Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School

Live, Love, Learn. Together we will soar to new heights

Brunswick Street, St. Helens, Merseyside WA9 2JE

01744 678670

holyspirit@sthelens.org.uk

Year 6

 

Welcome to the Year 6 class page!

Our teacher is Ms Devaney and we also have the support of Mrs Hodgson and Mrs Moloney.  

We are really excited about the year ahead and can't wait to share our learning journey with you all!

 

Click the link below to see the exciting learning that will be taking place this year in Year 6.

Curriculum Overview - Year 6

HOMEWORK

Please see the link below for the Homework Timetable for Year 6

Tasks will be set, every week, for the children to access at home

Year 6 homework timetable 2022.doc

RE - Come and See

 This term we will cover the following topics in our Come and See lessons;

Domestic Church - Loving

It is in the love of a family that Christians first experience the reality of Church.  Everyone begins life in a home and family or community of some kind.

Baptism/ Conformation - Belonging

Through Baptism and Confirmation, all Christians are called to share the mission of Jesus. In the words of Blessed John Henry Newman: ‘He has committed some work to me, which he has not committed to another. I have my mission’. There are many different ways of carrying out that mission. For some people their mission or vocation is as a priest or member of a religious order.

Advent/Christmas - Loving 

Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, given by God as a sign and expression of God’s love. Giving and receiving reflects the truth that all life is given by God and life is given meaning through the birth of Jesus. Advent is a time of joyful expectation, as we prepare to receive Jesus into our lives and to share this gift with others at Christmas and throughout the year.

English 

Our class novel this half-term is Skellig, a fictional novel by David Almond. It is a mysterious fantasy and the children are gripped already by the first few chapters. We will be writing our next piece, in English,  based on the mystical creature found in the garage in Michael's new home. 

EGPS

I have set the children up with a login and password to spag.com

I will be setting homework regularly on this and remind you that school do have a Kindle Fire for each Year 6 child which they can borrow for the duration of the year, once an agreement has been signed by parents.

Please contact the office if you wish to borrow a Kindle Fire for homework purposes only. 

Spag.Com

Reading at home

Please encourage daily reading at home and ask your child questions about what they have read. I have attached a useful document which gives you some question types to ask to determine whether they understand what they are reading, and please sign their reading record to record all their hard work!

As a school we pay for the wonderful Reading Plus program which contains lots of books, of different genres - definitely something for everyone - so we also encourage regular reading at home on this.

Reading Plus

 

 

Science
 

Electricity

We will be learning;

To associate the brightness of a lamp or the volume of a buzzer with the number and voltage of cells used in the circuit

To  compare and give reasons for variations in how components function, including the brightness of bulbs, the loudness of buzzers and the on/off position of switches
To  use recognised symbols when representing a simple circuit in a diagram.

Year 6 Maths

We will be begin the year by recapping our place value knowledge of numbers to 10,000,000. Next, we will develop our calculating skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. From here, we will focus on building our knowledge of fractions and manipulating them to solve reasoning and problem solving questions.

We follow the small steps planning  from White Rose Maths - which helps to develop our children's fluency by securing a conceptual understanding and efficiency in procedural approaches.  These resources highlight the importance of making connections between concrete materials, models and images, mathematical language, symbolic representations and prior learning.

There is a key focus on the teaching sequence and ensure that children have opportunities to practice the key skills whilst building the understanding and knowledge to apply these skills into more complex application activities.

To secure the building blocks of mathematical learning, it is imperative that the children learn, and know, off by heart, the facts for all times tables up to 12 x 12.

We encourage the consistent use of Times Tables Rockstars at home.

Here are some other useful sites to support Maths at home.

Useful Resources:

Times Tables Rockstars

Times Tables website

MathsBot

Maths Playground

Humanites

This half-term we will be learning about Mountains and Volcanoes around the world.

In order to inspire a curiosity and fascination with the world, the intention is to begin, in the first lesson, with discovering the physical geography of Mount Everest. At 8,848 metres Mount Everest is the highest, and best known, mountain in the world. Through an account of the first successful ascent of Mount Everest our pupils will also appreciate the global significance of the location, and the men’s endeavour. 

The module will then move on, in the second lesson, to establishing the geographical location of the main continental mountain ranges. Significant and interesting mountain ranges will be highlighted. Moving to the UK, the highest peaks of each constituent nation will be identified before looking more closely at a case study of Snowdon. Using the Ordnance Survey map of Snowdon, pupils will develop their map skills by undertaking a mapping task.

In lesson three, the key question to be investigated is how mountains are formed.  The role of plate tectonics, the movement of the Earth’s crust, in this formation will be explained. Pupils will understand that mountains are not homogeneous; not only can they look different, but they can be formed in different ways.

In lesson four, our pupils will understand how volcanoes, another type of mountain, are formed and where they are located. Again, the role of plate tectonics will be central to this understanding. Why and how an eruption happens, and the type of volcano it creates, are key questions to be explored. The theme of volcanoes continues in lesson five, asking the fundamental question, ‘Why do people live near volcanoes?’ In this lesson pupils will understand how people interact with this specific mountain environment and how they make use of it, from geothermal energy to mineral extraction. Pupils will also understand the inherent dangers of living in the foothills of a volcano, from lava, ash and gas to lahars (mud flows).

In the final lesson of the module, the focus turns to earthquakes; where they are located, why they happen, how they happen, and their aftermath on both the landscape and the people most affected. The San Andreas Fault, western USA, will be highlighted as a case study. Additional material will also be provided on the Japanese earthquake and tsunami of 2011.

What all lessons in the module have in common is a desire to make geography exciting and stimulating by learning about real places. In addition the emphasis throughout is ensuring that, as teachers, we use the correct vocabulary when explaining processes geographically, reinforce locational and place knowledge