Welcome to the Year 6 page!
Both Year Six classes are working very hard and are busy preparing for the KS2 SATS. All teachers and pupils have been working incredibly hard in reading, maths, grammar and punctuation to ensure that the children are as prepared and confident as they can be to achieve their best and full potential. Alongside this, the children are preparing and are extremely excited for their transition to secondary school. Here are some of our focuses this year:
The children in Year Six absolutely adore reading and we promote this through the reading corner and reading competitions. Each half term we have focused on a different class novel:
In Autumn: ‘Skellig’ and ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’
In Spring: ‘Once’ and ‘Holes’.
In summer: ‘Coraline’ and ‘The Unforgotten Coat’.
To support your child throughout the year, they must read at least for thirty minutes every night; they should read a variety of genres (fiction, non-fiction, newspapers, poetry and magazines etc.) There are a wide range of genres within school, which the children are able to borrow and take home.
In Guided Reading we now follow the ‘Mastery’ approach. All children work through the same challenging text, with questions and support provided to prepare them for their SATs tests and KS3. These lessons are based on the class book for the half term.
Every Monday the children complete a ‘Reading Test’ – this is in line with the SATs tests and helps children to prepare and deepen their understanding in responding to questions.
We love maths in Year Six, especially when we are challenged with multi-step problems. We have an arithmetic test weekly, which has helped improve the speed of our calculations. We complete ‘6 a day’ questions at the start of every lesson, to develop our arithmetic skills. We follow the ‘Mastery Approach’ whereby all children are working through the same questions, which are taken from the Y6 curriculum and challenges those working towards ‘greater depth’.
Year 6 has to cover challenging concepts now in the new curriculum; however through deep coverage of the knowledge and constant opportunities for experiments and observations, the children’s understanding is developing well.
In Autumn the children study: Humans and Animals and Electricity.
In Spring: Light and Evolution and Inheritance.
In Summer: Living things and their habitats.
We are extremely lucky that throughout Year Six there are many exciting and inspirational trips to support our curriculum. In the Autumn term, we were visited by a Historical Workshop and were shown artefacts and memorabilia from the First World War period.
In the Spring term, we visited the Museum of Cannock Chase to experience life as a Second World War evacuee. We experienced first-hand how the children would have lived through this period. Also in this term we visited Martineau Gardens in Birmingham to support our learning of our topic Evolution and Inheritance.