Year 6

Welcome to Year 6!

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 Topic: World War 1
Our Power of Reading text: Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
 
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.
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.
Spellings - Mrs Dedicoat will be sending home 10 spellings each week for your child to learn using taught techniques and strategies.
WW1 project - Children are to choose a project from the provided list sent home to complete over this half term. This is your child's chance to get as creative as they wish to represent an element of WW1 that they engage with.
Our classrooms
 
We used all of this information to design and create our immersive 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. 
Our learning this half term
 
What was life like in the trenches...
 This half term we are continuing with our learning about WW1. We will learn about what life was like for those serving for our country as well as the families left back at home.
We will read and analyse poetry from Wilfred Owen who was a soldier during WW1 as well as learning about Remembrance day and the importance of the poppy.
We will also be visiting Duxford Imperial War Museum to begin our learning of the Homefront and the beginning of WW2
 
 
 
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: On alternate weeks, Mrs Hines will teach Science to each class while the other class has child-led Topic time with their class teacher.
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...

Mrs Jo Dedicoat

Headteacher

I am passionate about the Arts which I love bringing to all areas of the curriculum. I will be teaching Year 6 on a Tuesday afternoon 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.

Mrs Sarah-Jane Hines

Class Teacher

I'm very excited to be teaching in Year 6 this year and am looking forward to all the amazing things that we will be doing. I will be teaching Science to both classes and can't wait to help extend the children's inquisitive natures and hone their investigative skills further.

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 today's so we could have tomorrows' 
Key Dates:
 
Mondays and Fridays - PE days
Wednesdays - Your child will be seen out of school by Mrs Ardern and Mrs Abbott
 
Week beginning 23rd September - PGL residential
17th October - WW1 Home Learning project due in to school.
 
Tuesday 19th November- Duxford visit 
 
Keep an eye out for a ParentMail regarding an upcoming visit to Duxford.