Year 6

Welcome to Year 6

2022/23 Academic Year


Welcome to the page for Y6! It doesn't seem too minutes since they started in year 3 and here we are embarking on the last year at St John's. We have an exciting and immersive set of learning experiences planned for our children in this key year in their academic lives.


We have two classes, the teachers are Mr Horner and Mrs Riley and Mrs Stewart, who are job sharing. We have an extremely busy time ahead of us but will be having lots of fun along the way, creating lovely lasting memories. We will be working extremely hard so that they can reach their full potential over the coming year and we will be helping them to prepare for the next stage in their education.

Staying sharp over the Summer

We often find that children’s maths and English skills understandably take a dip over the summer break and have a few suggestions to help your child to be ready for September.


Continued progress with Times Tables

This needn’t be onerous or times-consuming; just a little time spent each week on TT Rockstars can help to keep your child’s essential tables skills on point. To gauge progress, we will be recording each child’s end of summer tables speed and comparing this with their September speed with the winners being announced, and awards given. If you have any problems with logging on, then please just contact school.


Continued progress with reading

A good book is the perfect way to relax on a summer’s day, escaping to some faraway place. Continued regular reading will provide a great platform for your child’s reading and writing work in the next academic year. Stocksbridge library’s ‘Gadgeteers’ challenge is a super incentive.


If your child is enrolled on Lexia we would encourage him / her to continue to use this regularly. At least one whole level of progress would represent an excellent achievement. Again, we will be looking to see who can make the most progress in this. A little practice can make a big difference.


We wish you a fun and safe summer holiday.

Reading

A child's reading skills are important to their success in school as they will allow them to access the breadth of the curriculum and improve their communication and language kills.

Likewise, evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who do not, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increase in general knowledge and a better understanding of of other cultures.


Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out what is printed on the page. Through hearing stories, children are exposed to a wide range of words. This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read. Even if your child does not understand every word, they will hear new sounds, words and phrases which they can then try out, copying what they have heard. Subconsciously, they absorb information on how to structure sentences and how to use words and other language features effectively in their writing and speaking.

With a very busy timetable, teachers currently do not have the time to listen to their children read as much as they would like to. You can help your child by encouraging them to read or by reading with them at home every night, for at least 10 minutes.

We hope that you and your child create many loving memories as you explore books together. Sharing a book together with your child is time for bonding, relaxing and gives you the opportunity to escape into another world with your child.

Top 10 tips to help children enjoy reading.


To help make reading enjoyable and fun, here is what the experts and authors recommend to help get children reading

1. Make books part of your family life – Always have books around so that you and your children are ready to read whenever there’s a chance. Stories can be shared with the family so why not invite siblings or other family members to join in. Take time to look together at the words and pictures in a story and when reading take it in turns.


2. Join your local library – Get your child a library card. You’ll find the latest video games, blu-rays and DVDs, plus tons and tons of fantastic books. Allow them to pick their own books, encouraging their own interests.

3. Match their interests – Help them find the right book - it doesn’t matter if it’s fiction, poetry, comic books or non-fiction. Don't be afraid to use funny voices - it's a great way to make your child giggle.


4. All reading is good – Don’t discount non-fiction, comics, graphic novels, magazines and leaflets. Reading is reading and it is all good.


5. Get comfortable! – Snuggle up somewhere warm and cosy with your child, either in bed, on a beanbag or on the sofa, or make sure they have somewhere comfy when reading alone.


6. Ask questions – To keep them interested in the story, ask your child questions as you read such as, ‘What do you think will happen next?’ or ‘Where did we get to last night? Can you remember what had happened already?’ When you talk to your child about what is happening in a book, give them plenty of time to respond.


7. Read whenever you get the chance – Bring along a book or magazine for any time your child has to wait, such as at a doctor’s surgery.


8. Read again and again – Encourage your child to re-read favourite books and poems. Re-reading helps to build up fluency and confidence.


9. Bedtime stories – Regularly read with your child or children at bedtime. It’s a great way to end the day and to spend valuable time with your child.


10. Rhyme and repetition – Books and poems which include rhyme and repetition are great for encouraging your child or children to join in and remember the words.


Irrespective of whether they are fluent readers or not, you can play an important role in helping to keep them interested in books. Find out what interests them, help them to find books that will be engaging and fun, and spend time reading the books they bring home from school together.

Homework


We set homework in both maths and English each week. The homework maybe followed up in class so it is essential that your child completes this at home in order to keep up with what they are learning in school. Spellings will be sent home on a weekly basis for your child to practise at home.


