Welcome to Year 6!
Mr Hodgson is the Year 6 teacher and Mrs English is the teaching assistant.
Check this page throughout the year for photos of the class as they embark on their learning journey and for information about class events...
CONGRATULATIONS TEAM ROBOTSTEIN!
After winning the county championships in the First Lego League (an engineering competition for 10-18 year olds) they then qualified for the national finals where they had to compete against 41 other county winners from across the UK and Ireland.
Despite such odds, they absolutely smashed it and were deservedly awarded the 'Judges Award: Rising All-stars Award'. What an amazing achievement - we couldn't be more proud. Click HERE to watch the awards ceremony - skip to 1 hour 38 minutes to see their utter joy!
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT DAY!
Year 6 had an amazing day this week to kick off their vehicle, all focused on Crime and Punishment throughout the ages. Thanks to our visitor from Past Productions, they were able to handle artifacts, recreate historical trial scenes through the use of drama, as well as learn a TON of new information and facts to use in our upcoming work in History, English, Maths and beyond.
Robotics Club - First Lego League!
Please see below more information regarding our exciting Robotics Club and the First Lego League competition.
This club will involve designing, building and programming Lego robots, utilising advanced Maths, teamwork and problem solving skills and will take place on Wednesday afternoons, from 15:30 to 16:30. Our overall aim is to enter and compete in First Lego League competition, an international robotics competition for 9-16 year-olds .
General First Lego League information: https://education.theiet.org/first-lego-league-programmes/challenge/
2020/2021 First Lego League competition information: https://education.theiet.org/first-lego-league-programmes/challenge/challenge-and-season-information/
Welcome to Year 6 PowerPoint...
OUR 'VEHICLE' IN SUMMER IS...
This is an exciting year at St Joseph's... Our curriculum across the school is now being taught through exciting 'vehicles' - big projects for the children to aim for, which will provide excitement, structure and purpose to their learning.
Year Six's vehicle for Summer term is...
'Crime and Punishment'
This term, the children in Year 6 will be studying the fascinating and often gory history of crime and punishment in the UK. They will learn how Britain has become a pioneer in law by looking at law during Roman Britain, the Saxons, the Tudors, Victorians and even World War 2.
In our writing this half term, we will first be building on the skills we learned earlier in the year to produce pieces of writing which create drama, tension and mystery. These will be based on Wind in the Willows and then the gripping short film, 'Alma'.
We will then be producing a non-fiction piece motivated by a court trial while perfecting our persuasive writing skills.
In Guided Reading we will be focusing on one of Mr. Hodgson's favourite books - the classic, 'Kensuke's Kingdom' by Michael Morpurgo. The children will follow Michael around the world and into disaster on a voyage of discovery, friendship and loss.
In the Summer term we will be finishing our unit of Ratio and Proportion, learning how to scale recipes (yum!) and share amounts via a ratio. We will then be focusing on statistics, including calculating the mean average and taking a look at shapes, before recapping our learning for the year and looking ahead to what we'll learn at high school.
In our Religious Education lessons, our children will looking into the different gospel accounts of the Easter story, focusing on the significance of the season before looking closely at the festival of Pentecost, which is a key moment in the children's preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation.
In History this term, we will be studying the history of crime and punishment, starting with the Romans, then moving on to the Saxons, Tudors, Victorians and into the 20th century, with the ultimate goal of understanding how Britain has become a global leader in law.
Ambassador roles - job descriptions
Each week homework is issued for pupils to complete. Homework will consist of 'Mini Maths' each day, Monday - Thursday, which will focus on improving children's arithmetic skills, fluency and accuracy.
They will also receive additional homework every Friday, due in the next Wednesday, as well as weekly spellings. Reading daily is essential and our policy states that Y6 should be reading 20 minutes per night. Children's diaries are checked daily for evidence of this. If the evidence isn't there they spend some time reading during play times.
Occasionally there will be Science and R.E. homework set, as well as independent topic work or additional Maths homework on occasional weekends, depending on the topic and need.