Welcome to Year 6
Welcome to a ‘new normal’ term in Year 6! We would like to take this opportunity to say how well the children have settled back into school after such a long time. They have very quickly adapted to our new routines and it is fantastic to see their enthusiasm for learning in school.
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 and the end of year production. Although we are not sure how these will go ahead this year, we are always determined to give our Year 6 children the very best experiences and opportunities.
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 is Galileo Class teacher and Mrs Colegate is their Teaching Assistant. 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 is Winston Class teacher and Mrs Brown is their Teaching Assistant. 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. Miss Beard is Peake Class teacher and Miss Smith is their Teaching Assistant. 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!
This year, we have the additional skills and expertise of another teacher in Year 6. Mrs Patel will be supporting pupils' learning and teaching across the three Year 6 classes.
Should you need to contact any member of the Year 6 team, please use the following email addresses:
Miss Wilce (UKS2 Assistant Headteacher): firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss Marle: email@example.com
Miss Beard: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Patel: email@example.com
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 Friday afternoon and lessons are as follows:
Winston Class - Music and French with Mrs Brown
Galileo Class - Music and French with Mrs Colegate
Peake Class - Music and French with Miss Smith
You can download a sample Y6 timetable below. Please not that this is subject to change and may vary according to class.
Galileo Class: Monday
Peake Class: Tuesday
Winston Class: Wednesday
Children are expected to come in to school dressed in their PE kit on their class PE day. Please make sure children have the correct, named kit for 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.
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.
This year, we have set up a new online system for setting and monitoring homework in Year 6. Each child has their own unique login with which they can access their own Class Dojo page. Each week, the homework tasks will be uploaded on their page with relevant links to access the learning platforms for English and maths. We have noticed that there seems to be a few glitches with children’s logins which we will endeavour to iron out as soon as possible. If your child is having difficulty accessing their Class Dojo account, please contact their class teacher.
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 complete their set reading tasks on the Reading Plus online platform and record when they have done so in their Homework Diaries. In addition to the Reading Plus tasks, we would love children to read as much as possible for pleasure at home and at school. We are always keen for children to share what they have been reading with the class.
Children should complete the tasks set on the online learning platform My Mini Maths. The tasks will consolidate learning from the week's lessons. The children should complete their homework in their Maths Homework book. This will be checked on a weekly basis. Homework tasks are set each week on Monday and are to be completed by the following Monday.
Children should complete the work set on the online learning platform www.spag.com. Homework tasks are set each week on Monday and are to be completed by the following Monday.
The Year 6 Curriculum
Mini Topic - 'If the World Were a Village'
This is a 3-4 week mini topic based on David. J. Smith’s text ‘If the World Were a Village’ and designed to reconnect children with their learning. Linked objectives are focussed on a blend of recovery and new learning. In the core subjects of English, maths and science, there is a focus on the recovery of missed Y5 objectives. This will be blended with new learning and concepts from the wider curriculum topics and skills taught in Y6. The text provides an engaging and relevant context to reconnect children’s learning in the first term of pupils’ return to school after the Coronavirus pandemic.
English: Non-fiction information texts about Earthquakes and Volcanoes. Newspaper reports and instructions. Survival stories and Michael Morpurgo's 'King of the Cloud Forests'.
Mathematics: Fractions, decimals and percentages, algebra, ratio and proportion, scaling, measures, area, perimeter and volume.
- Geography - Physical geography and World map work (Earthquakes and Volcanoes)
- Science - Amazing Humans: understanding/ describing the main functions of the human circulatory system
- Computing- Internet safety, checking the reliability of sources online and exploring apps
- PSHE - E-safety/ staying safe online/ how to be a responsible digital citizen
- PE - Rugby and dance
- RE - Is it better to express your religion in arts and architecture or in charity and generosity?
- Music - composition based on natural disasters. The inter-related dimensions of music/ playing and performing together:'Happy'
- French - Les vetements (clothing) et Ma journee (talking about daily routines)
Mayans, Myths and Monsters
English: Key texts - Mayan myths. Extended narrative, descriptive diaries, formal letters and persuasive writing.
Mathematics: Measures, 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 - What do religions say to us when life gets hard?
- Art - Fredrick Catherwood - Mayan art and sculptures/ Mayan headdresses
- Computing- Internet safety, checking the reliability of sources online and exploring apps/ Programming and coding using Scratch
- PE - Netball, multi-skills and gymnastics
- PSHE - Strategies for coping with the pressure of school e.g. SATs/ strategies for coping with mood changes, beneficial and harmful substances
- Music - The inter-related dimensions of music/ playing and performing 'You've got a friend'
- French - Ma journee (talking about daily routines) et Les transports (talking about forms of transport)
- Educational experiences - 'Ancient Mayan Day'
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 evacuuee trip
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
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's login and password can be found in their Homework Diaries.
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 Monday if they have SPaG.com homework to complete.
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.
Secondary School Transfer and the Kent Test (11+)
Please see the information on the 'Transfer to Secondary School' page for current advice and information on the secondary school application process and the Kent Test (11+).
We are pleased to announce our Year Six Prefects for this term:
As things are a little different at school at the moment, we will be adapting the prefects' usual duties. This will include creating virtual tours of the school for prospective parents and visitors, as well as recording assemblies where our Prefects will demonstrate our core values - Respect, Kindness, Friendship, Honesty and Perseverance - to the rest of the school.