Miss Naden – Mrs Leigh
Welcome back to school. What an exciting year we have ahead of us! Miss Naden and Mrs Leigh cannot wait to get started with our super class. Below you will find details of what we hope to cover during the Autumn Term in Year 6.
As always, Year 6 pupils are called to lead by example by living our mission statement and our motto each and every day. Together, we strive to grow in faith and love as we look beyond ourselves.
Learning in Year 6
As year 6 already know, Miss Naden loves music so the choice of our class saint was very simple. This year, Saint Cecilia is our Class Saint.
In RE, pupils will study ‘The story of the people of God’ followed by ‘Followers of Christ’. Following on from these, pupils will study ‘The prayers in the lives of the followers of Christ’ and then ‘Advent’ as we move towards the end of the term. Whilst studying these units of work, we will be thinking about the importance of Prayer and how we choose to follow Christ in our own lives.
We will be taking part in collective worship and focusing our prayers during times of reflection such as Remembrance.
We will have opportunities to attend Mass as a class during the term. Children in Year 6 will be encouraged to take part by reading. Please do your best to get to Mass at the weekend, as a family, whenever possible.
In our RHE (Relationships and Health Education) lessons, pupils will continue to learn about and reflect upon many of the issues they will face during puberty and beyond. Pupils will be given strategies with which to manage the emotional challenges they may experience on their life-journey. They will continue to try to discover who God is calling them to be, each and every day, as they follow their unique vocation.
In Maths, we will begin with place value within 10,000,000. We will move on to use all four operations with whole numbers and fractions. We will use and apply our skills to solve word problems set in different real-life contexts. In geometry, pupils will learn about position and direction.
In English this term, Year 6 will begin the term with Poetry. We will be studying The Highway man by Alfred Noyes. During this unit, we will unpick narrative poetry, sequencing events and asking questions to improve our understanding of the text. We will also investigate language, poetry features and performance poetry. The class will also be developing their writing through a variety of genres: instructions, narrative – setting descriptions, non-chronological reports and persuasive texts.
In PE, Year 6 will have one lesson with a coach from ASM, where they will continue to practise and improve their fundamental movement skills. The other lesson will be with Miss Naden, where we will focus on invasion games such as tag rugby/ hockey and OAA (orienteering).
Please ensure that PE kits are kept in school. (Lessons are normally on Wednesdays and Thursdays, but occasionally timetabling can be changed at short notice.)
We are very much hoping that some inter-school competitions will be held this term.
In History, we will learn about ‘Crime and Punishment’ in Britain over the last 1000 years. This will draw on prior learning of various periods of history as well as introducing new learning. We are very excited to reveal that we will be visiting the historic site of Shrewsbury Prison. Our school trip will support our learning and allow pupils to take part in interactive and engaging workshops led by knowledgeable ex-prison officers turned tour guides.
In Geography, pupils will study ‘Rainforests’. They will explore the features of rainforests, where they are in the world and why they are so important to the planet. Pupils will also consider the impact of deforestation on the world and its population.
Our Painsley Science specialist teacher, Mrs Swinson, will teach Science in year 6. Pupils will continue to focus on the biology strand this term as they study ‘Animals, including humans’. They will also develop their understanding of ‘Electricity’. Pupils will be developing their skills to work scientifically by organising and carrying out several investigations over the term.
In art, Year 6 will take inspiration from Augustin Rodin as they develop sketching skills, a sense of proportion and use of clay to create a sculpture in the style of Rodin.
In D&T, we will begin the term by focusing on Structures. We will be studying a range of different playgrounds before designing and making a model playground structure. We will then move on to Textiles where we will be creating our very own waistcoats based on the theme of rainforests. Our waistcoats will be showcased during a fashion show performance of our rainforest rap!
In Music, Year 6 learn to listen, appraise, sing with control and play tuned percussion to accompany songs. They will continue to learn to read music on the treble clef and will understand an ever-wider range of musical terms. We will take part in an exciting workshop with a songwriter to create our rainforest rap!
In French, Year 6 will continue to widen their working vocabulary and learn to read and write simple and compound sentences about our school. Pupils will learn how to tell the time in French, compare French and English schools and finally, recognise and say what lessons we do at school.
Pupils will continue to revise their prior learning.
In Computing, Year 6 will be taught by subject specialist, Mr Reynolds.
We thank you for your continued help and support as we assess your child and decide upon the best ways to help them to make the progress necessary to meet their aspirational targets.
If you have any worries or queries, please send a message in the home school diary, telephone or e-mail the office or contact us through Class Dojo. We will do our best to answer your queries as soon as we can. Many thanks.
Reading at home - 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. Pupils are able to visit the school library and we will share novels in class throughout the year.
Homework, other than reading, is usually set on Wednesdays and is due in on Mondays. Tasks may be in an exercise book or on-line. Pupils should have their log-in details in their diary. It is important that diaries go home each day and come back into school every morning.
Please encourage your child to do extra practice on multiplication tables too EVERY week, as recall speed still needs to be improved.
We strongly believe that your child will do better if we work as a team. If you have any worries or concerns about your child, please do let us know so that we are aware. You may message on Class Dojo or, if you prefer, you can send an e-mail to the office. Alternatively, one of us is on the playground before and after school if it is a quick word you need.
Thank you for choosing St Giles’ Catholic Primary School and for trusting us to do the very best that we can do for your sons and daughters. We are proud to be spending our year with such a fantastic group of children. It is a privilege that we take seriously!
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. 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.