Year 6 - Mr D Miree
Autumn Term in DMy6
Welcome to DMy6
Teacher: Mr D. Miree
Support staff: Mrs Kent and Mrs Akudi (Mon and Wed all day and Thurs and Fri mornings)
Pupils: 26 fantastic bright and happy smiley pupils…
When children reach Year 6, they are in the final part of Primary school. Academically, they have to work harder than ever, as they sit end of year SAT tests in Year 6, which are a large focus for teaching. However, we do try to balance the pressure of work with some fun and exciting topics and events. All children become role models and leaders for the younger children and can volunteer to have many important roles such as: headboy/girl, members of the school council and Buddies.
Importance of year 6
As previously mentioned, children take SAT tests at the end of year 6. These are national tests taken by children throughout the country and results are reported in the press, to show achievement of all schools. There are three tests which are Reading, Mathematics and Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation (SPAG). Children are assessed for writing, but this is through teacher assessment and moderation, rather than a test.
This is not the only focus however, as the children need to work hard in all subjects, to achieve the level they are capable of. This is why we stress to parents the importance of homework. Children are given regular homework on a Friday, which is expected to be returned by Wednesday of the following week, at the latest. We encourage parents to be involved in their child’s homework to ensure they complete it to the same high standard expected of them within school.
Literacy- In reading, children will access a variety of texts ensuring they are given a broad diet of literature. Children will explore all areas of comprehension by exploring novels, extracts and previous SAT’s papers
In writing we will continue to develop our writing skills and will use the skills learned from reading and SPAG to be able to write in detail and at length. Our focus text is ‘Varmints’ which is a breathtakingly, delicately illustrated thought provoking tale, beautifully balanced with strikingly simple
yet effective language that explores powerful societal themes. Children will learn to explore, interpret and respond to illustrations in a picture book and will be taught to empathise with characters and explore their dilemmas. We will enjoy the story as a class and discuss its meanings. Children will build an imaginative picture of a fantasy world, based on real life experiences and will get the opportunity to explore these through role play and writing in role. Children will be able to write own stories inspired by the book in a different format as well as being able to write from the perspective of a character in a story.
Maths- This half term, we will begin be exploring number in both arithmetic and reasoning. We will be revisiting place value and the four operations. Children will read, write, order and compare numbers up to 10 000 000 and determine the value of each digit. They will round any whole number to a required degree of accuracy and use negative numbers in context, and calculate intervals across zero.
Children will also solve addition and subtraction multi step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why. They will multiply multi-digit number up to 4 digits by a 2 digit number using the formal written method of long multiplication and divide numbers up to 4 digits by a 2 digit number using the formal written method of short division, interpreting remainders according to context. Children will perform mental calculations, including with mixed operations and large numbers and will identify common factors, common multiples and prime numbers.
Science - This term will look at the following unit of work:
Animals including humans
Year 6’s will be able to identify the main parts of the circulatory system. Children will be able to explain the main functions of the heart, lungs and blood vessels in the circulatory system. They will state how the digestive system breaks down nutrients. Children will be able to explain what constitutes a healthy lifestyle. They will describe how drugs and alcohol can impact negatively on the body. Children will take accurate measures of the pulse rate and they will begin to record results and write a report which includes a conclusion.
This half term, we will be learning the foundation subjects through the topic of
Our World, Our Responsibility.
Geography- Year 6’s will be able to identify important features of a settlement site and will begin to rank human needs by importance to themselves. They will be able to explain you the main stages of electricity distribution and will begin to use an atlas to locate a given place. Children will label a map using a key and will identify what makes an energy source renewable. Children will be able to find the country or town of origin on a food label. Children will be able to list some foods that are produced in the UK and will be able to tell you what food miles are. They will identify ways to reduce food wastage and will tell you that food shortages are a global problem. Most importantly, they will reflect on their own role in reducing resource shortages around the world.
Computing - We will begin with ‘We are app planners’ where children will learn about apps and their functions and how these are planned and developed.
Music- Year 6’s will recycle materials in order to create their own musical instruments. Children will identify different instruments and their role in an orchestra. They will investigate a range of musical instruments to learn how they function and will produce clear labelled diagrams of instruments. Children will begin to think about possible instruments that could be made We will also have a composer visiting every fortnight from Batley Opera, to teach the children how to compose and sing in an operatic style. Should be good fun.
French – We will be using using the French vocab we learnt in Year 5 and learning to converse with basic phrases.
RE – Our focus this half tem is to explore symbols and responses. Children will learn to pursue and enquiry into how compassion is inspired by beliefs and principles from different religions and through common humanity.
PHSCE – We will begin with the topic ‘Being in My World’. We will be exploring a variety of ways to keep our bodies healthy from exercise to better food choice to living a stress free lifestyle. Children will reflect on their diet and exercise choices in this unit.
PE- This half term we will be looking at Dance where children will learn about movements of their bodies inspired from the sounds they hear. We will be practicing a variety of moves in order to create a powerful performance. Children must be bring in their P.E kit, and a change of footwear, on Monday and Tuesday. Children who fail to bring in their appropriate kit will have to wear the spare kit.
Homework will be given out every Friday and your child will be expected to hand their completed homework task first thing Monday morning. Can you please support your child by encouraging them to complete their independent learning tasks. P.S. there will be added homework through the week too.