Welcome 6E! 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: Mr Elsworth
Learning Support Assistant: Miss McGuinness and Mr Chadwick.
Learning Mentor: Mr Hall.
Reading homework is given out on a Friday and due back on a Monday.
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 Thursday so please remember your red t-shirt, blue shorts and suitable footwear.
You will be given a day when your home reader is due in; please don't forget to bring it in on this day. If you finish your book, bring it in and Miss McGuiness will ask you a few questions about the book and she will ask you to complete a book review, which will be displayed in our reading area.
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.
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
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.
During this topic, our big question is;
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.
Our first topic this year was 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 and use it to help us with calculations using the 4 operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).
Take a look at our 4 operations front cover to see the objectives that we will cover.
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!
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!!