Hello my name is Mrs Burford and I love teaching the older children at Merritts Brook, who are in their final year at our Academy. Ms Dudley is our amazing TA in Year 6 and provides intervention support to the children for English and Maths. This year we have 30 children in our class and we hoping to produce some superb results.
During Year 6 we prepare ourselves for our National SATs Test which take place during the month of May. We work really hard all year in preparing for these tests and hope to do well when they arrive. Below you will find the topics that we will be covering for each half term during 2017-2018:
Autumn 1: Hola Mexico
Autumn 2: A Child’s War
Spring 1: Frozen Kingdom
Spring 2: Blood Heart
Summer 1: SATs
Summer 2: Gallery Rebels
Keep checking back to our page to find out what we have been up to during 2017 – 2018.
Our school representatives for school council 2017 and 2018 are Penda and Cole. They gave great speeches in order to gain enough votes to represent Year 6 at this year’s meetings.
We cover many different topics in Year 6 and by clicking on the document below you can see our yearly overview for each subject.
SATS BOOSTER PROGRAMME
Below is a link to access a variety or resources to help support your child’s revision for their upcoming SATS in May. Please use these as often as possible and any problems see Mrs Burford.
Maths – Hegarty Maths – children are set weekly maths questions to answer. If they are unable to do so at home they have the opportunity to complete the homework on Friday’s Hegarty Maths Club www.hegartymaths.com
Times Table Rockstars – children can practise their multiplication skills in order to improve their speed www.ttrockstars.com
KS2 Maths Organiser – Variety of questions covering arithmetic and reasoning, with videos attached for 1-1 explanations and support. 3in1mathsorganiser
Maths in Year 6 – In Year 6 we cover a range of topics in preparation for the SATs test in May. Medium term plans of what we cover are available at the end of this section, however they get edited regularly depending on the needs of the class. These will be tasks linked to Number, Fractions, Ratio and Proportion, Measurement, Geometry, Statistics and Algebra. The children are encouraged to learn their times tables every night as it is a requirement that by end of Year 4 all children should know up to 12 x 12. We are trying to encourage more mastery skills within maths and so follow the White Rose planning scheme to help support this. The children will have weekly arithmetic sessions as well as having a reasoning question of the day to develop their understanding of maths and its concepts. An overview of the maths curriculum can be found on the link below.
English in Year 6 – We cover a range of units in Year 6 in preaparation for what is required in secondary schools. The new curriculum for English started in September 2015 will be continued for this year as well. The curriculum will allow the children to develop further their skills in reading, writing and grammar. The topics taught cover both non-fiction and fiction tasks such as Biographies, Persuasive writing, Short Stories, Non-Chronological reports and Recounts. An overview of what is required by a Year 6 child can be found in the document below. Handwriting follows the Nelson scheme and spellings are taken from the new National Curriculum requirement for Year 6 children
Year 6 is the final Year of Primary Education and so a major focus is on the National SATs tests taken in May. Children are provided with all the necessary skills in order to take these tests, which comprise of the following:
- Reading test
- Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Test
- Maths Arithmetic Test – Paper 1
- Maths – Paper 2
- Maths – Paper 3
These tests allow children to show the progress and attainment they have achieved during their time at secondary school. The way children are assessed has changed this year as levels will no longer be used. Instead you will receive a scaled score as to whether your child is below, at or above National averages.
During the Year the children are taught Maths, English and Science which are the Core areas of the curriculum, alongside the Foundation subjects which are: Geography, History, Art, Design and Technology, P:E, R:E, PSHE and I.C.T. We follow a creative curriculum (Cornerstones) which allows lots of these subjects to be taught under one theme. Our R:E subjects follow the Birmingham syllabus (SACRE).
TOPICS YEAR 6 WILL COVER DURING 2017-2018
Autumn 1:1 – Hola Mexico
Autumn 1:2 – A Child’s War
Spring 2:1 – Frozen Kingdom
Spring 2:2 – Blood Heart
Summer 3:1 – SATs
Summer 3:2 – Gallery Rebels/Transition
Autumn 1: – Hola Mexico – As part of our first topic we will study the great country that is Mexico. We will discover the food, fashion and fun that is all around this vibrant country, along with sampling some of the amazing sounds and spices that are so popular in this region. We will take a step back in time and find out about the discovery of chocolate through the Maya tribes. We will be having a ‘Day of the Dead’ celebration at the end of the topic, along with sampling foods from Mexico.
Autumn 2: –
Spring 1: – Frozen Kingdom – This topic is Geography based and will allow us to discover some of the harshest land areas in our planet. We will learn about what it would be like to visit there, the landscape and the animals that make this part of the world their habitat. we will trace the history of this environment and use data to look at temperatures. Poetry will be used in this topic especially when thinking about the Northern Lights and their influence in a variety of media. Science will focus on adaptation as to how animal can survive in the conditions they live in.
Spring 2: Blood Heart – This topic is focusing on Science and how to keep healthy. We primarily look at the functions of the heart and what we can do to prevent heart disease. This topic allows the children to design healthy foods as well as a fundraising event for the British heart Foundation.
Summer 3:1 – SATs – This half term spent revising for our tests, along with booster sessions and preparation questions. Science – revision of forces.
Summer 3:2 – Gallery Rebels/Transition – As part of the final half term Year 6 take part in an art based project based around their time at primary school. This will link into their transition to secondary schools. They will have relationships education during this time and have lessons preparing them for Year 7.
Please click on the link below for an overview of the Cornerstones curriculum.
Autumn 1:1 – living by rules and morals
Children will be looking into the rules we follow in society and what happens when these aren’t followed. We will also by thinking about our morals and whether people have different morals or should everyone have the same.
Autumn 1:2 – Creating unity, harmony and forgiveness
Children will be looking at how we should treat people no matter what their differences are to ourselves. We will be thinking about how to create harmony in different situations and whether you should forgive no matter what. there will also be some work on the true meaning of Christmas.
Spring 2:1 – Remembering Roots and courage
We will be studying the story of Noah and how looking back into the past can help us determine a better future. Along with this we will be examining what it is like to be courageous and who we know or have read about that did something courageous to make the world a better place.
Spring 2:2 – Easter and Suffering
Here we will study the Easter story and the values that it gives to Christians. We will think about the suffering that Jesus went through for Christians all over the world.
Summer 3:1 – Expressing Joy/Eid and The Lord’s Prayer
This half term we will be looking at what makes us happy and also learning about why Muslims celebrate Eid and how they do this. Also we will be learning about the Lord’s Prayer and what is significant about it for Christians.
Summer 3:2 – Being Curious, valuing knowledge and being reflective
In our final half term we will be asking ourselves why is why important? This will lead into lots of discussions about what Islam teaches us about Moses through this bible story. Finally we will be thinking about what is perfection if there is such a thing. This will allow us to look at spiritual journeys through different religions and how these can influence our every day lives.
French – This is taught weekly using the Rigalo scheme to teach children basic phrases in French in order for them to develop their skills further when they go to secondary school.
PSHCE – In the Academy we try to encourage children to be independent and prepared for life outside of school. This is done using the Dorothy Dot Scheme which for Year 6 focus’ on Looking at Risk and how to make the right decisions. Children are also taught about Life Education through Drug and Sex Education, which examines puberty and the changes children will go through as they become young adults.
During the school year the following PE topics are taught. For more details about each area please visit the PE section of our academy website.
- Yoga and team games
- Circuits and gymnastics
- Net and wall and dance
- Invasion and stiking and fielding
- Net and wall and athletics
- Outdoor activity and invasion
Here you will find our termly newsletters to keep you up to date with what is happening in Year 6 during the year.