Welcome back Year 6! I hope you have had a lovely relax over the summer and have had lots of fun with your family and friends! I can't wait to hear all about it! I know it has been a long time since most of you have been into school, but we are so excited to have you all back and looking forward to the year ahead.
Teacher: Mrs Cairns
Learning Support Assistant: Mrs Chadwick and Mr Chadwick
Learning Mentor - Mr Hall
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 Monday so please remember to come to school in your red t-shirt, blue shorts and suitable footwear.
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...
Numbers and the Number System
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.
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!
Our themed home learning menus will continue to be added weekly to the website. Each week will be a different theme, but if you would like to spend longer on a theme, that is absolutely fine. In addition to our theme, we have added some basic skills for that week (maths, Reading, spelling etc) to the top of the menu. These are things that children should be practising regularly, so spending a little bit of time on these each day will really help. We hope you are enjoying the themes and please share any work with us by emailing email@example.com or on Twiter @ChrissiesSpeke
The Final Y6 SATs Test (a fun quiz really!)
Come on year 6 have a go and see what score you can achieve.
Y6 SAT'S Lockdown Test Results 2020!
The results are in! Check out the below video link which includes the video intro to an end of Y6 SATs quiz for children to have a go at (see quiz above).
Mr Elsworth & Mrs Cairns
Y6 SAT'S Test Week 2020
The countdown is over, its Monday 11th May, 50 test papers but no-one to give them to...or is there?
You may have not had to do them year 6 but someone has to. Click on the video below to see who...
Mrs Cairns, Mr Elsworth and the year 6 team!
I hope that you are all happy, well and looking after yourselves. I have added some more activities onto our class page. I am not expecting you to do them all but they are there if you are looking for some activities to complete. I would love to see some photographs of you keeping yourself busy at home or of any fabulous work that you have been doing. Remember you can email your photos/work to Mrs Gaskell or you can share them on Twitter @ChrissiesSpeke . Talking about Twitter, have you seen the St Christopher's Loo Roll Challenge we recorded and put on Twitter for you? I think you'll like it.
Below are lots of links for maths and English work that you could be doing to help keep your minds busy and I know you all have your revision books too. I have been setting some tasks for you on Purple Mash and spelling/maths shed, I check daily to see if I have had any any sent to me.
Year 6, remember to keep reading, learn those times tables, have fun and stay safe. Mrs Chadwick and I miss you and are hoping that we are all back at school very soon before you leave us for the next part of your life journey (BIG SCHOOL!).
From Mrs Cairns
With many of our children at St Christopher's, as well as other schools around the country, having to self-isolate due to COVID-19 ( Coronavirus) we want to make sure that the children are still learning while at home. To help with this, we have created a sample timetable for learning at home, which you can find below.
We have created a home learning menu around a certain theme, with a selection of activities that you may want to do at home. A new menu will be uploaded each week with a different theme. We hope you enjoy trying some of the activities.
Spelling and Maths Shed will also be updated weekly with different tasks.
Below are English and maths activities that are easy to follow from Hamilton Trust. They will be added each week so that they are there for you if you need them.
In addition, there is also a link to the White Rose website. This is the scheme we use to support our maths planning in school. The link takes you to their home learning page, which has a series of lesson ideas to follow.
Finally, Twinkl.co.uk have a fantastic website that offers lots of wonderful resources and ideas. We have downloaded some of the activities to keep your child(ren) busy and learning while they cannot attend school. You can also find them below.
Natwest money lessons
Natwest bank are providing live maths/money lessons every Monday. They also have lots of free, fun and interactive learning activities and games, which are a great way of way of introducing money topics at home. CLICK HERE to find out more.
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.
Speke Under Surveillance
During this topic, we will look at our local area in detail. We will study the physical and human features of Speke and how it has changed dramatically over time. We will think about why these changes have happened and what might happen to Speke in the future.
As part of our geography fieldwork, we will visit Speke retail park, collecting lots of data, such as size of shops and frequency of visitors to different shops. When we return to school, we will use this data to create scale maps.
Finally, we will link our artwork to this topic and create some abstract art for our local area. Our work will be based on that of famous artist Henry Moore. Before creating their artwork, the children will decide on the perfect Speke location for their artwork, giving reasons for their choices. Children then decide whether they will use mod roc, plaster of paris or clay to create their abstract sculptures. We have some extremely talented artists!!
Using Pie Corbett's 'The Teacher leaser Machine' the children invented their own device, writing an explanation text about it. I am sure some of their inventions will be available to buy in the future.
Our next topic was Fairgrounds. During this topic, we learnt about different fairground ride motions and electrical circuits within the rides. After visiting Gulliver's World Theme Park as part of our market research and using all their new learning, the children created some very impression moving fairground rides.
Our next Talk for Writing topic was flashback stories. We have used the wordless animation 'The Piano' by Aidan Gibbons as inspiration. In our writing, we used third and first person to change perspective; present and past tense to change the timing; and emotive language to produce thought-provoking text to accompany the video.
We then wrote our own flashback that could feature in the animation. Some of these included his 60th birthday, his wedding day, the birth of his first grandson, his first honeymoon plus many, many more. Visit our class to see our fabulous ideas.
If you fancy watching the video, you can visit this YouTube video to see it for yourself.
Finally, the children wrote their own flashback stories using Pie Corbett’s ‘Kidnapped’ as their model text.
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.