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Year 6

Welcome to Year Six!

As you know, Year Six is the children’s final year before they move on to Secondary school. It is a challenging and very busy year, but will also be an exciting and rewarding one!

Our Year Six team is made up of Miss Lake, Mrs Peerzada and Miss Bamforth. Our team will always be happy to talk to you about your child’s learning. It is best to come to see us at home time!

All children, regardless of ability, will work with a range of adults throughout the week. They will be supported and challenged daily in exciting activities to ensure they reach their full potential.

Year Six Values:

  • We have incredibly high expectations of behaviour, learning and attitude. It is right that we want all our children to feel pride, a sense of achievement and have a determination to do their best.
  • We encourage all children to take responsibility for their actions and the decisions they make, in different situations.
  • We promote independence because this is a crucial life skill. It is right that children are expected to think and act for themselves and make well informed decisions.
  • We support children so that they are not afraid to get things wrong and show openness and honesty when they’re stuck.
  • We encourage children to show resilience, be reflective and resourcefulness and use reciprocity skills to help them to become well rounded and happy children.
  • We believe that if the school, parents and children can work together, we can ensure effective support is provided for each person.

 

This half term, we are continuing to use the homework menu with a range of activities on. They have to complete one of these activities a week and then by the end of the half term they should have a project made up of at least 5 different pieces of work. As long as they have 5, they can choose the activities they would like to do. We are looking for children to get creative and use what they are learning about in their LC to create their projects.

However, children also have to ensure they are reading daily and completing at least three activities in their reading journal a week. They also have to keep up to date with their timetables and learn their spellings for their weekly spelling test.

I have also paid for our class to have a yearly subscription to Spelling Shed. Each child has an account and I add assignments on every week. Please ensure that your child is logging on a playing the spelling games.

Children are also aware that they have logins for Read Theory and should be completing regular activities to help develop their comprehension skills.This website has thousands of texts and also sets questions for children to answer based on the text they have just read. It is a very useful website for them to be using on a regular basis, especially in the lead up to the SATs.

 

Reading:

Reading is an essential skill. The more children read, the more effective they will be as a reader, and the better chance they have being successful in the future.

We encourage our children to read at home each day. Books are available from school for your child to take home. Please check that your child is reading regularly and discussing their book. It is really important that you check their understanding as they are reading.

Children are expected to bring their reading books, home-learning and P.E kits to school in a bag when they are needed. In Year Six children are allowed to use any school bag of their choice, rather than a book bag. This is preparing them for Secondary school.

 

Learning Challenge – Have we always looked like this?

We are looking at evolution, adaptation and inheritance. Below you will find our sticky knowledge for the half term!

 

 

Evolution is a scientific theory used by biologists. It explains how living things changed over a long time, and how they have come to be the way they are.

We know that living things have changed over time, because we can see their remains in the rocks.

Living things evolve to better suit their natural environment.

Changes can be advantageous which means they help a living thing to cope better in their environment.

Changes don’t have to be positive and can lead to a living thing finding it more difficult to survive.

Living things produce offspring.

Characteristics are passed from parents to their offspring. We say they are inherited.

Offspring are not identical to their parents. Some characteristics are inherited and some new ones are created (mutations).

Charles Darwin published ‘On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection’ in 1859. This book described his theory of evolution and how living things have evolved over time.

Paleontologists are scientists who compare fossils and living things today to see how they have changed over time.

Thank you

Thank you for taking the time to read this information. Please understand that the adults in Year Six are always happy to meet with you to discuss your child. We look forward to a happy and successful year.

 

 

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