McGough Class (Year 6)
You can download a copy of McGough class homework here - Friday 17th January 2020
Welcome to Year 6
Year Six provides a challenging final year aimed to prepare the children for life at their chosen secondary schools. Expectations of the children are very high in all aspects of school life. They set the highest standards of behaviour, attitude and academic ability - for the rest of the school to follow.
The learning is interactive, practical and enjoyable across all areas of the curriculum. There are a wide range of teaching methods, balancing whole-class, group and individual activities to engage children in effective learning. Skills will be modelled, practised and mastered through different settings or applications. For example: grammar and spelling will be taught specifically and applied across all work; building up stamina and understanding of how to use strategies efficiently and accurately.
Year Six children are also given additional responsibilities throughout the year. For example:
As Student Leaders – Year 6 pupils support the whole school by sharing Mini-Midday roles and they also run Play Leaders, helping younger children at lunchtimes by providing fun activities that include everyone.
- Supporting Reception children by acting as their ‘buddy’;
- Organizing activities for Reception class;
- Acting as Play Leaders during lunchtimes to provide great games for all children to join in with;
- By leading their Houses throughout the year and collecting House Points each week and supporting their peers during Sports Day.
Our residential visit to Kingswood will provide opportunities for team building, fostering independence and offering them ways in which to manage risk and to solve challenges within a secure environment.
How you can help your child:
In Year 6 children should be reading daily. To support their understanding further you should be challenging your child in a variety of ways:
- Give a synonym of a particular word;
- Check the meaning of some words;
- Find an antonym of a word.
Year 6 are being challenged to read a range of genres over the year to widen their reading choices. Your child is expected to write meaningful comments about their reading each week in their Reading Record Book. This could include the main characters, what has engaged them in the text so far, what they haven’t liked and why, or identifying an expanded noun phrase, use of brackets etc. Finally they could compare their current book to previous books read.
Support given for homework:
Help your child to organise themselves by encouraging responsibility and independence [i.e. they need to do the homework, not you!];
Continue to practise times tables – linking this to division questions;
Know their square numbers and recognise them quickly;
Know the first ten prime numbers and recognise them;
Practise tricky spellings in a variety of ways to embed these words permanently.
The Autumn Term focus is on Science: Classification of plants and animals. We will be looking at how to sort and describe species using a branching data key; we will be investigating the life of Carl Linnaeus; carrying out a range of experiments; investigating the power of microbes and their role in our lives; we will be creating our own Herbarium and sketching flora and linking some classic poetry to the natural world around us.
The Spring Term we will be studying the Ancient Greeks. The Topic will focus on comparing the lives of Ancient Greeks with our lives today and also we will be looking at the birth of democracy and its resonance in modern society.
The Summer Term is our Tour de France Topic. This will link across all areas of the curriculum and involves the children working in different groups, supporting each other in areas of interest and research. The Topic also has a ‘Bike to School Week’ which gives practical lessons a new twist!
Crucial Crew will be running again – as an online set of activities: this offers plenty of discussions around life skills and transition activities to support the move to secondary school.
Homework is to set each Friday and due to be completed by the following Thursday. The homework also includes a set of spellings that I will be testing weekly (these are from the Year 5/6 statutory spelling list).
Our P.E slot is Thursday afternoons and potentially a Monday or Tuesday morning as well.
Our Computing lessons will either be on a Friday or Wednesday afternoon.
Thank you for your continuing support.
We are focusing on Shakespeare’s Macbeth this term. We are looking at how authors develop characters and settings, and they are developing their own skills in narrative writing and we are developing our performance skills.
We will be looking at the historical and geographical context of Macbeth, and learning about pointillism to create art linked to the heaths and moors which form the setting for Macbeth.