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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.
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.
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!
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:
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.
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.
At key stage 2 children investigate and consider the impact of religion and belief locally, nationally and globally. They
At key stage 2 children study, in a more systematic way Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam and non-religious worldviews such as Humanism.
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?
IXL have separate pages of skills linked to individual Year group. The Y6 page has links to practise both English and Maths skills. Pages are then split into skills of which has a practise question for the children to think about:
BBC Education have produced a whole host of materials for KS2. Follow the KS2 link and then select either Maths or English. Each area usually has an information section for reading, plus an activity and then quiz which is marked online. Some aspects require a subscription:
A site with both Maths and English based quizzes which are marked as you go along:
A site with a range of information and questions – great for revision purposes:
A site with links to old style Key Stage 2 Maths Papers, Maths Tutorials as well as Maths Games. Some of these games are linked to Memory and would therefore help pupils to retain key information:
This site has loads of Maths games which help to practise a range of skills:
Loads of Maths games on a range of Mathematical concepts:
A range of English games and activities:
Activities to reinforce and practise a range of spelling rules:
A range of activities and games to practise a range of spelling rules and patterns:
Lots of high quality children’s literature to listen to: