Year 6 is an important year for the children as they prepare for the transition to secondary school. They will continue to develop their Mathematical and English skills, for which they will be tested in May through national assessments. However, emphasis will be on providing children with a balanced curriculum that allows for creative thinking and development of their independent skills and the fostering of a growth mindset. Children will have the opportunity to take on the responsibilities of a Prefect position for a term during the year and, as the oldest in the school, we expect Year 6 children to act as role models to the younger children. By setting good examples in their attitudes and behaviour to their work and each other, they will be valued members of the school community.
Year Group Information
Teacher: Mr Bowen
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Fitzsimons (1:1)
Games: Monday & Wednesday (Field Kit)
Teacher: Mr Manning
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Anderson
Games: Monday & Wednesday (Field Kit)
Teacher: Mrs Collins
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Wright
PE: Monday & Wednesday (Gym Kit)
Teacher: Mrs Keen
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Redman
PE: Wednesday & Friday (Gym Kit)
‘Blitz and Peaces’ (Autumn 1 & 2)
Quality Text (Autumn 1): ‘War Horse’ by Michael Morpurgo.
Quality text (Autumn 2): ‘The Little Ships’ by Louise Borden and Michael Forman.
The year begins with the children extending their historical knowledge by learning about both WW1 and WW2. Starting with WW1, the children will learn about the British Empire in 1910 before developing an understanding of how the war began in 1914 following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand through research and drama activities. From this, the children will be encouraged to think about how soldiers were recruited to the war and they will research, design and create a WW1 trench in DT.
After the half term, we move onto WW2 and again, the children learn about the outbreak of the war, Hitler’s influence during the period and the impact this had on people, in particular children. Particular focus is given to evacuation and the life of Anne Frank as well as the rescue mission of Dunkirk. The children will also create a Blitz scene in Art using pastel drawing.
Mother Earth (Spring 1)
Quality Text: ‘The Story of Life: A first book about evolution’ by Catherine Barr and Steve Williams.
This is an exciting topic, which focuses on a range of Geography and Science objectives linked to the planet Earth. Children will learn about how living things have changed over time and will look at how fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago. They will learn about how living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents. They will also explore how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation can lead to evolution. Moving onto a Geography focus, children will learn the names and locations of key topographical features such as mountains and explain how these have changed over time. They also explore volcanoes and earthquakes, looking at plate tectonics and the ring of fire. Children will have the opportunity to produce a watercolour painting in the style of the Quality Text ‘The Story of Life’.
The Golden Age? (Spring 2 & Summer 1)
Quality Text: ‘1001 Arabian Nights’ by Geraldine McCaughrean.
During this topic, the children will be developing an understanding of ‘Early Islamic Civilisation,’ an era in history that is often forgotten or even downplayed as ‘The Dark Ages.’ Children will be learning about the city of Baghdad, the different inventions from the time and key thinkers from ‘The House of Wisdom,’ as well as creating Islamic patterns using a variety of art and mathematical techniques. A further focus will be on exploring and experiencing different cuisines as the children will then have the chance to design and create their own food fit for a feast of that time, developing an understanding of a healthy and varied diet.
Southport (Summer 2)
Quality Text: TBC
During this term, the children will also be busy preparing for their end of year performance at The Atkinson.
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Homework is an important part of a child's education, and can add much to a child's development. We see homework as an important example of cooperation between teachers and parents/carers. One of the aims of our teaching is for children to develop as independent learners, and we believe that doing homework is one of the ways in which children can acquire the skill of independent learning. Homework allows for parents and children to work together on the homework, sharing with the adults the work we are doing in school and developing communication around the children's topic.
In Year 6, we expect children to read at home with an adult 3 times a week. In addition to this, children should complete independent reading daily and this should be recorded in their Planners.
We aim to provide children with a range of homework activities to prepare for or consolidate their classroom learning. Homework will be given out on Friday to be finished by the following Wednesday unless otherwise instructed. Usually, there will be a task relating to English and/or our current Theme, as well as a Maths challenge. Children should spend at least 30 minutes on each task.
Times table knowledge is essential as a building block for all maths skills. We expect the children to know all their times tables off by heart, up to 12x12. It is important that the children take time to learn these throughout the week. Access to Times Tables Rockstars with their own log-ins can take place at any time.
Each week in lessons we will focus on a specific spelling pattern. A list of words, which have been worked on in a lesson (some of which, fit the pattern) will be sent home for your child to learn. Your child will be advised whether they are to learn 10, 15 or 20 of the words. The spelling list will still be given on a Monday and tested on a Friday.
Upon completion of teaching the final spelling patterns, we will then compile our spelling lists using 20 words each week from the ‘Year 5 and 6 spelling list’ (see attachment below). A copy of this list will be sent home with your child in order for them to familiarise themselves with the words in advance.
In the lead up to SATs, children will be given study gudes for SpAG and Maths to use to consolidate their learning at home. We encourage children to revise 3 times a week.
Other family learning opportunities
- Family projects
- Playing board games & card games
Practical Maths Activities:
- Money – counting, going shopping, and calculating the change, currency conversion.
- Cooking- measuring and weighing, calculating cooking times, calculating total weight, using scales accurately.
- Telling the time - 5 minute and 1 minute accuracy.
- Using timetables for travel.
- Calculating time intervals between TV programmes, bus journey’s and car journeys.
The link below is to an interactive map with explanation video links for a range of grammatical terms. You may find it useful to click on the links and check your understanding.
The link below is to a website which will help with maths revision. You can click on a topic in maths you would like to revise, such as adding fractions and it will forward you to a page of practice questions. There are then further links to a Youtube page which will model how to answer each question.
Our recommended books:
Michael Morpurgo - Running Wild
Information books about the Earth, mountain formations and natural disasters.
Links for Mother Earth