Welcome to Class 6B’s class page. Here you will find out about what we are going to be learning this term and any key pieces of information that you will need to know. I am Miss Jacks, the class teacher, and Miss Woodward is 6B’s teaching assistant. In Year 6, we have extremely high expectations and expect that all members of our class will live out our vision and become the best for God that they can be, in all they do.
In English this term, we will be learning about a range of different genres including: Older Literature, Information Texts, Poems with Imagery, Detective Crime Fiction and Explanation Texts. We will be looking closely at the structure and language features of the different genres and will create pieces of writing based on these. Each week in Reading, we will focus on one of the reading VIPERS – vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval and summarise/sequence through a range of different texts. Our class novel this term is a modern take on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, written by Andrew Matthews and Tony Ross.
In Maths this term, we will develop our understanding of position and direction by exploring coordinates using a four-quadrant grid, reflections and translations. After this, we will explore decimals and percentages further. Next, they will develop their understanding of algebra using formulas as well as solving ratio problems. Lastly, we will focus on converting between different units of measure including metric and imperial and will explore how to find the perimeter, area and volume of different shapes. We will also revisit the four main operations to consolidate our understanding whilst we also develop our reasoning and problem solving skills. This will ensure we are confident enough to solve mathematical equations in the SATs papers. Every Monday, we will have a particular focus on arithmetic where the children will develop their skills which will enable them to confidently complete test papers. Throughout all of our Maths lessons, we will ensure that there is a range of reasoning and problem solving taking place which will help the children in our class to become confident mathematicians.
In Religious Education our units of work are ‘Expressing Christian Faith through Art’ and ‘Why is the Exodus such a significant event in Jewish and Christian history?’ We will firstly explore how Christians show their faith using art and how this can deepen someone’s faith further. Next, we will focus on what the Exodus is within the Bible, what a Passover meal is and how this is significant within the Jewish faith.
In Science this term, we will be exploring Living Things and their Habitats and Light. They will specifically explore classification of different species of plants and animals. The children will identify different animal groups and will use their characteristics to sort them. In Computing, the children will focus on blogging, understanding binary and Text Adventures through the online programme Purple Mash. In French, we will explore the topic Our Home where the children will learn vocabulary based on the rooms within their home and will use adjectives to describe these.
In Music, we will be listening to ‘A New Year Carol’ by Benjamin Britten and ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’. They will learn the song from memory, who sang or wrote it, when it was written and why. They will also be able to talk about how pulse, rhythm, pitch, tempo, dynamics, texture and structure work together to create a song or music. In PSHE this term, we will be looking at ‘Dreams and Goals’ and ‘Healthy Me’. The children will explore how to set realistic goals and the steps to take to achieve this as well as how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. In PE, we will be developing our fitness though yoga lessons, outdoor and adventurous activities, gymnastics and rounders.
During the spring term, there will be a focus on History and our topic will be ‘Benin’. Children will learn the about how the kingdom of Benin began, where it is located and key beliefs of the people of Benin. In Geography, the children will explore Brazil. In DT, the children will focus on bread and will be making their own bread using a variety of flavours.
RE, Science and Geography/History have fact busters for the topic being taught that term. The fact buster is an essential document that contains key facts and information that children need to have a basic understanding of. They will include: the essential facts about the topic and key vocabulary. These will be posted on Class Dojo and a copy will be given to the children to keep at school.
In Year 6, we expect all children to be confident and fluent when recalling times tables up to and including the 12 times tables. Please help your child to practise these at home if they are not confident. Times Table Rockstars is a great way for the children to practise their times tables and we would encourage the children to use this regularly. We also expect children to be reading three times a week on Reading Plus for at least 20 minutes, as well as reading their home reader. Homework is sent out every Friday alongside a list of weekly spellings; this is to be completed by the following Thursday. We will have a spelling test every Friday morning. Please ensure your child is on time for school as the morning work we complete each day is extremely important. PE this term will be on a Thursday. Please ensure your child arrives to school wearing their PE kit on this day.
As you can see, we have a jam-packed term ahead of us. If, at any time, you have any concerns or queries, do not hesitate to contact us as we understand and value the impact that a good parent-teacher relationship can have on the learning and development of your child.