How is this year group organised?
The year group is divided into 3 classes.
The Class teachers are:
3. Mr Narramore (Leopards)
The teaching assistants based in Year 6 this year are:
Members of staff working within the year group are:
Mrs Partridge (Maths and English)
General Expectations, Rewards and Sanctions
As with other year groups, we expect all children to try their best and work hard in the classroom and in lessons.
We always encourage the children to treat each other, and all adults, with respect and kindness. In accordance with the rest of the school, we follow the behaviour policy whereby positive behaviours are rewarded and negative behaviours sanctioned in a way appropriate to Key Stage Two.
Please see the on-line behaviour policy for further details.
We will continue to encourage greater independence and responsibility and hope that you will also support your child in achieving this. Although we expect a great deal from your child, we offer a huge amount of praise and recognition for effort, achievement and good behaviour as well.
Reading records and reading books are expected to be in school every day. During a week, a child is expected to complete at least 3 reads at home and have their reading record signed by an adult on each occasion. The reading record will be checked each Friday.
Home learning will go home every week on a Thursday. It needs to be completed and returned by the following Tuesday. Home learning will alternate half-termly:
Autumn 1 - one piece of Maths Homework accompanied by ten spellings to learn.
Autumn 2 - one piece of English Homework (a reading comprehension) accompanied by a mental maths activity.
More Curriculum Subjects:
This half term the children have been learning about Volcanoes in our Topic lessons, starting with an exploration of what the children actually knew. This was followed by: labelling the parts of a volcano; learning about Pompeii and writing an account as if there, using evidence provided; and, researching a volcano of their choice using an Ipad, creating a poster and presenting it to the class.
The children have been learning about different types of organisms. They learnt lots of new vocabulary and have been able to classify organisms into different groups: mollusc, crustacean, echinoderm, arachnid, annelid and myriapod. They then explored how animals differ within a group and used a variety of classification keys in order to do so. Moving on in their learning, they studied the classification of plants, including vascular and invascular groups. Finally, they explored micro-organisms including bacteria, viruses, protozoa and fungi.
In RE, the children have developed their research skills in order to locate different parts of the Bible and learnt how to interpret the Bible from a literalist and liberalist point of view. They then used these skills when exploring ideas based on how the universe was created, focusing on biblical and scientific views. This was then followed by a question/answer session with Justin Tomkins which was incredibly valuable. Finally, the children studied the story of Adam and Eve and questionned whether all people should be punished for the sins of others.
First of all, the children developed their sketching skills when completing their own self portraits. They then started to look at surreal art, making links with Science as they merged different animals to create something very unusual and creative! Plants and foods were then introduced and the children further developed their sketching and shading skills, whilst also developing their use of colour.
Artwork was also completed on our english text, 'The Watertower' as the children explored the use of light and dark colours to create different atmospheres.
Information for Parents
Autumn 2 Curriculum Coverage:
Topic: Earthquakes - link to volcano work: plate tectonics, location of earthquakes in the world. Look at different types of earthquake and how their strength is measured. Consider the earthquake in Indonesia and link to ethics and consequences of natural disasters.
Science: Evolution and Inheritance - recognising that living things change over time and fossils provide us with information. Animal adaptation.
RE: The story of Jesus in the lead up to Christmas.
PE: Hockey skills, Gymnastics and Y-Ball!
French: Our School.
Art: Surreal artists and their work: Breton, Dali, Ernst, Magritte.
Spring 1 Curriculum Coverage:
History: World War 2. This is a vast topic and will last for the whole term. It will include the following: looking at Europe before and after the war (mapwork); the situation at the end of World War 1 and how people felt; the causes of World War 2; and major events that took place throughout the war in Europe. The topic will conclude with our very own VE day.
Science: Light. Lessons will be based on these key objectives: to recognise that light travels in straight lines; that objects can be seen because they reflect light into the eye; to understand how shadows are formed.
RE: Islam. Learning about Islam and daily life.
Art: Islamic art: calligraphy, Islamic patterns.
French: Our School
PE: Cricket (due to the cricket world cup), golf,football/ tag rugby, gymnastics.
Spring 2 Curriculum Coverage.
History: Continuing with our World War 2 project.
Science: Electricity: Associate the brightness of a bulb or volume of a buzzer with the number, or voltage of cells used in a circuit. Also, to explore how the different components in a circuit function, including switches. To use symbols when drawing circuit diagrams. To use this knowledge in a model or game.
RE: Christianity - Investigating the lead up to Easter.
Art: Completing Islamic art and then creating WW2 posters linked to our History work.
PE: Handball, Bench ball and circuits.
Geography: 'Round the World'.
Mapping: continents, Tropic of Cancer and Caprocorn, Equator; lines of latitude and longitude, time zones. Northern and southern hemishere.
Using 8 points of the compass.
Planning a route round the world and creating a booklet, including research and writing on a variety of man-made and natural landforms.
Science: Healthy Body.
To include: the circulatory system, the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood.
Diet (nutrients), exercise, drugs and importance of lifestyle on the way our bodies function.
Beliefs and practices: the 5 pillars.
Art: Landscapes around the world.
Linking work to the Geography unit and creating landscape postcards.
Monday: rounders, gymnastics and tennis.
20 Books to read in Year Six
This year we have selected 20 must read books for Year Six and we hope that you will be able to support your child in reading these books over the course of the year. Most of the books are available in our school library or the local library. When your child has read a book from the list please sign to confirm that the book has been read.