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Eaton Park Academy

Year 6


6C6W

Class teacher: Miss R Hickton  
Class teaching assistant: Miss C Monaghan  

Hi, and welcome to class 6H – the dream team! Our class is full of so many quirky personalities, and this is what makes us the perfect team (even if we do seem a bit crazy at times). It’s all good though because Miss Hickton always makes us laugh with her singing and dancing in our lessons, and Miss Monaghan is so helpful, working with us in small groups and helping us to learn even more! We are so glad to be back in school and learning this year, and we have so many great things to look forward to, which will hopefully make this year at Eaton Park the best one to date. Our class is full of children who quite simply just love learning, but most especially in English. We love discovering new words and using them in our work as well as finding out new facts in our history and geography lessons – we managed to name over 50 different countries in our geography lesson the other day!  

Topics: 

Revolution – a topic all about the vile Victorians! During this topic we explore what life was like for Victorian children in great detail, including the differences between the rich and poor, the life of a Victorian school pupil and even looking at all of the horrific jobs that the children did. For our launch day, we dressed up as Victorians and experienced what it was like to be in a Victorian school – it was so scary! We definitely wouldn’t want to travel back in time. 

Frozen Kingdom – this icy cold topic takes us on a journey to the coldest places on the planet. Here we discover what animals live in these harsh environments as well as looking at famous explorers who ventured into the unknown to reach the poles. Our topic is normally launched with an exciting talk from a real-life polar explorer, Simon, who brings in equipment that he uses on his expeditions, shares videos and photos of his adventures and tells stories of how to survive in the arctic conditions.  

Blood Heart – our exciting science topic of the year allows us to find out how our heart keeps us alive! During this topic we read the text Pig Heart Boy, exploring the life of a child desperate for a life-saving heart transplant. This text links perfectly to our learning in our science lessons where we explore the function of the heart and blood in detail – we might even get the chance to see one being dissected at the local high school!  

A Child’s War – our final topic! During this last topic, we investigate what it would have been like to have been alive during WW2. During our launch day, we experience first hand just what it would have been like to be an evacuee, leaving parents at home to go off to the unknown – the countryside. Looking into what caused WW2 and how it impacted on the lives of those living in Britain gives children a real sense of just how fortunate we are today – I think we’d struggle to live off some of the rationed food that we will make during our DT lessons during this topic. The piece de resistance of this topic is our fabulous WW2 Street Party, where we share our learning with our friends and family, including food tasting and interactive workshops.   

English texts: 

Our first text, Fox, tells a story of trauma, loyalty and friendship where the children will enjoy delving into the characters – their emotions, motives, thoughts and feelings to be able to write their own diary entry from the perspective of Magpie.  

To tie in with our ‘Frozen Kingdom’ topic, the children will be writing their own non-chronological reports about a range of Polar animals. This will include build up of picking apart the structure and researching to make sure they have enough information for the readers.  

Pig Heart Boy is another one of the most engaging texts that we use in Year 6. The children will have reading sessions which build up to writing a balanced argument to debate whether the main character should have a pig heart transplant, and later on, writing a newspaper report about the outcome of the operation!  

What we are looking forward to this year:    

A lot of our wellbeing time this year has focused on the year ahead, especially what the children are looking forward to. Together, we created a long list of things for our ‘Year 6 Bucket List’, which includes: 

New topics, Alton Towers, Stanley Head, being top of the school, Leavers’ assembly and getting ready for high school, having more responsibility and getting to know the new staff. 

School roles:  

Year 6 is an exciting time for us as we have the opportunity to apply to be a part of the junior leadership team, including being Head Boy or Girl or even a part of the ambassador team. The children take part in interviews and presentations, leading up to a vote for our Head Boy and Girl and their deputies. All of the children enjoy our whole school Democracy Week as it is a chance to showcase why they are a good Eaton Park Person – this year we have elected a whole new team of class champions for our many different roles. Here are our class champions: 

Class Ambassador – Tyler-Dean  

Class Librarian – Charlie  

School Council – Liam  

Playground Warrior – Dylan  

Well-being Warrior – Francesca  

Maths Champion – Archie    

Important Information for Year 6 

Times table knowledge is a key part of Year 6 as the children soon realise that they are important in most areas of their maths learning. It is important that the children work hard on their resilience in the build up to SATs in order to be able to break down the more complicated questions. We will make good use of our wellbeing time on a Friday morning to discuss any worries the children have, prepare the children for their transition to high school and explore different techniques for relaxation and stress-busting. Homework is an important part of this year as it will give the children the chance to secure and apply their learning, and reading, especially on Bug Club will aid the children in being able to answer a range of question types in preparation for test papers. Our MASTER Values will be woven through everything we do, and our career-related learning will become more dominant this year while we think about the future. Enrichment will be a perfect opportunity for the children to try something new or do something they enjoy and thrive in every other Friday afternoon. On offer for the first half term will be Victorian crafts, Team Games, News and Extreme Weather and Recorders – each child will have chosen 2 that they would like to join in with. We do have a jam-packed year to get through, but our aim is for the children to get to the end of their primary journey and look back with pride, ready to face their next chapter being happy with what they’ve achieved and the memories made. 

