Welcome To Year 6!
Welcome to Year 6. This is a very exciting year in which we prepare children for their SATs tests and transitioning to high school. Myself and Mrs Carr are delighted to be teaching Year 6 and we have so much exciting learning to do together and we hope to do this whilst developing children ready for their next step in education when they move on at the end of the year.
I hope that the information below gives you a good overview of the work that we will do throughout the year as well as the ways you can support your child as they make as much as progress as possible in Year 6. The knowledge organisers below contain key information we will be learning in our topics, so reading them with your child from time to time will be hugely beneficial. As always, if you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to ask before or after school.
The Autumn term
This term in maths, we will be looking at shape, place value and calculation.
Our big question this year is “How can one person shape the world we live in?”. This term we will be looking at how Charles Darwin shaped the world we live in with his theory of evolution.
This term in science, we will also be looking at Charles Darwin, specifically at his theory of evolution. What is evolution? What is adaptation?
In computing this term, we will be looking at the basics of coding. We will be having a go at producing our very own computer games, both using a program called ‘python’ on the laptops to create a text-based game, as well as ‘scratch’ on the iPads to create our own video games.
In R.E. this half term, we will be looking at the creation story, comparing it to the theory of evolution and asking the question, ‘Can science and the creation story complement each other or are they conflicting?’
Supporting at home
As well as reading through the knowledge organisers from time to time, please read with your child for 15 – 20 minutes every night. Even though the children in Year 6 may be able to read with some fluency, it is important they talk about the vocabulary and think of strategies for working out the meaning of these words. Also, asking them questions to check their understanding is a good idea.
We now use accelerated reader which is a very exciting opportunity for children to make excellent progress in their reading ability. Your child will have a book that is the perfect level for their reading ability. After each book, children take a quick quiz on an iPad. If they pass this test, they gain points and words are added to their total word count. This system is perfectly designed to help children stay focussed on their reading and improve their ability quickly. If your child manages to get to 1,000,000 words read, they will join our extremely exclusive club in the ‘Millionaire’s club’ on the wall in the KS2 shared area. We now have our very first Millionaire! Can you join them on the wall..?
Every child now has login details to access times tables rockstars. Please encourage children to use this whenever they get a chance. A quick, deep understanding of times tables is extremely useful for year 6 children.