Luther King Class
Welcome back to another school year! I am Mrs Preston and I am the Year 6 teacher. Our teaching assistant is Donna and Miss Doherty teaches maths and literacy groups in Year 6 in the morning.
As you know, Year 6 is the final year here in St Joseph’s and we will be teaching the children to be more responsible and independent in their learning, in preparation for secondary school. It is also the year where the children write their SATs test in May and we will be giving you more information about them this half term.
Here are some of our weekly routines:
In Year 6 we have homework in maths and literacy every day and it is important for children to read, practise their times tables and spellings every day as well. It is the children’s responsibility to fill out their reading record every day. An adult needs to sign it once a week (we check this on a Friday).
The children will receive new spellings on a Friday. Spelling tests are on Fridays and times tables tests are on Tuesday.
This half term, our PE is swimming. Please ensure the children bring their swimming kits (towel, swimming costume, swimming hat) on Thursdays.
Autumn 1 Curriculum
Our topic for this half term is Blood Heart where we will be learning all about the heart and circulatory system. At the start of our project, we dissected an animal heart, finding out about the different parts and how the blood flows. In Science, we will explore the heart and circulatory system, the function of blood, blood groups and measuring our heart rates. Armed with this knowledge, we will investigate how heart rate is affected by exercise. Our History lessons will see us going back in time to see how medicine has changed through the ages and continents. In Art, we’ll sketch hearts to create our own model hearts out of clay. During DT we will test materials before making a stethoscope. We’ll learn about how smoking affects the heart and write adverts to persuade people to stop smoking. We’ll visit the ‘Give blood’ website, and make a flow diagram to illustrate the circulation process.
During Literacy, our Talk for Writing text is Clockwork by Philip Pullman, which we will use as a basis for writing suspense stories, followed by explanation texts on different emotions. The children will have their own personalised targets that they will be working towards.
Our focus in Maths will be accuracy this half-term; making sure we use the checking strategies we learn. We will be solving reasoning problems to practise applying our knowledge and show that we are able to explain our mathematical thinking.
Our first topic in RE is about the’ Domestic Church – God’s unconditional love’ followed by learning about ‘Vocation – The Priesthood & Religious Life’ where we are hoping to interview Father Graham to find out more about being a priest.
In Computing, we will be looking at how to keep safe on the internet including: having a positive digital footprint; how to tell if a website/message is genuine; and looking after passwords.
French (on a Wednesday) is all about the weekend, activities, using the negative, asking and answering questions as well as likes and dislikes.
If you have any questions or any concerns, please come and speak to me. I am looking forward to a good year!