Welcome to the Year 6 Class Page
Year 6 is taught by Mrs Armstrong, Miss Sumner and Mrs Greggan. Please do not hesitate to contact us if there are any concerns about your child. PE will be taught on Tuesdays. We ask that the children come into school in their P.E kit on Tuesday and they will not need their school clothes on this day.
Please arrive promptly at 8:40am. It is expected that the children will enter school independently via the rear entrance. There is no need for the children to arrive earlier than 8:30am at school as they will not be supervised until they enter the school building.
At the start of the term, we will be reading 'The Lost Thing' by Shaun Tan. We will explore the narrator's point of view and write a setting description based on this unusual story. We will then be learning about explanation texts and will write our own texts about mummification. Later in the term we will be focusing on different types of poetry, before reading 'All the things that could go wrong' by Stewart Foster.
Although the children are in the Upper Juniors, it is vitally important for them to continue to read every day at home (ideally 15 minutes or more). The children need to be building up their stamina in preparation for the expectations of secondary school. Discussing the content of the books is very important and taking a short time to talk about their books will help in many ways to improve comprehension and enjoyment of the texts. They will take part in weekly guided reading sessions in school but your child should still be reading at home.
Your child should be reading their colour banded book at least 3 times per week at home and recording the dates they have read. Children who are free readers must also be reading at least 3 times per week at home and are welcome to borrow books from the classroom but these must be returned as soon as they are finished. Please could you ensure an adult signs the reading record every time your child has read at home. If your child is not bringing home a book each night, please remind them that this forms part of their homework commitment and let us know so that we can address the problem as soon as possible.
In Maths, we will begin by looking at place value, moving onto the four operations and then fractions. Mental Maths and times tables need to be rehearsed at home daily and there will be regular mental maths or arithmetic tests to determine progress. Maths homework will be sent out every Monday to be returned the following Monday. It will be either paper or computer based on mymaths.co.uk (Login details will be sent out to each child).
During our Combined Studies sessions (History, Geography, Art, DT, ICT and Music) this term, we will be focusing on the Ancient Egyptians. We will be making comparisons between life during this ancient civilisation and modern day Egypt; considering the Ancient Egyptian ruling system; religious beliefs during the period (including rituals centred around death and mummification), the differences between the lifestyles of the rich and poor. Our DT work will be focused on designing, constructing and making our own Death Masks inspired by famous Pharaohs and Queens during this period. We will be improving our research skills through the use of reference books and the internet.
In science this term we will be learning about evolution and considering the crucial role that fossils & palaeontologists play in building our understanding of evolution and the Earth through time. We will also be exploring the classification system used to classify all living things and developing our own identification keys. The work of famous scientists Darwin, Aristotle & Linnaeus will be discussed in relation to their contributions to our understanding of these scientific areas.
We will continue to send out information via teachers to parents in text or email form. We will no longer be using the Year 6 email address so if there is an urgent matter, it is best if you make an appointment to speak to us via the school office. Furthermore, we need to keep face to face conversations after school to a minimum so please speak to the office if you would like to arrange a phone call with your child’s teacher. Please also check the website to see examples of children’s work or photos of activities.
We look forward to a great term.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if there are any problems or queries about any aspect of your child’s school experience.
Mrs Armstrong, Miss Sumner and Mrs Greggan
A fantastic, fun-filled, busy day for Group 1 at Ufton Court today. Activities included archery, building fires to heat hot water for hot chocolate and shelter building. The children worked very hard on their resilience, team work and responsibility today!
Black History Month
Year 6 have been very busy learning about some important black people from history. In English, the children researched the life of Walter Tull, the first black officer in the British Army, and wrote their own biography about him. In science, we have been learning about Garret Morgan, known for inventing several things such as an improved sewing machine and traffic signal and a respiratory device that would later provide the blueprint for WWI gas masks. They have produced some lovely pieces of work based on these influential figures.
Combining our topics of light in Science and World War 1 in English and Combined Studies, we have been making our own periscopes which reflect the light allowing us to see above at a different height.