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Year 6

Year 6

Welcome to Year 6!

Welcome everybody to the Year 6 section of the website.

Class Teachers:

6B Mrs Buckley 

6M Miss Hawrone

6C Miss Coggins

LSAs: Miss Young, Miss Thompson and Ms Farrar

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask one of the Year 6 team, or contact the school office on 0161 921 1390 and somebody will call you back at the earliest opportunity. 

Reading at home

In Year 6, it is important that you read with your child at least 5 times a week and sign their reading record. The children are expected to have their reading book in school everyday, so please make sure they are brought in for reading time in class. All children will now have read to an adult and been given a book which is the correct level for their reading. If your child seems to be finding their book too easy, or too hard, please make a note in the reading record so we know. Children can also take a book from the class library at any level, to read for pleasure. 

As you know, school have provided all children with a new reading folder to protect their reading books on the journey to school and back. Please ensure that these are looked after, and treated with the respect and reverence due to a really good book!

Homework

As well as regularly reading at home, children will be bringing spellings home to learn. They will be tested on this each week, so please make sure that they have learnt them. All children should have access to ttrockstars.co.uk so please make sure they are regularly practising to keep their speed up.

We set the children regular homework on Seesaw in line with the school policy. Please support your child with managing this so that they do little and often rather than leaving everything until the last night. We will have a homework club in school to support children who are struggling to complete their work at home, as well as laptops available during chat and play for children who would like to use that time in this way. We do expect children to complete their work to the best of their ability; good habits now will support your child in the transition to Year 7.  

If you have limited internet access, or prefer to work on paper, please let the class teacher know. 

P.E.

All Year 6 children have PE on a Monday and Friday afternoon.

PE Kit is a compulsory part of our uniform and children are asked to come to school in their PE kits on their PE days. This comprises of a plain white t-shirt, black shorts and trainers/black pumps for inside. They may wear plain black leggings or plain black tracksuit bottoms on colder days. Children must not wear any other sportswear on PE days, if they do parents will be contacted to bring in correct kit or correct school uniform. If they do not have the correct kit, they must come to school in school uniform and bring sports clothes with them to change into. 

Please ensure that all children have their names written on each item of clothing (including coats) so that they can be easily returned if misplaced.

Water bottles and snacks

Don't forget to bring a water bottle to school each day - it is important for children to stay hydrated throughout the day, and due to Covid-19 guidelines, the water fountains in school are not currently accessible to children. Please label bottles and refill them each day. Water is the only drink that the children should be bringing into school to drink throughout the day.

Children are welcome to bring a healthy snack such as fruit and vegetables to school each day for snack time. Milk can be purchased at the start of each term (please speak to the school office about this). Breadsticks can  be purchased through parentpay. These are given to the children at morning break as a snack, and money raised is used to fund additional learning opportunities like school visits and materials for lessons. 

Maths

As part of our preparation for SATS, the children will be regularly assessed and receive targeted teaching to their gaps; this will mean the children will sometimes be taught maths by a teacher who is not their usual class teacher. This is excellent preparation for the transition to secondary school also. 

Our focuses this half-term will be: fractions, decimals and percentages; ratio and algebra; as well as a continued drive to improve arithmetical fluency and accuracy across the four operations of multiplying, dividing, adding and subtracting. Throughout this period we will revisit learning from previous years to help consolidate learning as well as introduce new learning. 

English

Our shared reading text in class for this term is Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. We chose this text to link back to our previous History Topic of the Ancient Greeks to help the children make links. We will be reading this text every day and completing tasks on it to improve our reading skills. We will also be completing lots of writing inspired by it such as a non-chronological report on a Greek God, a letter of persuasion to a Greek God, and part of a suspense story. 

As with maths, the children will be regularly assessed and will be taught in focus groups. This may mean they are not taught by their usual class teacher; again, this is excellent preparation for the transition to Year 7. The teachers discuss the children's progress as a team regularly, so your child's class teacher will be able to answer any questions you may have regarding progress, behaviour and outcomes. 

Science

Our science focus this half term is the biology unit: Evolution and Inheritance. Children will learn the difference between inherited and environmental characteristics, look at how animals have adapted over time, understand how peoples understanding of adaptation has changed over time, how animals are categorised, look at famous scientists such as Darwin and also look into evolution and racism. 

Religious Education

This term in RE, we will be exploring the question, ‘What do religions say when life gets hard’ We will explore what death is and how different religions respond to death. We will look at this from the perspective of Christians, Muslims, Hindus and Atheists.

P.S.H.E

With the support of Salford Youth Service and Salford Educational Psychology Service, we use the Second Step programme to teach P.S.H.E in Year 6. We are also following the Jigsaw curriculum to deliver the National Curriculum. These lessons will be delivered by Year 6 staff team, with the support and help from Salford Youth Service. You can find out more information about Second Step here https://www.secondstep.org. More information about our Jigsaw curriculum can be found on the website at https://www.jigsawpshe.com/primary-pshe-scheme-of-work-including-statutory-relationships-and-health-education