Darwin Class (Y6)

Welcome to Darwin class!
Our class is a team - we are pioneers, educators, leaders and learners of the 21st century!
Our class is named after Charles Darwin. His pioneering research had an incredible impact across evolutionary biology and his Theory of Evolution. His book, 'On the Origin of Species' outlined his ideas, which are now widely considered as fundamental concepts. His work as a naturalist and geologist also supported the development of scientific understanding. 
Miss Durston

Class Teacher

All about me! Miss Durston
Hello, I'm Miss Durston and I teach Darwin Class (year 6). Year 6 is a year of hard work and adventure, where we continue to grow as learners and individuals. 
We have lots of exciting learning opportunities ahead in our STEAM curriculum and beyond, including our residential to London! 
Here are a few facts about me:
Favourite Food: cheese
Favourite Animal: flamingo
Favourite Book: The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
Favourite Beach: Crantock
Favourite Hobby: Paddle boarding or surfing
Mrs Allen

General Teaching Assistant

How can you take the perfect photo?

The Spring will be full of exciting learning opportunities for Year 6. Our topic is based on photography and geography - we will be learning about the medium of photography in art and considering how our local area is changing in geography, taking photos of our ever changing community as we go! We will also be considering living things and their habitats in science and will be developing our understanding of spreadsheets in computing. 



 This term, we will be developing our understanding of all aspects of key stage two punctuation and grammar with an in-depth study of key terminology and information relating to grammar and punctuation rules. We will be applying these to non-fiction and fiction writing relating to our geography enquiry question and our key text. 



We use VIPERS to cover the reading content domains across KS1 and KS2. In VIPERS, we will be exploring 'Holes by Louis Sachar' for the entire half term. 



Within maths, we will cover decimals, fractions, decimals and percentages, algebra, area and perimeter. Mental arithmetic will continue to be a focus within our maths sessions, having a daily arithmetic session to build on our fluency skills. Understanding of reasoning and problem solving strategies will also play an important role in this term. 



Our PE days will be on a Monday and Friday and this year we would like children to bring their PE kit in, ready to change at school. This half term will consist of tag rugby and dance!


Reading and Handwriting

We devote time daily to independent reading and handwriting, as these are vitally important skills which help us across all curriculum areas. Watch this space for examples of high quality reading and writing, coming soon!



Homework is set weekly, using the platform Google Classroom or providing paper copies where homework is tailored to individual needs. Each week, there will be a piece which will support pupils in English, Maths or Topic learning. There will also be weekly spellings set through Spelling Shed, which are also available on Google Classroom. Daily reading and regular practise of times tables using Times Table Rockstars is also part of our homework expectation. 


Here is an overview of our planned learning for this half term:
A showcase of our learning in Darwin class!

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