Year 6

Year 6

Welcome to the Year 6 Web page. My name is Mrs Pearson and I have been a teacher at Dame Dorothy for many years. I have worked in Year 6 for most of my time here and I love it. Mrs Elliott works with me and keeps me on my toes. Together it is our mission to offer the very best education to the children in our class.

We start the day running with our daily maths meeting. We use the time to review, revise and practise. The maths meeting is a mixture of counting practise, which could be counting in fractions or decimals, counting that involves negative numbers or counting backwards and forwards from different starting points. That could mean counting forwards in 5’s starting from a number that is not a multiple of 5.

We also practise our calculation skills. We might be adding 5 single digit numbers mentally using our various calculation strategies. We might be practising multiplying or dividing by 10, 100 or 1,000. We calculate fractions and percentages and lots of other basic number skills.

We also complete a bit of problem solving during this time.

Our daily maths meeting gets us ready for a day of learning!

Literacy is our next lesson. This term we are reading a book called ‘War Horse’ by Michael Morpurgo. It’s a great story and we will be completing lots of reading comprehension activities linked to it. Have you come across the reading VIPERS? Each letter represents an important reading skill that our children need to master:

V = VOCABULARY

I = INFERENCE

P = PREDICTION

E = EXPLANATION

R = RETRIEVAL

S = SUMMARISING

This is how we design and write our reading comprehension questions.

We will also be linking some of our writing activities to the story.

 

Please encourage your child to read every day. It is such an important life skill and is essential to their future success.

 

We love our numeracy lessons in Year 6. We follow the White Rose maths documents in our school. We adopt a mastery approach to the learning of maths. We encourage our children to talk about their work and explain how they reached their answers. Mastery in maths focuses upon fluency, problem solving and reasoning. We also encourage our children to represent their work in different ways. This could be a combination of drawings, using concrete apparatus and abstract representations.

This term we are covering percentages, algebra and area and perimeter. We’ve got a lot of catching up to do and a lot of new learning to tackle.

We are starting our topic work off this term with a mini project on the Antarctic. We will be learning about Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his attempt to be the first man to reach the South Pole. We will be linking some of our writing objectives to this topic. We will be writing diary entries and letters imagining that we were part of this failed expedition.

We will be using this topic to learn more about the earth. We will be learning about the Greenwich Meridian, time zones, longitude and latitude. We are also going to extend our map reading skills to 6 figure grid references.

Our science topic for this term is linked to the heart and circulation. We will be learning how to keep our heart healthy and the effect of exercise on our circulation.

PE lessons are on Wednesday afternoons, children can come into school wearing PE kit, this consists of a navy school t-shirt, navy shorts or jogging bottoms and a navy school hoodie, trainers should also be worn. Please make sure any earrings are removed on PE day. We will be playing tennis for the first half term with Steve & Hannah from Boldon LTC, athletics with Donna after half term. PE kits can be purchased from Total Sport, should you require one.

WE love our music at Dame Dorothy and we are delighted to see the return of Mr Brown on a Wednesday afternoon. Mrs Ireland will also teach music to Year 6 on a Wednesday with Mrs Cawley teaching PSHE/RE.

Please email me at teacher@damedorothy.org.uk if you have any queries or concerns: I’m happy to help!

School branded water bottles to be used in school only. These will be sent home each Friday to get washed and should be returned to school the following Monday.

Please make sure that all items of uniform, PE kit and coats are clearly labelled to avoid any confusion should the children remove them.

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