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Year 6

Welcome to Year 6

 

Miss D Cohen - Year 6 Teacher 

Mrs C Devine - Year 6 Teaching Assistant

 

Welcome to Year 6. We lead a fantastic team of staff who are here to make Year 6 the most productive, successful and enjoyable year ever! As Year 6 is the last year at St.Margaret's, working hard and embracing all aspects of school life is something we encourage you to do. We will help you develop your independence, confidence and skills in order for you to move through the SATS and prepare you for high school. 

 

We have extremely high expectations and will expect you all to work to the very best of your capabilities. Concentration and hard work will be the key to achieving your very best throughout the year. Year 6 will be expected to set good examples of behaviour and be positive role models for the younger children to follow. You will have the opportunity to take on extra roles and responsibilities in and around school. When in class be prepared to work with even greater periods of concentration and always look to challenge yourself in every lesson. We will be an awesome TEAM! 

 

If you need to contact us please use the email:

year6homelearning@st-margarets.bury.sch.uk

Head Boy   Head Girl 

Alfie           Daisy

 

Deputy Head Boy    Deputy Head Girl

Maxi                       Marni

 

 

House Captains

Garvey - Khaleel and Grace

Wood - Saffron and Sufyan

Neville - Casey and Serenna

Peel - Larna and Kenan

 

Friday 27th January, 2023.

 

Our Star of the Week

is

Aayan

 

 

Congratulations to Year 6 who were third place for best attendance!

Weekly News

 

Friday 27th January, 2023. 

 

In what has felt like a long week, we have completed our next round of practise SATs! We sat one of the papers in the hall to see what it will be like in May for the real ones. The children were mature and handled it very well - we are very proud of them all! 

 

We were delighted that 81% of the class had handed in their signed reading records. Thank-you so much to our parents/carers for helping with this. heart

 

On Wednesday, we hosted Breaking Barriers CIC who performed a monologue called 'Blurred Lines' from director Parvez Qadir: 

 

INFORMATION ABOUT CROSSING THE LINE:
The piece has been funded by GMP Programme Challenger and Home Office as an important preventative learning tool for children, and in bringing it to year 6 pupils we hope it will help them in their transition phase into high school.
 
The piece explores child criminal exploitation (CCE) through a monologue from 18 year old Sean to his younger brother, Ben (age 15). Sean talks about the 'elders' (gang members) who try to give him trainers in return for running errands for them. 
 
Crossing the Line is a way to engage with children and teach them about:
- healthy choices
- healthy relationships
- saying no / peer pressure 
- grooming
- who to talk to / safe routes to help 
 

Here is a link for the short film Blurred Lines:

https://www.parvezqadir.co.uk/blurred-lines

 

The children really enjoyed this and were able to dissect the characters in the performance and tell us the various ways that help can be obtained. If you would like to know more about this, please see the link above.

 

Today, we have watched the film 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas'. The children have asked a lot of questions and we have discussed the importance of love and acceptance for one another and our many differences. 

 

Have a wonderful weekend. 

 

Friday 20th January, 2023. 

 

 

Spellings:

There were no spellings to learn, this week, because we will doing more practise SAT papers next week which includes a spelling paper. More information below!

 

Maths:

This week - and every week, going forward - Maths lessons will be split between learning the new skills dictated by the National Curriculum and practising our 'reasoning' skills with 'worded problems'. 

Year 6 have calculated volume including 'reasoning' questions involving volume - this might involve working out a missing measurement of a shape where the volume is already given. We have also continued to work through other worded problems.

 

Literacy:

We have begun our new text, this week - ' The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' by John Boyne - which, again, ties in with our History topic of World War 2. The children will complete various pieces of work based on this thought-provoking book. So far, the children have drawn and written their predictions of what lies beyond 'the fence' and compared two locations within the story.

There is a famous film of the book. We have asked the children not to watch it, if they haven't already, as we will do so, as a class, later in the academic year (parental permission will be requested). We have also asked that they do not share the ending of the story, if they know it, as we find that the journey through the book is more effective when it is taken together. 

We have almost finished reading the book so we will be able to watch the film of 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' (letters requesting permission will be sent home, soon). The children have written their own short playscript based on a scene from the book and really enjoyed acting them out, today.

