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Year 6

As always, Year 6 is a busy year with lots to do in the run up to SATS.

A wide range of stimulating visual stimuli and engaging texts are used to teach English. Sharing texts including poetry, fiction and non-fiction books which provides rich stimuli for children to develop their own writing styles using their own imagination. Alongside developing their writing skills, pupils will also develop their skills in spelling and grammar.

Reading is taught using a range of texts and stimuli. Books, images and video clips are used with the children to develop a range of skills required as a reader. Discussion, as well as carefully structured questions, allow children to think about why texts are structured in particular ways, how and why writers make specific language choices and to encourage children to use their inference skills to ‘read between the lines’.

Children are encouraged to read at home as often as possible, through their own choice of authors and genres from our extensive library, which increases their vocabulary and spelling skills to add to the valuable work that we carry out in class.  Children are also given time each day to ‘Read and Relax’ where time is spent reading an ‘Accelerated Reading’ book at their level and then quizzing on this book to show their understanding of the text.

In mathematics, we use ‘Maths No Problem’. This scheme develops and builds upon the children’s mathematical skills alongside their thinking, reasoning and problem-solving skills. Lessons provide children with time to discuss and develop a range of methods to solve questions and subsequently achieve a greater depth of mathematical understanding.

  • Sacriston Academy classroom
  • Sacriston Academy classroom
  • Sacriston Academy classroom
  • Sacriston Academy classroom

What the teacher says:

I am incredibly excited to teach this class, full of unique, enthusiastic children who have a thirst for knowledge (Miss Towers) I am eager to continue teaching this wonderful class. Each lesson is an abundance of creativity and determination. I'm looking forward to smiling each day.
Miss Towers and Miss Paul

The autumn term

Known as 'the war to end all wars', the First World War was a conflict that had a devastating effect on millions of people across the world. During our topic 'Fallen Fields' We will learn about the causes of WWI and the significant events and people who impacted upon the war. Year 5 will look at life in the trenches, the Christmas Truce and wartime food. We will discuss the symbolism of poppies and the legacy of the men and women who sacrificed their lives.

This half term we will look at our second topic 'A child's war' where we will imagine what it was like to be evacuated and live with a family other than our own. Using different source materials, we will learn about evacuation and write letters to our families 'back home'. After reading an extract from The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, we will write our own diary entries. From a range of sources, we will find out about children and school during the war and learn about discrimination that existed at the time. We will learn about what it was like during the Blitz and think about how soldiers might have felt.

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What the children say:

I like that our classroom is creative and makes me feel welcome. (Eden) Something I like about my class is that my teacher and classmates are really supportive and non-judging so we can always rely on each other. (Ava) The thing I like about our class is that our teacher is nice and caring. (Joshua)