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Year 6 Class 

Welcome to Y6’s class page!

Class Teacher – Mr Zoumides

Support staff – Mrs Jenkins 

 

Y6 Roles 2020 21

Head Boy - Archie Cipolla-Currall

Head Girl - Madeleine Holmes

Deputy Head Boy - James Smith

Deputy Head Girl - Sophie Rubanski

House Captains

St Matthew:- Thomas Lowton & Waliyah Iddirisu-Osman

St Mark: Harry Page & Grace Coates

St Luke:Jordan Colclough & Eva Beech

St John: Harry Gilmour & Eden Wilkinson Jones

School Council 

Alfie Harvey & Lucy Sidley

Digital Leaders - Arib Ahmed & Annabella Hancock

Fire Marshals - Corben Bell & Scarlett Mounfield

 

We would like to thank you for your support and kind words.

we are extremely proud of all our children and how hard they are working!

Well done to all of our Year 6 children!

 

If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact Mr Zoumides via email: mzoumides@stmarysnewman.co.uk

 

Stay safe and God Bless,

Mr Zoumides and Mrs Jenkins

   Online Library 

Oak National Academy are working with the National Literacy Trust to launch a new online library for pupils. The Virtual School Library hosts free reading and writing content from children’s authors, providing a free-to-access book every week from the platform’s author of the week.

This week’s author is Jacqueline Wilson. A great way to keep children reading at home!

https://library.thenational.academy/

 

Year 6 SATs Booster Sessions

Please note that booster sessions for all Year 6 children will take place every Tuesday between 3pm and 4pm.

It is important that all children attend these sessions as additional help will be given in reading, writing and mathematics.

 

Class Saint

Y6 have chosen St Leo The Great as their class Saint.

This day will celebrated by Y6 on Tuesday 10th November

 

RE

Unit I: Easter

Study the story of Easter from the perspective of Thomas.

Think about the reasons why Thomas did not believe in the Resurrection of Christ at first and why people today believe that Jesus is risen from the dead.

Learn about Easter and the promise of Eternal life.

 

Unit J: Pentecost

Read two stories from the New Testament about the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Learn about the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit and how they are important in the lives of Christians

 

 

Science Topic

Animals Including Humans

What would a journey through your body be like?

Identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system.

Know the function of the heart, blood vessels and blood.

Know the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on health.

Know the ways in which nutrients and water are transported in animals, including humans.

 

Geography Topic

 

 

OS Maps – Google Earth

I’m a Year 6 – Get Me Out Of Here!

Know what most of the Ordnance Survey symbols stand for.

Know how to use six-figure grid references.

 

ART

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OS Maps – Getting from A to B

How do we get from A to B?

Explain why chosen specific techniques have been used.

Know how to use a range of e-resources to create art.

Know how to overprint to create different patterns

Understand what a specific artist is trying to achieve in any given situation.

Understand why art can be very abstract and what message the artist is trying to convey.

 

 

 

Computing

 

Kodu

Can you be the next X-box apprentice?

Write a program that combines more than one attribute.

Develop a sequenced program that has repetition and variables identified.

Design algorithms that use repetition and 2-way selection.

 

 

French

Learn how to ask ‘Where do you live?’

Learn and revise vocabulary linked to living at home (house, garden, bedroom etc.)

Use prepositions in French (e.g. on, behind, in).

 

 

Class Texts 2020 21

Summer 1

'Skellig’ by David Almond

 

Michael steps into the crumbling garage. What is this thing beneath the spiders’ webs and dead flies? A human being, or a strange kind of beast never seen before? The only person Michael can confide in is Mina. Together, they carry the creature into the light, and Michael’s world changes for ever…

Dealing with themes of friendship, healing and a belief in the impossible, Skellig’s true nature will open some challenging debates in class this half term and close reading of David Almond’s powerful text will enrich our very own writing.

 

Spring 2

‘Whistling in the Dark’ by Shirley Hughes

Our class text this half term is ‘Whistling in the Dark’ by the author Shirley Hughes.

Liverpool, 1940: Joan and best friend Doreen love going to the cinema until the Nazi bombings intensify, then even that becomes too dangerous – especially when an army deserter in found lurking in the neighbourhood.

 

We will be reading and writing short stories, including flashbacks and those with a time slip. We will be considering effective techniques to develop character and settings, as well as analysing and comparing newspaper articles, in preparation for our own newspaper reports on the Blitz in London, during WWII

 

Spring 1

'Ice Palace’ by Robert Swindells

Our class text this half term is ‘Ice Palace’ by the author Robert Swindells.

Starjik! Whisper his name and it was winter in your heart.

