Welcome to Year 6!
We hope you are as excited as we are to step into your learning as we immerse ourselves in lessons that will help you to grow, to take a step back in time and to explore the world around you.
Initially, you will join the Young People’s Network as a research advisor. On this placement, you will be tasked with providing the very best advice to young people on how best to take care of their physical and mental health.
At Quarry Bank Mill, you will experience life as a Victorian apprentice. Working long hours and completing physically demanding jobs was certainly a struggle for many at Samuel Greg’s mill during the 1800s. As you take your place in local history, over two hundred years ago, you will see how Quarry Bank compared with those who endured life in the workhouse.
The world around us is truly incredible and we cannot wait to learn about all that awaits us on The Ark. As a newly appointed recruit at the World League of Nature, you will sign the Official Secrets Act as an expert in your field. This will allow you to delve deep into animal research, adaptations and climates of specific species. You will be guided by Indiana Stones, an explorer and palaeontologist and Dora-D Explorer, who has led many expeditions to different corners of the globe.
We will take you back to the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939. We consider how the ‘Spirit of the Blitz’ played a key role in keeping Britain moving and supporting the war effort. Mr Potter, our local Air-Raid Precautions Warden and dedicated Billeting Officer, Mrs Eastway, are just two of the characters you will meet along the way who demonstrate an undeniable spirit.
With all this, alongside unique Year 6 events such as planning our Children in Need fundraiser and our residential trip to Robinwood, we are sure you will rise to the challenge!
We really look forward to experiencing learning with you every day and we know that you will bring determination, enthusiasm and hard work.
Year Six Team
We have a wide range of books available in each class. We love reading and are always happy to recommend books. We also love to hear your recommendations. In addition to class libraries, we have our Year 6 book swap. There are different book swaps across the year that link to our themes. This will enable you to read widely and will empower your writing. Your teacher may also ask you to read pages of your class text and summarise the following day. We would like you to read for around 15 minutes each day.
Fluency Work – Spelling and Times Tables
We believe in the power of practice and know that core skills take time to learn. We set weekly spellings on spelling shed. The words are always linked to our writing and the lists contain words from the Year 5 and 6 word list; spelling rules or patterns; and key vocabulary for our themes. Spellings are also taught in school and the children will be encouraged to apply the words to their writing. Spellings are tested each week and it is important that they are practised regularly at home. We encourage the daily use of TT rockstars to practise times tables. It is important to build speed and be confident with division as well as multiplication. Fluency with times tables will help in many areas of the Year 6 maths curriculum including factors and multiples; prime numbers; and fractions.
We may ask you to complete a pre-learning task before a lesson. This could be to revise an area of learning using BBC Bitesize; to read some information; to look at a video guide; or it could be to answer a selection of questions and self-assess where your learning is up to. It is important that you complete these tasks in preparation for the next lesson.
Throughout the year, we may ask you to research and present information on a person, an
animal or an event linked to our theme. We usually give longer for these tasks to be
completed and handed in.