Teacher: Mrs Cairns
Learning Support Assistant: Mrs Chadwick
Learning Mentor - Mr Hall
Inspirational maths week.
For our first week of maths, we used YouCubed activities to inspire us and learnt some very important messages, such as, speed is not important, mistakes help our brains to grow and it is important to never give up. The tasks were very challenging, but the children persevered really well and thoroughly enjoyed the week.
Numbers and the Number System
During the Autumn term, we will be learning about World War Two. Our English, history and whole class reading will all be based on World War Two. In English we will learn about Rose Blanche and Anne Frank. At the end of the unit, we will write our own diary entries and a bravery award speech.
In History, we will be learning about when and how World War Two started and how it fits into a historic timeline. We will also learn about rationing, evacuation and key turning events in the war such as The Blitz.
For our whole class reading, we are really excited to have several texts all based around World War Two. We have a variety of genres including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. We will examine extracts from the books, looking at key vocabulary, the type of language used by the authors and the layout of the different texts.
Does love last forever or does it have limits?
To help answer this, the children will explore the love and care of people and learn about God's unconditional, never-ending love.
The key vocabulary in this unit is:
Unconditional, forgiveness, mercy, prodigal, parable.
New Year 6 Book - The MALAMANDER
All is not what it seems at this seaside town - myths, mysteries, monsters and home to the legend of the Malamander!
This is our new year 6 class book - we will journey to the seaside where lots of fun themed learning awaits!
Before starting our place value maths topic, year 6 completed a week of inspirational maths challenges. It was important that we started our year 6 maths journey off positively and these challenges helped us to solve problems and reason mathematically, but even more importantly, they were: fun, interesting, encouraging, creative, engaging and inclusive. These challenges were simply called 'I can do maths!'. The children thoroughly enjoyed the week of challenges and it certainly did help us set an 'I can do, positive attitude' towards maths.
It was then time to tackle place value! Take a look at our place value front cover to see the objectives that we will cover.
Reading homework is given out on a Monday and must be returned on a Friday.
Spellings will be taken home on Friday and there will be a test on a Monday morning.
Homework Menu: Every half term, a homework menu will be given out with a selection of tasks to be completed, across all areas of the curriculum. It is your choice how many you complete, however you must do at least one and hand it in by the end of the half term. Your completed work will be celebrated.
PE is on a Friday, so please remember to come to school in your red t-shirt, blue shorts and suitable footwear.
During the summer term, Y6 will be having 6 weeks worth of weekly swimming lessons. These lessons will take place on a Monday. Please remember to bring your swimming kit, including a swimming cap.
Here are your spellings for the year . Each Friday, you will take home your spelling mat and practise your spellings for Monday morning when we will have a spelling test.
Below are some word cards that you can print out to use at home and some ideas to make your spelling practice more fun. Remember, you can also log onto spelling shed to play lots of fun spelling games.
PE Autumn 1 Topic - Orienteering
6C have really enjoyed exploring the school grounds, reading maps to locate hidden markers and solving various problems during this 'treasure hunt' themed unit.
Our first topic this year will be colours. During this theme, we explored feelings and emotions as well as colours. Firstly we listened to the story 'The day the crayons quit'. We explored the feelings of the characters in the book and used this as a stimulus to write letters to Duncan and poems. We also read a story called 'The Dot' and used this to create our own pieces of artwork using Marc Allante as our inspiration.
Another activity we did during this week was creating portraits in the style of. We used pictures of ourselves and used work by different artists including Van Gogh, Picasso and Andy Warhol to create colourful portraits for display.
After completing our place value unit, it was time to build on our new knowledge, using it to support us with calculations using the 4 operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).
Take a look at our front cover to see what we will be learning.
We decided that doing art lessons was a fantastic way of getting children back into the classroom and used to the routine of full school days again. Our theme for the lessons was sculpture, so we looked at Henry Moore, an artist who is famous for his sculpture work. We began by looking at fascinating sculptures around the world and these really inspired the children. We then explored materials for creating sculptures, such as mod roc, plaster of paris and clay. Once the children has been completely inspired, we focussed in on Henry Moore's abstract art. We looked at his sculptures and gave our interpretations of them. We then picked our favourite piece, sketched it and made our own version out of Play Doh. Finally we were ready to make our own! We though about a name for our sculpture using the theme of Lockdown 2021 as our inspiration. We then thought about the meaning behind the sculpture, where we would want to place it and what we would use to make it. It was then time to get our hands dirty. We created some amazing sculptures with even more amazing meaning behind them!
After completing our art unit, it was time for more fun - Design Technology. For this we were looking at structures and shelters and had a task to build a bird house. We began by researching different structures and discussing whether they where shelters and if so, what made them a shelter. We then tested lots of products to see which would be the best materials to make our bird houses from and learning how to use tools correctly and safely. After lots of research, we came up with a class design criteria (this would be what our products would be marked against at the end of the project). We decided on the following criteria:
1. Weather proof
5. Protective from predators.
We then began the design process. We thought about how we would build our bird houses, making sure we met the design criteria and then sketched and labelled what we wanted out final product to look like.
It was then time to have fun and build. After learning how to use saws correctly, we were able to saw wood to specific sizes and used hot glue guns to secure the wood into place.
AT the end of the week, we had researched, designed and created some amazing bird houses!
Our English topic for the spring term was Wolves. We studied wolves in both our English and our whole class reading lessons. At the end of the unit, we wrote an explanation text on an animal of our choice. To do this, we have studied an explanation text about wolves. We looked at the structure and layout of an explanation text, technical vocabulary and how it had been used within the text, labelled diagrams and key punctuation used. Once we had completely unpicked the wolves example, we began researching our own animals to write an explanation text about. Once we had all the information we needed, we created our own explanation texts.
During spring term, we spent a lot of time looking at fractions. This was a topic that we knew we needed to spend longer on, as it was a topic that had only been covered during home learning last year and it is such a tricky topic. We began by reminding ourselves about what a fraction was and finding fractions of a whole. We then moved onto simplifying, converting, ordering and comparing fractions. We then used the skills we had learnt so far to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions.
In the blink of an eye, year 6 are now into their final term at St. Christopher's. We are hoping that we will be able to get some normality back this term and get back to some of the things we love most, especially after school clubs and trips.
We started the term off with a fantastic trip to the swimming baths for our first swimming lesson this year and the children loved being able to get out of school and do something they love.
We have already started our new English topic - Hansel and Gretel and the children are absolutely loving it!
Fractions, decimals and percentages
Fractions, decimals and percentages is a topic that some children find extremely difficult, but they have all really impressed us. We have been converting between fractions, decimals and percentages, as well as finding fractions and percentages of amounts.