Our Year 6 children enjoyed starting their new topic this term with a fun-packed themed Ancient Mayan Day. They learnt some Ancient Mayan stories, how the Mayans invented their own number system and they researched the foods that the Ancient Mayans ate. Below you can see the children making their own maize tortillas and spiced chilli hot chocolate - an Ancient Mayan delicacy!
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!
Galileo Class is a Year Six class located in Pavilion One, on the right hand side as you come into the door. Miss Beard and Mrs Stiff teach the class. This class was named after the famous scientist, polymath and astronomer Galileo Galilei.
Winston class is a Year Six class located in Pavilion One, on the left hand side as you come into the door. Miss Wilce and Mrs Brown 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! Peake Class have created a class book about him which can be found in their book corner. Mrs Doe and Mrs Reed teach in this class.
Should you need to contact any member of the Year 6 team, please use the following email addresses:
Miss Wilce (Upper phase leader): firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss Beard: email@example.com
Mrs Doe: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. As our TA team have different strengths and specialist knowledge, each Year 6 TA will deliver a subject to all three classes. This term, PPA cover lessons in Year 6 take place every Thursday afternoon and lessons are as follows:
Winston Class - RE with Miss Gobell (small group interventions with Mrs Brown)
Galileo Class - RE with Mrs Reed
Peake Class - French with Mrs Stiff
You can download a copy of the 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 Bikeability cycle training courses.
Monday 16th April: SATs Parent Information Session, 3.30 - 4.15pm & 6.30 - 7.15pm in Winston Class
Thursday 26th April: KS2 Theatre Performance - The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, 1.30pm
Monday 30th April - Thursday 3rd May: Mock SATs week
Monday 7th May: Bank Holiday - no school!
Monday 14th May - Thursday 17th May: SATs week
Friday 18th May: End of SATs week picnic for Y6
Friday 18th May: Y6 Kingswood Residential trip payment deadline
Monday 21st May: Y6 Kingswood Residential Parent Information meeting
Friday 25th May: Football/ netball tournament at The Discovery School
Monday 28th May - Friday 1st June: Half term
This year, our Y6 Residential visit will take place from Monday 18th June - Friday 22nd June. The resources below will provide some useful information about the trip, Kingswood facilities and expectations.
Children should continue working on their Reading Challenge. Regular reading is of vital importance to support children's academic progress so please encourage your children to read as much as possible. They should remember to bring in their reading books and their reading challenge sheets daily.
Children should complete the task given to them by their mathematics set teacher. This will be due every Wednesday.
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 or black ink, using cursive handwriting and checking their work carefully for errors. This worksheet is due every Wednesday.
In term 3 and 4, we will be setting tasks from SPAG.com. The children will be given their own login details and will need to complete the tasks set by the following Wednesday. We show the children how to access this work in school.
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 (for example, when children are completing bikeability training)
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.
This is the correct indoor PE kit. Hair must be tied back and earrings removed where possible before coming to school.
Here, Galileo class are performing their interpretation of the human circulatory system in a dance.
Please find the Continuous Provision Map for Year 6 for the start of the academic year 2017-2018 below:
Please find the Powerpoint presentation from this September's Meet the Teacher sessions below:
It is with huge pride that we are able to announce this term's new set of Year 6 prefects!
Congratulations to our new Prefects for the summer term.
Our Head Boy for this term is Daniel and our Head Girl is Evie.
The prefects' duties will include:
Term 1 and 2: The Home Front
English: key text - Goodnight Mr Tom. Diary writing, letters home, a flashback story, balanced argument and poetry.
Mathematics: number skills, place value, calculations (written methods), fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.
Term 3: Extreme Earth
English: key text - The Firework Maker's Daughter/ non-fiction information texts about Earthquakes and Volcanoes. Newspaper reports and instructions.
Mathematics: measures, area and perimeter, volume, shape and angles.
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.
Term 6: Entertainers and Entrepreneurs
English: Playscripts, drama, oral presentations, persuasion and character monologues
Mathematics: finance, spreadsheets, event planning, using a calculator.
Watch out, there's an earthquake about!
During term 3, our topic was Extreme Earth. The children learnt about earthquakes and volcanoes around the World. They found out about tectonic plates and continental drift, as well as how earthquakes are measured. They even composed earthquake music!
The topic was also linked to writing, including newspaper reports and instructional leaflets based on what to do in an earthquake.
In Science, our topic during term 3 was 'Light and how we see things'.
The children enjoyed making periscopes to complete a secret mission around the school! They have also investigated changing the size of shadows and have explored Newton's theory of colour using prisms.
A visit from Theatre ADAD
On Tuesday 9th January, Theatre ADAD performed a short play and workshop with year 6. This was part of their drugs education for PSHE. The children learnt about peer pressure and were given strategies for keeping themselves safe.