Welcome to Year 6
Miss Falcon and Miss Howarth (Class Teachers)
Miss Flint and Ms Malik (Teaching Assistants)
Mr Jarrett and Mrs James (Cover Teachers)
Welcome back for the last term of the year; and for Year 6, their last at St. Peter's.
This term, we have plenty to look forward to including P.E sessions with KICK coaches.
Maafa is a Swahili word meaning 'disaster, terrible occurrence, or great tragedy.' Maafa is a word used to describe the history and ongoing effects of atrocities which have been inflicted upon African people.
This project teaches children about Africa past and present and the development of the slave trade. It also explores Britain’s role in the transatlantic slave trade, the causes and consequences of the European colonisation of Africa and the worldwide communities that make up the African diaspora.
Our class text, Freedom by Catherine Johnson, will link to the topic.
An enslaved Jamaican boy is separated from his family and taken to work in England. His owners, the Barratts, treat him cruelly, but he is determined to escape and earn the money needed to buy his family’s freedom. While in London, he attends the Zong slave ship’s court hearing and learns about the horrors that took place on board.
The novel’s key themes include family, friendship, relationships, slavery, resistance and freedom. As Freedom is set in 1783, it contains some attitudes and language that readers may regard as inappropriate. These include elements of racism and violence linked to the slave trade.
This half term, whilst reading Freedom as our class' text, we will be also be studying a poem called 'Overheard in a Classroom'- this features the arrival of a new child into a school. From the poem, we will plan, draft, write and edit our own narratives- making choices of whose voice to write from; how to develop a character's inner and outer voice; and continuing to secure Year 6 spellings, grammar and punctuation.
We have just purchased new books for class libraries which the children have chosen. This term, they will enjoy these books with their friends, become 'reading buddies' to younger pupils, and librarians will curate collections of books for our school library.
This half term, we will cover:
Within all Maths lessons, the children are provided with problem-solving and reasoning tasks tailored to their ability. The level of challenge is chosen by each child with input by class teachers and teaching assistants (and adapted where necessary).
This half term, our topic is Evolution and Inheritance.
Children will learn about variation and adaptation. They will be able to explore how both Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace separately developed their theories of evolution. They will examine the scientific evidence from plants and animals that has been gathered to support the theory of evolution.
Our theme is Kingdom of God. We will reflect on what kind of king Jesus is; what the kingdom of Heaven is like; and what the kingdom of God is.
Year 6 will have PE every Friday. Please ensure that your child comes to school wearing their PE kit on this day.
This half term, we will be focusing on Athletics delivered by the KICK coach, Spencer.
Art and Design Technology
Charles Darwin- observational sketches.