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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, which is full of unique, enthusiastic children who have a thirst for knowledge and learning. We look out for each other and demonstrate what it means to be a Sacriston Star on a daily basis through our kindness and compassion.
Miss Towers

The summer term

This term, we will study our topic ‘Darwin's Delights'. 

We're off on an exciting expedition with Charles Darwin and his crew on HMS Beagle. We will begin by tracing his route across the vast ocean, stopping at the magical Galápagos Islands to see the amazing species that helped Charles Darwin to develop his theory of evolution by natural selection. We will find out what’s so special about a lava lizard, and why the blue-footed booby has blue feet. We will study how animals adapt to their environments over time and meet some of the world’s greatest explorers and naturalists. We will imagine how humans will evolve in millions of years. 

Year 6 will also be saying Hola Mexico! The second theme this term says a big welcome to Mexico. Welcome to Mexico. We will explore this unique country, from its towering temples and stunning geography to its pulsing rhythms and fun festivals. We will concoct a traditional fruit cocktail or a delicious Mexican meal We will discover the mysterious world of the ancient Mayan civilisation. Children will make their chocolate, learn their poetry, play their ball game and follow all of their curious rituals.  

 

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)