Welcome to Sycamore Class
Class Teacher - Mrs Sullivan
Class TA - Mrs Hanley
Start time: 8.40 am
Break: 11.00 - 11.15
Lunch: 12.15 - 1.00pm
End time: 3.30pm
PE: Friday afternoon - children to wear appropriate PE kit to school.
Welcome to Year 6
Year 6 Expectations
As the top of the school, year 6 will be expected to set a high standard of behaviour and attitude, being excellent role models for the younger children to follow. There is a greater emphasis on independent learning and being responsible for remembering to complete home learning, bring in necessary equipment and to wear a suitable PE kit for PE lessons. This will enable them to transition well into high school.
Year 6 SATs
End of key stage SATs will be taking place in May of next year and all the work that we will do will lead them to this. The SATs are an assessment of ALL KS2 learning, not just work covered during year 6. For Reading, Writing, Maths and GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling), there is an expected standard for year 6 pupils to reach.
Within reading comprehension, pupils need to be able to find and retrieve information directly from the text as well as to be able to make inferences based on what is being said indirectly within text. They will also need to justify answers by finding evidence in a text to support their ideas.
Within writing, pupils needs to be able to use both basic and more advanced punctuation, write for a variety of purposes, use knowledge of grammar rules effectively, have clear and legible joined-up handwriting, spell a wide range of words correctly and consistently and obviously to have writing that makes sense.
Within maths, pupils will need to have a secure knowledge of calculation (addition, subtraction, division and multiplication) for the arithmetic test as well as using and applying that knowledge in the reasoning test which will include shape, measure, statistics etc.
Within GPS, pupils are expected to know and understand how different grammatical elements affect writing and to use these correctly within a range of writing tasks. They will also be expected to be able to use spelling rules effectively to spell both familiar and unfamiliar words, as well as using a wide range of punctuation correctly.
Autumn 1 - Science - Electricity and Light.
Autumn 2 -History - Battle of Britain (WW2)
Spring 1 - Science - Animals including humans
Geography - cause and consequence - environmental issues
Spring 2 - Science - Animals including humans.
Geography - Geographical diversity
Summer 1 - Science - ID
History - Mayan Civilisation
Summer 2 - Science - Evolution and adaptation
Geography - Coastal errosion
This half term our topic has been 'Where are we from' and has a history link to WW2. We have learnt about how WW2 started and the main events of the Blitz, evacuation, Battle of Britain, rationing and propaganda.
In writing we have written letters in the role of a child evacuee, a biography of a famous person during WW2, blackout poems linked to Remembrance Day.
In art we have created our own Battle of Britain pictures after evaluating different paintings by various artists.
Blackout Poem Video
Some of the children wanted to record their blackout poems.
Spring Term 2
Our topic this half term is 'What can you tell me about.....?'
Our science topic is 'Animals, including humans' where we will be looking at: Changes in humans from birth to old age and life process in reproduction in animals.
Our geography topic is looking at geographical diversity across the world: To understand some of the reasons for geographical similarities and differences between countries, Describe how locations around the world are changing and explain some of the reasons for change and to describe how countries and geographical regions are interconnected and interdependent.
In PSHE, we will be continuing with citizenship, healthy and safer lifestyles and economic wellbeing.
Our RE focus is 'Creation or Science: conflicting or complimentary?
As part of our topic we made artificial blood using red food colouring, golden syrup, vegetable oil and milk.
As part of our topic we looked at the heart - what it's role is, what it is made of and what it looks like. One afternoon the class dissected a pig's/lamb's heart. The children were asked to identify the main vein/artery, the 4 chambers of the heart and any smaller blood vessels. Whilst dissecting the heart the class had to think about these questions:
What is it's texture?
How big is it?
What colour is it (and why)?
Is it the muscle the same thickness all the way round? Why? Why not?
Does it have a smell? Why? Why not?
What happens to the blood in the heart when it stops pumping?
Our topic this half term is 'Was the Mayan Dynasty Important?' It is a predominately history based topic looking at the ancient Mayan Civilisation. Some of the aspects we will be looking at are: When and where the Mayans lived, the Mayan number system, Mayan writing, Mayan inventions, Mayan Beliefs, how the Mayans lived and why the Mayans died out.
Our class book is 'The Curse of the Maya' by Johnny Pearce and Andy Loneragan
Literacy: Our writing will link to our Mayan work and we will be writing: narratives, non-chronological reports, leaflets (persuasive text) and instructions
French: We will be looking at places/rooms in a house and regular activities.
RE: We will be looking at aspects of Islam
PSHE: We will be looking at keeping safe and risk taking.
This half term year 6 will also be starting G.O.A.L (Game of Actual Life) which is linked to real life situations involving money (jobs, wages, bills etc)
Animal Angles: The class were challenged to identify acute, obtuse and right-angles in various geometric animal pictures, which range in complexity. Each angle is coloured in using a different colour and they look really effective.
The class completed a 'Tangram' challenge.
A tangram is a square built up of different regular shapes. The first challenge was to make the square again and the second challenge is to create different pictures using all of the shapes.
Maya Calendar. The class made a Maya 52 year round calendar. The 52 year round calendar is made by combining the Solar and the Sacred Calendars. We also learnt how to read them.
The class made Maya masks and glyphs out of clay.
Summer Term 2:
Welcome back after half term.
This half term our topic is called ‘Are we disappearing?
It is a geography based topic about coastal erosion. We will be looking at the features of coastlines, coastal erosion – its causes and impact, how coastlines change and what can be done to prevent coastal erosion.
We also have a science topic of evolution and adaption. We will looking at how animals and plants adapt to environmental changes, inherited characteristics in offspring, eye colour genetics, fingerprints and fossils.
We will be looking at the story of the peppered moth in the story book ‘Moth’ by Isobel Thomas and Daniel Egnesus.
If we have time, we will also looking at the book ‘ The great Dodo comeback’ by Flora Sandiford.
Literacy: Our writing will link to our science and geography work and we will be writing: narratives, non-chronological reports, and poetry.
French: We will be looking at clothes, daily routines and forms of transport
RE: We will be looking at aspects of Humanism.
PSHE/RSE: We will be looking at relationships and sex education
We will also be continuing G.O.A.L ( Game of Actual Life) which is linked to real life situations involving money (jobs, wages, bills etc)
P4C - Philosophy for Children
On Monday, year 6 had a P4C session, they looked at various photos of animals/people in cages. In small groups they discussed and came up with as many questions as they could that linked to the images. They then picked one question to discuss.
The question that the class discussed was 'Is it always abusive to put living creatures in a cage?
As part of our science topic about evolution, we have looked at inherited characteristics from parents to their offspring. We created new Mr Men/Little Miss’ with characteristics inherited from both sets of parents.