Year 6 2023 - 2024
Welcome to our Year 6 page - 2023-24
Class Teachers - Mrs Stonier & Mrs Payne
Teaching Assistant - Mrs Katterloher
English and Maths homework will be given out on a Friday and should be returned by Wednesday. Each week, we will look at a different spelling rule and have lots of fun practising them. You will also be expected to learn these spellings at home ready for a mini test on Friday. In addition to weekly spellings, there is a long list of words that are deemed to be important for Year Sixes to spell correctly before heading up to high school. Please see the attached file for a complete list. Why not practise these and test yourself at home from time to time?
We will have reading lessons each week in which we will focus on reading comprehension, but we encourage you to read outside of school. Feel free to bring your own books from home or browse the school or class library.
There is an expectation that children in Year 6 should know their times tables and be increasingly confident with quick recall of related facts. Why not have fun with Times Table Rock Stars (TTRS) at least two or three nights a week to keep on top of those recall skills.
Throughout the year, we will do class assessments. These are really useful in allowing teachers and children to celebrate successes and pinpoint targets.
PE lessons - Monday and Tuesday afternoons. Children to come to school in their PE kits.
Thursday afternoon and Friday morning lessons with Mrs Payne.
Music lessons - Wednesday afternoons with Mrs Acklam. Individual instrument lessons are held during the morning lessons.
French lessons - Tuesday and Thursday mornings with Madame Potts.
Autumn - South America (with a focus on Charles Darwin)
What did Darwin discover about South America? Is South America just one big rainforest?
During the spring term, we explore what life is like in South America! We compare this wonderful location to places in the UK and explore the famous rainforests! We also look at the work of Darwin. Who was Charles Darwin? Where are the Galapagos Islands? What is evolution? Here are some of the exciting things we will being finding out about this term:
How many different countries make up South America and what are their capital cities? What is significant about each country in South America?
What is the significance of the lines of latitude on South America?
What is so amazing about the Amazon?
How is life the same and different for people living in contrasting locations in Brazil?
What is the biggest threat to South America and why?
What did Charles Darwin see? What did he discover? What is evolution?
Where appropriate, we will link it to other curriculum areas such as Science, Art & ICT. There are lots of fun activities to look forward to this term including fun science investigations, animal fact finding and map work! We link a lot of writing this term on Charles Darwin's journey to the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon rainforest!
Spring - Ancient Civilisations (with a focus on The Ancient Egyptians)
What did the first civilisations have in common and what were their achievements?
During the autumn term we look at ancient civilisations! We explore and compare the early civilisations: Ancient Sumer, Shang Dynasty, Ancient Egyptians & Indus Valley. Here are some of the exciting things we will being finding out about this term:
When were the first cities built?
Which countries are the first civilisations in, and what do you notice about where these countries are located?
What is the common physical geographical feature that the ancient civilisations all have in common?
What did the four earliest civilisations need to set up as the first cities?
What were the significant achievements of some of the Ancient Civilisations and how do they still influence us today?
We will then focus on just one of the ancient civilisations: the Ancient Egyptians! We will be studying key facts about this amazing civilisation. How many pyramids are in Egypt? Who was Tutankhamun? Why did the Egyptians mummify people? These are just some of the questions we investigate in our history lessons!
How did the location of Ancient Egypt match the locations of the other civilisations at the time? Did Egypt experience any problems from its location?
How similar and how different were the Ancient Egyptians to the people living in Stone Age Britain?
What were the greatest achievements of the Egyptians?
Where appropriate, we will link our topic to other curriculum areas such as Art, Geography and Computing! There's a lot to look forward to! Our writing will be based on award-winning novel 'The Explorer' by Katherine Rundell. Our Science topics will see us learning all about the Heart and Lungs and the jobs they do to keep us healthy. We will hopefully have a special trip this term too - a visit to the Liverpool World Museum!
Summer - Journeys
It won't be long before we set off on our own brand new journey - to High School. We will be preparing for this important transition in many ways.
In topic lessons, we will be discovering:
Why do people decide to migrate?
During the summer term, we look at journeys. What is a journey? Why do people go on journeys? What journeys have we been on? Why do people decide to come to the UK? Why do some people decide to leave the UK? We learn all about immigration and emigration this term. Why do people migrate? Can we think of any times in history where people have decided to migrate? Here are some of the exciting things we will being finding out about this term:
What has 'pushed' people to come to Britain? What has 'pulled' people to come to Britain?
Why did migrants come to Britain?
What were the experiences of migrants in Britain? What can we learn from the individual stories of different migrants?
What was the impact of migration to Britain? How has migration influenced food/music/art?
Wherever appropriate, we will link our learning to other curriculum areas such as Art, Science & Design and Technology. There are lots of learning opportunities to look forward to including fun science investigations, drama workshops and artwork!