This will probably be the busiest year of your child’s life at St James’. We have lots of activities and projects planned for the children to take part in and they will definitely leave us with wonderful memories of their many years here. It will be hard work this year, but it will also be worth it. Mr Booth and Mrs Taylor
Year 6 is an important year when the children undertake roles and responsibilities throughout the school. Within these roles, they help with and organise different events. All the Year 6 children are matched with a ‘buddy’ in reception in order to help them settle into the life and routines of our school community
As secondary school is approaching, we encourage the pupils to be more self-reliant and self-sufficient. They need to start to take more responsibility for their own learning and progress.
In Year 6 we follow the Cornerstones Curriculum. This half term we are looking at the Frozen Kingdom topic. We will develop children’s knowledge of polar regions. We will study the interconnections of this extreme ecosystem and how humans and animals seek to conquer it. As part of the topic we will also look into the historical events surrounding the Titanic disaster. It will also link to our English work where we will be looking at the book; Shackleton’s Journey. This book is a unique visual re-telling of Ernest Shackleton’s landmark expedition crossing the Antarctic from one pole to the other. We hope children will love exploring the diagrams and the fascinating details of this landmark voyage.
As part of our wider curriculum work the Fire Service came into school and talked to the children about water safety. They discussed how children need to stay away from open water such as Watergrove Reservoir or Hollingworth Lake. However the highlight was definitely using the hose on the Fire engine and laughing as Mr Booth ‘volunteered’ to try on the outfit! It was a great session and we’d like to thank the Rochdale Fire Service for giving up their valuable time.
As part of the whole school visit, Dylan’s Reptiles came into Year 6. The children learned all about how these animals have adapted to environments they live in and also what the special features of each animal is. All children were very brave when handling the creatures. The children enjoyed meeting all the animals but especially one of the giant snails which tried it’s best to escape…but didn’t get very far!
To help them along the way we have found some sites which they may find useful. Many of these are interactive and use brief tutorials or engage the children to use their knowledge through the playing of games. Maths and English Practise
BBC Education have produced a whole host of materials for KS2. Follow the KS2 link and then select either Maths or English. Each area usually has an information section for reading, plus an activity and then quiz which is marked online. Some aspects require a subscription.Click here for the BBC link
A site with both Maths and English based quizzes which are marked as you go along.Click here to go to the quizzes
A site with a range of information and questions – great for revision purposes. Click here
A site with links to old style Key Stage 2 Maths Papers, Maths Tutorials as well as Maths Games. Some of these games are linked to Memory and would therefore help pupils to retain key information.Click here
These are “old style” Key Stage 2 test papers but are still useful for practise, and in particular, creating discussion around questions and strategies to answer. View on screen or print off for free. Best used for practice ! click here
A range of activities and games to practise a range of spelling rules and patterns.click here
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