Year 6

Year 6

Meet the teacher

My name is Mrs Pearson and I have been a Year 6 teacher for a long time now and I love it. We work at a fast and furious pace in Year 6 as we work towards the end of Key stage 2, the SATs and secondary school. Between myself, Mrs Elliott and Mrs Cawley, we try to make the Year 6 experience fun with lots of great topic work, educational visits and of course Derwent Hill.

SPaG

We will be continuing to learn some very technical grammar and punctuation in our SPaG lessons.

  • Colons and semi-colons
  • Passive voice
  • Complex sentences
  • Adverbial phrases

Literacy

In literacy we are linking our reading and writing activities to our new class novel: ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’ by Kate Di Camillo. We are passionate about reading at Dame Dorothy and we urge you to encourage your children to read at home for pleasure every day.

Spelling

Our spelling list for this year is the same as Year 5 for the most part. We will also be learning about prefixes and suffixes. The children will be given a list of spellings for the week on a Friday. We will have a weekly spelling test every Friday. We try to combine our spelling with handwriting and grammar lessons.

We have high expectations in all subjects, but in maths we have an outstanding track record of results over the past few years. We will be striving to match or even exceed the standard from previous years. Children will be given arithmetic homework daily in order to strengthen their mental maths skills and their ability to use written methods of calculation. It is vital that children have a sound knowledge of their multiplication tables and can recall them at speed.

Homework Warning: If your child is struggling with any aspect of their maths homework, please don’t insist that they do it. If they bring it to school the next day, I will support them until they can confidently answer the questions.

ICT

We will be learning about writing code and de-bugging. The children will be learning how to program our robots with Mrs Kirtley, who will be working with all our children in small groups.

The children will be using the Internet to search for information and publishing programs to present their work.

We take on-line safety very seriously, and the children will be taught about the importance of e-safety.

Science

We will be learning about light and vision. The children will be learning about the function of the eye. They have been learning about how light travels and the formation of shadows.

We will be learning about sound. The children will understand how sound travels in waves. In music they also learn about pitch and volume.

We will also be learning about electric circuits.

Topic

Our topic for this term is ‘It’s a Wonderful World’. We will be learning about the continents of the world and in particular, the Antarctic. We will be learning about Captain Scott and his race to be the first person to reach the South Pole. We will use this topic

We will also be learning about the Earth’s climate zones and comparing countries with different weather conditions. We will include climate change, the causes and effects. This topic gives us the opportunity to study maps and learn how to read them using 6 figure grid references. We aim to include all subjects into our topic work including geography, history art and ICT.

PE

Our PE lesson is on a Wednesday afternoon. It is important that all children have their PE kit with them every week. Jewellery must be removed from ears to prevent any injuries as a result of a collision with another pupil.

This half term we will be doing gymnastics.

Music

As part of a whole school topic, we will listen to the music of Mason Bates – a modern composer. His music paints a picture of a mythical creature and we will listen and imagine the creature. The children will continue to receive woodwind tuition and are encouraged to be part of the school choir. Year 6 will be expected to use a range of musical terms in response to our chosen music of the month. There will be a focus on using standard notation – the children will continue to develop their knowledge of note values.