Welcome to Year 6!
We are Year 6!
Welcome to all our new Year 6's! We hope you've had a fantastic summer holiday; we are looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday 5th September!
Welcome to Year 6 at St Luke's. We have two classes in our cohort: 6G and 6H.
6G - Mr Graham and Mr Addison
6H - Miss Halliwell and Mrs Salim
Here we are! Left to right: Mrs Salim, Mr Graham, Miss Halliwell and Mr Addison
Autumn Term 1 in Year 6
Please see below for some key dates that you may wish to make note of:
Wednesday 5th September - First day of school
Thursday 13th + Friday 14th September - 6G Castleshaw Trip (residential)
Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th September - 6H Castleshaw Trip (residential)
Castleshaw website = castleshawcentre.weebly.com
Friday 19th October - School closes for half term (1 week)
School re-opens Monday 29th October
School closed for Christmas holiday Monday 24th December - Friday 4th January 2019
With writing being one of your formally-assessed subjects at the end of Year 6, we have an extra-special focus on it this year, in order to help you to improve as thoroughly and rapidly as possible. This term we will use the story of 'The Eye of the Wolf', written by Daniel Pennac in 1984, to help us with our two main focuses: Narrative Writing and Power of Imagery. This clip from this cartoon (https://youtu.be/HEjzDjis6Zg) introduces the two main characters: Africa N'Bia and Blue Coat, the wolf.
Narrative writing - Within this unit we will revise how to know that your sentences are complete and logical before moving on to give you a range of sentence types that you can use to add variety and pace to your written work. We will focus in particular on using a range of openers, including main clauses, subordinate clauses and fronted adverbials, ensuring that none of these are too heavily repeated which can stop your writing from flowing well. We will also explore in depth the rules for adding dialogue to your narratives, using speech to add to the drama in your stories.
Power of imagery - Within this unit we will recap some of the examples of descriptive and figurative language that you will already know (simile, metaphor etc) before introducing you to some new ways to describe using vivid figures of speech: personification, hyperbole and idioms in particular. These new strategies will then be applied to a character description and a setting description - the setting description being an independent piece of writing that you will complete towards the end of this half term.
Challenge - Can you find out what the three terms above (personification, hyperbole and idiom) mean? If you can, match them to the following sentences:
- Hurry up; you've been in the shower forever!
- The sun shone, the crickets buzzed and school was a whole six weeks away; I was on Cloud 9.
- Rain continued to pour down in torrents as the clouds wept and commuters wrapped their coats tightly around themselves. Manchester's summer was, once again, turning out to be winter's not-too-distant cousin.
Another subject that you'll be assessed on this year is Numeracy. For the first five weeks of this term we will be consolidating and stretching what you know about the four main operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Within this, we'll be working on improving your mental speed and accuracy. This should help us to build a solid foundation upon which we can introduce the new Year 6 objectives, of which there are many!
To get yourself started, you could have a look at fractions at home - these come up A LOT in Year 6! We will be learning how to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions, both by whole numbers and by each other. The most important skill you have to master before this point is calculating equivalences. The fraction wall below will help you to visualize this:
As you look at the fraction wall above, you'll notice that two lots of 1/6 (so 2/6) is the same size as 1/3. This means that these fractions are equivalent (the same amount). Another easy way to consider this is to multiply or divide both the numerator and the denominator by the same number. This will give you an equivalent fraction.
3/4 is equivalent to 9/12 (because 3x3=9 and 4x3=12).
Our topic focus for autumn 1 will be National Parks within the British Isles. We will be considering the reasons why they are viewed as fantastic national assets and debating reasons why they should be continued to be protected from development. We will be learning about what makes a 'national park' and how they are vital in preserving natural and cultural heritages of different areas.
Can you name the National Park that is located just south of Manchester?
To get you started over the summer holiday here is a picture of all the National Parks found within the British Isles.
Our topic focus for autumn 2 will be the British Empire. Areas of focus will be the growth and spread of the Empire around the world and the affect it had other countries: their language, their cultures, their identities.
As you can see from the map below, the British Empire had several overseas territories.
For both 6G AND 6H, you will need your PE kit in school every Tuesday and Wednesday
Tuesday = Gymnastics (white t-shirt, black shorts/leggings)
Wednesday = Outdoor games (as it's now autumn, you must ensure you kit is appropriate for the weather)
You must bring the correct PE kit into school and we advise all kit is taken home and washed over the weekend so it is ready each time for a new week in school.
Homework will be passed out by your teachers every Friday. It must be handed in by the following Tuesday. If you struggle with your homework, you can bring it in on Monday and we will gladly go through it with you to give you some pointers. Receiving homework will be a regular event at high school and it is our job to prepare you for what is to come; we will therefore make weekly checks if work has been handed in and completed to a high standard.
We were very proud of the way that so many Year 6's took initiative for fund-raising in response to both cuts to the school budget and crises around the world last year. Some of the fundraising that Year 6's undertook includes:
- Tuck shop
- Loom band station
- Tricky trail - keep your balance to win a prize!
The money made was split between the school fund pot and charities supporting Syrian refugees. We are confident that this year's Year 6 cohort will also show fantastic citizenship!
It has been a busy and exciting start to the new Yr 6 academic year here at St Luke's. So far both classes have completed an overnight stay at the Castleshaw Centre and pupils were able to experience 'outdoor activities' such as climbing, kayaking and ghyll scrambling. It was a wonderful experience for all pupils (and teachers).