Welcome to the Year 6 Class Page
Miss Burdett is the class teacher.
Mrs Sim, Mrs Aitkins and Mrs Nelson 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.
What have we been learning?
Term Topic: Out of this World
Our English learning is inspired by our term topic, 'Out of this World'. At the start of the year we started a non-fiction unit on non-chronological reports about space. Immediately, the children were engaged and captivated about what resides in our universe (and beyond...). Soon the children were asking mind-boggling questions which fuelled their determination to research extensively. As a result, the children were inspired to compose their own non-chronological report so that they could educate other children about our universe.
Next we explored the short story 'Alien Landing' and the children were greeted with a mysterious black pebble. Through questioning and investigation, the children discovered that the black pebble belonged to a pair of boys who were left this gift from Aliens. This discovery led to lots of role-play which helped the children recognise and understand the emotional journey of the characters in the story. 'Alien landing' is full of figurative language by which the children were engrossed by. So we explored the ways in which we can write our own figures of speech to absorb the reader. To finish off this unit, the children produced their own short Alien-inspired adventure story.
The huge focus for this term was to master the four operations: Addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. We explored many different strategies in order for the children to be accurate as well as speedy. The children have mastered the formal written methods for all four operations: Column addition and subtraction, short & long multiplication and short &long division. Once the children were fluent with using these strategies, they were given challenging problems where they had to decipher each step carefully and choose the suitable method.
At the start of each Maths lesson, the children take part in an activity called 'Fast Maths'. During these short ten minute burst activities the children have the opportunity to practice arithmetic questions. The children continue with the same activity until they are 100% and super speedy. For example, Year 6 can complete a 12 x 12 multiplication grid in under four minutes!
We began the term learning about Earth and Space. We had huge amounts of fun during our science learning as for example: we made 3D moving models of orbiting moons and planets, we investigated the relationships between rotation and revolutions of the planets and we even used (and then ate) Oreos to illustrate the moon phases.
In design and technology we were tasked with the project of making a 3D space mobile of our solar system. The first step was to generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches and prototypes. The next stage the children started to build their structures where they had to select the appropriate tools to cut, shape, join and finish their model. During the evaluation stage, the children had to apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce their complex structures.
30 minutes per day
Minimum 25 minutes Daily Reading at home
Weekly Maths Homework
Spelling Practice – spellings are given out every week. A weekly spelling test will take place every Friday.