The Panthers (Year 6) Mr Barker
Welcome to Year 6 and Upper School!
Please do not hesitate to come and see us 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 at a mutually convenient time.
Mr Barker (Class Teacher)
We are really looking forward to getting to know your children and learning alongside them this year. We hope that they will settle quickly into Year 6 and their final year at primary school. We have got an exciting year ahead of us, with many mysterious and challenging topics, which we know the children will relish.
Topics – Terms 1&2
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. We are hoping to visit the former home of Charles Darwin and the site where the internationally renowned 'On the Origin of Species' was written.
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 3, 4 & 5
Champions for Change
This Unit gives the children a chance to learn about politics and their government. They will learn about the system of government in their country, about the origins of democracy, how to create their own party logos and campaign posters and about global issues that should concern governments around the world. We plan to visit the Houses of Parliament with a tour of the Palace of Westminster. We will also take place in a general election where the children will experience what it is like to be a candidate and voter.
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. We hope to be visited by the Homefront Bus which will help bring to life what it was like during the Second World War for those in Britain.
Topics - 6
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
Curriculum Days / Trips
We are hoping to organise the following curriculum days and trips:
Term 1 & 2
- Down House - October 2019
- Cathedral Schools Day- November 2019
Term 3 & 4
- Trip to the Houses of Parliament
Term 5 & 6
- Homefront Bus Visit
- Careers Day
Your children need to make sure they have their P.E kit in school everyday. Please could you make sure they have a suitable tracksuit and trainers for outdoor P.E and that EVERYTHING is named. Each teacher will let their class know in September which days they have PE, but this may change according to other necessary timetable changes. We will also have swimming on a Wednesday afternoon during Term 1.
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. The children will be completing their Accelerated Reader quizzes in school.
In Year 6 your children will receive weekly homework, which will be either Maths or English exercises. It will usually 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. They will also be expected to be learning key words from the Year 5 and 6 Spelling List.
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.
If you have any further queries or questions do not hesitate to ask.
Panthers Class Teacher
Updated September 2019