Dear Class 6 Families,
Welcome back! I’m really excited about being reunited with your lovely children for the final step of their time at St Helen’s and I’m looking forward to seeing how they’ve changed since we said goodbye at the end of year 2. For those of you who have joined our community since then, I’m looking forward to getting to know you all. Mrs Laska and I are very excited to be working as a team this year, and her support as HLTA will be invaluable.
Year 6 is a big year for your children as they prepare to take the next steps in their education and there are big decisions to make and transitions to prepare for. We aim to make this year as fun and positive as possible and to support your children socially, emotionally as well as academically. To support us in this, we really appreciate your input, from supporting your children with home learning and developing and maintaining good-out of-school routines, particularly around bedtimes, screen time and healthy lifestyles. It is vital to keep the lines of communication open between school and home, so if there is anything that we can do to support you and your child to make the most of this year, please do come and talk to me.
The medium term planning is available on the school website and much of the learning this year will centre around ideas of invasion and settlement. The children will learn about the British invasion by Rome and the subsequent settlement by the Vikings and Anglo Saxons. They will link this to the two World Wars and current conflicts. They will consider how invasions have shaped Britain today and how Britiain has shaped civilisations around the world. They will consider how the discoveries and actions of people in the past influence the world today. We will be aiming to keep the curriculum as broad and balanced as possible, with a strong focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), whilst ensuring that your child is as well prepared as possible for the end of KS2 SATs. We will offer regular updates to support you in helping your child to be prepared with the tests.
Home learning will continue to be sent out on Mondays (beginning next week) and there will be useful information to support you and your child in this on the Class 6 blog. Please support your child in completing these tasks as they really do reinforce the learning done in school.
Please ensure that your child comes to school with everything they need, in particular for PE and Outdoor Learning and that all clothing is named, as this makes it much easier for children to take responsibility for their possessions which is vital for them as they prepare for the independence required in KS3. Encouraging them to take responsibility for managing their own time and equipment will really support them in preparing for this transition.
Finally, please keep an eye on the Class 6 Blog http://class6-ash.blogspot.co.uk for details of exactly what we have been up to. There is also information on our specific learning focuses in SPaG and maths. I update these sections at least weekly and there are always lots of ideas for ways in which you can support your children in their learning at home.
Mrs Northcott and Mrs Laska
Class 6 Blog
- Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:01:47 +0000: Magistrates' Visit - Class 6 | St. Helen'sLocal magistrates, Mrs Gagg and Mr Cooper visited us to talk about their role in the community.
- Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:31:50 +0000: Lest We Forget - Class 6 | St. Helen'sWe visited the war memorial in the church and chose one of the names to research back in class. Using the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website and our investigative skills, we identified the servicemen commemorated on Abbotsham's memorial and found out as much as we could about them. We had to sift through many entries looking for clues that we had found the righ person and some of us followed various lines of enquiry to see what else we could discover.
- Wed, 27 Sep 2017 14:18:18 +0000: History - Justifying the Roman Invasion - Class 6 | St. Helen's
Wow!!! What amazing historians. In just two lessons, we have begun to consider the rights and wrongs of one of the biggest themes in history - invasion. With the Romans and Celts to help us, and having considered some real life metaphors for invasion, we set out to understand what is meant by "justifying" and discovered its link to justice. Having used our inference and deduction to think about how the Romans justified their invasion of the British Isles, we realised we needed to learn more about the impact it had on the people of Britain. We had lots of questions... This is what we came up with!and this is what we found out?Next we needed to weigh up wither side of the argument... Just like judges!We created impact graphs, looking at opposing perspectives on the same impacts. Was in possible that the Roman and Britons could have have agreed about any aspects of the invasion??
- Wed, 27 Sep 2017 13:13:27 +0000: STEM Afternoon - Forces and Movement - Class 6 | St. Helen's
- Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:06:33 +0000: Attending the Schools' Celebration Service - Class 6 | St. Helen's
Today we represented our school at St. Mary's Church. We has fun worshipping God with over 200 other children from other North Devon church schools.