Welcome to Turquoise Class
Turquoise class are a hard-working, determined group of Year 6 children. Our teachers are Mrs Bullock, Mrs Shelley and Miss Bishop. In Turquoise class we enjoy a creative curriculum that is planned around our interests. We have a lot to achieve this term and we will need a focused approach to our learning. Year 6 is a year of exciting opportunities, additional responsibilities and privileges as well as plenty of hard - work.
We appreciate all of the support that is given in this final year from parents - Team-work makes the Dream-work!
The Learning Journey approach means that all aspects of the curriculum combine to build a really creative curriculum. This term our Learning Journey is ''Changing World." We will have a local focus in History and be looking at the munitions factories in Rotherwas, Herford whilst they were in operation during WW2. Carrying out some enquiry questions; "Did working as a canary girl effect your health" and "Should the women of the munition factories be recognised for their contribution to the war effort?" will develop our historical understanding. During this topic we will have a local author, and keen historian, Bill Laws visit us to talk to us about his understanding of the munitions factories, people he has interviewd and artefacts he has encountered. Bill is also keen to assist us in developing our discussion on whether these women are heroes.
In Art, we shall be loking at artist Dame Laura Knight (1877 - 1970) who was commissioned as a war artist and lived in Malvern - some of her most famous paintings are of the Malvern Hills. We will be developing our use of acrylic paints, sketching and portrait skills.
In Music, we shall be developing our ability to appraise music written during the 1930s and 40s. We will continue to develop our programming skills in computing, whilst continuting to develop our understanding of keeping safe on line. After half term, our focus will be on Geography - specifically Tanzania and, with our links to Karanguai Schoo,l how we can work together to make our world a zero-waste place to live.
A visit to the race course will also be a much anticipated day when we look forward to developing our maths skills in: perimeter, area, conversions of weight and timings too.
Our English curriculum is linked with our Learning Journey. We will focus on a variety of text types during the term. This will include story writing,, discursive writing and explanation texts
In Maths we will be focusing on decimals, percentages, algebra, converting measurements, area, perimeter, volume and ratio.
PE and Games
The children will be working on dance skills on a Friday this term with Miss Bishop and hockey skills on a Wednesday. The children also have the opportunity to take part in clubs outside of school including football, rugby and netball.
Spellings will be given every week on a Friday for a test on Thursday.
Times tables should now be practised regularly through Times Table Rockstars.
Maths home learning will be set on a Friday, ready to be handed in on Wednesday.
English homework will be set on a Wednesday to be completed by Monday.
Children are expected to read every night and will also be set reading homework on a Monday with comprehension questions. This should be handed in on a Wednesday marked by a parent or guardian to show it has been supported - answer books have been sent home for you.
This may seem unnecessarily complicated but it does help prepare the children for how homework is set at secondary school. Homework for the week is summarised on our class page. However, homework should also be recorded in the children's homework diaries.
Please make sure your child is reading on a daily basis.
In year 6 we still hope that children are 'heard' read at least 2/3 times a week at other times they may be reading independently.
Please sign their homework diary to record this is being done. Homework diaries will be checked weekly- please help your child to make sure they are in school everyday.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need to discuss anything -
If you feel you are able to offer some of your valuable time to listen to readers in school, offer a club or help in any other way, please contact me.
Have fun learning together!