Useful learning links:  

Bug Club

Spelling Shed

TT Rockstars

Times tables

Topic

Grammar

Class teacher: Mrs Whitmore 
Class teaching assistant: Miss Blundred and Mrs Stevenson 

Hello and welcome to life in 6W. We are a whacky bunch, but we can certainly get our heads down and work hard when we need to. Mrs Whitmore has been working hard with us to build our confidence and get everyone participating in our lessons so that we can show off exactly what we are made of. We know that some aspects of Year 6 can be tough, but we know we have a wonderful mix of personalities to help us through. The children will be working with such dedicated staff that will do their upmost to make this year the best and most exciting yet – one that they remember for years to come and prepares them for their next step of their education.  

Topics:   

All topics start off with an amazing launch day, which we hope will grip the children right from the start. 

Revolutions (The Victorians) – This topic if perfect for teaching children about how they would have grown up in the Victorian times, from the punishments in schools to the different jobs that they would be forced to do for up to 18 hours a day! As well as this, they will meet and get to grips with the life of Queen Victoria and learn all about crime and punishment at the time. 

Frozen Kingdom (learning all about the polar regions, their animals and famous explorers) gives the children the opportunity to become their own mini David Attenborough. Our English work will focus on reporting about different polar animals, and our topic lessons will include the geographical features of the North and South Poles, learning about The Titanic and finding out about brave polar explorers who risked their lives on their expeditions. Providing it can still go ahead, an actual polar explorer will come into school to share his experiences and run a one-day workshop for all of the children to get them really excited about this topic! 

Blood Heart is another fabulous topic, which explores the science behind how our circulatory system works in our bodies. This is where we cover ‘Pig Heart Boy’  in English and find out how the heart works and how important it is in our body as well as looking at what makes up blood and how to keep our bodies healthy. This is also the topic that sees us going to Discovery to witness a pig heart dissection! Certainly not a topic for the faint-hearted! 

A Child’s War – one of the most engaging topics of all! The children will find out (and get to experience) life from a child’s perspective growing up in World War II – this includes evacuation, food rationing and keeping safe in the Blitz! This usually ends with a street party to celebrate the end of the war and show off the fabulous topic homework that the children have produced. 

English texts:   

Our first text, Fox, tells a story of trauma, loyalty and friendship where the children will enjoy delving into the characters – their emotions, motives, thoughts and feelings to be able to write their own diary entry from the perspective of Magpie.  

To tie in with our ‘Frozen Kingdom’ topic, the children will be writing their own non-chronological reports about a range of Polar animals. This will include build up of picking apart the structure and researching to make sure they have enough information for the readers.  

Pig Heart Boy is another one of the most engaging texts that we use in Year 6. The children will have reading sessions which build up to writing a balanced argument to debate whether the main character should have a pig heart transplant, and later on, writing a newspaper report about the outcome of the operation!  

What we are looking forward to this year:     

A lot of our wellbeing time this year has focused on the year ahead, especially what the children are looking forward to. Together, we created a long list of things for our ‘Year 6 Bucket List’, which includes: 

New topics, Alton Towers, Stanley Head, being top of the school, Leavers’ assembly and getting ready for high school, having more responsibility and getting to know the new staff. 

School roles:   

We are very lucky in Year 6 that we are able to take on more responsibility than ever before: we have the opportunity to prepare a speech to apply for Head Boy/Girl as well as interviewing to become an ambassador and receive a prestigious burgundy tie. A whole-school vote at the end of Democracy Week ensures a fair vote for these roles. Our class will have also voted for playground warriors, class librarians, school council members, and hopefully later on in the year, reading ambassadors will be chosen to promote reading across the curriculum. 

Important information about life in Year 6 

Times table knowledge is a key part of Year 6 as the children soon realise that they are important in most areas of their maths learning. It is important that the children work hard on their resilience in the build up to SATs in order to be able to break down the more complicated questions. We will make good use of our wellbeing time on a Friday morning to discuss any worries the children have, prepare the children for their transition to high school and explore different techniques for relaxation and stress-busting. Homework is an important part of this year as it will give the children the chance to secure and apply their learning, and reading, especially on Bug Club will aid the children in being able to answer a range of question types in preparation for test papers. Our MASTER Values will be woven through everything we do, and our career-related learning will become more dominant this year while we think about the future. Enrichment will be a perfect opportunity for the children to try something new or do something they enjoy and thrive in every other Friday afternoon. On offer for the first half term will be Victorian crafts, Team Games, News and Extreme Weather and Recorders – each child will have chosen 2 that they would like to join in with. We do have a jam-packed year to get through, but our aim is for the children to get to the end of their primary journey and look back with pride, ready to face their next chapter being happy with what they’ve achieved and the memories made. 

Useful learning links:  

Bug Club

Spelling Shed

TT Rockstars

Times tables

Topic

Grammar

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