Welcome to our Year 6 Class!
In Year 6 we are resilient, pro-active, kind, caring, adventurous, brave, role-models who do our best in everything that we do.
Please scroll down for key information, a SATs portal (containing key information, help, advice and practice materials) the latest homework, useful links and a class photo gallery showcasing this amazing class's achievements since Year 5.
Year 6 have had a busy third week back at St. Marys and have this week written their first piece of independent writing based on 'The Piano' - a moving flashback story highlighting some of the key moments of a man's life, bought to fruition as he plays a melody on the piano.
We continued our work in maths recapping some of the core skills of addition and subtraction at a Year 6 level and will move on to multiplication and division next week.
In Science, we eliminated another suspect in our investigation: ' The Case of the Missing Laptop'. Year 6 children are using their scientific skills of deduction and knowledge of light to ultimately identify the culprit in an elaborately staged robbery.
We have now started most of the weekly routines including spellings, times tables and the collection of reading records.
Thank you for your continued support.
Upper Keystage 2 - Year 6
The children in our Year 6 class are taught a wide variety of subjects and topics from the National Curriculum. They are assessed using Milestone 3 which assesses their understanding of the topics taught. Throughout upper key stage 2 they will be assessed using a basic, advancing or deep understanding of their learning, using the milestone criteria. At the end of Year 6, children will undertake their SATS tests, covering writing, reading, grammar, spelling and mathematics.
What subjects do we cover?
• English: Writing, Reading and Communication
• Mathematics: To know and use numbers, Multiplication and division, fractions, properties of shape, position, direction and movement, measures, statistics and algebra
• Science: working scientifically, biology, chemistry and physics
• Art and Design Technology
• Physical Education
• Religious Education
• Personal development and Citizenship, including our school Christian values
• MFL- French
Although subjects are considered discrete we teach as much of the curriculum as possible through themes and topics throughout the year.
We focus on our school Christian values throughout Year 5 and 6 and develop the children’s roles within school through giving them jobs to do.
Key Class Information
|Spellings Test||Monday morning||New spellings are given out every Monday|
|Times tables Test||Thursday morning||Children will move on to the next times table once they have successfully scored 100% 3 weeks in a row|
|Homework||Due in on Tuesday||Homework is given out the previous Thursday|
|Reading Records||Friday||Due in on a Friday morning. Ensure you read at least 3 times a week at home and that your diary is signed by a parent/carer. Diaries will be returned on a monday.|
|PE||Wednesdays and Thursdays||Please have your PE kit in school all week as the timetable is sometimes subject to change|
- Weekly Homework - Given out on Thursday to be handed in by the following Tuesday
- Weekly Spellings - Handed out on a Monday, then tested the following Monday.
Children can also practise their Year 5/6 statutory words; all children have a list of the words which they did not spell successfully at the back of their reading records. We will update this every half term after we reassess the children.
KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts) - are designed to support the development of the mental skills that underpin much of the mathematics work in school. They are particularly useful when calculating, be it adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing. Time is to be dedicated at least 3 times each week, possibly in smaller daily bursts to ensure that the KIRF is practiced and learnt so that children grow in confidence to recall their facts instantly. Each half term, children will be assessed on their year group’s KIRF.
- Reading - one of the most valuable things a child can do at home is to read books. Through reading high quality, age appropriate books, which a child enjoys, it will develop not only their reading skills but also their writing skills, vocabulary, their imagination and their sense of wonder about the world around them. Below are my personal author and book recommendations aimed at Year 5:
- Times Table Rockstars - Children are encouraged to use this website as much as possible to help develop their mental agility with their times tables.
- Spelling Frame - a fantastic website for children to practise their spellings. Children can select their year, then a specific spelling rule or pattern to practise. There are games to play as well as full tests. The website supports any words the children spell incorrectly through breaking them down into syllables and guiding their spelling development.
- Topmarks - a fantastic website containing hundreds of maths games. Specifically, the 'hit the button' series of games is an incredibly useful tool for children to enhance their mental agility (halving, multiplying, number bonds and more) in a fun and engaging way.
- Dance Mat Typing - a great tool for children to practise their typing accuracy and speed; a crucial skill for children as they progress through primary school into secondary school and beyond.
- Scratch - this excellent site allows children to practise their coding skills whilst making their own games, animations and creations - highly educational and great fun! Do not be daunted by this website (which can look scary at first!), simply follow the 'tutorials' on the main page which guides you through how to make a variety of games from beginning to end.
- Newsround - a great way for your child to keep informed about the world around us.
Ieuan's Journey into Space - A story made using Scratch
Please click on this link here for a fantastic coded story featuring facts about the Solar System.
It is really fantastic - great work Ieuan!
14/02/20 - The Firework Maker's Daughter
Goodnight Mr Tom full movie (book by Michele Magorian). Please note this is a link to Youtube.
Tom's Midnight Garden full movie (book by Philippa Pearce). Please note this is a link to Youtube
A bear named Winnie - Find out the true and incredible story of the real life bear (from Winnipeg in Canada) who during WW1 made his way to London Zoo and was seen by a certain small boy called Christopher Robin who gave his name to a very special teddy bear who later became 'Winnie the Pooh'. Full movie - please note this is a link to Youtube.
Hitler, The Tiger and Me - A fantastic documentary about Judith Kerr (author of Mog/Tiger who came to Tea) - Youtube
The Marvellous World of Roald Dahl - a superb documentary about Roald Dahl available on YouTube
Newsround - it is more important than ever that children are kept informed about current affairs.
CBBC - As ever some fantastic shows on here - in particular I would recommend Blue Peter, Deadly 60, Horrible Histories, Operation Ouch, The Worst Witch - go with whatever interests you!
BBC iPlayer - search under 'History' and 'Science and Nature'. In particular I would recommend 'The Planets' series by Brian Cox (The Solar System is due to be our topic in Summer 2) and all the fabulous David Attenborough series of documentaries.