If your child is due to start Reception September 2024, we are holding another open session on Thursday 30th November at 9.15am. We look forward to seeing you then.

Darwin Class (Y6)

Darwin Class is our Y6 Class and part of the Pioneers Stage. Our teacher is Miss Durston. Our class is also supported by Mrs Allen. Our class is named after Charles Darwin. His pioneering research had an incredible impact across fields of science and our understanding of evolution.
Miss Durston's favourites: 
Food: cheese
Animal: flamingo
Book: The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
Beach: Crantock
Hobby: Paddle boarding or surfing
What is the difference between light and dark?
The Autumn Term will be full of exciting learning opportunities for Year 6. Our topic is based on science - more specifically, light and how we see things. We will also be considering the United Kingdom in our work as geographers and will be considering self-expression within art. 
Talk for Writing
This term, we will be using 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' by JK Rowling as inspiration as we learn what makes a good 'defeating the monster' narrative. In non-fiction writing, we will be using our science learning to support instruction writing on how to make a periscope.  
We use VIPERS to cover the reading content domains across KS1 and KS2. In VIPERS, we will be exploring 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling' for the entire half term. 
Within maths, we will cover the four areas of calculation, fractions and measurement as well as addressing any misconceptions from the previous school year. 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 Quidditch and gymnastics!
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. 
Miss Durston

Class Teacher

Mrs Allen

General Teaching Assistant

Here is an overview of our planned learning for this half term:

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