Year 6

 

Meet The Teachers 

             

      

In Year 6 we have four classes:

  • Ash class: the teacher in Ash is Mrs Fielding and the teaching assistant is Mr Carpenter.
  • Aspen class: the teacher in Aspen is Mrs Colclough
  • Oak class: the teacher in Oak class is Mrs Corcoran.
  • Poplar class: the teacher in Poplar class is Miss Lowe
  • Our PE teacher is Mr Corcoran.

Curriculum

English

During Year 6, we use quality texts to enthuse and engage the children and to support their reading and writing. Children’s knowledge of language, gained from a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry that they meet, will support their fluency as readers, their ability as writers, and their comprehension. They will also continue to perfect their writing skills.

By the end of Year 6, we aim for children’s reading and writing to be sufficiently fluent for them to manage the general demands of the curriculum in Year 7, across all subjects. They should be able to reflect their understanding of the purpose and audience of their writing by selecting appropriate vocabulary and grammar. Teachers will prepare pupils for secondary education by making sure they can understand and control sentence structure in their writing.

In Years 5 and 6, children’s confidence, enjoyment, and mastery of language will be extended through public speaking, performance, and debate.

We aim to instil in them a love of literature and reading for pleasure that they will carry with them when they leave us.

Children should ensure that they read at home every night, and keep a record of this in their home reading diary.

 

Maths

The main focus of maths teaching in Year 6 is to ensure that children extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include numbers to 10,000,000. This should develop the connections that they make between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.

The children will develop their ability to solve a wider range of problems using both written and mental methods of calculation. With this grounding in arithmetic, they will learn the language of algebra as a means for solving a variety of problems. In geometry, the children will learn to classify shapes with complex properties and will learn the vocabulary they need to describe them.

By the end of Year 6, we aim for the children to be fluent in written methods for all four operations, including long division and multiplication, and in working with fractions, decimals, and percentages. They should be able to read, spell, and pronounce mathematical vocabulary correctly.

As a school, we follow the White Rose planning to ensure coverage of all of these key areas.

In Year 6 we will be learning about the following topics:

  • Why should we remember them? Ayresome’s lost boys (WW1)
  • How were the lives of children affected by World War Two?
  • What became of Endurance? Was Shackleton right embark on his adventure?
  • How is North America diverse?
  • What has been the impact of the railways?
  • To be or not to be, that is the question.

Religious Education

We cover four key questions over the year as part of our Religious Education lessons:

  • What do religions say to us when life gets hard?
  • Is it better to express your beliefs in arts and architecture or in charity and generosity?
  • What matters most to Christians and Humanists?
  • What difference does it make to believe in ahimsa (harmlessness), grace and/or Ummah (community)?

 

Science

We will focus on developing our skills of ‘scientific enquiry’. The children will ask questions to learn about scientific concepts and then carry out experiments to find out the answers.

Our science topics are the following:

Living things and their habitats

  • describe how living things are classified into groups including micro-organisms, plants and animals
  •  give reasons for classifying plants and animals

Animals, including humans

  • identify and name parts and functions of the human circulatory system
  • recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way the body functions
  • describe how nutrients and water are transported within animals

Evolution and inheritance

  • learn how fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth in the past
  • recognise that living things produce offspring that are not identical to their parents
  • identify how plants and animals are adapted to suit their environment and that adaptation may lead to evolution

Light

  • understand that light appears to travel in straight lines and is necessary for us to see objects
  • understand how shadows are formed

Electricity

  • investigate how the brightness of a lamp and the volume of a buzzer changes with the number and voltage of cells used in a circuit
  • give reasons for variations in how components function, including the brightness of bulbs, the loudness of buzzers and the on / off positions of switches
  • use recognised symbols when representing a circuit in a diagram

 

PE lessons

Each class has PE on a different day, children should come to school wearing their PE kits.

PE kit – red or white t-shirt, a pair of jogging bottoms or shorts and trainers.