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 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 Spring Term Overview
As readers… we will be continuing with our new approach of ‘whole class’ reading. Skills such as comprehension, inference and prediction will be explicitly taught using highly-rated texts, to give the children the best opportunity to maximise their reading progress through the year.
As writers… in our first unit of work, we will be using Neil Gaiman’s Hansel and Gretel, a brilliant retelling of one of humanity’s most enduring tales. For the book, Gaiman has joined forces with the artist Lorenzo Mattotti, and Italian comics and graphic artist. Gaiman himself has written several highly-acclaimed books for both children and adults and is one of my favourite authors. We will be using Hansel and Gretel to inspire our own amazing writing in school.
As mathematicians… we will be covering the following areas throughout the term: fractions; geometry (position and direction); decimals; percentages; algebra; and measurement. These topics will all be brought to life and applied to real contexts in a fun and engaging way, which is vital given that maths is a subject we use every day. We will also take into account any areas of maths which may need to be recapped following the school closure.
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 Jesus’s Teachings about it; and, Forgiveness.
As artists and designers… our learning will include some cross-curricular work that interweaves both art, music and our Context for Learning topic: Coasts. An example piece will be completed in a variety of mediums and inspired by Storm from the Four Sea Interludes by Benjamin Britten – a fast and vicious piece that depicts a storm approaching.
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 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 going to research into the life and work of Charles Darwin. We will also be learning about the historical context of classic narratives like Hansel and Gretel.
As geographers… we will be very busy this term, given that our Context for Learning topic is very much a geographical one: Coasts. As part of this theme, we will be learning about: physical features of famous areas of coastline both at home in the UK and internationally (especially in Australia); human features in those same locations – in particular cities; and also the differences between coastlines that can be found in the tropics and those in colder parts of the world, such as the Arctic and Antarctic circles.
As scientists… we will be exploring human biology (and the biology of other animals), for example by identifying and naming the main parts of the human circulatory system, and explaining the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood.
As musicians… we will be further developing our knowledge of reading and writing musical notation, all in the context of our Coasts topic. We will also be looking closely at the lives and works of the composers Benjamin Britten and John Cage.
As athletes… we will be working with Miss Valentine to further develop our close control in football and linking similar ball skills to 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.
Class Teacher – Mr Christopher Lee
Assistant Teachers – Mr Terry McMahon, Mrs Laura Conde and Mr Lewis Tomsett
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 scheme developed by experts and designed to support both a deep understanding of and love for maths.
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).
- 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 and swimming lessons are currently on a Friday. Please ensure children come into school wearing their PE kits on this day, with their swimming kit in a bag to take to the pool. PE sessions will be outside, so please ensure your child has a coat and trainers in addition to kit.
- 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.