Year 6

Class Page for Year 6

Welcome to Year 6.  We are looking forward to an exciting, yet busy term. On this page you will find lots of information and links to useful websites to help with your learning.

What you need to know:

Drop off time 8.45 - 8.55am

Break time 10.20 – 10.40am

Lunch 12.15-1.15pm

Home time 3.15pm

P.E. will be on a Friday in Week A and a Monday in Week B. Please come to school in PE kit on those days.

Homework will be set on a Thursday and will be due in the following Thursday.  New spelling rules will be added to Teams on a Friday and we will either have a quiz or an activity which incorporates our spelling rule the following Friday. 

Please remember to read to an adult at least 3x per week and bring your signed reading diary in to school every Monday.

What will we be learning this term?

Initially, in English, we are focusing on the text ‘The Explorer’ by Katherine Rundell.  The story is set in the Amazon rainforest and explores how four children, from wildly different walks of life, find themselves alone and fending for themselves after their plane crashes. This book follows their struggle to survive in the vast wilderness of the Amazon Rainforest.  In addition to exploring the main theme of the book (as this links to our geography topic on rainforests), the children will continue to focus on improving their reading skills and there will be an increased emphasis on exploring vocabulary and using inference & deduction to understand and discuss texts. 

Our writing will focus on developing our sentence structure and improving our written work in a range of genres, including instructions, descriptive paragraphs, a novel prequel, a persuasive text and a non-chronical report.

We will then explore the texts Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo, and Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz to write letters, diary extracts, character descriptions, narratives and autobiographies. 

In Maths we will be developing our skills with a real emphasis on algebra, fractions, decimals and percentages, statistics and perimeter, area & volume.  Our work will develop our reasoning and mastery of concepts taught, so that we can use and apply our maths in various problems and everyday life. This is reflected in the tasks the children will be asked to complete at home. 

Science this term includes work on evolution and inheritance where we will be finding out about fossils, plus exploring how plants & animals have adapted and evolved over time.  We will study the life and theories of Charles Darwin and write biographies based on the life and finds of Mary Anning. 

You can find out how fossils are formed by clicking here.

Try this link to find out more about evolution, adaptation and inheritance

Adaptation, inheritance and evolution - KS2 Science - BBC Bitesize

 In PSHE, we are exploring the theme ‘Healthy bodies & Healthy Minds’. A lot of this work will be through discussions as a class, where we will also explore our feelings and how to regulate our emotions when times are challenging.  We will continue to use our Zones of Regulation to help identify how we are feeling and building up strategies to use if we feel worried or angry (we all do at times, and that's ok!); our strategies can help us to get back in to the 'green zone', where we feel happy, safe and ready to learn.  Please do let us know if you have any concerns and worries at home so that we can help you with strategies and ideas. There are also some really useful links in the 'Mental Health' section of this website. 

In Geography, we are finding out about tropical rainforests, using maps to locate these across the world, whilst investigating the climates, flora and fauna common to these environments. We will study the Amazon rainforest and Brazil in more detail, with a focus on the city of Manaus, and the children will be creating information texts.  This topic will lead in to our History topic of the Mayan civilisation.

The children were so enthusiastic during our Computing and DT unit, using Crumble to control a light sensor within a nightlight they had designed and made (photos to follow).  We are now starting our topic ‘We are bloggers’, which we know the children are really excited about. We have started writing a Year 6 blog and are learning how to post and comment in a responsible and respectful way.

After half term, we will then begin our new topic in Food Technology, where we will look at different types of vegetables to use in recipes for quiches, to be served with a healthy salad.

In RE this term we are using 'Understanding Christianity' to explore ‘Salvation’, asking the question ‘What difference does the resurrection make for Christians?’ We will then be looking at the ‘People of God,’ exploring and discussing a variety of bible stories including the 10 Commandments and the life of Moses and see how the Bible still influences the actions of Christians today.

If you need to contact the Year 6 class teachers, please email the school office at admin3141@welearn365.com and they will pass on any messages (although, if it is an urgent matter, please contact us by phoning the main school office on 01926 426020).

We are looking forward to another enjoyable and successful term in Year 6.

Mrs Pepin and Mrs Boak