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Class 4

Welcome to Class 4

Year 6

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Class 4 is for Year 6 children, who are taught by Mrs Last and supported by Mrs Seabrook. Children in Class 4 are encouraged to be energetic, articulate and thoughtful young people, who enjoy learning in a variety of ways. They benefit from a small class size with personalised support and challenge provided across a broad and rich curriculum. Every day we strive to be guided by our school values of respect, responsibility, trust, friendship and forgiveness.

Year 6 is an extremely important year as we prepare for the children to become independent and reflective learners. As well as enjoying a broad and balanced curriculum, the children work incredibly hard and take on many extra responsibilities. All children in Year 6 are considered role models for the rest of the school and make a valuable contribution to the wider school community.

Learning Experience

This term, our learning experience is going to be focusing on citizenship and English as our main subjects. The whole school will be learning skills from these two areas of the curriculum, culminating in an English outcome.

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At Berry Pomeroy, we are working closely with the Mare and Foal Sanctuary at Coombe Park to answer the question, ‘What is charity?’ Furthermore, class 4 are considering whether fundraising is necessary. In order to gather knowledge, the children will meet with various representatives from different charities to compare their similarities and differences, thus helping to define what a charity is. They will then show their learnt knowledge through the use of various thinking tools. When they have gathered enough information, they will write to local businesses to persuade them to provide a raffle prize, which is going to be drawn at our outcome event on the 11th October at the Mare and Foal Sanctuary. Here, the year 6 children will develop their oracy skills by presenting a speech in the arena. Please do come along to see what your children have been learning in these two areas of the curriculum!

Maths

During the first term, we will be working hard on place value and calculation in year 6. These areas of learning and extremely important in maths as they provide the foundations to the rest of their maths work.

The following skills and facts will be practised and daily to secure the children’s mathematical understanding:

  • Times tables up to 12 x 12 and related facts e.g. 40 x 90;
  • Counting forwards and backwards in positive/negative numbers as well as decimal numbers from any given starting point;
  • Formal written methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division;
  • Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of fractions;
  • Explaining and reasoning;
  • Problem solving to ensure thorough understanding.

Reading
Children in Year 6 will be taught explicit skills to help them in their understanding of difficult texts, including top tips of how to answer comprehension questions.

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They will be encouraged to read a wide range of stories, non-fiction texts, poetry, plays and textbooks in order to understand that texts are structured in different ways and written for different purposes. Children will be reminded to check their reading makes sense, discussing their understanding of the meaning of certain vocabulary as they read. They might also be encouraged to ask questions about the text to further develop their understanding of what is going on and draw inference about character actions, speech or motives, providing evidence.

Children in year 6 are expected to read every day and they are also expected to write their own comments in their reading diaries, to show an understanding of what they have read. During the first part of the Autumn term, the focus of their comments is going to be ‘summary’. There is an example of a summary at the front of their reading diaries.

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At key stage 2 children investigate and consider the impact of religion and belief locally, nationally and globally. They

  • make connections between different aspects of religion and belief and consider different forms of religious expression;
  • consider the beliefs, teachings, practices and ways of life central to religion;
  • learn about sacred texts and other sources and consider their meanings;
  • begin to recognise diversity in religion, learning about similarities and differences both within and between religions and the importance of dialogue between them;
  • extend the range and use of specialist vocabulary;
  • recognise the challenges involved in distinguishing between ideas of right and wrong, and valuing what is good and true;
  • communicate their ideas clearly, recognising other people’s viewpoints;
  • consider their own beliefs and values and those of others in the light of their learning in religious education.

At key stage 2 children study, in a more systematic way Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam and non-religious worldviews such as Humanism.

PE

For class 4, PE is on Wednesdays and Thursdays although it is a good idea to have PE kit in school at all times. They will be practising dodgeball skills with the sports coach and netball with Mrs Seabrook. Some of their learnt skills will be tailored to meet the ongoing competition calendar. Your child may therefore be asked to represent the school in various competitions throughout the year, both within and after school time.

What can you do to help your child in Year 6?

  • Purchase a watch for your child so that they can read the time throughout the day;
  • Ensure your child reads every night. They do not need to read to an adult and they do not need to read for hours at a time! Ten minutes every night is fine as long as they are reading and they have understood what they have read. Your child will have a focus for their reading diary so they know what they have to write (we are beginning with summaries-see above).
  • Allow your child access to a dictionary so that they can check the meaning of words which they cannot work out themselves.
  • Expose them to different experiences and different places to extend their understanding of the world.
  • Homework will be set on a Friday to assist the children in their learning. Encourage them to complete homework on time. If your child is struggling with anything, they should ask a teacher for help – that is what we are here for!
  • Most importantly, make sure they have plenty of sleep and early nights so that they are ready and able to learn.

You will find links to the Autumn Term Updates below:

Weekly Update 16.9.19

Weekly Update 23.9.19

Class 4 Weekly Update 30.9.19