Welcome to Zone 6, the dedicated web presence of the very best year group in the whole of Hannah More! Year 6 is made up of Mr Cook (the Kestrel class teacher), Miss Skinner (the Eagle class teacher), Lisa (our amazing LSA) and 53 shining, smiling, happy faces all eager to learn. We are also supported by Miss Sokoni and Miss Stevens who cover the class while Mr Cook and Miss Skinner grab a cup of tea and plan the learning for the week ahead.
In Year 6, we pride ourselves on our work ethic and high expectations for what we can achieve. This is a hugely important year as children get ready to take the SATs tests in May and, more importantly, prepare themselves to leave Hannah More and head to secondary school.
If you ever need any help or more information about something, please make sure you come and see us on the playground at the beginning or the end of the day. We can either have try resolve the issue there and then or, for bigger things, we can arrange an appointment to meet after school.
Learning starts at 8.45am sharp so it is really important that children are in school on time and ready to learn.
Children will be authors (English) and mathematicians (maths) every day and do a variety of different other things throughout the week. The year group timetable for the first term is on this page.
Children are taught to be authors through both reading and writing. Each term we will study a focus book and produce lots of bits of work using that text as stimulus. Our focus book in Term 1 is Beetle Boy by M.G. Leonard.
As well as our daily English lessons, children will also practise their handwriting at least twice a week and receive regular grammar and spelling lessons. Children will sit the Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar test at the end of Year 6 so it is important they receive as much practise as possible.
You can help at home by testing children on their weekly spellings, encouraging them to write on weekends/holidays and sharing with them examples of writing that you might do (such as letters, diaries etc...)
Children should continue to bring their bookbag to school with them every day. During reading lessons and at the beginning of the day, children will have the opportunity to change their books and should make sure they speak to an adult or one of the class librarians if they need their book changed. As ever, they should be reading for at least fifteen minutes every day to help them build their reading skills.
In year 6, we are aim to develop quick, confident mathematicians with a deep understanding of their learning. We provide children the opportunity to discover new ideas and concepts through the use of carefully planned resources, collaborative work and challenging questions. All children are encouraged to believe they can ‘do’ maths and all children are supported to succeed.
Throughout the whole year, we will be focused on developing children’s arithmetic skills and ability to solve problems. You can support at home by ensuring your children’s knowledge of times tables and key number facts is totally secure.
This term, we will understand place value to ten million and learn to use written methods in all four operations, including the new method of long division.
Enquiry is a new type of lesson at Hannah More replacing the old topic lessons. Every few weeks children will begin a new enquiry with a set challenge at the end for them to achieve. Teachers will guide children to develop the skills and knowledge they need to meet this challenge. Through the enquiry, children will learn to become authors, mathematicians, scientists, engineers, geographers, historians, athletes, philosophers, musicians, artists and linguists!
Our first enquiry in Year 6 is ‘Linneaus & Darwin: how are they connected?’ which will run until the end of term. Children will become scientists exploring the animal kingdom and different habitats, historians studying different artefacts and learning about changes in life over time and engineers using computing technology to research and present information.
In Term 1, PE is on a Tuesday morning. Children should come to school wearing their PE kit with their school uniform in a separate bag which they will change into later in the day. PE kit should be sensible trainers (no football boots!), shorts or leggings in either blue or black and a t-shirt in the child’s house colours (Oak = red, Beech = green, Sycamore = yellow & Chestnut = blue).
Miss Stevens is our specialist sports coach and will lead the regular PE sessions though Mr Cook and Miss Skinner are both keen athletes and will lead other PE lessons from time to time.
Homework is set every Thursday and is due back in on the following Monday. To help children get ready for secondary school, we will insist that children return their homework on time or they may have to stay at lunch to catch up.
Each week, children will be given a writing task, a maths task, spellings to learn and a grammar activity. They may also be given other activities, such as handwriting or enquiry activities. Homework should take roughly 90 minutes and children should be careful to ensure their work is presented neatly.
As well as the formal homework set, children should read for at least 15 minutes every day. They should also continue to practise times tables regularly. Every child in school has a Sumdog and BugClub account that they can access online to support their maths and reading.