Day in the Life of Year 6
Myths and Legends
Myths and Legends Pictures
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 Myths & Legends
We will be looking at Ancient Greek myths and legends predominantly but will also read and explore myths and legends from other countries including Britain. We will be finding out about how myths and legends have influenced traditions, celebrations and ways of living as well as investigating how global brands have used myths and legends to persuade people to buy their products. (Think about Hermes etc). We will have a drama workshops about the myths and legends of Ancient Egypt.
We will be linking many of our subjects to our topic:
In Art we will be exploring how artists have used paintings and other methods to show myths and legends. We will focus on the art of Ancient Egypt and Greece.
In D & T we have worked effectively as a group to create mini theatre settings for specific Greek myths. Please look at the photos and ask your child about the task.
In Computing we will be exploring this website:
http://myths.e2bn.org This will help us to explore myths and write/illustrate one of our own.
Write a sentence about what you are doing.
In English, we will be reading a range of myths and legends in order to establish the key stylistic features needed in order to write our own myths. We will be focusing on descriptive writing for the first few weeks and using figurative language to describe characters, mythical creatures and settings. In addition to this, we will be writing diary entries in role as a character from a myth, writing persuasive letters to Zeus, to name but a few!
In Science we will be finding out about our bodies. We will discover how our hearts and lungs work, how exercise affects our bodies and how certain substances can adversely affect our bodies. There will be a close link to the PE curriculum as we learn how to keep our hearts and bodies healthy.
Explore the links below to find out more about our topic:
Please ask your child about the work they are doing in class.
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