Mrs McVey – Mrs Wilkin – Mrs Wilcox
Welcome to Year 6.
The three of us are really looking forward to working with your talented, intelligent, creative and kind children this year. Year 6 always flies, so we want to make the most of every single day.
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…
Year 6 hope to be able to take up their yet duties around school once it is permitted. In the meantime, they can still look for ways to let their lights shine in the school and parish community.
BREAKFAST is a really important meal. Currently with the slightly extended day, our morning break is later than it used to be meaning three lessons are taught before break and one after. It is essential that pupils have had breakfast if they are to concentrate fully on their learning. Thank you for your continued support. (Breakfast club is available at school if families wish to use this facility.)
Learning in Year 6
In RE, pupils will study ‘The Story of the People of God’ based on characters in the Old Testament followed by ‘The Followers of Christ’ which concentrates on the disciples of Jesus and begins to look at themselves as modern day disciples searching for their own vocations.
Later they will study ‘Advent’ and will prepare to celebrate Christmas. The pupils will also learn and explore some of the traditional prayers used in the Catholic Church.
In RHE, pupils will learn about the importance of faith and about the many gifts and talents that God has given to them. Pupils will learn about how their bodies change during puberty and about the many emotional changes and challenges that they may face over the coming years.
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 also be improving our skills in geometry.
In English, this term, Year 6 will be study two novels: Street Child by Berlie Doherty and Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy. They will also continue to develop their personal writing projects alongside two genre studies in Flash Fiction and Explanation.
In PE, Year 6 will be taught by coaches from ASM this term on a Wednesday morning and will go swimming on a Thursday afternoon. Please ensure the correct kit is in school on those days. Inhalers and water bottles will also be required.
In History, pupils will learn about what life was like for the Tudors. The children will find out how the Tudors came to reign and will learn about the monarchs by considering a variety of sources. Their studies will be enhanced by a trip to Tamworth Castle where they will have a Tudor experience. If you have the chance, it would be lovely for you to take your child to see Croxden Abbey and/or Little Moreton Hall. Both of these have links to Tudor times.
In Geography, pupils will learn about energy, the Earth’s resources and sustainability. Pupils will consider the impact of our actions and decisions on the planet.
In Science we are focusing on the physics strand this term as we learn about ‘Electricity’ with Mrs Swinson and ‘Light and how we see’ with Mrs McVey. If your child could bring in a torch to use in Mrs McVey’s Science lessons each week, that would be very helpful at the moment.
In Art, Year 6 will take inspiration from William Morris as they develop sketching skills and repeated printing skills as they aim to produce a final ‘print’ of their chosen design.
In Design Technology, pupils will study food and nutrition as they design and make their own celebration cakes to use with you to celebrate Christmas at the end of the term. Throughout the term they will practise different cooking and baking techniques and skills. Extra practice at home would be helpful and I am sure that you would enjoy what your children create.
In Music, Year 6 will be learning to play a musical instrument: the violin. What an exciting opportunity for everyone! In addition, pupils will learn and practise a variety of hymns and songs to lift our spirits and to help us to celebrate class liturgies and Masses.
In French, Year 6 will continue to widen their working vocabulary and learn to read and write simple and compound sentences. They will learn to tell the time in French and to talk about schools, including the building, the subjects and the daily routines.
In Computing, Year 6 will be taught by subject specialist, Mr Johnson who will initially be covering ‘online safety’ and ‘coding’.
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.
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. Thank you for entrusting your child to us. We look forward to working in close partnership with you this year.
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.