Year 6 2021 - 2022
Year 6 Class Teacher
Welcome back to school and to the Autumn Term of Year 6!
We’re going to have a fun start to term getting to know one another and we’ll be creating some beautiful art work. Then, once we’ve settled ourselves back into the routine of school (and realised that it isn’t as bad or as worrying as we might have convinced ourselves 😉)...
Our topic for the Autumn term will be:
‘Deadly Disease & Medical Marvels’
We will consider the developments in the understanding and treatment of disease throughout time, from prehistory’s whacky witchdoctors through to the significant developments made during the 21st century, and the impact that scientists and scientific progress has had upon our understanding and treatment of illness.
This topic will encourage the children to make links with the previous historical periods studied (such as the Egyptians, the Ancient Greeks and the Victorians) and allow them to understand how scientific understanding and technological advancements allowed treatment and medicine to advance over time.
The detail of curriculum coverage is attached to this class page
Class Shared Read
Meet Bradley Chalkers. He's the oldest child in the class. He tells ENORMOUS lies. He picks fights with girls. The teachers say he has 'serious behaviour problems'. And no one likes him ... Except Carla, the new school counsellor. She thinks Bradley is kind and generous, and she even enjoys his far-fetched stories. Carla knows that Bradley could change, if only he weren't afraid to try. Sometimes the hardest thing in the world is believing in yourself.
Texts used to deliver our English lessons...
The Tale of the Three Brothers (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K Rowling)
Genre – Gothic Fairy Tale/Fantasy & Poetry
The Tale of the Three Brothers The story is about three brothers who, travelling together, reach a treacherous river. They make a magical bridge over the river. Halfway across the bridge, they meet the personification of Death who is angry for losing three potential victims. He pretends to be impressed by them and grants each a wish as a reward. The eldest brother asks for an unbeatable duelling wand, so Death gives him the Elder Wand. The middle brother asks for the ability to resurrect the dead, so Death gives him the Resurrection Stone. The youngest brother doesn't trust Death and asks for a way to stop Death from following him, so Death reluctantly gives him his Cloak of Invisibility. Afterwards, the brothers go their separate ways.
The eldest brother, bragging about his powerful wand, is robbed of it and murdered while he is asleep. The middle brother uses his ability to bring back the woman he loved, who died before he could marry her. However, she is not fully alive and is full of sorrow. He kills himself to join her. As for the youngest brother, Death never manages to find him, as he stays hidden under his Cloak. Many years later, the brother removes his cloak and gives it to his son. Pleased with his achievements, he greets Death as an old friend and chooses to leave with him as equals.
Features: Point of view
Exploration of a range of poetry:
Analyse Lewis Carroll’s poem The Walrus and the Carpenter and use it to devise their own fairy tale/fantasy poem retelling the story of The Three Brothers.
Perform their poems as a voice over to the video.
- The Deathly Hallows
- Medicine through Time
- Darwin’s Theory of Evolution
- Historical Writing (LINK to TOPIC):
Writing in the passive voice
- Scientific Writing (LINK to SCIENCE):
Writing in the passive voice
Darwin’s Dragons, Lindsay Galvin
Genre – Historical Fiction
It’s 1835 and cabin boy, Syms Covington, is aboard the H.M.S Beagle and on the voyage of a lifetime to the Galapagos Islands with the world-famous scientist Charles Darwin. But when Syms falls overboard during a huge storm, he washes up on an unexplored island. Stranded there, he makes a discovery that could change the world ...
- Character description
- Setting description
- Figurative language/Imagery
- Pathetic Fallacy
Write a detailed and powerful, third person, description of the Galapagos Islands.
- Argument/Debate – persuasive writing
- Encyclopaedia entry (LINKS: Topic & Science Unit: Evolution)
Ongoing… To read as many of the fabulous books, written by inspiring and engaging authors, recommended on our class reading wall (and also on the list attached to the bottom of this page and on the following website: https://www.booksfortopics.com/year-6
All homework will be set on a Friday and collected the following Friday.
- Century Learning Nuggets from your personalised pathway
- A Spelling activity
- To read for 20 minutes every day 😊
On PE days, please may the children wear their PE kits to school (kits must adhere to the Gawsworth PE kit listed below, and long hair must be tied up and no jewellry, including earrings, worn)
Our PE sessions are on:
- Monday: outdoor
- Friday: SWIMMING
Please make sure that children have appropriate kit for those days: Green Gawsworth T-shirts are expected for games and indoor PE. Children may also wear either black shorts or black/grey/navy joggers, a Gawsworth sweatshirt or black/grey/navy sweatshirt or tracksuit top.
Any urgent messages (including any medical appointments or absences) need to be sent via the school office, please.
If you need to contact me, I am contactable via ClassDojo Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:30am – 5:00pm (please be aware that during the school day I may not be able to respond immediately as I will be teaching – but I will check my Dojo messages after school).
If you need to meet with me, I am available after school on:
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
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