Our team is made up of myself (Miss Elliott), Miss Scrivens and Mrs Wydell, our school HLTA. We are also very fortunate to be joined weekly by specialist teaching staff from Rawmarsh Comprehensive School to deliver Spanish, Music and PE to our class.
Once again, I am very excited and proud to be leading West Melton’s Year 6 class through such a significant year. Although Year 6 is a very busy year, with the SATS in May, there is still plenty of time for creative learning through exciting topics and for learning outside of the classroom. As well as year 6 teacher, I am also Math and SPAG lead through school, and I am passionate about practical learning to engage all children.
I would like to take this opportunity to let you know some key information for the year ahead:
PE days will be on a Tuesday (by our PE specialist) and Friday by either myself or Mrs Wydell. Children will be encouraged to take their kit home on Friday to return on Monday. Children will need both indoor and outdoor kits since PE could take place either outside or inside (weather dependent).
Homework will be set as a menu at the start of every half term – children are expected to attempt each of the activities. Homework should not be a chore, and should not be a cause of stress. If you have any concerns, please ask. I also ask that you encourage the weekly spellings and any times tables set to complement end of year expectations.
Reading: My mission this year will be to get all children reading for pleasure – I will be reading to the children daily and they will be reading to me at least once a week 1:1 and every day in group sessions. To support your child in widening their vocabulary and developing their fluency, please could you try to read with your child at least three times a week. Prizes will be awarded to those children who achieve this target!
We, as a whole school, hope that all children enjoy Year 6, always try their best and prepare themselves adequately for the end of year assessments and their transition to secondary schools; enjoying their final year at West Melton Primary.
I am always willing to support you and your child in any way that I can, all you have to do is ask; you can write me a message in learning logs, message me on class dojos, leave a message with a member of staff or even better come and see me!
As Geographers we will … be finding out which countries were involved during World War 2, and how the food in the war could not be brought across the Atlantic. We will look at maps of West Melton and compare how the land was used then and now.
As Historians we will … learn all about World War 2. We will look at how the war affected people here at West Melton, we will find out what the effects of the blitz were, whether children were evacuated and how rationing affected people’s daily diets.
As Readers we will … be reading for pleasure every day, and we will have the opportunity to read out loud daily as well as to an adult at least once a week! Our book study will be of ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’. We will have a range of topic related books available – with our class story book been War Horse.
As Writers we will … be developing our SPAG and writing skills every day. We will use our book study of ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ to write in a range of genres, including: a letter and a diary entry alongside other exciting writing outcomes during topic lessons. Our story writing will be based around a wishing tale.
As Mathematicians we will … be exploring number. We will begin by investigating place value and decimals. We use this knowledge to look at addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. There will be lots of opportunities for maths challenges.
As Scientists we will … become scientists of electricity, knowing how to be safe around electricity. We will look at how electricity has developed and how electricity affects our everyday lives; we will compare the use of electricity between now and during World War 2. We will also start our biology learning through exploring living things and their habitats.
As Artists and Designers we will … be creating a museum. We will get creative with cooking food during World War 2. We will create propaganda posters and we will be painting images from the Blitz. Whatever else we produce will be down to our own research of what to put into our museum – I wonder how we people kept safe during a bomb attack?