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Year 6

Welcome to all Year 6 parents, carers and pupils.

In Year 6 there are two calsses, 6 Judi Dench and 6 Patrick Stewart. Mrs Whitehead is 6JD class teacher and Mr Carberry is 6PS class teacher. Our Learning Support Assistants are Miss Devi, Mrs Khan and Mrs Watson. As the final year in primary school, year 6 is a crucial time where pupils prepare to take the Key Stage 2 SATs in May. It is an exciting time when pupils need to work with greater maturity, focus and energy in order to meet the expected standard in reading, writing and maths. 

In order for pupils to make the maximum progress, pupils are split ito three sets for English and Maths with one set being taught by  Miss Deane. In addition, SATs boosters take place in the ICT Suite every morning until Friday 8th May. Year 6 teachers work closely with the booster staff to ensure that the curriculum taught in the classroom is supported by work in boosters. In addition, Year 6 have subscriptions to PiXL APPs, ‘Sumdog’, ‘Active Learn’ and ’StudyZone.tv’ where children can access a wealth of English and Maths online games and videos. Please take advantage of these and CGP revision books, which will be given out at Parents Consultation meetings, to help your child prepare for the SAT tests.

In English, we are reading Street Child.  Set in Victorian London, we follow the life of an orphan and see how his experience inspired the work of Dr Barnardo. We will compose a number of pieces of writing based on this high quality novel.

Each morning we begin the day with guided reading. At the moment we are working on the novel, Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickins. Using the ipads, we are practising our reading skills daily focussing particularly on understanding vocabulary in context, retrieval and inference skills.

In Maths we are working on ordering and rounding numbers, identifying multiples, factors and square numbers and consolidating our knowledge of the four operations through reasoning and problem solving activities. In addition we have a daily focus on timetables and invite you to assist you child by practising regularly at home. Every Friday we will work on our arithmetic skills to prepare for Maths Paper 1, arithmetic. 

This term we will continue units of work from the International Primary Curriculum. Currently the pupils are studying a unit of work on ‘The Human Body’. In Science, we’ll be ļ¬nding out:

* How the human heart works

* How we breathe and what the lungs do

* How the body uses food and water

* How our environment affects us

* About the latest medical research

After the half term break out topic will be AD900, Ancient Civilisations. A history based topic, our pupils will learn about:

What holds an empire together? Perhaps it is faith – a belief in a single god or many different gods. Perhaps it is dependency – a need to work together and to help one another. Or perhaps it is leadership – strong individuals whose power and wisdom are admired. These bonds help to make empires strong. But the bigger they become, the more difficult they are to hold together...

We are looking forward to inviting you to join with us for our exit point activities.

If you need any information or advice, please feel free to come and speak to a member of the year 6 staff.

Thank you for your help and support,

The Year 6 team.

Mr Carberry, Miss Deane and Mrs Whitehead