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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Evolution and Inheritance
As scientists, we will study one of the biggest topics there is looking at evolution and inheritance. We will look at the history of the ‘Theory of Evolution’, looking at what makes us unique and the same as animals! We will also study the story that leads up to it being shared with the public, including Mary Anning’s fossil discoveries and the life and investigations of Charles Darwin (we are presently writing a biography of Charles Darwin in our English lessons).
We will learn about the characteristics that we all have and where, or who, they come from. We will debate the ethics around natural and selective breeding, how this impacts our everyday life and where this can be seen in the animal and plant kingdoms.
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.
This half-term, we are focusing on a history topic and discovering all about the Victorians. In our lessons, we will learn about some of the major changes in Britain during this period and gain an understanding of how sources of evidence form our understanding of this period of British history and to make links to modern times. We will be contrasting everyday life during the Victorian period with modern British lifestyles and consider some of the major changes and their effects during this period - including the impact of the Industrial Revolution and the railways, and to consider different perspectives on these changes. We will study significant people and events and become familiar with historical sources and accurate vocabulary relating to the Victorian period.