Welcome to Year 6.
I am really praying that your children will have an amazing year and COVID restrictions will not impact on what is the most exciting year of primary school. I really hope the JCA trip, SATs and the end of year production will happen this academic year!
Despite the change in routines, the children will still experience the responsibilities and privileges of being at the top of the school. Team captain elections will go ahead and the children will be able to walk to school unaccompanied (with your permission).
With the support of the staff in Year 6, I will help guide your child through the next few months ensuring that they are ready academically, socially and emotionally to tackle life and learning in secondary school.
Summer 1 Learning 2021
During this half term, Year 6 have started a ten week Positive Minds course with Watford Football Club. The workshops provided have been fun, informative and very supportive. They have helped us all to develop strategies for protecting our own mental health and also empathising with any people around us who are having a tough time. Alongside this we have also started looking at puberty and reflecting on the stages we all go through on the way to adulthood.
In maths, we have been concentrating on expectations for secondary school and making sure we all are secure in the basic skills we will need.
In R.E. we have been studying the early Christians, reading and reflecting on Bible passages in groups and then teaching the rest of the class our passages. In this way, we have developed a good understanding of Acts and are able to explain clearly what happened after the ascension of Jesus. We are also knowledgeable about the lives of St Peter and St Paul and the part they both played in the development of the church.
Most of our literacy work has been based on Macbeth, fitting in with our History topic of the Tudors. We have enjoyed learning about William Shakespeare and life in Tudor England. We all listened to the story of Macbeth in sections and produced story maps (as comic strips) to help us remember this. We also took part in role play, theatrical readings of certain acts and a conscience alley where a child, in role of Macbeth, walked through the middle of two lines of pupils who were all giving him conflicting advice. One group were telling him to kill King Duncan and the other group advising him against this. We were great at coming up with persuasive reasons for our own points of view.
Lastly, we have begun to prepare our end of year production: parts are organised, we are learning the songs and also getting a feel of our characters. More updates in the second half of the Summer Term. We can’t wait!
Spring 1 Learning 2021
Despite the strangeness of this half term, Year 6 have been working very hard. The children at home have been very good at registering each morning and staying online for the first lesson of the day.
In literacy, we have been writing stories, including flashbacks, and also writing balanced arguments based on evacuation.
In maths, we have looked at fractions, area, angles, co-ordinates, reflection and translation of shapes and Roman numerals.
R.E was focused on exploring the Mass, looking in detail at all of the parts and the significance of these.
In Geography we studied biomes and light and dark in science. Design and technology involved making facemasks to protect us when out and about.
In addition to this we also took part in Children’s Mental Health Week and Feel Good Week and concentrated on how we can express ourselves by choosing activities that make us relaxed.
Spring 2 Learning 2021
Year 6 have had a very busy Spring Term. We worked really hard throughout lockdown and, on our return to school, have been thinking a lot about our wellbeing. We have reflected on positive friendships, how to be loyal and also considered the things that can help us to get back into good classroom routines.
Our guided reading has been focused on ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’, by Michelle Magorian and we also looked at evacuees in our persuasive writing unit in literacy. We compared the experiences of these in a number of stories, including ‘The Lion and the Unicorn’ by Shirley Hughes and ‘Children of the King’ by Sonia Hartnett.
On return to school, we also looked at three narrative poems, ‘The Kraken‘ and ‘The Charge of The Light Brigade’ both by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and ‘The Highwayman’ by Alfred Noyes.
In maths, we have concentrated on algebra, 2D and 3D shape and multiplying and dividing fractions. In science we have been learning about electricity.
Our Geography learning looked at ‘Biomes and Climate’ and we have explored a variety of different biomes.
We then finished this term with a focus on R.E. during our annual ‘Spirituality Week’. Events during this week included a reconciliation service, an assortment of prayer stations, ‘Stations of the Cross’ with Father Dominic and written work considering the fairness of the trial of Jesus.
We especially enjoyed the ‘Easter Egg Hunt’ arranged by the Friends of St Teresa’s.
Autumn 2 Learning 2020
Wow! What a busy term!
In Year 6, we have been really focused on making our writing and our calculation strategies ‘the best that they can be’.
In literacy, we covered a non-fiction text which was essentially a guide to the solar system. We then added our own page about the fictional planet Pandora (allowing us to practise all our non-fiction writing skills). After that, we focused on atmospheric writing when we based our work on ‘The Night of the Gargoyles,’ by Eve Bunting. We used a ‘terror meter’ to judge how successful we were and we all scored at least 8 out of 10!
In maths, we have been focusing hard on fractions, multiplication and division and finished the year looking at graphs and statistics.
We have really been interested in our R.E. topic ‘Justice’ and especially enjoyed researching the life of Martin Luther King and thinking about his ‘I have a dream’ speech.
In addition to this and our other curriculum subjects, we had a team building afternoon as a marble jar treat, had two ‘Rejoice’ sessions with Father Dominic, met with an oceanographer on ‘Zoom’, made Viking bracelets and pendants and also made versions of these as Christmas gifts. (A big thank you to the Friends’ of St Teresa’s for all the sparkly wool.)
We are now looking forward to a couple of weeks rest over Christmas and then we will be ready to make the most of our last two terms at St Teresa’s.
Merry Christmas from Year 6.
Autumn 1 Learning 2020
Wow, what a busy half term!
In Year 6 we have been working incredibly hard.
We started the half term by sharing our memories of lockdown and the experiences we all had as a consequence of this. We then spent time thinking about our hopes and dreams for the current year and recorded these on Chinese lanterns. This activity followed the theme of our first main text in literacy ‘Journey’.
Learning in both literacy and numeracy has been focused on getting us all ‘back on track’ and we have enjoyed playing lots of maths games. These have helped us recall all the concepts we need to be secure in and allowed us to then complete our next learning activities with confidence.
In literacy, we have produced stories based on both our key texts, ‘Journey’ and ‘Wisp’, using all our knowledge of grammar, punctuation and spelling.
We have also taken part in Judaism and Mybnk workshops which were both really interesting and enjoyable.
Learning about ‘The Kingdom of God’ has helped us with developing our class based prayer services and we have been praying the Rosary every day throughout October.