Year 6

Welcome to Walnut Class’ web page! Walnut Class is Year 6, the last year of your child’s primary education.

Miss Jessica Barnes and Miss Esther Flower are the Year 6 class teachers who are supported throughout the week by teaching assistants, Mrs Maggie Feast and Mrs Nicky Carley.

In Walnut Class we promote an ethos of wanting to achieve and developing an ownership over their learning. We ensure your child reaches their full potential so they can move on to secondary school confident in their abilities, independent, responsible and ready for the next stage in their education.

To promote this, Walnut Class are role models for the younger members of the school. They are given roles and positions of responsibility. For example, reading and math’s “buddies” to Year 2 pupils, which help develop their explanation and communication skills. Other roles include preparing the hall for assemblies, collecting house points and delivering registers.

In Year 6 the children are expected to be increasingly responsible for themselves and their possessions. This includes organising themselves – for example knowing on which day they need their PE kit and ensuring their planners are up to date with relevant events and homework tasks.

All children in Year 6 are expected to do regular homework:

  • We hope that they will all continue to enjoy books and we recognise that many children read independently and don’t want to read to an adult! However, all children like to share or talk about their reading from time to time and we welcome any communication from you so that we can all support the children with their reading and discussion of texts.
  • Pupils in Year 6 are expected to know all their multiplication tables and division facts by heart. Please help your child revise these – a few minutes everyday will really help. The pupils also know their maths targets and have time in class to practice. Do feel free to spend some time at home discussing these.
  • The pupils are also given spellings to learn each week. These lists are created by the pupils, after reviewing their own work and discussing errors in their spellings with the teacher. As with reading, ‘little and often’ tends to work best. Support and interest from home can definitely make a difference.
  • In addition to the above on-going homework, the pupils will receive two other homework activities each week. They will have a writing task which may be connected to our literacy work or topic based. There will also be a maths homework.

In May, the children in Year 6 must complete the SATs. These are tests written by the DfE and all children across the country are expected to sit them. At the current time, children sit three maths written papers: a arithmetic paper and two reasoning papers, a reading test and a SPAG test (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar). Writing is assessed by the class teacher throughout the school year. We prepare the children for these tests thoroughly and we often find that the children actually enjoy taking them, as they are fully prepared and have become confident and happy learners.

Our curriculum is creative, thematic and, as much as possible, all the subjects link to the topic of the term/half term. For example during our current topic of World War Two – a local study, we look at journalistic writing in English, measuring rations in maths, designing torches that can be used in the blackout in DT, electricity and light in Science, etc.

Our topics this year are:

– World War Two – a local study

– A Tale of Two Cities – comparing different European Cities,

– Mexico

– Survival

We love to develop first hand experiences for the pupils. In Year 6 we endeavour to take part in field trips, visits and invite experts into the classroom to enhance the children’s learning. In Year 6, the children also go on a residential trip to CYE (Christian Youth Enterprises) for two nights, where they experience many outdoor and adventurous activities such as kayaking, climbing, archery and sailing, to name but a few! We feel this residential really promotes teamwork and communication. The children thoroughly enjoy it and it creates such lasting and fond memories of their last year at primary school.

YEAR 6 – Parklands Community Primary School Long Term Curriculum Map 2017-2018

 

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