Welcome to Year 6!
We are aspiring to be amazing in absolutely everything that we do. We are a very creative cohort and enjoy to write at any given opportunity; we particularly enjoy trying new genres of writing and are really looking forward to our text for this half term: Wonder by R J Palacio. In English, we will be looking at creating our own poetry, narrative and non-fiction based around our class text. The children will experiment with different story openings and choose which they believe creates the greatest hook to inspire their audience to read on. Additionally, we will embed SPaG sessions throughout lessons.
Throughout the school year, we will constantly be aiming to improve our reading fluency, speed and comprehension. This will come with plenty of practise. The children in Year 6 have a real passion for reading – it is vital that we feed this passion to provide them with the best possible opportunities in their educational journey. Reading a range of genres, at least four times per week at home will undoubtedly help the children with their reading skills.
In Maths, we are going to be pushing ourselves hard in order to secure our understanding of place value: reading, writing, ordering and comparing numbers; rounding numbers; solving a range of problems and securing our use of the four written operations for +, -, x and ÷ In addition to this, we will be delving deeper into the world of fractions and mastering adding, subtracting and multiplying them. We will transfer our ever growing knowledge of fractions to working with decimal numbers and percentages and solving problems involving these.
Our Geography topic will be all about volcanoes and earthquakes. We will learn about the features of volcanoes, their formation and discover how they are distributed around the world. Along the way they create models, artwork and volcano dances. We will also learn about the features and key aspects of earthquakes: Finding out about the movement of tectonic plates and about seismic waves. Learn about life in an earthquake zone; compile and practise a class earthquake drill and find out how buildings are built to withstand earthquakes.
During Science sessions, we will learn about light, how we see, shadows, reflection and refraction. The children will learn how light travels and how this enables us to see objects. They will demonstrate their knowledge by making and starring in their own television programme. The children will have the opportunity to make a functioning periscope, finding out about mirrors and the angles of reflection and incidence. They will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate refraction, carrying out some fascinating experiments into the effects of bending light. Furthermore, they will have chance to predict what will happen in an exciting investigation into the visible spectrum.
Art will be inspired by the work of Andy Warhole and other artists who have focused on painting volcanic eruptions. Watch this space for an eruption of colour when we use a mixed media to paint volcanoes!
Our RE and History topic focused on Early Islamic Civilisation and Islam. The children will learn about the early Islamic civilisation. They will learn in detail about the significance and importance of Baghdad in helping to build and shape this early civilisation and examine how and why it developed into such a major world power.
In P.E sessions on Monday afternoons, we will be learning netball skills. Additionally, during our Thursday afternoon sessions we will be swimming.
The Year 6 KS2 SATs will be administered in the week commencing 14th May 2018.
The 2018 SATs schedule is as follows:
Monday 14th May 2018
Tuesday 15th May 2018
English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: questions
English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling
Wednesday 16th May 2018
Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic
Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning
Thursday 17th May 2018
Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning
There is now a new style reading comprehension paper, 3 maths papers & a spelling, punctuation and grammar test. Writing is assessed by on-going teacher assessment. Revision & study books will be available in the spring term. Children are no longer awarded levels at the end of Y6 - instead children will receive a ‘scaled score’ where 100 is the ‘National Standard’.
Keep your eyes peeled both on here and on our class Twitter pages for pictures and updates on how the children are getting on in class!
ANY QUESTIONS? Please feel free to ask if you have any questions through the year. We are available after school or phone the school office and we will return your call. You can also use your child’s diary to send a message.
Thank you for your continued support,
Miss Boyd, Mrs Morris, Mrs Thompson and Mrs Thompson.
A school of Opportunity: Inspire, Believe, Achieve!