The Pumas (Year 6) Miss Woodruff
We are very much looking forward to a productive and enjoyable year with your children in Puma Class. We have a busy and exciting term ahead and the children have already made a fantastic start! In our class the children are supported with their learning by Mrs Tames and Miss Cooper. Mrs Richards teaches Maths and English groups each morning.
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.
Miss Woodruff (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.
Darwin’s Delights - A Voyage of Discovery
Ship ahoy! We’re off on an exciting expedition with Charles Darwin and his crew on HMS Beagle. Can you trace his route across the vast ocean? Stop at the magical Galápagos Islands to see the amazing species that helped Darwin develop his theory of evolution by natural selection. Do you know what’s so special about a lava lizard, or why the blue-footed booby has blue feet? See how animals adapt to their environment over time – and learn how and why the human skeleton has changed since separating from primates. We will meet some of the world’s greatest explorers and naturalists and Imagine how humans will evolve in millions of years. It’s a scary thought! 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. Ready to rumble? Let’s set sail!
Who’s the Mummy?
Let’s travel back 5000 years, to the dusty realms of ancient Egypt. 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 learn about the Egyptian gods, especially the story of Isis and Osiris. Pupils go on to 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 human and physical features 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.
Champions for Change and Gallery Rebels
This unit gives the children a chance to learn about politics and their government. They will learn about the system of government in Britain; 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 will also visit the Houses of Parliament to give the children a chance to see the seat of power within their own country. In art, we find out about the bizarre and eccentric minds of the gallery rebels. Art can be an act of rebellion. Can you change the world with a paintbrush, a thought, or an idea? Dream the dream, or show us your nightmares. What do you see? Watches melting? Wheels spinning? A shark in a box? Can you express yourself without words? Paintbrushes and sketchbooks at the ready. Let’s make art.
Term 4 and 5
WWII - The Battle of Britain- A Child's War
A siren sounds, a building crumbles, a Spitfire zooms overhead. Take cover! It’s 1939 and Britain is at war. Deep down in the Anderson shelter, learn why nations are fighting and why child evacuees must make the long journey from their homes and families into unknown territory. Pupils will take part in a re-creation of an air raid practise as an introduction to understanding what life was like for ordinary people in the war. The children will use drama to interview a survivor or someone who lived through the WW2. Pupils will consider the vital role-played by music during the war, focusing in particular on songs performed by Gracie Fields and Vera Lynn, whilst in art pupils study the influence of wartime posters.
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.
Welcome to Mexico! Get ready to explore this unique country, from its towering temples and stunning geography to its pulsing rhythms and fun-packed festivals. Tummy rumbling? Concoct a traditional fruit cocktail or delicious Mexican meal. What’s on your shopping list? Go steady with the spices! Feel like celebrating? Design a flute, grab a drum, join a tribe and make some noise! Have you got what it takes to be chief? Let’s find out… Don’t forget to learn some words of Spanish too to help make sense of this vibrant world.
Curriculum Days / Trips
We are hoping to organise the following curriculum days and trips:
Term 1 & 2
- Down House- To be confirmed
- Cathedral Schools Day- To be confirmed
Term 3 & 4
- Trip to the Houses of Parliament
Term 5 & 6
- Homefront Bus Visit
- Careers Day
- Residential Trip
- Trip to the Globe- Rearranged from Summer 2020
Your children need to make sure they have their P.E kit in school every day. 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 have swimming on a Wednesday afternoon and PE on a Friday 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 (through the Mathletics website) 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 continue learning key words from the Year 5 and 6 Spelling List.
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.
Puma Class Teacher
Updated July 2020