Day in the Life of Year 6
Class 4 Expectations.
We expect pupils to take responsibility for own their learning in a variety of ways. In practice, this means:
• Packing their own bags, PE kits etc.
• Ensuring they are organised for their learning and have all the equipment/books/homework/medical needs they require on the days they need them
• Taking responsibility for their own belongings, both in the classroom and around the school
• Settling to work quickly, quietly and in a focused way and demonstrating a positive learning attitude
• Keeping to the agreed class rules
• Being active listeners and participants during class teaching and in discussions or group work
• Always being prepared to challenge themselves and being on the very edge of their comfort zone as this is where the real learning happens
• Not worrying about making mistakes but to be a risk taker and realise that mistakes are a very necessary part of our learning experience
• Always trying their best, persevering and striving to be the very best they can be
• Striving to be independent in their learning by using teachers to facilitate their learning rather than depending on them
We also expect parents to support us as we endeavour to do the best for your child. In practice, this means:
• Supporting your child to be independent; this will help them when they have to organise themselves and their belongings for high school
• Listening to your child read every day and helping them practise their spellings
• Encouraging your child to be as independent as they can when they complete their maths and project homework
• Checking that homework is completed on time and to a high standard
• Supporting us in having the highest expectations for your child in their learning outcomes
Spellings - statutory requirements
Grammar & Sentence Work
Grammar is an essential part of the English curriculum and will now form part of the Year 6 SATs tests. Please ask your child whether they know and can identify different types of connectives, examples of nouns, adverbs, verbs, adjectives, pronouns, subordinate and main clauses and can confidently use a wide range of different punctuation types.
Each English lesson we practise grammar skills and how to create exciting, powerful sentences to include in our writing.
It is vital that your child reads every day so that they come into contact with quality sentences in books in order to help them improve their own writing. Children often 'borrow' ideas from the authors they read.
Practice SATs papers
If you need help with your homework or just need a refresher, look at this great site:
Practise what we have been learning in class by exploring all the maths games in these fantastic websites:
To challenge yourself and take your learning to the edge of your comfort zone, try the challenges here:
The purpose behind the selection of 6 keys books for each year group had its origins in some inspirational training our staff received from academics and authors at the British Library. They recommended that the best way to teach grammar, punctuation and the development of well-structured writing to children, was to use real books. The teachers chose the required readers as a basis for the teaching of writing across the school. This is not a list of books to race through to reach the top because THERE IS NO TOP. They are all excellent models of the type of writing we want to encourage and promote in every classroom. Your child has three options in order to access these books: 1 Read the book themselves.2 Read the book together with an adult.3 Listen to an audio version of the book. Your child needs to experience the wonder of beautiful stories, well told, with all the joy and excitement that entails. How else are we going to make them want to be writers?
This is the list of statutory words that the Government expect your child to know by the end of their year group. They will be included in your child's spellings each week.
Please practice them regularly at home to ensure your child feels confident with them.
Word list – years 5 and 6
criticise (critic + ise)
equip (–ped, –ment)
Our IPC theme for this term is entitled
Topic Overview: One day, humans may need to leave Earth and settle on another planet. Mars is our most likely destination – a world that we believe once harboured life and, with our intervention, may do so again in the future.
In English, we will be using a cross curricular approach to ensure children are stimulated by this exciting topic. We will writing a range of text types such as reports based on planets and life as an astronaut and argumentative texts featuring if aliens exist or not?
Our featured text is ‘War of the Worlds’ by HG Wells. We will be exploring the language and writing structure to create space fiction narratives, diary entries and radio broadcasts.
Close to Easter we will be exploring poetry!
Other science fiction books I recommend reading…
In Science, we’ll be finding out:
• About the planets in our solar system
• About mass and weight, and the effects of gravity
• How to grow seeds and plants, and choose those that will be suitable for Mars
• About different energy sources
• About different forces and their effects
In Geography, we’ll be finding out:
• About the geographical features of Mars
• How we can prove that there was once water on Mars
In Technology, we’ll be finding out:
• About the technology that has been used to explore Mars
• How to design and make a robot to explore Mars
In History, we’ll be finding out:
• About what people in the past used to think about Mars
• About the evidence to prove and disprove intelligent life on Mars
In Society, we’ll be finding out:
• How to work as a team
In International, we’ll be finding out:
• About the reasons why we might one day need to live on another planet
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