WELCOME TO YEAR 6
Class Teacher - Mr Handley
Group Support - Mr Guy
Teaching Assistant - Miss Reid
SENCO - Miss Milnes
Our Learning Journey This Year
Year 6 Curriculum
Please download our termly curriculum documents here for more information about what we will be learning and to see examples of our work.
Year 6 Important information
Please click on the links below to find out important information about Year 6.
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The children will be given homework tasks each Friday. The homework will be used to consolidate the children’s knowledge of what has been covered in class and will usually consist of: a Maths task, an English task, a weekly spelling list and times table practice. There may also be tasks asking the children to find out information for a topic. It is very important that the children complete these homework tasks to the best of their ability. If they are having difficulty, please ask them to inform me and I will be happy to explain it again. The homework is due in on the following Friday. If homework is not completed there is the consequence of missing break times the following day until it is completed.
Thursday: Swimming (for selected children)
Please could the children have a PE kit in school all week as there are times when the timetable changes and our PE lessons move to another day. We will be having outdoor PE sessions on a Wednesday afternoon and indoor PE sessions on a Friday afternoon. If a PE kit has not been brought in, there is the consequence of missing break times.
The P.E Kit should include black shorts and joggers, white t-shirt and pumps/trainers. Please note that jewellery, other than small ear studs, should not be worn to school and to prevent injury all earrings should be removed for P.E. Children with long hair will need a hair tie for P.E. If an incorrect PE kit has been brought in, a kit warning will be issued. Two consecutive kit warnings will result in a consequence.
The children are encouraged to keep a roll on deodorant in their locker so that they can apply it when needed.
We will be taking part in forest school sessions every Thursday.
Children are to come into school in their Forest School kit on the day they are doing Forest along with their school black trainers in a bag to change into. Can you please make sure that your child is wearing a long sleeved top and pants that cover the whole of their legs. For footwear children can wear wellies or an old pair of trainers. Please remember that children must wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.
Class Dojo is a way for teachers to encourage pupils and contact parents about their child's progress in class. It can be used online or downloaded as an app on iOS/Android. (Please ask if you require a copy of your log in). We will be using this in class alongside our Good to be Green system. We will discuss the ways in which points are gained or lost during PSHE times to ensure that it fits in with our behaviour policy. Children can access at home to personalise their avatars.
We will hear the children read as often as possible each week, however this isn’t always possible with such a busy timetable in Year 6. Any help from home with the children’s reading towards greater intonation and fluency within would be appreciated. It is the children's responsibility to complete the reading journal on BOOM Read. However, feel free to add comments.
Please note: We do not have a designated "Changing Book Day". The children can change their school reading book once an adult has checked their reading record, which must show that the book has been completed.
Children will be provided with a reading book and a school library book. It is very important that the children have their reading book and library book in school every day. If they fail to do so, a book warning will be issued. Two consecutive book warnings will result in a consequence.
Our Learning Journey Continued...
Spring 1 – STEAM Project (Science)
Task - Create a system to cool myself down during the summer months?
First, we researched methods for keeping cool during the summer months. We discovered things such as: using a fan, staying in the shade and spraying yourself with cold water. We then shared our information with each other using Jamboard. We used our research to plan the most effective method for cooling ourselves down and decided that a portable handheld fan will be the most efficient. We then looked at a circuit we could use and designed how we could keep this wiring inside of a main unit. Following on from our research, we started to make our circuits. First, we had to ensure that we had all of the components. After this, we made sure everything worked together and could be turned on and off using a suitable switch. Finally, we had to carefully place these, and the power supply, into the unit and seal it. Being careful to ensure that everything stayed inside and did not move around. Finally, we reviewed our product using the following:
Was your object successful in keeping you cool during the summer? How?
Was there anything that did not work as you expected?
What changes would you make to your initial design if you were going to make this again? Why?
Spring 1: Premier League Primary Stars Tournament at The Etihad Stadium
On Friday 3rd February, a group of Year 6 boys went to represent Whitehill at The Etihad Stadium to take part in a football tournament.
We won two of our matches, drew one and lost one. We scored four and only conceded one goal! As a result of our hard-work and resilience, we came second - by one point.
Autumn 2: Well-Being - Celebrating Difference Day
The well-being day theme this half term was 'celebrating difference'. On Friday 2nd December, a number of children in our class brought in foods from their culture to share. We sampled dishes from all over the world: China, Pakistan, Wales, India, Spain and Iraq. It was a lovely opportunity for us to find out more about each other, whilst also remembering that we come from all over the world.
Autumn 2: How Is Population Impacting Our Environment? - Data Collection
As part of our Geography topic 'Why does population change?' we left the classroom to complete some fieldwork to answer the question, ‘How is population impacting our environment?’, with a focus on traffic, looking at the levels of noise and air pollution, and littering. In our groups, we: completed data collection tables using tallies as vehicles passed, we took a 30 second recording to capture the noise levels and we completed a Likert Scale questionnaire at two contrasting locations to create a robust and reliable data set to use and compare.
Using our data, we wrote a report on the fieldwork process, analysed findings and made suggestions on how to decrease the level of traffic and litter in our area. Some suggestions were: set up a scheme to encourage people to cycle or walk for shorter journeys; a monthly community event to help tackle litter; and plant more trees and flowers.
Finally, we concluded that population is impacting our environment through an increase in traffic, pollution, litter and also having a negative impact on air quality.
Autumn 1: STEAM Project
Task - Create a dish for the soldiers returning home from the trenches.
We used Chromebooks to research what food people ate during World War 1 and some of the main ingredients available. We then shared our information with each other using Jamboard. We used our research and knowledge about WW1 and healthy bodies to plan a meal that we would make for the soldiers. We created our meals using the ingredients available during World War 1 and were creative to ensure that our meals were as tasty as possible. Following on from our research, we made our meals involving WW1 rations. First, we gathered all of our ingredients to be prepared. It was important to ensure our workplace, utensils and ingredients were clean. After this, we diced and sliced the vegetables to a uniform size for a similar cooking time. We added the vegetables to the slow cooker with our vegetable stock. However, we didn’t add the beef at this point due to diet requirements of the class. For those who eat Halal, we used suitable alternatives and added the “bully beef” for the children who are able to eat non-Halal food. We then reviewed how successful our meals were by eating and sharing our dish with other classes to find out their opinions.
Autumn 1: World War One - Imperial War Museum
As part of our work about World War One, we were lucky enough to go on a school trip to the Imperial War Museum North. We explored the displays on not only the First World War, but also the events that have followed. We gained knowledge on a number of themes such as the life on the home front, rationing, trench warfare, blitz, evacuation, and much more. We were also lucky enough to meet veterans and listen to their amazing, heroic stories.