Year 6

Virtual Learning- updated for 27.4.20
From Monday 27th April children will be able to refer to the Year 6 'Learning Menu' The children will be able to self select their activities from the menu and choose how their day might look. Please refer to the video guidance on the Dale Hall Page of DOJO for how this will look.
There is also a blank planning grid that children may wish to download and fill in with their menu choices. You could also copy and paste the hyperlinks to make accessing the learning even more simplistic.
As class teachers we will be using DOJO as a method of communication for the children to be able to ask us questions about their learning and share what they have been doing. 
This is a new challenge for us- but working together as a brilliant Year 6 group and knowing how amazing the learning attitudes of the children are we sure that we can make this transition in learning as smooth as possible.
Mrs Goodfellow and Miss Killeen- Year 6 Teachers 

Learning Menu for 29.6.20: see below 

Home Learning
This year, we will be sending home weekly and occasionally half termly Home Learning for your child to complete. Any Home Learning sent home will be an expectation of Year 6 and has been chosen to consolidate or embed skills that your child has been learning about or using within school.
For this half term, we would like children to complete the following:
TT Rockstars - 5 minutes each day will support instant recall of multiplication and division facts.
Reading - reading little and often each day will support fluency and comprehension. This does not have to always be reading independently; it could include reading to your child, reading collaboratively or listening to an audiobook. Remember, all completed books are worth points in our reading challenge - just ensure you complete a book review for each one.
Spellings - Mrs Dedicoat will be sending home 10 spellings each week for your child to learn using taught techniques and strategies, ready for a spelling test the following week.
Welcome to Year 6!
Our Topic: World War 2
Our Power of Reading text: Rose Blanche and The Boy In Striped Pyjamas 
Year 6 is one of the most busy yet exciting years of your child's primary education. Over the course of this year, you will see your child grow, develop and achieve in more ways than you could imagine and it is our absolute pleasure to be a part of this journey alongside them. From staying away from home on residential trips to preparing for the transition to high school, your children will overcome challenges using the resilience and growth mindset that they've developed over the last 6 years at Dale Hall.
This page will detail some of the incredible learning opportunities your children will experience this year as well as key information, important dates and smaller updates on their day to day learning.
Our learning this half term
Friend or Foe?
This half term we will be learning about WW2. In our Topic Learning the children will be learning about the Homefront- including what it would have been like to have been evacuated and what The Blitz was like.
Our Power of Reading texts explore what life was like in Germany during the war.
We will be covering the Holocaust and what happened to the Jewish people.
In music we will learning about the American influence of the Glenn Miller Band and how Dame Vera Lynn became the 'Forces Sweetheart.' 
Our Timetable:
In order to begin the transition between traditional primary teaching and what your children will face at high school, we've decided to structure our timetable so that children will be taught by a range of familiar staff members for specific lessons each week. 
Your children will be taught by their main class teacher for all English and Maths lessons and this will take place every morning. In the afternoons, your children will move between classrooms for their foundation subjects.
Monday: Miss Killeen - Topic, Mrs Spalding - Indoor PE.
Tuesday: Miss Killeen - Topic, Mrs Goodfellow-  Music/Grammar
Wednesday: Mrs Ardern - RE/French, Mrs Abbott - Arithmetic
Thursday: Miss Shaw- SATS Booster- Miss Killeen Topic 
Friday: Miss Killeen - Outdoor Games, Mrs Spalding - PSHE.
Here's a little more about some of the staff members teaching in Year 6 this year...
The Class Teachers 

Miss Viki Killeen

Leopards Class Teacher

Year 6 is one of my favourite year groups to teach, not only because of the amazing progress you see in the children both academically and personally, but because of the amazing personalities I'm lucky enough to surround myself with everyday! I love to encourage the children to take responsibility for their own learning - to determine how, when and where they learn best and to provide opportunities for this within my classroom.

Mrs Laura Goodfellow

Assistant Headteacher for KS2 and Lions Class Teacher

I'm so excited about being back in the classroom and teaching year 6 again! I have now been at Dale Hall 11 years and during my time here I have had the privilidge of teaching many year 6 classes. I really do find teaching year 6 an enjoyable challenge- enabling children to progress ready for their next steps in education.
To be a class teacher as well as Assistant Head teacher for KS2 allows me to know in fine detail the steps children need to take in their learning- I also get to enjoy seeing how the children grow and progress from the start to year 3 to the when they leave in year 6!

Our Year 6 Teaching Assistants 
In year 6 our TA's are Mrs Closs and Mrs Ward 
Mrs Ward mainly supports in Lions and Mrs Closs in Leopards 
In the afternoons both TA's do reactive Intervention with the classes 
Other adults that teach in Year 6 
Miss Shaw:
Miss Shaw will be working alongside Miss Killeen and Mrs Goodfellow every Thursday morning to work on interventions.
In the afternoons (up to SATS) Miss Shaw will be teaching a relevant SATS Booster Lesson planned by the teachers- focussing on learning focus from the week 

Mrs Jo Dedicoat


I am passionate about the Arts which I love bringing to all areas of the curriculum. I will be teaching Year 6 on a Friday mornings every week. We will be exploring great works of art and looking at how Maths, writing and even spelling can be inspired by pictures and photographs. We will also be creating our own master pieces... watch this space!

Mrs Jade Spalding

Deputy Headteacher

Hi everyone! My name is Mrs Spalding (Before you get too confused... I was Miss Nixon but got married this summer) I am really excited to be part of the Year 6 team this year. I will be teaching PE on Mondays and am looking forward to getting heart rates raised whilst working on the key skills required in both dance and gymnastics. On Fridays I will be teaching PSHE and life skills. I am really looking forward to getting stuck into some deep and meaningful conversations.

Armistice Day 
Today Year 6 walked to Christchurch Park to watch the Armistice Service.
We were very fortunate to be asked to lay some crosses by the memorial as well as being able to walk up to the memorial to look at the wreaths that had been placed.
There were some past and current soldiers in uniform who held the flags during the 2 minute silence as well as  former soldier who played the 'Last Post' to mark the beginning of the 2 minute silence.
We felt very fortunate to get the opportunity to take part in this service; the line we remembered well and spoke about on the way back to school was:
'They gave their todays so we could have tomorrows' 
Our classrooms
In Lions, we transformed our reading and working area into a trench themed space, complete with poppy field in the background. Next to this, we created the Prime Minister's office where we imagined the difficult decisions made there.
In Leopards, we created our very own Homefront complete with living room, dining room and washing line decorated with war time propaganda. Alongside this, we transformed our reading area into a German spy office and sectioned off two areas of the classroom to become the Prime Minister's office and a front line trench. 
Key Dates:
Mondays and Fridays - PE days
Wednesdays - Your child will be seen out of school by Mrs Ardern and Mrs Abbott
Tuesday 17th March- SATS information meeting 3.30-4pm