St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Lidgett Lane, Dinnington, Sheffield, S25 2QD

Year Six

In our class we enjoy learning about a variety of topics and developing skills across all curriculum subjects.  Our daily RE, Maths and English learning form the core of our timetable and help us make links to our other subjects and provide the foundations we need to build on.

Maths Meetings

Every morning at 8.45am we will begin our day with maths meetings, during this time we will practise lots of interesting maths facts and consolidate our knowledge and understanding of: place value, days of the week, months of the year, number bonds, table facts, fractions, measurements, telling the time.

A prompt start to the day is really important so that our maths meetings can begin on time.

Learning

Our current topic is: Tea…How is it made? We have been studying Alice in Wonderland and are building up to having our own Mad Hatter’s tea party.  We are busy finding out about where tea comes from, how plants are grown and how tea leaves are produced.  In DT we are making hats for our tea party and even using tea bags, and tea leaves, to create some original artwork.  We started the topic by investigating which is the best biscuit to dunk in tea (which lasts the longest) – the Oat biscuit was definitely the winner; the rich tea didn’t do so well!

In English our current text is Kensuke’s Kingdom, by Michael Morpurgo.  We are undertaking reading and writing tasks based on the book. 

RE is a core subject and is taught daily.  This includes both a focus on Christianity, and the Catholic faith, as well as other religions.  This year, we have been learning about Judaism, and Islam.  Spanish is our modern foreign language, and we use fun games and activities to help the children learn Spanish vocabulary and simple conversational Spanish.

We have also covered the topics of: Ancient Greece: Be Inspired (looking at inspirational athletes) and  Around the World – Africa, where we had a visitor in school who led an extremely enjoyable and educational African day. We are really looking forward to our geography topic in summer 1 and our art topic in Summer 2. Class story time is a really important time of our school day and we have enjoyed a range of books as a class this year and are currently enjoying ‘Wonder’ by R.J. Palacio, as our class read for pleasure.  At the end of the day we also deliver ‘Talk for Stories’ in which we are currently reading ‘Cops and Robbers’ by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.

Reading

All children have a book that they can read at home. Once the children are fluent readers, they are encouraged to read one of the great books from the book corner in the classroom closely matched to the lexile level they are reading at.

Homework

Reading is the main focus for our all our children and we would ask all our families to spend time each evening reading a great bedtime story to your child as this is one of the most important things you can do as a parent. 

Homework is set on a Thursday and returned the following Tuesday for marking. Homework includes daily reading, spelling and table fact practise.

Exciting Events

In the Autumn term we are looking forward to an exciting visit from a theatre company, a whole school visit to the pantomime in December and storytelling session from the library.

Further details about these will be sent home shortly.

Get in Touch

As your child’s class teacher, it is my aim to work in partnership with parents to provide and excellent experience for your child. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions whatsoever. The best way to do this is to see me in the playground after school, send a message via ClassDojo or to telephone school to arrange an appointment on 01909 550123.