Turquoise class is where our ambitious, friendly, hard-working year 6 children learn. We are taught by Mrs Bullock (Mondays) and Mrs Margetts (Tuesday - Friday) as well as Mrs Shelley and Mrs Handley. We have an exciting creative curriculum that helps us develop our knowledge of the world around us as well as essential learning skills such as reading and writing.
There is so much to learn and many exciting things to try that we have to apply great focus and a positive ‘make-the-most-of-every-opportunity’ attitude to help us all succeed.
Year 6 comes with extra opportunities, responsibilities and privileges, including representing and caring for our school. We strive to be great role models for others both in the classroom and around the school.
We learn quickly that hard-work helps us make great progress and achieve things we can be proud of.
We practise our new learning at home too, and really appreciate all the support that is given from parents in this final year, helping us become more confident and ready for secondary school.
The Learning Journey approach means that many aspects of the curriculum combine to build a really creative curriculum. This term our Learning Journey is titled ''Battles'. We will be studying a number of battles in different subjects across the Autumn Term including the battle against climate change (in Science), the Battle of Britain and the Blitz (in History) and the battle to stay safe online (in Computing). We will be looking at discursive writing in English and debating interesting questions including, ‘Is graffiti art or vandalism?’
We will be developing our culinary skills in DT, learning to make a 3 course meal, before studying various sculptors and having a go ourselves to make a sculpture to commemorate an aspect of WW2. In the second half term, we will be visiting the National Memorial Arboretum, taking part in a memorial service and observing a wide range of sculptures to inspire us.
In Geography we will be covering a wide range of knowledge and skills, including learning about aerial and topographical maps, geocaching, six-figure grid references, longitude and latitude, the complex decisions behind placing different human features (such as wind turbines). We will be developing our locational knowledge of places locally as well as countries in Asia. We will be going on a trip to do some Geography fieldwork on Shucknall hill.
We will be learning to read music and play the keyboard in Music as well as try out our new skills, playing piano parts for famous pieces from a wide range of different genres. We will then be moving on to learn about Music made famous in war times.
We will be learning how to tell the time in French as well as the names for different school subjects before applying this to French timetables and school tours.
In RE we will be learning about Christian beliefs. Firstly we will be studying a unit titled, ‘Creation and science: conflicting or complementary?’. We will then be exploring, ‘Why do some people believe in God and some people not?’
In Computing, we will improving our coding skills, learning about variables. We will be designing games including variables with a Geography theme.
Our PE days will be Tuesday and Friday, but please have your kit in school all week in case we have to change the timetable due to weather or hall availability. We are looking forward to developing personal skills of perseverance and determination whilst trying cross-country on Tuesdays as well as teamwork and stick skills playing Hockey on Fridays.
Our English curriculum is linked with our Learning Journey. We will be reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts and work on wide range of reading skills: developing our vocabulary; improving about ability to infer; reflecting and giving reasons for predictions; explaining and analysing the author’s choice of vocabulary; explaining and analysing the effect of a piece’s structure/layout; retrieving specific information; summarising, and sequencing. Our texts will include a science-fiction novel and a historical fiction story as well as non-fiction texts about climate change, WWII, geography and music.
We will be developing our writing skills, working on the individual components of writing (handwriting, spelling, sentence structure, punctuation, structuring texts, editing, proof reading…) as well as composing a number of extended pieces including short stories, discursive texts, diary entries and letters.
In Maths we will begin by improving our understanding of particularly large and particularly small numbers, learning to work with numbers up to ten million as well as tiny decimals. We then then develop our confidence and accuracy with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, whilst applying these skills to a wide range of real-life contexts.