Welcome to Y6W
In Giant Pandas, much like the originals, we are brave! We embrace challenge as we know that pushing ourselves helps our brains to grow, and we are never afraid of making mistakes as we know these are steps to learning. Y6 Giant Pandas also work well together as a team: we support, collaborate and learn from each other. As we are a team, when the whole year group shows this expected behaviour, we can earn minutes towards a Friday afternoon treat of the children’s choice. In addition to this collective weekly reward, our Giant Pandas can earn merits for going above and beyond expectations when it comes to learning or attitude and behaviour. As we are the oldest children in school, we aim to set a shining example to the younger children in school who look up to us as ambassadors. We accept this as our responsibility whole heartedly!
In year 6, we refer to lots of Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar (SpaG) rules in order to make our work the best it can be! Children will be learning all about the specific grammar and punctuation terminology, drawing on their knowledge from years 3, 4 and 5. There are many more skills that we focus on too; keep an eye out for the homework after Christmas.
We follow the whole school Big Maths programme, with the focus on the instant recall of basic number facts. Knowing these will allow children to understand more complex problems using bigger numbers as they move through school. If they know their 6 times tables they can also count in 60s, 600s and 0.6s!
Our learning challenges in year 6 are as follows:
All Living Things
Light and Electricity
World War 2
In year 6, we give out homework every Tuesday to be returned on the following Tuesday where it will be marked in class as a morning lesson. Children who complete and return their homework on time for a whole term become part of the illustrious “always club” and will receive a special treat at the end of each term.
We expect children to read with an adult at home for 10mins, 5 times a week and alone as much as possible. This will help children maintain and improve their fluency, expression and comprehension. Our e-books mean that Mrs Worswick can monitor who is reading at home and completing the wink bug challenges therefore we can see who is and isn’t understanding their levelled books. In school we mainly read in groups with a teacher once a week, and focus more on understanding the text, inference, noticing patterns and commenting on the author’s intentions.
Children are responsible for changing their own reading book when needed, a teacher or teaching assistant will advise when your child is ready to move a book band and will monitor children’s targets.
Our PE days are Tuesday and Friday. Please ensure that PE kit (t-shirt, shorts, pumps/trainers) is in school and labelled with your child’s name. Please also remove any earrings and ensure children with long hair have a bobble to tie their hair back. PE will always be outside except in exceptionally bad weather, so a tracksuit and change of outside shoes is required.
During year 6 we endeavour to prepare all our children for their transition to secondary school to ensure this is as smooth as possible. We work very closely with our feeder secondary school – Ecclesfield Secondary – and our children have many opportunities to visit the school to meet staff and become familiar with the building. We encourage all our children to attend open days at our local secondary schools and these will be authorised as educational visits by
SATs week is to be confirmed.
Please click the link below to access information on the tests that your child will take in May.
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