WELCOME TO Year 6
This year, our class names at Blenheim are based on inspirational people from Yorkshire.
Year 6 Tom Palmer Class is taught by Mrs Dunn, Miss Davies and Miss Ellen.
Year 6 Kadeena Cox Class is taught by Miss Childs and Mrs Lynch.
Mr Curlett and Mrs Marshall also teach across both Year 6 classes.
Let's find out more about the inspirational people who we are named after.
Tom Palmer is an award winning children's author, born and raised in our very own city of Leeds. He has written over 60 children's books, including 6 award-winning historical fiction titles and 3 fictional series relating to football. Tom writes lots of books about sport and history with the hope of using children's passions for both of these to inspire them to read.
We have chosen one of Tom's most recent successes, Resist, as our first Y6 class novel during our reading for pleasure time. This is a story inspired by the childhood of Hollywood legend Audrey Hepburn, and it highlights the important work done by the WWll Dutch resistance.
Also born in Leeds, Kadeena Cox is a world-class track and field athlete who is a true inspiration. As a promising sprinter, Kadeena's career took a sharp turn for the worst when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2014.
However, Kadeena didn't let anything stop her from achieving her dreams. She is now making enormous strides in the world of para-sport and has a total of 7 World Championship gold medals & 6 Paralympic medals across 2 sports.
AUTUMN 1 LEARNING
This half term, our foundation lessons will be based on the following:
Geography - Maps
Science - Evolution and Inheritance
Art - Drawing and Painting, linked with our Autumn 2 History topic, WW1 and 2.
Music - Rhythmic patterns
PSHE - Keeping Safe and Managing Risks
PE - Handball and Football
Computing - Internet Safety and Bletchley Park coding
RE - Sikhism
You can read in more detail about our Autumn learning in our Home school Link document, which was sent home in the first week of each half term.
You can read about our learning this year here..
We are continuing with our very successful reading curriculum which was launched last year and we have a whole new range of exciting books for Y5 and 6 to uncover in 2023-24. The children will continue to have 3 reading lessons every week, where they will practise their comprehension skills in discussion-rich lessons. Over the course of the year, they will be studying a wide, diverse range of fiction, poetry and non-fiction texts, exposing them to a huge range of authors, genres and writing styles and helping to build their contextual knowledge. Most importantly, we hope to foster a real enthusiasm and passion for reading, building habits that can last a lifetime!
In Autumn 1, children will be reading many 'linked-reads' to the books we are studying in our writing lessons - Saving Sorya - including books on animals, conservation and rainforests.
You can see our Autumn and Spring Literature Spine here....
EXPECTATIONS FOR CHILDREN IN YEAR 6
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, signed by a parent.
We would really appreciate your support by encouraging your child to read regularly at home; it is one of the best ways to improve their academic performance across the whole curriculum.
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.
Times tables will be tested the following WEDNESDAY. Spellings will be tested on an ongoing basis during our regular spelling sessions.
PE will be on Wednesdays & Fridays for Mrs Dunn's class and Thursdays and Fridays for Miss Child's class. Please ensure your child brings the appropriate kit for these lessons.
Your child will need:
A plain T-shirt or polo shirt
Sports shorts, tracksuit bottoms or plain leggings
Sweatshirt, hoodie or tracksuit top
Trainers suitable for outdoors
Please ensure all children bring a water bottle to school as having a drink when thirsty is vital for health and learning, whatever the time of year.
Please remember that we are a HEALTHY SCHOOL and therefore children should not be bringing in unhealthy snacks such as chocolate, cake or sweets even for birthday treats. Only healthy treats thank you (without nuts).
We look forward to sharing this exciting year with your child, and we will try our best to make their last year of primary school a very memorable and successful one!
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need any support.
Mrs Dunn and Miss Childs