WELCOME TO YEAR 6
In Year 6, Mrs Law is the class teacher, supported by Mrs Smitheram. Children in Year 6 are expected to become more independent as the year progresses to prepare them for secondary school. We expect excellent focus and effort in our class, whilst still enjoying our learning.
In this Year group, each child has the opportunity to become a prefect, which helps them to learn about responsibility and to gain leadership skills. Our Year 6 pupils have the important responsibility of contributing towards the smooth running of our academy; we really value their efforts and mature attitude towards this. We also promote the importance of teamwork, which is evident within our classroom.
In Year 6, outdoor learning takes place on Friday afternoons and PE is on Monday afternoons. Please ensure full PE kits are in school every week. Homework is issued on Fridays and is due in on Wednesdays. Homework club is available every Monday and Tuesday lunchtime should your child need assistance with completing this.
Reading should be enjoyed daily – every child is expected to read their target number of pages, either independently or to an adult. They should then write how much they have read in their home-school-link book, which should be initialled daily by an adult at home. Pupils are also expected to learn their spellings and times tables each week.
This term we will be covering the following topics:
A Voyage of Discovery
Who’s the Mummy?
What’s Happening Now?
Details of these topics can be found on the sheets that were sent home with the termly letter.
In maths this term, we will be revising our understanding of place value. We will also be revising and building on our understanding of fractions, using the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Co-ordinates and translation will also be covered this term.
In English, we will be reading ‘Skellig’, as our class book. This is an engaging text which follows a young boy called Michael as he deals with the emotions associated with moving to a new house and new friendships. We will be writing diary entries and letters associated with this book.
We will also be learning how to précis longer passages using Egyptian myths, writing instructions and continuing to develop our reading comprehension skills, as well as our vocabulary, using a range of texts.
Our science learning for this term will include a focus on the classification of plants and animals. We will investigate how animals adapt to their surroundings and consider why some animals have become extinct. A workshop about evolution will take place at NEXUS to complement this learning.
Outdoor learning and science activities will take place on a rota basis on Friday afternoons. These will be taught by Mr Costello and Miss Pedley. Where possible, these activities will take place outside, in our Cultivating Futures area.
Throughout our RE sessions, we will study Judaism and Christianity. We will also compare different creations stories, including those of the Ancient Egyptians.
The children will receive regular French lessons later in the term with Monsieur Wilkinson, a languages teacher from CSIA.
PE will continue to take place on Monday afternoons and will be taught by Mr Kay and Mrs Law. The focus for this term will be swimming and hockey. Please ensure your child’s PE kit is in school every week to ensure they can participate fully in this important part of their education.
In computing this term, as well as revising our understanding of internet safety, we will be researching Egypt using ipads to produce a fact file about the country. We will then create PowerPoint presentations to share with the class.
As part of our learning in geography, we will be finding out about the different biomes in the world. We will also learn about longitude and latitude, as well as time zones.
In history, we will learn about the Ancient Egyptians. This will include a trip to the Royal Cornwall Museum, where we will participate in a workshop involving observing a real mummy as well as several other Egyptian artefacts.
In music, we will be learning how to create rhythmic phrases using clapping and instruments. We will also be learning how to sing our class’s song for our annual music event, using appropriate pitch and tone.
In art and DT, we will be designing T-shirts using hieroglyphs, as part of our ‘Who’s the Mummy?’ topic. We will also be creating Christmas decorations which will involve stitching appliqué with felt.
As always, if you have any questions, please make an appointment to see Mrs Law, or make contact via the home-school link book or telephone.
What's happened in class this week?
English –This week, the children in Year 6 have written performance reviews and a recount. After watching the dress rehearsal for our annual music event, the children wrote some great reviews, thinking carefully and evaluating each performance. They included some great vocabulary and gave some very positive opinions which were a pleasure to read.
The recounts were written about our trip to the Royal Cornwall Museum. The children used a good range of vocabulary and used paragraphs and fronted adverbials to structure their writing. Their subject knowledge of their current topic shone through in their writing which was fantastic to see.
Maths –This week, the children have developed their understanding of the order of operations, solving a variety of problems. They demonstrated excellent verbal reasoning skills showing a good understanding. They have also learnt about square and cube numbers this week, using their times tables knowledge to help them.
History – As part of their topic about the Ancient Egyptians, the children enjoyed a fantastic workshop at the Royal Cornwall Museum this week. They examined some interesting artefacts and really enjoyed finding clues about each fascinating object. They were in awe of the mummified body of the Ancient Egyptian, Iset Tayef Nakht, and enjoyed learning about his life as a carpenter and priest. Finally, they participated in some role play where they acted out the 'weighing of the heart ceremony'.
English – This week, to link with our interesting history lesson, the children have written a set of instructions to explain how to mummify a fish. They used bullet points for lists and thought carefully about how to give clear, precise instructions using ‘bossy’ verbs. They have also been revising how to use commas in different ways, including to separate clauses and to make meaning clear within a sentence.
