Welcome Back to Spring 1 in Year 6!
Happy New Year! We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year with your family.
We are very excited to be back and are very much looking forwards to our learning this half term!
Our focus text in English to kick off the new half term will be MACBETH by William Shakespeare and then we will be moving onto Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian which links into our new Learning Journey, WORLD WAR 2, with our focus question being "Does being powerful make you right?" These are 2 fantastic texts and we are looking forward to reading them and producing some writing about them - watch this space!
Our maths continues with Fractions and then moves onto percentages and decimals, as well as looking at position and direction. We will continue with our daily arithmetic practice and our Flashback 4s also.
As it stands SATs will be going ahead in 2021 and will begin on
Monday 10th May until Wednesday 12th May 2021 - we ask that you please don't book any holidays until after the SATs period is over.
Further information about SATs for parents and carers will be sent out soon.
Christmas at Priestsic...
So COVID wasn't going to put a stop to Christmas in Year 6. We had lots of fun decorating the classroom, taking part in a Crazy Christmas Cap Competition, making our own mini masterpieces on baubles, creating an origami Christmas Card, as well as enjoying our Christmas Party and our Christmas PJ party. Lots of festive fun was had by all!
Christmas baubles inspired by Artists
We looked closely at the work of Van Gogh, Jackson Pollock, Mondrian, Sonia Delaunay and Kandinsky to create our own Christmas tree ornaments inspired by their work. We sketched our designs out first and then had to really take our time and work very carefully to create our masterpieces. We are immensely proud of how they turned out.
With the current situation Year 6 have been learning how to do their work and submit it on Teams. We have written our biography on Carl Linnaeus and our Home Alone instructions on Microsoft word and created a PowerPoint all about the animals of the Rainforest, which has enabled us to practice our word processing skills. We have even taken an end of unit assessment for science on Teams too! We really enjoy using it and are getting used to the ever changing technological world!
SWAG bag search!
We are a big believer in using a variety of WAGOLLs with our children - especially for writing. Here you can see the children going around with their SWAG bags and 'magpieing' ideas for their own writing from the various WAGOLLs around the room.
The CPA approach in Maths
The Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) approach is a system of learning that uses physical and visual aids to build a child’s understanding of abstract topics.
Pupils are introduced to a new mathematical concept through the use of concrete resources (e.g. Dienes blocks etc). When they are comfortable solving problems with physical aids, they are given problems with pictures – usually pictorial representations of the concrete objects they were using.
Then they are asked to solve problems where they only have the abstract i.e. words, numbers or other symbols.
Building these steps across a lesson can help pupils better understand the relationship between numbers and the real world, and therefore helps secure their understanding of the mathematical concept they are learning.
Freda Kahlo Self Portraits
Here are some of the finished products for our self portraits in the style of Freda Kahlo. We have used different sketching techniques with colouring pencils to create some of the effects. We are very proud of what we have achieved.
Layers of the Rainforest
We researched the different layers of the Rainforest using a variety of non fiction sources and then created our very own flip books about them. On the front you can see that we drew the different layers, showing the different types of animals that live there and the types of plants that grow in that particular layer. Then if you flip the paper over you will see our explanations of each layer. These took a long time to do but we enjoyed making them.
To celebrate our return to school we explored poems linking to colour and we created our own celebratory rainbow poems.
In Art, we have been studying the work of Frieda Kahlo, who is best known for her self-portraits. We have delved into the portrait that weare imitating and discussed the colours used and the emotions they portray. We have begun our work by using tutorials to practise drawing different flowers and leaves, which will be used in their portraits.
English - Our Focus text for Reading and Writing
Our readers will be plunged, quite literally, into a wildly exciting adventure when four children crash-land hundreds of miles from civilisation after their pilot suffers a heart attack. They are alone and in absolute peril, without food or water, at the mercy of the ferocious jungle. But it’s also a place of wonder: Rundell’s rich, descriptive prose will transport our young readers to a mesmerising world where they can swim with river dolphins, eat a tarantula and discover a ruined city. The mystery deepens when the discovery of a map suggests they are not the first humans to find this place.
We can't wait to start our new text - watch this space for some what is sure to be AMAZING writing to come!
Our first few days as Year 6...
We have had a wonderful start to the new academic year and have been really busy. We have been practising our mental maths with some fun and engaging maths puzzles and also creating 'Figure Me Out' posters - with mathematical questions that have to be worked out to find out information about each other. We've made a start on our new science topic by beginning to look at animal classification. We have taken a dive in to the rainforests of the world and have been using google earth to locate them. Our self portraits are simply stunning and again, tell a story about each of us and we ended our first full week by writing some truly incredible poems about rainbows. Please enjoy taking a look through the photos below.
Welcome to Year 6
Welcome back to the new school year. We are looking forward to going on a fantastic learning journey together. Please find below some useful information about Year 6.
The teachers in Year 6 are: Mrs Marriott and Miss Green.
The main adults who support teaching and learning in Year 6 are: Mrs Bennett, Miss C Jackson and Mrs Bloomfield
Maths, English and spelling homework will be sent home weekly.
Homework will be set on a Friday and will be due in the following Wednesday. Spellings will be given on a Monday and tested on a Friday - the children will have chance to practice their spellings every day in school as well.
Reading: Please try to encourage/listen to your child read at least 3 times a week
Our PE day is Monday (we will do an indoor and an outdoor session on this day) and children will need to come to school in their PE kits on this day.
Our Learning Challenge topic for this term is focused on "Climate Change - can what's been done be undone?" and we are kicking off our topic by investigating Rainforests.
If you have any questions about your child's time in Year 6 then please don't hesitate to get in contact with us.
The Year 6 Team
Please find below a document with lots of useful links to support home learning.
To develop your comprehension skills use
where you can work through texts, finding evidence and develop your answers checking as you go.
Children in Year 6 all have access to the following websites to support their home learning:
Thank you for your continued support.