Welcome to Year 6

Our Learning Journey

So far in Year 6...

Horton Kirby Trip!

Year 6 had a fantastic day at Horton Kirby! We became evacuees for the day and had the chance to experience a World War 2 classroom, take cover in an air raid shelter, play traditional playground games and explore the town that many children were evacuated to during the war!

Flash Mob Thriller!

Last week, Key Stage Two children had a spooky surprise in the form of a zombie flash mob!  The special occasion to mark Halloween involved all 91 Year Six pupils transforming into zombies and performing Michael Jackson's Thriller dance on the playground at lunchtime.  The children really worked as a team to perform the dance moves in unison - adding to the spooky effect. All children thoroughly enjoyed the performance - Well done Team Year Six!

The whole school has taken part in Cultural Week this week! Here is what Year 6 have learned this week:

Year 6 have been on a super secret mission! This week the children have made and used periscopes to hunt down clues and crack the code! This links our science learning to our WW2 history learning.

They had to look all around Discovery Walk for the clues without being spotted!

We have taken part in the fantastic, international music festival - Music @ Malling! Children enjoyed composing and performing with Chamber Domaine Orchestra to Paul Patterson's Three Little Pigs.

We had a very exciting mission from Winston Churchill this week! Children solved the clues from a treasure hunt to find the title of our new topic - On The Home Front!

What to expect in Year 6

Being in Year Six comes with a lot of responsibility; the children are expected to be role models and ambassadors for the school.  Year Six pupils are the children that the rest of the school look up to and the students that define our school vision and values.  As such, we expect exemplary behaviour from all the children in Year Six at all times during the day.

Although there is a lot of hard work in Year Six, there are lots of things to look forward to as well, including fun and exciting topics, the residential trip, the end of year production and (most importantly) sitting on the benches during assembly!

 

 

Remember to keep up-to-date by checking the sections below regularly!


Year 6 Classes and Staff

Galileo Class is located in Pavilion One, on the right hand side as you come into the door.  Miss Marle, Mrs Colegate and Miss Lee teach the class.  This class was named after the famous scientist, polymath and astronomer Galileo Galilei. 

 

Winston Class located in Pavilion One, on the left hand side as you come into the door.  Miss Wilce, Miss Grieves and Mrs Cook-Allen teach the class.  This class was named after the famous scientist Robert Winston (not Winston Churchill!).

 

Peake Class is located in Pavilion Two, on the right hand side.  The class was established in 2016 when The Discovery School finally reached full capacity with three-form entry across the school.  Peake Class was named after Major Timothy Peake, the first British astronaut in space for over twenty years.  He blasted off for the International Space Station on 15th December 2015 and spent six months in space carrying out experiments.  He even ran a marathon on the Space Station!  Miss Verma, Mrs Brown, Mrs Steer and Mrs Darlington teach in this class.

 

Should you need to contact any member of the Year 6 team, please use the following email addresses:

 

Miss Wilce (Year 4, 5 and 6 Phase Leader): jwilce@discovery.kent.sch.uk

Miss Marle: lmarle@discovery.kent.sch.uk

Miss Verma: averma@discovery.kent.sch.uk

 

 

PPA time and covered lessons

PPA time is time set aside for teachers, during their timetabled teaching day, to allow them to carry out planning, preparation and assessment activities. PPA time is covered each week by the Year 6 Teaching Assistants.  The lessons are planned by the class teachers and delivered by a TA.  This term, PPA cover lessons in Year 6 take place every Thursday afternoon and lessons are as follows:

 

Winston Class - RE and French with Mrs Chambers

Galileo Class - RE and French with Mrs Colegate

Peake Class - RE and French with Mrs Brown 

 

 

Class Timetables

You can download a copy of an example class timetable below.  Please note that this is subject to change in the case of themed weeks, celebration days, school trips and other events such as the Music at Malling festival concerts.

