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 together whether we are at home or in school.
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.
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. As yet, we do not know if or when this celebration will take place during this academic year but the children will have prepared and have an understanding of what receiving this sacrament means.
Whilst we cannot attend Mass as a school, we will take the opportunity to join in with live-streamed Masses from around our diocese. It will certainly give us a chance to ‘look beyond ourselves’ as we join many others in prayer.
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. We will use and apply our skills to solve word problems set in different real-life contexts. We will work specifically on fractions, percentages and decimals seeing how they are closely related. We will also improve our skills in geometry as we learn to read and plot co-ordinates in all four quadrants.
In English, Year 6 will study King Kong by Anthony Browne before moving on to Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick, explanation texts and flash fiction. Year 6 will also begin their own personal writing projects where they will be supported and encouraged to choose their own writing outcomes. These writing outcome will then be published and made available to read in our class library and beyond.
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.
At home, pupils will try to get as much fresh air and exercise as they possibly can in order to maintain their physical and emotional well-being.
In history, pupils will learn about what life was like during World War 2 both at the front and on the home front. Pupils will ask and learn to answer historical enquiry questions. In addition, they will study particular turning points in WW2 and explain the impact these had on future events.
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. Pupils will investigate the impact that WW2 had on 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 Leonardo da Vinci as they develop sketching skills and how to create different effects with a variety of media.
In technology, pupils will study food technology where they will research, design and make a celebration cake for their family to celebrate ‘Easter’. The practical element of this unit may need to be completed at home (for all pupils) depending on COVID restrictions in school.
In music, Year 6 learn to sing ‘Happy’ as well as some songs based around the theme of world wars and will continue to learn to read and play music using tuned instruments in our unit on ‘Classroom Jazz.’
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. Later in the term, they will learn to talk about school, including the building itself, the subjects they learn and the time table.
In computing, Year 6 will be taught by subject specialist Mr Johnson.
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.
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.