Homework is usually sent home on Friday and is expected to be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday. If it is not returned, it may result in them missing a playtime in order to complete it.


Times Tables

Practising times tables at home is really important. Knowing times tables facts really helps children to feel confident in Maths, and enables them to make progress in areas such as calculating, fractions… even shape work can involve times tables – when we think about angles, for example. The National Curriculum sets out expectations for times tables knowledge and states that by Year 4 children should be able to recall multiplication and division facts up to 12x12. Knowing the tables facts (including division) means having rapid recall – being able to say the answer within about eight seconds, not counting through the times tables to work it out.


TT Rockstars is a carefully sequenced program of daily times table practice. This extremely popular online resource has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for hundreds of thousands of pupils over the last 8 years in over 14,000 schools. Please encourage your child to use this fantastic resource at home.

If you do not have access to a computer, we have many resources in school to help, just speak to your child's class teacher.


Full details of the Curriculum can be found on our Teaching and Learning page of our website.


2021/22 Academic Year

Summer Term

Huge thank you to PODs for organising last nights prom for our year 6 children. Additional thanks also needs to be given to our office staff for sorting out all the payments and letters and also to Miss Jones, Mr Horner and Mrs Pearce for giving up their time last night to stay and supervise the children.


They all had a fantastic time, creating memories to last a lifetime.

Wow! We did it year 6!

Proud does not describe our feelings after tonight's performance. When we look back, the journey that we have been on since we started planning our production has been amazing. It has been wonderful to watch them all grow in confidence and conquer their fears of speaking and singing in front of an audience.

We've had writing assessments to complete and induction week at the high school which has meant that time to rehearse has been limited, but they rose to the challenge and tonight the stage was theirs.

Well done year 6.

Friday 8th July

We couldn't have asked for nicer weather to spend a day on the moors, warm sunshine and a gentle breeze. We enjoyed spectacular views from every angle as we learned about the importance of preserving our moorlands for the future. The six events. all lead by experts, where both fun and educational.

Thank you to The Peak District Moorland Trust for organising this amazing event!


23rd May 2022

Today we have started a new DT topic. Our task is to design and make an Automata, a mechanical moving device. Over the coming weeks, we will learn to cut wood with precision and refine the finish by sanding. We will also learn other practical skills such as drilling and screwing, nailing, gluing and filing.


In today's lesson we have started by measuring and cutting the wood ready to start assembly later this week.


18th and 19th May.

We couldn't have asked for better weather during our stay in London. After a visit to the Science Museum on the first day, we then went on a sight seeing trip around London, enjoying a paddle in the Diana Memorial on the way.

We started day two with a trip to the Tower of London before enjoying a cruise on the Thames. The day finished with a trip on the London Eye. A fantastic two days!



Thursday 12th May

We did it year 6. We made it through SATs week. Time to relax this afternoon, enjoy an ice-cream and have some fun. Well done year 6, we are extremely proud of each and everyone of you.

Monday 9th May

After working hard this morning, it was time for year 6 to relax and enjoy some free time outside. We've got this year. See you tomorrow at 8.30am for breakfast.

Monday 9th May

A relaxing afternoon of art, after sitting their first set of SATs this morning. They were all amazing during their SPAG test, trying really hard and taking care with their answers.


Well done. We are really proud of you all!

28th April 2022

This afternoon children in year 6 have been learning how to draw nets of 3d shapes. To help with with their understanding, they have been making their own 3d shapes and comparing them to their drawings.


Spring Term

18th March

As part of British Science Week, children in year 6 investigated the impact of exercise on their heart rate.

After learning how to calculate their resting heart rated they worked out the increase that low, medium and strenuous exercise had on their heart.


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10th March 2022

Today, children in year 6 had their second lesson with some brand new IT software - The Crumble.


Crumble kits are an easy to use programmable microcontrollers, aimed at getting children into programming and Design and Technology.


They were able to to use it to control a LED by turning it on, getting it to flash and change its colour.


World book day - 3rd March

We have had a fabulous day! The effort and imagination that has been put into their costumes has been fantastic.

Thank you for all your support.

As part of World Book Day yesterday, we invited children to take part in a whole school homework competition.

Their task was to decorate a toilet roll as a book character of their choice.

We have had some brilliant entries, which were judged after school yesterday and the winners announced in Collective Worship this morning.

Well done to everyone who took part and to our winners, who were allowed to choose a new book from a huge selection chosen by Miss Danks and given £5 gift voucher.