 

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Peake Class timetable
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Galileo Class timetable
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Winston Class timetable
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Up-coming events

 

Thursday 12th September - 11+ Kent Test for registered pupils

Thursday 12th September - 'Meet the Teacher' sessions, 4.30pm and 6.30pm in Galileo Class

Monday 16th September - Music at Malling Workshop for all Y6 pupils (am and pm)

Wednesday 18th September - Music at Malling Concert at The Discovery School, 10.00am and 2.00pm

Monday 23rd September - World War Two topic launch

Monday 23rd September - Music 4 Schools Parent Information Session, 5.30pm

Tuesday 24th September - WW2 walk around Kings Hill

Wednesday 25th September - Cult Status Music Assembly, 10.00am

Friday 4th - Thursday 10th October - Travelling Books book fair (after school)

Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th October - Individual and sibling school photos

Monday 14th October - Culture Week

Thursday 17th October - 11+ Kent Test results day

Friday 18th October - End of Term 1

 

Monday 28th October - Start of Term 2

Wednesday 30th October - FODs Halloween Raffle

Thursday 31st October - Secondary School Application Form (SCAF) deadline

Saturday 9th November - FODs Fireworks Night

Monday 11th November - Friendship Week

Wednesday 13th November - FLU Immunisations

Tuesday 19th November - WW2 trip to Horton Kirby

Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st November - Parent Consultations

Thursday 21st November - FODs non-school uniform day for Christmas Fair

Friday 22nd November - Staff INSET day - school closed for pupils

Friday 29th November - FODs Pantomime

Saturday 7th December - Christmas Fair, 12.30 - 3.30pm

Wednesday 11th December - Magistrates Talk

Monday 16th December - Christingle service for pupils

Tuesday 17th December - Class Christmas parties

Wednesday 18th December - Carols on the Playground

Wednesday 18th December - End of Term 2

 

 

 


General Reminders

Homework

In line with the school's Homework Policy, children in Year 6 are expected to complete homework tasks in English and maths which should take approximately one hour.  Reading is in addition to these tasks.  If children do not complete the tasks on time, they will be expected to complete them during a lunch hour.

 

Reading

 

Regular reading is of vital importance to support children's academic progress so please encourage your children to read as much as possible. We expect children to read at least five times per week and - if they can - for at least 20 minutes.  Children should record their reading in their new Homework/ Reading Diary and bring this in with their reading books on a daily basis.

 

Maths

 

Children should complete the task given to them by their teacher - this will usually be a paper-based task which consolidates learning from the week's lessons.  If children use the 'Maths Whizz' online programme, this must be done in addition to the class homework. The task will be due every Wednesday.

 

English 

 

Children should complete the work set by their class teacher. Please remind children of the importance of neat and clear presentation. Children should be writing in blue ink, using cursive handwriting and checking their work carefully for errors.

A SPaG task will be set on www.spag.com weekly. Children are expected to complete this every week, as part of their homework.

 

PE kits

 

Children should have their PE kits in everyday, even if it is not a designated PE day, as we often need to be flexible with our timetables.

Please make sure they have the correct, named kit for outdoor and indoor lessons, especially a warm navy tracksuit and trainers for the colder weather.

If children have their ears pierced, they will be expected to take out their earrings or cover them with medical tape for PE lessons.


The Year 6 Curriculum

Term 1 and 2:  On the Home Front

 

English: key texts - The Little Ships (Louise Borden) Friend or Foe (Michael Morpurgo)

Writing genres: Diary writing, letters home, a flashback story, balanced argument, instructions.

Mathematics: number skills, place value, calculations (written methods), fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.

  • History - Aspects of British History during World War 2
  • Geography - Understanding and creating maps/ using grid references
  • Music - WW2 Composers and War-time songs
  • Art - Artist study - Michael Foreman: War images in watercolour
  • DT - 'Make do and mend' Christmas gifts/ decorations
  • Science - Light/ Electricity (Soldier shadow puppets and Morse Code machines)
  • Computing - Understanding the internet/ Internet safety/ checking the reliability of sources online 
  • PSHE - Diversity/ Democracy/ Safety awareness
  • RE - What matters most to Christians and Humanists?
  • PE - Outdoor: basketball and handball, Indoor: Gymnastics and dance
  • French - Le Week-end (weekend activities) et Les vetements (clothing)
  • Educational Visits - Kings Hill WW2 walk/ Horton Kirby trip

Term 3:  Extreme Earth

 

English: Non-fiction information texts about Earthquakes and Volcanoes.  Newspaper reports and instructions.

Mathematics:  Measures, area and perimeter, volume, shape and angles.

  • Geography - Physical geography and World map work (Earthquakes and Volcanoes)
  • Music - composition
  • Art - Margaret Godfrey Volcano art: collage
  • Science - Light and how we see things
  • Computing- Internet safety, checking the reliability of sources online and exploring apps
  • PSHE - strategies for coping with mood changes, beneficial and harmful substances
  • PE - Netball and gymnastics
  • RE - What do religions say to us when life gets hard?
  • DT - Gears, pulleys and levers

Term 4 and 5: Mayans, Myths and Monsters

 

English:  Key texts - Mayan myths.  Narrative, holiday brochures, poetry, formal letter.

