Welcome to Succeed Class - Year 6
"Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." (Winston Churchill)
Welcome to Year 6 - Succeed Class. We have 30 children in Succeed class this year, all striving to achieve their own personal goals. I, Miss Fleming, am the Year 6 teacher and alongside myself will be Miss Ward and Mr Mitchell as our class' Teaching Assistants. We all share the same goal - to guide, to support, to learn, to laugh and to ensure that memories are made. We are looking forward to the exciting, and hard-working, journey ahead!
Now that the children are in Year 6, they will have many responsibilities around the school such as: leading by example as school role models to the younger children; taking the lead with School Council; participating as senior members of the GIFT Team; supporting younger children in reception with key reading skills; demonstrating sound knowledge of Internet Safety as members of the Internet Warriors; assisting within whole school assemblies; and representing the school at the various sporting competitions that we will be participating in throughout the year. It is sure to be a busy year!
We will begin our action packed year of learning with our History unit, 'Turning Points in World War Two.' Here the children will explore the texts, Boy in the Striped Pyjama's and Once to gauge an understanding of the plight of Britain and neighbouring countries during WW2.
As the year progresses, we will then move onto discovering our local environments through our 'Coasts' topic in Geography; finding out about the ancient civilisation of Baghdad; learning how important Greek History was to our own language and society; discovering the history of evolution through science and where electricity came from. All of this, as well as preparing for our SAT's and the not-to-be-missed end of year musical production, which is always a highlight in the children's calendar!
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Routines in Class
At the start of the day, children will enter the classroom where they will settle into some basic daily arithmetic practise.
Morning break will be at 11am. If you wish, you may send a healthy snack in with your child for them to consume at this time.
We ask that you read with your child as often as possible. Your child will have a reading record that can be signed by yourself every time your child reads or is read to. In KS2, children will be expected to quiz regularly on Accelerated Reader upon completion of their book. As a minimum, we generally expect that children quiz at least once every fortnight. This helps aid their fluency and stamina to digest larger volumes of text that are expected within the Year 6 curriculum.
PE in Autumn will be on Thursday and Friday. Children should come into school dressed in their PE kits. This consists of: Black leggings/joggers, PE Top and hoody, jumper or cardigan.
Homework will predominantly be set using Century Tech - an interactive web-based learning platform. Your child will receive their login details at the start of term, which will be stored in their reading journal. As time progresses, it will become necessary for children to practise additional SAT based questions too, which will be sent separately.
AUTUMN TERM 2 LEARNING
We will begin our learning through studying the physical and human geography of South America, in particular, The Amazon Basin. Here, the children will be immersed in their learning of this fascinating continent through exploring the many diverse cities and regions within it; exploring key geographical points of interest; making comparisons and contrasts with the region and the UK, before finally investigating the cause and effect of deforestation - not just within that region but globally. Linked closely to this unit of work of Geography, will be the Literacy unit. The children will study the text, 'Journey to the River Sea' to gain a real understanding of life in the Amazon through the eyes of Maia. Here we will create our own text based adventure in the Amazon, followed by some persuasive writing on deforestation and information texts too.
In maths, the children will move onto gaining a deeper understanding of fractions: equivalence, simplifying, adding and subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions and solving word problems. They will then move onto exploring decimals to be able to partition them effectively to multiply. Alongside this, children will have regular arithmetic booster sessions to aid their fluency and efficiency in solving worded problems.
In Science, the children will explore Classification. Here the children will study the work of Carl Linnaeus and his importance in the identification of kingdoms. They will plan and perform investigations in the local area to explore plant kingdoms and research how bacteria and fungi are classified.
In RE, we will begin our learning on the topic of Vocation before moving onto Expectations for Advent. Here we will explore through stories, poems and scripture what this means and how it relates to the Catholic Faith. Children will have lots of opportunities here to discuss, raise questions and use drama and role play to explore their emotions.
In Design Technology, we will be creating and making our own three course meal. Children will explore a range of recipes to create dishes using a variety of produce. The children will have the opportunity to taste their own recipe in order to evaluate the success.
PE this term will consist of teacher-led PE on a Friday, focusing on basic skills and movement with specialist dance tuition through Samba on a Thursday afternoon.
As the children had been working so hard through the week to earn their reward stamps, they were finally treated to their reward...a play on the apparatus with hot chocolate and biscuits. The reward system will commence again on Monday, who will be next to reach their target of 15 stamps?
In science this term, we have been learning all about the circulatory system. We have investigated what an actual heart looks like by examining a real pig's and cow's heart looks like; we have made our own clay heart from examining the real thing; we have completed experiments to test how nutrients and water is transported and absorbed within the body and we have identified the key components within our circulatory system.
On Tuesday, 4th October 2022, we visited Whitworth Library to learn further facts about our topic, Turning Points in WW2. We listened to some war time poetry of Micheal Rosen, completed a quiz to test our knowledge so far (which we excelled in!!) We then had the opportunity to browse the resources and select further books to take home.
This term, to help us with our understanding of the impact of WW2 on Whitworth, we visited Whitworth Museum for a morning workshop. We learned how WW2 affected Whitworth, especially with evacuees; explored how The Blitz was a key turning point and how Whitworth prepared for the blackout; identified key figures associated with war and handled artefacts of the era to gain a better understanding of life back then.