Welcome to Class 6B! Step into our classroom and you will find a wonderful group of hard-working, respectful and enthusiastic children who will always provide you with a warm welcome. Our lessons are always full of challenges that we strive to overcome through a positive attitude, teamwork and lots of laughs. Our staff team is Miss Monaghan, our lovely teaching assistant, and Mr Bell our teacher. They – along with Mr D Bell, Miss Hickton and Miss Birch – provide us with great support and a lot of fun. We experience lots of different subjects and have opportunities to try new things every day.
As we move into the final year in the academy, we have greater responsibility and are determined to show this in everything we do; we have high expectations and goals and are dedicated to setting a great example of being an Eaton Park person to fellow pupils, staff and visitors.
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.
Our first text isn’t really a text! The Firebird, a wonderful animated video, tells the story of a mysterious figure who brings a forest to life who mistakenly awakens a demon-like creature from the depths of a volcano. What will the creature do the forest, and will the figure survive?
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.
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 – Anna-Leigh
Class Librarian – Amelia
School Council – Beth
Playground Warrior – Leyton
Well-being Warrior – Saffia and Bella
Maths Champions – Jake and Ben
Eco Warrior – Kayleigh
Digital Literacy Leader –
Science Leader – Aaron
Important Information for Year 6
Times tables 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.
Helping Us at Home
Homework will be sent home each Monday, with maths needing to be returned on a Friday and spellings tested the following Monday. We also have the fantastic Bug Club reading programme, which children are encouraged to read on at least once a week at home alongside their reading book; children are required to read at least three times a week, with a challenge set for five times. Furthermore, we also have spelling shed and TT Rockstars where the children can further deepen their knowledge at home. Why not ask your children about what they have been learning in their subjects? This way you can share your knowledge with them and look further into some of our topic areas together.
Most importantly of all, we ask that our children come to school with a positive mental attitude towards learning, so that they can maximise their own potential.
Useful learning links:
Spelling Shed: https://www.edshed.com/en-gb/menu
TT Rockstars: https://ttrockstars.com/