Welcome to Y6
We strongly believe that your child will do better if we work as a team. If you have any worries or concerns about your child, please do let us know so that we are aware. You may message on Class Dojo or, if you prefer, you can send an e-mail to the office. Alternatively, contact us on the playground before and after school if it’s a quick word you need.
Learning in Year 6 never stops...
Maths:- This term, the children will be learning through the following units:
Unit 13: Geometry - properties of shapes
Unit 14: Problem solving
Unit 15: Data and statistics
In Maths, we will be revising a lot too in preparation of our SATs in May 23.
English and Reading:
This term, the children will be analysing and immersing; writing and editing; revising and publishing their very best written work in the style of the following genres:
- Adventure / mystery stories
National curriculum expectations for grammar, punctuation and spelling will be taught throughout the above units. The children will be revising all aspects of GPS previously taught throughout school and learning new skills, such as:
Use of the passive to affect the presentation of information in a sentence [for example, I broke the window in the greenhouse versus The window in the greenhouse was broken (by me)].
Use of the semi-colon, colon and dash to mark the boundary between independent clauses [for example, It’s raining; I’m fed up]
Our class novel will be the gripping ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar.
During their study of Benin, the children will ascertain the following key knowledge:
- The Kingdom of Benin originated around AD 900. When the Kingdom of Benin originated, it was just a collection of small villages in part of what is now Nigeria (where there is still a place called ‘Benin City’).
- Historians think that the early kingdom was called Igodomigodo and that was ruled by a dynasty of kings called the Ogisos.
- The king was the most important person in government and treated with great respect.
- They had many stories that involved gods and magic, and they believed that non-human objects had souls or spirits (a belief called ‘animism’).
- The new dynasty of Oba kings marked a turning point in the history of Benin and it became a thriving and powerful empire.
- There is very little physical evidence about Benin from before the 16thC so we have to rely on stories and archaeology rather than written records.
During the Summer term, the children will be learning about 'Energy and Sustainability' and investigating the following inquiry questions, alongside their own:
What is sustainability and why do we need it?
How has energy production changed over time?
How are Iceland able to run on a high % of renewable energy? What could the UK learn from this? What are the implications of the Iceland model?
How will we produce and use energy differently in the future?
Science- Animals Including Humans:
During the children’s exciting study of animals including humans, the children will work scientifically by researching, observing over time, performing tests using equipment and asking questions! Throughout the term, Y6 will:
-Learn about the circulatory system
-Create a model of a heart
-Explore how heart rates may change through exercise
-Research and understand how food labels in snacks help provide dietary information
-Design a model kidney
In design and Technology in Year 6 we will be focusing on textiles. We will be creating book covers using fasteners to develop our skills following on from the tote bag project last year. We will be using applique, running stitch, sewing buttons and elastic to create a funky individual book cover for our current reading books.
During their study of Rodin, the children will acquire key knowledge regarding Rodin’s history and his influence on art and sculpting. The children will make a series of observational drawings, developing skills that include sketching, developing tone, use of water colours and sculpting with various materials.
During the summer term, the children will study the following units during their RE lessons:
- Belonging to the Church Community
- Celebrating the Lives of Mary and the Saints
Woven throughout the curriculum, and the children’s time at school, we will be using Catholic Social Teaching to help our children develop and use the following life skills: Solidarity and the Common Good; Caring for the Poor and Vulnerable; Stewardship of God’s Creation; Rights and Responsibilities and Dignity of the Human Person.
Our class saint is Saint Oscar Romero.
At St. Filumena’s, we believe that PE plays an essential role in developing the child as a ‘whole’. Our PE lessons aim to develop both social and emotional skills alongside fundamental sporting skills. Lessons will be made up of an hour of fundamental skills practice, followed by a sport linking closely to those skills. During the summer term, children will be developing:
All spelling patterns and words will be taught at school and children will bring home between 5-10 words each week to learn. Alongside spelling patters are the Y6 statutory words, all of which are listed below. Children should be able to spell all of these by the end of the year. Practicing little and often is the best method!
In our RHE (Relationships and Health Education) lessons, pupils will continue to learn about and reflect upon many of the issues they will face during puberty and beyond. Pupils will be given strategies with which to manage the emotional challenges they may experience on their life-journey. They will continue to try to discover who God is calling them to be, each and every day, as they follow their unique vocation.
And finally, remember that in Y6, we
Year 6 Curriculum and Expectations
As a school, we report your child’s progress against these end-of-year expectations at our parent evenings during the year.
The following terms will be used:
· Your child is not on track to meet the end of year national expectations.
· Your child is on track to meet the end of year national expectations.
· Your child is on track to exceed the end of year national expectations.
Any extra support you can provide in helping your child or children to achieve these will benefit them greatly.