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Class 4 is for Year 6 children, who are taught by Mrs While and supported by Ms Bate. 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 forgiveness, respect, resilience, individuality and aspiration. 

Year 6 is an extremely important year in which we support the children to become independent and reflective learners in preparation for life at secondary school – and beyond! As well as enjoying a broad and balanced curriculum, the children work incredibly hard and take on many extra responsibilities. This means that our Year 6 children are fantastic role models for our younger pupils and also make a valuable contribution to the wider school community.

Learning Experience

This year, the children will become involved in a host of different Learning Experiences in subjects from across the curriculum, including Geography, History, Computing, Art and Science.

Our first Experience will set the scene for our future study in Year 6 as we will be investigating what makes a successful learner, and how we can use this knowledge to drive our own learning forward.

During the Experience, the children will explore a range of texts and short stories, including fables and other moral stories. Using the ideas gained from these texts, along with each child’s views on the attributes of successful learning, pupils will write their own ‘fable’ to encourage other pupils to think positively about their own learning. Year 6 students will then develop their presentation skills by sharing their stories at a storytelling event in school.

Maths

During the first term, we will be working hard to secure our understanding of place value and calculation of numbers up to ten million. These areas of maths are extremely important as they provide the foundations for much of the learning that we will do later on this year.

The following skills and facts will be practised regularly 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 to better understand texts from across the curriculum.

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 discuss the meaning of texts and certain vocabulary and will be encouraged to ask questions about what they read to further develop their understanding.

Children in year 6 are expected to read every day and to write their own comments and questions in their reading diaries.

RE

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

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

In Year 6, pupils will continue to learn about world religion through questioning and reflection, focusing primarily on Christianity and Hinduism.

PE

This year, Class 4 will have PE lessons on Thursday and Friday. During the Autumn term, the children will continue to improve their netball skills on Thursdays, and on Friday afternoons will enjoy a PE session with our external sports specialists, Saints South West. On both of these days, please could your child wear their PE kit to school.

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 for ten or fifteen minutes
  • Discuss the meaning of unknown words with your child, encouraging them to look up the meaning themselves in a dictionary
  • 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.

Useful Websites

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:

https://uk.ixl.com/promo?partner=google&campaign=1187&adGroup=Key+Stage+2&gclid=CPPa8teS_8kCFQbnwgodgOIB6A

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:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education

A site with both Maths and English based quizzes which are marked as you go along:

http://www.educationquizzes.com/ks2/maths/

A site with a range of information and questions – great for revision purposes:

http://www.icteachers.co.uk/children/children_sats.htm

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:

http://www.online-maths-tutor.com/

This site has loads of Maths games which help to practise a range of skills:

http://www.mathplayground.com/games.html

Loads of Maths games on a range of Mathematical concepts:

https://www.sheppardsoftware.com/math.htm

A range of English games and activities:

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2literacy.html

Activities to reinforce and practise a range of spelling rules:

http://www.keystage2literacy.co.uk/spellings-menu.html

A range of activities and games to practise a range of spelling rules and patterns:

http://www.spellzone.com/games/index.cfm?wordlist=2255

Lots of high quality children’s literature to listen to:

https://stories.audible.com/start-listen