Homework:

English: 

No English homework sent due to practise SATs, next week.

enlightened89% of the class handed in their English homework, this week.

 

Mathletics: 

This was set on Wednesday, again for Monday. We wanted to give a smaller amount of homework, this week, and decided on Mathletics and Reading.

enlightened75% of the class completed the Mathletics set last week.

 

Home-reading: 

enlightened94% of the class had read and returned their 'Reading Record' to be checked, today. Superb!! yesheart

 

News:

As previously mentioned, we will be doing another round of practise SATs, next week. Again, the aim is to help the children to overcome any fears they might have, learn the best 'techniques' involved in answering the questions and manage their time efficiently. We are hoping to do some in the hall in the exact format we would use for the real thing. Obviously, there is a degree of stress involved in this process which we want to minimise as best we can. Please get in touch if you have any concerns or questions. We know that bugs and illness cannot be avoided but we appreciate everyone trying their best to be in school for this practise - there is very little give in our timetable to catch up any that are missed as it means the children missing important lessons. 

 

Wishing everyone a fabulous weekend! laugh

Friday 13th January, 2023. 

 

 

Spellings:

We haven't sent any new spellings out, this week. This is because we are assessing the word bank that we are using and I haven't yet finished collating the new ones. Normal service will resume next week!

 

Maths:

This week - and every week, going forward - Maths lessons will be split between learning the new skills dictated by the National Curriculum and practising our 'reasoning' skills with 'worded problems'. Worded problems are usually a cause for groans, in every Year 6 class. I always find that pupils need to have a little faith in their abilities and make sure they read the questions properly! Practise helps, of course. We have continued with our area work, this time focussing on calculating the area of triangles, parallelograms and compound shapes comprising of a mixture of all those shapes. 

 

Literacy:

We have begun our new text, this week - ' The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' by John Boyne - which, again, ties in with our History topic of World War 2. The children will complete various pieces of work based on this thought-provoking book. So far, the children have drawn and written their predictions of what lies beyond 'the fence' and compared two locations within the story.

There is a famous film of the book. We have asked the children not to watch it, if they haven't already, as we will do so, as a class, later in the academic year (parental permission will be requested). We have also asked that they do not share the ending of the story, if they know it, as we find that the journey through the book is more effective when it is taken together. 

 

Year 6 have completed their 'polished' piece of letter writing in the character of Bruno - this involves re-drafting and editing their original piece. They have also completed comprehension and grammar-practise work. Comprehension tasks involve reading an extract and then answering questions - sometimes these might be literal questions and some may be inference-related, requiring the child to make conclusions based on the indirect information given.

 

Homework:

English – A double-sided grammar sheet was sent home on Wednesday (due in Monday 16.1.23). Lots of children have already handed theirs in, which is fantastic! yes 

enlightened86% of the class handed in their English homework, this week.

 

Mathletics – This was set on Wednesday, again for Monday. I am delighted to report that all of the children have caught up with outstanding tasks and just have newly-set work to complete. yes

enlightened83% of the class completed the Mathletics set last week.

 

Home-reading – 71% of the class had read and returned their 'Reading Record' to be checked, today. We continue to encourage the children to be responsible for their own reading.

 

News:

I'm trying not to say that this was another busy week...but it was! cool We got the water-colour paints out, the acrylic paints out, the pastels out and the charcoals out for an art extravaganza! Always a messy affair! The children are producing pieces based on the work of Wilfred Stanley Haines (1905-1944) who painted his experiences of the effects of the Blitz in London during World War 2. I send heart-felt apologies to the parents/carers of any child whose artistic exuberance extended to their uniforms! sad

Children have two newsletters, today, so please check bags!

 

Have a great weekend! heart

Friday 6th January, 2023. 

 

Spellings:

A new spelling list went out, yesterday, ahead of the test on Thursday 24th November. The 15 words are:

 

adorably   valuably   believably   considerably   tolerably   changeably   noticeably

dependably   comfortably   reasonably   awkward   disastrous   committee   leisure

variety

 

Maths:

Before the Christmas holidays, we had looked as area and perimeter of squares and rectangles. This week, we have continued looking at the area and perimeter of compound shapes with a focus on calculating missing measurements. They have also revised some arithmetic skills.

