Welcome to Year 6
- In Year 6 the class teachers are Miss Denial and Miss Greenhill.
- We are joined by Mrs Heal, Miss Addley and Mrs Rawlinson – who bring a wealth of experience between them.
- We have the benefit of both Miss Denial and Miss Greenhill having worked with the children before, which provides us with a good level of continuity and security for the children.
Autumn term 2021 – Curriculum Newsletter
The timetable below will provide your child with learning linked to the units of study that will be taught in class. Please only use this if your child is required to isolate after testing positive for Covid-19 but they remain well. Children are not expected to work at home if unwell.
Further Learning at Home 2021
Self-led work ideas:
For some further maths challenges, use this link to the NRich website – the selection has been filtered to make them challenging but accessible. Grown-ups…there are solution sheets for each investigation, or a range of submitted ideas if there is more than one potential answer.
Please find Autumn 1 spelling pamphlets below; children are either in Spelling group 1 or 2 and the front covers are labelled as such.
Remember to pre-test, focus on any unknown words then retest until scoring full marks! If you score full marks first time round, can you learn the meanings and write a variety of sentences using the words in context? Maybe have a go at some words from the other pamphlet if you are scoring full marks on your usual list!
Other Curriculum Areas
RE – Is “God made man” a good way to understand the Christmas story?
History – What were the key events and turning points in WW2? What was the significance of the events at Dunkirk? What role did the Home Guard, Land Army and WRVS play in the war effort?
- Many routines during the week will continue in the same way for your child.
- Break and lunchtimes
- Milk (when ordered)
For the time being we will be having most Collective Worship in our classes, with assemblies recorded by staff during the week.
Library will return to normal. Year 6 will visit the library on Thursdays, please ensure books are in school on this day.
- We have high expectations of all of our children throughout the year.
- We encourage them to be the best they can be.
- We expect them to come to school ready for their lessons.
- We expect every child to read for at least 20 minutes daily: this may be out loud or to themselves.
- Spellings should be learned at home, both how they are spelt and how they are used!
- Online homework tasks and topic related tasks will be set during the term.
- We cover the same subjects as Y5, extending different areas of their learning: Maths, English, Guided reading, Grammar and spellings, Science, ICT, Topic, Art and DT, RE, PSHE and PE.
- As the year progresses, we encourage them to become more independent and help them to develop secure work routines to equip them for secondary school.
- Reading is so important in Y6. Good writers are always good readers! It really helps your child, throughout the curriculum, if they read well and often.
- Please encourage regular reading during all holidays.
- Discuss texts, meaning of words in context, inference and deduction, grammar.
- Using Accelerated Reader programme.
- We do group and whole class guided reading.
- We spend a long time developing and refining their writing skills in Year 6. We further develop their grammar skills – through grammar lessons and embedding them into our English work.
- We use a range of approached for the planning and organisation of our writing; we will continue to use the IPEELL structure and encourage children to edit and improve their own work more effectively.
- We teach a lot of our history and geography through our English units
Handwriting and spellings are also taught.
- The children will be taught in their classes for Maths.
- We have looked in detail at the areas of learning which happened during the summer term and reviewed the learning from earlier in Y5.
- We teach Maths using a mastery approach. this means that all children are taught the same concept and after completing tasks to consolidate their fluency in these areas, they move on to reasoning and problem solving tasks linked to the main teaching.
We cover the following topics in Y6:
- Place value and number.
- The 4 operations.
- Fractions, decimals and percentages.
- Geometry (shape and space, and position and movement).
The wider curriculum
- We teach history, geography and science as discrete subjects, emphasising the areas of knowledge specific to these and finding learning links between them.
- RE is taught every week, following the Oxford Diocesan Board of Education scheme. We make explicit links between our learning and the collective worship programme, as well as encouraging self-reflection through the use of the Contemplative Toolkit.
- Children should read every day and practise their weekly spellings.
- They should also regularly practise their arithmetic skills and times tables to aim for a quick and accurate recall of key facts, the use of TTRockstars supports this task.
- Homework tasks will usually be set via Purple Mash and MyMaths.
- Do speak with your child’s teacher if there are problems.
- Spellings – out Monday, tested the following Monday.
- Please do read with your child whenever possible – reading to them as well as hearing them – and then discuss the text. A good range of challenging books will help your child gain ideas, themes and vocabulary that will help enrich their writing and reading in class, as well as their future lives.
PE kit – all named please
- Plain navy blue t-shirt
- Navy shorts
- As above +
- Plain blue tracksuit / joggers / sweatshirt topEarrings need to be removed or taped for all PE sessions.
Children must remove watches and jewellery for all PE sessions. Children must be able to remove and replace earrings themselve as we cannot do this for them. Please encourage your child to leave earrings at home if they cannot do this themselves.
Children will have all PE sessions outside – weather allowing. Children should come to school in their PE kit on their allocated days.
- Water bottles – all year please.
- Children may bring a small pencil case containing 2 pencils, a black handwriting pen, rubber, sharpener, ruler, a selection of coloured pencils, glue stick and pair of scissors. A compass will be useful for maths later in the year.
- Full, labelled PE kit.
- Please send your child with a coat.
Trips and visits
- WW2 visit/experience
- Church visits – Christmas carol concert and end of summer term for our leaver’s concert
- End of Year 6 activities week – to be confirmed.
- Sporting tournaments
- Student Council
- Head Boy and Girl KS2 representatives
- Champions – when possible to enter other bubbles
- Lunchtime buddying – when possible
- Harvest deliveries
- Christmas postbox
Work to do at home
How can you support at home?
- Regular reading (Log on to Accelerated Reader to ensure that your child has completed their quizzes).
- Support and join in with homework tasks
- Support with spelling
- Researching our topic work more widely
- Communicate with us about any issues or concerns you have
- A pair of trainers which provide good support for a range of PE activities and surfaces
- Good school day routines.
- Helping with homework
- Ensuring reading is happening
- Practising times tables up to 12×12 with the associated division facts.
- Talking about the school topics – we will encourage the children to talk rather than grunt with you!