Mrs McVey – Mrs Wilkin – Mrs Wilcox
Welcome back to the Year 6 class page. Below you will find details of what we hope to cover during the Summer Term in Year 6.
Year 6 pupils have been given three very simple expectations.
We expect good manners at all times.
We expect good behaviour at all times.
We expect everyone to try their best in every lesson.
As St Catherine of Sienna said: ‘Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.’
The staff at St Giles’ feel very privileged to be helping your child, on a day-to-day basis, to discover their God-given vocation and how to have the courage to live it.
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
In RE, pupils will study Easter followed by Pentecost. Following on from these, pupils will study the Church Community and their call to be part of this community. Whilst studying these units of work, those pupils who have expressed a wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation will make their final preparations for their Confirmation which will take place on Tuesday 5th July 2022 at 7pm. (Further details will follow.)
The final unit this year will be on the ‘Lives of Mary and the Saints’ who, of course, are our role models.
We are very grateful to Father Eric for giving us the opportunity to attend Mass as a class during the term. 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 constantly revise and use all four operations with whole numbers, fractions and decimals. We will use and apply our skills to solve word problems set in different real-life contexts. Pupils will learn how to calculate the area and perimeter of squares, rectangles and triangles. They will learn how to solve problems involving ratio and proportion. In geometry, pupils will learn about the properties of a range of shapes and will learn how to calculate and construct angles accurately. Pupils will learn to collect and represent data using graphs and pie charts. (Links will be made in Science as they collect data whilst working scientifically.)
In English this term, Year 6 will be studying Floodland and Holes. The class will also be developing their writing through a variety of genres: short stories, dual narratives, persuasion, discussion and personal memoir.
In PE, Year 6 will have one lesson with a coach from ASM, where they will continue to practise and improve their skills in athletics and rounders, and another lesson with our PE subject leader- Mrs Brown.
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, pupils 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.
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.
In Science pupils continue to focus on the biology strand this term with Miss Swinson as they study ‘Animals, including humans’. Pupils will be developing their skills to work scientifically with Mrs McVey as they explore the many links between Science and sport. Pupils will organise and carry out several investigations over the term.
In art, Year 6 will take inspiration from Henri Rousseau as they develop sketching skills, a sense of proportion and use of water colours to create different effects with a variety of media.
In technology, pupils will study gears and pulley systems.
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.
In French, Year 6 will continue to widen their working vocabulary and learn to read and write simple and compound sentences about towns nowadays and in the past. Pupils will learn how to read a ‘French Café’ menu and how to order food, drinks and ice-creams.
Pupils will continue to revise their prior learning.
In Computing, Year 6 will be taught by subject specialist, Mr Johnson.
All Year 6 pupils will be involved in SATs during the week beginning May 9th 2022 for which they will be well prepared.
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. (Mrs Wilkin operates a library loan system in class which has a wide choice of Year 6 appropriate books.) There is also the school library which pupils can use.
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.
The residential trip to PGL is booked for Monday 6th June until Wednesday 8th June. The children are very excited. They have voted for their preferred activities; however, I am sure that they will give everything a go and make the most of this rare opportunity.
During this term, there will be transition visits to secondary schools. (Days will vary depending on your choice of secondary school.)
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’s 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. It is a privilege that we take seriously.
Thank you for all the support you give to us on a daily basis. Remember: we are here to support you as families too.
Let us enjoy the final term of your child’s primary education and try to ensure that they achieve their full potential!
Year 6 Prayers
End of Year Expectations Year 6
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.