WELCOME TO YEAR 6
In Year 6, Mrs Law is the class teacher, supported by Mrs Smitheram. Children in Year 6 are expected to become more independent as the year progresses to prepare them for secondary school. We expect excellent focus and effort in our class, whilst still enjoying our learning.
In this Year group, each child has the opportunity to become a prefect, which helps them to learn about responsibility and to gain leadership skills. Our Year 6 pupils have the important responsibility of contributing towards the smooth running of our academy; we really value their efforts and mature attitude towards this. We also promote the importance of teamwork, which is evident within our classroom.
In Year 6, outdoor learning takes place on Friday afternoons and PE is on Monday afternoons. Please ensure full PE kits are in school every week. Homework is issued on Fridays and is due in on Wednesdays. Homework club is available every Monday and Tuesday lunchtime should your child need assistance with completing this.
Reading should be enjoyed daily – every child is expected to read their target number of pages, either independently or to an adult. They should then write how much they have read in their home-school-link book, which should be initialled daily by an adult at home. Pupils are also expected to learn their spellings and times tables each week.
As always, if you have any questions, please make an appointment to see Mrs Law, or make contact via the home-school link book or telephone.
For information on our topics this term please see the document below.
English/science – This week, the children in Y6 have been exploring how light travels. To demonstrate this, they created human models, which they showed to the class. Some fantastic, detailed explanation texts were then written, describing what light is and how it travels in straight lines, enabling us to see the objects around us. The children also explored this idea using torches and mirrors, to see if they could reflect light onto a particular target.
Maths – Decimals have continued to be the focus in Year 6 this week. The place value of decimals has been revised and the children also moved on to multiplying and dividing decimals by 10, 100 and 1000. This led to learning how to multiply decimals by whole numbers which was applied to a variety of problems involving calculating with money.
Art – In line with our topic, the children have analysed propaganda posters this week. After discussing the messages that these brightly coloured posters communicated, the children started to design their own posters.
English – We have started to read our new class book this week, linked to our new topic about WWII. ‘Friend or Foe’ tells the story of two young boys who are evacuated during the war. The children in Year 6 are already engrossed in the story – this week they have written some fantastic diary entries as characters from the book, showing great empathy with the situation the characters are in. They have used emotive language and powerful verbs brilliantly. They have also completed a reading comprehension exercise linked to the book, which has deepened their understanding.
Maths – Decimals have been the focus in Year 6 this week. The place value of decimals has been covered in depth, with the children completing a variety of activities to demonstrate their understanding. Converting from decimals to fractions and vice versa was also an area covered, as well as rounding decimals to a specified degree of accuracy.
PE –In PE this week, the children practised their basketball skills. They dribbled the ball in a variety of ways, showing good control, while still moving at speed. They also practised chest and bounce passes and started to consider how they would use space and communication within a team game.
History – As part of our new topic about WWII ‘The Battle of Britain’ the children took part in some role play to re-enact an air raid drill. They also watched some interviews where people who had been at school during WWII shared their experiences. This sparked some interesting discussions comparing school life now to how it was during the war.
What's happened in class this week?
Maths – This week the children in Y6 have been revising their understanding of co-ordinates. They have learnt how to plot points within the full co-ordinates grid, demonstrating their understanding of the order of the four quadrants. They have also learnt how to describe translations of simple shapes on the full co-ordinates grid.
English– This week the children have applied their fantastic writing skills to a series of lessons focusing on Christmas poetry. Using ‘‘Twas the night before Christmas’ as a model, they drafted their own poems, based on a cheeky elf who causes mayhem on Christmas eve. The finished poems, which include figurative language and a good dose of humour, are brilliant and we have really enjoyed sharing them as a class.
DT – This week, the children have continued to sew their lavender Christmas decorations in preparation for our Christmas fayre. They have taken great care with their work and the finished products are looking and smelling fabulous!
Maths – Continuing with our focus on fractions, this week the children in year 6 have been calculating fractions of an amount, as well as finding a whole quantity when given a unit fraction. They have also revised their understanding of adding and subtracting fractions through a variety of activities including playing fraction dominoes.
English- Over the past few weeks the children in year 6 have been writing stories, inspired by a stimulus of their choice. Having written the beginning and middle of their stories in previous weeks, this week they have completed their tales by writing the ending. They focused on using descriptive vocabulary and ensured that they included resolutions for any problems within the story. Finally, they proofread really carefully, identifying and correcting any errors.
DT – This week, the children have designed Christmas decorations in preparation for our Christmas fayre. After completing their initial ideas in their sketch books, the children went on to cut shapes out of brightly coloured felt. These will be used to create a Christmas themed picture which will be sewn onto the main part of their decoration.
