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Welcome to Year 6

nurturing bright futures 

 

Respect    Responsibility   Resilience 

 

‚ÄčMeet the Team

 

6P Class teacher - Mrs E. Fox

6P Teaching Assistant - Mrs F. Gissane

6G Class Teacher - Miss H. Hurley

6G Teaching Assistant - Mrs G. Riches

 

6P Email: 6p@potttersgreen.org.uk

6G Email: 6g@pottersgreen.org.uk

 

 Welcome to Year 6! We are all looking forward to continuing and sharing in new adventures together as you all develop within your education in your final year of Primary School. We hope you all enjoy your time in Year 6 and if you do have any questions, please contact your class teacher using the class email address. 

 

 

PE

PE for the Summer Term 2022 will be every Tuesday morning and every Thursday afternoon. On Tuesday mornings, children will be swimming and will need to bring appropriate swimwear and a towel to school. On Thursday afternoons, Children will have Dance. For these lessons, a PE is requires jogging bottoms or shorts, t-shirt, jumper/hoody and trainers. Please ensure all PE kits' are named and in school on the day that your child has PE.

 

 

Water Bottles and Snacks

Children are able to bring a water bottle, with water only, in to school which is clearly labelled with their name. These need to be placed in the designated space in your child's classroom. At break times, children are allowed to bring in their own healthy snack. 

 

Homework

Homework will be set each Friday and is due back in the following Thursday. Children will need to put their homework book into the designated homework box in their classroom. Homework will consist of one activity from the Topic home learning sheet, reading to an adult three times each week, timetables practice and weekly spellings. We ask that adults at home sign and date their child's reading record when they have been heard read. Children need to bring their reading book and RWI Log Book into school each day. For the Summer Term, your child will also be sent home with an additional piece of SATs revision homework. This will alternate weekly between Maths revision (focussing on either arithmetic or reasoning) and English revision of punctuation and grammar skills. These tasks will enable your child to revise skills that have been taught across Key Stage Two (Years 3 - 6) in preparation for the SATs tests in May 2022. 

 

Topic home learning is set termly from the Frozen Kingdom home learning tasks in your child’s homework book and class pages. Children should choose one activity to complete each week.

             

Useful websites for Topic home learning:

Britannica Kids – Antarctica - https://kids.britannica.com/kids/article/Antarctica/352760

Britannica Kids – Arctic Regions - https://kids.britannica.com/kids/article/Arctic-Regions/352777#:~:text=The%20Arctic%20regions%20are%20centered,surrounds%20most%20of%20the%20area.

Met Office – Climate zones - https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/climate/climate-zones

Britannica Kids – Polar Exploration - https://kids.britannica.com/kids/article/polar-exploration/353647#:~:text=Polar%20exploration%20is%20the%20exploration,the%20frozen%20continent%20of%20Antarctica.

 

Spelling Shed is full of games, which are designed to encourage your children to develop their spelling of the year 5 and 6 curriculum words. Logins can be found in the front of your child's Reading Record book.

  

Bug Club is a great way for your child to continue improving their reading and comprehension skills. The book bands correspond with the book band that your child is on in school and completing the quizzes by clicking on the Bug's face on pages throughout the books will improve your child's comprehension skills further. Logins can be found in the front of you child's Reading Record book.

 

Times Table Rock Stars is a great way for your child to practise their times tables and number skills. Logins can be found in the front of your child's Reading Record book.

 

 

Our Summer Term Curriculum 

 

English

For the first half of the Summer Term, children will using the text 'Shackleton's Journey' to learn how to write a narrative with a dilemma and an autobiography. Children will also be writing humorous poetry and learning how to write a balanced argument. In the second half of the term, children will be reading the novel 'A Monster Calls' to learn how to write a suspense story as well as using the text 'The Journey' to write a narrative that focuses on friendships and moving on. 

 

Maths

This term we will be learning about the properties of shapes and statistics. Children will also have further developing problem solving skills with all four number operations and to complete a variety of mathematical investigations. Children will also be introduced to algebra this term. As well as this, children will be given opportunities to revise Maths skills from across Key Stage Two in preparation for the SATs in May. 

 

Science

In the first half of the Summer term, we will be learning all about healthy bodies and the circulatory system. Children will be investigating what is in blood, how exercise and diet effect our bodies and how the human heart works. In the second half of the Summer term, we will be learning about Great British Scientists. Children will be given opportunities to learn about the different disciplines of Science as well as learning about some of the greatest British Scientific inventions and discoveries.  

 

Topic

Our topic this term is Frozen Kingdom. This project teaches children about the characteristics and features of polar regions, including the North and South Poles, and includes a detailed exploration of the environmental factors that shape and influence them.

 

Computing

This term we will be exploring networks, quizzing and understanding binary using the Purple Mash scheme of learning for Year 6.

 

Music

This year we will be using the award-winning Music learning scheme, Charanga. Learning this term will be focussed on two units: Music and Me and Reflect, Rewind and Replay. Children will have many opportunities to listen to and apprise music as well as study the lyrics and rhythm of each piece.   

 

R.S.H.E.

The children this term will focus on the topics Physical Health and Mental Wellbeing, Growing and Changing and Keeping Safe. 

 

R.E.

This half term, the children will be focusing on the the key questions – what difference does it make to believe in Ahimsa (harmlessness), Grace (the generosity of God) and Ummah (community)? This investigation enables pupils to learn in depth from different religious and spiritual ways of life through exploring three important ideas from three different religions in ways that relate to commitment.

