Welcome to Year 6
“Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom!” Nelson Mandela
Mrs J Ward
Y6 Class Teacher and Deputy Head, Designated Safeguarding Lead, SENCo, Teaching & Learning Coordinator, Equalities, Specialist Leader in Education
UKS2 Class Teacher, History Coordinator
Year 6 Worship
Christ at our Centre
Y6 Class Curriculum Newsletters 2022/23
Every half term, the newsletter will be added here so you can keep up to date with what we are learning about:Click here for Y6 Autumn 1 2022 Curriculum Newsletter Click here for Y6 Autumn 2 2022 Curriculum Newsletter Click here for Y6 Spring 1 2023 Curriculum Newsletter Click here for Y6 Spring 2 2023 Curriculum Newsletter
Y6 Long Term Plan
Our long term plan ensures coverage of each subject area across the curriculum and is monitored by each subject leader alongside a range of other monitoring tasks that ensure coverage and progression. Teachers may change the order of some topics where there is justification to do so, but will still ensure coverage of all topics across all subject areas.
Burn to Learn
Physically Active Learning
Academic Year 2021/2022
Welcome back to school! I hope you’ve had a fantastic summer break and I’m happy to get you back to school, safe and sound. I hope you’ve all had a fantastic summer holiday and you’re ready for a brilliant year in Year 6. I always feel very privileged to teach Year 6 and I will do everything I can to make sure that you are happy, engaged, learning and grow in confidence and skills ready for secondary school.
We’ve got so many exciting things to do together that I have no doubt it will be the best year you’ve ever had. Throughout the year, the Year 6 curriculum will be tailored to build on the children’s interests, make links to their role in the community of Wetherby, and the wider world itself. We will be ambitious for ourselves, aiming for the very best we can achieve academically, morally, emotionally and spiritually. There will be experiences built in along the way to inspire learning and to inspire the children for their future roles as active citizens. All the children will be able to achieve and thrive by giving their very best efforts.
Very soon, our class webpage will start to fill up with all the exciting activities that I have planned for the year. Watch this space!
School Trips, Visits and Workshops!
I am always looking for ways to enrich and enhance the Year 6 curriculum. As restrictions ease, I have already planned visitors to school and workshops for the year ahead. You’ll be pleased to know that we are also planning for Y6 to go on their annual residential to Robinwood, so keep your fingers crossed that nothing gets in the way of this! Please see the school calendar for full details. Look at some of the things that are already booked for the coming academic year!
- Geography field trip to Nidd Gorge and Knaresborough waterside
- Marine Engineering workshop
- Shakespeare Theatre Company: Romeo & Juliet
- Headingly Water Treatment workshop
- DT workshops: working with leather and wood
- Martial Arts workshop
- Mr Foster: Orthopaedic surgeon to visit
- Y6 Residential Trip to Robinwood
As and when I can, I will be booking further trips and experiences. The list above is just a taste of what’s to come!
One of the things that Year 6 really look forward to in Y6 is being buddies with our new children in Foundation Stage 2. The Year 6 children play a huge role in helping our new children settle quickly. They help them in the lunch hall to build up their confidence, and then play with them in the playground at lunch time whilst encouraging them to play with their peers and have independence too. This is a very special job!
Y5/6 Statutory Spelling List
Please encourage your children to practise these compulsory Year 5 and 6 spellings, these are essential and should be practised regularly alongside weekly spellings.Y5 & Y6 Statutory Spellings
At St Joseph’s, we are so grateful for the invaluable support that our parents and carers provide for our pupils. We know how well our families have been able to adapt to home learning so now that we can welcome all of our pupils back to school, we wanted to provide opportunities for our pupils to continue their learning at home, if they choose to. The homework given will prepare and support your child’s learning across the curriculum each half term. The homework tasks below are optional. If you would also like to read our homework policy, please follow the link below.Homework Policy 2022-24
To help you with your learning this term, here are some optional homework tasks and resources/activities for you to complete. I can’t wait to see your work that you complete at home! This is also the first place to start if you find yourself isolating at home while the rest of us are in school.
Click here for Y6 optional homework tasks.
Support/Resources for Optional Homework Tasks
If you have chosen to complete the optional additional tasks, here are some resources to guide you. Of course, you are free to use your own resources and research in a way of your choice but just remember to STOP, BLOCK and TELL if you find anything during your research that upsets you or makes you feel uncomfortable.
RE: St Therese of Lisieux
Here are some resources to get you started with this task. Also, think back to your time in Year 5 as she was your class Saint so I’m sure you already have lots of knowledge to draw upon.
