come and perform. Whilst studying the above, children will participate in a range of activities including writing, comprehension, grammar, punctuation and drama.
Throughout the year, we will be working towards end of Key Stage 2 assessments.

Spelling: Children will receive new weekly spelling lists every Friday - to be tested the following Friday. Follow-up activities will include homework, which will entail writing interesting and varied sentences using their spelling words.

Science: For the autumn term, Y6 children will be studying the following topics: Electricity, the human eye and light.

Theme: Before half term, our focus will be on he First World War. After half term, we will switch to World War Two. The children will learn about how both conflicts began, comparing key events and how they impacted on daily life. All children will receive a knowledge organiser for each war that can be used to further their learning at home.

RE: We will be studying, Judaism, Hinduism and Christianity.

Art: Our art work will be closely linked to our theme and literacy topics. This will include designing and creating war posters and 3d masks.

Computing: In addition to using computing to support our grammar and maths work, children will be creating a radio advert or podcast about our theme of war.