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Things to know about Year Six
Year Group Organisation
The teachers in Year Six are Mrs Arnold & Mrs Zillwood (Cedar Class) and Mr Senior (Hawthorn Class). We are joined by Mrs Johnson in Hawthorn, and Mrs Shuker in Cedar. Children will be taught all lessons in their home class, with the exception of Maths. For this subject, the children will be set, according to their assessments at the end of Year 5.
Throughout the year there will also be ‘target groups’ for reading, writing and maths. These will take place during school time and will be led by members of the Year Six team or other members of staff. They will focus on making sure children of all abilities make the best possible progress during their time in Year Six.
Curriculum Overview & Topics
In the Autumn Term, our main topic will be all about different environments around the world and how they are different. In particular, we’ll be focusing on the Polar Regions and the rainforests.
Alongside this topic, we’ll be studying evolution and inheritance followed by electricity in science and creation stories in RE.
In the Spring Term, our main topic will be ‘Ancient Greece’. We will be studying some aspects of Ancient Greek culture, and how the legacy of the Ancient Greeks has an effect on our lives today.
We’ll also be looking at animals, including humans, in science. In RE, we will be focusing on the Christian story, and in computing, we’ll be making presentations and programming games.
Our trip to Liddington will also take place during the spring term.
In the Summer Term, we will be looking at the history of the Maya civilisation, putting on a Year Six production, and looking back at our time at junior school, and forwards to the next step of our lives. We’ll also study light in science.
In literacy we will be covering a range of genres in writing, making links where possible to our topics. In maths, we will be continuing to learn about number and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions, measurement, geometry and statistics. Children will be taught in sets for maths.
Expectations of the Year Group
As the children move into Year Six, there will be expectations of increased independence. Our expectations of children’s work and behaviour will remain very high in order to ensure that children reach their full potential.
We will expect children to arrive in school with the equipment that they need on the correct days, and to complete tasks set for them at home. Each morning, time will be dedicated to address any misconceptions in our work from the day before. We have arranged our timetable in a way which will follow the same basic structure each week so children should always know what to expect.
If children wish to bring in a pencil case from home, they are welcome to do so. They will need to take responsibility for looking after this equipment. We will provide all necessary equipment for lessons in school.
Homework will be set every Thursday afternoon and will be due back in school on the following Tuesday. The children will have a homework book in which all of their homework will be put.
Reading is fundamental to your child’s progress and is the most important way that parents can help their child. This is true right up to the end of Year 6 and beyond. We ask that you make sure your child has regular reading practice and check that s/he understands what s/he reads. When you have listened to or read with your child and discussed points from their reading, we ask that, at least once a week, you sign their Reading Journal. Prompts to help with this will be included in the front of your child’s journal.
In addition to reading there will be weekly English homework tasks. These will be linked to reading, writing or SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar). A weekly maths homework task will address key skills necessary for class work.
Our PE lessons will be on a Tuesday this year, so PE kits will need to be in school on this day. In the cold weather, we would suggest that children bring plain tracksuit-type trousers and a sweater to wear as their PE kit. For all outdoor PE sessions, children will need a change of shoes into trainers/plimsolls. We recommend that the children have their PE kit in school all week as there are occasions when we are able to offer additional taster sessions and sporting activities.
Year Six will be expected to have their reading book in school every day. They will have the opportunity to visit the school library each week.
Year Six will use the swimming pool on a Friday afternoon, so it will be essential that they bring in their swimming kit on this day.