Welcome to 6E
Welcome back to a new term, my name is Mrs Pilkington and I will be teaching Year 6E (Year 6P) for the rest of the year. I am very excited to get to know your children as they continue their journey through school and complete their final year here at Our Lady & St Gerard’s. We look forward to working together to prepare your children for the next step as they embark on life at High School.
Our classroom is a happy and positive working environment, where praise and encouragement are used to motivate and support all of the children. We follow our Behaviour Charter, encouraging the children to: 'Be Safe'; 'Be a learner'; 'Be kind and respectful'. I ask that each child tries their best and develops a resilient attitude towards learning.
Throughout the year, lots of new and exciting learning will take place. Your children will be challenged to be the very best they can be and encouraged to take part in every aspect of school life. I value the support you give your child at home with reading, spelling, learning times tables and delving into any topic-based research or interests your children may express.
Every Friday, homework will be set and will need to be completed in their green homework books. Children must return their homework by the following Wednesday. In addition, please encourage your child to read daily and sign their Reading Record once a week. Reading books should come to school every day.
PE will be on a Tuesday and Friday afternoon this half term. Please ensure your child has their full PE kit in school. (black/navy shorts, white t-shirt and trainers) Jewellery should not be worn.
Please do not hesitate to speak to me if you have any questions throughout the year. I look forward to working with you and watching your child blossom as the year progresses.
This is our new book: 'Wonder' by R.J. Palacio. Have you read it before? Perhaps you have seen the film. If you know the story that's fantastic - please make sure that you don't give the ending away for anyone who hasn't read it! If not have click below to watch the trailer of the book and let me know your thoughts!
At the beginning of Wonder, R.J. Palacio quotes Natalie Merchant's song, Wonder
To start the term we will be developing our understanding of volume as it relates to cubes and cuboids. At the beginning we will be working with concrete materials to expose the meaning of volume thoroughly. As the unit progresses, we will be determining the formula for the volume of cubes and cuboids, estimating volumes and calculating total volumes with a formula.
Moving on from this we will be adding and subtracting negative numbers. The children will be recognising patterns that arise when adding and subtracting negative numbers on a number line and then developing number stories for equations involving a negative number.
Children will investigate mirrors and shiny surfaces and how they alter the direction in which light travels and that when they see objects, light enters the eye. Children contrast reflection and shadow formation. Science learning will include also the works of key scientific figures like the British scientist Isaac Newton and invention of the first reflecting telescope.
As historians, we will be learning about the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings. We will be finding out what happened after the Romans left Britain and how the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings helped to create the England we know today.
As always if you have any questions or concerns about your child's learning please feel free to send me a message on class dojo and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Year 6 SATs Presentation
Year 6 text overview
Recommended Reading Books
We have selected these recommended reading lists from Peters Education to ensure that our children have access to a wide range of books. These books are all available in school and form our 'core' texts in our class libraries. These lists are chosen because they:
- link with our curriculum for each year group
- represent different cultures
- introduce children to new authors and expand their knowledge of familiar authors
- ensure progression
- match topics of interests for our children
- tackle current themes
Meet the Teacher
The PowerPoint shared at this year's 'Meet the Teacher' meeting is below.