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.
In Year 6, we are learning to be more independent both in lessons and with self-organisation. We need to be ready for the next stage of our education and all that it involves.
As the oldest children in Key Stage 2 we enjoy certain privileges, such as sitting on benches or chairs in assembly and having the opportunity to go on a residential trip however we also have additional responsibilities too. Each one of us has at least one job that helps St. Giles’ School to run more smoothly each day.
Most importantly, 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, we begin by learning about the people God called in the Old Testament. We will find out how they were called to their various vocations and how they responded. We will think about the importance of ‘The Ten Commandments’ and reflect on their importance for life today.
Next we will learn about how Jesus called people to follow him in the New Testament and how they responded to his call. We will reflect on ways that we can respond as we are called to grow in faith and love.
Finally we will study parts of the Church’s liturgical year- Advent and Christmas, thinking about ways in which we can prepare for Jesus’ second coming.
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 English, we will linking to the class vehicle and studying the novel set in the Victorian era called ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty. Our study will involve analysing the text and a number of written outcomes including a report on workhouses. Later on in the half term, we will be looking at the genre of Dual Narrative and studying the poem ‘The Highwayman’ by Alfred Noyes.
Our poem to learn by heart this term is:
Let No-One Steal Your Dreams
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 - Pugin’s Gem.
In history, pupils will learn about what life was like in the Victorian times when Pugin and the Earl of Shrewsbury built St. Giles’ Catholic Church. They will also consider why the building of this church was so significant as they discover how religion has changed through time in Britain.
In Geography, they will learn mapping skills and will consider why settlers settled in Cheadle and positioned the church where they did. They will have the opportunity to visit St. Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham providing a chance to contrast a small, market town with a city.
In Science we are focusing on the physics strand this term as we learn about ‘electricity’ and ‘light’. We will consider how our church was lit in the nineteenth century and how it has been updated. We will also look at how the Science of light adds to the beauty of Pugin’s creation.
In art and technology, Year 6 will take inspiration from Pugin, Minton and other artists that helped to make ‘Pugin’s Gem’ what it is today. They will use and improve sketching, shading skills and painting skills as well as having the opportunity to work with fabrics.
In music, Year 6 learn to sing in parts with control. They will study a range of music including some traditional hymns that may have been sung in St. Giles’ when it was first built. They will listen to and appraise a variety of music and will learn to read music on the treble clef.
In French, Year 6 will build on what was learned in Year 5 as they widen their working vocabulary and learn to describe a variety of things, including our church.
In computing, Year 6 will draw all their learning together in order to produce multi-media guides about Pugin’s Gem for you to enjoy.
We hope to be able to invite you in to experience our guides and listen to our music towards the end of term.
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 11th May for which they will be well prepared.
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.