Welcome to Year 6
Miss Piper – Heath
Miss Whittlesea – Beach
Miss Phillips – Westwood
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.
BBC Bitesize Maths revision: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/
Maths games: http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/maths/
Even more maths games: http://www.mathsisfun.com/puzzles/index.html
Times tables: http://www.timestables.me.uk/
Grammar glossary: http://www.theschoolrun.com/primary-literacy-glossary-for-parents
BBC Bitesize English revision games: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/spelling_grammar/
First News: http://www.firstnews.co.uk/
BBC Bitesize Science: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/
Natural History Museum: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/kids-only/index.html
Computing and coding: https://studio.code.org/
National Geographic: http://www.ngkids.co.uk/
Woodlands Trust: http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk
What have we been learning?
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!
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.”