Year 6

 

Hello and welcome! My name is Mr Lee and I am the Year 6 teacher at Grosvenor Park Academy. The last year of primary school is an amazing year – a year that provides an opportunity for our pupils to shine. Three terms to showcase everything they have learned during their primary school journey. Throughout this important stage of school, the team in Year 6 work together to deepen the children’s understanding and develop their skills.  We work hard to prepare them for their end of KS2 assessments in reading, writing and maths. The pupils will also take their first step on the career ladder as they have the opportunity to apply for and assume roles of responsibility within school, such as the positions of Head Boy and Head Girl. Throughout Year 6, we offer a rich and creative curriculum which engages all of our children. We aim to unlock positive learning behaviours and build great learning habits which equip our pupils with the skills to thrive as they move on towards secondary school.

 

Subject-by-Subject Autumn Term Overview

 

As readers… we will be embarking on a new strategy of ‘whole class’ reading. Reading skills such as comprehension, inference and prediction will be explicitly taught using highly-rated texts, to give the children further opportunities to develop their reading skills.

As writers… in our first unit of work, we will be using a book entitled Rose Blanche, which links to our Context for Learning topic. This is a very moving book which considers the life of a young girl during wartime Germany. We will be using this to inspire our own amazing writing in school.

As mathematicians… we will be covering the following areas throughout the term: place value; addition / subtraction; multiplication / division; fractions; and geometry (position and direction). We will also take into account any areas of maths which may need to be recapped following school closure. The children will then be able to develop the new skills which arise in the Year 6 maths curriculum more easily.

In RE… this term, we will continue to encourage regular use of our Reflection Area to provide a quiet space for thought. In lessons, our themes will be the Kingdom of God and Christian Communities.

As artists… this term’s work will include some maths geometric art using straight lines to make parabolic curves and silhouette art in science using a variety of mediums.

As designers… we will be preparing, making and sampling some recipes from history which capture the type of food eaten by resilient figures in our topic.

As computer technicians… we will be refining our ICT skills over the half term to further our fluency with software that is used widely today in many sectors of life, particularly MS Office and the G-Suite for Education. We will also be using our school devices to research and present information on topics in other lessons, such as in Context for Learning.

As historians… we are learning all about figures from the past and present who have defied the odds to succeed, as our Context for Learning topic is titled, ‘Against all Odds’. Two examples of these people are Florence Nightingale and Martin Luther King, Jr., who clearly played a crucial role in changing the way we see the world today; their plight is something from which we can learn a great deal.  

As geographers… we will be locating the countries where the figures in our Context for Learning topic reside(d) and studying their human and physical geographical features.

As scientists… we will be exploring the properties of materials, experimenting how they are structured and how they behave under different conditions. As part of this we will be reflecting on how we observe and record scientific tests.

As musicians… we will be further developing our knowledge of reading and writing musical notation, all in the context of our Context for Learning topic.

As athletes… we will be working with Miss Valentine to focus on invasion games in preparation for the awaited return of competitive school sport. 

As linguists… we will be reviewing and extending our French vocabulary and learning how to give simple directions as part of a basic conversation. Topics include: school, home, food and jobs.

 

Teaching Team

 

Class Teacher – Mr Christopher Lee

Assistant Teachers – Mr Terry McMahon, Mrs Laura Conde and Mrs Jo Bargery

Music Teacher – Mr Rob Benson

PE Teacher – Miss Shona Valentine

 

A Typical Day in Year 6 Includes:

 

Collective Worship: an opportunity for the whole school to reflect and prepare for the day ahead rejoicing in cheerful songs and talking to God through prayer.

English: Our English curriculum is mastery, text-based and linked to our thematic approach to learning. Each term children are introduced to a new text from which specific skills are taught.

Morning Break: currently in our separate ‘Year 5/6 Bubble’.

Maths: Mathematics across the school is supported by White Rose, a learning approach that is carefully crafted to inspire a genuine love of the subject.

Lunchtime: currently in our separate ‘Year 5/6 Bubble’.

Reading: A carefully tailored whole-class activity designed to develop and enhance individual reading skills. The children are encouraged, through questioning, to develop their competency of interrogation, inference and deduction. 

Wider Curriculum: Our wider curriculum is taught through our cross-curricular approach to learning. This incorporates science, history, geography, religious education, music, art, drama, modern foreign languages (MFL) and social, moral, spiritual and cultural learning (SMSC).

 

Housekeeping

  • Homework is set each Friday on Google Classroom. It should be completed by the following Wednesday. It will mainly consist of relevant writing, spelling, reading and maths tasks. However, other work may also be set from time to time.
  • Pupils should have a named water bottle in school for taking back home each day.
  • Please ensure all clothing is named.
  • Children may bring a healthy snack into school for morning playtime.
  • Our PE session is currently on a Monday. Please ensure children come into school wearing their PE kits on this day. Sessions will be outside, so please ensure your child has a coat and trainers in addition to kit. Unfortunately, due to current restrictions, our swimming curriculum is not likely to start again until the Spring Term.
  • If you have any questions or queries, I am always available at the end of the school day; however, if this is not a suitable time, please contact the school office to arrange an appointment.