Maths –Multiples, factors and prime numbers, including prime factors, were the focus of this week’s maths lessons. The children used their knowledge of the times tables to help them find the lowest common multiple and highest common factor from a set of numbers. They also learnt how to use BODMAS to help them to understand the order of operations within a calculation.
Art – The children have continued to work on their sketches of the HMS Beagle, adding detail and colour to their work. They have started to use the aqua pencils and will be adding water and blending the colours in the next art lesson. The sketches are looking fantastic so far and we can’t wait to see the finished works of art.
History – This week, to launch their new topic 'Who's the Mummy?' which focuses on the lives and beliefs of the Ancient Egyptians, the children mummified some fish. After removing the insides, the children washed and dried the fish, before packing it with salt and herbs. Finally, they wrapped the fish tightly in cling film. After 5-6 weeks, we will unwrap the fish to complete the final step of the mummification process, which involves rubbing the fish with oil and wrapping it in strips of linen. The children thoroughly enjoyed this activity and it has enriched and developed their understanding of this fascinating process.
English – This week, the children have written the second draft of their passage of writing, which explored the visual and sound effects of language. The children brought their writing to life by using a variety of interesting vocabulary and linguistic techniques, such as onomatopoeia, alliteration, simile and metaphor.
The children have also completed some spelling and grammar activities to develop their understanding of homophones and how they are used in different contexts.
Maths –Following on from our work on multiplication and division, this week the focus has been on decimal division. The children worked both in small groups and independently to solve a range of problems. They used the short, formal method of division accurately and could use their reasoning skills to explain the algorithm for this method.
Art – As part of our topic ‘A Voyage of Discovery’ the children have sketched pictures of the HMS Beagle. They sketched their outlines carefully with pencil, before adding finer details. After half term, they will be blending watercolours to show the different layers of colour in the sky and sea.
English – This week we have learnt how to write a formal letter. We focused on the structure and language required, comparing these to that of informal letters. We have continued to focus on using punctuation accurately in all of our writing.
In addition, we have continued to read our class book ‘Skellig’ which has stimulated some interesting discussions. We talked about books we have enjoyed reading and the children made recommendations, giving details about books they have read independently.
We have also completed a reading comprehension exercise linked to pollution and our environment. The children skimmed and scanned the text carefully to help them to retrieve the required information with accuracy.
Maths –Continuing with place value, this week we have focused on rounding whole numbers to a required degree of accuracy. We considered when this would be necessary in real life situations through a range of problems. We have also revised the use of columnar methods for addition and subtraction of seven-digit numbers, solving a variety of problems, including word problems and finding missing numbers.
Geography – We have continued to research biomes this week, with the children creating fact files about their chosen biome. Using ipads and atlases, they found out as much as they could about their chosen biome, including wildlife, climate and how the animals that live there have adapted to their surroundings.
Music –We have started to learn our song for the annual music event. The children have tried hard to sing with appropriate pitch and tone, keeping in time with the music and working together as a team.
English – This week we have continued to read our class book ‘Skellig’. We have discussed why the author has used particular language to set the scene and to create an air of mystery.
In addition, we have completed some reading comprehension exercises. One of these was linked to our current topic ‘A Voyage of Discovery’. We found out some facts about Charles Darwin’s life, while improving our retrieval skills.
Maths – In maths we have continued to consolidate and improve our understanding of place value. We have also focused on negative numbers this week, calculating intervals across zero and solving a range of real-life problems involving temperature and bank balances.
Geography – This week we have learnt about the main biomes in the world, considering their different landscapes, wildlife and climate. Ipads and atlases were used to research, and the information gathered will be used to create fact files next week.
We were also fortunate to have Vox Dance, a local dance company, come in to school on Wednesday to do a demonstration of street and contemporary dance. All children in KS2 were given the opportunity to join in. It was lots of fun and some of the Year 6 children were able to complete a lift in front of the group.
On Thursday, we travelled to Hayle Academy where the children participated in a variety of STEM activities. There were tasks such as cooking apple muffins, sewing space bugs, solving maths problems, making wooden robots and doing scientific experiments. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the morning – this was also a good opportunity to see what Hayle Academy has to offer as a venue for secondary education.
English– This week we have started to read our class book ‘Skellig’ which follows the life of Michael as he battles with the emotions associated with moving to a new house, family illness and new friendships. The children have also written stories using engaging story starters, focusing on using exciting vocabulary to set the scene, as well as completing two reading comprehension exercises.
National Curriculum English KS2:To draw inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions and justifying inferences with evidence
Maths– This week we have been revising our understanding of place value, revisiting the value of digits within larger numbers and writing 7-digit numbers in figures and words. We have also developed our understanding of place value by ordering numbers and finding missing numbers within a sequence.
National Curriculum maths KS2:To read and write numbers to 10 000 000 and determine the value of digits
PSHE– Through a variety of games and activities we have been developing our collaborative skills. The children have been set tasks to complete in teams, such as a water race and building towers using only sellotape and newspaper. Through these activities, and a good deal of discussion, the children have shown a great understanding of what it means to be a team player, working together in an enthusiastic and supportive manner.
National Curriculum PSHE UKS2:To show respect to other people and if necessary constructively challenge their point of view.