Year 6 Teacher & Assistant deputy head
Welcome to Year 6 at Holy Family
This year, the staff in our year group are Mrs Young, Mrs Doherty, Ms Roper and Mrs Leek.
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Please find below the details of our learning for Spring 2020:
Come and See
This term our first topic is Sources. Here, we will:
Explore a wide variety of books and the purpose for which they were written
Reveal the Bible as the story of God’s love, told by the People of God
Respond: Acquire the skills of assimilation, celebration and application of the above .
Our second topic is Unity. Within this topic, we will:
Explore: Pupils will know and understand what nourishes and what spoils friendship and unity
Reveal: Pupils will know and understand that the Eucharist challenges and enables the Christian family to live and grow in common every day.
Respond: Pupils will acquire the skills of assimilation, celebration and application of the above.
Our final topic of the term is Death and New Life. This topic takes place during the Church season of Lent. Within this topic we will:
Explore: Know and understand: Loss and death bring about change for people
Reveal: The Church’s seasons of Lent, Holy Week and Easter; the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus led to new life.
Respond: Acquire the skills of assimilation, celebration and application of the above.
In Maths, we will be consolidating our knowledge and understanding of the relationships between fractions, decimals and percentages as well as exploring algebra. We will also be using, reading, writing and converting between standard units of measure. We will develop our understanding of geometry and apply our calculation skills to solve problems. We will be calculating area and perimeter of shapes as well as further developing our knowledge of 2 and 3D shapes.
We will also be working alongside visitors from HMRC on our understanding of finance.
We will be using the novel based approach to develop both our reading and writing skills. Our novel this half term will be ‘Running Wild’ by Michael Murpurgo. This book links to our Geography topic on Rainforests. We will explore different writing genres and further develop our skills of inference and deduction. The novel will also expand our vocabulary as it is brimming with descriptive language. We will also be further developing our use of a wider range of punctuation including brackets, dashes, colons and semi colons.
Don’t forget to work on your spellings using your Spelling Shed login!
In Science, our first topic is Living Things and their Habitats
We will describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences. Including micro-organisms, plants and animals. We will also be able to give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics. We are really fortunate this term to be spending a WEEK at KIND – take a look at the activities we will be taking part in.
We will be planning, carrying out investigations and reviewing our findings.
In Geography, we will be learning about the Rainforests of South America through our topic ‘Save Our World’.
Geographical skills: physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, and the water cycle.
Human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water
In History, our topic is ‘Who were the Mayan’?
Pupils will use their factual knowledge and understanding of the history of Britain (Anglo Saxons) and the wider world to describe past societies and periods, and to make links between features within and across different periods. They will examine and explain the reasons for, and results of, events and change.
We will select, organise, and deploy relevant information to produce structured work, making appropriate use of dates and times to develop our understanding of chronology.
We will be combining different fabrics in order to design T Shirts linked to our Geography topic – we will look at different sewing techniques whilst also looking at the effectiveness of different materials. We will be developing our understanding that materials have both functional properties and aesthetic qualities and also that materials can be combined and mixed to create more useful characteristics.
Our work in Art will be centred around textiles and the Artist Frida Kahlo.
We wll be using fabrics to create 3D structures and experimenting with a range of media to overlap and layer creating textures, effects and colours.
Stocks and Shares
This topic is designed to give children an understanding of the stock market but more importantly engage them in a task that makes them analyse data, make informed choices, present and critique their decisions. It has been designed to bring together all their‘office’ skills and show how they can be used to complement each other. We will be applying our mathematical skills and using a range of software including Excel.
Year 6 children will be developing their football skills. They will be playing competitive games, modified where appropriate , and applying basic principles suitable for attacking and defending.
Children will be looking at musical notation and planning their own compositions. We will also be using the music of Benjamin Britten. We will be developing our vocal skills to include singing in different styles such as Urban Gospel.
Homework will be set three nights per week as follows:
Monday – Spellings – due in on Friday (test day.)
Spellings can be accessed via Spelling Shed.
Wednesday – Maths – due in on Thursday
Friday – English – due in on Monday
Where homework is not completed, there will be an expectation that it is completed during break/ lunchtimes. It is important that we work together to ensure that homework is completed and returned. All homework will be linked to recent learning and children should be able to complete it independently. Should your child encounter difficulties, please make a comment on the homework and return it to school on the due date.
Reading daily for at least 15 minutes is an expectation, regardless of the child’s reading ability. It is vital that the children are encouraged to do this in order to achieve the high expectations set for the end of Key Stage 2.
SATs will take place during the week commencing 11th May 2020. It is VITAL that your child is in school on these dates.
There is a residential trip to PGL which will take place from Friday 12th June 2020 – Monday 15th June 2020 (Please see the school office for information)
Should you wish to discuss any aspect of your child’s learning or welfare, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Year 6 team. We are available most days after school on the playground or you can make an appointment via the school office. We look forward to working with both the children and their families this year.