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Year 6

Welcome to the P6 page!

This page will give you an idea of what we’ll be getting up to in P6. Click on the P6 Photo Gallery for a taste of what we’ve been learning!

There are two P6 classes in the 2018/2019 year. The P6 teachers are Mrs McKeegan (P6SM) and Mr Fisher (P6JF).

 

What's happening in Term 3?

MAY - JUNE

Welcome back, we hope you all had a fun and restful Easter. We have a busy term ahead and the children will have plenty of hard work to cover. We appreciate all the help and support you have given so far this year with homework and we need this to continue right to the end of June. The weekly entrance exam practice and extra homework will continue as well as the weekend test practice.

English

In English, we will continue to learn comprehension skills through Reciprocal Reading and Accelerated Reader as well as through traditional forms. In doing so, we will improve and develop knowledge in how to make conclusions, identify the main idea in text, separate fact from opinion and determine cause and effect. We will also continue to learn about grammar and punctuation, with a focus on speech marks, prefixes, suffixes, similes and metaphors, synonyms and antonyms. We will use what we are learning to help us improve different genres of writing throughout the summer term.

Numeracy

This term we will be spending time learning about time: 12- and 24-hour clocks, and telling the time using analogue and digital clocks, too.  We will also be learning how to read and plot coordinates on grids, how to use negative numbers in everyday contexts.  We will be continuing to learn about 3D shapes and their nets, and exploring how we can calculate the cubic volume of some 3D shapes.  Mental maths and tables skills will continue to be developed, as we improve mental strategies for working out mathematical problems.

World Around Us

This term’s World Around Us theme is ‘Raiders of the Lost Tomb’, where we will be learning about all things Egyptian. We will be finding out where Egypt is, and will be travelling back in time to explore the pyramids, discover the importance of the River Nile to the Egyptian people, and investigate some of the (rather grisly!) customs from this fascinating place. We will be using our investigation skills to carry out research that will enable us to create a tourist information brochure. We will be finding out all about hieroglyphics, discovering what the symbols mean and creating our very own personalised hieroglyphic art!

What's happening in Term 2?

MARCH-APRIL

Literacy

We will be focusing on recount writing before Easter and the children will have the opportunity to learn about writing a biography about a famous person connected to our World Around Us topic. They will be learning all about the different aspects of a biography and will carry out online research to help them with their writing.

In grammar the children will be learning about connectives, prefixes and suffixes and similes and metaphors. These areas of grammar will be used in their writing.

The children will also continue to develop their comprehension skills.  Between now and Easter they will be learning about making conclusions based on what they have read and this will help them both when carrying out their biography research and completing their individual biographies.

Numeracy

In Numeracy, we have been learning all the about link between fractions, decimals and percentages. This has been a key area of learning throughout this year and the children are able to use the knowledge they have developed this year to understand and use the connections when solving problems. 

We will also be doing some practical maths and measuring all kinds of things in our classroom and around the school. We hope to then use our great measuring skills to work out perimeter and we are going to be learning all about how to calculate the area of different shapes. 

The children will also be continuing to work on their problem solving strategies in fun and practical ways.

World Around Us

Throughout the term, we will continue to meet up with our friends from St Brigid's to complete our work on our World Around Us topic, 'Lighten Up'.  This will include putting on our own shadow puppet theatre, creating fun and interesting shadow sculptures  and discussing all of the new things we have learned throughout the theme. The children will also be learning about the life and work of Vincent Van Gogh whilst focusing on the famous "Starry Night" painting.

JANUARY - FEBRUARY

Throughout the term, we will be meeting up with our friends from St Brigid's to work together on our new World Around Us topic, 'Lighten Up'.  Over the coming weeks we will be exploring everything light-related: transparent, translucent and opaque materials, sources and reflectors of light, researching the history of the light bulb, and even making our own mini rainbows! Mrs McKeegan's class will also be participating in the Peace Players programme with St Brigid's at the Leisure Centre for 6 weeks to learn basketball and teamwork skills.

English

In English, we will continue to learn important comprehension skills through Reciprocal Reading and Accelerated Reader as well as through traditional forms. In doing so, we will improve and develop our clarifying, questioning, summarising and predicting skills. We will also continue to learn about grammar and punctuation, especially verbs, adverbs, commas, apostrophes and speech marks. We will use what we are learning to help us improve different forms of writing throughout the new term. Recount writing is our focus for this term, where the children will learn about how to retell events in a clear and structured manner. 

Numeracy

We have been learning about the properties of 2D and 3D shapes, and Shape and Space will continue to be a focus in the new term as we explore of this aspect of maths. In addition we will be learning all about angles in the world around us and practising our protractor skills.  We will be learning about decimal numbers, fractions and percentages and how the three are linked, as well as continuing to develop confidence in tables and mental maths, which we can use in real life. We will also be focusing on developing our problem solving strategies and skills. We have been having fun in P6 taking part in problem solving investigations using the four mathematical operations, coordinates, algebra and knowledge about cubes (and their nets) to help us with our investigations and we will continue to develop these skills this term.

