Winning House Team
Welcome to Year Six
We are ready to take on the challenge of life in Year 6. We are determined to be resilient learners, understanding that we can learn from our mistakes and that from hard work can come excellent results. Our classroom is purposeful, but it is also lots of fun! We are a fantastic community – we support each other and help each other to grow and shine.
At the beginning of the academic year, we began with a whole-school theme of Enterprise before learning about life in World War Two. In the Spring Term we will learn about how our world and living things have changed, adapted and evolved. We will also have a whole school themed World Book week and a science week to look forward to. In the Summer our focus will be discovering life in Ancient Greek times and learning about how scientists investigate, explore and experiment.
We strongly believe in Year 6 that sport and exercise are good for both body and mind. PE covers outdoor sports such as football, hockey and athletics, with dance and gymnastics indoors.
PE kit should be brought in on a Monday and taken home on a Friday. Our usual PE days are Thursdays and Fridays. However, we do like to make sure the children are prepared, just in case the timetable changes. Please ensure your child has both indoor and outdoor kits with them, including outdoor shoes. Please could you make sure all PE kit is named. Indoor kit: White T-shirt, blue shorts Outdoor kit: White T-shirt, blue jogging bottoms/leggings, blue hoodie/zipped jumper, trainers/black pumps.
Reading: We set the high expectation of reading at least three times each week, with daily reading encouraged. All of the children also have a log-in for an online reading scheme, Reading Plus, where books and activities are set for each child.
Spellings: In school, we follow the No Nonsense Spelling programme where children are taught sessions on spelling patterns, homophones and common exception words. We send home a list of spellings a week which have been derived from their learning. The children are asked to learn how to spell the words, but also how to use them in context. Please take time talking about the meaning of these words: some of them can be tricky to understand if they haven’t been put into context.
Maths: All children have an access code to our online TT Rockstars account and we would encourage children to access this daily for 5 minutes.
These five minutes a day, on a tablet or computer, can help children learn their times tables. In Year 6, times tables are linked to almost everything we do: from understanding and solving real-life problems, to fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio. If the children have their times table facts on the tip of their tongues, the new maths learning is much easier to focus on. Mrs Wright has joined TT Rockstars, so watch out everyone!
We believe that an active class is a thinking class and use Go Noodle and BBC Supermovers as this allows us to be active more frequently, while still focusing on our learning. We link this movement to key areas within the curriculum and specifically the recall of multiples!
Hit the Button
Hit the Button has been a huge hit with Instant Recall facts! Give it a go. It’s loads of fun. Moving digit cards is a great way to understand X and ÷ by 10, 100 and 1000 and can also be found on this website.
All the children have a TT Rockstars account.
Maths is Fun
The zoomable number line shows children what decimal numbers look like and what lies between integers. It is a fantastic visual resource.