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The Jaguars (Year 6) Miss Hamilton

Welcome to Jaguar Class

I am very much looking forward to a productive and enjoyable year with your children. We have a busy and exciting term ahead! In our class the children are supported with their learning by Mrs Tames and Mrs Pepler.  

Please do not hesitate to come and see me if you have any concerns at all about your child’s progress or happiness at school, appointments can always be made at the beginning or end of the school day.

Miss Hamilton – Class Teacher and Upper School Phase Leader

We have already had a brilliant and enthusiastic start to the term with the Year 6 children fully embracing their role at the top of the school! This term we are reflecting on the theme of ‘What would Jesus do?’. We have been thinking about what Jesus did and how we can learn from him in our own lives. 

Topics – Terms 1&2

Who is taking control?

This Unit is based on the idea of robots and machines taking control of humans. Pupils will explore the idea of control through study of electricity and robot machines.

A Voyage of Discovery

In this Unit pupils will be exploring how adaptation can lead to evolution, whilst recognising that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but that they vary from each other and their parents. They will also investigate variation in response to environment, Darwin’s work and how and why the human skeleton has changed since separating from the primates.

What’s happening now?

Throughout the unit, pupils will imagine they are the victims of a disaster and they have to choose items that will aid their survival. This will then lead to a discussion about disasters and the work of various aid agencies around the world. The theme is supported and developed throughout all subject areas. In English pupils will examine a report on extreme weather and sea conditions that the world has recently experienced - from hurricanes to tsunamis, to freak floods.

Topics - Terms 3 & 4

The Battle of Britain

During the Battle of Britain unit, pupils will take part in a recreation of an air raid practise as an introduction to understanding what life was like for ordinary people in the war.  The children will then find out more about the war in their history lesson by preparing questions and then interviewing a survivor or someone who lived through of WW2. Aspects of life during the war will be explored in music, where pupils consider the vital role-played by music, focusing in particular on songs performed by Gracie Fields and Vera Lynn, and also in art where pupils study the influence of posters in wartime. In English pupils use their imagination to write about the life of children who experienced air raids and evacuation and in science pupils learn that light travels in straight lines through the context of a Spitfire pilot and what he/she can see through the cockpit window.

Who’s the Mummy?

Pupils will be visiting an “Egyptian tomb” and answering questions from the scrolls they find in the ‘burial’ chamber. They then study the different Egyptian myths and legends about how the world was created and the Egyptian gods, especially the story of Isis and Osiris. Pupils then create a family tree of the Egyptian gods and explain why the Pharaohs were so important. In geography pupils learn about the location of Egypt and its principal features, before exploring facts about the geography of the country. In art pupils will explore different types of Egyptian jewellery whilst in their music lesson they listen to Egyptian music and learn to keep a steady pulse to a prescribed rhythm.

Topics - Terms 5 & 6

You’re Hired

Our next unit of work, ‘You’re Hired!’, invites our Year 6 pupils to consider various aspects of employment and enterprise: from personal employability skills and career prospects; to market research; product and service development; branding, marketing and sales. 

Throughout the topic pupils will develop presentation and interview skills as well as:

  • use persuasive writing and speaking  
  • develop marketing materials
  • create an imaginary aspirational Curriculum Vitae (for 20 Years’ time when they are 30/31) 
  • research trade shows, careers, qualifications and interests
We are hoping to arrange the following Curriculum Days / Trips:

Term 1 & 2

  • Robot Wars Day

Term 3 & 4

  • Topic Theme Day (to be confirmed)
  • Residential Trip to Kingswood
  • Trip to the Houses of Parliament

Term 5 & 6

  • Careers Day
Residential Trip

In June the children will have the opportunity to take part in a residential trip to Kingswood, Ashford for four nights. Kingswood offers a whole range of programmes specially designed to fire imaginations and stimulate the minds of children. More details to follow.   

Here is some information that you may find useful:

Our PE days will be –  Monday pm – Outdoor PE

Wednesday pm (Term 2)-  Swimming

Friday pm –Dance with Miss Rosita

Homework will be given as follows:

Reading at home

There is a continued expectation in Year 6 that children read at least 4 times a week to an adult, regardless of their ability. We ask that the children record a detailed comment about what they have read and that you sign their reading record once a week. We also encourage wider reading than just school books, please encourage them to read any text (book, magazine, manual etc.) which interests them.  Remember the children need to complete a quiz once they have finished their books.

Homework

In Year 6 your children will receive weekly homework, which will be either Maths or English exercises. It will be given on a Thursday and needs to be handed in by the following Tuesday. On occasions, there may be a small project based on a topic within school to broaden the children’s knowledge and understanding.

Spelling homework- the children will be expected to be practising words from the Year 5/6 list and any words they have struggled with at school.

English homework- this will have a focus on punctuation or grammar and will be set on a Thursday to be handed in the following Tuesday. 

Maths homework- Tasks will usually be set via the Mathletics Website although we would encourage the children to also practise their times tables regularly.

Any comments you wish to make about homework can be written in their reading records or homework books and will be welcome. Children should only spend between 20-25 minutes on each piece of homework.

Children are also welcome to research any of the topics that we are studying in school and complete any topic-related activities.

Updated November 2017