 

NOVEMBER-DECEMBER

The boys and girls in P6 have been working extremely hard and it’s hard to believe that Christmas will soon be upon us. Please read below to find out what we will be working on over the next while.

Language and Literacy

Comprehension work allows us to improve our understanding of the things we read.  In our comprehension work we will be learning how to clarify - or work out what unfamiliar words or phrases mean - in our reading books, library books and in other pieces of text we read in school.  We will also be learning how to summarise pieces of text so that we capture the main idea.  In grammar work, we will be focusing on the adjectives, verbs and adverbs we use in everyday speech and using these to make our writing more interesting. We’ll be learning how to correct common grammar and punctuation errors within pieces of writing. In creative writing, we will be planning and creating our very own Jack and the Beanstalk comic strip, combining our summarising and drawing skills to full effect!

Mathematics and Numeracy

PROBLEM SOLVING

This year in school we are continuing to focus on developing our problem solving strategies and skills. We have been having lots of fun in P6 taking part in problem solving investigations using the four mathematical operations, coordinates, algebra and knowledge about cubes (and their nets) to help us with our investigations.

In P6, the number focus will be fractions. We will solve problems involving equivalent fractions, improper fractions and mixed numbers. We will be simplifying fractions and using the highest common factor to help us order and compare fractions. Using our multiplication and division skills, we will also calculate fractions of numbers. We will also continue to develop our times tables knowledge to help us to both multiply and divide 2-, 3- and 4-digit numbers and to solve a variety of maths problems and investigations.

World Around Us

Having learned about the planning, building and setting sail of the Titanic, we will be learning about some of the passengers and crew members who were aboard. We will be finding out their stories and sharing these ‘in character’ – with some shocking revelations to be made! We will then focus on the events that took place on night of the sinking, investigate the phenomenon of icebergs, and research the different perspectives relating to who was to blame for the sinking of this great ship. Our P6 trip will be to the Titanic Centre in Belfast, which we are all really looking forward to!

SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER

MATHS

In the first half term of P6 we intend to cover Place Value, Mental Maths strategies, basic adding and subtraction, common fractions and Problem Solving. The pupils will be expected to know up to 5 digits and should become confident rounding, manipulating and working with large numbers. We will study, practice and discuss lots of different strategies to assist the children with mental arithmetic. It's always useful for the pupils to talk about their method of working out a calculation as it helps to develop their own understanding. Fractions is a fundamental area within the P6 maths curriculum and we like to cover this thoroughly early on in the year. It is an area we will revisit consistently throughout the year.

 

ENGLISH

Pupils in P6 will cover many different aspects of English within Reading, Writing and Talking and Listening.

Comprehension work allows us to improve our understanding of the things we read.  In our comprehension work we will be learning how to clarify - or work out what unfamiliar words or phrases mean - in our reading books, library books and in other pieces of text we read in school.  We will also be learning how to summarise pieces of text so that we capture the main idea. 

Grammar activities will include reinforcing their knowledge of alphabetical order, different types of nouns and verbs.

The main Creative Writing area covered this half term will be the writing of a Podcast called 'My Favourite'. We will also be writing postcards and learning about the style and format of limericks, among other things.

 

W.A.U.

Our theme for the first term is 'Unsinkable'. This proves to be a real favourite for both staff and pupils as the majority of the theme focuses round learning about the Titanic. We will study the planning, designing, building and setting sail of the famous local ship. The children will use a range of resources to assist with their learning including a large range of information books and websites located in a specially designed Fronter room. We hope to organise a trip to the Titanic Visitor's Centre before the Christmas break.

 

THINGS TO REMEMBER! 

What should your child bring with them each day to school?

  • Pencils
  • Rubber
  • Sharpener
  • 30cm ruler
  • Pritt stick
  • Biro pens for marking (blue, black, red or green) - no gel pens please
  • Colouring pencils/crayons
  • Homework diary, reading book and any other homework (completed, checked and signed)
  • Healthy break / canteen money and a packed lunch / dinner money
  • Any notes that have been sent home, returned and signed
  • PE kit - this remains in school and is sent home every half term to be washed

Homework

Homework is an important part of your child's development and helps to reinforce the learning that has taken place during the school day.

On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday nights the children will have:

  • Reading
  • Spellings
  • Tables or mental maths related to the current topic

Written Homeworks will be given on a Monday & Wednesday nights. These will be either Literacy or Maths. There is no written homework on a Tuesday and Thursday night so that pupils can revise their spellings and tables/mental maths for the weekly Friday test.

Help with Homework

Helping your child with their homework will help motivate and encourage them to continue to work at their best.  Here are a number of ways in which you can help your child with their homework:

  • Listen to them read / ask them some questions about their reading book
  • Ask them their spellings
  • Go through their maths facts/tables
  • Ask them some questions about what they learned today
  • Check that their homework is completed and signed.
  • Please sign or initial your child’s spelling book, homework diary and written homework book.

If you feel your child has found their homework a little tricky or requires a little extra help from the class teacher, please put a note in the homework diary for us to check the next day.

Whilst these are simple things, they will make all the difference to your child’s learning.

 

Mrs McKeegan and Mr Fisher

 

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