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.
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.
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.
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.
Homework 2020 - On Seesaw