Welcome to Year 6

 Our 2019 – 20 curriculum map can be found here:

 

We use our CLIC values to help us to learn to the best of our ability. We believe that every child has the right-

CLICC– to be a confident communicator

L– to learn

I– to improve their health

C– to be part of a community

At Netley Abbey Junior School, these ideas underpin all of our learning. With this in mind, please take some time to see what we have been up to in class.

If you would like any further information about our curriculum, please feel free to talk to our class teachers in the first instance who should be able to answer any queries. After talking to the class teacher, if there are any further enquires, they can be directed toward our head teacher.

Homework help

 

Please see the link on key grammatical terms that your child will be learning about.

A Parents Guide to Grammar

At Netley Abbey Junior School, we use the ‘VIPERS’ to help us answer questions about the books that we read. Your child should know all about these in Year 6, but here is a link with questions that you might like to use at home when reading with your child.

Reading VIPERS for parents

Miss Piper – Heath

Miss Whittlesea – Beach

Miss Phillips – Westwood

We would like children to have their PE kit in school every day, however, we understand that they do need washing. P.E. kits will be sent home at the end of each term. 

PEOur PE days are-

Heath: Tuesday and Wednesday

Beach: Tuesday and Thursday

Westwood: Tuesday and Thursday

 

Please ensure your child has trainers in school at all times, for the Daily Mile.

Homework is always given out on a Friday and hand-in day is Wednesday.

All children will receive spellings, English/SPaG and maths homework each week. We would encourage times table learning and lots of reading too. Ask questions about what books your child is reading; about the characters and what they think might happen next, based on what they have read. Reading aloud to an adult will help fluency and understanding.

What have we been learning?

Autumn Term

At the end of the autumn term, Year 6 enjoyed researching, designing and making their own Christmas stockings. We learnt how to use a running stitch, backstitch and cross stitch, as well as how to add details including felt applique, bells and buttons. When we had finished our designs, we sewed our stockings together using blanket stitch: we had to make sure we thought carefully about leaving a seam allowance. We really enjoyed this project and showed lots of resilience in learning new skills. They also made great presents for some of our friends, family and pets!

 

Spring Term

During the spring term, we have enjoyed exploring 4 key texts in our English and Guided Reading lessons. When reading the book ‘I am Malala’, we learnt how Malala Yousafzai stood up for the rights of all children to have education. We then wrote a series of emotive diary entries from Malala’s perspective at different key points in her life. We really impressed our teachers with how we showed different emotions and how our word choices had an impact on the reader.

Later in the term, we studied the book ‘Shackleton’s Journey’ and found out about the lives of the 26 men who took part in the gruelling expedition to the south. In the role of one of the characters, we wrote character descriptions, letters of job application and phone calls home to our family. We thought carefully about how to change our language and grammatical choices to show different formalities.

This term, we also enjoyed exploring ‘War Horse’ and ‘The Boy at the Back of the Classroom’ in our Guided Reading lessons. We discussed the key themes and used our VIPERS to answer a range of comprehension questions.

Summer Term Home Learning

Our learning looked a little different during the summer term, as many of us were learning from home. However, we still enjoyed posting our activities to Seesaw, and our teachers were impressed with the range of new skills we were learning: from gardening to baking to crocheting! We also had the opportunity, through our home learning tasks, to explore topics that were of interest to us.

Here are just a couple of examples of some of our fantastic work produced at home:

Summer Term Returning to School

During our time back at school, we have been practising some of the skills that we will need to remember when we move to secondary school in September. We are also completing lots of other activities about transition, making sure we feel ready to start our new schools! We have also enjoyed playing lots of team games; learning about and creating some pieces of ‘Pop Art’; and taking part in virtual activities with the other bubbles, including a fun quiz!

It’s hard to decide what we have enjoyed most, but here are some of our ideas:

“We have enjoyed playing team sports in the SMUGA. When outside, we have had time to chat and play with our friends.”

“In art, we have been learning about Pop Art. I enjoyed seeing work from Lichtenstein and having time to create our own version. We made onomatopoeia words and a collage of Batman.”

“In creative writing lessons, I have enjoyed being imaginative and writing a story of my choice.”

It’s been great starting the Pop Art as it was a calming activity and an exciting art project.”

“I’ve enjoyed the class games, learning new circle games that are still at a safe distance.” 

“I’ve enjoyed circle times and I liked having time to talk to each other and catch up with what we’ve been doing during lockdown.”

I enjoyed playing football in the Smuga with our bubble.”

 

Connor’s Lockdown poem

Sophie’s lockdown poem