Welcome to Class 6!
Mrs McVey – Mrs Wilkin – Mrs Shaughnessy
Welcome to the class page of the most talented, generous, kind-hearted and hardworking Year 6 class in existence.
During the ‘Spring Term’ in Year 6, we are learning through our curriculum vehicle ‘WAR and PEACE’.
As always, Year 6 pupils are called to lead by example by living our mission statement and our motto each and every day. We strive to grow in faith and love as we look beyond ourselves…
It is hoped that all pupils will help the school to raise money for ‘Mary’s Meals’ either individually or collectively.
Learning in Year 6
In RE, pupils will study Christmas followed by ‘Baptism and Confirmation- celebrations of the Holy Spirit.’
Later they will study ‘Prayer’. This topic gives the pupils the chance not only to study the prayers used in the Catholic Church but also the customs of other world faiths.
Finally this term, pupils will study ‘Lent’ and ‘Holy Week.’
Some children will be preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Thursday 11th June 2020. Please support your child in attending Mass each weekend and being ready to take an active part at the family Masses.
In Maths, we will learn more about the place value of digits in numbers up to and beyond 10,000,000. We will apply this knowledge to our work on all four arithmetic rules. During this term, we will become more accurate and efficient when carrying out addition, subtraction, multiplication and division calculations. We will use and apply our skills to solve word problems set in different real-life contexts. We will work on fractions, percentages and decimals as well as improving our skills in geometry.
In PE, Year 6 will improve and practise their gymnastic skills and invasion game skills. They will learn to use various tactics and techniques with greater accuracy and impact as well as building good attitudes to sport, health and team work.
In the afternoons, our learning will be driven by our curriculum vehicle- ‘War and Peace.’
In history, pupils will learn about what life was like during World War 2 both at the front and on the home front. They will study particular turning points in WW2 and explain the impact these had on future events. Hopefully pupils will have the chance to visit the WW2 museum based at Cannock Chase and the war graves.
We hope to invite visitors in to share their experiences. (Date to be arranged later.)
In Geography, they will learn how to locate continents, oceans and major lines of longitude and latitude on world maps. They will study contrasting countries that were involved with WW2 looking at both physical and human geography.
In Science we are focusing on the biology strand this term as we learn about ‘Animals, including humans’ with Mrs Johnson and ‘Animals and their habitats’ with Mrs McVey.
In art, Year 6 will take inspiration from Henry Moore as they develop sketching skills and how to create different effects with different media. Hopefully, they will have the chance to work alongside a ‘real’ artist to create a lasting memorial to those who died in the war.
In technology, pupils will study structures- in particular shelters- and explore ways to make them strong and fit for purpose. In addition, pupils will study food technology where they will make some food popular in WW2 and created from food allowed during rationing.
In music, Year 6 learn to sing some songs based around the theme of world wars and will learn to read and play music using tuned instruments.
In French, Year 6 will continue to widen their working vocabulary and learn to read and write simple and compound sentences.
In computing, Year 6 will be taught by subject specialist (Mr Johnson) as they learn how to use coding to control movement, etc.
Homework tasks will be set on a Wednesday and need to be completed and handed in by Monday. (If tasks are completed earlier than this, they may be handed in of course.) A Maths and English homework will be set weekly. This may be a written exercise or an on-line activity. (Homework club is available to pupils on Thursday lunch time if required.)
RE and ‘Curriculum Vehicle’ homework will be set as required.
Reading Homework- Pupils should read for 30 minutes a day and this should be recorded in their diary. Reading really does enrich the mind and has proved to have a great impact on progress. Thank you for your continued support in this area. (Mrs Wilkin operates a library loan system in class which has a wide choice of Year 6 appropriate books.)
All Year 6 pupils will be involved in SATs during the week beginning May 11th for which they will be well prepared.
Booster lessons for Maths, reading and SPaG will be offered this term in order to help the children achieve their aspirational targets. Thank you, in advance, for your support with getting your child to school earlier or collecting them later.
Year 5 and Year 6 Curriculum and Expectations
With the new National Curriculum, the Department for Education has produced new expectations for the end of each curriculum year. These will replace the old system of levels and provide you as parents with a clear idea of what the children should be achieving at the end of the year.
Below you will find the expectations for Year 5 and Year 6 in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. The year 5 document that can also be downloaded provides year 5 expectations. We have also produced ‘deepening’ targets for parents to show you the targets that the children will be working towards if they have met all of the ‘expected’ targets to master their learning skills.
As a school we report your child’s progress against these end of year expectations at our parent evenings during the year.
The following terms will be used:
· Your child is not on track to meet the end of year national expectations.
· Your child is on track to meet the end of year national expectations .
· Your child is on track to exceed the end of year national expectations.
Any extra support you can provide in helping your child or children to achieve these will benefit them greatly.