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 Moving People
Sometimes people choose to move, sometimes this movement is forced upon them. Both can have an impact on the societies and places that they leave behind, and those that they join at their journey’s end.
In English, we will be reading and comparing literature from other cultures which focuses on key characters experiencing a journey which will impact their lives and outlook on the world forever.
We will be using these texts to support our creative writing, finding ways to create an atmosphere, describe emotions and settings. We will be taking on the roles of characters, writing diary entries and letters to other characters within the story.
In addition to this, we will be writing information texts on apartheid and influential people who fought for equality around the world.
Our focus texts are called ‘Journey to Jo’burg’ and ‘The Firework Makers Daughter’.
Other books I recommend…
Famous Five – Enid Blyton
War Horse – Michael Morpurgo
Eragon - Christopher Paolini
The Golden Compass - Philip Pullman
A Series of Unfortunate Events Series -Lemony Snicket
Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling
In Science we will be finding about Materials and their properties. We will investigate the various characteristics materials have and learn about reversible and irreversible changes. These are two fantastic topics which allows children to be ‘hands on’ scientists. It will test their observation skills, decision making and ability to use science to support their scientific understanding.
I recommend the website link below if you wish to expand your knowledge on these topics.
In Geography, we’ll be finding out about the similarities and differences between places we know, how and why our families and other people have moved around the world, learn about environmental disasters which influence human migration and find out about what disaster relief organisations are and how they support those in need of help.
In History, we’ll be finding out about the migrations of people in pre-historical times and the historical importance of past civilisations on present day societies. We will also learn about the effects of migration on countries around the world and the influences of past movements of people on our present day societies.
In Society, we’ll be finding out:
- About refugees — who they are, what their rights are and our responsibilities with regards to this
- About the role of organisations who support refugees and migrants
In International, we’ll be finding out:
- About reasons for economic migration, its effects and the laws that control it
- How different groups of migrants and refugees are treated in the host country
Keep an eye on our Class 4 Gallery for our Art and DT projects.
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