Year 6

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Year 6 Summer Term Curriculum Newsletter

Welcome to Year 6 where we have two classes full of pupils who are motivated and determined to build upon the excellent skills they have already developed in previous years.

In Year 6 we aim to develop greater independence in preparation for the transition pupils will make into Year 7. Children are encouraged to take on extra roles of responsibility in the forms of Head Boy/Girl and Deputy Head Boy/Girl, tuck shop leaders and taking duty on the playground.

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The Year 6 pupils in this school set the example and act as role models to other year groups within the school, demonstrating the schools core values. They are proud of their own and others’ achievements and want to be part of what we all believe is the best school in Brent.

The curriculum offers a wide stimulating and enriching learning experience where they learn about Extreme Earth, Crime & Punishment concluding with the opportunity to develop social skills at their residential trip to France.

Throughout their time in Year 6 the children will be given access to an inventive and creative curriculum that covers the following areas:

Mathematics – Through our careful planning we aim to provide stimulating and challenging activities that can be accessed by pupils of all abilities which enables them to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that they can develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.  They will reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.  They will show that they can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.  There is also a firm emphasis on arithmetic agility and development is achieved through a diverse range of teaching styles where progress is partly measured via weekly tests and homework tasks.

English – Year 6 work focuses on reading, writing, speaking and listening. There will also be many opportunities for pupils to write creatively and study classic literature and poetry. Through careful cross curriculum planning, pupils will be challenged to use the skills garnered in English lessons across all subjects.  Weekly spelling tests are another part of this subject along with a class novel read by the teacher. Pupils are given the opportunity to explore the works of Shakespeare through workshops culminating in a visit the theatre to watched performances by the Young Shakespeare Company. At St Joseph’s pupils are encourage to be creative and imaginative in their writing not only within lessons, but independently where rewards of reading books can be obtained and their work displayed for others to enjoy.

Science – we encourage pupils to become inquisitive scientists and ask questions like ‘what if?’ to explore and understand the world around them. We cover topics involving the three sciences: biology, chemistry and physics.  Through both scientific investigations and hands on practical experiments pupils explore evolution and inheritance.  They will understand that adaption of plants and animals to suite their environment may lead to evolution.  They will investigate how diet and exercise affects the body and what is required to maintain a healthy body.  Pupils will explore ways of distinguishing between organism that have similar characteristics and how to classify plants according to those characteristics.  They will study Carl Linnaeus who created the first classification system amongst other famous scientists.  Pupils will explore aspects of light and electricity when constructing their own circuits using various components both theoretically using both pictures and symbols and practically.

Geography – We begin our time in Year 6 studying Earth’s climate and areas of extreme temperatures.  Pupils will find out about the water cycle and the distribution of water across the world and they will investigate what causes earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes.  Pupil will also have the opportunity to identify countries of North America and its capital cities.  They will investigate its climate and explore it geographical features and time zones.  In addition pupils will study our local area considering economical and settlements factors.

History – Pupils will explore how crime and punishment have changed throughout history from the Vikings through to the Tudors and Victorians to modern times.  They will also explore Britain since 1948 identifying some of the significant events of each decade from the 1950s through to the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.

Computing – children will be given the opportunity to present information in different formats and develop an understanding of ‘design principles'. They will use a variety of software on a range of electronic devices, understand search engines, use algorithms to solves problems, and write programmes. Here at St Joseph’s children are taught about their responsibilities online, like the need to respect intellectual property, secure themselves, and the ethical impact of technology. The school is Internet linked and each pupil in Year 6 has access to a Chromebook which they can use to develop their understanding and use of computers to enhance their learning.

Art / Design Technology – Year 6 pupils will study the skills involved in creating pieces rather than just creating something from a set brief. Additionally, there will be links to other subjects and pupils will build upon their artistic and creative talents by designing and making volcanoes as part of their geographical studies of Extreme Earth as well as images of the local area. Pupils will be given the opportunity to display and evaluate their own and other’s imaginative images.

Religious Education – Year 6 pupils will be working from the Diocese of Westminster scheme of work. Pupils will foster an appreciation of different cultures and global diversity. Pupils will be encouraged to listen, reflect and then speak rather than just complete a task that meets strict learning objectives.

Physical Education – at St Joseph’s we are fortunate to have a specialist PE teacher who takes each class for one hour a week. We provide practical experiences for all coupled with opportunities for some pupils to excel in a chosen discipline or sport. Over the course of the year pupils will be given the opportunity to participate in team sports such as football, basketball and hockey and gymnastics. Pupils will also be given the opportunity to participate in swimming lessons once a week where they will build upon their skills from Year 5.  We are also fortunate to have a specialist dance teacher who will teach pupils Irish dance once a week (alternating classes).

Music – Year 6 will have one lesson per week taught by a specialist music teacher. Pupils are encouraged to explore rhythm, tone and creativity using a variety of instruments.

Modern Foreign Language – pupils are fortunate to have an experienced French teacher to help them develop their linguistic acquisition of the French language in one hour lessons per week. We come together to sing and learn poems in French during performances for assemblies and masses.

Homework – your child will be expected to carry out additional homework tasks each night in order to either consolidate their understanding or to prepare for new learning. We are the three sides to a pyramid, the school, the pupil and the parent, without one of the sides we will fall down, so it is essential that homework is completed to a high standard and it is handed in on time as it is very easy to fall behind.

All of the above help each and every child in Year 6 to develop and achieve their full potential and achieve outstanding results in their SATs of which we are top in the borough of Brent.

Our vision in the school and in Year 6 is our learning is limitless and our targets are limitless – if we work hard we will achieve and we will do all we can to support your child to achieve the best, because we are the best.    

Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.    Gail Devers


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