Hello and welcome to Year 6!
My name is Mr Cook, the Year 6 class teacher, and Mrs Choudhry is our teacher assistant. We are also joined by Mr Zbiri who previously worked as a Sports Coach at Unity.
Together, we are passionate about creating a focused and nurturing classroom that encourages confidence and builds independence. As the children enter their final year at Unity, we will be preparing them for their SATs tests, as well as life at secondary school.
We are very excited to be teaching your children this year and please don’t hesitate to speak to any of the Year 6 team if you have any concerns.
Mr B CookTeacher Year 6
This Autumn term our History topic will be The Vikings. This is such an exciting and interesting topic which we’re sure the children will love learning about. We’ll learn all about how the Viking’s invaded Britain, their way of life and why they are an important aspect of British history. In Geography, we will be learning about deserts of the world. This is a fascinating unit of work which will explore the locations of deserts, biomes and life in these inhospitable environments.
For our Literacy we will be looking at writing formal application letters, diary entries and continuing the novel The Boy at the Back of the Class. We will focus on how to use vocabulary to make the reader feel a certain emotion as well creating a beautifully descriptive narrative. We will also use a range of punctuation to expand sentences and clauses.
In Maths for this half term, we’ll look at place value and the four operations (division, subtraction, addition and multiplication). We will also be focussing on being able to reason worded problems, around our mathematical knowledge. This is really important as it will help us get ready for our KS2 SATs.
Our PE sessions will now be on a Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning with a focus on team building and strategy. Children need to come to school with their PE kit and on a Wednesday morning, children can come to school in their kit. However, they need to bring their uniform to get changed back into after the lesson.
Our school PE kit is: A white t-shirt, dark coloured shorts or tracksuit bottoms, and trainers or pumps. We ask for no cropped T-shirts or bright coloured PE kits, and no jewellery.
Year 6 have a big focus on Circle Time this year. It gives us an opportunity to learn to listen respectfully to one another, take turns and get to know and understand each other better. This creates a happier class who learn more and enjoy their learning too! We do a circle time at least once a week.
Homework: In Year 6 we will send your child home with a spelling list and either literacy or arithmetic questions each Friday. This is a good opportunity to revise anything we have learnt in our lessons. If you have any questions about homework, please speak to myself or a member of the Year 6 team. Homework is due on a Wednesday morning.
Reading books: A teacher or teaching assistant will listen to your child’s reading weekly. Please can you listen to your child read to you at home as often as possible (ideally for 5 minutes every day). Please can reading books come into school every day so children can regularly read and change their books; this really helps their reading progress quickly! The importance of reading in Year 6 cannot be understated so please make time to read with your children.
Jewellery: Please note, only stud earrings and a watch are allowed in school. No rings, dangly earrings, necklaces or bracelets. We appreciate your child may want to wear them, but it is for health and safety reasons.