English –This week, linked to their topic about the Ancient Egyptians, the children in year 6 have completed a reading comprehension exercise about the Egyptian pyramids. Through this activity, they retrieved information from non-fiction texts, whilst learning about the most famous pyramids, how they were guarded and why tomb robbers were a problem in those times. They have also completed several SPaG activities, concentrating on the ‘ous’, ‘cious’ and ‘tious’ sounds in words from their spelling list, as well as exercises to develop their use of semi-colons and inverted commas.
Maths –Multiplying and dividing fractions has been the focus in maths this week. The children have completed a variety of interesting activities. As part of our maths morning on Tuesday, the children completed some tricky tarsia puzzles and concentrated really hard to crack the code on a codebreaking activity involving adding and subtracting fractions.
PE – Continuing from last week with hockey, the children applied their passing, attacking and defending skills to a game of hockey. They showed great team spirit, supporting and encouraging each other. They demonstrated good control over the ball and were able to use space strategically.
English /Geography –This week, the children in Year 6 have written non-chronological reports about Egypt. After conducting some independent research using books, the internet and atlases, they used the information they had discovered about various aspects of the country, such as: climate, population, education system, wildlife, cuisine and tourism to write their reports. They used sub-headings to organise their information and worked extremely well in their groups.
Maths –This week, the children have learnt how to add and subtract fractions with different denominators. This included learning how to change a proper fraction into an improper fraction and simplifying their answers to the lowest terms. Some of the problems set really challenged their reasoning skills and generated lots of good mathematical discussions. In addition, the children have started to learn how to multiply fractions and have tackled a variety of problems associated with this.
Computing - Using the app ‘A.L.E.X’, the children created a code that could be used to show how to program the movements of the character on the screen. They recorded each step of the algorithm using symbols, addressing any errors they encountered along the way. They really enjoyed this activity and worked well in their pairs, recording their codes carefully.
PE – Continuing from last week with hockey, the children developed their passing skills. Working in pairs, then small groups, they practised passing and receiving the ball, showing good control of the ball and hockey stick. Later, they moved on to dribbling and passing in groups of four, before attempting to score goals.
English –This week, the children in Year 6 have written stories with an Egyptian theme, linked to our current topic. The focus has been on setting the scene and creating atmosphere using descriptive language techniques. The children have also tried to include dialogue to advance the action, ensuring this is punctuated correctly with inverted commas. They have written some fantastic stories, full of adventure and suspense.
Maths –This week, the children have revised their understanding of equivalent fractions and have learnt how to simplify fractions, using common factors. This led to ordering and comparing fractions through a variety of activities. This generated lots of good mathematical discussions, with the children sharing their reasoning skills. Next week, the children will apply this understanding to help them to add and subtract fractions.
Art/DT– As part of their topic about the Ancient Egyptians, the children have been busy designing their own T-shirts. They have studied Egyptian hieroglyphs and have written their names using these ancient and fascinating symbols. These have been incorporated into their T-shirt designs. Soon, they will be sporting their very own Egyptian themed clothing!
English –This week, the children in Year 6 have written performance reviews and a recount. After watching the dress rehearsal for our annual music event, the children wrote some great reviews, thinking carefully and evaluating each performance. They included some great vocabulary and gave some very positive opinions which were a pleasure to read.
The recounts were written about our trip to the Royal Cornwall Museum. The children used a good range of vocabulary and used paragraphs and fronted adverbials to structure their writing. Their subject knowledge of their current topic shone through in their writing which was fantastic to see.
Maths –This week, the children have developed their understanding of the order of operations, solving a variety of problems. They demonstrated excellent verbal reasoning skills showing a good understanding. They have also learnt about square and cube numbers this week, using their times tables knowledge to help them.
History – As part of their topic about the Ancient Egyptians, the children enjoyed a fantastic workshop at the Royal Cornwall Museum this week. They examined some interesting artefacts and really enjoyed finding clues about each fascinating object. They were in awe of the mummified body of the Ancient Egyptian, Iset Tayef Nakht, and enjoyed learning about his life as a carpenter and priest. Finally, they participated in some role play where they acted out the 'weighing of the heart ceremony'.
English – This week, to link with our interesting history lesson, the children have written a set of instructions to explain how to mummify a fish. They used bullet points for lists and thought carefully about how to give clear, precise instructions using ‘bossy’ verbs. They have also been revising how to use commas in different ways, including to separate clauses and to make meaning clear within a sentence.
Maths –Multiples, factors and prime numbers, including prime factors, were the focus of this week’s maths lessons. The children used their knowledge of the times tables to help them find the lowest common multiple and highest common factor from a set of numbers. They also learnt how to use BODMAS to help them to understand the order of operations within a calculation.
Art – The children have continued to work on their sketches of the HMS Beagle, adding detail and colour to their work. They have started to use the aqua pencils and will be adding water and blending the colours in the next art lesson. The sketches are looking fantastic so far and we can’t wait to see the finished works of art.
