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Year 6 2020-2021

The global coronavirus pandemic may still be hanging over us all but we are all determined to get Firbeck feeling as 'back to normal' as possible (in line with responsible COVID-19 safety measures to ensure the well-being of our whole school community).

Year 6 this year have TWO teachers:

Mr Edwards (DEdwards@firbeck.org.uk) and

Miss Piponides (ZPiponides@firbeck.org.uk)

Mr E (Maths) and Miss P (English) are looking forward to providing a rich learning environment for Year 6 this year. We are doing our utmost to catch up with lost learning due to the lockdown, while also ensuring the Y6 curriculum content is delivered effectively to ensure our children excel during their Y6 SATs in May 2021. The advantage of having two teachers means we have smaller group sizes - maximizing learning for all!

Autumn Term

Mr Edwards is teaching Maths term will be filling any knowledge gaps (due to lockdown), as well as revisiting and building on children’s knowledge of Number and Place Value, Addition and Subtraction and Multiplication and Division. We encourage children to continue to practice their timetables knowledge using Times Table Rockstars as much as possible because a secure knowledge of these facts will really help in all areas of the Year 6 Maths curriculum.

Miss Piponides will be teaching English this term and has chosen a selection of books linked to World War One. Our main text this Half Term is ‘Warhorse’ by Michael Morpurgo – set in 1914, Joey, a young farm horse, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges towards the enemy, witnessing the horror of the frontline. The entire story of War Horse is written from the point of view of a horse. We will be asking children to experiment with point of view by writing a story from an animal’s point of view.

Y6 Curriculum Topics 2020-2021

Autumn I - HISTORY - World War One (1914-1918)

Autumn II - GEOGRAPHY/SCIENCE - Ecosystems of Planet Earth

Spring I - SCIENCE - Evolution

Spring II - GEOGRAPHY - Maps

Summer I - DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY - Building Bridges

Summer II - BLACK HISTORY - Immigration

This half term Autumn I, Class 6 will be learning about World War One (1914-1918). We will be linking curriculum work with this History topic to allow children to gain a broader context to their learning. We believe Understanding World War I allows children to move from seeing history as most people see it — simply chronicling “what happened” — to how historians see the past: as a matter of interpretation and reinterpretation. We expect the children to retain specific historical knowledge learnt during this half term by regularly practising retrieval – recalling important facts and dates to form the basis of their learning - please feel free to ask them to retrieve information at home too! We have sent home a WWI Knowledge Organiser to help you quiz them!

German Shepards, Dogs, Service Dogs, Ww1, World War One

Y6 SATs 2020-2021

As a school we support our children through the SATs. We want them to do the best that they can and we encourage them to do this in every way. The children may be given additional work to complete at home in preparation for these important assessments. Please support us by ensuring you child completes work (to the best of their ability). Please see the Class 6 webpage for additional SATs information, including important dates.

Seconday School September 2021

Please be aware the closing date for secondary school applications in Saturday 31st October. Your child has been given information about how to apply. Please read the guidance and speak with either Mr Edwards or Miss Piponides if you have any questions. You can apply for a place in Year 7 at a secondary school on the Nottingham City Council website here.

General Reminders

  • PE

PE will be Wednesday and Friday. Please make sure your child has outdoor trainers and warm clothes because we will be outside as much as possible weather permitting. For the time being, It is helpful if you only send PE kit only on the day of the PE lesson since our cloakrooms are not in use due to COVID safety measures.

  • Homework

Year 6 children will be given a piece of Maths and English homework every Friday. The expectation is these tasks will be completed over the weekend and returned to school by Wednesday morning. In addition, Year 6 Spellings will be sent home each Friday and a test will be carried out the following week. Maths homework will be directly linked to the work covered that week so the children should be familiar with the area of maths.

  • Reading

We would really like the children to read every day (either independently or to an adult) for at least 10 minutes. We will be monitoring reading diaries and rewarding the children who do read frequently and regularly. We would like reading books and reading diaries to be in school every day so that adults in school can also hear them read.

  • Home/School Contact

In order for us to monitor and inform you on reading, homework tasks and school events, each child has been issued with a personal planner. It is an easy and effective way for us to communicate. Please sign the Home/School agreement. Please check your child’s planner on a daily basis. Children must look after their planners because if they lose/damage them, a new one will be issued at a cost of £3.

If you have any further questions or worries, please do not hesitate to Mr Edwards or Miss Piponides. You can catch one of us at the end of the day, as we dismiss your child, if you would like to have a word face to face.

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