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 the TA team: Mrs Richards, Mrs Watts, Miss Ryan and Ms Mills-MacQueen. Our class is named after Charles Darwin. His pioneering research had an incredible impact across fields of science and our understanding of evolution.
How can Cornwall be ready for the future?
The Summer Term will be full of exciting learning opportunities for Year 6. Our topic is based on sustainable change, with links to the Global Goals for Sustainable Change and the work of Spaceport Cornwall. We will be identifying what is meant by the term 'ecotourism' and will delve deeper into whether this style of tourism would work for Cornwall, based on research into tourism in the Galapagos Islands. In science, we will be considering what makes an effective circuit and will use our understanding to support the creation of a steady hand game in DT. 
Talk for Writing
This term, we will be revising our understanding of taught grammar concepts from across key stage two. We will also be developing our skills across a range of narrative and non-fiction pieces linked to our topic and enquiry question.  
We use VIPERS to cover the reading content domains across KS1 and KS2. In VIPERS, we will apply our skills to a variety of 'cold texts' to ensure our understanding of the year 6 curriculum objectives. 
Within maths, we will cover algebra, area and perimeter, shape, position and direction. 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 the summer term. 
Our PE days will be on a Tuesday and Wednesday and this year we would like children to bring their PE kit in, ready to change at school. This half term will consist of badminton 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. 
Miss Durston

Class Teacher

Mrs Richards

General Teaching Assistant

Miss Ryan

SEN Teaching Assistant

Ms Mills-MacQueen

SEN Teaching Assistant

Mrs Watts

SEN Teaching Assistant

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

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