Class page

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Welcome to the year 6 class page
Class Teacher: Mrs Walters
Teaching Assistant: Miss Sutcliffe
Year 6 is one of the most busy yet exciting years of your child's primary education. Over the course of this year, you will see your child grow, develop and achieve in more ways than you could imagine and it is our absolute pleasure to be a part of this exciting learning journey alongside them.
'Learning Together, Learning for Life'.
There are many memories to be made, from staying away from home on the year 6 residential, to performing in the end of year production and finally, preparing for the transition to high school. Your children will overcome many challenges throughout the year using the resilience and growth mindset that they've developed over their journey at Heathfield.
This page will detail some of the incredible learning opportunities your children will experience this year as well as key information and important dates as the year progresses. For the other information access our Facebook and twitter pages below.
Year 6 Expectations
The children will be provided with various tasks to be completed over each half term. These tasks will be based around the different curriculum areas. Each piece of homework completed will earn raffle tickets. Children can finish the tasks at their own pace, ensuring all the tasks are done by the deadline provided. At the end of each half term, we will draw the raffle tickets from the class box where children will have the chance to earn some prizes. 
The children will need to have their full PE kit in school every Thursday in order to take an active part in the lesson. They will be developing and refining their skills, whilst applying their knowledge of different principles and tactics to a range of different sports. They will improve their knowledge of how to get physically fit and how to evaluate their own performance. Some of the sports covered this year will be: basketball, hockey, athletics, gymnastics, rounders and fitness.
The children will be introduced to new words on a Tuesday and will be assessed the following Tuesday, where they will be asked to write these words in any order or within a sentence dictated to them by Mrs. Barnes. You can therefore support your child in learning these by testing them and asking them to look up the meaning of the word and write it within a sentence.
Reading is the most valuable homework that your child could ever do and in Year 6 it is expected that they read for about 15 minutes each day outside of school. we encourage children to read a wide range of different genres to improve their reading and comprehension skills. We have recently started our reading promotion scheme at Heathfield, where children earn bronze, silver, gold and platinum awards. To achieve these awards children take a book home, read it, complete a book review and then choose a new book. The award they achieve depends on how many books they read.
Year 6 also use the Reading Plus program twice a week for 45 minutes to improve their reading fluency, stamina, speed and recall. This can also be accessed at home.
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It is expected that all children will use the fully joined cursive style in all writing in all books. We have high expectations for writers: to sit with good posture at their desks facing forwards; to hold the pen/ pencil with the correct tripod grip, slanting the paper slightly (right for right-handers, left for left-handers) and securing it with the spare hand – and to write from 'beneath' the words.
Times tables
Learning our times tables can help us to estimate quickly and to calculate in our heads which is extremely important in year 6. Fractions, division and percentages all rely on knowledge of times tables. All children will practice these each morning using TTrockstars. Children will have access to their account at home too.
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What are SATs?
Your child will have sat SAT tests while in Year 2. They are standardised tests which all 10 and 11 year old children in Year 6 take in school.
They assess:
  • Reading
  • Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) 
  • Maths (arithmetic and reasoning) 
Once completed, the tests are sent away and externally marked, to be returned usually in July. They assess the learning of children from Year 3 to 6, testing the whole key stage objectives.
During the coming months, further information and guidance regarding SATs will be issued to you. SATs are not something which either you or your child should be worried about – that is our job! Instead, they should be approached as an opportunity to showcase everything they have learned throughout their time in Key Stage 2.



Big Questions


The Big Question concept is built around the principle of greater learner involvement in children’s work. Children use a Big Question, expressed as a question, as the starting point. Using the information gained from our school context, a series of small questions are then planned. The Big Question needs to make sense to the children and be something that is within their immediate understanding.


Each Big Question is planned in detail keeping in mind that children get to enhance their personal skills and gain the relevant skills and knowledge through detailed and structured lessons. We carry out pre-tasks to see what children already know and build on to their knowledge as we go along. We also carry out various retrieval practice technique like quizzes, matching games to help children retain the learning in long-term memory.

In year 6 we will look at two Big Questions:


Autumn / Spring Term - Did the world defeat hate (World war II)?


Spring / Summer Term - What have we learnt from the Mayans?

Autumn / Spring Term - Did the world defeat hate (World war II)?
We will be studying lots of different aspects of World War II. Building on prior knowledge  children will be identifying the location of the countries that were involved in WWII and locating at the counties and cities  in Great Britain that were worst affected by the Blitz. We will then compare London and Germany in 1939 to now and how they have changed over time. Our journey across the globe will then take us to North America to study the states, in particular Hawaii and Pearl Harbour.
The children will study the importance of the Battle of Britain on British and world history. We will investigate how daily lives differ from modern day living, looking at the availability of food to how people worked together and prepared for air raids. They will research the impact that the war had on different types of people and how it helped to shape women's lives today.
Spring / Summer Term - What have we learnt from the Mayans?
We will be building on prior knowledge of the equator and the arctic circle and looking at other important lines of latitude and longitude on the globe. Children will compare Central America in Mayan times, 'Mesoamerica' to the current countries that area occupies. We will compare the biomes, climate and vegetation belts in the England to that of Central America and how that effects our way of life.
In history we will study the impact of the Mayan civilisation on our lives today and how their lives were similar and different to our current way of life. We will research connections to the Mayan number system and calendar to our current systems and how these have changed over time. We will look at a range of sources when researching their way of life, diets and interests and compare these to other historical eras.