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Class Teacher: Miss Corrigan

HLTA: Mrs Morris



A Letter from Miss Corrigan

Year 6 Parent information 2020

Year 6 are an enthusiastic and creative class who enjoy learning and exciting things!


Hello and welcome to Year 6. 


Below is what we will be covering in class during the Spring term.



Following the Liturgical Year, children will be finishing off their Christmas unit looking at the visit from the Three Kings. Children with then move on to ‘Baptism and Confirmation’ in which they will learn about different Sacraments a Catholic person might choose to take part in. After the half term, children will deepen their understanding of Lent and why this is such a significant and sacred time of preparation for us. The children will have class prayer services every Tuesday afternoon in class and join the live streamed mass from St Chad’s Cathedral on a Thursday morning.



This term the class will be studying the novel ‘Street Child’ written by Berlie Doherty. It is based on the true story of the orphan whose flight inspired Doctor Barnardo to set up his famous children’s refuge. Children will be given the opportunity to write non-chronological reports on Victorian Childhood, diary entries to explore a character’s feeling, character descriptions, role-play different characters, and once finished will create a biography on the life of Jim Jarvis.


They will be looking at using ambitious vocabulary and will magpie words from the class text to use in their own writing, as well as independently reaching for a thesaurus to up level their vocabulary.


The children will continue to look at the Year 5 and 6 spellings but we will also be looking at lots of other different spelling rules this half term. Children should try to incorporate as many of these words as possible in their writing, and there will be a weekly spelling test on a selection of words. In grammar, they will continue to understand the role of the different word types we use in our writing - nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions, articles and determiners – by completing their ‘Word of the Day’ activity.



In Maths this term, the children will first consolidate their fraction knowledge from the end of the Autumn term by recapping simplifying fractions, fractions of amounts and multiplying and dividing fractions. Children will then move on to exploring the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages, converting between the 3 in order to compare and contrast numbers.

After the half term, children will learn about all of the different measurements and will work on their problem-solving skills to be able to answer word problems.

Children will then develop their problem-solving skills further by moving onto algebra, finding rules, expressions and formulae.



This term the children are studying both ‘Living Things and their Habitats’ and ‘Animals including Humans’. They will be using Developing Experts as the dashboard for their learning. Children will understand how to classify different living things, exploring the work of classification scientists such as Carl Linnaeus along the way. After this, children will identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood. They will recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function.



This term we will be looking at ‘Celebrating Differences’ which looks at diversity and anti-bullying work. This is especially important in Y6 as they start to fully discover their identity and prepares them for moving onto Secondary School.  Afterwards, we will move onto ‘Dreams and Goals’ which includes goal-setting and creating a success criteria for this, aspirations for yourself and the world and working together.



The children will be studying Victorian Art, linking with their Class Text. They will be learning about artists and buildings from this era and use their work as a stimulus to refine their sketching and drawing skills.



Firstly, Y6 will be looking at the Suffragette’s and learning about the role of women in the 19thcentury and how they fought for the rights that exist today. At the end, they will consider if the Suffragette movement was successful for women today. Children will then learn about the rise of Hitler and WW2.



Children will be exploring the continent North America. They will explore what countries make up North America, the different biomes they can find their and different physical features such as different rivers and mountain ranges. Children will move on to exploring South America. They will explore countries within South America and the climate of these, they will research the geographical landscape of the Andes mountain range and the structure of the rainforest throughout the continent and will then move on to exploring the agricultural and energy industry in Brazil.



Y6 will be looking at Reggae Music and will be exploring the origins of this genre and will begin to share their opinions about music and begin to compose simple tunes.



The children will be having PE on a Thursday focusing this term on invasion games and racket games. You can come to school in your PE clothes on a Thursday. This should include a yellow polo t-shirt, blue shorts and a pair of pumps/trainers (black). Jogging trousers will be allowed in cold weather for lessons outside. Please note that jewellery is not allowed for safety reasons.