 

Foreign Languages

This term children will be using the internet to research holidays and express where they wold go on holiday and for how long in French. Children will have opportunities to create a presentation in French about a researched holiday and present this to the class in French. Children will also be completing a quiz to recap their learning in French from the start of the year.   

 

Frozen Kingdom Home Learning Tasks

 

1. Use the internet and other source materials to sketch and label a diagram of the Earth. Include the equator, Prime Meridian, lines of latitude and longitude, Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn and the polar regions.

 

2. Research and record the characteristics of each of the following climate zones: polar, temperate, desert, tropical and equatorial. Give examples of places within each climate zone.

 

3. Polar landscapes have many interesting natural features, including icebergs, glaciers, mountains, ice fields, tundra and boreal forests. Record a definition and description of each feature in a table.

 

4a. The Arctic is rich in natural resources, including oil, gas, wood, freshwater and hydropower. Draw a mind map to write a short description of each.

 

4b. Which of these natural resources are used, and which are largely untapped?

 

5. Many people are concerned about the impact of climate change on the polar regions. Gather evidence to find the answers to the following questions:

• What is global warming?

• What is climate change?

• What are four causes of global warming?

• What is the impact of climate change on the planet?

• What is the impact of climate change on wildlife?

• What are your thoughts and feelings about climate change?

 

6a. Polar animals include polar bears, emperor penguins, Siberian salamanders, Greenland sharks, emerald rockcod, walrus and Arctic terns. Compare two of these species, recording where they are found, their habitats and what they eat.

 

6b. Draw a detailed diagram of the two species that you compared. Add labels to identify their key features and adaptations.

 

7a. Throughout time, there have been many explorations of the polar regions. Use the internet and other source materials to find out about polar explorers and their discoveries. Create a timeline to show significant polar explorations that took place between 1770 and 1920.

 

7b. Choose one polar explorer that you find inspiring. Find out as much as you can about them and write a short biography about their life, motives for exploration, achievements and discoveries.

 

8. Use online and other historical resources to find out what happened to the RMS Titanic. Write an account to explain what happened, including how polar features were instrumental in its downfall.

 

9. Finish your home learning by writing a summary of the topic, explaining what you have learned about the polar regions, including their locations, wildlife, resources, indigenous peoples and threats.

 

 

 

 

6P Summer Term Timetable 2022

6G Summer Term Timetable 2022

Healthy Bodies Knowledge Organiser

SATs Information for Parents

 

SATs stands for Standard Assessment Tests and they are administered by primary schools in England to children in Year 6 to assess children’s progress from KS1 to KS2. The setting and marking of SATs are carried out in UK schools by the Standards & Testing Agency.

 

Test Timetable for 2022

In May 2022, your child will sit statutory tests in Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar, Reading and Maths. These are the dates set for the assessments by the Standards and Testing Agency.

 

 

Date

Tests

Monday 9th May 2022

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar – Paper 1

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar – Paper 2

Tuesday 10th May 2022

English Reading

Wednesday 11th May 2022

Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic

Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning

Thursday 12th May 2022

Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning

 

 

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Tests.

The Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) tests are presented to children as two test papers. Paper 1, a written, short answer paper, tests knowledge of grammar and punctuation taught across Key Stage Two. Pupils have 45 minutes to complete paper 1. Paper 2 is an aural spelling test of 20 words which tests the spelling rules, prefixes and suffixes taught from years 3 - 6.

 

English Reading Test

The English Reading test focuses on comprehension and includes a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts. The test consists of one reading booklet, which has three texts for the children to read, and a separate answer booklet. Pupils have one hour to read the three texts in the reading booklet and answer the questions.

 

Mathematics Test

The Mathematics assessment is presented to pupils as three test papers. Paper 1 assesses arithmetic and pupils will have 30 minutes to give the answers to calculations.  Papers 2 and 3 assess reasoning and will consist of a wider range of problem-solving questions. Papers 2 and 3 will last for 40 minutes each.

 

Writing Assessment

There are no statutory tests set to assess writing. Instead, your child’s writing will be teacher assessed. To do this, teachers will be using the Teacher Assessment Framework for Writing for pupils who have completed the Key Stage Two National Curriculum programme of study. A range of different pieces of writing, which have been completed in class as part of your child’s English lessons, will be used to judge each pupil as: working at the expected level, working at a greater depth or working towards the expected level. To be working at the expected level children need to show evidence of all the National Curriculum statements for writing.

Results and Reporting to Parents

Scaled scores are used to report SATs test results for each subject tested. The numerical scores (raw scores) from the SPaG, Reading and Mathematics tests will be converted into a scaled score. A scaled score of 100 shows that a child is working at the expected Year 6 level, a scaled score of 110 or above shows that a child is working at a greater depth and scaled score of below 100 shows that a child is working below the expected level for Year 6.  Parents will receive their child’s SATs results and Teacher Assessment judgements at the end of this academic year in July 2022. All test papers are marked externally not by school staff.

 

How to Help at Home

In the Spring Term, children will receive one piece of SPaG, Reading or Maths revision homework each week. As well as this, parents and carers will be given the opportunity to purchase CGP revision guides and study books through school. These books are an excellent resource to help your child revise the Key Stage Two curriculum as they cover all aspects of SPaG, reading and maths. Questions in the guides are also written in the same style as a SATs paper. The order form for the revision guides and study books must be returned to school by Wednesday 12th January with the correct amount of money due in a sealed envelope, clearly labelled with your child’s name and class.

 

If you have any further questions about the SATs tests or if your child becomes anxious about the SATs, please talk to a member of the year 6 staff who will be happy to help.

 

Mrs Fox: 6p@pottersgreen.org.uk

Miss Hurley: 6g@pottersgreen.org.uk

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