Welcome to Year 6!
This year, both Year 6 classes are named after famous authors.
Elizabeth Laird Class is taught by Miss O'Reilly and Miss Simcock.
Eva Ibbotson Class is taught by Mrs Dunn and Mr Curlett.
This half term our topics are as follows:
We are learning about natural and man-made light sources, and how our planet relies on the sun for light. We will investigate how light travels and how we are able to see objects.
We are studying different biomes and climate zones, and using maps and globes to look at the locations of these around the world. This links well to the work we did on Russia in the Autumn term, when we studied biomes like tundra and steppes.
Following on from Spring 1, we are continuing our study of WW2, going into more detail about some of the key battles that took place.
We were all totally hooked on our last class book, The Boy at the Top of the Mountain, by John Boyne. This linked perfectly to our learning about WW2. We are now excited to start our new book, Once, by Morris Gleitzman. This looks at the war from the viewpoint of a young Jewish boy, who is escaping from the Nazis; this will allow comparisons between the experiences of the main characters in both stories.
Our main focus is 'compassion' but, as always, we will be comparing the views of different religions, drawing on the expertise of the varying cultures in our class.
In dance, we are looking at contemporary ballet, based on 'Ghost Dance' by Christopher Bruce. In hockey, we are revisiting the skills of dribbling, passing and shooting, then applying these skills in gameplay.
We are continuing with our steel pan lessons with Natalie from Artforms. She is so impressed with the ability of all the children in Y6 and how quickly they pick up new melodies and rhythms.
We will be continuing to revisit the vocabulary already taught, such as greetings, numbers, colours, days and months. In addition, we will learn how to talk about our likes and dislikes.
Our lessons this half term will focus on discrimination and gender stereotyping and how this can be avoided.
Here is the school link to show you the Year 6 Yearly Plan:
It is vitally important that your child reads at home as well as at school.
The expectations are that your child reads AT LEAST 4 times a week at home. Reading books can be handed in on any day to be changed, but they MUST be handed in on a MONDAY, along with their reading records. These books need to have been signed by an adult each time your child has read.
Homework is an extremely important part of your child’s learning and specifically in Year 6, as it prepares them for the expectations of High School.
Homework is given out every Friday and MUST be returned to school NO LATER than the following WEDNESDAY.
The homework will be a Learning Log task based on the termly topic, as well as a piece of work for both Maths and Literacy.
Along with their homework every Friday, children will also be given a list of spellings to learn and a times table sheet to help them practise.
Spellings and times tables will be tested the following WEDNESDAY.
P.E is done on a THURSDAY and FRIDAY for Ibbotson Class and a MONDAY and WEDNESDAY for Laird Class. Please ensure that your child has the correct clothing/footwear for these lessons; remember that P.E lessons are done both indoors and outdoors, therefore suitable outdoor trainers will be required.
We are really enjoying our year so far with Y6 and can't believe that we are already half way through the children's last year of primary school.
As always, please don't hesitate to come in and see us if you have any questions or need any support.
Miss O'Reilly and Mrs Dunn