Class Information
Year 6

Year 6 is the final year in Key Stage 2 and brings primary school education to an end. It is an important year with many exciting challenges and learning opportunities. As well as preparing the children for the SATs examinations, it is an important year in terms of helping them to prepare for the transition in to secondary education. The positions of responsibility and the requirement to develop independence and organisational skills are a crucial part of the Year 6 experience. Year 6 are now considered to be the role models in the school, actively following in the footsteps of St. Francis and representing the school at many key events.
 
This key year brings together the key skills developed throughout Key Stage 1 and 2 in English and Mathematics. It is imperative that the children develop a work ethic, which enables them to reach their full potential.

English

Children will continue to follow the same format in English, formally referred to as Literacy.
Lessons will focus on: Reading, Writing, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar as well as Spoken Language/Drama.

We use Treasure House (Collins) resources to meet the demands of the new curriculum. This resource consists of many class texts, which will be studied throughout the year as we learn about the different writing genres, ranging from writing traditional stories to non-fiction information texts.  

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar will be incorporated in to English lessons, but will also be taught in standalone sessions throughout the school week.

Spelling is an important skill to master and is one which is constantly used throughout our lives. Due to the usage of computers and the development of 'text speak' it is a skill which has suffered in recent years. End of year spellings are printed at the front of the home/school book. They have been changed to meet the demands of the new curriculum, and may initially seem very challenging. Working through these spellings will help prepare your child for the spelling sections in the SATs papers and will continue to help develop a lifelong skill. The children will be set weekly spellings. It is important to practise these spellings daily in order to help with long term recall.  

Mathematics

In Year 6 we will continue to develop mental, written arithmetic and problem solving skills in Mathematics. The Maths curriculum has undergone the largest change, with many concepts introduced in earlier year groups.  There is a greater emphasis on knowledge and application of Mathematical language and this language will be referred to frequently in lessons.

Problem solving or reasoning, has been a central focus in Mathematics in recent years. The aim of problem solving activities is to help prepare children for Mathematics in ‘real-life’ contexts. We would encourage you to continue this at home by exploring Mathematics when cooking or shopping, for example.
 
Mathletics will continue to be a central part of homework in Year 6. A weekly target of 1000 points will be set, occasionally with set online tasks. Usage of Mathletics is regularly monitored and is used to assess your child’s progress throughout the year. It has proven to be highly effective when used daily to close gaps in Mathematical knowledge.
 
It is a government expectation that all children know their multiplication and division facts to 12 x 12 at the end of Year 4. In Year 6 it important to continue to practise times tables in order to ensure fast recall of both multiplication and division facts. Daily revision is required.

Religious Education

Religious Education is taught through the Catholic Primary Religious Education programme, Come and See. 

In Year 6 the children learn about the Catechism of the Catholic Church through the following units of work: Domestic Church - Family / Loving; Belonging / Vocation and Commitment; Advent / Christmas; Local Church Community / Sources; Eucharist - Relating / Unity; Lent / Easter; Giving / Death and New - Life; Penetcost - Serving / Witnesses; Reconciliation - Inter-relating / Healing; and Universal Church - World / Common Good.

Children also learn about other faiths; Hinduism, Islam and Judaism through the Come and See programme.

In the Summer Term the children follow the Journey in Love sex education programme. This resource, created by Sister Jude Groden of BRES, is the recommended programme of study for Catholic schools for Sex and Relationship Education; and has been written as a progressive scheme of work that supports the Religious Education, PHSE and Science curricula taught within the school.

Science

Science is taught through the Collins Snap Science scheme of work and children n Year 6 will study: The Circulatory System, Keeping Healthy, Light, Classification, Evolution and Inheritance and Electricity. The skills required to work scientifically are taught throughout each unit of work. 

Foundation Subjects:

​History, Geography, Art and DT are taught through the Twinkl 'PlanIt' schemes of work:

Geography: Our Changing World, Amazing Americas, Trade and Economics and Raging Rivers.

History: Non-European civilisations and Leisure and entertainment.

Art: Plants and Flowers, North American Art / Class Artist: Jackson Pollock, South and Central American Art.

Design Technology: Global Food / Cookery Lessons, Felt iphone cases and Programming Adventures.

French is taught as three units of work over the year: The Perfect Outfit, School and French Around the World.

Music is taught by a dedicated music teacher through the 'Music Express' scheme of work.

PE is taught using the Rising Stars 'Champions' scheme of work.

Homework:

Homework will consist of English and Mathematics written work, as well as online assigned Mathletics tasks. Children will occasionally be set an additional research homework. Please ensure that all work is presented neatly.

It is important that the children learn to present all their work to a high standard, including homework, taking pride in the work that they have produced. It is an expectation that homework  is handed in/completed each week, as it is a consolidation of the work covered in class.

Key Stage 2 Tests

Key Stage 2 tests are part of Year 6. The children are prepared for these tests with the work they carry out as they progress through Key Stage 2. Targets will be discussed throughout the year, as well as work, which could be revised at home.

The tests will take place in the first half of the Summer Term: 

  • English Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Test. (Test 1 – short questions and Test 2 – spelling test)
  • English Reading Test
  • Mathematics Test (Paper 1: Arithmetic, Paper 2: Reasoning and Paper 3: Reasoning)

We look forward to teaching the class in Year 6. We are available most days after school should you have any concerns/queries. Alternatively an appointment can be made via the school office or arranged through the home school book.

Thank you for your anticipated support.

Mrs E. Russell and Miss H. Eke

Class Teachers