On World Book Day, we based our celebration of reading all around the book, ‘The Barnabus Project’.

During the day, children have taken part in activities based on this wonderful book. The book is all about a secret lab which is hidden deep underground beneath Perfect Pets, where children can buy genetically engineered "perfect" creatures. After reading and discussing the book, children across the school have created their own perfect pet.

Here is a selection of some of their work.

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Thursday 24th January


Today, year 6 children were invited to a virtual event run by Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC), and Sheffield Wednesday football club.

This event is part of an annual national series of educational events that will challenge young people to think critically about the issue of racism and is supported by players from the club.

After watching a short film about racism, they had the opportunity to ask questions to the Sheffield Wednesday manager, Darren Moore.

We feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to be involved in such an educational informative event.



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Autumn Term

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How cute are these little snowmen that we made today.

During Art Week, year 6 have been learning about Paul Klee, an abstract artist from Switzerland.

Over the last few days they have been taking inspiration from his work to create their own art work; initially practising their sketching skills before using water colour oaints to finish their work.


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Today, children in year 6 had the pleasure of meeting Sam, an expert who works at the British Museum in London.


Through live activities, interactive quizzes and thought-provoking questions they enhanced their knowledge and understanding of Ancient Greece, their current topic.


A great interactive way to learn!


8th November 2021

We have been watching The Ridge, a film from Danny Macaskill.


In the short video, Danny climbs aboard a mountain bike and returns to his native home of the Isle of Skye to take on a death-defying ride along the notorious Cuillin Ridgeline.


The film shows Danny bunny-hopping, balancing and 'gapping' his way along some of the most iconic - and precarious - sections of the ridgeline on a mountain bike.


After watching the short video, we generated and shared ideas and will be completing a piece of writing over the next few days.

Wednesday 3rd November

As part of our ‘Ancient Greece’ theme, we organised a visit to Weston Park Museum in Sheffield. This morning, the children took part in the ‘Ancient Greece: Offerings for Athena’ workshop. This involved them learning about the goddess Athena and how Athens got its name; building a model of the Parthenon.

After lunch, we engaged in the ‘Adaptations’ workshop which ties closely into both our ‘Everything Changes’ and ‘Nature Library’ science topics for this half term.

We had a great learning day. They have all behaved impeccably, which was commented on by all the staff at the museum - 'We should be very proud of how they have represented themselves and the school.'





Tuesday 12th October

We thoroughly enjoyed using the apparatus in PE this afternoon. Some great balances. Well done.


17th September

We cannot thank Dame Sarah Storey, Inspector Kevin Smith from South Yorkshire Police and all the Bikeability team for giving up their time to come to St John's today.

The children in year 6 have all had a fabulous time and one that they will remember for a long time.

One of the questions Dame Sarah asked the children was "What have you enjoyed most about Bikeability this week?" A heart breaking response from one pupil was ' I couldn't ride a bike before and now I can, I feel so proud of myself'. She later added that she wants to get her own bike.

This is what Bikeability is all about. Giving children the confidence to ride a bike and keep themselves safe whilst out on the roads.

A brilliant end to the week.


Monday 13th September


Bikeability is a cycle training programme that teaches children practical skills and gives them the understanding and expertise they need to ride their bikes on the road.

Today, two groups of year 6 children completed their level 1 training. This took place in the school playground where they’re taught to control and master their bikes away from traffic.

They learn to:

Prepare themselves and their bike for cycling.

Get on and off their bike without help.

Start, pedal and stop with control.

Use gears and avoid obstacles.

Look all around and behind, staying in control of their bike.

Share space with pedestrians and other cyclists.

Children who have passed level 1, will be moving on to level 2 and 3 later this week.




9th September 2021

Yesterday, Miss Jones visited year 6 to deliver some fantastic news.

Next Friday, Dame Sarah Storey, DBE, will be coming to St John's. As you may already be aware, Sarah is a British Paralympic athlete in cycling and swimming, and a multiple gold medalist in the Paralympic Games, and six times British national track champion.

Dame Sarah Storey is also the Active Travel Commissionaire for the Sheffield region and will be joining year 6 as they complete their Bikeability training to answer questions and cycle with them.

What an amazing opportunity. We are so excited!

The number of hedgehogs in the UK has decreased by over 50% in the last 20 years.

In year 6, children are learning about hedgehogs and carrying out an investigation to establish the number of hedgehogs in the schools locality.

After putting out feeding stations last week, today we checked for hedgehog activity.

Much to their delight, in nearly all cases, food had vanished and all that was left was a trail of hedgehog footprints.