Welcome to Year 6

Ancient Mayan Day Fun!

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!  

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 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): jwilce@discovery.kent.sch.uk

Miss Beard: tbeard@discovery.kent.sch.uk

Mrs Doe: sdoe@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.  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  

 

 

Class Timetables

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.

 

Download
Winston Term 4 Timetable
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Up-coming events

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


SATS Information and advice

Download
Y5/6 Common exception word list
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SPaG Glossary for parents
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General Reminders

Homework

 

Reading

 

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.

 

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Reading challenge booklet.docx
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Maths

 

Children should complete the task given to them by their mathematics set teacher. This 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 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.

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 (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.

Provision Map

 

Please find the Continuous Provision Map for Year 6 for the start of the academic year 2017-2018 below:

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Year 6 Continuous Provision Plan.pdf
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Meet the Teacher Evening

 

Please find the Powerpoint presentation from this September's Meet the Teacher sessions below:

 

Download
Meet the Teacher presentation 2017.pptx
Microsoft Power Point Presentation 2.3 MB

Prefects

 

It is with huge pride that we are able to announce this term's set of Year 6 prefects for this academic year!

 

Congratulations to Nana, Hannah, Amy, Thomas R, Audrey, Xanthe, Jess, Bella, Holly, Catherine, Isaac, Ryan, Thomas G, Isabella and Lola. We are certain that you will do a wonderful job.

 

Our Head Boy for this term is Thomas G and our Head Girl is Bella.

 

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.

If you would like to apply to become a Year 6 prefect for Terms 5 and 6, please ensure your class teacher has received your application by the beginning of term 5. Think carefully about the presentation and content of your letter of application - the standard of applications is very high! Remember to explain why you think you would be an excellent ambassador for the school and role model for your peers.


The Year 6 Curriculum

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.

  • History - Aspects of British History during World War 2
  • Geography - Understanding local maps and grid references
  • Music - How music can be interpreted through dance
  • Art - Henry Moore and L.S. Lowry - sketching, using charcoal and chalks (WW2 art)
  • Science - Animals, including humans and Electricity
  • Computing - Internet safety, checking the reliability of sources online and exploring apps
  • PSHE - Healthy lifestyles, drugs educations, influence of the media, growth mindset
  • RE - Christianity
  • PE - Outdoor and adventurous activities, dance, rugby and handball
  • French - classroom vocabulary, numbers, weather and conversation starters

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.

  • 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, Theatre ADAD drugs awareness
  • PE - Netball and gymnastics
  • DT - Electrical circuits within a Christmas card.

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 - Cooking and Mexican food preparation (and tasting), how gears and pulleys create movement.
  • Science - Evolution and inheritance
  • RE - Sikhism
  • Art - Fredrick Catherwood - Mayan art.  
  • Computing- Internet safety, checking the reliability of sources online and exploring apps/ Programming
  • PE - Rounders, golf, multi-skills
  • PSHE - Strategies for coping with the pressure of school e.g. SATs

Term 6: Entertainers and Entrepreneurs

 

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

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

 

  • Young Enterprise  
  • Art/ DT  - African art/ animal masks
  • 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 - Kingswood residential

Previously in Year 6...

Advanced balance in gymnastics

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.