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 ‘Beetle Boy’ by M. G. Leonard. 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 place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions. 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 River Wear and its bridges. We will be looking in detail at the new Northern Spire Bridge and our Open Homework will be linked to that. We are going to learn all about bridge construction.

When we have completed this topic, we are going to study what life was like for children in the Victorian period. This is a first in Year 6 so I’m looking forward to it. We will be reading a book to go along with the topic called ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty. It’s a great story about the struggle of a young orphan during this period of time.

Our science topic for this term is linked with classification of living things. We will be recapping the different groups of animals including vertebrates and invertebrates. We will then move on to learning about micro-organisms which seems appropriate under the current circumstances we find ourselves in.

PE is on a Tuesday afternoon and we are kicking off the term with netball with our wonderful coach, Donna. The children must come to school in their PE kits. The usual rules apply to jewellery.

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!

All children have been provided with a named water bottle. These will be sent home each Friday to get washed and should be returned to school the following Monday.

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