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Year 6

Welcome to Class 6

The teacher in Class Six is Mr Beane who is also the Key Stage Two Leader. Miss Bain works in Class Six as a classroom assistants in the mornings.

In order to help your child to ensure that they have the necessary equipment on the correct days, please use the information below. We have an open door policy at Durham Lane and are happy to speak to you briefly before or after school, if we are available. Should you require a longer appointment, please contact the office and this can be arranged for you.

Please find below a brief outline of the topics to be covered this year and our daily/weekly routines which are explained in the ‘ Welcome to Year 6 class booklet’. We follow a two-year rolling programme throughout school and we try to plan as much of our learning as possible around our current topics. This creates an immersive and exciting learning experience for your children. Here is an overview of the topics to be covered over the coming year in Class 6:

TermTopics CoveredBrief Outline
Autumn 1 and 2The VictoriansThe children will be studying the novel Street Child by Berlie Doherty. They will be listening and responding to the novel which will be read to them, as well as reading parts of it during guided reading. The children will be learning about the work of Dr Barnardo and Victorian workhouses during this topic and will be writing diaries, stories etc. based on this novel. Just before Christmas, the children will also be studying A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and will learn about Victorian Christmas traditions.  Throughout this topic, the children will be learning about Victorian Eaglescliffe and Stockton as well as looking at Victorian artefacts and finding out about a range of famous Victorians.  Later in the term, we will also be studying crime and punishment throughout the ages, especially focusing on the Victorian era.
Spring 1 Healthy MeThis is a science based topic where the children will be looking at circulation, the impact of diet, exercise and drugs on the human body and how nutrients and water are transported around the human body.  In geography, we will be looking at where a range of foods come from, the climates of these countries and why these particular foods are grown there.
Spring 2GreeceThis is a history based topic, where we will be learning all about the Ancient Greeks and their achievements and influence on the Western world.  We will be looking at modern day Greece in comparison to ancient Greece and researching the legacy the Ancient Greeks left us.  In geography, we will be comparing ancient and modern maps, exploring the physical characteristics of Greece, comparing these to the UK.
Summer 1 Natural DisastersDuring this topic, we will be concentrating on physical geography, for example rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes and looking at where natural disasters occur and why.  We will also be researching some famous volcanic eruptions of the past, especially Pompeii.

Summer 2The MayanThis is a history topic about an non-European society that provides contrasts with British history.  As well as this, we will be studying South America (where the Mayan originated from), looking at the countries of this continent and studying the geographical similarities and differences between South America and the UK.

Class Booklet:

Home Learning:

This is extremely important in Class Six as it not only reinforces work which has been done during the week, but it also prepares the children for life in secondary school. The children have a home learning diary which they write their home learning in as well as other important information about events which may be occurring during the week. Parents are advised to read this diary each week and can add comments if they need to speak to the teacher.

In Class Six, the children receive home learning on Fridays usually, although they may also receive home learning at different times in the week if the teacher wants them to complete something or feels that they need some extra practice with something that has been done in class. Home learning is accessed through Seesaw. Parents can help by ensuring that home learning tasks are completed on time and that the children are confident with the task in hand. If there are any problems completing home learning, parents should write a note on Seesaw or in the child’s diary which the teacher will respond to. Home learning should generally be handed in by Wednesday and will be marked and returned before new home learning is given out on Fridays.

Mental Maths:

Each week, on Friday, Class Six have a mental maths test. This is usually quick fire questions based on things that they have been learning during the week and also relates to the maths targets that the children have received. Examples of mental maths activities are: times tables and related division facts; converting decimals to fractions or percentages; dividing /multiplying by 10, 100, 1000. The children are given examples which they write into their rapid recall books so that parents can help them to learn the necessary facts.

Spellings:

Class Six will receive weekly spellings on Mondays and they will complete a spelling test on Mondays too. These words are never given out in isolation and will be studied in class so that the children are aware of particular spelling rules/patterns. The children need to practise these spellings AT LEAST TWICE in the week and on different days. They should use the LOOK, SAY, COVER, WRITE, CHECK method to learn these words as well as using other techniques that they have been taught in school e.g. mnemonics.

Reading:

Although most Year Six pupils are able to read fluently, this does not mean that they do not need parental support! Parents are advised to read regularly with their child and at least twice a week. Year Six would benefit from being asked different types of questions such as retrieval questions (e.g. what did the boy do when he got in from school?), inferential questions (e.g. how is the character feeling? What clues do you have?), about the language/techniques the author uses (e.g. which words does the author use to build suspense? How effective is the author’s use of simile?).

Targets:

Class Six have writing and numeracy targets which are continuously evaluated and monitored. Once targets are achieved, new ones are given to the children and these are shared with parents. The children are actively involved in setting and achieving their own targets and know what they need to do in order to improve.

Class Six Responsibilities:

Year Six is an incredibly important year and, because they are the oldest children in the school, we believe that Class Six should be given the opportunity to take on extra responsibility in school. These responsibilities include recycling, helping to support the younger children at lunchtimes, being classroom monitors, being librarians, serving salad at lunchtimes, ensuring fruit is distributed at playtimes and being door duty monitors. It is important that the pupils take their responsibilities seriously and understand the importance of being an integral part of the Durham Lane School family.

P.E:

Class Six have PE lessons twice a week and this is usually on Tuesday and Thursday. The pupils will undertake a range of sporting activities throughout the year including tag rugby, gymnastics, invasive and defensive games and athletics. It is a good idea to have PE kits available throughout the week just in case we need to use a different PE slot.

Class Visits/visitors:

We believe that it is important for children to learn both inside and outside of the classroom. Therefore, whenever possible, we try to arrange trips which will enhance our topics and help children to learn through a hands-on approach. As well as our residential trip to Robinwood, which takes place in March, Class Six take part in various activities such as the Remembrance service in Stockton. We are also keen for visitors to come into class to share their expertise and interests with the pupils and endeavour to organise this as frequently as possible.

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