 

Literacy:

We have begun our new text, this week - ' The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' by John Boyne - which, again, ties in with our History topic of World War 2. The children will complete various pieces of work based on this thought-provoking book. So far, the children have drawn and written their predictions of what lies beyond 'the fence' and compared two locations within the story.

There is a famous film of the book. We have asked the children not to watch it, if they haven't already, as we will do so, as a class, later in the academic year (parental permission will be requested). We have also asked that they do not share the ending of the story, if they know it, as we find that the journey through the book is more effective when it is taken together. 

 

We have continued to read more of the book, discussing the characters as we learn more about them. The children have started to write a 'letter to grandma' from the perspective of Bruno, the main character of the story. 

 

Homework:

English – Two grammar sheets went out on Wednesday to be returned to school on Monday. 

 

Mathletics – This was set on Wednesday, again for Monday.

 

Home-reading – 96% of the class had read and returned their 'Reading Record' to be checked. This is outstanding and the best we have had, so far. This gives me an opportunity to dig out my stamps to mark the book and makes me very, very happy! Well done! laugh

 

 News:

This has been a short but busy first week back. It has been nice to the end the week with some art/DT work (though the cleaning staff might beg to differ!!!) and make our festive lights. We have a new incentive: the class New Year's Resolution is to complete and hand in all home tasks (English, Mathletics and Reading Records) on time. Whoever stays on track with this will win a confectionary-based prize (or maybe stationery) at the end of each half-term. It may end up a costly affair for us, if they all manage to keep the resolution!!! laugh We have discussed the merits of responsibility with Year 6 - they are growing up and should be able to manage their homework and reading, with minimal help from their adults, as they will need these skills when they move on to high school. 

 

Have a lovely weekend, everyone! smiley

Thursday 5th January, 2023. 

 

enlightenedenlightenedGood afternoon! I hope that you are well. Tomorrow, we are going to make some 'festive lights' as part of our Design and Technology/Science syllabus. We have the bulbs and circuitry in school (and pens and paint) but have asked the children to bring any craft materials that they may want to use - things like cardboard, sequins, tissue paper and so on. Please email if you have any questions! enlightenedenlightened

Wednesday 4th January, 2023. 

 

Good afternoon and a very 'HAPPY NEW YEAR!' to you all! It was lovely to welcome the children back to school, today, and even better to step away from the mince pies and chocolates! 

 

We have started the first academic day of 2023 as we mean to go on and set some homework! The children have two English sheets and Mathletics. A number of children (11!) have a lot of Mathletics tasks outstanding. Please could you encourage the children to complete these for Monday?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 6 Recommended Reading List

 

I have attached, below, the link for the recommended reading list where there is a wide range of books appropriate for Year 6. These will include the rich vocabulary and Year 6 features to help them improve their writing. 

 

https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/reading-lists-for-ks2-school-pupils/suggested-reading-list-for-year-6-pupils-ks2-age-10-11/

 

 

 

Year 6 Class Curriculum 

 

Please see the curriculum overviews in the relevant term below for details of what we are doing in the curriculum. The weekly spelling words can also be found there. There are ten spellings each week, plus an additional five words from the National Curriculum list of spellings that children are expected to know by the end of Year 6. This full list can be found in the Autumn Term. Please encourage and support your child in learning these words throughout the year.

 

Homework

We would welcome your support with encouraging your child to complete homework and in handing it in at the appropriate time. We will ensure that the children know what the homework is but it will be the children’s responsibility to make sure they take it home at the time it is given and bring it back accordingly. This will help the children become independent learners. 

English: given out on a Wednesday handed in following Monday.

Maths: given out on a Wednesday handed in following Monday.

Spellings: given out on Thursday for the test on the following Thursday.

 

Reading Logs:

It would also be helpful if you can ensure that your child reads each night (minimum of 15 minutes), to build up their fluency and vocabulary. Ensure that they read a variety of fiction and non-fiction and the texts reading will be a challenge. Please make sure your reading records are signed by an adult three times per week and in school each Friday to be checked.

 

PE: Our PE lessons are on a Thursday and Friday. On these days children need to come into school wearing their FULL PE Kit. Please ensure you do not wear earrings and that long hair is tied back.

Y6 Objectives in Reading, Writing, Maths and Science

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