Resource 1 for St Therese task Resource 2 for St Therese task
Geography: Map and Landmarks of the UK
This is a great task to work on and get your family involved too. Talk about where your family are from, where extended family live, places you’ve visited together and places you’d love to visit too. Look at where football stadiums are of different teams or other areas of interest like race courses, castles, etc. This is a great task because the creative nature of the task helps you to remember where places and landmarks are. You can actually make some models of landmarks too and put them on your map. It’s great fun!
Resource 1 for Map Task Resource 2 for Map Task
Here is a starting point for the maths task about triangles.
Resource 1 for Triangle Task Resource 2 for Triangle Task Resource 3 for Triangle Task
Science: Water Cycle
This is such an interesting concept to understanding so enjoy watching the video. Think back to Year 4 when you first learnt about the water cycle. What can you remember? What have we done so far in lessons which will help you? If you have a more creative way in which you would like to demonstrate your understanding of the water cycle and all the related vocabulary, please feel free to get creative!
English Reading: Classic Novels
On our class book shelves, we have lots of classic novels. Some of the books are actually brand new so be the first to dive in and get engrossed. Here is a website with some suggested classic children’s novels. Have you read any of these before? Try a new one and write a book review.
Click here for some suggested classic children’s novels. Click here for a book review guide.
Here are some extra homework tasks for you to complete if you choose to. You will see that they build on knowledge and skills you already have built in Y6 and are extensions to what you can already do.
Geography: Name and Locate Countries in Europe
To help you get started with this task, I have put a collection of maps of differing challenge for you use.
History: Create Your Own Propaganda Poster
We learnt about propaganda last term. This is your chance to design your own poster. Remember the posters are meant to mislead and strengthen your position in the war in some way. I have attached some WWII posters for you to explore first but you can also use your knowledge of the WW1 posters we looked at together too. There is also a template to get you started if you are struggling to think of your own ideas.
English/Science: Non-Chronological Report about Animals Adapting
Remember you can choose any animal from any environment so make sure you choose something you are interested in learning more about. There are resources below to help you get started and guide you: templates, sentence openers, checklists, etc.
RE: John the Baptist
To help you learn more about John the Baptist, here are some resources below which will help you. You can read about him and answer the questions. The reading comprehensions are challenge by choice with the 3 star work being the hardest. Remember to make a glossary of any new words as you read to build your language skills. There are also some blank fact file templates to help you write your fact file about John the Baptist. Remember to also use your own research skills read around this subject so that you are going beyond the simple starter resources I have provided.
This is your chance to explore mass so get estimating and weighing. Don’t look at the units of measure on any items that are already labelled up. See if you can estimate it and see how close you can get. All the details to get you started are on the grid above but you could also get creative and come up with your own challenges related to weight. Send your ideas to me and I can share them with your classmates.
If you need practise converting units of measure, here are some resources to get you started.
Here are some extra optional homework tasks for your child to complete if they are looking for more to extend their learning. These are also perfect to start you off with home-learning if you find you are isolating.
Click here to download the summer optional homework grid.
If you choose this task, you can follow the tutorial below as a reminder of how to do this method.
If you are finding it tricky, you can try this worksheet instead:
Easier challenge: 3 digit by 1 digit
If you’re looking for more practise, you can try this:
If you need more practise with 4 digit by 2 digit, try this.
Watch these to learn all about Beatlemania. Then write a diary as if you have just seen the Beatles live at a gig. Remember to plan your diary first and then you can use the checklist to make sure you have all the correct features for this style of writing.
To revise perimeter and area of compound shapes, try this activity. Watch the video tutorial first as a recap. Then draw your own compound shapes and calculate the area and perimeter.
If you need more practise, try this worksheet. Challenge yourself by choice using the stars on the sheet to guide you. 1 star is easier and it progresses to 2 and 3 stars.
Click here for area of compound shapes activity.
You’ve used this fan of subordinating conjunctions in class so you’re familiar with what it looks like and how to use it. Watch the tutorial about subordinating conjunctions if you need some help first, but remember I want you to start your sentences with the subordinating conjunctions. Write one ambitious sentence for each conjunctions, so you should have 10 sentences by the end.
Make sure you challenge yourself by extending your sentences with a semi-colon. Only do this for an extra challenge if you’re confident with using the subordinating conjunctions.
You can download the subordinating conjunctions fan here:
Click here to download the conjunction fan.
Last term, you practised naming and locating all the countries in Europe and so well! You can use the same App for this but click North/South America instead. Watch this tutorial and join in for more practise and you can download the maps too.
Click here for map of South America Click here for map of North America
I know how much you love art so get drawing. We are going to work on drawing facial features so try these tutorials. Remember, you first go is simply that! Try several times and see if you can improve.