We will be using this text to help us with our literacy work, particularly with our narrative writing. We will be focusing on the characters’ actions, thoughts and emotions, helping us to write from their points-of-view.

We will also be using our class text for drama lessons.

Autumn 1 

We will be using the texts ‘Journey to the River Sea’ by Eva Ibbotson and

‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ by J. K. Rowling

Our class texts this half term will be ‘Journey to the River Sea’ by Eva Ibbotson and ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ by J.K. Rowling.

Our writing tasks this half term will be based around these texts. We will be writing non-chronological reports on our very own mythical beasts.

There will also be a focus on narrative and descriptive writing and using a wide range of vocabulary.

We will also be using extracts from these texts during our guided reading sessions to help us with retrieval,

comprehension and inference.

Autumn 2

A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens

Our class text this half term is ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens. We will be exploring the characters of the book and using the text to inspire some of our writing in Literacy. We will be writing conversations between Scrooge and other characters, recounts from Scrooge’s nephew’s point-of-view, and alternative endings to this well-known classic. We will also be using the text as a starting point to find out what Christmas was like during Victorian times.

Homework/Reading Expectations


 

Support at Home

 

Daily Homework

Children in Year 6 receive daily maths homework that will enable them to practise the 4 basic operations as well as apply these to reasoning questions.

Daily literacy homework will focus on spelling, vocabulary and grammar.

Weekly Homework

Each week, two pieces of homework are set for the children to complete (around 30 minutes each piece).

Homework may be revision from a unit of work previously taught or it may be new learning for a unit or concept that will be followed up in class.

All children will receive a piece of Maths or English each week (this will take no longer than 30 minutes to complete). They will also receive one piece from either Science, History, Geography, Art, DT, French, Computing or PSHE (these subjects will be rotated on a weekly basis).

Homework is handed out on a Thursday and due in the following Monday.

Reading Diaries

Children are encouraged to read at home daily (for at least 20 minutes) and are expected to have their diaries signed by an adult at least 3 times a week.

Spellings

It is extremely important that spellings are practised regularly at home. The children are to use the Year 3/4 and 5/6 National Curriculum spelling guides.

Mental Maths/Times Tables

Times tables and mental maths skills are vital for your child’s progress in maths. These should be practised regularly. Your child will know which times table / mental maths challenge they are currently working on.

Particular focus this term

The focus for Maths

 

Shapes

Draw 2D shapes, using given dimensions and angles.

Recognise, describe and build simple 3D shapes, including making nets.

Compare and classify geometric shapes based on their properties and sizes and find unknown angles in any triangles, quadrilaterals and regular polygons.

Position, Direction and Movement

Describe positions on the full coordinate grid (all four quadrants).

Draw and translate simple shapes on the coordinate plane, and reflect in the axes

 

 

The focus for English using our class text..

'Skellig'

Build tension, using techniques used by the author such as short sentences, questions, negative adjectives and maintaining anonymity.

Plan a meal that would truly delight Skellig, using what we know about his eating habits.

Write a poem, communicating Skellig’s character, through his possessions.

Write a discursive report, on a chosen topic, examining both sides of the argument.

Grammar focus: figurative language, adjectives, adverbs, short sentences, rhetorical questions, punctuation.

Focus on spellings: National Curriculum Y3/4 and Y5/6 lists.

Guided reading texts: ‘Skellig’ by David Almond

PE

 

This half term, Year 6 will have PE on Tuesdays and Fridays (outdoors – weather permitting).

Please ensure that the children in school wear their PE kits on these days and their full uniforms on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

 

 

 

 

MUSIC

   Music will continue to be taught by our specialist music teacher, Mrs Amison.
  Online, and in class, we will be looking at the main features and development of commercial music in the 20th Century, starting in the 1950s

 

 

 

PSHE

RSE

This term, we will be following the Ten:Ten ‘Life to the Full’ programme for RSE.

Please log into the parent portal to access information about the programme your children will be following, access to resources and suggestions for further activities at home.

You will need the following login credentials for our school:

Username: st-mary-st6

Password: vision24-st6

Class Diary- trips, assemblies etc. 

 

Key events for this half term

Spring 2: Monday 22nd February – Thursday 1st April 2021

Monday 22nd February – Spring 2 begins

Tuesday 2nd March – Parents’ Evening​​​​​​​Thursday 4th March – Year 6 Online Science Workshop ‘The Molliebird’

Thursday 1st April – Spring 2 ends

 

 

New Website Links

 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Hit the Button – mental maths practise

http://www.timestables.me.uk/

Times table practise

https://www.spag.com/

Spelling, punctuation and grammar practise

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