Welcome to Year 6
The staff and pupils in Year 6 welcome you to our page. We hope you find it useful and if you have any ideas on how it could be improved, please speak to one of the teachers.
Being in Year 6 means that we need to set an outstanding example to all. Our aim is to be the best we can be by working hard every day, supporting each other, and most of all, enjoying our last year at St. John’s. It will be a challenging and busy year, but we want to make it the best year yet!
Class 6A: Mr Murtagh and Mrs Green
Class 6B: Mrs Lynch and Mrs Murray
Class 6C: Mr Gambell and Miss Barrett
PiXL Teacher: Mr Watson
Topics covered in Year 6
Extra Curriculum Activities
We hope to have a number of educational trips off-site. Leadership opportunities – Sports Leaders, Prefects, Librarians. These trips include:
Mexican themed celebration
NB: Some trips may incur a fee, if circumstances prohibit in paying this please contact the school office.
The Daily Mile
The aim of The Daily Mile is simple – to help all children improve their physical, emotional and social health and wellbeing by doing at least 15 minutes of physical activity each day.
- In uniform
- children choose their own pace
- not competitive, it aims to be social and fun
Daily homework (Mon-Thurs)
- 10 min on Reading/Spellings
- 10min written English task
- 10 min written Maths task
If homework is not completed and submitted on the day it is due in children will be required to complete it at playtime.
NB: If any problems arise about homework please see class teacher.
Reading records to be signed at least once a week please.
- Over the course of the year we will a series of mock tests which mirror the set up of the tests at the end of the academic year.
- They will be given their scores and a code with it, as part of personal target setting.
- The teachers will use the tests to identify GAPS and address these in the lessons.
- The pupils will be challenged to improve their scores as the year progresses and their targets will be taken from the GAPS.
- PROGRESS is key.
- Scores of tests will be shared with you during parent consultations.
- 3 Maths papers (1 arithmetic and 2 reasoning/problem solving)– No calculator or tracing paper.
- Grammar, punctuation and spelling
- Writing is assessed continually throughout the year
- Any subject book can be taken as evidence.
Tests are one key aspect of target setting, however Year 6 is about all pupils making progress from their starting point and working towards achieving the expected standard in all areas.
SATs are a reality of Year 6, and we strive for all pupils to do their absolute best to be ‘secondary ready’ and achieve their full potential.
As teachers we aim to make the year as relaxed and engaging as possible.
Useful link leading up to SATs:
PiXL is an initiative that we are involved with along with over 1500 schools across England and Wales.
Mr Watson will act as PiXL teacher and will have three groups of pupils for Maths and all aspects of English.
These pupils are pupils working slightly below the EXP (though not always) who could benefit from small group teaching but will cover the exact same curriculum as the rest of Yr6.
Other pupils will also be chosen for one-to-one PiXL intervention in the afternoon led by several TA’s and teachers in the school.
Year 6 Weekly Updates
Year 6 taking time out, pre-SATs, to draw post-impressionist sketches!
16/04/2018: Now that we are settled in we have adjusted to the new routines and are really making good progress. We have started our new topic and will have pictures on this page shortly. All those children who have excelled in their attitude to learning will be visiting Flip Out as a reward for all their hard work and dedication.
09/04/2018: Welcome back. We hope you all had a great break.
We are now on the final countdown to the SATs which begin on Monday 14th May. This term our topic is called ‘Gallery Rebels’ and will focus on some of the major art movements from the 19th Century onwards that ‘broke with the system’. We will start with the ‘rebellious’ Impressionists, then look at other ground-breaking art movements ending up looking at some controversial modern artists such as the mysterious Banksy.
Winners of the Attitude 2 Learning will be going to Flip Out next Friday. Well done to all!
19/03/2018: Although this is the last week of the term we a have a busy schedule. This week we have an extra special treat for the children as we have a special visitor coming in to teach the children all about evolution. School Mass for Year 6 will also be held in St. Mary’s Church; all parents are invited to attend. In preparation for the SATs which begin on May 14th we will be sending some short activities home with the children to complete over the break. This will ensure the children are ready and set for the last lap of SATs preparation!
08/12/2017: What a great day we had at the Kent Museum of Life! The children looked fantastic in their costumes as did some of the adults!
01/12/2017: On Tuesday, the children who had achieved good scores in their Attitude 2 Learning, had great time at Flip Out as a reward for their efforts. In literacy, we are continuing to read Christmas Carol and re-tell the beginning, while in maths we are grappling with multiplication and division involving fractions. This week we’re looking forward to our Victorian Trip on Tuesday 5th and don’t forget it would be great to have the children dress in Victorian costumes to really immerse themselves in the learning.
Our trip to the Bowling Alley
Dissecting a lamb’s heart
Using inks and water to create art work inspired by Medical photos
Clay models of a human heart
Non- Chronological report on a circulatory system of Pokémon!