Year Six

Year Six

Teacher

Mrs Baskeyfield and Mrs Wilkin
Mrs Baskeyfield and Mrs Wilkin

 

Welcome to Year 6

 

‘I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.’

 Philippians 4:13

 

 

We hope you all had a super summer break and are ready for the new challenges in Year 6.  We have lots of exciting lessons and activities for you to enjoy plus we have some fantastic trips and workshops organised for the coming year!

 

Some points to remember:

. PE kits should always be left in school ready for our PE lesson on Thursday. 

. Swimming kits should be brought in for the lesson on Friday but must be taken home at the end of the day.

. Homework for English and Maths is given out weekly.

. Talk Homework for Writing is given out fortnightly on a Monday to help children prepare for the extended writing sessions.

. Spellings are issued on Monday ready for the apply session on a Friday.

. Reading Records should be handed in on a Monday with at least four comments written. Children should bring their School Planner and the book that they are reading to school every day.

. Year 6 have a poem to learn to perform every half term. This poem will be sent home with the children but it will also be available on this page.

 

Our Year 6 Curriculum

Working as a whole year group pupils are afforded a wealth of opportunities to work in English and Mathematics sets to explore their full potential.

We believe in creatively embedding core subjects into our topics thus making learning fun. Pupils naturally engage with the learning opportunities, taking a positive and active role in their own education. This is presented in a nurturing, exciting and inclusive environment. Secure subject knowledge is achieved by presenting and exploring learning in a variety of learning styles. We take advantage of the indoor and outdoor environment to attain our goals.

 

Mathematics

During this year we will develop our love of mathematics by focusing on the consolidation of a range of written and mental methods. We will be working creatively to apply our knowledge to problem solving with fun, challenging and engaging investigations.  This year, working as a team, all children will achieve their full potential in their SATs. The introduction of a new and exciting whole school initiative will target individual needs and provide support where needed.

 

English

Over the year, we will be refining skills in both reading and writing as we prepare our children for the SATs. We will be discovering a range of fascinating stories by our year group author, Michael Morpurgo, and using his texts as an inspiration for our writing in a variety of styles. We will be using imagery within our writing and within poetry. We will also be delving deep into our own lives as we learn how to write biographies and autobiographies. Where possible links will be made across the curriculum to our topic work on ‘Crime and Punishment.’ In the summer term, we will be linking with our ‘Extreme Climates: Rainforests’ topic and studying the novel Journey To The River Sea by Eva Ibbotson. During the second half of the summer term, we will complete our transition work with Saint Margaret Ward which will involve both our year six teachers and teachers from Saint Margaret Ward.

 

Year Group Poem:

 

Legend

The rooms were mirrors

for that luminous face,

the morning windows ferned

with cold. Outside

a level world of snow.

Voiceless birds in the trees

like notes in the books

in the piano stool.

She let us suck top-of-the-milk

burst from the bottles like corks.

Then wrapped shapeless

we stumped to the park

between the parapets of snow

in the wake of the shovellers,

cardboard rammed in the tines of garden forks.

The lake was an empty rink

and I stepped out,

pushing my sister first

onto its creaking floor.

When I brought her home,

shivering, wailing, soaked,

they thought me a hero.

But I still wake at night,

to hear the Snow Queen’s knuckles crack,

black water running fingers through the ice.

 

By Gillian Clarke

 

Background Information:

This poem was selected for its use of enjambment. Prose is made of sentences. Poetry is made of lines. Poetry can have sentences as well as lines, but the lines are more important because they make the tune. Enjambment is the name for one of poetry’s dance steps. It stops the sentence in its stride, forcing it to dance to poetry’s tune. It’s the nano-second gap between the end of one line and the beginning of the next, or two nano-seconds between two stanzas. Enjambment is when the sentence jumps the gap between the lines or stanzas. As well as enjambment, there are also examples of simile, metaphor, personification and alliteration in the poem.

 

 

Religious Education

RE is at the heart of our curriculum at St. Wilfrid’s. The Year 6 units the children will be taught this year are: The Story of the people of God; Followers of Christ; Advent; Christmas; Baptism and Confirmation; Prayers; Lent; Holy week; Easter; Pentecost and Belonging to the Church Community. In March next year, many the year 6 pupils will also be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. More details will be communicated with parents during the Autumn Term via school and Sacred Heart Church.

 

 

Topic

History, Geography, Drama, Dance, Art, Design and Technology and Music are taught through our topics. Our topic for the Autumn term is ‘Crime and Punishment. In our Topic, we will take a journey through British history and discover how crime and punishment has changed throughout the ages. Beginning with the Romans and travelling right through to the present day, our class will discover how changes in society create changes in the kind of crimes that are committed, as well as the ways in which they are punished.

 

PE

PE is essential to the health and wellbeing of all our children and therefore they are expected to take part in all lessons. Please ensure your child has a PE kit in school at all times. Winter kit should include grey jogging bottoms and a grey sweatshirt. Children must not wear any form of jewellery or watches during PE lessons. Long hair must be tied back to ensure your child’s safety. Children will also be receiving swimming lessons which is an integral part of our national curriculum.

 

In addition to lessons in school, children are given the opportunity to further their physical development and teambuilding skills at Stanley Head Outdoor Education Centre. This year’s residential visit to Stanley Head will take place from 12th – 16th October 2015. A meeting will take place closer to the time for parents of those children attending the residential this year.

 

 

 

SATs 2016

In the summer term of 2016, children in Year 6 will be the first to take the new SATs papers. The Year 6 KS2 SATs will be administered in the week commencing 9th May 2016.

These tests in English and Maths will reflect the new national curriculum, and are intended to be more rigorous. There will also be completely new performance descriptors to replace the existing national curriculum levels. There will be an opportunities for Year 6 parents to attend meetings about the changes during the year.

 

At the end of Year 6, children will sit tests in: Reading, Maths and

Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar. These tests will be both set and marked externally, and the results will be used to measure the school’s performance (for example, through reporting to Ofsted and published league tables). Your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment. For Science, not all children in Year 6 will take science SATs. However, a number of schools will be required to take part in science sampling: a test administered to a selected sample of children thought to be representative of the population as a whole.

 

Boosters

Several booster classes will be available outside of lesson time, both before and after school, for any students who need a helping hand with any areas of the course they are struggling with or would like to develop further knowledge of.

 

English Revision Websites:

 

Gapps Education - Each child in year six has their own personal log on where they can sit electronic SPAG paper. The children receive instant feedback on their answers. Both the children and Mrs Wilkin can also monitor progress via this secure website.

http://www.gappseducation.co.uk/login/

 

 

Literacy Bootcamp- Fun web based games and activites are organised into topics so that the children can focus on specific area. There is one universal log in for this page. Children can also access the SPAG Bootcamp via the same log in.

http://www.compare4kids.co.uk/literacy.php

 

 

Read Theory- Personalised reading comprehension practice. This website allows children to read passages and then answer questions and receive instant feedback. The level of the texts and question automatically adjusts to the reading ability of the child. Each child has their own personal log in for this website. Both the children and Mrs Wilkin can monitor progress via this secure website.

http://www.readtheory.org/auth/login

 

 

Looking ahead...

 

 “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Isaiah 40:31

 

We aim to ensure that every child in Year 6 is truly soaring on Eagle’s wings and can enter their secondary school as a confident and enthusiastic learner.

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