Year 6

Welcome to Year 6.

We have a very exciting two terms ahead of us. As always in year 6 we will be looking forward to approaching our challenges with resilience and enjoyment and we are excited to discover all of the amazing things that lie ahead!

St Peter

Miss King (Teacher)

Miss D Green (Trainee Teacher)

Mrs Alexander (Teaching Assistant)

St Paul

Miss Smart (Teacher)

Miss V Green (Teaching Assistant)

ENGLISH

Over the next two terms we will be studying the novel, ‘Journey to the River Sea’ by Eva Ibbotson

Novel: Maia, an orphan, can’t wait to reach her distant relatives a thousand miles up the Amazon. She imagines a loving family with whom she will share great adventures. Instead she finds two spiteful cousins who see the jungle as the enemy and refuse to go outdoors. But the wonders of the rainforest more than make up for the hideous Carters. And when Maia meets a mysterious boy who lives alone on the wild river shores, she begins a spectacular journey to the heart of the extraordinary new world.

Throughout this text, the children will have an opportunity to apply their grammar skills to produce different forms of writing such as:

Information text on the Amazon

-Non-chronological report on a species

-Diary entry

-First person narrative (Descriptive writing)

-One-sided argument

-Formal letter

-Adventure narrative

Some key grammar features to remember are modal verbs and adverbs to indicate degrees of possibility, expanded nouns phrases, dialogue, adverbials, subordinate and relative clauses, parenthesis (using brackets, dashes and commas), commas for clarity, cohesive devices (such as repetitions, pronouns and conjunctions), prepositional phrases, cursive handwriting and year 5/6 spelling words.

MATHS

Over the next two terms, we will be focusing on Number and Place Value and Calculations.

The children will be given opportunities to practise, apply and further develop their skills and understanding of these strands. A major focus this year will be the application of skills and methods to test based questions and investigations using understanding to justify ideas and opinions (reasoning and fluency).

The objectives we will cover are:

 

Number – number and place value

  • read, write, order and compare numbers up to 10,000,000 and determine the value of each digit
  • round any whole number to a required degree of accuracy
  • use negative numbers in context, and calculate intervals across 0
  • solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above

Number – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division

  • multiply multi-digit numbers up to 4 digits by a two-digit whole number using the formal written method of long multiplication
  • divide numbers up to 4 digits by a two-digit whole number using the formal written method of long division, and interpret remainders as whole number remainders, fractions, or by rounding, as appropriate for the context
  • divide numbers up to 4 digits by a two-digit number using the formal written method of short division where appropriate, interpreting remainders according to the context
  • perform mental calculations, including with mixed operations and large numbers
  • identify common factors, common multiples and prime numbers
  • use their knowledge of the order of operations to carry out calculations involving the 4 operations
  • solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why
  • solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • use estimation to check answers to calculations and determine, in the context of a problem, an appropriate degree of accuracy

RELIGION

Term 1: The Kingdom of God

The objectives we will cover are:

  • To be able to reflect on the Kingdom of God.
  • To be able to reflect on the importance of responding to the invitation to the Kingdom.
  • To know that everyone is called to enter the Kingdom of God.
  • To reflect on words and deeds necessary to show commitment to the Kingdom.
  • To know that Jesus’ miracles reflected the beginning of the Kingdom.

 

Term 2: Justice

The objectives we will cover are:

  • To understand the meaning of justice and be aware that we are all called to work for justice
  • Know about some people who have been persecuted for speaking out about injustice and reflect on the cost of commitment
  • Know about some people work for justice and reflect on what we can learn from them
  • Understand that we are all called to help one another and reflect on how people with disabilities can help us
  • Know about the mystery of the Incarnation and reflect on its importance for us

Jigsaw (PSHE)

Term 1: Being me in my world

 

Term 2: Celebrating difference

SCIENCE

Science

 

Term 1: Living things and their habitats

The objectives we will cover are:

  • describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including microorganisms, plants and animals
  • give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics.

 

Term 2: Animals including humans

The objectives we will cover are:

  • identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood
  • recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function
  • describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans.

Geography

Term 1: The Rainforest

The objectives we will cover are:

  • I can locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on South America, concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities.
  • I can identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle, the Prime/Greenwich Meridian and time zones.
  • I can Describe and understand key aspects of physical geography (climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts).
  • I can Describe and understand key aspects of human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.

History

Term 2: Vikings and Anglo Saxons

The objectives we will cover are:

  • To understand where the Vikings came from
  • To understand how and why the Vikings invaded Britain
  • To understand how some Kings in Britain dealt with the Viking leaders
  • To understand how Vikings lived and worked
  • To understand what happened during the Viking invasions and know what Viking warriors were like
  • To identify and describe Viking Artefacts
  • To know some Viking Gods and what they represent

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Term 1: Athletics

The objectives we will cover are:

  • Running at speed and sprint starts
  • Run whilst changing direction at speed
  • Improve their ability to jump for distance
  • Learn the correct technique for throwing a shot putt
  • Improve their ability to jump high
  • Competition week (perform all the skills learnt over the previous weeks)

Term 2: Multi skills

The objectives we will cover are:

  • Understand what the term agility means and learn to test their agility using a number of different tests
  • Continue to develop their understanding of agility
  • Understand that speed, co-ordination and balance are all required to perform well at agility exercises
  • Understand what it is meant by the term co-ordination and how they can test their co-ordination in a number of tests
  • Take part in a number of balance drills and learn to test their balance using a number of tests
  • Combine and link all the skills they have learnt over the course of the term

HOMEWORK

Reading: x 20 minutes daily (minimum)

Children must be listened to reading and encouraged to discuss what they have read. Their journal should be signed each night/morning showing this.

 

Spelling: children will receive 15 spellings a week, which will be taught to them on Monday. They will be tested on theses spellings every Friday. The children will identify in their learning journals which spellings they have spelt correctly/incorrectly.

 

Times tables: It is essential that children practise their times tables every evening. They play a crucial role and aid your child’s understanding in Maths.

 

Comprehension: Children will receive a comprehension text every Friday to be returned and marked every Friday. This gives children 6 nights to read, discuss and answer questions on the text. As in class, children should make footnotes on each text before attempting the questions, as this is good practise for their exams.

 

Maths: children will receive Maths homework every Friday to be returned and marked every Friday. This homework will be based on misconceptions or classroom learning and should be given full attention and effort. If children have difficulty, they should speak to their class teacher before the homework is due.

Homework will be given out every Friday and is due back the following Friday (apart from weekly spellings).

Parent/Carer Charter

  • To read with your child daily and sign learning journal
  • To encourage your child to complete homework to the best of their ability and with 100% effort
  • To ensure children continue to practise spellings and times tables daily
  • To maintain a positive attitude towards school and learning

 

Important dates

 

  • Tuesday 2nd October: Y6 Open Morning
  • Monday 8th October: Y6 Parent meetings

 

 

Thank you for your continued support,

 

Miss Smart and Miss King

 

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