Welcome to the Year 6 Class Page
Miss Burdett is the class teacher.
Mrs Sim, Mrs Bowes, Mrs Handa and Mrs Townson are the Learning Support Assistant in the class.
This page will keep you well informed of what Year 6 are learning each term as well as important pieces of information.
The children started their first week with a crime scene as someone or something had been scrabbling outside our fire exit door leaving thick slime, matted fur and colossal footprints. An investigation was immediately directed by the children which led into writing a newspaper report on the bizarre event. Next the children received a story - ‘The Library’ - that featured similar events to ours as it was about a mysterious creature who also terrorised children. We used the story to help develop our reading as a reader and reading as a writer skills. From this we were able to unpick the texts to identify the different writing tools (writerly tricks) that the writer had used effectively to create a suspense story with a chasing plot. Then it was our time to practice the ‘writerly tricks’ in short bursts of writing by creating poems, character profiles, word banks, rhetorical questions and paragraphs. After that we innovated the new version of ‘The Library’ by writing from the creature’s perspective. Finally, we merged together all the ‘writerly tricks’, grammar and punctuation skills to plan and write our own engaging suspense story with a chasing plot.
In our maths learning, we have been focusing upon the children’s place value knowledge such as rounding accurately to the required degree up to a million, using negative numbers, partitioning and comparing and ordering numbers. Our next and current topic is addition and subtraction where we are currently learning how to follow the BODMAS order for operations, using the inverse to solve and check missing problems.
During both topics in maths, the children start a cold task and end with a hot task to aid assessment as well as to illustrate to the children the progress that they have made. We have also been developed our reasoning and problem-solving skills by verbalising how we solved the question then transcribing this into our books to support our written methods.
Art has been our primary focus this half term as we have been studying the infamous Banksy. First, we explored a wide range of his art work that he has created for the world to see. After careful observation, we were able to look beyond the artwork and discuss what the possible messages he was trying to convey. This then led to a stimulating debate on whether his artwork should be condemned illegal or celebrated as wondrous pieces of art. Creating stencils was a tricky affair at first however with perseverance and determination the children were able to create a range of stencils in the style of Banksy. We tested, edited and improved on our Banksy inspired stencils so that we can use these skills to create a planet stencil. Once the children were happy with their final adaptation of their planet stencil, they used spray paint to achieve artwork similar to the style of Banksy.
In Science, we have begun studying our universe and describing the movement of the Earth and other planets relative to the sun in our solar system.
For R.E we have been learning about the meaning of Humanism; the British Humanist Association and the Happy Human symbol; key Humanist beliefs and ideas; Humanist ceremonies marking key milestones in life.
In Music we have been boogying, drumming, clapping and singing to the tunes of Jackson 5. We have been able to incorporate musical instruments such as percussion and a glockenspiel with various singing roles to create a performance celebrating the songs of Jackson 5.
Life Skills focus: Learning Together
30 minutes per day
Minimum 30 minutes Daily Reading at home
Weekly Maths Homework set via Mathletics
Spelling Practice – spellings are given out every Friday. A weekly spelling test will take place every Friday.