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Turquoise Class

Welcome to Turquoise Class

 

Turquoise class is where our ambitious, friendly, hard-working year 6 children learn. We are taught by Mrs Bullock and Mrs Margetts (Tuesdays) as well as Mrs Baird and Miss Bishop.

 

We have an exciting creative curriculum that helps us develop our knowledge of the world around us as well as essential skills such as reading and writing.

There is so much to learn and exciting things to try that we use 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.


Learning Journey
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 ''A Changing World." Our learning in different subjects includes looking at our world both close up (locally) and more zoomed out (globally).

 

In History, we will be looking at how a local area of Hereford (Rotherwas) has changed over time, including the fascinating history of the munitions factory and its employees. We will also learn more about what was going on locally during WW2 by visiting a museum about RAF Defford on our class trip.

 

In Geography, we will begin looking at land-use in Rotherwas, how the site has changed over time and why the site was selected, drawing on map skills and knowledge of human and physical features. Following that, we will be carrying out a contrasting study on Africa (more specifically our link school in Tanzania).

 

In Music we will be looking at a local composer, Edward Elgar, developing our vocabulary, reviewing and analysing his pieces before composing our own pieces inspired by his works.

 

In Art, we will be studying a local artist Jilly Oxlade-Arnott. We will be studying a range of her paintings of local landmarks including Eastnor Castle and Croome Court. Pupils will be learning a variety of new watercolour techniques and try combining these with fine line drawing to create illustrations. We will be visiting an exhibit of her work at Croome on our class trip in January. Check out some of her work on her website: https://architecturalimpressions.uk/

 

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 related to WWII.

 

We will be learning how to describe locations in French including the names of different buildings such as bakeries, butchers and libraries.

 

In RE, we will be learning about Christian beliefs and Hinduism. Firstly we will be studying a unit titled,  ‘What do Christians believe Jesus did to ‘save’ people?’ We will then be exploring  ‘Why do Hindus want to be good?’

 

In line with our school’s SDG aims, we will be putting our coding skills to the test, completing challenges to achieve our SDGs. We will be applying what we learned about variables from last term in Scratch to help us with our challenges. You can try some challenges at home too: https://microbit.org/projects/do-your-bit/

 

In PE, we will begin by developing our breathing, balance and stretching skills trying out some Yoga as well as working on our ability to take part in invasion sport, playing basketball.

 

In DT we will be selecting materials, analysing sculptures and drawing on our DT skills from our previous years at Ashperton to design and make our own sculpture linked to our SDGs.

 

English 
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.

 

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 product reviews, poetry, letters and persuasive pieces.

 

Maths
In Maths we will begin mastering all the skills we need to be confident doing with fractions before linking that with percentages and decimals. Following that, we will be learning the basics of ratio and proportion and algebra (which they expand on greatly at secondary school) before applying out great arithmetic skills to wide-ranging real life problems as well as statistics.

 



Home learning

 

Reading: As a school we strongly encourage children to read daily, engaging with books from a variety of different authors and genres. This might range from reading recipes out loud to a parent when cooking, to reading a longer fiction book together at bedtime. We ask that they read out loud to an adult at least 3 times a week (even when in year 6 – as they should still be reading books that expand their vocabulary, learning the meaning of new words and how to pronounce them). For one of these reads, we ask in year 6 that they complete a homework comprehension read with you – this involves reading a text, your child answering some questions on the text, and then you discussing and marking it with them, helping them learn from their mistakes. This is such a valuable activity – the children really benefit from the 1:1 chance to discuss and learn as well as from exposure to a range of texts they might not have naturally chosen for themselves.

Please sign your children’s homework diary each time you read with them.

Your child needs to bring their reading comprehension homework into school on a Wednesday and it will be returned to you on a Friday. The pages to complete each week will be listed on Seesaw each Friday.

Timestables: We ask that children continue to practise their timestables at home regularly to ensure they are able to draw on them quickly in Maths lessons. They all have logins to TTRockstars Website which is a fun way to practise this – though you may also have other strategies you enjoy. Once they are confidently recalling all facts up to 12x12 quickly, I will set one of the game options on TTRockstars (The Studio tab) to offer more challenging questions that require them to use their tables with higher numbers with questions such as 30 x 70, 40 x 6 and 320 divided by 40.

 

Spellings: You child will learn a new spelling pattern each week at school as well as a few of the common exception words (these are tricky words that people often get wrong and need to be learned by rote). Mrs Bullock will teach the new pattern on a Monday. Your child will practise these spellings at school each morning on the Squeebles app. We ask that you also find time to practise them at home either by purchasing the Squeebles App too or using your own strategies or a website such as www.

We will do a spelling test each week on a Friday to help celebrate the effort they have put in and help us identify where we may need further practise.

 

Maths and Grammar: We have purchased books to help all year 6 pupils practise their Maths and Grammar at home. Some weeks they will have Maths or Grammar to complete – other weeks they may have a short activity from both books. The pages which they need to complete will be listed on the Seesaw each Friday afternoon. Please return by Wednesday the following week.

 

Seesaw:  I’ve been amazed by how well pupils have got used to using Seesaw to learn at home over the last 2 years. It is a fantastic tool for sharing ideas/activities to pupils at home and for pupils to communicate their hard work back to school. Feedback has suggested it is helpful place to list what homework your child has each week to remind them (and so that parents can see too). Sometimes Seesaw will simply let them know what pages to complete in certain books. Other weeks, the activity might be for them to complete on the Seesaw app. . Sometimes we will share a chapter from our class book for them to enjoy at home.

 

We are continuing to use Seesaw at school to create a journal for pupils of work that isn’t in their books e.g. videos from music lessons or PE. You will be provided with a log in so that you can see your pupil’s journal from home. I will put a quick list of homework reminders for the week ahead on Seesaw each Friday. However pupils should be getting into the habit of recording their own homework, using their homework diaries in preparation for secondary school. I will not be doing this the second half of the year, so that they can take on the responsibility themselves.

 

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have anything you need to discuss, let us know or if you have any questions,

 

Mrs Margetts (nmargetts@ashperton.hereford.sch.uk)  and Mrs Bullock (cbullock@ashperton.hereford.sch.uk)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homework  2020 - On Seesaw

AUTUMN TERM 2019

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