Hope - Year 6

Miss Mewton

Teacher (mornings)/ Assistant Head

My favourite book is Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. Having been an avid horse rider for most of my life, I was over the moon when I first discovered this book when I was around ten years old. I remember the excitement of turning the first page and feeling like I was being transported back in time to something quite magical. Black Beauty is a touching story told from the view point of a black horse who recounts the tales of his life. From his simple beginnings as a foal in a meadow through the ups and downs and twists and turns, Black Beauty tells his own story which illustrates the importance of kindness towards animals. I have read this book so many times and I can honestly say that the more I read it, the better it gets!

Mrs Provis

Teacher (afternoons)

My absolute favourite book is The Magic Faraway Tree, written by Enid Blyton. I have such fond memories of reading this as a little girl, imagining that I too would climb to the top-most branches of the tree in search of a different and exciting world. The book follows 3 children who discover new worlds; sometimes they would have wonderful adventures, other times they would get themselves into a bit of a pickle! My favourite character has to be the Saucepan Man with his funny hearing and of course Moonface. How amazing it would be to slide down his slippery-slip! Now, my own children are reading this book and I hope it will create some wonderful memories for them too

Mrs Warne

Support Staff

I love to read! My favourite book of all time is The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame. I remember loving it when it was read to me and I have read it to my own children too.

Summer 2

Welcome back everyone, we hope that you’ve had a wonderful half term week, and had a lovely time together with your families. Please, take some time to read on and find out about all of the exciting things we have planned for this half term: the FINAL half-term before we break up for the summer! It’s hard to believe just how fast this year has gone!

During maths this half term, we will be starting our half term continuing with our decimals unit.  We will be revisiting multiplying and dividing decimal numbers by 10, 100 and 1000, and we will then be jumping into negative numbers: counting in ones and multiples, and finding the differences. Upon completion of this unit, we will be looking at geometry and area. We will start by looking at the perimeter and area of rectilinear shapes, before moving onto the properties of shape, including defining angles and what makes shapes regular or irregular. As well as this, we will be studying position and direction (how shapes move). Our maths at BB is taught through a mastery approach, giving the children time to explore the concept being taught using concrete resources before moving on to pictorial and then more abstract concepts (CPA approach). We will continue to encourage the children to practise their number recall through weekly 99 Club challenges and TT Rockstars battles as well as daily Flashback4's to encourage retention. We will continue with regular arithmetic practise- the purpose of this is to expose the children to a range of calculations and to help with the retrieval and retention of key number facts.

Our topic focus for this half term will be Geography focussed. We will be looking at ‘The Blue Planet’. During this topic, the children will be looking to locate and identify some of the world’s major oceans, before studying the marine landmarks around us. We will then be looking at marine habitats,  and the diverse range of marine life. To end this unit, we will be looking at marine economy; how the environment can be used for economic benefit.

Our English for this half term will be a series of short writing outcomes. These will include a narrative, based on the short film ‘Octapodi’ and then we are moving onto a unit based on, ‘Survivors’ by David Long. In this unit, children will be following a small step approach looking closely at vocabulary, structural and language features before showcasing their learning by writing their final outcome: a safety pamphlet for survival incorporating knowledge from other people’s survival stories.

In Whole Class Reading, we will continue to explore a range of texts and genres in order to practise applying the key reading skills. We will be focusing on different topics, underpinning our world: our environment, islands and protecting our planet. In addition to this, we will be continuing to develop our love for reading by sharing our Class Read at the end of each day. This read will be voted for out of a selection of novels, to allow for democracy.  The children have enjoyed a range of texts including ;Street Child’, ‘Holes’ and we are currently in the middle of a text called ‘Crater Lake!’

In RE this half term, we will be thinking about the question, ‘Does faith help people in Cornwall when life gets hard?’ This unit will begin by exploring ups and downs that people might experience in their lives. The children will be moving onto how and why Cornwall is considered a spiritual place, before thinking about how spirituality can support people when their lives become tricky. In this unit, the children will be showcasing their learning through art activities, mind-maps and reflections of their own lives and how they support themselves during challenge. Following this, we will be looking at why people believe in life after death. We will then be exploring how people in Cornwall are working to support each other, as well as the cultural importance of Truro Cathedral.

In Science, we will be looking at animals including humans, with a particular focus on the human circulatory system. We will be spending time looking at identifying the key components of the human circulatory system, before spending time learning what each part’s function is. Upon completion of this, we will be getting our hands dirty, learning about our digestive system. We will be doing a practical activity to discover the journey of our food: from food, to poo!

Our PE for this half-term is going to be athletics. We will be practising many games associated with althetics including relay racing, distance racing, hurdles and throwing. We will be considering the skills we need to show, but also exhibiting sportsmanship and resilience for both ourselves, and our team mates.

In music, Year 5 and Year 6 will be doing different things. Year 5 will be learning ‘African Drumming’. A spectacular show of loud music and colour, learning timbre and enhanced complexity rhythm. Hopefully we will be able to showcase our skills to other children in the school. Year 6 will be practising their singing for their end-of-year performance! They will be mastering the words and melodies of their songs, before thinking about the overall presentation of it, with increasing dynamics and complexity. I am sure it will be a fantastic performance!

In our computing unit this half term, we will be focusing on game creation: a topic that is sure to entertain everyone!

Finally, in PSHCE, we will be thinking about our changing selves. We will be thinking about our physical changes that happen during puberty, with a consideration of anxieties that we might be facing ahead of this. We will also be thinking about our emotional and social challenges ahead of transition into our next school year: Year 6s will be thinking about secondary school, and Year 6 will be thinking about their movement into their Year 6 class

We hope you find the resources below easy to access for supporting your child's learning at home and understanding the key objectives being covered. The list below includes:
-Knowledge Organisers
This explains the key information and facts your child needs to know by the end of their topic unit with some visual aids and key vocabulary we will learn too.
-Calculation Policy 
This provides you with information about the key mathematical concepts and how these are taught during this Key Stage.
-Recommended Reads
This document lists texts we would highly recommend your child to access and read during their year group. Pupils are encouraged to select from this range of books.
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