Mathematics: Algebra, geometry, statistics and revision in preparation for SATs.

 

  • History - The Mayan civilisation, including culture, reliability of sources, comparisons with other cultures
  • Geography - Compare UK with Central America (Mexico), Physical and human characteristics of Central America.
  • DT - Where food comes from: Cooking and Mexican food preparation (and tasting).
  • Science - Evolution and inheritance
  • RE - Is it better to express your religion in arts and architecture or in charity and generosity?
  • Art - Fredrick Catherwood - Mayan art and sculptures.
  • Computing- Internet safety, checking the reliability of sources online and exploring apps/ Programming
  • PE - Rounders, multi-skills
  • PSHE - Strategies for coping with the pressure of school e.g. SATs
  • Educational experiences - 'Ancient Mayan Day'

Term 6: Entertainers and Entrepreneurs

 

English:  Playscripts, drama, oral presentations, persuasion and character monologues

Mathematics: finance, spreadsheets, event planning, using a calculator.

 

  • Young Enterprise  
  • DT  - market research and design linked to Young Enterprise
  • PE - Athletics and cricket
  • PSHE - relationships, sex education, living in the wider world, careers talks and mental health
  • Music - performing together
  • Computing - Spreadsheets, multimedia presentations
  • Educational visits - PGL residential

Curriculum Resources

Y5/6 Common exception word list

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SPaG Glossary for parents
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Reading Plus

To support the children in reading this year, we have implemented the exciting Reading Plus online programme. Reading Plus targets the children's fluency and comprehension, directly improving their reading skills. As a result, we hope that the children will become quicker, more efficient readers.

Reading Plus has a variety of texts for the children to choose from and their progress can be monitored by us. This is an amazing benefit, as it means that we can see if the children are reading regularly and offer support where needed. The texts and comprehension questions are tailored for each child, making this accessible for everyone!

 

Reading Plus can be accessed on: https://student.readingplus.com/seereader/api/sec/login#

Our school's site code is: rpthedi2

Your child will be given their username and password soon.

SPaG.com

Following on from previous success, Year 6 will be using SPaG.com to aide the children in learning Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar. This website is enjoyable for the children and we have found it to be highly effective! SPaG.com homework will be set by the class teacher and children will be told on a Friday if they have SPaG.com homework to complete.

 

Your child will be given their username and password soon.


Provision  Maps

Please click here to access the whole school provision map outlining all the interventions taking place in the school.  If you have questions about any of the provision that is taking place for your child, please ask your child's class teacher.


Meet the Teacher Evening

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Meet the Teacher Presentation slides
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Secondary School Applications

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KCC Admission to Secondary School in Kent Guide
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Key Dates for Parents

The Kent Test (11+) will take place on Thursday 12th September 2019.
Results of the Kent Test will be emailed/ posted first class to parents on Thursday 17th October 2019.
The deadline for all secondary applications is Thursday 31st October 2019.
National offer day will be on Monday 2nd March 2020.  You will be sent an email from the LA after 4.00pm and letters will be sent on this day by first class post.
Offers should be accepted or declined by Monday 16th March 2020.  The school recommends that you accept the offer, even if you are appealing for an alternative school place.

 

The deadline for lodging parent appeals is Friday 27th March 2020.
Action to take now
Go online to the KCC information on secondary admissions www.kent.gov.uk/secondaryadmissions and the online admissions site www.kent.gov.uk/ola
Visit school open events
Find out more about your preferred schools
Talk to other parents
Talk to us
Ensure you complete your SCAF by the deadline of midnight 31st October!

Year 6 Residential to PGL June 2020

This year, our Y6 Residential visit will take place from Friday 5th June - Monday 8th June 2020.  Details of the trip will be available in this section soon.


Prefects

 

Well done to the following children for becoming Prefects this term:

 

Galileo

Archie

Jamie

Lucy

Penelope

 

Peake

Yasmin

Isabelle

Evita

Zarah

 

Winston

Emily

Isla

Daisy

Izzy

The prefects' duties will include:

  • Welcoming children and parents into school.
  • Demonstrating how children should behave in and around the school.
  • Helping to organise assemblies and lead the school prayer.
  • Being ambassadors of the school at fairs and events.
  • Talking to parents and visitors at information events.