History – This week, to launch their new topic 'Who's the Mummy?' which focuses on the lives and beliefs of the Ancient Egyptians, the children mummified some fish. After removing the insides, the children washed and dried the fish, before packing it with salt and herbs. Finally, they wrapped the fish tightly in cling film. After 5-6 weeks, we will unwrap the fish to complete the final step of the mummification process, which involves rubbing the fish with oil and wrapping it in strips of linen. The children thoroughly enjoyed this activity and it has enriched and developed their understanding of this fascinating process.
English – This week, the children have written the second draft of their passage of writing, which explored the visual and sound effects of language. The children brought their writing to life by using a variety of interesting vocabulary and linguistic techniques, such as onomatopoeia, alliteration, simile and metaphor.
The children have also completed some spelling and grammar activities to develop their understanding of homophones and how they are used in different contexts.
Maths –Following on from our work on multiplication and division, this week the focus has been on decimal division. The children worked both in small groups and independently to solve a range of problems. They used the short, formal method of division accurately and could use their reasoning skills to explain the algorithm for this method.
Art – As part of our topic ‘A Voyage of Discovery’ the children have sketched pictures of the HMS Beagle. They sketched their outlines carefully with pencil, before adding finer details. After half term, they will be blending watercolours to show the different layers of colour in the sky and sea.
English – This week we have learnt how to write a formal letter. We focused on the structure and language required, comparing these to that of informal letters. We have continued to focus on using punctuation accurately in all of our writing.
In addition, we have continued to read our class book ‘Skellig’ which has stimulated some interesting discussions. We talked about books we have enjoyed reading and the children made recommendations, giving details about books they have read independently.
We have also completed a reading comprehension exercise linked to pollution and our environment. The children skimmed and scanned the text carefully to help them to retrieve the required information with accuracy.
Maths –Continuing with place value, this week we have focused on rounding whole numbers to a required degree of accuracy. We considered when this would be necessary in real life situations through a range of problems. We have also revised the use of columnar methods for addition and subtraction of seven-digit numbers, solving a variety of problems, including word problems and finding missing numbers.
Geography – We have continued to research biomes this week, with the children creating fact files about their chosen biome. Using ipads and atlases, they found out as much as they could about their chosen biome, including wildlife, climate and how the animals that live there have adapted to their surroundings.
Music –We have started to learn our song for the annual music event. The children have tried hard to sing with appropriate pitch and tone, keeping in time with the music and working together as a team.
English – This week we have continued to read our class book ‘Skellig’. We have discussed why the author has used particular language to set the scene and to create an air of mystery.
In addition, we have completed some reading comprehension exercises. One of these was linked to our current topic ‘A Voyage of Discovery’. We found out some facts about Charles Darwin’s life, while improving our retrieval skills.
Maths – In maths we have continued to consolidate and improve our understanding of place value. We have also focused on negative numbers this week, calculating intervals across zero and solving a range of real-life problems involving temperature and bank balances.
Geography – This week we have learnt about the main biomes in the world, considering their different landscapes, wildlife and climate. Ipads and atlases were used to research, and the information gathered will be used to create fact files next week.
We were also fortunate to have Vox Dance, a local dance company, come in to school on Wednesday to do a demonstration of street and contemporary dance. All children in KS2 were given the opportunity to join in. It was lots of fun and some of the Year 6 children were able to complete a lift in front of the group.
On Thursday, we travelled to Hayle Academy where the children participated in a variety of STEM activities. There were tasks such as cooking apple muffins, sewing space bugs, solving maths problems, making wooden robots and doing scientific experiments. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the morning – this was also a good opportunity to see what Hayle Academy has to offer as a venue for secondary education.
English– This week we have started to read our class book ‘Skellig’ which follows the life of Michael as he battles with the emotions associated with moving to a new house, family illness and new friendships. The children have also written stories using engaging story starters, focusing on using exciting vocabulary to set the scene, as well as completing two reading comprehension exercises.
National Curriculum English KS2:To draw inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions and justifying inferences with evidence
Maths– This week we have been revising our understanding of place value, revisiting the value of digits within larger numbers and writing 7-digit numbers in figures and words. We have also developed our understanding of place value by ordering numbers and finding missing numbers within a sequence.
National Curriculum maths KS2:To read and write numbers to 10 000 000 and determine the value of digits
PSHE– Through a variety of games and activities we have been developing our collaborative skills. The children have been set tasks to complete in teams, such as a water race and building towers using only sellotape and newspaper. Through these activities, and a good deal of discussion, the children have shown a great understanding of what it means to be a team player, working together in an enthusiastic and supportive manner.
National Curriculum PSHE UKS2:To show respect to other people and if necessary constructively challenge their point of view.