Union Street, Chester, CH1 1QP

Reay – Year 6

Hello and welcome! My name is Mr Lee and I am the Year 6 teacher at Grosvenor Park Academy. The final stage of primary school is an amazing year – a year that provides an opportunity for our pupils to shine and showcase everything they have learned during their primary school journey. Throughout this important time, 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 Key Stage Two 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 Summer Term Overview

As readers… in addition to individual and group reading in school, we will continue with our overall strategy of ‘whole class’ reading. Skills such as comprehension, inference and prediction will be explicitly taught using highly-rated texts, to give the children further opportunities to develop both their confidence and competence as Year 6 readers.

As writers… in our first unit of work, we will be studying a book entitled The Ways of the Wolf by Smriti Prasadam-Halls. This is a beautifully-written non-fiction text about the amazing lives of wolves – creatures which stalk the wilderness, as well as our own imaginations… The Ways of the Wolf was shortlisted for the SLA Awards in 2018 and we will certainly be using it to inspire our own amazing writing in the classroom.

As mathematicians… we will be covering the following areas throughout the term: algebra, ratio, statistics and volume. We will also review any areas of maths which need to be revisited following our work in the autumn and spring terms. Pupils will then be able to continue to develop new skills 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: sacrifice, reconciliation and salvation.

As artists and designers… we will be designing and creating Andy Warhol-influenced personality artwork inspired by the conceptual artist and painter Sir Michael Craig-Martin.

As computer technicians… we will be refining our ICT skills over the term to further our fluency with software that is used widely today in many sectors of life, particularly MS Office and Google Workspace. We will also be using our array of school devices to research and present information on topics in other lessons, such as history, and specifically, Ancient Greece.

As historians… we will be learning more about the world of Ancient Greece, including: the spread of the Empire; Ancient Greek culture; and Alexander the Great.

As geographers… we will be learning about the location and features of various parts of the Ancient Greek Empire, in terms of both their human and physical geography.

As scientists… we will be exploring the topic of ‘Animals, Including Humans’. As part of this unit, we will be: identifying and naming the main parts of the human circulatory system, explaining in particular the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood; recognising the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way our bodies function; and, describing the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans.

As musicians… we will be further developing our knowledge of reading and writing musical notation, all in the context of our history topic: Ancient Greece.

As athletes… we will be working with Miss Fuller to focus on racket sports, athletics and cricket. Sessions will be both inside and outside, so please ensure your child has a coat and trainers as part of their kit. We also look forward to our continued weekly swimming lessons, which will take place each Friday.

Teaching Team

Class Teacher – Mr Christopher Lee

Assistant Teacher – Mrs Laura Conde

Music Teacher – Mr Rob Benson

PE Teacher – Miss Olivia Fuller

Art Teacher – Mrs Erica Cowley

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 half term, children are introduced to a new text from which specific skills are taught.

Morning Break: This takes place from 10:45 am to 11:00 am. Children are welcome to bring a healthy snack to enjoy.

Maths: We enrich our mastery curriculum hugely by teaching within real-life contexts and with a wide variety of resources and cross-curricular links, all of which makes maths at Grosvenor Park engaging for every learner. We also work closely with organisations such as First4Maths and the NCETM Maths Hub to continually develop our teaching skills so that we can inspire our pupils to be enthusiastic and competent mathematicians, for life.

Lunchtime: This takes place from 12:45 pm to 1:30 pm.

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 Thursday evening. 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.
  • Please ensure all clothing is named too.
  • Children may bring a healthy snack into school for morning playtime.
  • Our PE lessons are on a Monday and our swimming lesson is on a Friday. Please ensure pupils come into school wearing their PE kits on these days, with their swimming kit in a bag on a Friday to take to the pool. PE will be mostly outside, so please ensure your child has a warm top and trainers in addition to their kit.
  • We will keep you informed should there be any slight changes to the timetable through the 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.

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