Welcome To Year 6

Teacher: Mrs Hunter supported by Mrs Townson & Mrs Henry

Welcome to Year Six. In our class we work hard, explore, investigate, debate, challenge ourselves and thoroughly enjoy our learning within an exciting, practical and fun curriculum.

As we are the oldest pupils at St Therese, each one of us has many responsibilities and leadership roles within school to contribute our gifts and develop our talents; whether that be as a School Councillor, a House Captain, Eco Leader, Mini Vinnie Leader, librarian, corridor prefect, Sports Leader or Family Guardian.

As we are preparing for secondary school and the next phase of our learning journey, we know that it is important to develop independence, resilience, confidence and responsibility for ourselves and the world we live in. We take every opportunity offered to push our comfort zones and discover our true selves. We begin the year with outdoor pursuits, adventure and challenge, we discover the world around us through exciting topic based learning and we work hard to prepare ourselves fully for the challenge of SATs. We ensure that Year Six is a year of school that we will never forget!

Autumn Term

Let’s hop on a steam train and travel back in time to the Victorian era!

During this term, we’ll use non-fiction books to research Victorian education and people, including famous inventors, reformers and Queen Victoria herself. Then, we’ll write non-chronological reports and biographies using a range of source materials. We’ll visit Beamish Open Air Museum, where we will write on slates and learn the three ‘Rs’, just like a child in a Victorian school. We’ll learn about crime and punishment and find out what life was like in a Victorian slum. How things have changed! We’ll discover what happened during the Industrial Revolution and learn about significant inventions. Copying the style of famous Victorian paintings, we’ll experiment with block printing techniques.

Please have a look at the ‘Home Learning Ideas’ linked to this topic to support your child’s learning this term.

 

Equipment requirements for Year Six

As we are especially looking to developing independence and maturity this year, it is important that all pupils take responsibility for coming to school each day organised and equipped to learn.

Pupils will need:

A small pencil case containing

  • Handwriting pen (Berol)
  • A HB pencil
  • A highlighter
  • A red biro pen
  • A small ruler
  • An eraser
  • A small set of colouring pencils

Pupils should also come to class each day with a small notebook and a reading book and a clean, freshly filled water bottle.

Pupils should not bring gel pens, sharpie or other permanent markers, felt tip pens or tip-ex.

Please note that school will provide any necessary equipment providing it is looked after and returned at the end of the day.

Year Six children are also required to have full PE kit in school each day. See uniform requirements for further details.

 

Home Learning

Spelling lists will be sent home every Friday to be practised throughout the week as they will be tested in class a week later.

Children are strongly encouraged to read for pleasure on a daily basis and record their thoughts, questions and predictions as well as any interesting, ambitious or unfamiliar vocabulary in their reading journals.

Other short weekly tasks may include:

  • Engage in a variety of research tasks using a wide range of literacy skills
  • Practice mental and written arithmetic skills
    Carry out investigative tasks as a follow up to science lessons
  • Engage in a history or geography research task linked to class topics
  • Carry out research tasks in R.E. during linked to ’Come and See’  topic
  • Work on differentiated worksheet to reinforce numeracy work
  • Practise handwriting using joined style and speed writing activities if required.
  • Spend time working on subscription sites to aid basic skills such as: Lexia, Mathswhizz and Timestables Rockstars (website links can be found in ‘Curriculum Links’)

 

Please do not hesitate to see me if you have any questions or concerns linked to homework.

Year Group Expectations

Year Group Expectations provide information for parents and carers on the end of year expectations for children in our school. The National Curriculum outlines these expectations as being the minimum requirements your child must meet in order to ensure continued progress. The year group expectations can be found here

Please remember the door is always open if you have any questions or queries at any time.  Please feel free to call in for a chat.

Thank you for your continued support

Mrs Hunter

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