Year 6 2019-2020
Welcome to Owl Class!
This year, all classes are named after woodland creatures. Being the wisest in the school, we are named after the majestic, mysterious and magnificent owl!
Welcome to Term 3!
This term our topic is Frozen Kingdoms! This project teaches children about the characteristics and features of polar regions, including the North and South Poles, and includes a detailed exploration of the environmental factors that shape and influence them.
We are starting off the year by studying ‘The Savage’ by David Almond’.
Imagine you wrote a story and that story came true. This is exactly what happens to Blue Baker when he writes about a savage living alone in the woods near his home. After his dad’s death, Blue finds comfort in dreaming of a wild kid who survives on a diet of berries and the occasional hapless passer-by. But when the savage pays a night-time visit to the local bully, boundaries become blurred and Blue begins to wonder where he ends and the savage begins. Part novel, part graphic novel, this moving story features striking art from the award-winning Dave McKean
We will be writing character descriptions and writing a missing chapter from the story. Later in the term, we will study the song, ‘Wasn’t Expecting That’ by Jamie Lawson. We will see which themes link with ‘The Savage’ and we will write some emotive diary entries based on the song.
Check out our new Knowledge Organisers! For each Connected Curriculum topic, we will be creating a Knowledge Organiser. It is a short document which will enable children to refer to key points throughout our learning. Feel free to keep a copy at home to discuss which elements we have covered so far.
In Maths, we are completing our unit on position and direction before moving on to decimals and percentages.
We will continue to apply mastery learning of Maths using White Rose.
We are also focusing on embedding arithmetic skills through Numeracy Ninjas and short arithmetic tests. Your child’s Numeracy Ninja tests are sent home weekly for you to track their progress and help support them where necessary.
Our Big Question for this term is, ‘What does it mean to be a Muslim today?’. Check out our RE Knowledge Organiser to see what we will be learning about.
Whole Class Guided Reading
We have started to use our Guided Reading sessions in a different way this year. We are now embarking upon whole class reading sessions and the children are really enjoying it. Our first book is ‘Cogheart’ by Peter Bunzl. Each child has their own copy of this brilliant book and we are using reading ‘VIPERS’ to analyse it as we go.
Find out more about Cogheart here: http://www.peterbunzl.com/cogheart/
LOVEREADING VIEW ON COGHEART
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2017 | September 2016 Debut of the Month
In a nutshell: tick-tocking frequently airborne adventure From its opening scene aboard an airship harpooned in mid-air, Cogheart is filled with fabulous visual images and a tangible sense of adventure. It follows the story of Lily, whose inventor father is missing, presumed dead after the airship crash. What secrets was he keeping and why are others so determined to find them out? Lily is a great character but readers’ hearts are likely to be won by her companion Malkin, a clockwork fox, one of many automatons created by her father. The story proceeds at speed reaching its climax – where else – but on the face of Big Ben, the world’s most famous clock!
The Branford Boase Award Judges’ Comments – ‘what he does with the ideas is really good and the world-building is excellent’; ‘children reading this will feel inspired’; ‘imaginative and fun, would make a great film’.
Please find important documents relating to Owl Class in the tabs on the right of the page. Here you will find information regarding spellings, home learning, our class timetable and much more.
Also make sure you check back to our class page regularly as we will be adding in photos of our wonderful learning.