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 Autumn Term Overview

 

As readers… we will also continue with our current strategy in school 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 their reading.

As writers… in our first unit of work, we will be studying a book entitled Rose Blanche, which links to our topic in the history and geography curriculum of The War Years. It is a very moving book which considers the life of a young girl during wartime Germany; we will be using it to inspire our own amazing writing in school!

As mathematicians… we will be covering the following areas throughout the term: place value; addition and subtraction; multiplication and division; and, fractions. We will also consider any maths which needs to be recapped following lockdowns. Pupils will then be able 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: the Kingdom of God and Christian Communities.

As artists and designers… this term’s work will include some geometric art using straight lines to make parabolic curves. We will also be preparing, making and sampling some recipes from history which capture the type of food eaten during the War Years.

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 array of school devices to research and present information on topics in other lessons, such as history.

As historians… we will be learning more about both World War One and World War Two. As part of this, we will consider famous figures from this period. This includes Anne Frank, whose diary we will also be reading.

As geographers… we will be locating the  countries involved in the World Wars and discovering more about their human and physical geography features.

As scientists… we will be exploring the topic of light, including how, as creatures, we are able to see. We will also investigate why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them. As part of this work, we will be improving our scientific observation and recording skills.

As musicians… we will be further developing our knowledge of reading and writing musical notation, all in the context of our topic of The War Years.

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

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 Teacher – Mrs Laura Conde

Music Teacher – Mr Rob Benson

PE Teacher – Miss Shona Valentine

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.
  • Children may bring a healthy snack into school for morning playtime.
  • Our PE lessons are on a Monday and Tuesday 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.
  • For the first half term, we will also have Forest School on a Thursday. Children should wear their Forest School clothes into school on this day.
  • 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.